Jewish Submitted Surnames

These names are used by Jews. For more specific lists, see Hebrew names and Yiddish names. See also about Jewish names.
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GOSHEN Jewish, Israeli
Variant of German Goschen.
GOTLIBE Yiddish
Yiddish form of Gottlieb.
GRAF Jewish, Yiddish
Ornamental name selected, like Herzog and other words denoting titles, because of their aristocratic connotations.
GRANOFF Jewish
Short form of GRANOVSKY.... [more]
GRANOV Jewish, Bosnian
Habitational name from Granov, Ukraine.... [more]
GRANOVSKY Jewish
From the town of Granov, Ukraine (cf. GRANOV).
GRAU German, Jewish
Nickname for someone with gray hair or a gray beard, from German grau "gray".
GREENBERGER German, Jewish
Anglicized form of the German surname Grünberger, which is formed from the words grün "green", Berg "mountain", and the habitational suffix -er. This name indicated a person who lived on or near a forest-covered mountain.
GREENSTEIN Jewish
From German, means "Gold Stone".
GROB Jewish, Yiddish
From Yiddish grob. May also mean "fat".
GRODSKY Polish, Jewish
Altered spelling of Polish Grodzki, a habitational name from Grodziec or Grodzie, places named with gród ‘castle’, ‘fortification’ (cognate with Russian grad). ... [more]
GROSSMAN Jewish
Jewish nickname for a large man.
GRUBER German, Jewish
A topographic name for someone who lived in a depression or hollow, from Middle High German gruobe or German Grube meaning ‘pit’ or ‘hollow’, plus the suffix -er denoting an inhabitant.
GRUBER Jewish
A nickname from an inflected form of Yiddish dialect grub meaning ‘rude' or 'impolite’.
GRUNWALD German, German (Swiss), Jewish
German and Swiss German (Grünwald): habitational name from any of various places named Grün(e)wald, from Middle High German gruene ‘green’ + walt ‘wood’, ‘forest’. ... [more]
GUNZENHAUSER German, Jewish
Habitational name for someone from either of two places named Gunzenhausen, one in Württemberg and the other in Bavaria.
GURALNICK Jewish
Occupational name from Ukrainian guralnyk, Yiddish guralnik "distiller".
GURSULTUR Jewish (Latinized), Kurdish, Hebrew
This name is a composition of the following words: GUR; Hebrew for "lion cub", SUL; which is an abbreviation of Suleman (Kurdish for king Solomon), TUR; this word is derived from the Arba'ah Turim. The Arbaáh Turim are often called simply the Tur, which is an important Halakhic code.... [more]
GUTNIK Ukrainian, Russian, Yiddish
Yiddish surname meaning "glassworker" from Yiddish hute meaning "glassworks".
GUTTENBERG German, Jewish
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): habitational name from any of various places, for example in Bavaria, called Guttenberg, from the weak dative case (originally used after a preposition and article) of Old High German guot ‘good’ + berg ‘mountain’, ‘hill’... [more]
HABERMANN German, Jewish
Occupational name for a grower or seller of oats, composed of the elements Haber and the agent suffix -mann.
HACKMANN German, Jewish
Occupational name for a butcher or a woodcutter.
HACOHEN Hebrew
Means "the priest" in Hebrew, from the word ha which means "the", and the surname Cohen.
HADAD Arabic, Hebrew
Variant transcription of Haddad.
HADAR Hebrew (Modern)
From the given name Hadar, means "splendour, glory" in Hebrew.
HADDAD Arabic, Hebrew, Persian
Means "blacksmith" in Arabic, ultimately from Syriac ܚܰܕܳܕܳܐ (hadado), though it could also be derived from the name of a Semitic deity, Hadad.
HAFER German, Jewish
Metonymic occupational name for a grower of or dealer in oats, from German Hafer "oats". Compare Haber. As a Jewish surname, it is in many cases ornamental.
HAGAN Jewish
Hebrew, shortened from haganah which means soldier
HAÏM Judeo-Spanish
Variant of Haim used by Sephardic Jews (influenced by French orthography).
HAIM Hebrew
From the given name Haim.
HALBERSHTOT Yiddish
Yiddish form of Halberstadt. It was first adopted as a surname by Tzvi Hirsh, the rabbi of the eponymous Eastphalian town.
HALEVI Hebrew
Means "The Levite" in Hebrew, from the word ha which means "the", and the surname Levi.
HALPERN Jewish
Habitual surname for a person who lived in the city of Heilbronn in Germany.
HAMBERG German, Danish, Jewish
German, Danish, and Jewish (Ashkenazic) habitational name from any of several places named Hamberg. Jewish (Ashkenazic) variant of Hamburg.
HAMBERGER German, Jewish
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic) habitational name for someone from any of various places named Hamberg. Jewish (Ashkenazic) variant of Hamburger.
HAMBURG German, Jewish
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic) habitational name from the great city and port at the mouth of the river Elbe, named with the Germanic elements ham ‘water meadow’ + burg ‘fortress’, ‘fortified town’.
HAMBURGER German, Jewish
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic) habitational name for someone from Hamburg.
HAMEL Yiddish, Dutch, German
The name Hamel has three origins.... [more]
HAMMER German, English, Jewish
From Middle High German hamer, Yiddish hamer, a metonymic occupational name for a maker or user of hammers, for example in a forge, or nickname for a forceful person.
HAMMERSCHMIDT German, Jewish
Occupational name for a blacksmith, from German hamer, 'hammer' and schmidt, 'smith. See Hammersmith.
HASKELL Jewish
From the personal name KHASKL.
HASSON Hebrew (Modern)
Means "sturdy" or "strong" in Hebrew, it is not related to the Arabic name Hasan.
HATTENDORF German, Jewish
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): habitational name from places called Hattendorf, near Alsfeld and near Hannover. The element hatt, had means ‘bog’
HAUSER German, Jewish
From Middle High German hus "house", German haus, + the suffix -er, denoting someone who gives shelter or protection.
HAVERBUS Yiddish, Dutch
From Yiddish/Hebrew Haver (חבר) and Baruch (ברוך), thus literally "blessed friend".
HAVIV Jewish
Means 'Sweet' in Hebrew
HAYAT Hebrew
Means "tailor" in Hebrew.
HEFNER German, Jewish
Recorded in several spellings including Hafner, Haffner, and Hevner, this is as surname of early Germanic origins. ... [more]
HEID German, Jewish
Topographic name from Middle High German heide, German Heide ‘heath’, ‘moor’. Compare Heath.... [more]
HEIFETZ Jewish
An invented Jewish name based on Hebrew chefets "pleasure". Lithuanian-born US violinist Jascha Heifetz (1901-1987) was a known bearer.
HEIN German, Dutch, Danish, Jewish
German, Dutch, Danish, and Jewish (Ashkenazic): from a short form of the Germanic personal name Heinrich.
HEINE German, Dutch, Jewish
Derived from a short form of Heinrich.
HEINEMANN German, Jewish
Combination of Heine, a short form of Heinrich, and Mann "man".
HERSHKOWITZ Jewish
Patronymic from the personal name Hershke, a pet form of Hersh.
HIMLFARB Yiddish
Means "color of the sky".
HOD Hebrew
From the given name Hod which means "glory, splendor" in Hebrew, more commonly used as a surname.
HOLLANDER German, English, Jewish, Dutch, Swedish
Regional name for someone from Holland.
HOLLINGER German, Jewish
Habitational name for someone from places called Holling or Hollingen.
HOLZINGER German, Jewish
Habitational name for someone from any of various places called Holzing or Holzingen.
HONIG German, Jewish
Metonymic name for a gatherer or seller of honey, from Middle High German honec, honic "honey", German Honig.
HONIKMAN Yiddish
It literally means "honeyman", possibly denoting a beekeeper.
HORNSHTEYN Yiddish
It literally means "hornstone".
HUBERT German, Dutch, English, French, Jewish
Derived from the given name Hubert.
HUBERTZ Yiddish
Yiddish form of the German-Jewish surname Huberowitz, meaning "son of Heber."
INBAR Hebrew (Modern)
From the given name Inbar, means "amber" in Hebrew.
ISAAC Jewish, English, Welsh, French
Derived from the given name Isaac.
ISENBARGER German, Jewish
Respelling of German or Jewish Eisenberger.
ISRAEL Hebrew
From the name Israel.
ITELSON Yiddish, German
Yiddish "Son of Itel"
JABŁONOWSKI Polish, Jewish
Habitational name for someone from a place called Jabłonowo or Jabłonow; both place names are from jabłoń meaning "apple tree".
JABLONSKI Polish, Jewish
Habitational name for someone from Jablonka, Jablonna, or Jablonica, all places named with jablon "apple tree", or the diminutive form jablonka.
JACOBE Jewish
Variant spelling of Jacobi.
JACOBI Jewish, English, Dutch, German
From the Latin genitive Jacobi ‘(son) of Jacob’, Latinized form of English Jacobs and Jacobson or North German Jakobs(en) and Jacobs(en).
JACOBOWITZ Jewish
Germanized spelling of a Slavic patronymic from the personal name Jacob.
JAGODZIŃSKI Polish, Jewish
Habitational name for someone from a place called Jagodziny, Jagodzinek, or Jagodziniec, all named with jagoda meaning "berry".
JAWORSKI Polish, Jewish
Habitational name for someone from any of numerous places named Jawory or Jaworze, named with Polish jawor meaning "maple", "sycamore".
JEHLE Hebrew
Jehle-Romanov surname was given name of monarchical leaders over the areas of eastern Eurasia known as Russia and all Russia's yet upon revolution family erroneously reported all dead. Most family of Alexander died while remaining in Russia, while those whom escaped circa 1880 survived... [more]
JEREMIAS Jewish, Spanish
Derived from the Hebrew given name Jeremiah
JÜNGER German, Jewish
German (Jünger) distinguishing name, from Middle High German jünger ‘younger’, for the younger of two bearers of the same personal name, usually a son who bore the same name as his father... [more]
KADOSH Hebrew
Means "holy" in Hebrew.
KAGAN Jewish (Russian)
Eastern Ashkenazic form of Cohen.
KALP German, Jewish
From Middle High German kalp ‘calf’, German Kalb, probably applied as a metonymic occupational name for someone who reared calves.
KANAREK Jewish (Anglicized, Modern)
Originally from Canary, as in the Canary Islands.
KAPLAN Jewish, Turkish
Means "tiger" in Turkish. This common Jewish surname has a spelling variation: Caplan. For an unknown reason, Jewish immigrants who passed through the port at Baltimore had their names changed to Caplan, while the Jewish immigrants who passed through Ellis Island retained the original K spelling.
KAPLAN Jewish
Surname used as a translation of Cohen, from German Kaplan or Polish kapłan "chaplain, curate".
KARIV Hebrew
Means "battle, fight, war" in Hebrew.
KARLIN Jewish
Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic) habitational name for someone from Karlin, a suburb of Pinsk in Belarus, in which the Jews formed the majority of the population until the Holocaust. A well-known Hasidic sect originated in Karlin and at one time it attracted so many followers that a (now obsolete) Russian word for ‘Hasid’ was Karliner (of Yiddish origin)... [more]
KATZ Jewish
An abbreviation of the phrase kohen tsedek "righteous priest".
KATZIN Jewish
Jewish: nickname from Hebrew katsin ‘rich man’. ... [more]
KAZ Jewish
Variant of Katz.
KAZAN Jewish
From Hebew chazan, which is an occupational name for a cantor in a synagogue.
KAZAN Ukrainian, Belarusian, Jewish
From Turkish kazan meaning "kettle, boiler, furnace".
KEDEM Hebrew
Either means "east" or "ancient" in Hebrew.
KEIDAR Hebrew
Keidar is an ancient nickname given to the descendants of Ishmael.
KEREN Hebrew (Modern)
From the given name Keren.
KESHET Hebrew (Modern)
From the given name Keshet which means "rainbow" in Hebrew, it is used more as a surname than a given name.
KESLER German, Dutch, Jewish
It is an occupational name that means coppersmith. In alpine countries the name derived from the definition: the one living in the basin of a valley.
KESSLER German, Jewish
Denotes a coppersmith or maker of copper cooking vessels, derived from Middle High German kezzel meaning “kettle, cauldron”.
KHAIMOV Uzbek, Jewish
Means "son of Chayyim". This surname is used by Bukharan Jews of Uzbekistan.
KHEN Hebrew (Modern)
From the given name Hen or Chen (2) which both means "beauty", "grace", "charm" in Hebrew.
KIEL Jewish
Jewish (Ashkenazic) variant of Kil.
KIL Jewish
Jewish (Ashkenazic) of uncertain origin; perhaps a nickname from Yiddish kil ‘cool’.
KILL Jewish
Of uncertain origin; perhaps a nickname from Yiddish kil meaning ‘cool’.
KIND English, German, Jewish, Dutch
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic) from Middle High German kint, German Kind ‘child’, hence a nickname for someone with a childish or naive disposition, or an epithet used to distinguish between a father and his son... [more]
KLAYN Jewish
Variant of KLEIN
KNOLL English, German, Jewish
English and German topographic name for someone living near a hilltop or mountain peak, from Middle English knolle ‘hilltop’, ‘hillock’ (Old English cnoll), Middle High German knol ‘peak’... [more]
KOCH Jewish
Koch - which also has the meaning of Cook in German's origin was however not from that meaning. It origins are to be traced in the Jewish ancestory. The original meaning came from the word Star. Amongst the related surnames (with or without bar in front or a ba or similar appended) are: Koch, Kochba, Kok, Kock, Kuk, Coq, Coqui, Cook (as a translation from the perceived meaning of cook) and a host of others... [more]
KOEN Jewish
A variant of Cohen
KOENIGSBERG Jewish
Associated with the Polish, then Prussian, then German, now Russian town Königsberg.
KOHEN Jewish, Hebrew, English
Hebrew form of Cohen.
KOHN Jewish
Variant of COHEN.
KONICK Yiddish
Variation of Koenig.
KÖNIGSBERG Jewish
Associated with the Polish/Prussian/German/Russian town Königsberg, now called Kaliningrad. This surname was borne by the parents of American actor, writer, teacher, and director Walter Koenig (1936-) before they emigrated to the United States.
KOREN Slovene, Hebrew
Koren is a surname which has multiple origins. Koren may be a variant of the German occupational surname Korn, meaning a dealer in grain. Alternatively, it may be a variant of the Greek female name Kora... [more]
KORNFELD German, Jewish
Means "cornfield" in German.
KOT Polish, Slovak, Czech, Belorussian, Jewish, German
From a personal name or nickname based on Slavic kot "tom cat".
KOTLARZ Polish, Jewish
Occupational name for a boilermaker or coppersmith, from the Polish word kotlarz meaning "boilermaker".... [more]
KOWALEWSKI Polish, Jewish
Habitational name for someone from places called Kowalew or Kowalewo, named with kowal "smith" or an occupational name for a blacksmith.
KOZAK Jewish
Nickname from Yiddish kozak from a Ukrainian loanword meaning "warrior", "brave man".
KRÄFT German, Jewish
Nickname for a strong man, from Old High German kraft, German Kraft ‘strength’, ‘power’.
KRAFTMEL Yiddish
It literally means "starch".
KRASOWSKI Polish, Jewish
Habitational name for someone from the villages of Krasowa, Krasów, or Krasowa.
KREISEL German, Jewish
Jewish family name and originally a nickname for an active or disorganized person, derived from German kreisel meaning "spinning top, top", ultimately from kreis "circle". Alternatively, it could've be used as a nickname for a person with curly hair in the context of "spiral" or "curl".
KRONECKER Jewish, German (Austrian)
Derived from the place name Kroneck in Austria. A famous bearer of this surname was Leopold Kronecker(1823~1891),the German mathematician who worked on number theory.
KRUMHOLZ Jewish, German
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic) from Krumbholz ‘bent timber’, ‘mountain pine’, hence probably a metonymic occupational name for a cartwright or wheelwright. As a Jewish surname it is ornamental.
KUBA Dutch, Polish, Czech, Slovak, Jewish
From Kuba, a pet form of the personal name Jakub.
KUN Hungarian, Jewish
Hungarian: ethnic name for a member of a Turkic people known in English as the Cumanians (Hungarian kún). ... [more]
KUNIC Yiddish
Variation on Koenig.
KUNIN Jewish
Metronymic form of KUNE.
KUNIS Jewish
Metronymic form of KUNE. This surname is most famous for its association with the American actress named Mila Kunis.
KUPFER German, Jewish
German (Küpfer) and Jewish (Ashkenazic) metonymic occupational name for a worker or trader in copper, Middle High German kupfer, German Kupfer ‘copper’. As a Jewish name it is often an ornamental name.
LANCER Jewish
Ornamental name from German Lanze "lance, spear" combined with the agent suffix -er.
LANDA Jewish
Variant of Landau.
LANDE French, Norwegian, Jewish
French: topographic name for someone living on a heath, lande (from Gaulish landa ‘space’, ‘land’), or a habitational name from any of numerous minor places named La Lande from this word.... [more]
LASKI Polish, Hungarian, Jewish
Polish (Laski) and Jewish (from Poland): habitational name from Lasko (now Lask) in Sieradz voivodeship, named with laz, lazy ‘clearing in a forest’. ... [more]
LÄUFER German, Jewish
Habitational name for someone from a place called Lauf, also an occupational name for a messenger or a nickname for a fast runner, from an agent derivative of Middle High German loufen, German laufen ‘to run’.
LAVAY Jewish
American variant of Levi.
LAVI Hebrew
From the given name Lavi, meaning "lion"
LELLOUCHE Judeo-Spanish, Northern African
Algerian Sephardic surname derived from Tamazight alûsh meaning "lamb".
LEMBERG Jewish
Habitational name from the city of Lviv in Ukraine, from its German name Lemberg.
LEO Jewish
From the personal name Leo.
LERNER German, Jewish
Its literal meaning can be either "student" or "scholar".
LEVA Bulgarian (Rare), Czech (Rare), French (Rare), Jewish (Rare)
From the Hebrew given name Lev, meaning Lion. It is also the name of the currency in Bulgaria, and a verb in French meaning to lever or to lift.
LEVAI Jewish
Comes from the Levitic surnames of 'Levi' and 'Levy', signifying the descendants from the Tribe of Levi. All bearers today are of Hungarian–Jewish descent.
LEVENSTEIN Jewish, Yiddish
Jewish (Ashkenazic): ornamental name, or perhaps an ornamental elaboration associated with the name Leyb; from Middle High German lewe ‘lion’, translating the Yiddish male personal name Leyb (see Low) + German stein ‘stone’, ‘rock’... [more]
LEVIN Jewish, Lithuanian, Belarusian, German, Russian, French (Quebec, Anglicized), Various
As a Lithuanian Jewish and Belarusian Jewish name, it is a Slavicized form of Levy. As a German and German Jewish name, it is derived from the given name Levin. As a Jewish name, it can also be related to Loewe... [more]
LEVINSON English, Jewish
Means "son of LEVI".
LEVY Jewish
From the Biblical personal name Levi, from a Hebrew word meaning "joining". This was borne by a son of Jacob and Leah (Genesis 29: 34). Bearers of this name are Levites, members of the tribe of Levi, who form a hereditary caste who assist the kohanim (see Cohen) in their priestly duties.
LEVY English, French, Jewish
There are three possible sources of this surname. ... [more]
LIBERMAN German, Jewish
Variant spelling of Liebermann.
LICHT Jewish
From the German word meaning “light”
LICHTER German, Jewish
Occupational name for someone who made candles or possibly for someone who tended a light, from an agent derivative of from Middle High German lieht, Yiddish likht "candle, light".
LIEB German, Jewish
Nickname for a pleasant or agreeable person, from Middle High German liep "dear, beloved"; Yiddish lib or German lieb. This word was also used as a personal name, both alone (German) and in compounds (German and Jewish).
LIEBER English, German, Polish, Jewish
Transferred use of the given name Lieber.
LIEBERMAN German, Jewish
Variant of Liebermann.
LIEBERMANN German, Jewish
Derived from "Lieb", a German and Jewish (Ashkenazic) nickname for a person from the German "Lieb" or Yiddish "Lib", meaning "dear, beloved". Many Liebermann families originally spelled the name in Hebrew or Cyrillic characters, so variations in the spelling occurred during transliteration to the Latin alphabet.
LIEBOWITZ Jewish
Yiddish for "dear" or "beloved."
LINDE German, Dutch, Jewish, Spanish, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
Topographic name for someone who lived by a conspicuous lime tree, from Middle High German, Dutch linde, Scandinavian lind. There are several places, especially in North Germany, named with this word... [more]
LINN Scottish, Scots, English, Irish, German, Jewish, Finnish (Anglicized), Estonian
As a Scottish and Northern English surname, it is a variant of Lyne. Its usage as an English name is primarily by Scots living in Northern England.... [more]
LIPOWSKI Polish, Jewish
Habitational name for someone from any of various places called Lipowo, Lipowa, or Lipowe, named with an adjectival derivative of Polish lipa meaning "lime tree".
LIPSKI Polish, Jewish
Habitational name for someone from any of various places called Lipie, Lipsk, Lipsko, Lipy, etc., all named with Polish lipa meaning "lime tree".
LISOWSKI Polish, Jewish
Habitational name for someone from a place called Lisowo, Lisów, Lisowa, Lisowice, or other places named with Polish lis meaning "fox".
LISZOVICS Polish, Jewish
This surname has Eastern European connections and has been used by the Jewish population.
LITTMAN German (East Prussian), German (West Prussian), German, Jewish
Derived from Germanized Czech personal names like Litomir (Czech: Ljutomir) and Litobor (Czech: Ljutobor) which ultimately go back to Old Slavic ljutu "grim; fierce; ferocious; wild". One theory suggests, however, that these given names might have been influenced by ljub- "love; dear".... [more]
LIVINGSTONE Scottish, Irish, Jewish
Scottish: Habitational name from a place in Lothian, originally named in Middle English as Levingston, from an owner called Levin (Lewin), who appears in charters of David I in the early 12th century.... [more]
LIZOVICH Jewish
I knew a family with this surname and they were Jewish.
LOGOWIN Jewish
The last name "Logowin" was found in Russia. Emigrants from Russia moved to the USA and changed the last name in "Levin".
LOWENSTEIN German, Jewish, Swedish
German (Löwenstein): habitational name from any of several places called Löwenstein.... [more]
LÖWENTHAL Jewish, Swedish
Ornamental name composed of German Löwe "lion" and T(h)al "valley"; in some cases the Jewish name would have been an ornamental elaboration associated with the personal name Levy or with personal names meaning "lion".
LUDZKER Jewish (Rare)
coming from the town of Lutzk in Poland
LURIE Jewish
It is one of the oldest family trees in the world, tracing back at least to King David born c. 1037 BCE, as documented by Neil Rosenstein in his book The Lurie Legacy. It contains many famous members such as Karl Marx, Sigmund Freud, Felix Mendelssohn, Martin Buber, Rashi, and Hezekiah.
LUSTGARTEN Jewish
An invented Jewish name based on German Lustgarten "pleasure garden" (perhaps alluding to the Garden of Eden). It was borne by British barrister, writer and broadcaster Edgar Lustgarten (1907-1978), presenter of television crime reconstructions.
LUSTIG Swedish, German, Jewish, Dutch
From Swedish and German lustig ”humerous, funny, enjoyable” or Middle High German lustig ”merry, carefree”.
LUXENBERG German, Jewish, Luxembourgish, Belgian, French, Walloon
Habitational name from various places named Luxenberg, Luxemberg, Luxenburg, or Luxembourg, including the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.
LYSAK Jewish
Nickname for a bald man, Ukrainian lysak.
MA'AYAN Hebrew (Rare)
Means "spring of water" or "fountain" in Hebrew, this is more common as a given name than a surname
MACHADOS Jewish
From the Hebrew name Adam, meaning "man" or "male."
MAITLIS Jewish
Means "son of Meytl", a Yiddish female personal name, literally "little Meyte", a Yiddish female personal name derived from Middle High German maget "maid".
MAJ Polish, Jewish
Surname adopted with reference to the month of May, Polish maj. Surnames referring to months were sometimes adopted by Jewish converts to Christianity, with reference to the month in which they were baptized or in which the surname was registered.
MAKOWSKI Jewish, Polish, Ukrainian
Habitational name for someone from any of various places called Maków, Makowa, or Makowo, all named from mak "poppy (seeds)".
MALAMED Jewish
from the Yiddish for "a teacher of young children".
MALKA Hebrew
Means "queen" in Hebrew.
MANOR Hebrew
Means "loom" or "weaving" in Hebrew.
MARGALIT Hebrew
Means "pearl" in Hebrew, ultimately from Greek μαργαρίτης (margarī́tēs) (see Margalit).
MARGOLIS Jewish
From the Jewish female personal name Margolis, literally (in Hebrew) "pearls".
MARGULIS Hebrew
Margulis is a surname that is derived from the Ashkenazi Hebrew pronunciation of the Hebrew word מרגלית (Israeli Hebrew /maʁɡaˈlit/), meaning 'pearl,'
MASLOV Russian, Jewish
Derived from Russian масло (maslo) meaning "butter", originally used as an occupational name for someone who worked as a dairyman or sold dairy products.
MATAN Hebrew (Modern, Rare)
From the given name Matan which means "gift" or "to give" in Hebrew.
MATANA Hebrew
Literally means "gift" in Hebrew.
MAUER German, Jewish
Topographic name for someone who lived near a wall, Middle High German mure "wall".
MECKLENBURG German, Jewish
Regional name for someone from this province in northern Germany. Derived from Old Saxon mikil "big, great" and burg "castle".
MEGHNAGI Jewish, Northern African
Sephardic Jewish, originating from the Libyan Jewish community. Most were from Tripoli, with a much smaller contingent from Benghazi.
MEIRON Hebrew
From the given name Miron (2).
MENDLSAN Yiddish
Yiddish form of Mendelssohn.
MERL Jewish
Jewish (Ashkenazic) metronymic from the Yiddish female personal name Merl, a pet form of Hebrew Miryam (see Mirkin).
MIKHELASHVILI Georgian, Jewish
Means "son of Mikheil" in Georgian.
MILIBAND Jewish
This is the surname of British Labour Party politicians Ed and David Miliband, who are ethnically Jewish.
MIODOWNIK Polish, Jewish
The literal translation is "honey cake", from the Polish word/root surname miod, meaning "honey." An occupational surname to those in the honey business, mainly beekeepers and bakers.... [more]
MIRANDA Spanish, Portuguese, Jewish
Habitational name from any of numerous places in Spain and Portugal called Miranda. The derivation of the place name is uncertain; it may be of pre-Roman origin, or from Latin miranda "view, outlook".
MIRKIN Jewish
Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic): metronymic from the Yiddish female personal name Mirke, a pet form of the Biblical Hebrew name Miryam.
MIZRACHI Hebrew
Variant transcription of Mizrahi.
MIZRAHI Hebrew
From Hebrew מִזְרָחִי (mizrakhí) meaning "East, eastern".
MODENA Italian, Judeo-Italian
Italian and Jewish (from Italy) habitational name from the city of Modena in Emilia-Romagna.
MODZELEWSKI Polish, Jewish
Habitational name for someone from places in Poland called Modzel or Modzele, from modzel meaning "hard place", "callus".
MONTEFIORE Italian, Jewish
Derived from Montefiore, which is the name of several places in Italy. For example, there is Castle Montefiore in the town of Recanati (province of Macerata), the municipality of Montefiore Conca (province of Rimini) and the municipality of Montefiore dell'Aso (province of Ascoli Piceno)... [more]
MOR Hebrew (Modern)
From the given name Mor, means "myrrh" in Hebrew.
MORAG Hebrew
Means "threshing sledge", "flail" in Hebrew. Morag is a hand-held threshing tool.
MORAN Hebrew (Modern, Rare)
From the given name Moran.
MORPURGO Hebrew
Morpurgo (Hebrew: מורפורגו‎) is an Italian surname of Jewish origin. Originally Marpurg, from the Austrian city Marburg an der Drau (today Maribor in Slovenia). Key ancestor was Moises Jacob, father of Petachia, in Bad-Rackersburg, Austria... [more]
MOSHE Hebrew
From the given name Moshe.
MOSSBERG Jewish, Swedish
Ornamental name composed of the elements mosse "peat bog" + berg "mountain", "hill".
MOST Polish, Jewish
Topographic name from Slavic most meaning "bridge", or a habitational name from any of several places named with this word.
MUSHINSKI Jewish
Habitational name for someone from Moshny, in Ukraine.
NACHTIGALL German, Jewish
Nickname from Middle High German nachtegal "nightingale" from Old High German galan "to sing". Cognate to NIGHTINGALE.
NADEL German, Jewish
Metonymic occupational name for a maker of needles, or in some cases for a tailor, from Middle High German nadel(e), German Nadel "needle".
NADOLNY Polish, Jewish, Sorbian
Topographic name from Polish nadól, Sorbian nadol "downwards", denoting someone who lived lower down in a village on a slope, or on relatively low-lying ground.
NAHUM Hebrew
From the given name Nahum.
NAIMAN Ukrainian, Jewish
Before Genghis Khan conquered the world, he conquered his neighbors, and his last great victory, in 1204, was over a tribe of Turkic Christians called the Naiman. (Some Naimans today are Christian but most are Jewish.)... [more]
NATAN Hebrew
From the given name Natan.
NATES English, Jewish
It's probably from the given name Nate, the origin is said to be Jewish*, but the ancestors immigrated to English speaking countries.
NAZARETH Hebrew
From the Hebrew for "To guard."
NEGRO Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Jewish
Nickname or ethnic name from negro "black" (Latin niger), denoting someone with dark hair or a dark complexion.
NEGRO Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Jewish
From a medieval continuation of the Latin personal name Niger.
NEMIROV Russian, Hebrew, Ukrainian
Name derived from the city of Nemirov in Ukraine, The city was named after its founder, Prince Nemir.
NERENBERG Jewish
Variant of the Ashkenazic Jewish surname Nierenberg, which is derived from Nirnberg, the Yiddish form of Nuremberg (German Nürnberg), hence becoming an Ashkenazic Jewish habitational surname for someone living in that city.
NESHER Hebrew (Modern)
Means "eagle" in Hebrew.
NESSIM Spanish, Jewish, Hebrew
Hebrew for 'miracles'. Name was originally Bar-Nisim; 'Children of the Miricle'
NEUHAUS German, Jewish
Topographical name for someone who lived in a new house, Middle High German niuwe hus, modern German neu Haus, or a habitational name for someone from any of several places named Neuhaus ('new house') in various parts of Germany and Austria, also in Bohemia.
NÜRNBERGER German, Jewish
Habitational name for someone from the city of Nürnberg in Bavaria.
OFEK Hebrew
Means "horizon" in Hebrew, used both as a given name and a surname.
OFER Hebrew (Modern)
From the given name Ofer, means "fawn" in Hebrew.
OHAYON Judeo-Spanish, Northern African
Means "son of Chayyim" from the Berber prefix ou- or au- meaning "son (of)" combined with the Hebrew given name Chayyim.
OPHIR Hebrew
From the given name Ophir. Ophir (or Ofir) is originally a biblical place name. In the days of King Solomon, Ophir was metioned as the name of a land, full of abudant natural treasures such as gold, silver, etc.
OREN Hebrew
From the given name Oren.
OROWITZ Jewish, German
The name comes from a famous Rabbinical dynasty.... [more]
ORPAZ Hebrew (Modern)
From the given name Orpaz, means "golden light" in Hebrew.
OVADIA Hebrew
From the given name Ovadia.
PANCEK Yiddish
Variant of Penzig.
PARNES Jewish
Eastern Ashkenazic occupational name for the president of a Jewish community, from Yiddish parnes (from Hebrew parnas).
PARNESS Jewish
Variant of PARNES.
PAZ Hebrew (Rare)
From the given name Paz (2), means "gold" in Hebrew. ... [more]
PELED Hebrew
Derived from Hebrew פְּלָדָה (pladá) meaning "steel".
PELKA Jewish
Habitational name for someone from Pelki in Poland.
PELTZ German, Jewish
Occupational name for a furrier, from Middle High German bellez, (modern German pelz) "fur", "animal skin".
PELZ German, Jewish
Variant of PELTZ.
PERES Jewish, Galician, Portuguese
Derived from the given name Perez, a son of Judah by Tamar, and may also be spelled Perez or Peretz. It is also Galician and Portuguese, but means "Son of Pedro", and is a patronymic in those languages.
PERLMUTTER Jewish
Jewish (Ashkenazic): ornamental name from German Perlmutter ‘mother-of-pearl'.
PERLSTEIN Jewish
Ornamental name composed of German Perle ‘pearl’ + Stein ‘stone’.
PETITO Jewish (Archaic)
Jewish family surname. Family originally settled in South of Italy, but also spread in Rome. According family's background stories, ancestors ( פטיטו ) sailed from Palestine to (south) of Italy, where they settled, at time of the big diaspora as an effect of Bar Kochba defeat (135 A.D.). There are still today in Israel people with Petito surname in the major Israel cities, as well elsewhere (check Petito in www.israelpb.com --or here, letter P: http://www.genami.org/en/belgian-file/belgian-file-p.php).
PFEFFER German, Jewish
Occupational name for a spicer, or a nickname for a person with a fiery temper, for a small man, or for a dark-haired person. Derived from German Pfeffer "pepper".
PINSON Jewish, Russian
Derived from Spanish "pinzon", meaning "finch".
PLUM English, German, Jewish
English and North German: from Middle English plum(b)e, Middle Low German plum(e) ‘plum’, hence a topographic name for someone who lived by a plum tree, or a metonymic occupational name for a fruit grower... [more]
PNIEWSKI Polish, Jewish
Habitational name for someone from Pniewy in the district of Poznań, or from any of the many places in Poland named Pniewo.