South African Submitted Surnames

These name are used in the Republic of South Africa.
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Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
BEKKERAfrikaans
bekker is a regional form of Dutch bakker which means Baker
BUYSAfrikaans (Modern)
South Africa, Pretoria
CILLIËRSAfrikaans
Brought to South Africa by settlers of French decent some time in the past 300 years. Sometimes also a given name for boys.
DE BEERAfrikaans
De Beer is a Dutch and Afrikaans surname, meaning "the bear"
DE BRUYNAfrikaans
"Bruyn" is an archaic spelling of "bruin", meaning "brown"
DE KOCKAfrikaans
Means "The Cook"
DUBENdebele, Zulu
It means Zebra. It is usually a surname instead of a person's name used by Zimbabwean Ndebele people and South African Zulu people.... [more]
DU PLESSISAfrikaans, French Creole, French (Cajun), French (Huguenot)
French topographic name for someone who lived by a quickset fence, Old French pleis (from Latin plexum past participle of plectere ‘plait’, ‘weave’), with fused preposition and definite article du ‘from the’... [more]
ENGELBRECHTAfrikaans
The name Engelbrecht has multiple translations, including "Angle Glorious" and "Bright Angel".
FOURIEAfrikaans
Originates from French Huguenot settlers
KHUMALOZulu, Ndebele, South African
Zulu and Ndebele clan name meaning "descendant of the fish tribe".
LOUWAfrikaans
Louw is a surname that has pre 7th century Germanic origins. It is a Dutch/Flemish variant on the word Lowe, meaning Lion.
MAHARAJSouth African, Indian, Trinidadian Creole, Fijian
Means "great king, great ruler", from Sanskrit महा (mahā) meaning "great, large, big" combined with राज (rāja) meaning "king, sovereign". It is also found among Indian communities abroad.
MOPANTOKOBOGOZulu
From Zulu meaning "big man".
NAIDOOSouth African, Southern African
In 2014, this was the most common surname in South Africa.
OOSTHUIZENSouth African
Came from a village in the Dutch province of North Holland.
RAJKOOMARMauritian Creole, South African
Variant of Rajkumar used by Mauritian and South African Indians.
RAMPERSADTrinidadian Creole, South African, Mauritian Creole
Trinidadian surname of Indian Hindu origin; from Sanskrit राम (rāma) meaning "pleasing, pleasant, charming" combined with प्रसाद (prasāda) meaning "clearness, brightness, purity".
SNYMANAfrikaans
Afrikaans version of the German surname Schneider, which is German for tailor.
THERONSouth African, Occitan
South African surname of Occitan origin derived from any of the various locations named Théron or Thérond. The name itself is ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *tur- or Latin torus/thorus meaning "height, elevation"... [more]
VAN DEN BERGDutch, Afrikaans, Flemish
Meaning "from the mountain".
VAN DER MERWEDutch, South African
While the name is currently very common in South Africa, it originates in Holland, literally meaning "From the Merwe". The first van der Merwes hail from the Merwede river. The name went to South Africa with the Dutch settlers in 1652.
VAN NIEKERKAfrikaans, Southern African
Topographic name for any of the various locations named Nieuwerkerk in The Netherlands or Nieuwerkerken in Belgium. The name itself means "of the new church" from Dutch van meaning "of" combined with nieuw meaning "new" and kerk meaning "church".
VAN ROOYENAfrikaans
van Rooyen related to van Rooijen, is an Afrikaans and Dutch toponymic surname. May be rooted from the Rhine area of the Netherlands, possibly having meant "from Rhine" originally. Now a fairly common surname through out South Africa after being brought to Southern Africa by Dutch settlers over the past 300 years, often with variations on spelling but said in the same or a similar way.
VERWEYDutch, Afrikaans, South African
Contracted form of van der Weij meaning "from the meadow".
WEPENERSouth African, German
South African, German decent/history
YOSTAmerican, Dutch, Afrikaans
Americanized spelling of Dutch surname Joost or German surname Jost
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