are used in the country of Switzerland in central Europe.
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MICK German, Dutch, Irish
Short form of the given name MIKOLAJ
or an occupational name from Middle Low German and Middle Dutch micke
"(wheat or rye) bread". The name was reportedly taken from Germany to Ireland in the 18th century.
It originated when an immigrant family named Michelet came to New York from Northern France. Because they had a foreign surname, they made up the names Mickley and Michelin. The originator was Jean Jacques Michelet (John Jacob Mickley), a private in the Revolutionary War... [more]
In part a Southern Italian a habitational name from Mignogna, a minor place in Foggia province.
Patronymic or plural form of Minello
, a pet form of the personal name Mino
, which is a short form of a personal name formed with the hypocoristic suffix -mino
, such as Adimino
MIRABELLA Italian, Sicilian, Italian (Australian)
Italian (Campania and Sicily): habitational name from Mirabella Eclano in Avellino or Mirabella Imbaccari in Catania, or from various places with the name Mirabello, all named from medieval Latin mira
, "viewpoint", and bella
, "beautiful"... [more]
Literally "middle", probably a topographic name from a farm occupying a middle position in a settlement. Compare Mitter
From a byname from Middle High German mittelman
Topographic name for someone who lived on or owned a property that was in the middle between two or more others, especially if the others were both held by men with the same personal name (for example, Mitter Hans
), from the strong form of Middle High German mitte
Patronymic surname derived from the given name Bartholomäus, the German form of Bartholomew.
MOHLER German, English
The Mohler surname is derived from the Low German word möhl
which means mill. Thus the name originally denoted someone who live or worked near a mill. Variant of Müller
From a short form of an old personal name, Morhart (see Morath).
The surname Molinaro is a name for a person who owned, managed, or worked in a mill deriving its origin from the Italian word "molino," which meant mill.
Probably from a person's occupation, with molino
meaning "mill" in Italian. The second part may come from rullo
, meaning "a roller" or "I roll."
Nickname for someone of monkish habits or appearance, or an occupational name for a servant employed at a monastery, from Italian monaco
"monk" (from Greek monachos
It means Miller, someone operating a mill; from "meunier" or "mounier" in Old French.
Habitational name from Montalbano di Elicona in northeastern Sicily (earlier simply Montalbano), Montalbano Jonico (Matera province), or the district of Montalbano in Fasano, Brindisi.
My father tells me this name means "open mountain." It seems to have come from a small area around Agrigento in Sicily, Italy.
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]
From French montagne
, meaning "mountain" and possibly also from queue
, meaning "line". Charles Montesquieu was a 17th-century French aristocrat, philosopher and politician.
Habitational name from any of various places called Monteverde, for example in Avellino province, from monte meaning "mountain" + verde meaning "green".
Derived from Italian monte
meaning "mountain" and verdi
meaning "green"; literally means "green mountain".
Originated in Sardinia, Italy in the 17th century given to fishermen
MONTY French, English
Topographic name for a mountain dweller, from Old French mont 'mountain' (Latin mons, montis).
Possibly a variant of Monsu, which may be an occupational name for a cook, Calabrian munsu, or a nickname or title from Milanese monsu ‘sir’, ‘lord’, ‘gentleman’.
This surname means 'flying insect' from a German word that is mauke. (I think it is mauke, I am SO not sure.)
MORALEE English, French
First found in Norfolk where they were seated from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings.
Topographic name for someone who lived by a bridge over a swamp, from Middle High German mos meaning "bog", "swamp" + brucke meaning "bridge".
The name Moscatelli has its origins in a type of grape called Moscatel. This grape has its origin in ancient Egypt or Greece, but it was in Italy that it became famous. Here the farmers that planted the grape became known as the Moscatelli.
Variant of the personal name Muscato, also Americanized spelling of Greek Moskatos, a metonymic occupational name for a grower of muscat grapes.
MOSELE Italian, German (Austrian)
This surname is to be found in north-eastern Italy, more specifically in the Vicenza and Verona provinces. Families with this name are certain to be originally from the mountain town of Asiago, situated on a plateau north of Vicenza and now a well-known skiing resort... [more]
Metonymic occupational name for a producer or seller of must, i.e. unfermented grape juice, from Middle High German most
, ultimately derived from Latin mustum vinum
meaning "young (i.e. fresh) wine"... [more]
Topographic name from a derivative of Old French motte ‘fortified stronghold’.
The surname was first recorded in the 14th century as Mozahrt
, and later as Motzhardt
in Germany. It is a compound word, the first part of which is Middle High German mos
, also spelt mosz
, and meaning “bog, marsh” in southern dialects (compare modern German Moos
A locational name "of de Moloneaux" probably from the noble family who trace their descent from William the Conqueror, from Molineaux-sur-Seine, near Rouen. The name came to England during the wake of the Norman Conquest... [more]
Either a habitational name from a place named Müsch in Germany, or a topographic name meaning "bog", perhaps given to someone living near a bog.
(also Mütter): occupational name for an official employed to measure grain, from Middle High German mutte, mütte 'bushel', 'grain measure' (Latin modius) + the agent suffix -er.
Supposedly means "lived near water". Originated from Prussia.
It possibly comes from the German name of a nachtrab
, which is a "night bird like the owl". Another possible meaning is "night tribe".
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
a nickname taken from the plantname Aconitum napellus
, possibly for someone with a 'venerous' character (because the plant is venerous)
Nickname for a foolish or silly person, from Middle High German narr ‘fool’, ‘jester’.
Habitational, derived from any of several places called Nesse in Oldenburg and Friesland.
Someone from any of the places called Nassen, in Rhineland-Palatinate, Hesse, and Bavaria.
Topographic name for someone who lived in a thickly wooded area, or a metonymic occupational name for a woodcutter, from Middle High German nast meaning "branch", a regional variant of ast, resulting from the misdivision of forms such as ein ast meaning "a branch".
A variant of Neu; meaning "ship" or "boat."
From a short form of various medieval personal names derived from Germanic personal names formed with wald 'rule' as the final element, in particular Arnold.
The name means "By the sea". Originally a country of its own, located between Spain and France, Navarre became a part of France in 1284 when the Queen of Navarre married King Philip IV of France. After much war, becoming independent once again, and falling into Spanish rule, the Kingdom of Navarre is now split between Spain and France.
NAVARRO Spanish, French, English
Describes a former member of the ancient kingdom of Navarre. Possibly means 'the treeless country' or 'the country above the trees'
NEESON Irish, Dutch, German
Irish: reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Naois ‘son of Naois’, usually Anglicized as McNeese
. Can also be an altered form of Dutch or German Niesen
. Surname made famous by the actor Liam
NEFF German, German (Swiss)
From Middle High German neve 'nephew', hence probably a distinguishing name for a close relation or familiar of a prominent personage.
An occupational name for a tailor from a deritive of Middle Low German, 'nehen' which means 'to sew' or 'to embroider'
Unexplained. Perhaps from a short form of a Germanic personal name formed with an element cognate with Old High German niuwi meaning "new".
Habitational name for someone from Nenningen in Württemberg.
From the German word Nerz meaning "Mink".
Habitational name for someone from places so named in Brandenburg and Pomerania, or from places in Lower Saxony or Westphalia called Neuenfelde.
NEUGER German, French (?)
Was popularized by the German community. Famous bearers include investors Win Neuger and Dan Neuger, author Christie Cozad Neuger.
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.
nickname for someone who owed feudal dues at the New Year, or sometimes a name given to someone born on that day
NEUSER German (Rare)
Person who had ancestors that lived in Germany near Dusseldorf in the town called Neuss.
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): nickname for a new innkeeper, from Middle High German niuwe ‘new’ + wirt and German neu + Wirt ‘master of a house’, ‘innkeeper’.
Nickname meaning ‘beak’, or from a short form of a Germanic personal name Nippo
, composed of Old High German nit
‘hostility’, ‘eagerness’ + boto
From the German word "kupfernickel" meaning Devil's copper or St Nicholas's (OLd Nick's) copper.
NIEDERHÄUSER German, Swiss
Habitational name from any of numerous places named Niederhaus or Niederhausen, denoting the lower of two dwellings or settlements or one in a low-lying position.
NIEDERMEIER German, German (Austrian)
Initially used as a distinguishing name for a farmer ("Meier") who had a farm lower ("nieder") than the neighboring one(s). This surname and its variant spellings are common to Austria and the Free State of Bavaria in Germany.
NIEDERMEYER German, Dutch
Distinguishing name for a farmer (see Meyer) who had a farm lower (Middle High German nider(e)) than the neighboring one(s).
North German: topographic name from Middle Low German nie ‘new’ + hus ‘house’; or a habitational name from a common North German and Westphalian farm name with the same meaning.
German: from a reduced form of the personal name Dionys
), which was stressed on the last syllable; this was a popular personal name as a result of the influence of the French Saint Denis
NOBLE English, Scottish, Irish, French
Nickname from Middle English, Old French noble
"high-born, distinguished, illustrious" (Latin nobilis
), denoting someone of lofty birth or character, or perhaps also ironically someone of low station... [more]
Topographic name for someone who lived where nut trees grew, from noce
"nut" (Latin nux
, genitive nucis
Means "black" in French, originally used in Northern France as an ethnic nickname for someone from Southern France, Spain, Italy or North Africa. It also may have been used for someone who wore dark clothing or for someone who had an occupation during the night or was associated with the night.
NOLF German, Dutch
From a short form of the personal name Arnolf, composed of the Germanic elements arn 'eagle' + wulf 'wolf'. Dutch: from a reduced form of Nodolf, derived from the personal name Odolf by transfer of the final -n in a preceding personal name such as Jan, Simoen
Occupational name for a gelder of hogs, from Middle High German nunne, nonne meaning "nun", and by transfer "castrated hog" + an agent derivative of machen meaning "to make".
NORRELL English, German (?)
A locational surname from the Germanic (Old English/Old Norse) term for the north. It either refers to someone who lived in a location called Northwell, lived north of a well, spring or stream (Old English weall
Derived from Italian novello
and ultimately derived from Latin novellus
meaning "new". "Novi" also means "new" in several Slavic languages.
from Middle High German nuz ‘nut’, hence a metonymic occupational name for a gatherer and seller of nuts, or a nickname for a man thought to resemble a nut in some way
Surname used to refer to someone who lived 'up there' (on a mountain, hill, etc.).
Not to be confused with the similarly spelled ODELÍN
, which is Spanish rather than French, though they could have similar origins in name.
ODIGE French, African
A Name from french Odige (O.DI Zeouf) zeouf with means egg Zeouf is spelled as ge to shorten the name. This surname means fighter The French has been known to be Lovely and the language of love un-violent... [more]
Possibly a respelling of German Auffahrt
Means "powerlessness; helplessness; without power" in German. This was often used to describe someone very weak.
Generally considered a (very) contracted form of given names that contained the Old High German element od
"fortune; wealth" (or a variant thereof) and a second element that began with or contained the letter B, for example Audobald.
Patronymic or plural form of Orso
. It may also be an Italianized form of Slovenian Uršic, metronymic from the female personal name Urša, short form of Uršula (Latin Ursula), or a patronymic from the male personal name Urh, Slovenian vernacular form of Ulrik, German Udalrich
Likely a habitational name from an area in the Verbano-Cusio-Ossola province in Northern Italy.
OVERHOLSER German (Swiss)
The Oberholtzer family originated in the Swiss village of Oberholtz, south of Zurich, before the 15th century. However, in 1661, one family left Switzerland for the Palatinate in Germany.
Italian surname for "Little peacemaker"; a diminutive for the Italian word "paciere", meaning Peacemaker.
In French the meaning of the name Padgett is: Attendant
Metonymic occupational name for a horse dealer, from Middle Low German page
Occupational name for someone who gathered or used straw, derived from the Italian word paglia
PAINTER English, Medieval French, German
English: from Middle English, Old French peinto(u)r
, oblique case of peintre
‘painter’, hence an occupational name for a painter (normally of colored glass). In the Middle Ages the walls of both great and minor churches were covered with painted decorations, and Reaney and Wilson note that in 1308 Hugh le Peyntour
and Peter the Pavier were employed ‘making and painting the pavement’ at St... [more]
The name Pallmann originates from the Landsuhl area of Bavaria, Germany (nor in Rhineland-Palatinate). The meaning of the name is unknown. Some Pallmanns came to America and Americanized the spelling, by dropping the second "n", while others retained the "n".
Old surname first used in northern Italy,was derived from the old latin word "palominus", used to refer to a yellowish horse. The lastname Pallominy, originally spelled "Pallomini", was used to denote a heard of those horses in the medieval Italy ( circa 1350 AD), more especifically in the city of Florence and its surroundings.
The Palmero family lived in the territory of Palma, which is in Campania, in the province of Naples. The surname Palma was also a patronymic surname, derived from the personal name Palma, which was common in medieval times... [more]
metonymic occupational name for a baker, from Latin panarium ‘bread basket’.
A famous Spanish cave, located in Burgos, where the arabs hid from Spanierds.
given to someone who worked with high quality breads. from italian word pane
"bread" and bianco
Derived from the word "pane" meaning "bread" in Italian and "pinto" meaning "painted", "flecked", or possibly "bad". The name is generally given to a baker.
Venice, one of the oldest and most beautiful regions of Italy, is the esteemed birthplace of numerous prominent families, and of a family that bears the surname Panozzo. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for them to adopt a second name to identify themselves, as populations grew and travel became more frequent... [more]
The root papa
comes from the Greek language, whose Italian translation is literally "priest", but during centuries this was also a term of respect, and this is due to the active influence of Greek and Byzantine culture in southern Italy and specifically in Naples... [more]
Derived from Italian paratore
meaning "decorator, fuller", which refers to a craftsman who fulls coarse cloth. In other words: this surname is the Italian cognate of the English surname Fuller
Variant Of Pardon From Middle English Pardun, Pardon "Pardon" A Metonymic occupational name for a pardoner, a person licensed to sell papal pardons or indulgences. German: either a cognate of 1 (also for a sexton), from Old French pardon ‘pardon’, or perhaps a nickname from Middle Low German bardun, Middle High German purdune ‘pipe’ (instrument), ‘tenor’ (voice).
Italian surname coming from the given name Gaspare.
Topographic name for a field or meadow which was used at Easter as a playground; etymologically two sources seem to be combined: Latin pascuum ‘pasture’ and Middle Low German pāsche(n) ‘Easter’.
French for "shepherd" or "preacher, pastor". Famous bearer Louis Pasteur (1822-1895), French chemist who created the first rabies vaccine, gave his name to the process of 'pasteurization'.
Italian surname of unknown origin, most likely comes from Paternò in Sicily. Notable individuals include Joe Paterno (1926 - 2012), head coach at Pennsylvania State University until 2011.
Nickname, probably for an industrious person, from pecchia
"Pechman" means "man with bad luck" in many European languages (Polish, German, and Dutch predominantly), though in German, it originally referred to one who prepared, sold, or used pitch.
From Middle Low German pek
‘sharp, pointed tool or weapon’.
From Middle Low German pelle
"precious purple silk cloth", presumably an occupational name for a maker or seller of such cloth or for a maker of official and church vestments.
Nickname for a man with long or unkempt hair and beard, from peloso
PELTZ German, Jewish
Occupational name for a furrier, from Middle High German bellez
, (modern German pelz
) "fur", "animal skin".
Occupational name for a furrier, from an agent derivative Middle High German bellez
From the Old French name Pepis
, itself a form of the given name Pépin
. Alternatively, it may be derived from French pépin
meaning "(fruit) seed", thus making it an occupational name for a gardener or someone who grew fruit-bearing trees.
PERDUE English, Irish, French
English and Irish from Old French par Dieu
‘by God’, which was adopted in Middle English in a variety of more or less heavily altered forms. The surname represents a nickname from a favorite oath... [more]
A famous bearer is the Italian archaeologist Luigi Pernier (1874 - 1937), who discovered the mysterious Phaistos disc on the Greek island of Crete.
Derived from the Italian word pesce
which means "fish", ultimately from Latin piscis
. This could serve as an occupational surname for a fisher / fisherman or a person who looked like a fish... [more]