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COSTELLO Irish, Italian
Costello (Irish: Mac Coisdealbha) is a common Irish surname originating in County Mayo. The surname derives from Jocelyn de Angulo (fl.1172), an Anglo-Norman knight.... [more]
COTTON English, French
English: habitational name from any of numerous places named from Old English cotum
(dative plural of cot
) ‘at the cottages or huts’ (or sometimes possibly from a Middle English plural, coten
COTTRELL English, French
First found in Derbyshire where the family "Cottrell" held a family seat and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege lord for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings, 1066CE... [more]
The name of several places in France, Belgium and Canada. In Middle French the word courcelle was used to describe a "small court" or a "small garden". The word is derived from the medieval Gallo-Romance and Gallo-Italian word corticella
, which was formed from the Latin word cohors
, meaning "court" or "enclosure", and the diminutive –icella
COURT English, French, Irish
A topographic name from Middle English, Old French court(e)
, meaning ‘court’. This word was used primarily with reference to the residence of the lord of a manor, and the surname is usually an occupational name for someone employed at a manorial court.... [more]
COVERT English, French
The surname is probably topographical, for someone who either lived by a sheltered bay, or more likely an area sheltered by trees. The formation is similar to couvert, meaning a wood or covert, and originally from the Latin "cooperio", to cover... [more]
CRABB English, Scottish, German, Dutch, Danish
English and Scottish, from Middle English crabbe, Old English crabba
‘crab’ (the crustacean), a nickname for someone with a peculiar gait. English and Scottish from Middle English crabbe
‘crabapple (tree)’ (probably of Old Norse origin), hence a topographic name for someone who lived by a crabapple tree... [more]
CRAUWELS Flemish, Dutch, German
Derrives from the Middle Dutch (medieval Dutch) word "crauwel" and Middle High German word "kröuwel" which means "flesh hook", "curved fork" or "trident". The word is no longer used. The first person with this name was most likely a farmer, butcher or a person that runned an inn or a hostel that was named after this tool.
French (adjectival form Crété
‘crested’): nickname for an arrogant individual, from Old French creste
‘crest (of a hill)’ (Late Latin crista
), used with reference to the comb of a rooster... [more]
CROZIER English, French
English and French occupational name for one who carried a cross or a bishop’s crook in ecclesiastical processions, from Middle English, Old French croisier
Probably from a shortened form of Cuosëmo
, a Neapolitan variant of the Italian male personal name COSIMO
This name derives from Latin “curtĭus”, which in turn derives from the Latin “curtus” meaning “shortened, short, mutilated, broken, incomplete”.
Occupational name for a farm hand, from Old French éscuerie
CUSTER German (Anglicized)
Anglicization of the German surname Köster
, literally "sexton". A famous bearer was George Custer (1839-1876), the American cavalry general. General Custer and his army were defeated and killed by Sioux and Cheyenne forces under Sitting Bull in the Battle of Little Bighorn (1876; also known colloquially as Custer's Last Stand).
Means "of Abbeville" Abbeville is a commune in France. Takes its name from Latin Abbatis Villa meaning "Abbot's Village".
Eastern German: from a pet form of the Slavic personal names DALIBOR
, which are both derived from dal-
DAHMER German, Danish
A northern German or Danish habitual name for someone from one of the many places named Dahme in Brandenburg, Holstein, Mecklenburg, or Silesia. A famous bearer of this name was Jeffrey Dahmer, serial killer (1960 - 1993).
DAME French, English
From the old French dame
, "lady" ultimately from Latin domina
Nickname for a foppish or effeminate young man, Old French dameron
, a derivative of Latin dominus
"lord", "master" plus two diminutive endings suggestive of weakness or childishness.
DAMIAN French, Spanish, Italian, Czech, Slovak, Polish
From the medieval personal name Damian
, Greek Damianos
"to subdue"). St. Damian was an early Christian saint martyred in Cilicia in ad 303 under the emperor Domitian, together with his brother Cosmas... [more]
From a short form of a personal name containing the Old High German element thank
Ethnic name for a Dane, or from the personal name Danese, which was introduced to and popularized in medieval Italy through French Carolingian literature, notably the epics Chanson de Roland and Ogier de Denemarche.
Patronymic from the personal name ANGER
. Habitational name for someone from the city of Angers.
my mother Eugenia Daniele born Oct 29 1899 lived in casamarciano till 1921, before emigrating to Long Island City in New York .he died at 103 in 2004
Derived from a given name, a short form of the name Tandulf
, the origins of which are uncertain. (In some cases, however, this surname may have originated as a nickname denoting a person who liked to dance, from the Middle High German word tanz
Occupational name for a professional acrobat or entertainer; variant of TANZER
D'Aoust, denotes someone from Aoust(e) in France. Aouste is situated in the Ardennes department (Champagne-Ardenne region) in the north-east of France at 29 km from Charleville-Mézières, the department capital... [more]
DA PRA Italian
A topographic name for someone from a meadow, from the northern variant of "prato" (meadow).
Comes from Italian word "aria" (plural arie) meaning "air"; also a form of opera
D'ARTAGNAN French, Literature
Surname given to a person from Artagnan, France. It is also used by Charles de Batz-Castelmore d'Artagnan, the captain of the Musketeers from the novel, "The Three Musketeers".
DAUM German, Jewish
Nickname for a short person, from Middle High German doum
"tap", "plug", or dume
, German Daumen
D'AUREVALLE French (Archaic)
This medieval surname literally means "from Aurevalle". Aurevalle can refer to any of the three French communes that are nowadays known by the more modern spelling Orival. All of them ultimately derive their name from Latin aurea vallis
meaning "golden vale" or "golden valley".
This surname literally means "from Aureville". Aureville is a commune in southwestern France, which was established in late medieval times. It derives its name from Latin aurea villa
or villa aurea
which literally means "golden country-house, golden farm" but of course later came to mean "golden village".
DA VINCI Italian
Means, "son of Vinci (1)
". A famous bearer was Italian inventor and artist Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519).
DEBLOIS French (French)
French surname meaning "From Blois", a town in Mid-Western France. The origins of the surname started back in the 1600s when a man named Grégoire Guérard traveled to Flanders (Now Belgium) and immigrated to New France (Now Canada) in 1658... [more]
From the given name Debus
, a variant of Thebs
, which was an altered short form of MATTHEUS
. This was borne by American union leader Eugene V. Debs (1855-1926).
DE CLERMONT French
Means "of the bright hill" from the French de
meaning "of" and clair
'bright', 'clear' + mont
Meaning uncertain. Probably a habitual surname for someone from Deaux in Gare.
This surname is well known in popular culture as the surname of Ronald Defeo who murdered his family in the 1970s while they lived in Amittyville, NY. The surname may mean “Of Ugly”.
The Italian surname De Filippo
is a patronymic name created from the first name of a male ancestor. As a first name, it is derived from the Latin "Philippus,". This name is composed of the element "philos" which means "friend," and "hippos," meaning "horse.
Variant of DUFORT
meaning "son of the strong" from French de-
, "of" and fort
, "strong". Notable namesake is author Frank
This is a surname of French origins. Introduced into England after the famous Invasion and Conquest of 1066, it is residential, but also possibly occupational. It is a surname which in its different forms is widely recorded heraldically, and particularly in the French regions of Brittany and Normandy... [more]
the Germanic ethnic name for someone from Denmark
DE LA BOULAYE French
This indicates familial origin within the Bourgignon commune of La Boulaye.
Probably based off the term "de la cœur", meaning "on the court".
From Old French de la foy
meaning "of the faith". This is probably a name given to a cleric or a very pious person among the French Catholics.
Habitational name for someone from Lagardelle, a place in Haute Garonne.
DE LAURA Italian
Metronymic from the female personal name Laura
(a derivative of Latin laurus
DELEVINGNE French, English
Means "of the vine" in French. It is the surname of Poppy Delevingne and Cara Delevingne, both English actresses and models; it is also the surname of French-born photojournalist Lionel Delevingne
DE LÉVIS French
This indicates familial origin within the Orléanais commune of Lévis-Saint-Nom.
DELFINO Italian, Spanish
From the personal name Delfino
, from Latin Delphinus
, from delphis
"dolphin", regarded in medieval times as a symbol of goodness and friendliness.
DE LINIERS French
This indicates familial origin within the Poitevin commune of Liniers.
DELLA Italian, Spanish
Likely derived from the Italian and Spanish word della
, meaning "of the".
DELOREY French (Anglicized)
Anglicized version of DESLAURIERS
, a topographic name for someone living among laurels, a combination of the fused preposition and plural definite article des ‘from the’ + the plural of Old French lorier ‘laurel’.
Metronymic from the female personal name Maria, or name for a devotee of the Virgin Mary.
DE MARNI Italian
From Italy, most likely Northern Italy. One theory is that De Marni or a similar sounding name was the name of an orphanage, but it's origin is unknown.
From French meaning "of the seas". A famous bearer of this surname was Modeste Demers, a bishop in 18th century Vancouver.
It's an occupational word coming from Latin. It means "master". It is of French origin.
Habitational name for someone from Denning in Bavaria. Denning is related to Middle Low German denne meaning "wooded vale".
The distinguished surname Depietri can be traced back to the ancient and beautiful region of Piedmont. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adopt a second name to identify themselves as populations grew and travel became more frequent... [more]
Derived from Germanic depp
which is a nickname for a joker (person who plays jokes on others). A notable bearer is Johnny Depp, an American actor.
DESANGES French (Rare)
Means "from the angels", possibly connected to the French title of the Virgin Mary Notre Dame des Anges
, meaning "Our Lady of the Angels". Bearers of this surname include Louis William Desanges (1822-1905), an English artist of French descent, and French historian Jehan Desanges (1929-).
"Chenes" is French for "oak tree". In French, "Des" means more than one. "Des"+ "Chenes"= Deschenes meaning "Many oak trees."
Habitational name for someone from any of various places named with Old French mareis, maresc ‘marsh’, as for example Les Marets, in Seine-et-Marne, Centre, Nord, and Picardy.
DES ROCHES French
Either a topographic name for someone living among rocks or a habitational name from any of several places named with this word, meaning "from the rocks" in French.
DEVALL French, English
Devall (also DeVall) is a surname of Norman origin with both English and French ties.Its meaning is derived from French the town of Deville, Ardennes. It was first recorded in England in the Domesday Book.In France, the surname is derived from 'de Val' meaning 'of the valley.'
French surname meaning, 'The Village', from French De- 'the' and Ville- 'Village'.
French: variant of De Var
, a habitational name for someone from a place named Var, for example in Charente. Respelling of French Devors
, a habitational name, with the preposition de
, for someone from Vors in Aveyron.
DI CICCO Italian
Patronymic from a pet form of the personal name Francesco, from Latin Franciscus. The "Di" in the surname means the family of Cicco so about 100 before you had this name, it would be only Cicco.
From the given name Diel
, from Thilo
, a diminutive of given names beginning with Diet-
, as such as DIETRICH
DIELMANN German (Modern)
It was once spelled as "Dielhmann" and sometimes with one "n". The meaning is unknown, but when I used Google's translator "dielh" means "the" and "mann" was "man.
DIERINGER German (Americanized)
Americanized form of German Thüringer, regional name for someone from Thuringia, This was also used as a medieval personal name. Americanized form of German Tieringer, habitational name for someone from Tieringen in Württemberg.
From Old French Dieu la foy
meaning "God the faith". Famous bearers were the married couple of French archeologists Marcel Dieulafoy (1844-1920) and Jane Dieulafoy (1951-1916). A medical condition of the stomach causing gastric bleeding called "Dieulafoy's lesion" was named after Dr... [more]
Rare Italian surname that comes from the city of Isola di Fano, Presaro e Urbino, Italy
DI FRANCESCO Italian
Literally means "of Francis," and therefore may also mean "son of Francis."
A surname historically used in southern Italy, possibly derived from the Italian "dell avvio" meaning "of the beginning."
DI MAGGIO Italian
Came from a child who was born in the month of May. The surname Maggio is derived from the Italian word Maggio, which literally means the month of May.
DINJER German (Rare)
Occupational surname that originated in the German dialect spoken in the Rhineland-Palatinate region. ... [more]
Means God in Italian. It was born as a stage name by Ronnie James Dio (July 10, 1942 – May 16, 2010), an American Heavy Metal Musician.
DI PEGO Italian
the origin of di Pego is unknown, but translates to 'I caught', in Italian.... [more]
DISTEL German, North German, Dutch
Topographic name for someone who lived by a patch of ground overgrown with thistles, or perhaps a nickname for a "prickly" person, from Middle High German, Middle Low German, Middle Dutch distel
Topographic name for someone who lived in a place where thistles grew, from German Distel
"thistle" (see DISTEL
) and -er
, suffix denoting an inhabitant.
Variant of DITTMAR
. In eastern Germany, this form has been used for Dittmar since the 15th century.
Derived from Middle Low German top
"pot". This is an occupational surname originally given to a potter.
Habitational name for someone from any of several places in Bavaria named Dörfling.
Meaning “given to God”, surname given to a child because they were given to a priest or monastery or either an orpan.
From the medieval personal name Donato
, past participle of donare
, frequentative of dare
"to give"). It was the name of a 4th-century Italian bishop martyred in c. 350 under Julian the Apostate, as well as various other early saints, and a 4th-century grammarian and commentator on Virgil, widely respected in the Middle Ages as a figure of great learning.
Topographic name for someone living near bushes or brush, from Middle High German doste, toste ‘leafy branch’, or a habitational name from a house with a sign depicting a bush. Also an altered spelling of Dasch
DOSTER German, Belgian
A German surname, which is from an agent derivative of the Middle High German words 'doste' and 'toste' (meaning ‘wild thyme’, ‘shrub’, ‘bouquet’). It is a topographic surname which was given to someone whose land abutted an uncultivated piece of land, or possibly an occupational name for someone who dealt herbs.... [more]
From a Germanic personal name formed with theud ‘people’, ‘race’ + hard ‘hardy’, ‘strong’ or hari, heri ‘army’
Nickname for a softie, possibly derived from Old French do(u)ille
meaning "soft, tender".
Meaning "lives near willow trees" or possibly someone who made goods, such as baskets, from willow wood.
DRAGON French, English
Nickname or occupational name for someone who carried a standard in battle or else in a pageant or procession, from Middle English, Old French dragon
"snake, monster" (Latin draco
, genitive draconis
, from Greek drakōn
, ultimately from derkesthai
"to flash")... [more]
Derived from the Old Norse given name Draki or the Old English given name Draca both meaning "dragon".