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Subject: Suffix/Prefix List
Author: Kynaston   (Authenticated as kynaston)
Date: August 3, 2005 at 11:34 AM
Reply to: Small words in Surnames (e.g. Von, de, van, Mac) by Liam

Here is a list I compiled myself for research purposes. There are probably many inaccuracies and omissions but this is all I have. I hope it's of some use. :)

-à Catalan form of Latin word suffix –?nus
Ab- Welsh/Breton “son of”
-aitis Baltic “son of”
-ak Polish occupational suffix
-akis Greek “descendant of”
-àn Spanish form of Latin word suffix –?nus
Ap- Welsh “son of”
Aran- Basque “valley”
Bally- Irish place name prefix
Ben- Hebrew “son of”
Bin Arabic “son of”
D’- French “of (place)”
De- French “of (place)”
De- Dutch “the”
-dotter Swedish/Icelandis “daughter of”
-dze Georgian “son of”
-é Provençal/Catalan occupational suffix
-ec Breton diminutive suffix
-eddu Sardinian diminutive suffix
-eiro Portuguese occupational suffix
-elli Italian diminutive suffix
-ello Italian diminutive suffix
-enko Ukrainian diminutive name suffix
-er English/German/Provençal/Catalan occupational suffix
-ero Spanish occupational suffix
-es Portuguese “son of”
-esco Romanian “son of”
-escu Romanian “son of”
-ese Italian habitation suffix
-ev Bulgarian/Russian “son of”
Exte- Basque “house”
-ez Spanish “son of”
-fi Hungarian “son of”
Fitz- Irish “son of”
-gen Low German hypocoristic suffix
Gren- Swedish “branch”
-ham English common place name element
-i Italian plural form (one of a family) – mainly Northern
-i Alasatian/Swiss dimintive suffix
-ian Armenian “son of”
-iano Italian habitation suffix
-ic Breton diminutive suffix
-i? Yugoslavian “son of”
-ides Greek “descendant of”
-ier French occupational suffix
-in Russian “son of”
-ini Italian diminutive name suffix
-ino Italian diminutive name suffix
-ins Latvian “son of”
-isch Slavonic influenced German hypo. suffix
-itz Slavonic influenced German suffix
-ke Slavonic influenced German hypo. suffix
-ken Low German hypocoristic suffix
L’- French “the”
-l Bavarian/Austrian diminutive suffix
-l Romanian “the”
La- French “the”
-la Finnish “dweller in/by/at”
Le- French/Breton “the”
-le Swabian diminutive suffix
-len Swabian diminutive suffix
-ley English common place name element
-li Alasatian/Swiss dimintive suffix
-lin Alasatian/Swiss dimintive suffix
Lund- Swedish “grove”
M’- Irish/Scottish abbreviated form of Mac-
-ma Frisian “man” (hypo.)
Mac- Irish/Scottish/Manx “son of”
Mc- Irish/Scottish abbreviated form of Mac-
Mendi- Basque “hill”
-nen Finnish “of”
Ó- Irish “descendant, grandson of”
-o Italian plural form (one of a family) – mainly Northern
-o Italian standard suffix – mainly Southern
-oe Cornish plural suffix
-onis Baltic “son of”
-(y)onok Belorussian diminutive suffix
-opoulos Greek “son of”
-ov Bulgarian/Russian/Belorussian “son of”
-ovich Belorussian “son of”
-ow Cornish plural suffix
-owicz Polish “son of”
-ow(ski) Polish “place”
-s English/Welsh/Dutch “son of”
-se Dutch “son of”
-sen Dutch/Danish/Norwegian “son of”
-shvili Georgian “son of”
Sjö- Swedish “sea”
-ska Feminine form of ski
-ski Polish locative suffix > later used as an elaboration
-son English “son of”
-sson Swedish “son of”
-ste Estonian “son of”
-ster English occupational suffix
-stra Frisian occupational suffix
-sz(e) Dutch “son of”
Ten- Dutch “at”
Ter- Dutch “at”
Tom- Dutch “at”
-ton English common place name element
Tor- Dutch “at”
Tot- Dutch “at”
Tre- Cornish common place name element
-uk Ukrainian diminutive suffix
-usch Slavonic influenced German hypo. suffix
Van- Dutch “of”
Van de(r)- Dutch “of the”
Ver Aphetic form of Van der-
-vici Romanian (Jew) “son of”
Von- German “from, of”
-wick English common place name element
-x English/Dutch variant form of –s
-(y)onok Belorussian diminutive suffix
Zabal- Basque “broad”
Zu- German “at”
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