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Type Surname (from nickname)
Usage Russian
Scripts Пугачёв(Russian)
Pronounced Pron. [pʊ.ɡɐ.ˈt͡ɕɵf]  [key·simplify]
Other Forms FormsPugacheva, Pugachyov

Meaning & History

From the nickname Pugach which is probably derived from Ukrainian пугач (pugach) meaning "owl". Following this etymology, the nickname was most likely given to someone who was wise or sensible (attributing to the owl as a symbol of wisdom).
Added 4/24/2018 by HL
Edited 3/30/2020 by Mike C