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MAY English
Derived from the given name MATTHEW.
MAYER (3) English
Occupational name for a mayor, from Middle English mair, derived via Old French from Latin maior.
MAYES English
Patronymic form of MAY.
MAYNARD English
Derived from the Germanic given name MEGINHARD.
MAZZA Italian
From a nickname (perhaps occupational) meaning "maul, mallet" in Italian.
MCADAMS Scottish, Irish
Means "son of ADAM" in Gaelic.
MCALISTER Scottish, Irish
From Gaelic Mac Alastair meaning "son of ALISTAIR".
MCARTHUR Scottish
Means "son of ARTHUR" in Gaelic.
MCBRIDE Irish
Anglicized form of MAC GIOLLA BHRIGHDE.
MCCABE Irish, Scottish
Means "son of Cába", where Cába is a given name meaning "cape".
MCCAIG Irish, Scottish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Thaidhg meaning "son of TADHG".
MCCALLUM Scottish
Variant form of MACANGUS.
MCCAULEY Irish, Scottish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Amhalghaidh meaning "son of Amhalghadh". The given name Amhalghadh is of uncertain meaning.
MCCLEARY Irish
Anglicized form of MAC CLÉIRICH.
MCCLELLAND Irish, Scottish
From Gaelic Mac Giolla Fhaoláin meaning "son of the servant of FAOLÁN".
MCCONNELL Scottish, Irish
Derived from Gaelic Mac Domhnaill (see MACDONALD).
MCCORMICK Irish, Scottish
From Gaelic Mac Cormaic meaning "son of CORMAC".
MCCOY Scottish
Anglicized form of MAC AODHA.
MCCRACKEN Irish, Scottish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Reachtain, Ulster variant of MAC NEACHTAIN.
MCCRAE Irish, Scottish
From the Gaelic Mag Raith meaning "son of Rath", a given name meaning "prosperity" or "grace".
MCCRORY Irish, Scottish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Ruaidhrí meaning "son of RUAIDHRÍ".
MCCUNE Irish
Anglicized form of MAC EOGHAIN.
MCDERMOTT Irish
Means "son of DIARMAID". The McDermotts were nobility in the Kingdom of Connaught, a province in Ireland.
MCDEVITT Irish
Anglicized form of the Gaelic name Mac Daibhéid meaning "son of DÁIBHÍ".
MCELLIGOTT Irish
Anglicized form of the Gaelic name Mac Uileagóid meaning "son of Uileagóid", a diminutive of UILLEAG.
MCEWAN Scottish
Anglicized form of MAC EOGHAIN.
MCFARLANE Irish, Scottish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Pharlain meaning "son of PARTHALÁN".
MCFEE Scottish, Irish
Anglicized form of MAC DUIBHSHÍTHE.
MCGEE Irish, Scottish
Anglicized form of MAC AODHA.
MCGILL Irish, Scottish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac an Ghoill meaning "son of the foreigner", derived from gall "foreigner".
MCGOVERN Irish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mag Shamhradháin meaning "son of Samhradháin", a given name meaning "summer".
MCGOWAN Irish
Anglicized form of MAC GHABHANN.
MCGUINNESS Irish
Anglicized form of Irish Mag Aonghuis meaning "son of AONGHUS".
MCGUIRE Irish
Anglicized form of Irish Mag Uidhir meaning "son of Odhar", a given name meaning "pale-coloured".
MCINNES Scottish
Scottish form of MCGUINNESS.
MCINTYRE Scottish
From Scottish Gaelic Mac an tSaoir meaning "son of the carpenter".
MCIVER Irish, Scottish
Means "son of IVOR" in Irish.
MCKAY Scottish, Irish
Anglicized form of MAC AODHA.
MCKELLAR Scottish
From Gaelic Mac Ealair meaning "son of EALAIR".
MCKENDRICK Scottish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Eanraig meaning "son of HENRY".
MCKENNA Scottish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Cionaodha meaning "son of CIONAODH".
MCKINLEY Scottish
Anglicized form of the Gaelic Mac Fhionnlaigh meaning "son of FIONNLAGH". This name was borne by the American president William McKinley (1843-1901), who was assassinated.
MCKOWEN Irish
Anglicized form of MAC EOGHAIN.
MCLAIN Scottish, Irish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Giolla Eoin meaning "son of the servant of EOIN".
MCLEOD Scottish
From Gaelic Mac Leòid meaning "son of Leod", a given name derived from Old Norse ljótr "ugly".
MCMAHON Irish
Anglicized form of Mac Mathghamhna meaning "son of MATHGHAMHAIN".
MCMANUS Irish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Maghnuis meaning "son of MÁGHNUS".
MCNAB Irish, Scottish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac an Aba meaning "son of the abbot".
MCNAMARA Irish
From Irish Mac Conmara meaning "son of Conmara". The given name Conmara is composed of "hound" and muir "sea".
MCNEE Irish
Anglicized form of MAC NIADH.
MCNEIL Irish, Scottish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Néill meaning "son of NIALL".
MCNIALL Irish
Variant of MCNEIL.
MCNIVEN Irish
Anglicized form of MAC CNÁIMHÍN.
MCQUEEN Irish, Scottish
Anglicized form of MACSHUIBHNE.
MCREYNOLDS Scottish, Irish
Means "son of REYNOLD" in Gaelic.
MCSHEEHY Irish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Síthigh, meaning "son of SÍTHEACH".
MCWILLIAM Scottish
Means "son of WILLIAM" in Gaelic.
MEADOWS English
Referred to one who lived in a meadow, from Old English mædwe.
MEANEY Irish
Variant of O'MOONEY.
MEDEIROS Portuguese
From various Portuguese place names that were derived from Portuguese medeiro meaning "haystack", ultimately from Latin meta meaning "cone, pyramid".
MEDINA Spanish
Means "(Arab) city" in Spanish, derived from Arabic مدينة (madinah).
MEDVED Slovene, Slovak, Croatian, Russian
Means "bear" in several Slavic languages.
MEEUWSEN Dutch
Derived from the Dutch given name Meeuw, which comes from Bartholomeus (see BARTHOLOMEW).
MEGALOS Greek
From Greek μεγαλος (megalos) meaning "big, great".
MEGGYESFALVI Hungarian
Derived from a Hungarian village named Meggyesfalva meaning "cherry village", from meggy "cherry" and falu "village".
MEHMEDOVIĆ Bosnian
Means "son of MEHMED".
MEIN German
Derived from the given name MEINO.
MEINDL German
Derived from a diminutive of the given name MEINO.
MEINHARDT German
Derived from the given name MEINHARD.
MEIR Jewish
Variant of MEYER (2).
MEISSNER German
Originally denoted a person from the German town of Meissen, which is probably of Slavic origin.
MELO Portuguese
Portuguese form of MERLO.
MELSBACH German
From the name of a German town, possibly meaning "mill stream".
MELVILLE Scottish
From the place name Malleville meaning "bad town" in Norman French.
MENCHER Polish
Possibly an occupational name derived from Polish maczarz meaning "miller".
MENDEL (1) Jewish
Derived from the given name MENDEL.
MENDEL (2) German
Derived from a diminutive of the given name MEINO. A famous bearer was Gregor Mendel (1822-1884), a Czech monk and scientist who did experiments in genetics.
MENDELSOHN Jewish
Means "son of MENDEL".
MENDELSSOHN Jewish
Means "son of MENDEL".
MENDES Portuguese
Portuguese form of MENÉNDEZ.
MENDOZA Spanish, Basque
From a Basque place name derived from mendi "mountain" and hotz "cold".
MENÉNDEZ Spanish
Means "son of Menendo" in Spanish, the given name Menendo being a medieval Spanish form of HERMENEGILDO.
MERCER English
Occupational name for a trader in textiles, from Old French mercier, derived from Latin merx meaning "merchandise".
MERCIER French
French form of MERCER.
MERCKX Dutch, Flemish
From the given name MARK.
MERLE French
French form of MERLO.
MERLO Italian, Spanish
Means "blackbird", ultimately from Latin merula. The blackbird is a symbol of a naive person.
MERRICK Welsh
Derived from the given name MEURIG.
MERRILL (1) English
Derived from the given name MURIEL.
MERRILL (2) English
From the name of various places in England, derived from Old English myrige "pleasant" and hyll "hill".
MERRITT English
From an English place name meaning "boundary gate".
MERTENS Dutch, Low German, Flemish
From the given name MERTEN.
MERX Dutch, Flemish
From the given name MARK.
MESSANA Italian
From the name of the Sicilian city of Messina, founded by Greek colonists. The city was named after the Greek city Μεσσηνη (Messene).
MESSER German
Occupational name for a person who made knives, from Middle High German messer "knife".
MESSERLI German (Swiss)
Swiss diminutive form of MESSER.
MESSNER German
Occupational name for a sexton or churchwarden, from Old High German mesinari.
MÉSZÁROS Hungarian
Means "butcher" in Hungarian.
METAXAS Greek
Derived from Greek μεταξι (metaxi) meaning "silk", most likely referring to a silk merchant or another occupation dealing with silk.
METHAROM Thai
Possibly refers to a place or institute of learning or where knowledge is provided.
METZ (1) German
Occupational name for maker of knives, from Middle High German metze "knife".
METZ (2) German
Derived from Mätz, a diminutive of the given name MATTHIAS.
METZGER German
Means "butcher" in German.
MEYER (1) German
From Middle High German meier meaning "bailiff, administrator", derived from Latin maior meaning "greater". Later it also denoted a tenant farmer. The spellings Meier and Meyer are more common in northern Germany while Maier and Mayer are more common in southern Germany.
MEYER (2) Jewish
From Hebrew מֵאִיר (meir) meaning "enlightened".
MEYRICK Welsh
Variant of MERRICK.
MHASALKAR Indian, Marathi (Rare)
Derived from the name of the town of Mhasla in Maharashtra, India.
MIAZGA Polish
Derived from Polish miazga "pulp, crush".
MICHAEL English
From the given name MICHAEL.
MICHAELS English
Derived from the given name MICHAEL.
MICHAELSON English
Means "son of MICHAEL".
MICHAUD French
Derived from the given name MICHEL.
MICHEL (1) French, German, Dutch, Basque, Polish
Derived from the given name MICHEL, MITXEL or MICHAŁ.
MICHELAKAKIS Greek
Patronymic meaning "son of MICHAIL".
MICHELAKIS Greek
Patronymic meaning "son of MICHAIL".
MICHELAKOS Greek
Patronymic meaning "son of MICHAIL".
MICHELI Italian
From the given name MICHELE (1).
MICHIELS Dutch, Flemish
Means "son of MICHIEL".
MIDGLEY English
From the English village of Midgley in West Yorkshire, meaning "midge (insect) wood" in Old English.
MIHAILOVIĆ Serbian
Means "son of MIHAILO".
MIHAJLOVIĆ Serbian
Means "son of MIHAJLO".
MIHAYLOV Bulgarian
Means "son of MIHAIL".
MIHOV Bulgarian
Means "son of Miho", the given name Miho being a diminutive of MIHAIL.
MIKAELSSON Swedish
Means "son of MIKAEL".
MIKHAILOV Russian
Means "son of MIKHAIL".
MIKKELSEN Danish
Means "son of MIKKEL".
MIKOLAJCZAK Polish
From the Polish given name MIKOŁAJ.
MILANI Italian
Variant of MILANO.
MILANO Italian
Originally indicated someone who came from MILAN.
MILBURN English
Derived from various place names meaning "mill stream" in Old English.
MILES English
From the given name MILES.
MILFORD English
Originally derived from various place names all meaning "ford by a mill" in Old English.
MILIĆ Serbian, Croatian
Means "son of MILE".
MILLER English
Occupational surname referring to a person who owned or worked in a grain mill, from Middle English mille "mill".
MILLHOUSE English
Name for someone whose house was in a mill or who worked in a mill.
MILLIGAN Irish
Anglicized form of the Irish Ó Maolagáin meaning "descendant of Maolagán", a given name derived from maol meaning "bald" or "tonsured".
MILLS English
Originally given to one who lived near a mill or who worked in a mill, from Middle English mille.
MILLWARD English
Means "guardian of the mill" in Old English.
MILNE Scottish
From Scots and Middle English milne (a variant of mille) meaning "mill".
MILOJEVIĆ Serbian
Means "son of MILOJE".
MILOŠEVIĆ Serbian
Means "son of MILOŠ".
MILTON English
Derived from an English place name meaning "mill town" in Old English. A famous bearer was John Milton (1608-1674), the poet who wrote "Paradise Lost".
MINAMI Japanese
From Japanese (minami) meaning "south".
MINETT English
From the medieval given name MINNA.
MINGO Spanish
From the given name DOMINGO.
MINKOV Bulgarian
Means "son of Minko", a Bulgarian diminutive of MIHAIL.
MISHRA Indian, Hindi, Marathi
Means "mixed, mingled, honourable" in Sanskrit.
MISRA Indian, Hindi
Alternate transcription of Hindi मिश्र (see MISHRA).
MITCHELL (1) English, Scottish
Derived from the given name MICHAEL.
MITCHELL (2) English
Originally a nickname for a large person, from Old English micel "big".
MITTELMAN Jewish
Nickname for a man of moderate means, from Yiddish, ultimately from Old High German mittil "means, resources".
MIYAMOTO Japanese
From Japanese (miya) meaning "temple, shrine, palace" and (moto) meaning "base, root, origin". A notable bearer is video game pioneer Shigeru Miyamoto (1952-).
MIZUSHIMA Japanese
From Japanese (mizu) meaning "water" and (shima) meaning "island".
MLAKAR Slovene, Croatian
Referred to someone who lived near a pool, derived from South Slavic mlaka meaning "pool, puddle".
MLYNÁŘ Czech
Means "miller" in Czech.
MODUGNO Italian
From the town of Modugno, in Apulia in southern Italy. It is the surname of the Italian actor and singer Domenico Modugno (1928-1994).
MOFFETT Scottish
From a the town of Moffat in Scotland meaning "long field" in Gaelic.
MOHAMMED Arabic, Urdu, Bengali
Derived from the given name MUHAMMAD.
MOHAN Irish
Anglicized form of Irish Ó Mocháin meaning "descendant of MOCHÁN".
MOHREN German
Derived from the given name MAURUS.
MOLES Catalan
From Catalan mola meaning "millstone".
MOLINA Spanish
Means "mill" in Spanish.
MÖLLER Low German, Swedish
Low German and Swedish form of MÜLLER.
MØLLER Danish
Danish form of MÜLLER.
MOLLOWN Irish
Variant of MALONE.
MOLNÁR Hungarian
Occupational name meaning "miller" in Hungarian.
MOLONEY Irish
From Irish Ó Maol Dhomhnaigh meaning "descendant of a church servant".
MONAHAN Irish
From Irish Ó Manacháin meaning "descendant of Manacháin". The given name Manacháin meant "little monk", from manach "monk" and a diminutive suffix.
MONDADORI Italian
From Italian mondatore meaning "weeder". This was an occupational name for someone who kept fields clear of weeds.
MONDAY (1) English
Derived from the Old Norse given name MUNDI.
MONDAY (2) English
Denoted a person for whom this was a significant day, often the day they would pay their feudal fees.
MONDAY (3) Irish
Anglicized form of MAC GIOLLA EOIN. The last part of the surname was mistakenly taken as the Gaelic word for "Monday", Luain.
MONDO Italian
From a given name, a short form of names such as RAIMONDO or EDMONDO.
MONET French
Derived from either of the given names HAMON or EDMOND. A famous bearer was the French impressionist painter Claude Monet (1840-1926).
MONETTE French
Variant of MONET.
MONROE Scottish
Designated a person who had originally lived near the mouth of the Roe River in Derry, Ireland.
MONTAGNA Italian
Means "mountain" in Italian, indicating a person who lived on or near one.
MONTAGNE French
French cognate of MONTAGNA.
MONTAGUE English
From a Norman place name meaning "sharp mountain" in Old French.
MONTAÑA Spanish
Spanish cognate of MONTAGNA.
MONTANARI Italian
Means "from the mountain" in Italian.
MONTE Italian
Variant of MONTI.
MONTERO Spanish
Derived from Spanish monte "mountain".
MONTGOMERY English, Scottish
From a place name in Calvados, France meaning "GUMARICH's mountain". A notable bearer was Bernard Montgomery (1887-1976), a British army commander during World War II.
MONTI Italian
Means "mountain, hill" in Italian.
MOON (1) Korean
Korean form of WEN, from Sino-Korean (mun).
MOON (2) English
Originally indicated a person from the town of Moyon in Normandy.
MOON (3) Irish
Variant of MOHAN.
MOONEY Irish
Variant of O'MOONEY.
MOORE (1) English
Originally indicated a person who lived on a moor, from Middle English mor meaning "open land, bog".
MOORE (2) English
Derived from the given name MAURUS.
MOORE (3) English
Nickname for a person of dark complexion, from Old French more, Latin maurus, meaning "Moorish".
MOOREN Dutch
Derived from the given name MAURUS.
MOOSHIAN Armenian
Alternate transcription of Armenian Մուշյան (see MUSHYAN).
MORALES Spanish
Derived from Spanish moral meaning "mulberry tree", of Latin origin.
MORANDI Italian
From the Italian medieval given name Morando meaning "steadfast".
MORAVEC Czech
Originally indicated a person from Moravia (Czech Morava).
MORCE English
Variant of MORRISS.
MOREAU French
Derived from a diminutive of MAURUS.
MOREL French
Derived from a diminutive of MAURUS.
MORELLO Italian
Derived from a diminutive of MAURO.
MORENO Spanish, Portuguese
From a nickname meaning "dark" in Spanish and Portuguese.
MORETTI Italian
Derived from a diminutive of the Italian given name MAURO.
MORGAN Welsh
Derived from the given name MORGAN (1).
MORGENSTERN German, Jewish
Ornamental name meaning "morning star" in German.
MORI Japanese
From Japanese (mori) meaning "forest".
MORIARTY Irish
From Irish Ó Muircheartach meaning "descendant of MUIRCHERTACH". This was the surname given by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to a master criminal in the Sherlock Holmes series.
MORRA Italian
Locative name derived from Italian places such as Morra De Sanctis, Campania, or Morra del Villar, Piedmont.
MORRIS English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Derived from the given name MAURICE.
MORRISON English
Means "son of MORRIS".
MORRISS English
Derived from the given name MORRIS.
MORSE English
Variant of MORRISS.
MORTENSEN Danish
Means "son of MORTEN".
MOSCHELLA Italian
From a diminutive of Italian mosca meaning "housefly", perhaps originally a nickname for an annoying person.
MOSER German
Name for someone who lived near a peat bog, from Middle High German mos.
MOSES Jewish, English
Derived from the given name MOSES.
MOTO Japanese
From Japanese (moto) meaning "base, root, origin". More commonly it is the final character in Japanese surnames.
MOTTA Italian
From various names of places around Italy. It is derived from a Gaulish word meaning "hill".
MOTTERSHEAD English
From the name of a lost place in Cheshire, derived from the Old English byname Motere meaning "speaker" and heafod meaning "headland".
MOULD English
From the given name Mauld, a medieval form of MATILDA.
MOULIN French
Means "mill" in French.
MOUNCE German (Anglicized)
Possibly an Americanized form of German MANZ.
MOŹDZIERZ Polish
Means "mortar" in Polish. It probably referred to someone who worked with or sold mortar.
MUGGIA Italian
From the town of Muggia in northeastern Italy near the Slovenian border. It was called Muglae in Latin.
MUHAMMAD Arabic, Urdu, Bengali
Derived from the given name MUHAMMAD.
MUHLFELD German
Means "mill field" German.
MULDER Dutch
Dutch equivalent of MILLER.
MULLANE Irish
Variant of MULLEN.
MULLEN Irish
From the Irish Ó Maoláin meaning "descendant of Maolán". The given name Maolán meant "devotee".
MÜLLER German
German equivalent of MILLER, derived from Middle High German mülnære or müller.
MULLINS (1) English
Derived from Norman French molin "mill".
MULLOY Irish
Variant of MOLLOY.
MULRYAN Irish
Anglicized form of Ó MAOIL RIAIN.
MUN Korean
Variant romanization of MOON (1).
MUÑOZ Spanish
Patronymic derived from the medieval Spanish given name Muño, from Latin Munnius, possibly of Germanic origin.
MUNRO Scottish
Variant of MONROE.
MUNSON English
Patronymic formed from the Norman French nickname moun meaning "monk".
MURARO Italian
Occupational name for a wall builder, from Italian murare meaning "to wall up".
MURATOVIĆ Bosnian
Means "son of MURAT".
MURDOCH Scottish
Scottish form of MURDOCK.
MURDOCK Irish
Derived from the given name MURCHADH.
MURGATROYD English
From a place name meaning "MARGARET's road".