From a nickname derived from a Norman French lou
and a diminutive suffix.
Loyola Spanish, Basque
From the name of a place name near the town of Azpeitia in the Basque Country of Spain, derived from Basque loi
meaning "mud". This was the birthplace of Saint Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556), the founder of Jesuits.
Means "healthy, exuberant, lively"
in Spanish, originally used as a nickname for an elegant or haughty person.
From Chinese 吕 (lǚ)
meaning "musical note" and also referring to the former state of Lu, which was situated in what is now Henan province.
From the name of towns in England called Lumb
, probably from Old English lum "pool"
From various places in Spain meaning "moon".
Lund Danish, Swedish, Norwegian
Indicated a person who lived near a grove of trees, from Old Norse lundr
. There are towns in Sweden named Lund.
From Chinese 罗 (luó)
referring to the minor state of Luo, which existed from the 11th to 7th centuries BC in what is now Hubei province.
From an Italian form of Lusatia
, a region of eastern Germany.
From Irish Ó Loingsigh
meaning "descendant of Loingseach"
, a given name meaning "mariner".
Originally from a place name meaning "linden tree hill" in Old English.
Habitational name for someone who lived in places of this name in Scotland.
From the name of a town in Norfolk (King's Lynn), derived from Welsh llyn
Lyon 1 English, French
Originally denoted a person from the city of Lyon in central France, originally Latin Lugdunum
, of Gaulish origin meaning "hill fort of Lugus
". It could also denote a person from the small town of Lyons-la-Forêt in Normandy.
Lyon 2 English, French
From a nickname derived from Old French and Middle English lion
Derived from the Gaelic given name Mac Beatha
meaning "son of life", which denoted a man of religious devotion. This was the name of an 11th-century Scottish king, and the name of a play based on his life by William Shakespeare.
Means "son of Cúcharraige"
in Irish. The given name Cúcharraige
is composed of cú
"hound" and carraig
Means "son of Cochlán"
. The given name Cochlán
is derived from Irish cochal
meaning "cape" or "hood".
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Domhnaill
meaning "son of Donald"
. It originates from the Highland clan Donald.
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Griogair
meaning "son of Gregor"
. It originates from the Highland clan Gregor. A famous bearer was the Scottish folk hero Rob Roy MacGregor (1671-1734).
Machado Portuguese, Spanish
Denoted a person who made or used hatchets, derived from Spanish and Portuguese machado "hatchet"
, both from Latin marculus
Derived from the given name Mach
, a Czech diminutive of Matěj
and other given names beginning with Ma
Anglicized form of the Gaelic Mac Coinnich
meaning "son of Coinneach"
. It originates from the Kintail area of Scotland on the northwest coast.
Mac Niadh Irish
Means "son of Niadh"
in Irish. The given name Niadh
Means "son of Maud"
. A famous bearer of this surname was the fourth American president James Madison (1751-1836).
From Japanese 前 (mae)
meaning "front, forward" and 田 (ta)
meaning "field, rice paddy".
Denoted a person hailing from one of the numerous minor places of this name in Portugal, possibly of Celtic origin.
Derived from Polish maj
. It may have been given in reference to the month the bearer was baptized.
From a nickname meaning "badly given, ill-favoured"
From Polish malina
, originally indicating a person who lived near a raspberry patch.
From Old French maloret
meaning "unfortunate, unlucky"
, a term introduced to England by the Normans.
Anglicized form of Irish Ó Maoil Eoin
meaning "descendant of a disciple of Saint John"
in Italian, derived from Latin mancus
Mandel German, Yiddish
in German, an occupational name for a grower or seller, or a topographic name for a person who lived near an almond tree. As a Jewish name it is ornamental.
Originally indicated a person from Manfredonia, Italy. The city was named for the 13th-century King Manfred
Mann German, English
From a nickname meaning "man"
. This may have originally been given in order to distinguish the bearer from a younger person with the same name.
From the name of the city of Mantua in Lombardy, northern Italy (Mantova
From the name of a place near Lugo in northern Spain. A notable bearer is the former Argentinian soccer star Diego Maradona (1960-).
From the name of the Marche region in Italy, derived from Late Latin marca
meaning "borderland". It was the real surname of the American boxer Rocky Marciano (1923-1969), who was born Rocco Marchegiano.
From the Italian title marchese
. It was probably a nickname for a person who behaved like a marquis or worked in the household of a marquis.
From the Irish Ó Marcaigh
meaning "descendant of Marcach"
, a given name meaning "horse rider".
Originally denoted a person who hailed from one of the various places in Britain called Marley
, ultimately meaning either "pleasant wood", "boundary wood" or "marten wood" in Old English. One of the main characters in Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol
(1843) bears this surname.
Originally a name for a person from Marlow in Buckinghamshire, England. The place name means "remnants of a lake" from Old English mere
"lake" and lafe
"remnants, remains". A notable bearer was the English playwright and poet Christopher Marlowe (1564-1593).
in Italian, possibly indicating a person who lived near a quarry or one who worked with marble.
From Old High German marka
"border, boundary" and wart
"protector". This was an occupational name for a border guard.
From a place name derived from Old English mearc
"boundary" and denu
Originally denoted one who lived near a marsh or bog, derived from Old English mersc "marsh"
Derived from Middle English mareschal "marshal"
, ultimately from Germanic marah
"horse" and scalc
"servant". It originally referred to someone who took care of horses.
From a place name derived from Old English mersc
"marsh" and tun
Martel 2 French, English
Nickname for a smith, derived from Old French martel "hammer"
, ultimately from Late Latin martellus
Referred to one who churned or sold butter or buttermilk, derived from Czech máslo "butter"
Occupational name for a stoneworker or layer of bricks, from Old French masson
, ultimately of Germanic origin (akin to Old English macian
Derived from Massy
, the name of several towns in France. The name of the town is perhaps derived from a personal name that was Latinized as Maccius