All Surnames

Pei Chinese
From Chinese (péi), possibly referring to an ancient city.
Pék Hungarian
Means "baker" in Hungarian.
Pekkanen Finnish
Derived from the given name Pekka.
Peláez Spanish
Means "son of Pelayo".
Pellé French
From French pelé meaning "bald".
Pellegrino Italian
Means "pilgrim, traveller" in Italian, ultimately from Latin peregrinus.
Pelletier French
Derived from Old French pelletier "fur trader".
Pelley French
Anglicized form of Pellé.
Peltonen Finnish
From Finnish pelto meaning "field".
Pemberton English
From the name of a town near Manchester, derived from Celtic penn meaning "hill" combined with Old English bere meaning "barley" and tun meaning "enclosure, yard, town".
Peña Spanish
Originally denoted a person who lived near a jutting rock, from Spanish peña meaning "rock, cliff".
Pender 1 English
From Middle English pind "to pen up". This was an occupational name for someone who penned animals.
Penders Dutch
From Middle Dutch paender meaning "brewer", derived from panne meaning "pan, pot", ultimately from Latin patina.
Peng Chinese
From Chinese (péng) referring to the ancient state of Peng, which existed during the Shang dynasty in what is now Jiangsu province.
Penn 1 English
Derived from various place names that were named using the Brythonic word penn meaning "hilltop, head".
Penn 2 English
Occupational name for a person who kept penned animals, from Old English penn.
Penner English
Variant of Penn 2.
Penners Dutch
Variant of Penders.
Penny English
Nickname meaning "penny, coin" from Old English penning.
Pensak Yiddish
Variant of Penzig.
Pentti Finnish
Derived from the given name Pentti.
Penzak Yiddish
Variant of Penzig.
Penzig Yiddish
Denoted a person who came from Penzig, the German name for Pieńsk, a town in southwest Poland. It is derived from Polish pień meaning "stump, tree trunk".
Penzik Yiddish
Variant of Penzig.
Pereira Portuguese, Galician
From Portuguese and Galician pereira meaning "pear tree", ultimately from Latin pirum meaning "pear".
Pérez Spanish
Means "son of Pedro" in Spanish.
Perez Spanish
Variant of Pérez.
Perić Croatian, Serbian
Means "son of Pero".
Périgord French
From the name of a region in southern France, possibly of Gaulish origin.
Perkins English
Means "son of Perkin", a medieval diminutive of Peter.
Perko Slovene, Croatian
Derived from an archaic diminutive of Peter.
Perković Croatian
Patronymic derived from an archaic diminutive of Petar.
Perrault French
From a diminutive of the given name Pierre.
Perreault French
From a diminutive of the given name Pierre.
Perrin French
From a diminutive of the given name Pierre.
Perrot French
From a diminutive of the given name Pierre.
Perry 1 English
From Old English pirige meaning "pear tree", a derivative of peru meaning "pear", itself from Latin pirum. A famous bearer was Matthew Perry (1794-1858), the American naval officer who opened Japan to the West.
Perry 2 Welsh
From Welsh ap Herry meaning "son of Herry".
Persson Swedish
Means "son of Per".
Perugia Italian
From the name of the city of Perugia in Umbria, Italy. It was known as Perusia in the classical period, and it is of Etruscan origin.
Pesaro Italian
From the name of the city of Pesaro, in the Marche region (Latin Pisaurum).
Pesce Italian
Means "fish" in Italian, referring either to a fisherman or to a person who resembled a fish in some way.
Pešek Czech
From a diminutive of the given name Petr.
Pesti Hungarian
Originally it indicated someone from Pest, one of the towns that were joined to make Budapest.
Pesty Hungarian
Variant of Pesti.
Péter Hungarian
Derived from the given name Péter.
Peter English, German, Dutch
Derived from the given name Peter.
Peters English, German, Dutch
Means "son of Peter".
Petersen Danish, Norwegian
Means "son of Peter".
Peterson English
Means "son of Peter".
Petersson Swedish
Means "son of Peter".
Pethes Hungarian
Derived from Pete, a diminutive of Péter.
Petit French, Catalan, English
Means "small, little" derived from Old French and Catalan petit. It was perhaps used for a short, small person or to denote the younger of two individuals.
Pető Hungarian
Derived from an old diminutive of Péter.
Petőcs Hungarian
Derived from Pető, an old Hungarian diminutive of Péter.
Petőfi Hungarian
Means "son of Pető", an old diminutive of Péter.
Petran Romanian
From the Romanian given name Petre.
Petrescu Romanian
Means "son of Petre" in Romanian.
Petri Italian
Derived from the given name Pietro.
Petrić Croatian
Means "son of Petar".
Petrosyan Armenian
Means "son of Petros" in Armenian.
Petrov Russian, Bulgarian
Means "son of Peter" in Russian and Bulgarian.
Petrovski Macedonian
Means "son of Petar".
Pettersen Norwegian
Means "son of Petter".
Pettersson Swedish
Means "son of Petter".
Pettigrew English
Derived from Norman French petit "small" and cru "growth".
Peura Finnish
Means "deer" in Finnish.
Peusen Dutch
Derived from the given name Pascal.
Peynirci Turkish
From Turkish peynir meaning "cheese".
Peyton English
Variant of Payton.
Pfaff German
From a nickname meaning "priest, cleric" from Old High German pfaffo, from Latin papa.
Pfeiffer German
Occupational name meaning "pipe player" in German, from Middle High German pfifen "to whistle".
Pfenning German
From Old High German pfenning meaning "penny, coin". It was used in reference to feudal tax obligations.
Phạm Vietnamese
Vietnamese form of Fan, from Sino-Vietnamese (phạm). This is the fourth most common surname in Vietnam.
Phan Vietnamese
Vietnamese form of Pan 2, from Sino-Vietnamese (phan).
Phelps English
Means "son of Philip".
Pherigo French
Anglicized form of Périgord.
Philippe French
From the given name Philippe.
Philips English, Dutch
Means "son of Philip". Famous bearers of this surname were Frederick Philips (1830-1900) and his son Gerard (1858-1942), the Dutch founders of the company Philips.
Phillips English
Means "son of Philip".
Piątek Polish
Means "Friday" in Polish, derived from the word piąty meaning "fifth".
Piazza Italian
Means "plaza" in Italian, indicating that the residence of the original bearer was near the town square. It is derived from Latin platea.
Picard French
Originally denoted a person from Picardy, a historical region of northern France. It is derived from Old French pic meaning "pike, spike".
Picasso Italian
From Italian pica meaning "magpie". This probably denoted someone who was talkative or prone to stealing, although it may have described someone's unusual colouring. The Spanish painter and sculptor Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) was a famous bearer of this name.
Piccirillo Italian
From Neapolitan piccerillo meaning "small, young".
Piccoli Italian
Nickname for a short person, from Italian piccolo "small".
Pichler Upper German
From Bavarian Bühel meaning "hill".
Pickering English
From the name of a town in Yorkshire, derived from Old English Piceringas, the name of a tribe.
Pickle English
Derived from Middle English pighel meaning "small field".
Pierce English
From the given name Piers.
Pierno Italian
From the name of the small town of Pierno in southern Italy near Potenza.
Pierre French
From the given name Pierre.
Pierson English
Means "son of Piers".
Pietri Italian
Derived from the given name Pietro.
Pilgrim English
Nickname for a person who was a pilgrim, ultimately from Latin peregrinus.
Pilkvist Swedish
From Swedish pil (Old Norse píli) meaning "willow" and qvist (Old Norse kvistr) meaning "twig, branch".
Pinheiro Portuguese
Means "pine tree" in Portuguese.
Pinho Portuguese
Habitational name meaning "pine" in Portuguese.
Pini Italian
Name for a person who lived near a pine tree, from Italian pino, Latin pinus.
Pintér Hungarian
Means "cooper, barrel maker" in Hungarian.
Pinto Portuguese, Spanish, Italian
Means "mottled" in Portuguese, Spanish and Italian, derived from Late Latin pinctus, Latin pictus "painted".
Piotrowski Polish
Habitational name for a person from towns named Piotrów, Piotrowo or Piotrowice, all derived from the given name Piotr.
Piovene Italian
From the name of the town of Piovene Rocchette in Veneto, Italy.
Piper English
Originally given to a person who played on a pipe (a flute).
Piraino Italian
From the name of the town of Piraino on Sicily.
Pisani Italian
From Italian pisano, the name for an inhabitant of the city of Pisa, Italy. The city's name is of unknown meaning.
Pitt English
Originally given to a person who lived near a pit or a hole, derived from Old English pytt "pit".
Pittaluga Italian
Originally a nickname for somebody who steals grapes from vineyards. In the Genoese dialect pittà means "to pick" and uga means "grapes" (uva in Italian).
Pitts English
Indicated a person who lived by a pit or hollow, from Old English pytt. It could also indicate a person from Pitt (Hants) or Pett (East Sussex) in England.
Plamondon French
Derived from French plat "flat" and mont "mountain", referring to someone who lived near a flat-topped mountain.
Planche French
French form of Plank.
Planck German
German variant of Plank.
Plank German, English
Means "plank", from Old French, itself from Late Latin planca. This could have referred to a person who lived by a plank bridge over a stream, someone who was thin, or a carpenter.
Planque French
French form of Plank.
Plaskett English
Originally denoted a dweller by a swampy meadow, from Old French plascq meaning "wet meadow".
Platt English
From Old French plat meaning "flat, thin", from Late Latin plattus, from Greek πλατύς (platys) meaning "wide, broad, flat". This may have been a nickname or a topographic name for someone who lived near a flat feature.
Plaza Spanish
Spanish cognate of Piazza.
Pleško Slovene
Nickname for a bald person, from Slovene pleša meaning "bald patch".
Pletcher German
Anglicized form of Pletscher.
Pletscher German
Possibly from the name of a field where cattle fodder was grown, from German Bletsch.
Plourde French
Possibly derived from French palourde, a type of a shellfish.
Podsedník Czech
Means "one who sits behind" in Czech, an equivalent to Zahradník mainly used in the region of Moravia.
Poggi Italian
Variant of Poggio.
Poggio Italian
Means "hillock, small hill" in Italian, a derivative of Latin podium meaning "balcony, platform".
Pohl 1 Low German
Low German cognate of Poole.
Pohl 2 German
From the given name Paul.
Poindexter English
From the Jèrriais surname Poingdestre meaning "right fist".
Poingdestre Jèrriais
Jèrriais form of Poindexter.
Poirier French
Means "pear tree" in French, originally a nickname for someone who lived close to such a tree.
Poirot French, Literature
From a diminutive of French poire "pear", originally referring to a pear merchant or someone who lived near a pear tree. Starting in 1920 this name was used by the mystery writer Agatha Christie for her Belgian detective Hercule Poirot. Christie based the name on that of Jules Poiret, a contemporary fictional detective.
Pokorni Hungarian
Hungarian variant of Pokorny.
Pokorny Polish
Polish form of Pokorný.
Pokorný Czech, Slovak
Means "humble" in Czech and Slovak.
Polák Czech
Means "Pole, person from Poland" in Czech.
Poletti Italian
From a diminutive of the given name Paolo. This name is typical of northern and central Italy.
Polley English
From Old French poli meaning "polite, courteous".
Pollock Scottish
From the name of a place in Renfrewshire, Scotland, derived from a diminutive of Gaelic poll meaning "pool, pond, bog". A famous bearer was the American artist Jackson Pollock (1912-1956).
Pololáník Czech
Derived from Czech polo "one half" and lán, a medieval Czech measure of land (approximately 18 hectares). The name denoted someone who owned this much land.
Polzin German
From the name of a town in Pomerania, Poland (formerly part of Germany). In Polish it is called Połczyn.
Pond English
Originally referred to one who lived near a pond.
Pontecorvo Italian, Jewish
From the name of a town in central Italy, home to an old Jewish community. The town's name is derived from Italian ponte "bridge" and curvo "curved".
Poole English
From Old English pol meaning "pool", referring to a person who lived by a small body of water.
Pop Romanian
Variant of Popa.
Popa Romanian
From Romanian popă "priest", from Slavic pop. This is the most common surname in Romania.
Pope English
From a nickname that originally designated a person who played the part of the pope in a play or pageant. Otherwise the name could be used as a nickname for a man with a solemn, austere, or pious appearance. It is derived from Latin papa, ultimately from Greek πάππας (pappas) meaning "father".
Popescu Romanian
Patronymic derived from Romanian popă "priest". This is the second most common surname in Romania.
Popławski Polish
From Polish poplaw meaning "flowing water, flood".
Popov Russian, Bulgarian
Means "son of the priest", derived from Russian and Bulgarian поп (pop).
Popovski Macedonian
Means "son of the priest" in Macedonian.
Poppins Literature
Used by P. L. Travers for the magical nanny in her Mary Poppins series of books, first published in 1934. It is not known how Travers devised the name. She may have had the English words pop or poppet (meaning "young woman") in mind.
Porcher English, French
Means "swineherd" from Old French and Middle English porchier, from Latin porcus "pig".
Porra Catalan
Variant of Porras.
Porras Spanish, Catalan
From a nickname meaning "club" in Spanish and Catalan, ultimately from Latin porrum meaning "leek".
Porsche German
Derived from the given name Boris.
Portelli Italian
Diminutive form of Porto.
Porter English
Occupational name meaning "doorkeeper", ultimately from Old French porte "door", from Latin porta.
Portner Low German
Low German cognate of Porter.
Porto Italian
Designated a person who lived near a harbour, from Italian porto, Latin portus.
Portoghese Italian
Means "Portuguese" in Italian.
Pospíšil Czech
Nickname for a person in a hurry, from Czech pospíšit "hurry".
Post Dutch, German, English
Indicated a person who lived near a post, ultimately from Latin postis.
Potenza Italian
From the name of the southern Italian city of Potenza, called Potentia in Latin, meaning "power, force".
Potočnik Slovene
From Slovene potok meaning "stream, brook".
Potter English
Occupational name for a potter, one who makes earthen vessels. This surname was used by J. K. Rowling for the hero in her Harry Potter series of books, first released in 1997.
Pottinger English
Occupational name, either for an apothecary, from Old French potecaire, or a seller of stew, from Old French potagier.
Poulin French
Derived from Old French poule meaning "chicken". It was most likely used to denote a person who raised or sold poultry.
Poulsen Danish
Means "son of Poul".
Pound English
Occupational name for a person who kept animals, from Old English pund "animal enclosure".
Powell Welsh
Derived from Welsh ap Hywel meaning "son of Hywel".
Power 1 English, Irish
From Old French Poier, indicating a person who came from the town of Poix in Picardy, France.
Power 2 English
From Middle English povre meaning "poor", via Old French from Latin pauper. It could have been a nickname for someone who had no money or a miser.
Pozzi Italian
From Italian pozzo meaning "well, pit", derived from Latin puteus.
Pratt English
From Old English prætt meaning "trick, prank". This was a nickname for a trickster.
Pražak Czech
Means "from Prague" in Czech.
Prescott English
From the name of various English places meaning "priest's cottage" in Old English.
Presley English
Variant of Priestley. This name was borne by musician Elvis Presley (1935-1977).
Preston English
Originally derived from various place names meaning "priest town" in Old English.
Pretorius Southern African, Afrikaans
From Latin praetor meaning "leader". This name was adopted in the 17th century by Wesselius Praetorius as a Latin translation of his previous surname Schulte. It is now common in South Africa.
Price Welsh
Derived from Welsh ap Rhys, which means "son of Rhys".
Priddy Welsh
From Welsh prydudd meaning "bard".
Priestley English
From a place name meaning "priest clearing", from Old English preost and leah.
Prieto Spanish
From a nickname meaning "dark" in Spanish, referring to a person with dark hair or skin.
Prifti Albanian
From Albanian prift meaning "priest".
Prinsen Dutch
Means "son of the prince", the term prince would have denoted someone who acted in a regal manner.
Prinz German, Jewish
Means "prince", used as an ornamental name by Jews or as a nickname for someone who acted in a princely manner.
Pritchard Welsh
From Welsh ap Richard meaning "son of Richard".
Probert Welsh
Derived from Welsh ap Robert, which means "son of Robert".
Procházka Czech
Means "walk, wander, stroll" in Czech. This was an occupational name for a travelling tradesman.
Profeta Italian
From Italian profeta meaning "prophet". It probably came from a nickname indicating a person who wanted to predict the future. It is typical of southern Italy.
Prohászka Hungarian
Hungarian form of Procházka.
Prosdocimi Italian
From the given name Prosdocimo, Italian form of Prosdocimus.
Protz German
From a nickname meaning "showy, pompous", derived from an old southern German word meaning "toad".
Proudfoot English
Nickname for a person with a proud step.
Proulx French
Derived from Old French preu meaning "valiant, brave".
Provenza Italian
From the name of the Provence region of southern France (in Italian Provenza). It is derived from Latin provincia "province", a territorial division.
Provenzano Italian
Variant of Provenza typical of southern Italy, namely Sicily and Calabria.
Prunty Irish
From Irish Ó Proinntigh meaning "descendant of Proinnteach", a given name probably derived from Irish bronntach meaning "generous".
Pryce Welsh
Variant of Price.
Pryor English
Originally belonged to one who was a prior (a religious official), or one who worked for a prior.
Puerta Spanish
Means "door, gate", a topographic name for a person who lived near the gates of the town.
Puga Galician
Means "thorn, prickle" in Galician.
Pugh Welsh
Derived from Welsh ap Hugh meaning "son of Hugh".
Pugliese Italian
From an adjectival derivative of Puglia, from Latin Apulia, a region of southeast Italy containing the boot heel and some of the coastline of the Adriatic Sea. It is a regional name for someone from that region.
Puig Catalan
Catalan cognate of Poggio.
Pulkrábek Czech
Derived from the medieval status name purkrabí meaning "burgrave". It is derived from German Burggraf meaning "castle count".
Purcell English
From Old French pourcel "piglet", from Latin porcellus, a derivative of porcus "pig". This was a nickname or an occupational name for a swineherd.
Puskás Hungarian
Occupational name for a gunsmith or cannon maker, from Hungarian puska meaning "gun" (from German, itself from Latin buxis "box").
Pusztai Hungarian
From Hungarian puszta meaning "plain, steppe". The name was given to someone living on a plain.
Putin Russian
From Russian путь (put) meaning "road, path". This surname is borne by the Russian president Vladimir Putin (1952-).
Putnam English
From Puttenham, the name of towns in Hertfordshire and Surrey in England, which mean "Putta's homestead".
Qadir Arabic
Derived from the given name Qadir.
Quaranta Italian
Means "forty" in Italian.
Quattrocchi Italian
From Italian quattro meaning "four" and occhi meaning "eyes", a nickname for a person who wore glasses. It is usually found in Sicily.
Queen English
From a given name that was derived from Old English cwen meaning "queen, woman". In some occurrences it may have been a nickname.
Quesada Spanish
Habitational name from Quesada, a place in Jaén in southern Spain. The place name is of uncertain derivation; it could be connected to Old Spanish requexada meaning "corner, tight spot".
Quick English
Nickname for a quick or agile person, ultimately from Old English cwic meaning "alive".
Quigg Irish
Anglicized form of Irish Ó Cuaig meaning "descendant of Cuaig", a given name of unknown meaning.
Quigley Irish
Anglicized form of Irish Ó Coigligh meaning "descendant of Coigleach", a given name meaning "untidy".
Quijada Spanish
Means "jaw" in Spanish, a nickname for someone with a large jaw.
Quijano Spanish
From the name of a village in northern Spain.
Quijote Literature
Spanish form of Quixote.
Quincy English
Originally from various place names in Normandy that were derived from the given name Quintus.
Quinlan Irish
From Irish Ó Caoindealbháin, which means "descendant of Caoindealbhán", a given name meaning "handsome form" (using a diminutive suffix).
Quinn Irish
Anglicized form of Irish Ó Cuinn meaning "descendant of Conn".
Quiñones Spanish
From various Spanish place names derived from quiñón meaning "shared piece of land", derived from Latin quinque "five".
Quintana Spanish, Catalan
Originally indicated someone who lived on a piece of land where the rent was a fifth of its produce, from Spanish and Catalan quintana "fifth", from Latin quintus.
Quirk Irish
Variant of Quirke.
Quirke Irish
Anglicized form of Irish Ó Cuirc meaning "descendant of Corc", a given name meaning "heart".
Quirós Spanish
Denoted a person from one of the various places of this name in Spain, which may derive from Galician queiroa meaning "heather".
Quixote Literature
Created by Miguel de Cervantes for the main character in his novel Don Quixote (1605), about a nobleman who goes mad after reading too many heroic romances and decides to become a wandering knight under the name Don Quixote. His real name in part one of the book is conjectured to be Quixada or Quesada, though in part two (published 10 years after part one) it is revealed as Alonso Quixano. The Spanish suffix -ote means "large".
Quliyev Azerbaijani
Means "son of Qulu".
Rácz Hungarian
Derived from Hungarian rác meaning "Rascian", a former name for Serbians who lived in the Habsburg Empire.
Radcliff English
From various place names in England that mean "red cliff" in Old English.
Rademacher Low German
Low German cognate of Rademaker.
Rademaker Dutch
From the occupation of rademaker meaning "maker of wheels", from Dutch rad meaning "wheel".
Radev Bulgarian
Means "son of Rade", a diminutive of Radoslav, Radomir, or other names beginning with рад (rad).
Radić Serbian, Croatian
Patronymic derived from the given name Rade.
Radkov Bulgarian
Means "son of Radko".
Radu Romanian
From the given name Radu.
Rae Scottish
Variant of McRae.
Rafferty Irish
Anglicized form of Irish Ó Rabhartaigh meaning "descendant of Rabhartach". The given name Rabhartach means "flood tide".
Ragno Italian
From a nickname meaning "spider" in Italian.
Raimondi Italian
Derived from the given name Raimondo.
Raines English
Originally denoted a person from Rayne, Essex, England (possibly from an Old English word meaning "shelter") or from Rennes, Brittany, France (from the name of the Gaulish tribe of the Redones).
Rains English
Variant of Raines.
Rais Italian
Occupational name for the fisherman in charge of the boat, from Italian rais "captain", of Arabic origin. It is typical of Sicily and Sardinia.
Rake English
Originally a name for a dweller on a narrow pass or hillside, from Old English hrace meaning "throat, gorge".
Rakes English
Variant of Rake.
Ralston Scottish
Originally denoted a person from Ralston, Scotland, which was derived from the given name Ralph combined with Old English tun meaning "enclosure, yard, town".
Ramires Portuguese
Means "son of Ramiro" in Portuguese.
Ramírez Spanish
Means "son of Ramiro" in Spanish.
Ramos Spanish
Originally indicated a person who lived in a thickly wooded area, from Latin ramus meaning "branch".
Ramsey English, Scottish
Means "garlic island", derived from Old English hramsa "garlic" and eg "island". The surname was brought to Scotland by the Norman baron Simundus de Ramsay.
Rana Italian, Spanish
Means "frog" in Italian and Spanish.
Randal English
Derived from the given name Randel.
Randall English
Derived from the given name Randel.
Randell English
Derived from the given name Randel.
Randrup Danish
From the name of homesteads in Denmark (in Viborg or Rebild municipalities).
Raneri Italian
Derived from the Italian given name Raniero.
Ranta Finnish
Originally indicated a person who lived near the shore, from Finnish ranta meaning "shore, beach".
Rantanen Finnish
From Finnish ranta meaning "shore, beach".
Rao 1 Indian, Telugu, Kannada
From Sanskrit राज (raja) meaning "king".
Rao 2 Italian
Derived from the given name Raul.
Rapallino Italian
From the name of the town of Rapallo near Genoa.
Rapp 1 Swedish
From Swedish rapp meaning "quick, prompt", one of the names adopted by soldiers in the 17th century.
Rapp 2 German
From Middle High German raben meaning "raven", a nickname for a person with black hair.
Raptis Greek
Means "tailor" in Greek.
Rasch German
German form of Rask.
Rask Danish, Swedish
Means "energetic, quick, healthy" in Danish and Swedish.
Raskob German
Variant of Raskopf.
Raskop German
Variant of Raskopf.
Raskopf German
Possibly from German rasch "quick" and Kopf "head".
Rasputin Russian
From Russian распутье (rasputye) meaning "crossroads". A famous bearer was the Russian mystic Grigoriy Rasputin (1869-1916).
Ratti Italian
From Italian ratto meaning "rat", originally denoting a sly individual.