Locational name that originally designated a person who came from Taranto, a city in southeast Italy, which was originally called Ταρας (Taras)
by Greek colonists. A famous bearer of this name is the American director Quentin Tarantino (1963-).
From Middle English at asche
meaning "at the ash tree"
From Middle English taske
meaning "task, assignment"
. A tasker was a person who had a fixed job to do, particularly a person who threshed grain with a flail.
From Old French tasse "purse, bag"
, an occupational name for a maker or seller of purses.
From the name of the town of Tatham in Lancashire, itself from the Old English given name TATA
combined with ham
meaning "home, settlement".
Originally indicated a person from a town by this name, derived from the Old English given name TATA
combined with tun
meaning "enclosure, yard, town".
From a nickname meaning meaning "dove"
From the place name Taverna, common in different parts of Italy. It means "inn, tavern" in Italian.
Derived from Old French tailleur
, ultimately from Latin taliare
From Middle English tele
meaning "teal, duck"
Indicated a person from the Iranian city of Tehran, of unknown meaning.
TEKE (2) Turkish
Occupational name for a goat herder, from Turkish teke "goat"
TER AVEST Dutch
Means "at the edge, eave"
indicating a person who lived at the edge of a forest or under a covered shelter.
Originally a name for a person from Terrazas in the Spanish city of Burgos, a place name meaning "terraces".
Probably derived from the Norman French nickname tirel
meaning "to pull"
, referring to a stubborn person.
in Turkish, ultimately of Persian origin.
From Bosnian terzija
, ultimately of Persian origin.
in Czech, ultimately from the Slavic word tesla
Occupational name meaning "weaver"
, ultimately from Latin texarius
From a nickname meaning "devil"
in German, given to a mischievous person or one who was devil-like.
Referred to a person who thatched roofs by attaching straw to them, derived from Old English þæc
From any of the various places in England called Thornley
, meaning "thorn clearing" in Old English.
From any of the various places in England by this name, meaning "thorn town" in Old English.
From Old English þrostle
meaning "song thrush"
, referring to a cheerful person.
Indicated a dweller in a forest clearing or pasture, from Old Norse þveit "clearing, pasture"
From an English place name, derived from Old English timber
"timber, wood" and lacu
"lake, pool, stream".
, the name of a town in Cumbria, derived from the name of the river Tyne combined with Old English dæl
Occupational name for a mender of kettles, pots and pans. The name could derive from the tinking sound made by light hammering on metal. It is possible that the word comes from the word tin
, the material with which the tinker worked.
Originally given to one who came from the town of Tipton, derived from the Old English given name Tippa
combined with tun
"enclosure, yard, town".
Possibly of Germanic origin meaning "shepherd"
. This surname is typical of Lombardy.
Possibly from a nickname meaning "stubborn"
From the river name Tisza, Hungary's second largest river.
Indicated a person from Tittensor, England, which means "Titten's ridge".
Derived from the resort town of Tivoli, near Rome, originally called Tibur
in Latin, of uncertain origin.
From a regional form of a given name Todaro
, a variant of TEODORO
. It is quite common in Sicily.
, derived from Middle English todde
Denoted a person hailing from one of the many places in Britain of that name, derived from Old Norse topt
Possibly from a Germanic given name of unknown meaning, the second element of the name is derived from beraht
meaning "bright, famous".
Derived from the name of the city of Toledo in Spain, which was from Latin Toletum
, which may have been derived from a Celtic word meaning "hill".
Derived from Saxon tollkühn
. A famous bearer was the English author J. R. R. Tolkien (1892-1973).
Occupational name meaning "tax gatherer"
, derived from Old English toln
"toll, fee, tax".
, the Hungarian name of the city of Turda in Romania (formerly within the Kingdom of Hungary).
From a medieval Italian name given to a boy born after the death of a previous one, derived from Italian ritorna in casa
"come back home".
, usually denoting a younger man, from Latin tonsus
From a nickname for a tough, stubborn person, from Italian tosto "hard, tough"
Derived from Hungarian tót
, which means "Slovak"
Indicated a person who lived at the town's edge, from Old English tun
"enclosure, yard, town" and ende
TRACEY (1) English
From the village of Tracy-sur-mer on the Normandy coast in France. It was brought to England with William the Conqueror.
From the name of the Sicilian city of Trapani, derived from Greek δρεπανη (drepane)
Originally indicated a person from Thirsk, North Yorkshire, derived from Old Norse þresk
meaning "fen, marsh".
TRAVERS English, French
From an English and French place name that described a person who lived near a bridge or ford, or occasionally as an occupational name for the collector of tolls at such a location. The place name is derived from Old French traverser
(which comes from Late Latin transversare
), which means "to cross"
Originally denoted a person from a place of this name in Cornwall, England.
Originally indicated a person from Trengove in Cornwall, England.
Originally from a place name meaning "big village"
from Welsh tref
"village" and mawr
From a byname derived from Old Norse tryggr
meaning "true, loyal"
Originally denoted someone who lived by a set of steps, from Middle High German trit "step"
Originally denoted a person from the city of Troyes in France.
Denoted a person coming from a place of this name in northern Italy.
TRUDEAU French (Quebec)
From a diminutive of the given name Thouroude
, a medieval French form of the Norse name TORVALD
. This name has been borne by two Canadian prime ministers, Pierre Elliott Trudeau (1919-2000) and his son Justin Trudeau (1971-).
Originally denoted a person from Trujillo, Spain, originally called Turgalium
Means "trusty man"
in Middle English. A famous bearer of the surname was American president Harry S. Truman (1884-1972).
Possibly from Middle High German trame
"rafter, frame" and bauer
Derived from Middle High German trumbe
. This surname is borne by the American president Donald Trump (1946-).
Possibly derived from a Slavic given name of unknown meaning.
Occupational name for a fuller of cloth, derived from Old English tucian
meaning "offend, torment". A fuller was a person who cleaned and thickened raw cloth by pounding it.
Denoted one who lived near a clump of trees or bushes, from Middle English tufte "tuft, clump"
, from Old French.
Occupational name for a herdsman, derived from Middle English toupe "ram"
From the name of the town of Turate near Como in Lombardy.
Occupational name for one who worked with a lathe, derived from Old English turnian
"to turn", of Latin origin.
Occupational name for a tiler of roofs, derived from Old English tigele
"tile". A famous bearer of this name was American president John Tyler (1790-1862).
TYSON (1) English
Derived from a nickname for a quarrelsome person, from Old French tison
in Italian, either a nickname for a person who resembled a bird or an occupational name for a birdcatcher.
From Japanese 上 (ue)
meaning "above, top, upper" and 田 (ta)
meaning "field, rice paddy".
From Japanese 上 (ue)
meaning "above, top, upper" and 野 (no)
meaning "field, wilderness".
Means "dweller at the foot of a hill"
, from Old English under
Means "dweller at the edge of the woods"
, from Old English under
Possibly denoted a person from the town of Unkel in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany.
Refers to a restless, fidgety, nervous person, from German unruhe
UNTERBRINK Low German
Means "dweller under the slope"
from Old Low German undar
"under" and brink
Denoted a person hailing from one of the many towns in England bearing this name. The place name itself is derived from Old English upp
"up" and tun
"enclosure, yard, town".
Derived from Basque ur
"water" and bi
"two", indicating a place where two waterways met.
Probably derived from the name of Urueña, a town in the province of Valladolid, Spain, which is of unknown meaning.
Derived from Brythonic ar
"by" and cardden
"thicket". This is the name of several places, the most famous being north of Loch Ness.
in Italian, originally denoting a person who worked with cattle.
From Hungarian vad
, either a nickname or an occupational name for a hunter of wild game.
Patronymic from the given name Valente
, an Italian form of VALENS
. A famous bearer of the surname was Jack Valenti (1921-2007), advisor to American president Lyndon Johnson.
From a nickname derived from Spanish valiente
Means "customs officer"
in Hungarian, a derivative of vám
VAN AALSBURG Dutch
Means "from Aalsburg"
, which is possibly Adelsburg
, composed of adal
"noble" and burg
VAN AGGELEN Dutch
Denoted someone from Aggelen, which could refer to Achel in the Belgian province of Limburg or Egchel in the Dutch province of Limburg.
VAN AGTEREN Dutch
Means "from behind"
, probably referring to a place behind something, such as a building or a place at the end of the road.
VAN ALLER Dutch
Means "from the Aller"
, a river in Germany, of uncertain meaning.
VAN ALPHEN Dutch
Means "from Alphen"
, a town in the Netherlands. It is derived from the name of the Roman fort Albaniana
, itself from Latin albus
VAN ALST Dutch
Means "from Aalst"
, the name of towns in Belgium and the Netherlands, which is possibly from Germanic alhust
meaning "living place".
VAN AMELSVOORT Dutch
Means "from Amersfoort"
, a city in the Netherlands. It means "ford of the Amer (Eem) River" in Dutch.
VAN AMSTEL Dutch
Means "from Amstel"
, a Dutch river that means "water area".
VAN ANDEL Dutch
Means "from Andel"
, a town in the Netherlands, possibly meaning "upper forest" in Old Dutch.
VAN AS Dutch
Means "from Asch"
, a town in the Netherlands, meaning "ash tree".
VAN ASSEN Dutch
Means "from Assen"
, a city in the Netherlands, which is possibly from essen
meaning "ash trees".
VAN BAARLE Dutch
Means "from Baarle"
, a town in both the Netherlands and Belgium.
VAN BOKHOVEN Dutch
Means "from Bokhoven"
, a small town in the province of Noord-Brabant in the Netherlands. It means "goat yards" in Dutch.
VAN BREDA Dutch
Means "from Breda"
, a city in the province of Noord-Brabant in the Netherlands. It is derived from Dutch breed
meaning "wide" and Aa
, the name of a river.
VAN BUGGENUM Dutch
Means "from Buggenum"
, a small town in the middle of the province of Limburg in the Netherlands.
VAN BUREN Dutch
Means "from Buren"
, a small town on the island of Ameland in the north of the Netherlands, as well as a small city in the Dutch province Gelderland. The place names derive from Old Dutch bur
meaning "house, dwelling". In the 16th century the countess Anna van Buren married William of Orange, the founder of the Dutch royal family. A famous bearer of this surname was Martin van Buren (1782-1862), the eighth President of the United States.
Indicated a dweller by a fen, from Old English fenn
meaning "fen, marsh"
VAN DALEN Dutch
Means "from the valley"
, from Old Dutch dal
VAN DER AART Dutch
Means "from the earth"
, derived from Dutch aarde
"earth". It perhaps referred to either an earth bank or to a farmer.
VAN DER BERG Dutch
Means "from the mountain"
, derived from Dutch berg
VAN DER STOEP Dutch
Means "from the paved entrance"
, from Dutch stoep
meaning "paved porch at the entrance to a house".
VAN DER VEEN Dutch
Means "from the swamp, from the peat"
, from Dutch veen
"fen, swamp, peat". It originally indicated a person who resided in a peat district or fen colony.
VAN DER ZEE Dutch
Means "from the sea"
in Dutch. The original bearer may have been someone who lived on the coast.
VAN DONK Dutch
Means "from the hill"
, derived from Dutch donk
meaning "(sandy) hill".
VAN HASSEL Dutch
Means "from Hassel"
, a town in Lower Saxony, Germany. It may be derived from Germanic hasel
meaning "hazel tree".
VAN HEEL Dutch
Means "from Heel"
, a small town in the province of Limburg in the Netherlands.
VAN HERTEN Dutch
Means "from Herten"
, a small town in the province of Limburg in the Netherlands. The town's name comes from Dutch herten
, the plural of hert
VAN HOFWEGEN Dutch
Means "from Hofwegen"
, a town in the province of South Holland in the Netherlands, itself derived from Dutch hof
"garden, courtyard" and weg
"way, path, road".