All Surnames

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Zhang Chinese
From Chinese (zhāng) meaning "stretch, extend". It may have denoted a bowmaker whose job it was to stretch bow wood.
Zhao Chinese
From Chinese (zhào), which refers to an ancient city-state in what is now Shanxi province. According to legend, King Mu rewarded his chariot driver Zaofu with the city, at which time Zaofu adopted this surname. The later historic state of Zhao, which existed from the 5th to 3rd centuries BC, was named after this city.... [more]
Zheng Chinese
From Chinese (zhèng), which refers to the ancient state of Zheng. Zheng existed between the 9th to 4th centuries BC in present-day Henan province. A famous bearer of this surname was the 15th-century explorer Zheng He.
Zhivkov Bulgarian
Means "son of Zhivko".
Zhou Chinese
From Chinese (zhōu) referring to the Zhou dynasty, which held power from 1046 to 771 BC, continuing for a few more centuries as figureheads.
Zhu Chinese
From Chinese (zhū) meaning "vermilion red, cinnabar" and also referring to the ancient state of Zhu, which existed in what is now Shandong province. This was the surname of the emperors of the Ming dynasty.
Ziegler German
Means "bricklayer" or "brickmaker" in German, from Middle High German ziegel "brick, tile".
Zieliński Polish
From Polish zieleń meaning "green". It was possibly a nickname for a person who dressed in green clothing.
Ziemniak Polish
Means "potato" in Polish.
Ziętek Polish
Possibly from a diminutive of Polish zięć meaning "son-in-law".
Zilberschlag Jewish
Occupational name for a silversmith from Yiddish zilber "silver" and schlag "strike".
Zilberstein Jewish
Ornamental name meaning "silver stone", from Yiddish זילבער (zilber) and שטיין (shtein), both of Germanic origin.
Zima Czech, Slovak, Polish, Russian
From a Slavic word meaning "winter". This may have been a nickname for a person with a chilly personality.
Zimman Jewish
Possibly a variant of Zimmermann.
Zimmermann German, Jewish
From the German word for "carpenter", derived from Middle High German zimber "timber, wood" and mann "man".
Zingel Jewish
From Middle High German zingel "defensive wall". This name was originally applied to a person who lived near the outermost wall of a castle.
Zini Italian
Derived from names such as Lorenzino, a diminutive of Lorenzo, or Vincenzino, a diminutive of Vincenzo.
Zino Italian
Derived from the given name Zino, a short form of names ending with -zino, such as Lorenzino, a diminutive of Lorenzo, or Vincenzino, a diminutive of Vincenzo.
Ziskind Jewish
Ornamental name meaning "sweet child", from Yiddish זיס (zis) meaning "sweet" and קינד (kind) meaning "child", both words of Germanic origin.
Žitnik Slovene, Czech
From the Slavic root žito meaning "rye". This was an occupational name for a dealer in rye or a baker.
Zlatkov Bulgarian
Means "son of Zlatko".
Zoltánfi Hungarian
Means "son of Zoltán".
Zorić Serbian, Croatian
Means "son of Zora".
Zsoldos Hungarian
Means "mercenary" in Hungarian.
Zubizarreta Basque
Means "old bridge", from Basque zubia "bridge" and zahar "old". A famous bearer is the Spanish soccer player Andoni Zubizarreta (1961-).
Zuiderduin Dutch
Means "southern dune" in Dutch.
Žukauskas Lithuanian
Lithuanian form of Żukowski.
Żukowski Polish
From various Polish towns named Żukowo or Żuków, which are derived from żuk "beetle".
Zuñiga Basque
From the name of a Spanish town, formerly named Estuniga in Basque, possibly derived from Basque istuin "channel, strait".
Zunino Italian
Derived from the given name Giovanni.
Župan Croatian
Croatian cognate of Zupan.
Zupan Slovene
From Slavic župan meaning "head of the district, community leader".
Zupančič Slovene
Patronymic form of Zupan.
Żuraw Polish
Means "crane" in Polish, a nickname for a tall person.
Zyma Ukrainian
Ukrainian form of Zima.