From Italian fabbro
meaning "blacksmith", ultimately from Latin faber
From a place name meaning "fern stream", from Old English fearn
"fern" and burna
From a place name meaning "fair ravine, fair cliff" in Old English.
Derived from Italian falco
"falcon". The name was used to denote a falconer or a person who resembled a falcon in some way.
An occupational name for a woodcutter, from Hungarian farag
meaning "carve, cut".
Occupational name meaning "dyer", derived from German Farbe
Occupational name for a miller, derived from Italian farina
Occupational name for a tax collector, from Middle English ferme
"rent, revenue, provision", from Medieval Latin firma
, ultimately from Old English feorm
. This word did not acquire its modern meaning until the 17th century.
Indicated a person from any of the various towns named Farnham in England, notably in Surrey. Their names are from Old English fearn
"fern" and ham
"home, settlement" or ham
"water meadow, enclosure".
Derived from the name of a place on Sicily, Italy, derived from Latin far
meaning "wheat, spelt".
, a German carnival (Fastnacht
meaning "eve of the beginning of the fast", or the time before Lent) celebrated in Austria and Bavaria, and bauer
Means "land agent, bailiff, steward, farmer" in Italian.
Occupational name meaning "mower" in French, ultimately from Latin falx
meaning "sickle, scythe".
FAULKNER English, Scottish
Occupational name for a keeper of falcons, from Middle English and Scots faulcon
, from Late Latin falco
, of Germanic origin.
From Italian fava
referring to a type of broad bean.
Possibly indicated a person from the town of Faverges in eastern France, derived from Old French faverge
FAY French, English
Referred to a person who came from various places named Fay or Faye in northern France, derived from Old French fau
"beech tree", from Latin fagus
Derived from Middle English feare
meaning "friend, comrade".
Means "white" in Hungarian, originally referring to a person with white hair or complexion.
Derived from Hungarian fej
meaning "head", originally a nickname applied to a stubborn person.
Means "black" in Hungarian, originally a nickname for a person with dark hair or a dark complexion.
FELD German, Jewish
Means "field" in German. The name was originally given to someone who lived on land cleared of forest.
From a name for someone who dwelt near a marsh, from Old English fenn
meaning "fen, swamp, bog".
Originally indicated a person from the town of Fermo in the Marche region of Italy, originally called Firmum
in Latin meaning "strong, steady, firm".
Occupational name for a metalworker or smith, derived from Latin ferrarius
, a derivative of ferrum
FERRO Italian, Portuguese
Means "iron", ultimately from Latin ferrum
. This was an occupational name for one who worked with iron.
Occupational name meaning "blacksmith" in Old French, derived from Latin faber
Means "violet" in Czech, referring to the flower. It may have originally referred to a person who lived near a sign bearing violets, or it may have been given to a person who lived in a place where violets grew.
Name for a person who lived on or near a field or pasture, from Old English feld
Either a patronymic from the given name FILIP
, or a habitational name denoting a person from the Polish town of Filipów (also derived from the given name).
Anglicized form of Irish Ó Fionnagáin
meaning "descendant of Fionnagán". The given name Fionnagán
is a diminutive of FIONN
Derived from Italian fiscella
, which was a basket used to conserve cheese. The name was probably used to denote a person who made cheese.
Means "son of GERALD
" in Anglo-Norman French. It was brought to Ireland with William the Conqueror.
Means "son of the king" in Anglo-Norman French, from French roi
meaning "king". This name has been bestowed upon illegitimate children of kings.
From Irish Ó Flannagáin
meaning "descendant of Flannagán". Flannagán
is a given name meaning "red". From County Roscommon in Ireland, it has many other spellings.
Given to a person who was a Fleming, that is a person who was from FLANDERS
in the Netherlands.
Occupational name for a fletcher, someone who attached feathers to the shaft of an arrow. It is derived from Old French fleche
From Greek φλωρος (phloros)
meaning "greenfinch", derived from classical Greek χλωρος (chloros)
Anglicized form of Irish Ó Floinn
meaning "descendant of FLANN
From Hungarian fodor
meaning "curly, wavy", referring to a person with curly or wavy hair.
From Irish Ó Foghladha
meaning "descendant of Foghlaidh". The byname Foghlaidh
meant "pirate, marauder, plunderer".
Of Italian origin, possibly from a place derived from fondo
meaning "deep". The family of Henry Fonda (1905-1982) came from the Netherlands, but they were of Genoese origin.
FONSECA Spanish, Portuguese
Originally belonged to a person who lived near a dry spring, from Latin fons
"well, spring" and siccus
Derived from Old French fontane
meaning "well, fountain", a derivative of Latin fons
Name given to someone who lived by a ford, possibly the official who maintained it. A famous bearer was the American industrialist Henry Ford (1863-1947).
FOREST English, French
Originally belonged to a person who lived near or in a forest. It was probably originally derived, via Old French forest
, from Latin forestam (silva)
meaning "outer (wood)".
Denoted a keeper or one in charge of a forest, or one who has charge of growing timber in a forest (see FOREST
Name for someone who lived near ferns, from Old High German farn
Derived from Old High German forst
"forest". Probably unrelated to the Old French word forest
, which was derived from Latin, Old High German forst
was derived from foraha
meaning "fir tree".
Derived from Old French fort
"stronghold", indicating a person who lived near or worked at such a place.
From Middle English, ultimately from Latin fortuna
meaning "fortune, luck, chance". This was possibly a nickname for a gambler.
FOSTER (2) English
Occupational name for a scissor maker, derived from Old French forcetier
FOSTER (3) English
Occupational name for a maker of saddle trees, derived from Old French fustier
FOSTER (4) English
Nickname given to a person who was a foster-child or foster-parent.
Occupational name for a baker, from French fourneau
Occupational name for a fowler or birdcatcher, ultimately derived from Old English fugol
From the name of the animal. It was originally a nickname for a person with red hair or a crafty person.
Derived from Middle English frankelin
meaning "freeman". It denoted a landowner of free but not noble birth, from Old French franc
From a nickname that indicated a person who came from France. It is typical of the area around Naples.
Meaning unknown, originally Norman French Fresel
, possibly from a lost place name in France.
Referred to a person who was born free, or in other words was not a serf.
Means "free" in German, probably referring to someone outside the feudal system.
Means "broken" in Portuguese, a name for one who lived on broken, stony ground.
FREUD German, Jewish
Means "joy" in German, a nickname for a cheerful person. A famous bearer was the psychologist Sigmund Freud (1856-1939).
From Middle High German vriunt
, modern German Freund
From Swedish frisk
"healthy", which was derived from the Middle Low German word vrisch
"fresh, young, frisky".
From a nickname derived from Middle High German vrom
meaning "noble, honourable".
FROST English, German
From Old English and Old High German meaning "frost", a nickname for a person who had a cold personality or a white beard.
From Old English frig
(a variant of freo
) meaning "free".
From Old High German fuhs
meaning "fox". It was originally a nickname for a person with red hair.
Means "spring, well" in Spanish, derived from Latin fons
Derived from Middle High German vuorman
Denoted a person who was from Fukui prefecture in Japan.
Occupational name for a fuller, a person who thickened and cleaned coarse cloth by pounding it. It is derived via Middle English from Latin fullo
From the name of the English town of Foulden, Norfolk, meaning "bird hill" in Old English.
FURLAN Italian, Slovene
From the name of the Italian region of Friuli
, in the northeast of Italy, which is derived from the name of the Roman town of Forum Iulii meaning "forum of Julius".
From a nickname meaning "(sovereign) prince" in German. The word fürst
itself is derived from Old High German furisto
Occupational name for someone who made or sold forks, from Old High German gabala
GAGE French, English
Occupational name derived either from Old French jauge
"measure" (a name for an assayer) or gage
"pledge, payment" (a name for a moneylender). Both words were ultimately of Frankish origin.
Derived from Old French gagnier
meaning "to farm, to cultivate".
Derived from old French gagnon
"guard dog". The name most likely originated as a nickname for an aggressive or cruel person.
Derived from Polish gaj
meaning "grove, thicket".
Originally indicated a person from Galicia, a region in northwestern Spain.
GALLO Italian, Spanish
Means "rooster", ultimately from Latin gallus
. This was a nickname for a proud person.
Probably from the feminine medieval given name Allegranza or Alleganza, a derivative of ALLEGRA
. It comes from northern Lombardy.
From a medieval given name of unknown meaning, possibly related to the Basque word hartz
Occupational surname for one who was a gardener, from Old French jardin
meaning "garden" (of Frankish origin).
Originally denoted a person from Gárdony, a town near Budapest in Hungary.
Originally denoted one from the region of Garfagnana in Tuscany, Italy, near the historical city of Lucca.
Means "triangle field" in Old English. A famous bearer was American president James A. Garfield (1831-1881).
Means "triangle land" from Old English gara
. It originally belonged to a person who owned a triangle-shaped piece of land.
GARNER (1) English
From Old French gernier
meaning "granary", a derivative of Latin granum
meaning "grain". This name could refer to a person who worked at a granary or lived near one.
GARNETT (1) English
Occupational name referring to a person who made hinges, from Old French carne
From a nickname, from a southern variant of the Italian word garofano
From the Basque word arratz
"bush" combined with the suffix sta
denoting a place.
Name for someone who lived on a street in a city, from German gasse
Means "cat" in Italian, originally a nickname for an agile person.
Derived from a Norman given name that was a short form of Germanic names starting with the element ger
Habitational name for someone who lived in Gebara, a village in the province of Álava in Spain.
Derived from a short form of Germanic names starting with the element ger
Means "vulture" in German, a nickname for a greedy person.
Means "fiddle player" in German, derived from Old High German giga
Occupational name for a goat herder, from southern German Geiss
meaning "goat" and the suffix ler
signifying an occupation.
Means "tanner, leather dresser" in German, derived from Old High German garawen
meaning "to prepare".
Means "hackle, hatchel" in Hungarian (a hackle is a tool used to comb out fibers).
Occupational name for a barley farmer, derived from Old High German gersta