Browse Surnames

This is a list of surnames in which the meaning contains the keywords form or of or water.
usage
meaning
Aafjes Dutch
Means "son of Aafje".
Aalders Dutch
Means "son of Aldert".
Aalfs Dutch
Means "son of Aalf", a short form of Adolf.
Aalmers Dutch (Rare)
Means "son of Aalmar", a Dutch form of Adelmar.
Aalto Finnish
From Finnish aalto meaning "wave". A famous bearer was Finnish architect Alvar Aalto (1898-1976).
Aaltonen Finnish
From Finnish aalto meaning "wave".
Aarens Dutch
Means "son of Arend".
Aarse Dutch
Means "son of Arend".
Aarts Dutch
Means "son of Aart".
Aartsen Dutch
Means "son of Arend".
Aartsma Frisian
Means "son of Arend", the suffix -ma indicating that it is of Frisian origin.
Abbasov Azerbaijani
Means "son of Abbas".
Abbes Dutch
Means "son of Abbe".
Abdullaev Kyrgyz, Kazakh
Means "son of Abdulla".
Abels Dutch
Means "son of Abel".
Aben Dutch
Means "son of Abe 2".
Åberg Swedish
From Swedish å meaning "river, stream" and berg meaning "mountain".
Abrahamsson Swedish
Means "son of Abraham".
Abrams Jewish, English
Means "son of Abraham".
Abramsen Norwegian
Means "son of Abraham".
Abramson English
Means "son of Abraham".
Abramsson Swedish
Means "son of Abraham".
Abspoel Dutch
From Abtspoel, the name of an estate near Oegstgeest in South Holland, meaning "abbot's pool".
Acqua Italian
Means "water" in Italian, indicating one who dwelt by or transported water.
Adami Italian
Means "son of Adamo".
Adamić Croatian
Means "son of Adam".
Adamsen Danish, Norwegian
Means "son of Adam".
Adamson English
Means "son of Adam".
Adamsson Swedish
Means "son of Adam".
Addens Dutch
Means "son of Adde".
Addicks Dutch
Means "son of Addik", a diminutive of Adde.
Addison English
Means "son of Addy 2".
Adelardi Italian
Means "son of Adelardo".
Adema Frisian
Means "son of Ade 2".
Adimari Italian
Means "son of Ademaro".
Adolfs Dutch
Means "son of Adolf".
Adolfsson Swedish
Means "son of Adolf".
Adriaans Dutch
Means "son of Adriaan".
Adriaansen Dutch
Means "son of Adriaan".
Aerssens Dutch
Means "son of Arend".
Africani Italian
Means "son of Africano", the Italian form of Africanus.
Agani Italian
Means "son of Agano", a given name of unknown meaning.
Agema Frisian
Means "son of Age 1".
Agnarsson Icelandic
Means "son of Agnar".
Agnusdei Italian
From Latin Agnus Dei meaning "lamb of God". This was a nickname for someone who was particularly religious or someone who wore this symbol.
Agosti Italian
Means "son of Agosto", a variant of Augusto.
Agostini Italian
Means "son of Agostino".
Agua Spanish
Means "water" in Spanish, indicating a person who lived near water or worked with water.
Aguado Spanish
Derived from Spanish agua "water", indicating a person who lived near water or worked with water.
Ahlers Low German
Means "son of Alard".
Ahlström Swedish
Ornamental name derived from Swedish al (Old Norse ǫlr) meaning "alder" and ström (Old Norse straumr) meaning "stream".
Aikema Frisian
Means "son of Aike".
Aiolfi Italian
Means "son of Aiolfo", which is derived from the Germanic name Agilulf.
Airaldi Italian
Means "son of Aroldo".
Akai Japanese
From Japanese (aka) meaning "red" and (i) meaning "well, mine shaft, pit".
Åkesson Swedish
Means "son of Åke".
Akhmetov Kazakh
Means "son of Akhmet".
Akmatov Kyrgyz
Means "son of Akmat".
Akselsen Norwegian, Danish
Means "son of Aksel".
Alberici Italian
Means "son of Alberico".
Albers Dutch
Means "son of Albert".
Alberts English, Dutch
Means "son of Albert".
Albertson English
Means "son of Albert".
Albini Italian
Means "son of Albino".
Albinson English
Means "son of Albin".
Albinsson Swedish
Means "son of Albin".
Aldebrandi Italian
Means "son of Aldebrando", an Italian form of Aldebrand.
Alderisi Italian
Means "son of Alderissius", a Latinized form of a Germanic name of unknown meaning.
Alders Dutch
Means "son of Aldert".
Alekseev Russian
Means "son of Aleksey".
Alesci Italian
Means "son of Alessio".
Alesini Italian
Means "son of Alesino", a diminutive of Alessio.
Alfredson English
Means "son of Alfred".
Alfredsson Swedish
Means "son of Alfred".
Alfsson Swedish
Means "son of Alf 1".
Aliberti Italian
Means "son of Alberto".
Aliev Tajik, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Avar, Chechen, Azerbaijani
Means "son of Ali 1". This is also an alternate transcription of Azerbaijani Əliyev.
Alinari Italian
Means "son of Alinario", which is from the Germanic name Ellanher.
Alinejad Persian
Means "descendant of Ali 1" in Persian.
Aliprandi Italian
Means "son of Alibrand".
Əliyev Azerbaijani
Means "son of Əli".
Alkema Frisian
Means "son of Alke".
Alles Dutch
Means "son of Alle".
Allison English
Means "son of Alan" or "son of Alexander" (as well as other given names beginning with Al).
Alma Frisian
Means "son of Ale 2", the suffix -ma indicating that it is of Frisian origin.
Alscher German
Means "son of Adalheidis".
Álvarez Spanish
Means "son of Álvaro".
Alvarsson Swedish
Means "son of Alvar".
Alves Portuguese
Means "son of Álvaro".
Amadei Italian
Means "son of Amadeo".
Amadori Italian
Means "son of Amatore".
Amalberti Italian
Means "son of Amalberto", from the Germanic name Amalbert.
Ambrogi Italian
Means "son of Ambrogio".
Ambrosi Italian
Means "son of Ambrogio".
Amerighi Italian
Means "son of Amerigo".
Amundsen Norwegian
Means "son of Amund".
Anaya Spanish
From the names of a few Spanish towns, possibly of Arabic origin meaning "stagnant water" or "path".
Anderson English
Means "son of Andrew".
Andersson Swedish
Means "son of Anders". This is the most common surname in Sweden.
Andonov Bulgarian
Means "son of Andon".
Andreasen Danish
Means "son of Andreas".
Andreasson Swedish
Means "son of Andreas".
Andrews English
Means "son of Andrew".
Andriessen Dutch
Means "son of Andries".
Andrysiak Polish
Means "son of Andrzej".
Anema Frisian
Means "son of Ane 2".
Anghelescu Romanian
Means "son of Anghel".
Angioli Italian
Means "son of Angiolo".
Annema Frisian
Means "son of Anne 2".
Ansaldi Italian
Means "son of Ansaldo".
Anselmetti Italian
Means "son of Anselmetto", a diminutive of Anselmo.
Anselmi Italian
Means "son of Anselmo".
Anson English
Means "son of Agnes".
Antema Frisian
Means "son of Ante 2".
Antić Serbian, Croatian
Means "son of Anto" or "son of Ante 1".
Antonelli Italian
Means "son of Antonello".
Antonescu Romanian
Means "son of Anton".
Antonini Italian
Means "son of Antonino".
Antoniou Greek
Means "son of Antonios".
Antonisen Danish
Means "son of Anton".
Antonsen Norwegian, Danish
Means "son of Anton".
Antov Bulgarian
Means "son of Anton".
Antunes Portuguese
Means "son of António".
Antúnez Spanish
Means "son of Antonio".
Antunović Croatian
Means "son of Antun".
Apostolov Bulgarian
Means "son of Apostol".
Ardiccioni Italian
Means "son of Ardiccione", a derivative of Ardito.
Ardovini Italian
Means "son of Arduino".
Arends Dutch
Means "son of Arend".
Ariesen Dutch
Means "son of Aris 2".
Arkema Frisian
Means "son of Arke 2".
Arkes Dutch
Means "son of Arke 2".
Arlotti Italian
Means "son of Arlotto".
Armani Italian
Means "son of Ermanno".
Arnesen Norwegian
Means "son of Arne 1".
Arnolfi Italian
Means "son of Arnolfo".
Arnoni Italian
Means "son of Arnone" from the medieval name Arnone, of uncertain origin.
Arntz Dutch
Means "son of Arend".
Arntzen Dutch
Means "son of Arend".
Arrighetti Italian
Means "son of Arrighetto", a diminutive of the given name Arrigo.
Arrighi Italian
Means "son of Arrigo".
Arrigucci Italian
Means "son of Arriguccio", a diminutive of the given name Arrigo.
Arroyo Spanish
Means "stream, brook" in Spanish.
Arthurson English
Means "son of Arthur".
Arthursson Swedish
Means "son of Arthur".
Arts 1 Dutch
Means "son of Aart".
Artz Dutch
Means "son of Aart".
Årud Norwegian
From Norwegian å meaning "river, stream" and the archaic word rud meaning "cleared land".
Arvidsson Swedish
Means "son of Arvid".
Asenov Bulgarian
Means "son of Asen".
Askes Dutch
Means "son of Aske", a diminutive of Asse.
Assies Dutch
Means "son of Asse".
Åström Swedish
From Swedish å meaning "river, stream" and ström (Old Norse straumr) meaning "stream, current, flow".
Atkins English
Means "son of Atkin", a medieval diminutive of Adam.
Atkinson English
Means "son of Atkin", a medieval diminutive of Adam.
Atsma Frisian
Means "son of Atse".
Atwater English
From Middle English meaning "dweller at the water".
Aue German
From German meaning "meadow by a river, wetland". There are many places with this name in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
Auer German
From German Aue, Old High German ouwa, meaning "meadow by a river, wetland".
Aukema Frisian
Means "son of Auke".
Avagyan Armenian
Means "son of Avag".
Aveskamp Dutch
From a place name meaning "edge of camp" in Dutch.
Axelsen Danish, Norwegian
Means "son of Axel".
Axelsson Swedish
Means "son of Axel".
Baaiman Dutch
Means "son of Baaij", the given name Baaij being a diminutive of names like Baugulf, Boudewijn or Bernard.
Baardsen Norwegian
Means "son of Bård".
Bach German
Topographic name for someone who lived by a stream, from Middle High German bach meaning "stream". This name was borne by members of the Bach musical family, notably the composer Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750).
Bachmann German
Denoted a person who lived near a stream, from Middle High German bach "stream" and man "man".
Bachmeier German
Originally referred to a farmer whose farm was beside a stream, from Middle High German bach "stream" and meier "steward, tenant farmer".
Baines 1 Welsh
From Welsh ab Einws meaning "son of Einws", a diminutive of Einion.
Bakema Frisian
Means "son of Bake", a short form of names starting with the Old German element batu "fight, struggle".
Bandoni Italian
From Italian bandone meaning "sheet of iron".
Banks English
Originally indicated someone who lived near a hillside or a bank of land.
Barends Dutch
Means "son of Barend".
Bartalotti Italian
Means "son of Bartalotto", a diminutive of Bartolo.
Bašić Croatian, Serbian
Means "son of the chief", derived from Serbo-Croatian baša meaning "chief, boss" (of Turkish origin).
Bates English
Means "son of Bate".
Bateson English
Means "son of Bate".
Batts English
Means "son of Bate".
Baumbach German
From a place name meaning "tree stream" in German.
Beck 1 English, German, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian
Cognate of Bach, from Middle English bekke (from Old Norse), Low German beke or Old Norse bekkr all meaning "stream".
Becke German
Variant of Beck 1 or Beck 2.
Beckenbauer German
Means "farmer living by a stream" in German.
Beckett English
Originally a diminutive of Beck 1 or Beck 3.
Bellandi Italian
Means "son of Bellando", from a medieval given name derived from Latin bellandus meaning "which is to be fought".
Bellincioni Italian
Means "son of Bellincione", from a medieval name (borne for example by Dante's grandfather) that was probably a derivative of Italian bello "beautiful, fair".
Bencivenni Italian
Means "son of Bencivenne", from the medieval name Bencivenga, a Tuscan variant of Benvenuto.
Bendtsen Danish
Means "son of Bendt".
Benenati Italian
Means "son of Benenato", a given name derived from Latin bene "good, well" and natus "good".
Bengtsdotter Swedish
Means "daughter of Bengt".
Bengtsson Swedish
Means "son of Bengt".
Benini Italian
Means "son of Benino" from a diminutive of Bene or Beno, short forms of Benedetto.
Benítez Spanish
Means "son of Benito".
Bennington English
From the English town name Benington, which can mean either "settlement belonging to Beonna's people" or "settlement by the River Beane".
Benson English
Means "son of Benedict".
Bentsen Danish
Means "son of Bent 1".
Benvenuti Italian
Means "son of Benvenuto".
Bergström Swedish
Derived from Swedish berg meaning "mountain" and ström (Old Norse straumr) meaning "stream".
Beridze Georgian
Means "son of the monk", from Georgian ბერი (beri) meaning "monk".
Berkovich Jewish
Means "son of Berko" in Yiddish, Berko being a derivative of Ber.
Bermúdez Spanish
Means "son of Bermudo".
Berntsen Norwegian, Danish
Means "son of Bernt".
Berntsson Swedish
Means "son of Bernt".
Beulen Dutch
Means "son of Boele".
Beulens Dutch
Means "son of Boele".
Bevan Welsh
Derived from Welsh ap Evan meaning "son of Evan".
Biagi Italian
Means "son of Biagio".
Bjarnesen Danish
Means "son of Bjarne".
Blažević Croatian
Means "son of Blaž".
Boatwright English
Occupational name meaning "maker of boats".
Bodilsen Danish
Means "son of Bodil".
Boelens Dutch
Means "son of Boele".
Boels Dutch
Means "son of Boele".
Bogdanić Croatian
Means "son of Bogdan".
Borysov Ukrainian
Means "son of Borys".
Bourne English
Derived from Old English burna "stream, spring".
Bousaid Arabic
Means "father of Sa'id" in Arabic.
Bowen Welsh
From Welsh ap Owain meaning "son of Owain".
Boyanov Bulgarian
Means "son of Boyan".
Boyle Irish
From Irish Ó Baoighill meaning "descendant of Baoigheall". The meaning of the given name Baoigheall is uncertain, but it is thought to be connected to Irish geall meaning "pledge".
Braden Irish
Anglicized form of Irish Ó Bradáin meaning "descendant of Bradán".
Brady Irish
Anglicized form of the Irish name Ó Brádaigh meaning "descendant of Brádach". A famous bearer is the American football quarterback Tom Brady (1977-).
Bramson Jewish
Means "son of Bram".
Branson English
Means "son of Brandr".
Breen Irish
Anglicized form of Irish Ó Braoin meaning "descendant of Braon", a byname meaning "rain, moisture, drop".
Brennan Irish
From Irish Ó Braonáin meaning "descendant of Braonán", a byname meaning "rain, moisture, drop" (with a diminutive suffix).
Brisbois French
Referred to a person who cleared land, from Old French briser "to cut" and bois "forest".
Brook English
Denoted a person who lived near a brook, a word derived from Old English broc.
Brooke English
Variant of Brook.
Brooks English
Variant of Brook.
Bryson English
Means "son of Brice".
Buckley 2 Irish
From Irish Ó Buachalla meaning "descendant of Buachaill", a nickname meaning "cowherd, servant".
Bullens Dutch
Means "son of Boele".
Burns 1 English, Scottish
Derived from Old English burna "stream, spring". A famous bearer was the Scottish poet Robert Burns (1759-1796).
Byström Swedish
From Swedish by (Old Norse býr) meaning "village" and ström (Old Norse straumr) meaning "stream".
Cabral Portuguese
From places named from Late Latin capralis meaning "place of goats", derived from Latin capra meaning "goat".
Cabrera Spanish
From various place names derived from Late Latin capraria meaning "place of goats", from Latin capra meaning "goat".
Caden Irish
From Irish Mac Cadáin meaning "descendant of Cadán", a given name of unknown meaning.
Cai Chinese
From Chinese (cài) referring to the ancient state of Cai that existed during the Zhou dynasty in what is now Henan province.
Caldwell English
From various English place names derived from Old English ceald "cold" and wille "spring, stream, well".
Callahan Irish
Anglicized form of Irish Ó Ceallacháin meaning "descendant of Cellachán".
Callan Irish
Anglicized form of Irish Ó Cathaláin meaning "descendant of Cathalán".
Cao Chinese
From Chinese (cáo) referring to the ancient state of Cao, which existed during the Zhou dynasty in what is now Shandong province.
Carey Irish
Anglicized form of Irish Ó Ciardha meaning "descendant of Ciardha".
Carlsen Danish, Norwegian
Means "son of Carl".
Carlson Swedish
Means "son of Carl".
Carlsson Swedish
Means "son of Carl".
Carmody Irish
Anglicized form of Irish Ó Cearmada meaning "descendant of Cearmaid", a Gaelic given name.
Carstensen Danish
Means "son of Carsten".
Casey Irish
Anglicized form of Irish Ó Cathasaigh meaning "descendant of Cathassach".
Cassidy Irish
From Irish Ó Caiside meaning "descendant of Caiside". Caiside is a given name meaning "curly haired".
Cavan Irish
Anglicized form of the Irish Ó Caoimháin meaning "descendant of Caomhán".
Chaudhary Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Nepali
From a title meaning "holder of four", from Sanskrit चतुर् (chatur) meaning "four" and धुरीय (dhuriya) meaning "bearing a burden".
Chavdarov Bulgarian
Means "son of Chavdar".
Cho Korean
Korean form of Zhao, from Sino-Korean (jo).
Claasen Dutch
Means "son of Klaas".
Claesson Swedish
Means "son of Claes".