This is a list of surnames in which the length is 3.
From Old English æsc
meaning "ash tree", indicating a person who lived near ash trees.
From German meaning "meadow by a river, wetland". There are many places with this name in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
Means "quiet, shy, coy" from Middle English coi
DAM Dutch, Danish
Means "dike, dam" in Dutch and Danish. In modern Danish it also means "pond".
From Old Norse eldr
, modern Swedish eld
, meaning "fire".
From the name of a town in eastern England meaning "eel district".
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
From the name of the animal. It was originally a nickname for a person with red hair or a crafty person.
From Old English frig
(a variant of freo
) meaning "free".
HAN Chinese, Korean
From Chinese 韩 (hán)
referring to the ancient state of Han, which existed from the 5th to 3rd centuries BC in what is now Shanxi and Henan provinces.
Means "hedgehog" in Polish. It may have originally been given to a person who resembled a hedgehog in some way.
KAY (2) English
Derived from Old French kay
meaning "wharf, quay", indicating one who lived near or worked on a wharf.
Korean form of JIN
, from Sino-Korean 金 (gim)
meaning "gold". This is the most popular surname in Korea.
LEE (1) English
Originally given to a person who lived on or near a leah
, Old English meaning "woodland, clearing".
Means "fox" in Polish. It is a nickname for a sly person.
From Chinese 刘 (liú)
meaning "kill, destroy". This was the surname of Chinese emperors of the Han dynasty.
From places in Lancashire and West Yorkshire called Lumb, both apparently originally named for Old English lum(m)
"pool". The word is not independently attested, but appears also in Lomax and Lumley, and may be reflected in the dialect term lum
denoting a well for collecting water in a mine. In some instances the name may be topographic for someone who lived by a pool, Middle English lum(m)
Means "dweller at the river" from Middle English atten eye
meaning "at the river".
From Basque ola
meaning "hut, small house, forge".
PAN (2) Chinese
From Chinese 潘 (pān)
meaning "water in which rice has been rinsed", and also referring to a river that flows into the Han River.
REY (1) English, Spanish, French, Catalan
Means "king" in Old French, Spanish and Catalan, ultimately from Latin rex
), perhaps originally denoting someone who acted like a king.
REY (2) English
Means "female roe deer" from Old English ræge
, probably denoting someone of a nervous temperament.
Topographic name. It could be a misdivision of the Middle English phrases atter ye
meaning "at the island" or atter eye
meaning "at the river". In some cases it merely indicated a person who lived where rye was grown or worked with rye (from Old English ryge
From Chinese 孙 (sūn)
meaning "grandchild, descendant". A famous bearer of the surname was Sun Tzu, the 6th-century BC author of 'The Art of War'.
Derived from Hungarian tót
, which means "Slovak" or "Slovene".
From Old English weg
meaning "way, road, path".
From Chinese 文 (wén)
meaning "literature, culture, writing".
From a nickname for a clever or cunning person, from Middle English yap
meaning "devious, deceitful, shrewd".
From Chinese 朱 (zhū)
"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.