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.
From Japanese 伊 (i)
meaning "this" and 藤 (tō)
meaning "wisteria". The final character may indicate a connection to the Fujiwara clan.
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)
. 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"
in Polish, 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 the name of towns in England called Lumb
, probably from Old English lum "pool"
Originally indicated a person who lived near a river, from Middle English atten eye
meaning "at the river"
From Basque ola
meaning "hut, small house, forge"
From Japanese 小 (o)
meaning "small" and 野 (no)
meaning "field, wilderness".
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
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"
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 Sino-Korean 尹 (yun)
meaning "govern, oversee"
From Chinese 朱 (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.