This is a list of surnames in which the length is 5.
From Finnish aalto
meaning "wave". A famous bearer was Finnish architect Alvar Aalto (1898-1976).
Denoted a person who hailed from a place of this name in the Netherlands, or from Arlon in Belgium (which is Aarlen
Originally denoted a person from the town of Abano, Latin Aponus
, which was derived from the old Celtic root ab
From Italian abate
meaning "abbot, priest", derived via Latin and Greek from an Aramaic word meaning "father". This was used either as a nickname or an occupational name for a worker in a priest's house.
Indicated a person who lived near an abbey or worked in an abbey, from Middle English abbeye
From the name of a town in Derbyshire, derived from Old English meaning "Abba's island".
ACKER German, English
Denoted a person who lived near a field, derived from Middle English aker
or Middle High German acker
Possibly from the name of a harbour in Bithynia (in modern Turkey).
Means "water" in Italian, indicating one who dwelt by or transported water.
Means "son of Agano", a given name of unknown meaning.
Possibly from the name Aggius
, probably related to the Germanic name AGI
From Turkish ak
"white" and soy
Probably from an unidentified place name meaning "up tower" in Old English.
Means "golden" in Hungarian. A famous bearer of the name was Hungarian poet János Arany (1817-1882).
Denoted a person from Araia in the Basque Country, Spain. It is of uncertain meaning.
From Persian عطر ('atir)
meaning "fragrance, perfume", ultimately from Arabic. It probably denoted a seller of perfume.
AYERS (3) English
Indicated a person from the town of Ayr in Scotland. The town was named for the river which flows through it, itself derived from an Indo-European root meaning "water".
From the name of towns in Berwickshire and North Yorkshire. They are derived from Old English ea
"river" or eg
"island" combined with tun
"enclosure, yard, town".
Indicated a person coming from the town of Beers in the Netherlands.
Means "beard" in Dutch, originally describing a person who wore a beard.
Derived from Old High German bad
"bath", most likely referring to a bath attendant.
From Latin balnea
"bath", referring to a person who worked as a bath house attendant.
Occupational name meaning "baker", derived from Middle English bakere
Originally indicated someone who lived near a hillside or a bank of land.
Originally a nickname for a short person, from Latin bassus
From Old High German bur
meaning "peasant, farmer".
BELLO Spanish, Italian
Means "beautiful" in Spanish and Italian, originally a nickname for an attractive person.
Occupational name for a tanner of hides, derived from Middle High German belz
Derived from Czech beran
Derived from a place name which was derived from Old English burh
Means either "black" (from Old English blæc
) or "pale" (from Old English blac
). It could refer to a person with a pale or a dark complexion, or a person who worked with black dye.
From any one of several places of this name in Scotland, which derive from Gaelic blár
meaning "plain, field, battlefield".
Variant of BLACK
. A famous bearer was the poet and artist William Blake (1757-1827).
Means "white" in French. The name referred to a person who was pale, or whose hair was blond.
Topographic name derived from Hungarian bokor
"bush". This is also the name of a village in Hungary.
Topographic name derived from Middle English both
meaning "hut, stall".
From Frankish bord
meaning "board, plank". This name belonged to a person who lived in a house made of planks.
Derived from Hungarian bor
"wine". Originally it could have indicated someone who made or sold wine.
From a nickname derived from Dutch borst
From Old French bois
meaning "wood", originally given to someone who lived by or in a wood.
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
Anglicized form of the Irish name Ó Brádaigh
meaning "descendant of BRÁDACH
From the name of a town near Venice, possibly derived from a Germanic (Lombardic) word meaning "field".
Anglicized form of Irish Ó Braoin
meaning "descendant of Braon", a byname meaning "rain, moisture, drop".
Originally derived from the name of a hill (or the village nearby) in Somerset, perhaps derived from a Celtic word meaning "hill".
Originally a name given to someone who was a Breton, a person from Brittany.
Indicated a person from the town of Breetz in Brandenburg, Germany. The meaning of the town's name is unknown.
Derived from Old English brocc
meaning "badger", ultimately of Celtic origin.
Denoted a person who lived near a brook, a word derived from Old English broc
Originally a nickname for a person who had brown hair or skin. A notable bearer is Charlie Brown from the 'Peanuts' comic strip by Charles Schulz.
Possibly from the name of the town of Brix in Normandy, which is of unknown meaning. It was brought to Scotland in the 12th century by the Anglo-Norman baron Robert de Brus. It was later borne by his descendant Robert the Bruce, a hero of the 14th century who achieved independence from England and became the king of Scotland.
Means "brown" in Italian, a nickname for a person with brown hair or brown clothes.
Originally indicated a person from the Hungarian city of BUDA
(one of the two cities that were joined to make Budapest in 1873).
Possibly from Polish buda
meaning "hut, cabin".
Derived from a diminutive of the old Slavic given name Burian
, of uncertain meaning.
BURKE English, Irish
Derived from Middle English burgh
meaning "fortress, fortification, castle". It was brought to Ireland in the 12th century by the Norman invader William FitzAdelm de Burgo.
BURNS (1) English, Scottish
Derived from Old English burna
"stream, spring". A famous bearer was the Scottish poet Robert Burns (1759-1796).
Means "bush" in German, a name for someone who lived close to a thicket.
BUSTO Spanish, Italian
From the name of towns in Spain and Italy, derived from Late Latin bustum
meaning "ox pasture".
From a nickname meaning "thick, stumpy", from Middle English butt
Occupational name from Sicilian càjitu
"official, leader", ultimately from Arabic قاضي (qadi)
From Cantù, an Italian town located in Lombardy, itself of uncertain origin.
From the Spanish word casal
meaning "house", ultimately from Late Late casalis
and Latin casa
From the English place name Cawston
, derived from the Old Norse given name KÁLFR
combined with Old English tun
meaning "enclosure, yard, town".
From the Welsh given name Seisyll
, which was derived from the Roman name Sextilius
, a derivative of SEXTUS
Occupational name for a hunter, from Middle English chase
Means "siskin" in Czech, referring to a type of bird in the finch family.
Means "cleric" or "scribe", from Old English clerec
meaning "priest", ultimately from Latin clericus
. A famous bearer was William Clark (1770-1838), an explorer of the west of North America.
From Middle English clos
meaning "enclosure", a topographic name for someone who lived near a courtyard or farmyard.
Means "priest" from Hebrew כֹּהֵן (kohen)
. It originally denoted one of the priestly tribe of Levi.
From Italian cuoio
meaning "leather", ultimately from Latin corium
. This was an occupational surname for a leather worker or tanner.
From the Italian noble title conte
meaning "count", derived from Latin comes
. It denoted a person who worked for a count or, in rare cases, was a count.
Derived from the Old Norse given name Kóri
, of unknown meaning.
Derived from the names of places in northern Italy, especially Lombardy, from a word which means "crag, cliff" in the Lombard dialect.
Nickname derived from Italian corvo
From Cornish cough
"red", indicating the original bearer had red hair.
From Middle English coupe
meaning "barrel", a name for a barrel maker or cooper.
Derived from Gaelic creag
meaning "crag, rocks", originally belonging to a person who lived near a crag.
Originally denoted someone from Crewe in Cheshire, which is from Welsh criu
"weir, dam, fish trap".
From Old English croft
meaning "enclosed field".
Locative name meaning "cross", ultimately from Latin crux
. It denoted one who lived near a cross symbol or near a crossroads.
From the name of the town Derby
meaning "deer farm" in Old Norse.
DAVIS English, Scottish
Means "son of DAVID
". This was the surname of the revolutionary jazz trumpet player Miles Davis (1926-1991).
Means "iron" in Turkish, originally referring to an ironworker.
DEVIN (2) English
Nickname for a person who acted divinely, from Old French devin
"divine", ultimately from Latin.
From the Albanian name for the city of Debar in Macedonia, originally given to someone who came from there.
Derived from Hungarian dob
meaning "drum". Originally the name was given to someone who played drums or made them.
DONNE Scottish, Irish
From Gaelic donn
meaning "brown", a nickname for a person with brown hair.
From Irish Ó Deoráin
meaning "descendant of Deoradhán", where Deoradhán
is a given name meaning "exile, wanderer".
From the Irish Ó Dubhghaill
, which means "descendant of DUBHGHALL
". A famous bearer was Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930), the author of the Sherlock Holmes mystery stories.
Derived from the Old Norse byname Draki
or the Old English byname Draca
both meaning "dragon", both via Latin from Greek δρακων (drakon)
meaning "dragon, serpent".
Means "right, straight" in French, a nickname for an upright person.
DUFFY (1) Irish
Derived from Irish Ó Dubhthaigh
meaning "descendant of DUBHTHACH
". Their original homeland was Monaghan where the surname is still the most common; they are also from Donegal and Roscommon.
Derived from Middle High German dunst
From any of the various English towns with this name, derived from Old English ea
"river" and tun
"enclosure, yard, town".
EBNER (1) German
Originally indicated a dweller on a flat piece of land, derived from Middle High German ebene
South German occupational name for a plowman or farmer, derived from German eggen
"to harrow, to plow".
Derived from Old English ealdra
meaning "older", used to distinguish two people who had the same name.
Variant of EMMETT
. This name was borne by the Irish nationalist Robert Emmet (1778-1803).