Surnames Starting with A

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AAFJESDutch
Means "son of AAFJE".
AAIJDutch
Derived from the given name Aaij, a short form of ADRIAAN and other names.
AAKSTERDutch
Derived from Old Dutch ekster "magpie".
AALDENBERGDutch
Originally denoted a person who came from an uncertain place called Aaldenberg, meaning "old mountain".
AALDERSDutch
Means "son of ALDERT".
AALFSDutch
Means "son of Aalf", a short form of ADOLF.
AALMERSDutch (Rare)
Means "son of Aalmar", a Dutch form of ADELMAR.
AALTINKDutch
Variant of ALTING.
AALTOFinnish
From Finnish aalto meaning "wave". A famous bearer was Finnish architect Alvar Aalto (1898-1976).
AARDENDutch
From Dutch aarden meaning "clay, stone, earth". It probably denoted a person who worked with those materials.
AARENSDutch
Means "son of AREND".
AARLEDutch
Denoted a person who hailed from a place of this name in the Netherlands, or from Arlon in Belgium (which is Aarlen in Dutch).
AARONJewish, English
From the given name AARON.
AARSEDutch
Means "son of AREND".
AARTSDutch
Means "son of AART".
AARTSENDutch
Means "son of AREND".
AARTSMAFrisian
Means "son of AREND", the suffix -ma indicating that it is of Frisian origin.
ABADJIEVBulgarian
Patronymic name derived from the Turkish word aba "coat". It may have originally denoted the children of a tailor.
ABANOItalian
Originally denoted a person from the town of Abano, Latin Aponus, which was derived from the old Celtic root ab meaning "water".
ABARCASpanish
From the name of a type of leather-soled shoe or sandal made on the Balearic Islands. It originally indicated a person who made or sold this item.
ABAROABasque
Possibly from Basque abaro meaning "refuge".
ABASCALSpanish
Means "priest's street" from Basque abas "priest" and kale "street".
ABASOLOBasque
Means "priest's meadow" from Basque abas "priest" and solo "meadow".
ABATANGELOItalian
From Italian abate meaning "abbot, priest" combined with the given name ANGELO.
ABATANTUONOItalian
From Italian abate meaning "abbot, priest" combined with the given name ANTONIO.
ABATEItalian
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.
ABATEGIOVANNIItalian
From Italian abate meaning "abbot, priest" combined with the given name GIOVANNI.
ABATESCIANNIItalian
From Italian abate meaning "abbot, priest" combined with the given name GIANNI.
ABBÀItalian
Variant of ABATE.
ABBADELLIItalian
Means "little abbot" from Italian abate and the diminutive suffix -elli.
ABBANDONATOItalian
Means "forsaken, abandoned" in Italian.
ABBASArabic, Urdu
From the given name ABBAS.
ABBASIPersian, Urdu
From the given name ABBAS.
ABBATEItalian
Variant of ABATE.
ABBATICCHIOItalian
Means "little abbot" from Italian abate and the diminutive suffix -icchio, from Latin -iculus.
ABBESDutch
Means "son of ABBE".
ABBEYEnglish
Indicated a person who lived near an abbey or worked in an abbey, from Middle English abbeye.
ABBIATIItalian
Originally a name for a person from the city of Abbiategrasso, near Milan in Italy, called Abiatum in Latin.
ABBINGDutch
Variant of ABBINK.
ABBINGHDutch
Variant of ABBINK.
ABBINKDutch
From various Dutch places meaning "ABBE's farm".
ABBOTTEnglish
English cognate of ABATE.
ABDULLAHArabic
Derived from the given name ABD ALLAH.
ABDULRASHIDArabic
Derived from the given name ABD AL-RASHID.
ABE (1)Japanese
From Japanese (a) meaning "peace" and (be) meaning "multiple times".
ABE (2)Japanese
From Japanese (a) meaning "peace" and (be) meaning "part, section".
ABEL (1)English, French, Danish, Spanish
Derived from the given name ABEL.
ABEL (2)German
Derived from a diminutive of the given name ALBERT.
ABELENDutch
Patronymic surname derived from ABEL or a diminutive of ALBERT.
ABELLIItalian
From the given name ABELE.
ABELLÓCatalan
From the Latin given name Abellio, which may have been derived from the name of a Pyrenean god.
ABELNGerman
Patronymic derived from a diminutive of ALBERT.
ABELSDutch
Means "son of ABEL".
ABENDutch
Means "son of ABE (2)".
ABNEYEnglish
From the name of a town in Derbyshire, derived from Old English meaning "Abba's island".
ABRAHAMJewish, English, German, French, Spanish, Dutch
Derived from the given name ABRAHAM.
ABRAMEnglish
Derived from the given name ABRAHAM.
ABRAMIItalian
Derived from the given name ABRAMO.
ABRAMOItalian
Derived from the given name ABRAMO.
ABRAMSJewish, English
Means "son of ABRAHAM".
ABRAMSENNorwegian
Means "son of ABRAHAM".
ABRAMSONEnglish
Means "son of ABRAHAM".
ABRAMSSONSwedish
Means "son of ABRAHAM".
ABREUPortuguese, Galician
Meaning uncertain, possibly from a given name which was of Germanic origin.
ABSPOELDutch
From Abtspoel, the name of an estate near Oegstgeest in South Holland, meaning "abbot's pool".
ABTGerman
German cognate of ABATE.
ACARDIItalian
Derived from the Norman name Achard, a form of EKKEHARD.
ACCIAIItalian
Derived from medieval Italian accia meaning "axe", ultimately from Latin ascia.
ACCONCIOItalian
From the medieval Italian given names Accuntius or Acconcius, of uncertain meaning.
ACCORSIItalian
From the given name BONACCORSO.
ACCORSOItalian
From the given name BONACCORSO.
ACCURSIOItalian
From the given name BONACCORSO.
ACERBIItalian
From Italian acerbo meaning "bitter, harsh, severe".
ACHESONScots
Scots form of ATKINSON.
ACHILLESGerman
Derived from the given name ACHILLES.
ACHTERBERGDutch, German
From the name of various places in the Netherlands and Germany, for example the village of achterberg in Utrecht. The place names are derived from Low German achter "behind" and berg "mountain, hill".
ACHTERKAMPDutch
From the name of various places in the Netherlands, derived from Low German achter "behind" and kamp "field".
ACHTHOVENDutch
Denoted a person from various towns in the Netherlands called Achthoven, which is derived from Dutch acht "eight" and hoven "gardens".
ACKERGerman, English
Denoted a person who lived near a field, derived from Middle English aker or Middle High German acker meaning "field".
ACKERMANEnglish
Means "ploughman", derived from Middle English aker "field" and man.
ACKERMANNGerman
Denoted a person who lived near a field, from Middle High German acker "field" and man "man".
ACONEItalian
Possibly from the name of a harbour in Bithynia (in modern Turkey).
ACOSTASpanish
Spanish form of DA COSTA (from a misdivision of the surname).
ACQUAItalian
Means "water" in Italian, indicating one who dwelt by or transported water.
ACQUAFREDDAItalian
Denoted a person who came from one of the various places in Italy with this name, derived from Italian meaning "cold water".
ACQUARONEItalian
Meaning uncertain, possibly from a place name or an occupation derived from Italian acqua "water".
ACQUATIItalian
From the name of a village, part of the city of Lecco in Lombardy. Its name is presumably derived from Italian acqua "water".
ADAIREnglish
Derived from the given name EDGAR.
ÁDÁMHungarian
Hungarian form of ADAM.
ADAMEnglish, French, German, Polish, Romanian, Jewish
Derived from the given name ADAM.
ADAMCZAKPolish
Derived from the given name ADAM.
ADAMCZYKPolish
Derived from the given name ADAM.
ADAMIItalian
Means "son of ADAMO".
ADAMIĆCroatian
Means "son of ADAM".
ADAMÍKCzech
Czech diminutive form of ADAM.
ADAMOItalian
Italian form of ADAM.
ADAMOLIItalian
Diminutive form of ADAMI.
ADAMSEnglish, Jewish
Derived from the given name ADAM.
ADAMSENDanish, Norwegian
Means "son of ADAM".
ADAMSONEnglish
Means "son of ADAM".
ADAMSSONSwedish
Swedish form of ADAMSON.
ADCOCKEnglish
Derived from a diminutive of the given name ADAM.
ADDARIOItalian
Derived from the given name Addarius, of unknown meaning.
ADDENSDutch
Means "son of ADDE".
ADDICKSDutch
Means "son of Addik", a diminutive of ADDE.
ADDISONEnglish
Means "son of ADDY (2)".
ADELARDIItalian
Means "son of ADELARDO".
ADEMAFrisian
Means "son of ADE (2)".
ADENAUERGerman
Denoted a person from the town of Adenau in Germany. The name of the town is of uncertain etymology.
ADESSOItalian
Perhaps a nickname for a punctual or fast person, from Italian adesso meaning "now, at this moment".
ADIMARIItalian
Means "son of ADEMARO".
ADLERGerman, Jewish
Means "eagle" in German.
ADMIRAALDutch
Means "admiral" in Dutch.
ADOLFSDutch
Means "son of ADOLF".
ADOLFSSONSwedish
Means "son of ADOLF".
ADOMAITISLithuanian
From the given name ADOMAS.
ADRIAANSDutch
Means "son of ADRIAAN".
ADRIAANSENDutch
Means "son of ADRIAAN".
ADRIATICOItalian
Originally denoted a person who lived near the Adriatic sea.
ADRICHEMDutch
From the name of an estate and castle (demolished in 1812) that was formerly in North Holland, the Netherlands. It means "Adrik's home".
AERSSENSDutch
Means "son of AREND".
AFFINIItalian
From Latin affinis meaning "neighbouring, kindred".
AFOLAYANWestern African, Yoruba
Means "walks like a wealthy person, walks with confidence" in Yoruba.
AFRICANIItalian
Means "son of Africano", the Italian form of AFRICANUS.
AFRICANOItalian
From the given name Africano, the Italian form of AFRICANUS.
AGANIItalian
Means "son of Agano", a given name of unknown meaning.
AGEMAFrisian
Means "son of AGE (1)".
AGGIOItalian
Possibly from the name Aggius, probably related to the Germanic name AGI.
AGLIItalian
From place names like Agliè, Aglietti, Agliana and Agliate, all originating from the Latin name Allius or Alleius.
AGNARSSONIcelandic
Means "son of AGNAR".
AGNELLIItalian
From Italian agnello meaning "lamb" (ultimately from Latin agnus), denoting a pious or timid person.
AGNELLINIItalian
From a diminutive of AGNELLI.
AGNUSDEIItalian
From Latin Agnus Dei meaning "lamb of God". This was a nickname for someone who was particularly religious or someone who wore this symbol.
AGÓCSHungarian
Derived from a diminutive of the given name ÁGOSTON.
AGOSTIItalian
Means "son of Agosto", a variant of AUGUSTO.
AGOSTINIItalian
Means "son of AGOSTINO".
AGRAMUNTCatalan
Originally denoted a person from the town of Agramunt, Spain. It means "field hill" in Catalan.
AGRESTAItalian
From Latin agrestis meaning "rural, rustic".
AGRICOLAItalian
From Latin agricola meaning "farmer".
AGUASpanish
Means "water" in Spanish, indicating a person who lived near water or worked with water.
AGUADOSpanish
Derived from Spanish agua "water", indicating a person who lived near water or worked with water.
AHEARNIrish
Anglicized form of Ó HEACHTHIGHEARNA.
AHEARNEIrish
Anglicized form of Ó HEACHTHIGHEARNA.
AHLBERGSwedish
Ornamental name derived from Swedish al "alder" and berg "mountain".
AHLERSLow German
Means "son of ALARD".
AHLGRENSwedish
Ornamental name derived from Swedish al "alder" and gren "branch".
AHLSTRÖMSwedish
Ornamental name derived from Swedish al "alder" and ström "stream".
AHMADArabic, Urdu
Derived from the given name AHMAD.
AHMEDArabic, Urdu
Derived from the given name AHMAD.
AIELLOItalian
From various place names in Italy, such as Aiello del Friuli, Aiello del Sabato and others. They are derived from Latin agellus meaning "little field".
AIKEMAFrisian
Means "son of AIKE".
AIKENEnglish
From the medieval given name Atkin, a diminutive of ADAM.
AINSLEYScots
From a place name: either Annesley in Nottinghamshire or Ansley in Warwickshire. The place names themselves derive from Old English anne "alone, solitary" or ansetl "hermitage" and leah "woodland, clearing".
AINSWORTHEnglish
Habitational name for a person from the village of Ainsworth near Manchester, itself from the Old English given name Ægen and worþ meaning "enclosure".
AIOLFIItalian
Means "son of Aiolfo", which is derived from the Germanic name AGILULF.
AIRALDIItalian
Means "son of AROLDO".
AIRÒItalian
From the given name AROLDO.
AITAItalian
Originally denoted a person from Aieta, Italy, a place name derived from Greek αετος (aetos) "eagle".
AITKENScots, English
Derived from the medieval given name Atkin, a diminutive of ADAM.
AIZASpanish, Basque
From Basque aitz meaning "rock, stone".
AJAMArabic
From Arabic عَجَم ('ajam) meaning "foreigner, non-Arab".
ÅKERMANSwedish
Swedish form of ACKERMANN.
AKERSEnglish
Variant of ACKER.
AKIYAMAJapanese
From Japanese (aki) meaning "autumn" and (yama) meaning "mountain, hill".
AKKERDutch
Dutch form of ACKER.
AKKERMANDutch
Dutch form of ACKERMANN.
AKKERSDIJKDutch
Originally denoted a person from the town of Akkersdijk, near Delft in the Netherlands. It means "field by the dyke" in Dutch.
AKSOYTurkish
From Turkish ak "white" and soy "lineage, ancestry".
ALAGONAItalian
From the name of the Spanish region of Aragon, which was a medieval kingdom. The region was named for a river, which was itself derived from an Indo-European root meaning "water".
ALAMANNIItalian
From ALEMANNIA, the Latin name for Germany.
ALAMILLASpanish
From Spanish alamillo meaning "poplar, aspen".
AL-AMINArabic
Means "the truthful" from Arabic امين (amin).
ALANEnglish, Scottish
Derived from the given name ALAN.
ALBANESIItalian
Originally indicated a person who came from ALBANIA.
ALBANIItalian
Derived from the given name ALBANO.
ALBANOItalian
Derived from the given name ALBANO.
ALBERDADutch
Derived from the given name ALBERT.
ALBERICIItalian
Means "son of ALBERICO".
ALBERINKDutch
Means "ALBERT's farm" in Dutch.
ALBEROItalian
From Italian albero meaning "tree", ultimately from Latin arbor, referring to someone who lived in the woods or worked as a woodcutter.
ALBERSDutch
Means "son of ALBERT".
ALBERTEnglish, French, Catalan, Hungarian, Romanian, German
Derived from the given name ALBERT.
ALBERTSEnglish, Dutch
Means "son of ALBERT".
ALBERTSONEnglish
Means "son of ALBERT".
ALBESCURomanian
Derived from Romanian alb meaning "white".
ALBINIItalian
Means "son of ALBINO".
ALBINSONEnglish, Swedish
Means "son of ALBIN".
ALBRECHTGerman
From the given name ALBRECHT.
ALBRONDADutch
From the name of various streets in the Netherlands.
ALBURomanian
From Romanian alb meaning "white".
ALBUQUERQUEPortuguese
From the name of the Spanish town of Alburquerque, near the Portuguese border in the province of Badajoz. It is probably derived from Latin alba quercus meaning "white oak".
ALDANABasque
From the name of a Basque town, derived from aldats meaning "slope".
ALDEBRANDIItalian
Means "son of Aldebrando", an Italian form of ALDEBRAND.
ALDENEnglish
Derived from the Old English given name EALDWINE.
ALDENKAMPDutch
Possibly from an unknown place name meaning "old field" in Dutch.
ALDERISIItalian
Means "son of Alderissius", a Latinized form of a Germanic name of unknown meaning.
ALDERLIESTENDutch
From Dutch allerliefste meaning "most dearest". This name could have referred to the nature of the person or perhaps a phrase the person commonly used.
ALDERSDutch
Means "son of ALDERT".
ALDERSHOFDutch
Means "Aldert's courtyard" from the given name ALDERT combined with Dutch hof "garden, courtyard".
ALDUINOItalian
Derived from the Italian given name Alduino, derived from the Germanic name ALDWIN.
ALEKSEEVRussian
Means "son of ALEKSEY".
ALEMAGNAItalian
From ALEMANNIA, the Latin name for Germany.
ALEPPOItalian
From the name of the Syrian city of Aleppo, which is from Arabic خالاب (Khalab), of uncertain meaning.
ALESCIItalian
Means "son of ALESSIO".
ALESCIOItalian
From the given name ALESSIO.
ALESHIREGerman
Anglicized form of ALSCHER.
ALESIItalian
Variant of ALESCI.
ALESINIItalian
Means "son of Alesino", a diminutive of ALESSIO.
ALEXANDEREnglish
Derived from the given name ALEXANDER.
ALFAROSpanish
Originally denoted someone who was from the city of Alfaro in La Rioja, Spain. It is possibly derived from Arabic meaning "the watchtower".
ALFARSIArabic
Means "the Persian" in Arabic, derived from Arabic فارس (Faris) meaning "Persia".
ALFERINKDutch
Means "ALFHARD's farm" in Dutch.
ALFEROItalian
From the given name ADALFARUS.
ALFONSDutch
From the given name ALFONS.
ALFREDSONEnglish
Means "son of ALFRED".
ALFREDSSONSwedish
Means "son of ALFRED".
ALFSONSwedish
Anglicized form of ALFSSON.
ALFSSONSwedish
Means "son of ALF (1)".
ALGEREnglish
From the given name ALGAR.
AL-GHAZZAWIArabic
Originally indicated a person who came from Gaza in Palestine.
AL-HASHIMArabic
From the given name HASHIM.
ALIArabic
From the given name ALI (1).
ALIBERTIItalian
Means "son of ALBERTO".
ALINARIItalian
Means "son of Alinario", which is from the Germanic name ELLANHER.
ALINEJADPersian
Means "descendant of ALI (1)" in Persian.
ALINGDutch
Variant of ALINK.
ALINKDutch
Means "ALE (2)'s farm" in Dutch.
ALIPRANDIItalian
Means "son of ALIPRAND".
ALKEMAFrisian
Means "son of ALKE".
ALLANEnglish, Scottish
Derived from the given name ALAN.
ALLARDFrench, English
Derived from the given name ADALHARD (or the Old English cognate ÆÐELRÆD).
ALLAWAYScottish
From a Scottish place name, itself derived from alla "wild" and mhagh "field".
ALLEGRIItalian
From an Italian nickname derived from allegro meaning "quick, lively".
ALLENEnglish, Scottish
Derived from the given name ALAN.
ALLESDutch
Means "son of ALLE".
ALLSOPPEnglish
From the name of the village of Alsop en la Dale in Derbyshire, England. It means "Ælli's valley" in Old English.
ALMAFrisian
Means "son of ALE (2)", the suffix -ma indicating that it is of Frisian origin.
ALMÁSSYHungarian
Derived from Hungarian alma meaning "apple", perhaps originally referring to a person who harvested or sold apples.
ALMEIDAPortuguese
Designated a person who had originally lived in the town of Almeida in Portugal. The place name is from Arabic ال مائدة (al ma'idah) meaning "the plateau, the table".
ALMSTEDTSwedish
Ornamental name derived from Swedish alm "elm" and stad "town".
AL-MUFTIArabic
Refers to a mufti, a Muslim legal advisor consulted in applying a religious law.
ALÒItalian
Variant of ALOI.
ALOIItalian
From a dialectal form of the name ALOISIO.
ALOIAItalian
Variant of ALOI.
ALOISIItalian
From the given name ALOISIO.
ALONSOSpanish
From the given name ALONSO.
ALSCHERGerman
Means "son of ADALHEIDIS".
ALSERDAFrisian
Designated a person who was from a farm called Alserd, of uncertain meaning.
ALTAMURAItalian
From the name of the Italian city of Altamura, which means "high walls" in Italian.
ALTENADutch
From the name of a town in the Netherlands, possibly meaning "close, near" in Dutch.
ALTHAUSGerman
Name for a person dwelled in or by an old house, from German alt "old" and haus "house".
ALTHUISDutch
Dutch cognate of ALTHAUS.