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ALTIMARIItalian
Derived from the given name Altimaro, an alteration of ADELMAR.
ALTINGDutch
Means "ALTE (2)'s farm" in Dutch.
ALTINKDutch
Variant of ALTING.
ALTOVITIItalian (Rare)
Derived from the Lombard given name ALTWIDUS.
ALUNNIItalian
From Italian alunno meaning "student".
ALVARADOSpanish
From a Spanish place name, possibly derived from Spanish alba "white".
ÁLVAREZSpanish
Means "son of ÁLVARO".
ALVARSSONSwedish
Means "son of ALVAR".
ALVESPortuguese
Means "son of ÁLVARO".
ALVEYEnglish
Derived from the given name ÆLFWIG.
ALVINEnglish
Variant of ELWYN.
AMADEIItalian
Means "son of AMADEO".
AMADORSpanish
Derived from the given name AMADOR.
AMADORIItalian
Means "son of AMATORE".
AMALBERTIItalian
Means "son of Amalberto", from the Germanic name AMALBERT.
AMANTEAItalian
From the name of a town in Calabria, Italy. It is possibly derived from Arabic (dating from the Arab raids of the 9th century) meaning "the fortress".
AMATOItalian
From the given name AMATO.
AMATOREItalian
From the given name AMATORE.
AMBROGIItalian
Means "son of AMBROGIO".
AMBROSIItalian
Means "son of AMBROGIO".
AMERIGHIItalian
Means "son of AMERIGO".
AMJADArabic
Derived from the given name AMJAD.
AMORETTOItalian
From a diminutive of the given name AMORE.
AMOSJewish
From the given name AMOS.
AMSEL (1)Jewish
Derived from the given name ANSHEL.
AMSEL (2)German
Means "blackbird" in German.
AMSINGDutch
Means "AMSE's farm" in Dutch.
AMUNDSENNorwegian
Means "son of AMUND".
ANANDIndian, Hindi, Punjabi, Marathi
Means "happiness, bliss" in Sanskrit.
ANANIASDutch
From the Latin given name ANANIAS.
ANDELADutch
From the given name ANDREAS.
ANDERSONEnglish
Means "son of ANDREW".
ANDERSSONSwedish
Swedish cognate of ANDERSON.
ANDONOVBulgarian
Means "son of ANDON".
ANDRÉFrench
Derived from the given name ANDRÉ.
ANDREASGerman, Greek
Derived from the given name ANDREAS.
ANDREASENDanish
Means "son of ANDREAS".
ANDREASSONSwedish
Means "son of ANDREAS".
ANDRÉSSpanish
Derived from the given name ANDRÉS.
ANDRESGerman
Derived from the given name ANDREAS.
ANDREUCatalan
From the given name ANDREU.
ANDREWSEnglish
Means "son of ANDREW".
ANDRIESDutch
Derived from the given name ANDRIES.
ANDRIESSENDutch
Means "son of ANDRIES".
ANDRINGADutch
Means "ANDRIES's farm" in Dutch.
ANDRYSIAKPolish
Means "son of ANDRZEJ".
ANEMAFrisian
Means "son of ANE (2)".
ANGENENTDutch
Referred to person who lived at the end of the road or the village, derived from Dutch an gen ent meaning "at the end".
ANGHELESCURomanian
Means "son of ANGHEL".
ANGIOLIItalian
Means "son of ANGIOLO".
ANGUSIrish, Scottish
From the given name AONGHUS.
ANHOLTSDutch
Originally denoted a person from Anholt in the Netherlands, which means "hold, rest" in Dutch (a place where people could rest for the night).
ANJEMAFrisian
Denoted a person from the village of Anjum in the Netherlands. It possibly means "corner" in Dutch.
ANKERDutch, Danish, Norwegian
Metonymic surname for a sailor, meaning "anchor" in Dutch, Danish and Norwegian.
ANNEMAFrisian
Means "son of ANNE (2)".
ANNEVELINKDutch
From Dutch aan 't veldink meaning "next to the little field".
ANSALDIItalian
Means "son of ANSALDO".
ANSELEnglish
Derived from the given name ANSELM.
ANSELMETTIItalian
Means "son of Anselmetto", a diminutive of ANSELMO.
ANSELMIItalian
Means "son of ANSELMO".
ANSONEnglish
Means "son of AGNES".
ANTALHungarian
Derived from the given name ANTAL.
ANTEMAFrisian
Means "son of ANTE (2)".
ANTIĆSerbian, Croatian
Means "son of ANTO" or "son of ANTE (1)".
ANTONESCURomanian
Means "son of ANTON".
ANTONINIItalian
Means "son of ANTONINO".
ANTONINOItalian
Derived from the given name ANTONINO.
ANTONIOUGreek
Means "son of ANTONIOS".
ANTONISGreek, Dutch
Derived from the given name ANTONIS or ANTONIUS.
ANTONISEDutch
Derived from the given name ANTONIUS.
ANTONISENDanish
Means "son of ANTON".
ANTOVBulgarian
Means "son of ANTON".
ANTÚNEZSpanish
Means "son of ANTONIO".
APELDOORNDutch
From the name of a city in the Netherlands, meaning "apple tree" in Dutch.
APPELHOFDutch
Indicated a person who lived by or at an apple garden, from Dutch appel "apple" and hof "garden, courtyard".
APPELODutch
Indicated a person who was from a farm called Aperloo, probably a derivative of appel meaning "apple".
APPERLODutch
Variant of APPELO.
APPLEBYEnglish
From the name of various English towns, derived from Old English æppel "apple" and Old Norse býr "farm, settlement".
APPLETONEnglish
From the name of several English towns, meaning "orchard" in Old English (a compound of æppel "apple" and tun "enclosure, yard").
APTEDEnglish
Probably from an unidentified place name meaning "up tower" in Old English.
AQUILAItalian
From a nickname meaning "eagle" in Italian.
AQUINOItalian, Spanish
From the name of an Italian town near Rome, derived from Latin aqua meaning "water", the home town of the 13th-century saint Thomas Aquinas. In Italy the surname is derived directly from the town's name. As a Spanish-language surname, it was sometimes bestowed by missionaries in honour of the saint as they evangelized in Spanish colonies.
ARANYHungarian
Means "golden" in Hungarian. A famous bearer of the name was Hungarian poet János Arany (1817-1882).
ARAPTurkish
Means "Arab" in Turkish.
ARAÚJOPortuguese
Denoted a person hailing from one of the many areas that bear this name in Portugal, which is of unknown meaning.
ARAUJOSpanish
Spanish form of ARAÚJO.
ARAULLOFilipino
Form of ARAÚJO especially common in the Philippines.
ARAYASpanish
Denoted a person from Araia in the Basque Country, Spain. It is of uncertain meaning.
ARBEIDDutch
From Dutch arbeid meaning "work".
ARBEIDERDutch
From Dutch arbeider meaning "worker".
ARBEITGerman
From German arbeit meaning "work".
ARBOREItalian
From Latin arbor meaning "tree".
ARCESpanish
Means "maple tree" in Spanish.
ARCHAMBAULTFrench
From the archaic French given name Archambault, which is related to ARCHIBALD.
ARCHEREnglish
Occupational name for one who practiced archery, from Latin arcus "bow" (via Old French).
ARDELEANRomanian
From the Romanian region of Ardeal, also called Transylvania. It is possibly derived from Hungarian erdő meaning "forest".
ARDICCIONIItalian
Means "son of Ardiccione", a derivative of ARDITO.
ARDIZZONEItalian
From a diminutive of the given name ARDITO.
ARDOVINIItalian
Means "son of ARDUINO".
ARECHAVALETASpanish
Originally indicated a person from the town of Aretxabaleta in Spain. It means "oak trees" in Basque.
ARENAItalian
Italian cognate of ARENAS.
ARENASSpanish
From various Spanish place names, which are derived from Spanish arena meaning "sand".
ARENDONKDutch
Denoted a person from Arendonk, a town between in northern Belgium. It is derived from arend "eagle" and donk "hill".
ARENDSDutch
Means "son of AREND".
ARENTSDutch
Variant of ARENDS.
ARENTZDutch
Variant of ARENDS.
ARGALLCornish
From a place name meaning "shelter, quiet place" in Cornish.
ARGYRISGreek
Means "silver" in Greek.
ARIESENDutch
Means "son of ARIS (2)".
ARITZASpanish, Basque
From Basque aritz meaning "oak tree". This was a nickname of Iñigo, the first king of Pamplona, Spain (9th century).
ARKEMAFrisian
Means "son of ARKE".
ARKESDutch
Means "son of ARKE".
ARKWRIGHTEnglish
Occupational name for a chest maker, from Middle English arc meaning "chest, coffer" and wyrhta meaning "maker, craftsman".
ARLOTTIItalian
Means "son of ARLOTTO".
ARMANDOItalian, Portuguese, Spanish
Derived from the given name ARMANDO.
ARMANIItalian
Means "son of ERMANNO".
ARMATIItalian
From Italian armato meaning "armed, armoured, equipped".
ARMBRUSTERGerman
Means "crossbow maker" from German armbrust "crossbow". The word armbrust was originally from Latin arcuballista meaning "bow ballista", but was modified under the influence of German arm "arm" and brust "breast".
ARMISTEADEnglish
Means "hermitage", indicating a person who lived near one, from Middle English ermite "hermit" and stede "place".
ARMSTRONGEnglish
Means "strong arm" from Middle English. Tradition holds that the family is descended from Siward, an 11th-century Earl of Northumbria. Famous bearers of this name include the Americans Louis Armstrong (1901-1971), a jazz musician, and Neil Armstrong (1930-2012), an astronaut who was the first person to walk on the moon.
ARNESENNorwegian
Means "son of ARNE (1)".
ARNOLDEnglish
Derived from the given name ARNOLD.
ARNOLFIItalian
Means "son of ARNOLFO".
ARNONIItalian
Means "son of Arnone" from the medieval name Arnone, of uncertain origin.
ARNTZDutch
Means "son of AREND".
ARNTZENDutch
Means "son of AREND".
ARNTZENIUSDutch
Latinate form of ARNTZEN.
ARREOLASpanish
Variant of ARRIOLA, found predominantly in Mexico.
ARRIGHETTIItalian
Means "son of Arrighetto", a diminutive of the given name ARRIGO.
ARRIGHIItalian
Means "son of ARRIGO".
ARRIGUCCIItalian
Means "son of Arriguccio", a diminutive of the given name ARRIGO.
ARRINGTONEnglish
From the name of a town in Cambridgeshire, originally meaning "Earna's settlement" in Old English (Earna being a person's nickname meaning "eagle").
ARRIOLASpanish, Basque
From Basque place names, themselves derived from Basque arri "stone" and -ola "place of, house".
ARTHUREnglish, French
From the given name ARTHUR.
ARTHURSONEnglish
Means "son of ARTHUR".
ARTHURSSONSwedish
Means "son of ARTHUR".
ARTS (1)Dutch
Means "son of AART".
ARTS (2)Dutch
Dutch cognate of ARZT.
ARTZDutch
Means "son of AART".
ÅRUDNorwegian
From Norwegian å meaning "river, stream" and the archaic word rud meaning "clearing".
ARZTDutch
Means "doctor, physician" in German, ultimately from Latin archiater.
ASENOVBulgarian
Means "son of ASEN".
ASHEnglish
From Old English æsc meaning "ash tree", indicating a person who lived near ash trees.
ASHLEYEnglish
Denoted a person hailing from one of the many places in England which bear this name. The place name itself is derived from Old English æsc "ash tree" and leah "woodland, clearing".
ASHWORTHEnglish
From an English place name meaning "ash enclosure" in Old English.
ASÍSSpanish
Originally denoted a person from the Italian city of Assisi (called Asís in Spanish).
ASJESDutch
Variant of ASKES.
ASKESDutch
Means "son of Aske", a diminutive of ASSE.
ASLANTurkish
From the given name ASLAN.
ASSELMANDutch
Denoted a person from Assel, Asselt or Hasselt, the name of communities in the Netherlands and Belgium. They derive from Germanic asc "ash tree" and lauha "woods on sandy soil", or hasal "hazel tree".
ASSENBERGDutch
From Dutch es meaning "ash tree" (plural essen) and berg meaning "mountain".
ASSENDORPDutch
From the name of a place called Assendorp, composed of Dutch essen and dorp, meaning "ash tree village".
ASSIESDutch
Means "son of ASSE".
ASSINKDutch
From a place name meaning "ASSE's farm".
ASTON (1)English
From a place name meaning "east town" in Old English.
ASTON (2)English
From the Old English given name ÆÐELSTAN.
ASTRAUSKASLithuanian
Lithuanian form of OSTROWSKI.
ASTURIASSpanish
From the name of a region in Spain, formerly a medieval kingdom. It is possibly derived from Basque asta "rock" and ur "water".
ATCHISONScots
Scots form of ATKINSON.
ATELJEVIĆSerbian
Probably from Hatelji, the name of a town in Serbia, which is of unknown meaning.
ATKINSEnglish
Means "son of Atkin", a medieval diminutive of ADAM.
ATKINSONEnglish
Means "son of Atkin", a medieval diminutive of ADAM.
ATSMAFrisian
Means "son of ATSE".
ATTARPersian
From Persian عطر ('atir) meaning "fragrance, perfume", ultimately from Arabic. It probably denoted a seller of perfume.
ATTAWAYEnglish
Means "at the way", originally denoting someone who lived close to a road.
ATTEBERRYEnglish
Means "dweller at the fortified town" from Middle English at and burh "fortified place".
ATWATEREnglish
From Middle English meaning "dweller at the water".
ATWOODEnglish
From Middle English meaning "dweller at the wood".
AUDLEYEnglish
From a place name meaning "EALDGYÐ's clearing" in Old English.
AUEGerman
From German meaning "meadow by a river, wetland". There are many places with this name in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
AUERGerman
From German aue meaning "meadow by a river, wetland".
AUGUSTINFrench, German
From the given name AUGUSTIN.
AUGUSTINEEnglish
From the given name AUGUSTINE (1).
AUKEMAFrisian
Means "son of AUKE".
AUKESDutch
Dutch form of AUKEMA.
AUSTGerman
Derived from Aust, an archaic diminutive of AUGUST.
AUSTINEnglish
Derived from the given name AUSTIN.
AVAGYANArmenian
Means "son of AVAG".
AVAKIANArmenian
Variant transcription of AVAGYAN.
AVCITurkish
Means "hunter" in Turkish.
AVERESCHDutch
From a place name, possibly from a dialectal variation of Dutch over meaning "over" combined with esch meaning "ash tree".
AVERILLEnglish
Derived from the feminine given name EOFORHILD.
AVERYEnglish
Derived from a Norman French form of the given names ALBERICH or ALFRED.
AVESKAMPDutch
From a place name meaning "the edge of camp" in Dutch.
AVRAHAMJewish
From the given name ABRAHAM.
AXELSENDanish, Norwegian
Means "son of AXEL".
AXELSSONSwedish
Means "son of AXEL".
AYERS (1)English
From Middle English eir meaning "heir".
AYERS (2)English
Derived from the given name EALHHERE.
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".
AYLMEREnglish
Derived from the Old English name ÆÐELMÆR.
AYTONEnglish
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".
AZAROLABasque
Possibly from Basque azeri meaning "fox".
AZZARÀItalian
Sicilian name, derived from Greek dialects of southern Italy. It is from Greek ψαρας (psaras) meaning "fisherman".
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