Surnames Starting with B

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BAAIMAN Dutch
Means "son of Baaij", the given name Baaij being a diminutive of names like BAUGULF, BOUDEWIJN or BERNARD.
BAAK Dutch
From the given name BAAK.
BAANDERS Dutch
Dutch cognate of BANNER.
BAAR Dutch
Variant of BAARS.
BAARDA Frisian
From the name of the town of Baard in the Netherlands, possibly derived from a given name that was a variant of BERT.
BAARDSEN Norwegian
Means "son of BÅRD".
BAARDWIJK Dutch
From the name of a town in the Netherlands, possibly from Baard, a variant of BERT, and wijk meaning "neighbourhood, district".
BAARS Dutch
Indicated a person coming from the town of Beers in the Netherlands.
BAARSMA Frisian
Indicated a person coming from the small town of Beers in Frisia.
BAART Dutch
Means "beard" in Dutch, originally describing a person who wore a beard.
BAAS Dutch
Means "boss, overseer" in Dutch.
BAASCH Low German
From Middle Low German baas meaning "boss".
BABCOCK English
Derived from the medieval name Bab, possibly a diminutive of BARTHOLOMEW or BARBARA.
BABIĆ Serbian, Croatian
Matronymic surname derived from Slavic baba "old woman".
BABIČ Slovene
Slovene form of BABIĆ.
BABIN French
From the given name Babin, a medieval diminutive of BABYLAS.
BACH German
Topographic name for someone who lived by a stream, from Middle High German bach meaning "stream". This name was borne by members of the Bach musical family, notably the composer Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750).
BACHCHAN Indian, Hindi
From Hindi बच्चा (bachcha) meaning "child", a word of Persian origin. This surname was adopted by the Indian poet Harivansh Rai Srivastava (1907-2003).
BACHMAN German
Anglicized form of BACHMANN.
BACHMANN German
Denoted a person who lived near a stream, from German bach "stream" and mann "man".
BACHMEIER German
Originally referred to a farmer whose farm was beside a stream, from Middle High German bach "stream" and meier "steward, tenant farmer".
BACHVAROV Bulgarian
Patronymic from Bulgarian бъчвар (bachvar) meaning "cooper, barrel maker".
BÄCKER German
Variant of BECKER, mostly found in northern Germany.
BACKUS English
Means "bakery", an occupational name for a baker, from Old English bæchus literally "bake house".
BADCOCK English
From a diminutive of the medieval given name BADA.
BADEM Turkish
Derived from a Turkish word meaning "almond".
BADER German
Derived from Old High German bad "bath", most likely referring to a bath attendant.
BAGER Danish
Danish cognate of BAKER.
BAGGI Italian
Variant of BAGGIO.
BAGGIO Italian
Originally denoted a person from the Italian town of Baggio (now part of Milan). It is probably derived from Latin Badalocum meaning "watch place".
BAGHDASSARIAN Armenian
Alternate transcription of Armenian Բաղդասարյան (see BAGHDASARYAN).
BAGLEY English
From various English place names, all derived from Old English bagga "bag, badger" combined with leah "woodland, clearing".
BAGLIO Italian
Italian cognate of BAILEY.
BAGNI Italian
From Latin balnea "bath", referring to a person who worked as a bath house attendant.
BAGNOLI Italian
Diminutive form of BAGNI.
BÄHR German
From Middle High German bër "bear" or ber "boar". This was originally a nickname for a strong or brave person.
BAI Chinese
From Chinese (bái) meaning "white".
BAIER German
Variant of BAYER.
BAILEY English
From Middle English baili meaning "bailiff", which comes via Old French from Latin baiulus "porter".
BAINES (1) Welsh
From Welsh ab Einws meaning "son of Einws", a diminutive of EINION.
BAINES (2) English
From a nickname derived from Old English ban "bones", probably for a thin person.
BAIRD Scottish
Anglicized form of MAC AN BAIRD.
BAJUSZ Hungarian
Means "moustache", from Hungarian bajusz.
BAKALOV Bulgarian
Patronymic derived from Bulgarian bakalin meaning "grocer".
BAKEMA Frisian
Means "son of Bake", a diminutive of BAAK.
BAKER English
Occupational name meaning "baker", derived from Middle English bakere.
BAKHUIZEN Dutch
Means "bakery" from Dutch bak "bake" and huis "house", an occupational name for a baker.
BAKKER Dutch
Dutch cognate of BAKER, from Middle Dutch backer.
BAKÓ Hungarian
Means "axeman" in Hungarian.
BĂLAN Romanian
Means "blond" in Romanian.
BALÁZS Hungarian
Derived from the given name BALÁZS.
BALBONI Italian
Derived from the given name BALBINO.
BALDI Italian
Derived from the given name BALDO.
BALDINI Italian
Derived from the given name Baldino, a diminutive of BALDO.
BALDINOTTI Italian
Derived from the given name Baldinotto, from the Latin name Baldinoctus, a diminutive of BALDO.
BALDOVINI Italian
Derived from the given name BALDOVINO.
BALDWIN English
Derived from the given name BALDWIN.
BALIK Turkish
From a Turkish word meaning "fish".
BÁLINT Hungarian
Derived from the given name BÁLINT.
BALL English
From Middle English bal, Old English beall meaning "ball". This was either a nickname for a rotund or bald person, or a topographic name for someone who lived near a ball-shaped feature.
BALODIS Latvian
Means "pigeon" in Latvian.
BALOGH Hungarian
Means "left handed" in Hungarian.
BANCROFT English
From any of the various places of this name, derived from Old English bean meaning "bean" and croft meaning "small enclosed field".
BANDERAS Spanish
Spanish cognate of BANNER.
BANDINI Italian
From the Latin name Bandinus, a derivative of Bandus, which is of unknown meaning.
BANDONI Italian
From Italian bandone meaning "sheet of iron".
BANDYOPADHYAY Bengali
From the name of the village of Bandoghat combined with upadhaya "instructor, priest".
BANÍK Slovak
Means "miner" in Slovak.
BANKS English
Originally indicated someone who lived near a hillside or a bank of land.
BANNER English
Occupational name for a flag carrier, derived from Old French baniere meaning "banner", ultimately of Germanic origin.
BANNISTER English
From Norman French banastre meaning "basket". This was originally a name for a maker of baskets.
BÁRÁNY Hungarian
Means "lamb" in Hungarian.
BARÁTH Hungarian
Derived from Hungarian barát meaning "friend".
BARBER English, Scottish
Indicated a barber, one who cut hair for a living.
BARBIERI Italian
Italian cognate of BARBER.
BARDAKÇI Turkish
Means "glassmaker" from Turkish bardak "glass".
BARDSLEY English
From the name a village near Manchester, from the Old English given name BEORNRÆD and leah "woodland, clearing".
BARENDS Dutch
Means "son of BAREND".
BARIŞ Turkish
From the given name BARIŞ.
BARKER English
From Middle English bark meaning "to tan". This was an occupational name for a leather tanner.
BARLOW English
Derived from a number of English place names that variously mean "barley hill", "barn hill", "boar clearing" or "barley clearing".
BARNA Hungarian
Means "brown" in Hungarian.
BARNES English
Denoted a person who worked or lived in a barn. The word barn is derived from Old English bere "barley" and ærn "dwelling".
BARNETT English
Derived from Old English bærnet meaning "place cleared by burning".
BARONE Italian
From the title barone "baron", derived via Latin from Germanic baro "man, warrior, servant".
BARR English
Indicated a person who lived near a barrier, from Old French barre.
BARRE French
French cognate of BARR.
BARRETT English
Probably derived from a Middle English word meaning "strife", originally given to a quarrelsome person.
BARROS Portuguese, Spanish
From the Portuguese and Spanish word barro meaning "clay, mud". This could either be an occupational name for a person who worked with clay or mud such as a builder or artisan, or a topographic name for someone living near clay or mud.
BARSAMIAN Armenian
Alternate transcription of Armenian Պարսամյան (see PARSAMYAN).
BARSOTTI Italian
Meaning uncertain, possibly derived from the Germanic word baro "man, warrior, servant".
BÁRTA Czech
From a given name that was a diminutive of BARTOLOMĚJ.
BARTA Hungarian
From the given name BARTA.
BARTALOTTI Italian
Means "son of Bartalotto", a diminutive of BARTOLO.
BARTOLOMEI Italian
Derived from the given name BARTOLOMEO.
BARTOLOMEO Italian
Derived from the given name BARTOLOMEO.
BARTON English
From a place name meaning "barley town" in Old English.
BARTOS Hungarian
From a given name that was a diminutive of BERTALAN.
BARTOŠ Czech, Slovak
Derived from Bartoš, a diminutive of BARTOLOMĚJ or BARTOLOMEJ.
BARTOSZ Polish
Derived from the given name BARTOSZ.
BARTRAM English
From the given name BERTRAM.
BARWEGEN Frisian
Derived from the name of a village in Frisia meaning "road to the dike".
BASILE Italian
From the given name BASILIO.
BASS English
English cognate of BASSO.
BASSANELLI Italian
Diminutive form of BASSANI.
BASSANI Italian
Derived from the place name Bassano, belonging multiple villages in Italy.
BASSI Italian
Variant of BASSO, common in northern Italy.
BASSO Italian
Originally a nickname for a short person, from Latin bassus "thick, low".
BASURTO Spanish
From the Basque place name Basurtu, a village (now part of Bilbao) in Biscay. It means "middle of the forest".
BATES English
Means "son of BATE".
BATESON English
Means "son of BATE".
BÁTHORY Hungarian
Originally indicated a person from Bátor, a village in Hungary, which might be of Turkic origin meaning "hero". This was the surname of a Hungarian noble family who historically controlled the town. One of the family members, Stephen Báthory, became the king of Poland in the 16th century.
BATTAGLIA Italian
From a nickname meaning "battle" in Italian.
BATTLE English
From a nickname for a combative person. In some cases it may come from the name of English places called Battle, so named because they were sites of battles.
BATTS English
Means "son of BATE".
BAUDIN French
From the given name Baud, French form of BALDO.
BAUER German
From Old High German bur meaning "peasant, farmer".
BAUERS German
Variant of BAUER.
BAUM German, Jewish
Means "tree" in German.
BAUMANN German, Jewish
From Middle High German bumann meaning "farmer, builder".
BAUMBACH German
From a place name meaning "tree stream" in German.
BAUMER German
Variant of BAUM.
BAUMGARTNER German
Occupational name for a person who worked or lived at an orchard, from German Baumgarten "orchard" (derived from Baum "tree" and Garten "garden").
BAUMHAUER German
Occupational name meaning "woodcutter", derived from German Baum "tree" and hauen "to chop".
BAUTISTA Spanish
Derived from the given name BAUTISTA.
BAXTER English
Variant (in origin a feminine form) of BAKER.
BAYER German
Originally denoted a person from Bavaria, from its German name BAYERN.
BAZZOLI Italian
From Italian bazza meaning "protruding chin".
BEAN English
English cognate of BOHN.
BEASLEY English
From the name of a place in Lancashire, from Old English beos "bent grass" and leah "woodland, clearing".
BEATTIE Scottish
From the medieval name Battie, a diminutive of BARTHOLOMEW.
BEAUCHÊNE French
From French place names derived from beau "beautiful" and chêne "oak".
BEAUFORT French
From various French place names derived from beau "beautiful" and fort "strong place, fortress".
BEAULIEU French
From various French place names derived from beau "beautiful" and lieu "place".
BEAUMONT French, English
From French place names derived from beau "beautiful" and mont "mountain".
BECK (1) English, German, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian
Cognate of BACH, from Middle English bekke (from Old Norse), Low German beke or Old Norse bekkr all meaning "stream".
BECK (2) German
Variant of BECKER, from southern German beck.
BECK (3) English
From a nickname for a person with a big nose, from Middle English beke meaning "beak".
BECK (4) English
From Old English becca meaning "pickaxe", an occupational surname.
BECKENBAUER German
Means "farmer living by a stream" in German.
BECKER German
Derived from Middle High German becker meaning "baker".
BECKERT German
Variant of BECKER.
BECKETT English
Originally a diminutive of BECK (1) or BECK (3).
BECKHAM English
From an English place name meaning "Becca's homestead". The byname Becca means "pickaxe" in Old English. A famous bearer is retired English soccer player David Beckham (1975-).
BECSKEI Hungarian
Indicated a person from Becske, a town in Hungary, which might be derived from the given name BENEDEK.
BEDROSIAN Armenian
Alternate transcription of Armenian Պետրոսյան (see PETROSYAN).
BEGBIE Scottish
From the name of a town in East Lothian, Scotland. It is derived from the Old Norse given name BAGGI and býr "farm, settlement".
BEHREND German
Derived from the given name BERND.
BEHRENDS German
Derived from the given name BERND.
BEHRINGER German
From the given name BERENGAR.
BEIRNE Irish
Variant of O'BYRNE.
BEITEL German
Variant of BEUTEL.
BÉLANGER French
From the given name BÉRENGER.
BELANGER English
From the given name BERENGAR.
BELCHER English
From a Middle English version of Old French bel chiere meaning "beautiful face". It later came to refer to a person who had a cheerful and pleasant temperament.
BELL (1) English
From Middle English belle meaning "bell". It originated as a nickname for a person who lived near the town bell, or who had a job as a bell-ringer.
BELL (2) English
Derived from the given name Bel, a medieval short form of ISABEL.
BELLAMY French, English
From Old French bel ami meaning "beautiful friend".
BELLANDI Italian
Means "son of Bellando", from a medieval given name derived from Latin bellandus meaning "which is to be fought".
BELLANDINI Italian
Diminutive form of BELLANDI.
BELLEROSE French
Means "beautiful rose" in French.
BELLINCIONI Italian
Means "son of Bellincione", from a medieval name (borne for example by Dante's grandfather) that was probably a derivative of Italian bello "beautiful, fair".
BELLINI Italian
From Italian bello meaning "beautiful".
BELLO Spanish, Italian
Means "beautiful" in Spanish and Italian, originally a nickname for an attractive person.
BELLOMO Italian
From a nickname derived from Italian bello "beautiful, fair" and uomo "man".
BELLONI Italian
Augmented form of BELLO.
BELMONT French, English
French and English form of BELMONTE.
BELMONTE Spanish, Italian
From various place names in Italy and Spain meaning "beautiful mountain".
BELO Portuguese
Portuguese form of BELLO.
BELTZ German
Occupational name for a tanner of hides, derived from Middle High German belz meaning "fur".
BENBOW English
From a nickname "bend the bow" given to an archer.
BENCIVENNI Italian
Means "son of Bencivenne", from the medieval name Bencivenga, a Tuscan variant of BENVENUTO.
BENDTSEN Danish
Means "son of BENDT".
BENEDETTI Italian
From the given name BENEDETTO.
BENENATI Italian
Means "son of Benenato", a given name derived from Latin bene "good, well" and natus "good".
BENES Hungarian
Hungarian form of BENEŠ.
BENEŠ Czech
Derived from a diminutive of the given name BENEDIKT.
BENETTON Italian
Northern Italian variant of BENEDETTI.
BENGOETXEA Basque
Means "the house furthest down" from Basque bengo "furthest down" and etxe "house".
BENGTSDOTTER Swedish
Means "daughter of BENGT".
BENGTSSON Swedish
Means "son of BENGT".
BENINI Italian
Means "son of Benino" from a diminutive of Bene or Beno, short forms of BENEDETTO.
BENÍTEZ Spanish
Means "son of BENITO".
BENN English
From a short form of BENEDICT.
BENNET English
Derived from the medieval English given name BENNETT.
BENNETT English
Derived from the medieval English given name BENNETT.
BENSON English
Means "son of BENEDICT".
BENTLEY English
From a place name derived from Old English beonet "bent grass" and leah "woodland, clearing". Various towns in England bear this name.
BENTON English
Denoted someone who came from Benton, England, which is derived from Old English beonet "bent grass" and tun "enclosure".
BENTSEN Danish
Means "son of BENT (1)".
BENVENUTI Italian
Means "son of BENVENUTO".
BERAN Czech
Derived from Czech beran meaning "ram".
BERÁNEK Czech
Means "little ram, male lamb" in Czech.
BÉRANGER French
From the given name BÉRENGER.
BERARDI Italian
From the given name BERARDO.
BERG German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
From a Germanic word meaning "mountain".
BERGAMASCHI Italian
Originally indicated an inhabitant of the city of BERGAMO in Lombardy.
BERGER (1) French
Occupational name meaning "shepherd", from Old French bergier.
BERGFALK Swedish
Derived from Swedish berg "mountain" and falk "falcon".
BERGLUND Swedish
Ornamental name from Swedish berg "mountain" and lund "grove".
BERGMAN Swedish
From Swedish berg "mountain" and man "man", originally a name for a person living on a mountain.
BERGSTRÖM Swedish
Derived from Swedish berg "mountain" and ström "stream".
BERIDZE Georgian
Means "son of the monk", from Georgian ბერი (beri) meaning "monk".
BÉRINGER French
From the given name BÉRENGER.
BERINGER German, English
From the given name BERENGAR.
BERKOVICH Jewish
Means "son of Berko" in Yiddish, Berko being a derivative of BER.
BERMÚDEZ Spanish
Means "son of BERMUDO".
BERNARD French, English, Dutch, Czech
From the given name BERNARD.
BERNAT Catalan
Derived from the given name BERNAT.
BERNE Irish
Variant of O'BYRNE.
BERNHARD German
From the given name BERNHARD.
BERRY English
Derived from a place name, which was derived from Old English burh "fortification".
BERTI Italian
Derived from the given name BERTO.
BERTOLINI Italian
Derived from a diminutive of the given name BERTOLDO.
BERTRAND French
Derived from the given name BERTRAND.
BĒRZIŅŠ Latvian
From Latvian bērzs meaning "birch tree".
BEST (1) English
Derived from Middle English beste meaning "beast", an occupational name for a keeper of animals or a nickname for someone who acted like a beast. A famous bearer of this surname was soccer legend George Best (1946-2005).
BEST (2) German
Derived from the name of the river Beste, meaning unknown.
BEULEN Dutch
Means "son of BOELE".
BEULENS Dutch
Means "son of BOELE".
BEUMER Dutch
Possibly a Dutch form of BAUMER or BÖHMER.
BEUMERS Dutch
Possibly a Dutch form of BAUMER or BÖHMER.
BEUTEL German
From Middle High German biutel meaning "bag", originally belonging to a person who made or sold bags.
BEVAN Welsh
Derived from Welsh ap Evan meaning "son of EVAN".
BEVERLY English
Derived from the name of an English city, meaning "beaver stream" in Old English.
BEYER German
Variant of BAYER.
BEYERSDORF German
Means "farmers village", from German Bauer meaning "farmer" and Dorf meaning "village".
BEZUIDENHOUT Dutch
From Dutch zuid "south" and hout "forest". It refers to the south of the forest in The Hague.
BHATTACHARYA Bengali
From a Bengali title composed of the Sanskrit words भट्ट (bhatta) meaning "scholar, lord" and आचार्य (acharya) meaning "teacher".
BIAGI Italian
Means "son of BIAGIO".
BIANCARDI Italian
Italian form of BLANCHARD.
BIANCHI Italian
From Italian bianco meaning "white", originally given to a person who was white-haired or extremely pale.
BICCHIERI Italian
Means "drinking glasses" in Italian, referring originally to a person who made or sold them.
BIEBER German, Jewish
From Middle High German biber meaning "beaver", possibly a nickname for a hard worker.
BIERMANN German
Derived from German bier "beer" and mann "man". The name may have referred to a brewer or a tavern owner.
BİNİCİ Turkish
From the Turkish word binici meaning "rider, horseman".
BIONDI Italian
Means "fair-haired, blond" in Italian. This name was borne by the American swimmer Matt Biondi (1965-).
BIONDO Italian
Variant of BIONDI.
BIRD English
Occupational name for a person who raised or hunted birds.
BÍRÓ Hungarian
Derived from bíró meaning "judge" in Hungarian.
BISCHOFFS German
German cognate of BISHOP.
BISHOP English
Means simply "bishop", ultimately from Greek επισκοπος (episkopos) meaning "overseer". It probably originally referred to a person who served a bishop.
BISKUP Czech, Slovak
Czech and Slovak cognate of BISHOP.
BISSET English
From Old French bis meaning "drab, dingy", a nickname for someone who looked drab.
BJARNESEN Danish
Means "son of BJARNE".
BJÖRK Swedish
From Swedish björk "birch tree".
BJÖRKMAN Swedish
From Swedish björk "birch tree" and man "man".
BJÖRNSSON Swedish
Means "son of BJÖRN".
BLACK English
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.
BLACKBURN English
From the name of a city in Lancashire, meaning "black stream" in Old English.
BLACKMAN English
From a nickname, a variant of BLACK.
BLACKWOOD English, Scottish
From an English place name meaning "black wood".
BLÁHA Czech
Derived from a diminutive of BLAŽEJ.
BLAIR Scottish
From any one of several places of this name in Scotland, which derive from Gaelic blár meaning "plain, field, battlefield".
BLAISE French
Derived from the given name BLAISE.
BLAKE English
Variant of BLACK. A famous bearer was the poet and artist William Blake (1757-1827).
BLAKELEY English
From name of various English places, derived from Old English blæc "black" and leah "woodland, clearing".
BLAKESLEY English
From the name of a town in Northamptonshire, itself meaning "Blæcwulf's meadow" in Old English. Blæcwulf is a byname meaning "black wolf".
BLANC French
Means "white" in French. The name referred to a person who was pale, or whose hair was blond.
BLANCHARD French, English
Derived from the given name BLANCHARD.
BLANCHET French
From a diminutive of the name BLANC.