Surnames Starting with C

Correia Portuguese
Means "leather strap, belt" in Portuguese, denoting a person who worked with leather products.
Cortés Spanish
Means "polite, courteous" in Spanish.
Corti Italian
From Italian corte meaning "court, yard".
Corvi Italian
Nickname derived from Italian corvo meaning "crow".
Corwin English
Derived from Old French cordoan "leather", ultimately from the name of the Spanish city of Cordova.
Cory English
Variant of Corey.
Ćosić Croatian, Serbian
From Croatian and Serbian ćosav "beardless", ultimately from Persian کوسه (koseh) meaning "shark".
Costa Portuguese, Italian, Catalan
Means "riverbank, slope, coast" in Portuguese, Italian and Catalan, ultimately from Latin meaning "side, edge".
Costantini Italian
From the given name Costantino.
Costanzo Italian
From the given name Costanzo.
Coste French
French form of Costa.
Côté French
French form of Costa.
Cotterill English
Derived from Middle English cotter meaning "cottager", referring to a small tenant farmer.
Couch Cornish
From Cornish cough "red", indicating the original bearer had red hair.
Coughlan Irish
Anglicized form of Ó Cochláin.
Coughlin Irish
Anglicized form of Ó Cochláin.
Coumans Dutch
Variant of Koopman.
Coupe English
From Middle English coupe meaning "barrel", a name for a barrel maker or cooper.
Courtemanche French
Means "short sleeve" in French.
Courtenay 1 English
From the name of towns in France that were originally derivatives of the Gallo-Roman personal name Curtenus, itself derived from Latin curtus "short".
Courtenay 2 English
From the Old French nickname court nes meaning "short nose".
Courtois French
French form of Curtis.
Cousineau French
Derived from Old French cosin meaning "cousin".
Coutts Scottish
From the name of the town of Cults in Aberdeenshire, derived from a Gaelic word meaning "woods".
Couture French
Means "tailor" in Old French.
Cowden English
From various English place names, which meaning either "coal valley", "coal hill" or "cow pasture" in Old English.
Cox English
Patronymic form of Cock.
Coy English
Means "quiet, shy, coy" from Middle English coi.
Cracchiolo Italian
Derived from Italian cracchiola, referring to a chicory-like vegetable.
Craig Scottish
Derived from Gaelic creag meaning "crag, rocks, outcrop", originally belonging to a person who lived near a crag.
Crawford English
From a place name derived from Old English crawa "crow" and ford "river crossing".
Cremaschi Italian
From the name of the city of Crema in Lombardy, northern Italy.
Cremona Italian
From the Italian city of Cremona, south of Milan, in Lombardy.
Cremonesi Italian
From the name of the Italian city of Cremona in Lombardy.
Crespi Italian
Variant of Crespo.
Crespo Spanish, Portuguese, Italian
Referred to a person with curly hair, from Latin crispus meaning "curly".
Crewe English
Originally denoted someone from Crewe in Cheshire, which is from Welsh criu "weir, dam, fish trap".
Crisp English
English cognate of Crespo.
Crnčević Serbian, Croatian
Derived from Serbian and Croatian црн (crn) meaning "black".
Croce Italian
Italian form of Cross.
Crocetti Italian
Italian diminutive form of Croce.
Croft English
From Old English croft meaning "enclosed field".
Cropper English
Occupational name derived from Middle English croppe "crop", referring to a fruit picker or a crop reaper.
Cross English
Locative name meaning "cross", ultimately from Latin crux. It denoted one who lived near a cross symbol or near a crossroads.
Crouch English
Variant of Cross.
Cruickshank Scottish
From a nickname meaning "bent leg" in Scots.
Crusan Dutch
Anglicized form of Cruyssen.
Cruyssen Dutch
From the name of a place in the Netherlands, derived from kruis "cross".
Cruz Spanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese cognate of Cross.
Császár Hungarian
Hungarian form of Kaiser.
Cseh Hungarian
Means "Czech" in Hungarian.
Csintalan Hungarian
Means "mischievous, naughty" in Hungarian.
Csizmadia Hungarian
Means "bootmaker" in Hungarian.
Csonka Hungarian
Means "maimed, mutilated" in Hungarian.
Csorba Hungarian
From a nickname meaning "chipped, jagged" in Hungarian.
Čtvrtník Czech
Derived from Czech čtvrtlán meaning "one quarter of a lán", where a lán is a medieval Czech measure of land (approximately 18 hectares). The name denoted someone who owned this much land.
Cucinotta Italian
Derived from a diminutive of Italian cucina meaning "kitchen".
Cuéllar Spanish
Derived from the name of the town of Cuéllar in the Segovia province of Spain. It may be derived from Latin collis meaning "hill".
Cuesta Spanish
Spanish form of Costa.
Cuevas Spanish
Derived from Spanish cueva meaning "cave".
Cuijper Dutch
Variant of Kuiper.
Cuijpers Dutch
Variant of Kuiper.
Cullen 1 English
From the name of the German city of Cologne, which was derived from Latin colonia "colony".
Cullen 2 Irish
Anglicized form of Ó Coileáin or Ó Cuilinn.
Cummins English, Scottish, Irish
From the Old Breton given name Cunmin, a cognate of Cuimín, introduced to Britain at the time of the Norman Conquest.
Cunha Portuguese
From any of the numerous places in Portugal called Cunha, possibly from Portuguese cunha meaning "wedge".
Cunningham 1 Scottish
From the name of place in the Ayrshire district of Scotland. It possibly comes from Gaelic cuinneag meaning "milk pail".
Cunningham 2 Irish
From Irish Ó Cuinneagáin meaning "descendant of Cuinneagán", a diminutive of Conn.
Cuocco Italian
Italian cognate of Cook.
Cuoco Italian
Italian cognate of Cook.
Curran Irish
Anglicized form of Irish Ó Corraidhín meaning "descendant of Corraidhín".
Curry Irish
Anglicized form of Ó Comhraidhe or Ó Corra.
Curtis English
Nickname for a courteous person, derived from Old French curteis meaning "refined, courtly".
Cuyler Dutch
Variant of Kuijlaars or Koole.
Cuyper Dutch
Variant of Kuiper.
Cuypers Dutch
Variant of Kuiper.
Cvetkov Bulgarian
Alternate transcription of Bulgarian Цветков (see Tsvetkov).
Czajka Polish
Means "lapwing (bird)" in Polish.
Czajkowski Polish
Originally indicated a person from any of the Polish towns named Czajków, all derived from Polish czajka meaning "lapwing (bird)".