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DAALMANSDutch
Originally indicated a person who lived in a valley, from Dutch dal meaning "dale, valley" and man meaning "man".
DAHLNorwegian, Swedish, Danish
From Old Norse dalr meaning "valley". A famous of this surname was author Roald Dahl (1916-1990) who is mostly remembered for children's stories such as 'Matilda' and 'Henry Sugar'.
DAHLMANSwedish
From Swedish dal meaning "dale, valley" and man meaning "man".
DALCARomanian
Meaning uncertain.
DALEEnglish
From Old English dæl meaning "valley", originally indicating a person who lived there.
DALEYIrish
Variant of DALY.
DALGAARDDanish
From Old Norse dalr meaning "valley" and garðr meaning "yard, farmstead".
DALÍSpanish
From a given name, itself a diminutive of names beginning with the Germanic element adal meaning "noble". This was the surname of the Spanish surrealist painter Salvador Dalí (1904-1989).
DALTONEnglish
Derived from a place name which meant "valley town" in Old English. A notable bearer of the surname was the English chemist and physicist John Dalton (1766-1844).
DALYIrish
Anglicized form of Irish Ó Dálaigh meaning "descendant of DÁLACH".
DAMDutch, Danish
Means "dike, dam" in Dutch and Danish. In modern Danish it also means "pond".
D'AMBROSIOItalian
From the given name AMBROGIO.
DAMIANIItalian
Derived from the given name DAMIANO.
D'AMOREItalian
From the given name AMORE.
DAMYANOVBulgarian
Means "son of DAMYAN".
DANAILOVBulgarian
Means "son of DANAIL".
DANCHEVBulgarian
Means "son of DANCHO".
DANE (2)English
Originally denoted a Dane, that is a person from Denmark.
DANELLEnglish
Derived from the given name DANIEL.
D'ANGELOItalian
Means "son of ANGELO".
DANIAUFrench
Derived from the given name DANIEL.
DANIELEnglish, French, German, Portuguese
Derived from the given name DANIEL.
DANIELLEnglish
Derived from the given name DANIEL.
DANIELSONEnglish
Means "son of DANIEL".
DANIELSSONSwedish
Means "son of DANIEL".
D'ANTONIOItalian
Means "son of ANTONIO".
D'ARAMITZFrench
Originally denoted one who came from Aramits, a the name of a town in the French Pyrenees which is possibly derived from Basque haran meaning "valley".
DARBINIANArmenian
Variant transcription of DARBINYAN.
DARBINYANArmenian
From Armenian դարբին (darbin) meaning "blacksmith".
DARBYEnglish
From the name of the town Derby meaning "deer farm" in Old Norse.
DARRELLEnglish
Originally denoted one who came from the town of Airel in Normandy, derived from Late Latin arealis meaning "open space".
DARROWScottish
Habitational name from Darroch near Falkirk, in Stirlingshire, said to be named from Gaelic darach meaning "oak tree".
DARWINEnglish
From the given name DEORWINE.
DARZIPersian
Means "tailor" in Persian.
DASBengali, Indian, Assamese, Odia, Hindi, Marathi
Means "servant, devotee" in Sanskrit.
DASKALOVBulgarian
Patronymic derived from даскал (daskal) meaning "teacher".
DAUBEGerman
Variant of TAUBE.
DAUBNEYEnglish
From any of the various towns in France called Aubigny, derived from the Gallo-Roman personal name ALBINUS.
DAVIAUFrench
From a diminutive form of DAVID.
DAVIDOVIĆSerbian
Means "son of DAVID".
DAVIDSEnglish
Means "son of DAVID".
DAVIDSENDanish
Means "son of DAVID".
DAVIDSONEnglish
Means "son of DAVID".
DAVIDYANArmenian
Variant transcription of DAVTYAN.
DAVISEnglish, Scottish
Means "son of DAVID". This was the surname of the revolutionary jazz trumpet player Miles Davis (1926-1991).
DAVISONEnglish
Means "son of DAVID".
DAVTYANArmenian
Means "son of DAVIT".
DAWSONEnglish
Means "son of DAW".
DAYEnglish
From a diminutive form of DAVID.
D'CRUZIndian (Christian)
Variant of CRUZ more common among Christians from India.
D'CRUZEIndian (Christian)
Variant of CRUZ more common among Christians from India.
DEAN (1)English
Derived from Middle English dene meaning "valley".
DEAN (2)English
Occupational surname meaning "dean", referring to a person who either was a dean or worked for one. It is from Middle English deen (ultimately from Latin decanus meaning "chief of ten").
DE ANGELISItalian
Means "son of ANGELO".
DEASMHUMHAINIrish
Irish Gaelic form of DESMOND.
DEASÚNIrish
Irish variant of DESMOND.
DEBENHAMEnglish
Originally denoted a person from the town of Debenham in Suffolk, derived from the name of the River Deben (meaning "deep" in Old English) combined with ham meaning "home,homestead".
DE CAMPOItalian
Locative surname derived from place names called Campo (meaning "field").
DE CLOETDutch
Variant of KLOET.
DEDRICKEnglish
Derived from the given name Dederick, an older form of DEREK.
DEERINGEnglish
From the Old English given name Deora meaning "dear, beloved".
DE FELICEItalian
Means "son of FELICE".
DE FIOREItalian
Means "son of FIORE".
DEFORESTFrench
Means "from the forest" in French.
DEGARMOFrench
Americanized form of French de Garmeaux, which may derive from a place called Garmeaux in Normandy.
DEĞIRMENCITurkish
From a Turkish word meaning "miller".
DE GROOTDutch
From Dutch groot meaning "big, great".
DE HAVENDutch
From Middle Dutch haven meaning "harbour, haven".
DE KLERKDutch
From Dutch klerk meaning "clerk", making this a cognate of CLARK.
DE KLOETDutch
Variant of KLOET.
DELACROIXFrench
Means "of the cross" in French. It denoted one who lived near a cross symbol or near a crossroads.
DE LA CRUZSpanish
Spanish cognate of DELACROIX.
DE LA FUENTESpanish
Means "of the fountain" in Spanish.
DELANEY (1)English
Derived from Norman French de l'aunaie meaning "from the alder grove".
DELANEY (2)Irish
Anglicized form of Irish Ó Dubhshláine meaning "descendant of DUBHSHLÁINE".
DE LANGDutch
Dutch cognate of LONG.
DE LANGEDutch
Dutch cognate of LONG.
DE LAURENTISItalian
Means "son of LORENZO", a Latinized form of the given name.
DEL BOSQUESpanish
Means "of the forest" in Spanish.
DE LEÓNSpanish
Referred to someone from the Leon region of Spain.
DELGADOSpanish, Portuguese
Means "thin" in Spanish and Portuguese, ultimately from Latin delicatus meaning "delicate, tender, charming".
DE LORENZOItalian
Means "son of LORENZO".
DE LUCAItalian
Means "son of LUCA (1)".
DEMETRIOUGreek
Variant transcription of DIMITRIOU.
DEMİRTurkish
Means "iron" in Turkish, originally referring to an ironworker.
DEMİRCİTurkish
Means "blacksmith" in Turkish.
DEMIROVIĆBosnian
Means "son of DEMIR".
DEMPSEYIrish
Anglicized form of Irish Ó Díomasaigh meaning "descendant of Díomasach", a given name meaning "proud".
DENIAUFrench
Variant of DANIEL.
DENIELFrench
Variant of DANIEL.
DENISFrench
From the given name DENIS.
DENMANEnglish
From Middle English dene "valley" combined with man.
DENNELFrench
Variant of DANIEL.
DENZELGerman
Variant of TANZER.
DENZILEnglish
From the place name Denzell, a manor in Cornwall, which is of unknown meaning.
DE PALMAItalian
Means "from the palm tree" in Italian.
DERBYEnglish
Variant of DARBY.
DE REGEItalian (Rare)
Italian variant of REY (1).
DERICHSGerman
Means "son of DIRK".
DERRICKEnglish
Derived from the given name Derrick (see DEREK). A famous bearer of this surname is the character Stephan Derrick from the German television series 'Derrick' (1974-1998).
DERRICKSEnglish
Derived from the given name DERRICK.
DERRICKSONEnglish
Means "son of DERRICK".
DESCHAMPSFrench
Means "from the fields", from French champ "field".
DESCOTEAUXFrench
Means "from the hillside", from French coteau "hillside".
DESJARDINSFrench
Means "from the gardens", from French jardin "garden".
DE SMETFlemish
Flemish variant of SMIT.
DESMONDIrish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Deasmhumhain meaning "South Munster", originally indicating a person who came from that region in Ireland.
DE SNAIJERDutch
Dutch cognate of SNYDER.
DESROCHESFrench
Means "from the rocks", from French roche "rock".
DESROSIERSFrench
Means "from the rose bushes", from French rosier "rose bush". It probably referred to a person who lived close to, or cared for a rose garden.
DEVEREUXEnglish
Indicated a person from Evreux in France, itself named after the Gaulish tribe of the Eburovices, which was probably derived from a Celtic word meaning "yew".
DEVIN (1)Irish
Anglicized form of the Gaelic surnames Ó DAMHÁIN or Ó DUBHÁIN.
DEVIN (2)English
Nickname for a person who acted divinely, from Old French devin "divine", ultimately from Latin.
DE VITISItalian
Means "son of VITO", using a Latinized form of the given name.
DE VITOItalian
Means "son of VITO".
DEVLINIrish
Anglicized form of the Irish Ó Doibhilin meaning "descendant of Doibhilin", a given name which may be derived from the Gaelic term dobhail meaning "unlucky".
DE VRIESDutch
Means "the Frisian" in Dutch, referring to a person from Friesland.
DE WITTEDutch
Means "the white" in Dutch, a nickname for a person with white hair.
DEXTEREnglish
Occupational name meaning "dyer" in Old English (orginally this was a feminine word, but it was later applied to men as well).
DÍAZSpanish
Means "son of DIEGO" in Spanish.
DIBRAAlbanian
From the Albanian name for the city of Debar in Macedonia, originally given to someone who came from there.
DI CAPRIOItalian
From the name of the island of Capri near Naples, itself possibly derived from Latin capra meaning "goat" or Greek καπρος (kapros) meaning "wild boar".
DICKEnglish
From the given name DICK (1).
DICKENSEnglish
From the medieval given name Dicun, a medieval diminutive of DICK (1). A famous bearer of this surname was the English writer Charles Dickens (1812-1870).
DICKINSONEnglish
Means "son of Dicun", Dicun being a medieval diminutive of DICK (1). American poet Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) was a famous bearer.
DICKMANEnglish
From Old English dic "ditch" combined with man "man". It was originally a name for a ditch digger or someone who lived near a ditch.
DICKSONEnglish
Means "son of DICK (1)".
DIEFENBACHGerman
From a German place name which meant "deep creek".
DIERICKXFlemish
Means "son of DIRK".
DIETERGerman
Derived from the given name DIETER.
DIETRICHGerman
Derived from the given name DIETRICH.
DIMITRIOUGreek
Means "son of DIMITRIOS".
DIMOVBulgarian
Means "son of DIMO".
DI NAPOLIItalian
Means "from NAPLES" in Italian.
DIOLIItalian
Meaning unknown.
DI PASQUAItalian
Means "of Easter" in Italian.
DI PIETROItalian
Means "son of PIETRO" in Italian.
DIRCHSDutch (Rare)
Means "son of DIRK".
DIRCKSDutch
Means "son of DIRK".
DIRCKSENSDutch
Means "son of DIRK".
DIRCKXFlemish, Dutch
Means "son of DIRK".
DIRIXFlemish, Dutch
Means "son of DIRK".
DIRKSDutch, German
Means "son of DIRK".
DIRKSEDutch
Means "son of DIRK".
DIRKSENDutch, German
Means "son of DIRK".
DIRKXDutch, Flemish
Means "son of DIRK".
DISNEYEnglish
Means "from Isigny", referring to the town of Isigny in Normandy.
DI STEFANOItalian
Means "son of STEFANO".
DITTMARGerman
Derived from the given name DIETMAR.
DIXONEnglish
Means "DICK (1)'s son".
DOBOSHungarian
Derived from Hungarian dob meaning "drum". Originally the name was given to someone who played drums or made them.
DOBREVBulgarian
Means "son of DOBRI".
DOCTOREnglish
Originally denoted someone who was a doctor, ultimately from Latin doctor meaning "teacher".
DODGEEnglish
From Dogge, a medieval diminutive of ROGER.
DOHERTYIrish
From the Irish Ó Dochartaigh meaning "descendant of Dochartach". The byname Dochartach means "obstructive".
DOHMANGerman
Derived from a diminutive of the given name THOMAS.
DOLANIrish
From the Irish Ó Dubhshláin meaning "descendant of DUBHSHLÁINE".
DOLEŽALCzech
Nickname for a lazy person, derived from the past participle of the Czech verb doležat "to lie down".
DOMÍNGUEZSpanish
Means "son of DOMINGO".
DONALDSEnglish
Derived from the given name DONALD.
DONALDSONEnglish
Means "son of DONALD".
DONATIItalian
From the given name DONATO.
DONNEScottish, Irish
From Gaelic donn meaning "brown", a nickname for a person with brown hair.
DONNELLYIrish
From Irish Ó Donnghaile meaning "descendant of Donnghal". The given name Donnghal means "brown valour", from donn "brown" and gal "valour". This surname is associated with the descendants of Niall of the Nine Hostages.
D'ONOFRIOItalian
Means "son of ONOFRIO".
DONOGHUEIrish
From Irish Ó Donnchadha meaning "descendant of DONNCHADH".
DONOVANIrish
Anglicized form of the Irish name Ó Donndubháin meaning "descendant of DONNDUBHÁN".
DORANIrish
From Irish Ó Deoráin meaning "descendant of Deoradhán", where Deoradhán is a given name meaning "exile, wanderer".
DORSEYEnglish
Means "from Orsay", referring to the town of Orsay near Paris, its name deriving from the Latin personal name Orcius.
DOUBEKCzech
Means "small oak" in Czech, derived from dub "oak".
DOUGLASScottish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Dubhghlas, which meant "dark river" from dubh "dark" and glais "water, river" (an archaic word related to glas "grey, green"). This is the name of various places in Scotland, such as a tributary of the River Clyde.
DOWNEREnglish
Name for someone who lived on or near a down, which an English word meaning "hill".
DOYLEIrish
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.
DRAGANOVBulgarian
Means "son of DRAGAN".
DRAGIĆSerbian, Croatian, Slovene
Patronymic from any of the Slavic given names starting with Drag (see DRAGO).
DRAGOItalian
From a nickname meaning "dragon" in Italian.
DRAGOVBulgarian
Means "son of DRAGO".
DRAKEEnglish
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".
DRAPEREnglish
Occupational name for a maker or seller of woolen cloth, from Anglo-Norman French draper (Old French drapier, an agent derivative of drap "cloth").
DREESDutch
Variant of DRIES.
DREHERGerman
Means "a turner" from Middle High German drehen "to turn". A turner was a person who used a lathe to create small objects from wood or bone.
DREIERGerman
Variant of DREHER.
DRESCHNERGerman
Derived from Middle High German dreschen "to thresh". A thresher was a person who separated the grains from a cereal plant by beating it.
DRESDNERGerman
Originally indicated a person who came from the city of Dresden in German.
DRESSLERGerman
Means "turner" from Middle High German dreseler, an agent derivative of drehen "to turn". A turner was a person who used a lathe to create small objects from wood or bone.
DREYERGerman
Variant of DREHER.
DRIESDutch
From the given name DRIES.
DRIESSENDutch
Means "son of DRIES".
DRISCOLLIrish
From Irish Ó hEidirsceóil meaning "descendant of the messenger".
DROITFrench
Means "right, straight" in French, a nickname for an upright person.
DRUMMONDScottish
From various place names in Scotland which are derived from Gaelic druim meaning "ridge".
DUChinese
From Chinese () meaning "stop, prevent".
DUANEIrish
Anglicized form of the Gaelic Ó DUBHÁIN.
DUARTEPortuguese, Spanish
From the given name DUARTE.
DUBANOWSKIPolish
Originally indicated a person from the town of Dubinowo (now Dubino in Belarus).
DUBHGHLASScottish
Gaelic form of DOUGLAS.
DUBICKIPolish
Originally indicated a person from the town of Dubica in Poland.
DUBOISFrench
Means "from the forest", from French bois "forest".
DUDLEYEnglish
From a place name meaning "DUDDA's clearing" in Old English. The surname was borne by a British noble family.
DUERRGerman
Variant of DÜRR.
DUFFScottish
Derived from Gaelic dubh meaning "dark".
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.
DUFORTFrench
Means "from the fort", from French fort "stronghold".
DUFOURFrench
Occupational name for a baker, from French four "oven".
DUGUAYFrench
Means "from the ford", from French gué "ford".
DUKEEnglish
From the noble title, which was originally from Latin dux "leader". It was an occupational surname for a person who behaved like a duke, or who worked in a duke's household.
DUKESEnglish
Patronymic form of DUKE.
DUMITRURomanian
Derived from the given name DUMITRU.
DUMONTFrench
Means "from the mountain", from French mont "mountain".
DUNAIHungarian
From Duna, the Hungarian name for river DANUBE.
DUNAJSKIPolish
Derived from Dunaj, the Polish name for the river Danube.
DUNBARScottish
From the name of a town in East Lothian, Scotland, derived from Gaelic dùn meaning "fort" and barr meaning "summit", so called from its situation on a rock which projects into the sea.
DUNCANScottish
From the given name DUNCAN.
DUNCANSONScottish
Means "son of DUNCAN".
DUNKELGerman
Means "dark" in German.
DUNNEnglish, Scottish, Irish
Derived from Old English dunn "dark" or Gaelic donn "brown", referring to hair colour or complexion.
DUNSTGerman
Derived from Middle High German dunst "haze".
DUPONDFrench
Variant of DUPONT.
DUPONTFrench
Means "from the bridge", from French pont "bridge".
DURANDFrench, English
From Old French durant meaning "enduring", ultimately from Latin durans. This was a nickname for a stubborn person.
DURANTEItalian
Italian cognate of DURAND.
DURNINIrish
From Irish Ó Doirnáin meaning "descendant of Doirnín", a given name meaning "little fist".
DÜRRGerman
Means "thin" in German.
DUŠEKCzech
Derived from a diminutive of DUŠAN.
DUSTINEnglish
From the Old Norse given name ÞÓRSTEINN.
DUVALFrench
Means "from the valley" in French.
DVOŘÁKCzech
Occupational name derived from Czech dvůr "manor", indicating a person who worked at such a place. This name was borne by the Czech composer Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904).
DWERRYHOUSEEnglish
Indicated a person who worked or lived at a dye-house, which is a place where dyeing was done.
DWIGHTEnglish
From the medieval feminine name Diot, a diminutive of Dionysia, the feminine form of DIONYSIUS.
DYEREnglish
Occupational name for a cloth dyer, from Old English deah "dye".
DYKSTRAFrisian
From Frisian dyk meaning "dike, ditch". The name was given to a person living near a dyke or embankment.
DYSONEnglish
Means "son of DYE".
DZIEDZICPolish
Derived from Polish dziedzic "landowner".
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