From the aristocratic title, which derives from Old English eorl
meaning "nobleman, warrior". It was either a nickname for one who acted like an earl, or an occupational name for a person employed by an earl.
From the name of various places meaning "east town" in Old English.
From any of the various English towns with this name, derived from Old English ea
"river" and tun
"enclosure, yard, town".
Originally indicated a dweller on a flat piece of land, derived from Middle High German ebene
Denoted a person from any of the various places named Eccleston in England, derived from Latin ecclesia
"church" (via Briton) and Old English tun
"enclosure, yard, town".
Derived from the Basque place name Etxeberria
, which itself is derived from Basque etxe
"house" and berri
From German eck
meaning "edge, corner" and stein
Means "son of EDA (2)
" or "son of ADAM
". The surname was borne by American inventor Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931).
South German occupational name for a plowman or farmer, derived from German eggen
"to harrow, to plow".
Means "acorn" in German, indicating a person who lived near an oak tree.
From Old Norse eldr
, modern Swedish eld
, meaning "fire".
Derived from Old English ealdra
meaning "older", used to distinguish two people who had the same name.
Originally referred to a person who lived close to a church, from Basque eleiza
"church" and ondo
Patronymic form of the English name Ellis
, from the medieval given name Elis
, a vernacular form of ELIJAH
Habitational name for a person from the town of Elsworth in Cambridgeshire. The town's name is derived from the masculine given name Ella
(a short form of Old English names beginning with the elements ælf
meaning "elf" or eald
meaning "old") combined with worþ
From the name of a town in eastern England meaning "eel district".
Probably from a place name which was a derivative of Dutch els
meaning "alder tree".
Means "son of EMERY
". The surname was borne by Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), an American writer and philosopher who wrote about transcendentalism.
Variant of EMMETT
. This name was borne by the Irish nationalist Robert Emmet (1778-1803).
Topographic name derived from Old English meaning "from the end cottage".
Denoted a person who was of English heritage. It was used to distinguish people who lived in border areas (for example, near Wales or Scotland). It was also used to distinguish an Anglo-Saxon from a Norman.
From Swedish äng
"meadow" and man
"man", originally a name for a person who lived in a meadow.
Occupational name meaning "forester", derived from Hungarian erdő
Derived from the name of the town of Escamilla in Gualadajara, Spain.
Derived from the Basque place name Eskarzaga
, which itself is derived from Basque hazkar
Derived from the Basque place name Espartza
, a town in the province of Navarre.
Means "thorn" in Spanish, a name for someone who lived near a thorn bush.
From Spanish espinoso
meaning "thorny", ultimately from Latin spinosus
, a derivative of spina
meaning "thorn, spine".
Means "exposed" in Italian and denoted a child who was rescued after being abandoned by its parents.
Means "cartwright", related to Old High German ahsa