Surnames Starting with E

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EADS English
Means "son of EDA (2)" or "son of ADAM".
EARL English
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.
EARLS English
Patronymic form of EARL.
EASOM English
Variant of EADS.
EASON English
Variant of EADS.
EASTON English
From the name of various places meaning "east town" in Old English.
EATON English
From any of the various English towns with this name, derived from Old English ea "river" and tun "enclosure, yard, town".
EBERHARDT German
Derived from the given name EBERHARD.
EBNER (1) German
Originally indicated a dweller on a flat piece of land, derived from Middle High German ebene "plateau".
EBNER (2) German
Means "judge, arbiter" from Middle High German ebenære.
EBRAHIMI Persian
From the given name EBRAHIM.
ECCLESTON English
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".
ECHEVERRÍA Spanish
Derived from the Basque place name Etxeberria, which itself is derived from Basque etxe "house" and berri "new".
ECKSTEIN German
From Old High German ecka meaning "edge, corner" and stein meaning "stone".
EDGAR English
Derived from the given name EDGAR.
EDISON English
Means "son of EDA (2)" or "son of ADAM". The surname was borne by American inventor Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931).
EDWARDS English
Means "son of EDWARD".
EDWARDSON English
Means "son of EDWARD".
EERKENS Dutch
Variant of ERKENS.
EGGER German
South German occupational name for a plowman or farmer, derived from German eggen "to harrow, to plow".
EGLĪTIS Latvian
From Latvian egle meaning "spruce tree".
EICHEL German
Means "acorn" in German, indicating a person who lived near an oak tree.
EIKENBOOM Dutch
Means "oak tree", from Dutch eik "oak" and boom "tree".
EILERTS German
Derived from the given name EILERT.
EINARSSON Swedish
Means "son of EINAR".
EK Swedish
Means "oak" in Swedish.
EKLUND Swedish
From Swedish ek "oak" and lund "grove".
EKMEKÇI Turkish
Means "baker" in Turkish.
EL-AMIN Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic الأمين (see AL-AMIN).
ELD Swedish
From Old Norse eldr, modern Swedish eld, meaning "fire".
ELDER English
Derived from Old English ealdra meaning "older", used to distinguish two people who had the same name.
ELDRED English
From the given name EALDRÆD.
ELDRIDGE English
Derived from the given name ALDRIC.
ELENA Italian
Derived from the given name ELENA.
EL-GHAZZAWY Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic الغزّاوي (see AL-GHAZZAWI).
EL-HASHEM Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic الهاشم (see AL-HASHIM).
ELIOT English
Variant of ELLIOTT.
ELIZONDO Spanish
Originally referred to a person who lived close to a church, from Basque eleiza "church" and ondo "near".
ELLERY English
From the medieval masculine name HILARY.
ELLIOTT English
Derived from a diminutive of the given name ELIAS.
ELLIS English, Welsh
Derived from the given name ELIJAH, or sometimes ELISEDD.
ELLISON English
Patronymic form of the English name Ellis, from the medieval given name Elis, a vernacular form of ELIJAH.
ELLSWORTH English
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 meaning "enclosure".
ELMER English
Derived from the Old English name ÆÐELMÆR.
ELMERSSON Swedish
Means "son of ELMER".
EL-MOFTY Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic المفتي (see AL-MUFTI).
ELVIS English
Variant of ELWES.
ELWES English
Derived from the given name ELOISE.
ELWIN English
Variant of ELWYN.
ELWYN English
Derived from the given names ÆLFWINE, ÆÐELWINE or EALDWINE.
ELY English
From the name of a town in eastern England meaning "eel district".
ELZINGA Dutch
Probably from a place name that was a derivative of Dutch els meaning "alder tree".
EMERSON English
Means "son of EMERY". The surname was borne by Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), an American writer and philosopher who wrote about transcendentalism.
ÉMILE French
Derived from the given name ÉMILE.
EMMET English
Variant of EMMETT. This name was borne by the Irish nationalist Robert Emmet (1778-1803).
EMMETT English
Derived from a diminutive of the feminine given name EMMA.
ENDICOTT English
Topographic name derived from Old English meaning "from the end cottage".
ENGBERG Swedish
Ornamental name derived from Swedish äng "meadow" and berg "mountain".
ENGEL German
Derived from German given names beginning with Engel, such as ENGELBERT.
ENGLISH English
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.
ENGMAN Swedish
From Swedish äng "meadow" and man "man", originally a name for a person who lived in a meadow.
ENGSTRÖM Swedish
Ornamental name derived from Swedish äng "meadow" and ström "stream".
ENNIS Irish
Variant of INNES (1).
ENNS German
Derived from a short form of the German given name ANSELM.
EPISCOPO Italian
Means "bishop" in Italian, ultimately from Greek επισκοπος (episkopos).
ERCKENS Dutch
Variant of ERKENS.
ERDŐS Hungarian
Occupational name meaning "forester", derived from Hungarian erdő "forest".
ERICKSON English
Means "son of ERIC".
ERICSON English, Swedish
Means "son of ERIC".
ERICSSON Swedish
Means "son of ERIC".
ERIKSEN Danish, Norwegian
Means "son of ERIK".
ERIKSSON Swedish
Means "son of ERIK".
ERKENS Dutch
Derived from the given name Erk, a variant of ERIK.
ERMACORA Italian
From the given name ERMACORA.
ERŐS Hungarian
Means "strong" in Hungarian.
ESCAMILLA Spanish
Derived from the name of the town of Escamilla in Gualadajara, Spain.
ESCÁRCEGA Spanish
Derived from the Basque place name Eskarzaga, which itself is derived from Basque hazkar "maple".
ESCARRÀ Spanish
Possibly from Catalan esquerrá meaning "left-handed".
ESPARZA Spanish
Derived from the Basque place name Espartza, a town in the province of Navarre.
ESPENSEN Norwegian
Means "son of ESPEN".
ESPINA Spanish
Means "thorn" in Spanish, a name for someone who lived near a thorn bush.
ESPINO Spanish
Variant of ESPINA.
ESPINOSA Spanish
From Spanish espinoso meaning "thorny", ultimately from Latin spinosus, a derivative of spina meaning "thorn, spine".
ESPOSITO Italian
Means "exposed" in Italian and denoted a child who was rescued after being abandoned by its parents.
ESSER German
Means "cartwright", related to Old High German ahsa "axle".
ESSERT German
Variant of ESSER.
ESTEVES Portuguese
Means "son of ESTEVÃO".
ESTÉVEZ Spanish
Means "son of ESTEBAN".
ESTRADA Spanish
Spanish form of STREET.
ESZES Hungarian
Means "clever, bright" in Hungarian.
EUSTIS English
Derived from the given name EUSTACE.
EVANGELISTA Italian
Means "evangelist" in Italian.
EVANS Welsh
Means "son of EVAN".
EVANSON English
Means "son of EVAN".
EVELYN English
Derived from the given name AVELINE.
EVERED English
From the given name EVERARD.
EVERETT English
From the given name EVERARD.
EVERILL English
Derived from the feminine given name EOFORHILD.
EVERLY English
From place names meaning derived from Old English eofor "boar" and leah "woodland, clearing"..
EVERS Dutch
Means "son of EVERT".
EWART (1) English
From a Norman form of EDWARD.
EWART (2) English
From the name of an English town, derived from Old English ea "river" and worþ "enclosure".
EZRA Jewish
From the given name EZRA.