Surnames Starting with F

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FABBRIItalian
From Italian fabbro meaning "blacksmith", ultimately from Latin faber.
FABELGerman
Derived from a diminutive of the given name FABIAN.
FÁBIÁNHungarian
Derived from the given name FÁBIÁN.
FABIANGerman, English, Polish
Derived from the given name FABIAN.
FABIENFrench
Derived from the given name FABIEN.
FABREFrench
Derived from Latin faber "blacksmith".
FABRONFrench
Diminutive form of FABRE.
FAIRBAIRNScottish, English
Means "beautiful child" in Middle English and Scots.
FAIRBURNEnglish
From a place name which meant "fern stream", from Old English fearn "fern" and burna "stream".
FAIRCHILDEnglish
Means "beautiful child" in Middle English.
FAIRCLOUGHEnglish
From a place name meaning "fair ravine, fair cliff" in Old English.
FALCOItalian
Derived from Italian falco "falcon". The name was used to denote a falconer or a person who resembled a falcon in some way.
FALKSwedish, Danish, Norwegian, German
From Old Norse falkr or Middle High German valke "falcon".
FALKENRATHGerman
Derived from Germanic falke "falcon" and rad "counsel".
FANChinese
From Chinese (fàn) meaning "bee".
FANNONIrish
From the Irish Ó Fionnáin which meant "descendant of FIONN".
FARAGÓHungarian
An occupational name for a woodcutter, from Hungarian farag meaning "carve, cut".
FARALDOItalian
From a given name, ultimately the Germanic name FARVALD.
FÄRBERGerman
Occupational name meaning "dyer", derived from German Farbe "colour".
FARINAItalian
Occupational name for a miller, derived from Italian farina "flour".
FARKASHungarian
Means "wolf" in Hungarian.
FARMEREnglish
Occupational name for a tax collector, from Middle English ferme "rent, revenue, provision", from Medieval Latin firma, ultimately from Old English feorm. This word did not acquire its modern meaning until the 17th century.
FARNHAMEnglish
Indicated a person from any of the various towns named Farnham in England, notably in Surrey. Their names are from Old English fearn "fern" and ham "home, settlement" or ham "water meadow, enclosure".
FARRELLIrish
Anglicized form of Irish Ó Fearghail meaning "descendant of FEARGHAL".
FARROItalian
Derived from the name of a place on Sicily, Italy, derived from Latin far meaning "wheat, spelt".
FASHINGBAUERGerman
From Fasching, a German carnival (Fastnacht meaning "eve of the beginning of the fast", or the time before Lent) celebrated in Austria and Bavaria, and bauer meaning "farmer".
FATTOREItalian
Means "land agent, bailiff, steward, farmer" in Italian.
FAUCHERFrench
Occupational name meaning "mower" in French, ultimately from Latin falx meaning "sickle, scythe".
FAULKNEREnglish, Scottish
Occupational name for a keeper of falcons, from Middle English and Scots faulcon, from Late Latin falco, of Germanic origin.
FAUREFrench
Southern French variant of FÈVRE.
FAUSTGerman
Derived from the given name Faust, a form of FAUSTUS.
FAUSTIItalian
From the given name FAUSTO.
FAVAItalian
From Italian fava referring to a type of broad bean.
FAVAGERFrench
Possibly indicated a person from the town of Faverges in eastern France, derived from Old French faverge meaning "forge".
FAVREFrench
Southern French variant of FÈVRE.
FAVREAUFrench
Diminutive of FAVRE.
FAYFrench, English
Referred to a person who came from various places named Fay or Faye in northern France, derived from Old French fau "beech tree", from Latin fagus.
FAZEKASHungarian
Occupational name meaning "potter" in Hungarian.
FEAREnglish
Derived from Middle English feare meaning "friend, comrade".
FEDOROVRussian
Variant transcription of FYODOROV.
FEHÉRHungarian
Means "white" in Hungarian, originally referring to a person with white hair or complexion.
FEIGENBAUMGerman, Jewish
Means "fig tree" in German.
FEJESHungarian
Derived from Hungarian fej meaning "head", originally a nickname applied to a stubborn person.
FEKETEHungarian
Means "black" in Hungarian, originally a nickname for a person with dark hair or a dark complexion.
FELDGerman, Jewish
Means "field" in German. The name was originally given to someone who lived on land cleared of forest.
FELDTGerman, Danish, Swedish
North German, Danish and Swedish variant of FELD.
FÉLIXFrench, Spanish, Portuguese
From the given name FELIX.
FENNEnglish
From a name for someone who dwelt near a marsh, from Old English fenn meaning "fen, swamp, bog".
FENSTERMACHERGerman
Means "window maker" in German.
FERGUSONIrish, Scottish
Means "son of FERGUS".
FERMIItalian
Originally indicated a person from the town of Fermo in the Marche region of Italy, originally called Firmum in Latin meaning "strong, steady, firm".
FERRARAItalian
Italian form of FERREIRA.
FERRARIItalian
Occupational name for a metalworker or smith, derived from Latin ferrarius, a derivative of ferrum meaning "iron".
FERREIRAPortuguese, Galician
Denoted one from a town named because it was near an iron mine, from Latin ferrum meaning "iron".
FERREIROGalician
Galician cognate of FERRARI.
FERRERCatalan
Catalan cognate of FERRARI.
FERREROItalian
Regional variant of FERRARI. It is typical of the area around Turin.
FERROItalian, Portuguese
Means "iron", ultimately from Latin ferrum. This was an occupational name for one who worked with iron.
FERTIGGerman
Means "ready, prepared" in German.
FÈVREFrench
Occupational name derived from Latin faber "blacksmith".
FIALACzech
Means "violet" in Czech, referring to the flower. It may have originally referred to a person who lived near a sign bearing violets, or it may have been given to a person who lived in a place where violets grew.
FIDDLEREnglish
English form of FIEDLER.
FIEDLERGerman
Means "fiddler" in German.
FIELDSEnglish
Name for a person who lived on or near a field or pasture, from Old English feld.
FILEPHungarian
From the given name FILIP.
FILIPEKPolish, Czech
Derived from a diminutive of the given name FILIP.
FILIPOWSKIPolish
Either a patronymic from the given name FILIP, or a habitational name denoting a person from the Polish town of Filipów (also derived from the given name).
FILIPPIItalian
Derived from the given name FILIPPO.
FILIPPOVRussian
Means "son of FILIP".
FINDLAYScottish
Derived from the given name FIONNLAGH.
FINIItalian
Derived from given names ending in fino, such as SERAFINO.
FINLEYScottish
Derived from the given name FIONNLAGH.
FINNIrish
Derived from the given name FIONN.
FINNEGANIrish
Anglicized form of Irish Ó Fionnagáin meaning "descendant of Fionnagán". The given name Fionnagán is a diminutive of FIONN.
FINNINIrish
Diminutive form of FINN.
FIOREItalian
Derived from the given name FIORE.
FIRMINEnglish, French
From the given name FIRMIN.
FISCELLAItalian
Derived from Italian fiscella, which was a basket used to conserve cheese. The name was probably used to denote a person who made cheese.
FISCHERGerman
Occupational name meaning "fisherman" in German.
FISHMANEnglish
Occupational name for a fisherman.
FISKERDanish
Means "fisherman" in Danish.
FITZGERALDIrish
Means "son of GERALD" in Anglo-Norman French. It was brought to Ireland with William the Conqueror.
FITZPATRICKIrish
Means "son of PATRICK" in Anglo-Norman French.
FITZROYEnglish
Means "son of the king" in Anglo-Norman French, from French roi meaning "king". This name has been bestowed upon illegitimate children of kings.
FITZSIMMONSIrish
Means "son of SIMON (1)" in Anglo-Norman French.
FLANAGANIrish
From Irish Ó Flannagáin meaning "descendant of Flannagán". Flannagán is a given name meaning "red". From County Roscommon in Ireland, it has many other spellings.
FLATERGerman
Means "reed bed" in German.
FLEISCHERGerman
Occupational name meaning "butcher" in German.
FLEMINGEnglish
Given to a person who was a Fleming, that is a person who was from FLANDERS in the Netherlands.
FLETCHEREnglish
Occupational name for a fletcher, someone who attached feathers to the shaft of an arrow. It is derived from Old French fleche meaning "arrow".
FLIPSEDutch
Variant of FLIPSEN.
FLIPSENDutch
Means "son of FLIP".
FLORESSpanish
Means "son of FLORO" in Spanish.
FLOROSGreek
From Greek φλωρος (phloros) meaning "greenfinch", derived from classical Greek χλωρος (chloros) meaning "green".
FLOYDWelsh
Variant of LLOYD.
FLYNNIrish
Anglicized form of Irish Ó Floinn meaning "descendant of FLANN".
FODORHungarian
From Hungarian fodor meaning "curly, wavy", referring to a person with curly or wavy hair.
FOLEYIrish
From Irish Ó Foghladha meaning "descendant of Foghlaidh". The byname Foghlaidh meant "pirate, marauder, plunderer".
FONDAItalian
Of Italian origin, possibly from a place derived from fondo meaning "deep". The family of Henry Fonda (1905-1982) came from the Netherlands, but they were of Genoese origin.
FONSECASpanish, Portuguese
Originally belonged to a person who lived near a dry spring, from Latin fons "well, spring" and siccus "dry".
FONTAINEFrench
Derived from Old French fontane meaning "well, fountain", a derivative of Latin fons.
FONTANAItalian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish cognate of FONTAINE.
FORDEnglish
Name given to someone who lived by a ford, possibly the official who maintained it.
FORESTEnglish, French
Originally belonged to a person who lived near or in a forest. It was probably originally derived, via Old French forest, from Latin forestam (silva) meaning "outer (wood)".
FORESTEREnglish
Denoted a keeper or one in charge of a forest, or one who has charge of growing timber in a forest (see FOREST).
FORESTIERFrench
French cognate of FORESTER.
FORNEYGerman
Name for someone who lived near ferns, from Old High German farn "fern".
FORSBERGSwedish
Derived from Swedish fors "waterfall" and berg "mountain".
FORSTGerman
Derived from Old High German forst "forest". Probably unrelated to the Old French word forest, which was derived from Latin, Old High German forst was derived from foraha meaning "fir tree".
FÖRSTNERGerman
Denoted a keeper or one in charge of a forest (see FORST).
FORTIERFrench
Derived from Old French fort "stronghold", indicating a person who lived near or worked at such a place.
FORTUINDutch
Dutch cognate of FORTUNE.
FORTUNATOItalian
From the given name FORTUNATO.
FORTUNEEnglish
From Middle English, ultimately from Latin fortuna meaning "fortune, luck, chance". This was possibly a nickname for a gambler.
FORTUYNDutch
Dutch cognate of FORTUNE.
FOSSEnglish
Variant of FOSSE.
FOSSEEnglish, French
Derived from Old French fosse "ditch".
FOSTER (2)English
Occupational name for a scissor maker, derived from Old French forcetier.
FOSTER (3)English
Occupational name for a maker of saddle trees, derived from Old French fustier.
FOSTER (4)English
Nickname given to a person who was a foster-child or foster-parent.
FOTHLow German
From a nickname meaning "foot" in Low German.
FOURNIERFrench
Occupational name for a baker, from French fourneau meaning "oven".
FOWLEREnglish
Occupational name for a fowler or bird-catcher, ultimately derived from Old English fugol meaning "bird".
FOXEnglish
From the name of the animal. It was originally a nickname for a person with red hair or a crafty person.
FRANCISEnglish
Derived from the given name FRANCIS.
FRANÇOISFrench
Derived from the given name FRANÇOIS.
FRANJIĆCroatian
Means "son of FRANJO".
FRANK (1)English
Derived from the given name FRANK (1).
FRANK (2)English
From Old English franc meaning "free".
FRANK (3)German, Dutch, Danish, Norwegian
Name for a person from Franconia in Germany, so called because it was settled by the Frankish people.
FRANKLINEnglish
Derived from Middle English frankelin meaning "freeman". It denoted a landowner of free but not noble birth, from Old French franc meaning "free".
FRANZESEItalian
From a nickname which indicated a person who came from France. It is typical of the area around Naples.
FRASERScottish
Meaning unknown, originally Norman French Fresel, possibly from a lost place name in France.
FREEMANEnglish
Referred to a person who was born free, or in other words was not a serf.
FREIGerman
Means "free" in German, probably referring to someone outside the feudal system.
FREITASPortuguese
Means "broken" in Portuguese, a name for one who lived on broken, stony ground.
FREUDGerman, Jewish
Means "joy" in German, a nickname for a cheerful person. A famous bearer was the psychologist Sigmund Freud (1856-1939).
FREUDENBERGERGerman, Jewish
Ornamental name from old German freud meaning "joy" and berg meaning "mountain".
FREUNDGerman
From Middle High German vriunt, modern German Freund meaning "friend".
FRIEDGerman
Derived from the given name FRIEDRICH.
FRIEDRICHGerman
Derived from the given name FRIEDRICH.
FRIELIrish
From the Irish Ó Frighil meaning "descendant of FEARGHAL".
FRISKSwedish
From Swedish frisk "healthy", which was derived from the Middle Low German word vrisch "fresh, young, frisky".
FROMMGerman
From a nickname derived from Middle High German vrom meaning "noble, honourable".
FROSTEnglish, German
From Old English and Old High German meaning "frost", a nickname for a person who had a cold personality or a white beard.
FRYEnglish
From Old English frig (a variant of freo) meaning "free".
FRYEEnglish
Variant of FRY.
FUCHSGerman
From Old High German fuhs meaning "fox". It was originally a nickname for a person with red hair.
FUENTESSpanish
Means "a spring, a well" in Spanish, derived from Latin fons.
FUHRMANNGerman
Derived from Middle High German vuorman meaning "cartwright".
FUJIMOTOJapanese
From Japanese (fuji) meaning "wisteria" and (moto) meaning "base, root, origin".
FUJIOKAJapanese
From Japanese (fuji) meaning "wisteria" and (oka) meaning "ridge, hill".
FUJITAJapanese
From Japanese (fuji) meaning "wisteria" and (ta) meaning "field".
FUKUIJapanese
Denoted a person who was from Fukui prefecture in Japan.
FULLEREnglish
Occupational name for a fuller, a person who softened and cleaned coarse cloth by pounding it. It is derived via Middle English from Latin fullo.
FÜLÖPHungarian
Derived from the given name FÜLÖP.
FULTONEnglish
From the name of the English town of Foulden, Norfolk, meaning "bird hill" in Old English.
FUNARRomanian
Means "rope maker" in Romanian.
FURLANItalian, Slovene
From the name of the Italian region of Friuli, in the northeast of Italy, which is derived from the name of the Roman town of Forum Iulii meaning "forum of Julius".
FURNADJIEVBulgarian
Occupational name for a baker, derived from Bulgarian фурна (furna) meaning "oven".
FÜRSTGerman
From a nickname meaning "prince" in German. The word fürst itself is derived from Old High German furisto "first".
FUXGerman
Variant of FUCHS.
FYLANIrish
Variant of WHELAN.
FYODOROVRussian
Means "son of FYODOR".