Surnames Starting with M

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Mathewson English
Means "son of Matthew".
Mathiasen Danish
Means "son of Mathias".
Mathieu French
Derived from the given name Mathieu.
Mathisen Norwegian
Means "son of Mathias".
Matić Croatian
Means "son of Matija".
Matoušek Czech
Derived from a diminutive of the given name Matouš.
Matsson Swedish
Means "son of Mats".
Matsubara Japanese
From Japanese (matsu) meaning "pine tree, fir tree" and (hara) meaning "field, plain".
Matsuda Japanese
From Japanese (matsu) meaning "pine tree, fir tree" and (ta) meaning "field, rice paddy".
Matsumoto Japanese
From one of the many places with this name in Japan, derived from Japanese (matsu) meaning "pine tree, fir tree" and (moto) meaning "base, root, origin".
Matsumura Japanese
From Japanese (matsu) meaning "pine tree, fir tree" and (mura) meaning "town, village".
Matsuoka Japanese
From Japanese (matsu) meaning "pine tree, fir tree" and (oka) meaning "hill, ridge".
Matsushita Japanese
From Japanese (matsu) meaning "pine tree, fir tree" and (shita) meaning "under, below".
Matthews English
Derived from the given name Matthew.
Matthewson English
Means "son of Matthew".
Matthiasen Danish
Means "son of Matthias".
Mattsson Swedish
Means "son of Matts".
Matveev Russian
Means "son of Matvey".
Maurer German
Occupational name meaning "wall builder" in German.
Maus German
From a nickname meaning "mouse", from Old High German mus.
Maxwell Scottish
From a place name meaning "Mack's stream", from the name Mack, a short form of the Scandinavian name Magnus, combined with Old English wille "well, stream". A famous bearer was James Maxwell (1831-1879), a Scottish physicist who studied gases and electromagnetism.
May English
Derived from the given name Matthew.
Mayer 3 English
Occupational name for a mayor, from Middle English mair, derived via Old French from Latin maior.
Mayes English
Patronymic form of May.
Maynard English
Derived from the Germanic given name Meginhard.
Mazur Polish
Indicated a person from either Mazovia (Polish Mazowsze) or Masuria (Polish Mazury), regions in Poland.
Mazza Italian
From a nickname (perhaps occupational) meaning "maul, mallet" in Italian.
McAdams Scottish, Irish
Means "son of Adam" in Gaelic.
McAfee Scottish, Irish
Anglicized form of MacDhubhshìth.
McAlister Scottish, Irish
From Scottish Gaelic MacAlastair or Irish Gaelic Mac Alastair meaning "son of Alistair".
McArthur Scottish
Means "son of Arthur" in Gaelic.
McBride Irish
Anglicized form of Mac Giolla Bhrighde.
McCabe Irish, Scottish
Means "son of Cába", where Cába is a byname meaning "cape, cloak" (from Latin cappa).
McCaig Scottish
Anglicized form of Scottish Gaelic MacThaoig meaning "son of Tadhg".
McCallum Scottish
Variant form of MacAngus.
McCarthy Irish
Anglicized form of Irish Mac Cárthaigh meaning "son of Carthach".
McCauley Irish, Scottish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Amhalghaidh or Mac Amhalghadha meaning "son of Amhalghaidh". The given name Amhalghaidh, from Old Irish Amalgaid, is of uncertain meaning.
McCleary Irish
Anglicized form of Mac Cléirich.
McClelland Irish, Scottish
From Gaelic Mac Giolla Fhaoláin meaning "son of the servant of Faolán".
McConnell Scottish, Irish
Derived from Gaelic MacDhòmhnaill (see MacDonald).
McCormick Irish, Scottish
From Gaelic Mac Cormaic meaning "son of Cormac".
McCoy Scottish
Anglicized form of MacAoidh.
McCracken Irish, Scottish
Anglicized form of Mac Reachtain, Ulster Irish variant of Mac Neachtain.
McCrae Scottish
Variant of McRae.
McCrory Irish, Scottish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Ruaidhrí meaning "son of Ruaidhrí".
McCrum Scottish
Anglicized form of MacChruim.
McCune Irish
Anglicized form of Mac Eoghain.
McDermott Irish
Anglicized form of Irish Mac Diarmada meaning "son of Diarmaid". The McDermotts were nobility in the Kingdom of Connaught, a province in Ireland.
McDevitt Irish
Anglicized form of Irish Mac Daibhéid meaning "son of Dáibhí".
McEachern Scottish
Anglicized form of Mac Eachairn.
McElligott Irish
Anglicized form of the Irish Gaelic name Mac Uileagóid meaning "son of Uileagóid", a diminutive of Uilleag.
McEwan Scottish
Anglicized form of MacEòghainn.
McFarlane Scottish, Irish
Anglicized form of Scottish Gaelic MacPhàrlain or Irish Gaelic Mac Pharlain meaning "son of Parthalán".
McFee Scottish, Irish
Anglicized form of MacDhubhshìth.
McFly Popular Culture
Invented name, using the prefix Mc-, from Irish mac "son", and the English word fly. This name was created for the time-travelling hero Marty McFly of the Back to the Future movie series, beginning 1985.
McGee Irish, Scottish
Anglicized form of Mac Aodha.
McGill Irish, Scottish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac an Ghoill meaning "son of the foreigner", derived from gall "foreigner".
McGough Irish
Variant of Gough 2.
McGovern Irish
Anglicized form of Irish Gaelic Mag Shamhradháin meaning "son of Samhradháin", a given name meaning "summer".
McGowan Irish
Anglicized form of Mac Ghabhann.
McGuinness Irish
Anglicized form of Irish Mag Aonghuis meaning "son of Aonghus".
McGuire Irish
Anglicized form of Irish Mag Uidhir meaning "son of Odhar", a given name meaning "pale-coloured".
McIntyre Scottish
From Scottish Gaelic Mac an tSaoir meaning "son of the carpenter".
McIver Scottish, Irish
Anglicized form of Gaelic MacIomhair meaning "son of Íomhar".
McKay Scottish
Anglicized form of MacAoidh.
McKee Scottish, Irish
Anglicized form of Mac Aodha.
McKeever Irish
Variant of McIver.
McKellar Scottish
From Gaelic MacEalair meaning "son of Ealar".
McKendrick Scottish
Anglicized form of Gaelic MacEanruig meaning "son of Eanraig".
McKenna Irish, Scottish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Cionaodha meaning "son of Cionaodh".
McKinley Scottish
Anglicized form of MacFhionnlaigh. This name was borne by the American president William McKinley (1843-1901), who was assassinated.
McKowen Irish
Anglicized form of Mac Eoghain.
McLean Scottish
Anglicized form of Gaelic MacGillEathain or MacGillEain meaning "son of the servant of Eòin".
McLeod Scottish
From Gaelic MacLeòid meaning "son of Leod", a given name derived from Old Norse ljótr "ugly".
McMahon Irish
Anglicized form of Irish Mac Mathghamhna meaning "son of Mathgamain".
McManus Irish
Anglicized form of Irish Mac Maghnuis meaning "son of Mághnus".
McNab Scottish, Irish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac an Aba meaning "son of the abbot".
McNamara Irish
From Irish Mac Conmara meaning "son of Conmara". The given name Conmara is composed of "hound" and muir "sea".
McNee Irish
Anglicized form of Mac Niadh.
McNeil Scottish
Anglicized form of Gaelic MacNèill meaning "son of Niall".
McNeilly Scottish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac an Fhilidh meaning "son of the poet".
McNiven Irish
Anglicized form of Mac Cnáimhín.
McPhee Scottish
Anglicized form of MacDhubhshìth.
McQueen Scottish
Anglicized form of Mac Shuibhne.
McRae Scottish
From Gaelic Mag Raith meaning "son of Rath", a given name meaning "prosperity" or "grace".
McReynolds Scottish, Irish
Means "son of Reynold" in Gaelic.
McSheehy Irish
Anglicized form of Irish Gaelic Mac Síthigh, meaning "son of Sítheach".
McTavish Scottish
Anglicized form of Gaelic MacTàmhais meaning "son of Tàmhas".
McWilliam Scottish
Means "son of William" in Gaelic.
Meadows English
Referred to one who lived in a meadow, from Old English mædwe.
Meaney Irish
Variant of O'Mooney.
Medeiros Portuguese
From various Portuguese place names that were derived from Portuguese medeiro meaning "haystack", ultimately from Latin meta meaning "cone, pyramid".
Medina Spanish
Means "(Arab) city" in Spanish, derived from Arabic مدينة (madinah).
Medved Slovene, Croatian, Russian, Ukrainian
Means "bear" in several Slavic languages.
Medveď Slovak
Slovak cognate of Medved.
Meeuwsen Dutch
Derived from the Dutch given name Meeuw, which comes from Bartholomeus (see Bartholomew).
Megalos Greek
From Greek μεγάλος (megalos) meaning "big, great".
Meggyesfalvi Hungarian
Derived from a Hungarian village named Meggyesfalva meaning "cherry village", from meggy "cherry" and falu "village".
Mehmedović Bosnian
Means "son of Mehmed".
Meijer Dutch
Dutch form of Meyer 1.
Mein German
Derived from the given name Meino.
Meindl German
Derived from a diminutive of the given name Meino.
Meinhardt German
Derived from the given name Meinhard.
Meir Jewish
Variant of Meyer 2.
Meissner German
Originally denoted a person from the German town of Meissen, which is probably of Slavic origin.
Mejía Spanish
Possibly from a nickname derived from Spanish Mesías meaning "Messiah", from Latin Messias, ultimately from Biblical Hebrew מָשִׁיחַ (mashiyach) meaning "anointed".
Melnik Russian
Means "miller" in Russian.
Melnyk Ukrainian
Means "miller" in Ukrainian. This is the most common Ukrainian surname.
Melo Portuguese
Portuguese form of Merlo.
Melsbach German
From the name of a German town, possibly meaning "mill stream".
Melville Scottish
From the place name Malleville meaning "bad town" in Norman French.
Mencher Polish
Possibly an occupational name derived from Polish maczarz meaning "miller".
Mendel 1 Jewish
Derived from the given name Mendel.
Mendel 2 German
Derived from a diminutive of the given name Meino. A famous bearer was Gregor Mendel (1822-1884), a Czech monk and scientist who did experiments in genetics.
Mendelsohn Jewish
Means "son of Mendel".
Mendelssohn Jewish
Means "son of Mendel".
Mendes Portuguese
Portuguese form of Menéndez.
Mendoza Spanish, Basque
From a Basque place name derived from mendi "mountain" and hotz "cold".
Menéndez Spanish
Means "son of Menendo" in Spanish, the given name Menendo being a medieval Spanish form of Hermenegildo.
Mercer English
Occupational name for a trader in textiles, from Old French mercier, derived from Latin merx meaning "merchandise".
Mercier French
French form of Mercer.
Merckx Dutch, Flemish
From the given name Mark.
Merkel German
From a diminutive of the given name Markus. A notable bearer is the German chancellor Angela Merkel (1954-).
Merle French
French form of Merlo.
Merlo Italian, Spanish
Means "blackbird", ultimately from Latin merula. The blackbird is a symbol of a naive person.
Merrick Welsh
Derived from the given name Meurig.
Merrill 1 English
Derived from the given name Muriel.
Merrill 2 English
From the name of various places in England, derived from Old English myrige "pleasant" and hyll "hill".
Merritt English
From an English place name meaning "boundary gate".
Mertens Dutch, Low German, Flemish
From the given name Merten.
Merx Dutch, Flemish
From the given name Mark.
Messer German
Occupational name for a person who made knives, from Middle High German messer "knife".
Messerli German (Swiss)
Swiss diminutive form of Messer.
Messina Italian
From the name of the Sicilian city of Messina, founded by Greek colonists. The city was named after the Greek city Μεσσήνη (Messene).
Messner German
Occupational name for a sexton or churchwarden, from Old High German mesinari.
Mészáros Hungarian
Means "butcher" in Hungarian.
Metaxas Greek
Derived from Greek μέταξα (metaxa) meaning "silk", most likely referring to a silk merchant or another occupation dealing with silk.
Metharom Thai
Possibly refers to a place or institute of learning or where knowledge is provided.
Metz 1 German
Occupational name for maker of knives, from Middle High German metze "knife".
Metz 2 German
Derived from Mätz, a diminutive of the given name Matthias.
Metzger German
Means "butcher" in German.
Meunier French
Means "miller" in French.
Meyer 1 German
From Middle High German meier meaning "bailiff, administrator", derived from Latin maior meaning "greater". Later it also denoted a tenant farmer. The spellings Meier and Meyer are more common in northern Germany while Maier and Mayer are more common in southern Germany.
Meyer 2 Jewish
From Hebrew מֵאִיר (meir) meaning "enlightened".
Meyrick Welsh
Variant of Merrick.
Mhasalkar Indian (Rare), Marathi (Rare)
Derived from the name of the town of Mhasla in Maharashtra, India.
Miazga Polish
Derived from Polish miazga "pulp, crush".
Michael English, German
From the given name Michael.
Michaelis German
Derived from the given name Michael.
Michaels English
Derived from the given name Michael.
Michaelson English
Means "son of Michael".
Michalak Polish
Derived from the given name Michał.
Michalski Polish
Habitational name for a person from a village named Michale or Michały, both derived from the given name Michał.
Michaud French
Derived from the given name Michel.
Michel French, German, Dutch, Basque
Derived from the given name Michel, Michiel or Mitxel.
Michelakakis Greek
Patronymic meaning "son of Michail".
Michelakis Greek
Patronymic meaning "son of Michail".
Michelakos Greek
Patronymic meaning "son of Michail".
Micheli Italian
From the given name Michele 1.
Michiels Dutch, Flemish
Means "son of Michiel".
Midgley English
From the English village of Midgley in West Yorkshire, meaning "midge (insect) wood" in Old English.
Mihailović Serbian
Means "son of Mihailo".
Mihajlović Serbian
Means "son of Mihajlo".
Mihaljević Croatian
Means "son of Mihael".
Mihaylov Bulgarian
Means "son of Mihail".
Mihov Bulgarian
Means "son of Miho", the given name Miho being a diminutive of Mihail.
Mikaelsson Swedish
Means "son of Mikael".
Mikhailov Russian
Means "son of Mikhail".
Mikkelsen Danish
Means "son of Mikkel".
Mikolajczak Polish
From the Polish given name Mikołaj.
Milani Italian
Variant of Milano.
Milano Italian
Originally indicated someone who came from Milan.
Milburn English
Derived from various place names meaning "mill stream" in Old English.
Miles English
From the given name Miles.
Milford English
Originally derived from various place names all meaning "ford by a mill" in Old English.
Milić Serbian, Croatian
Means "son of Mile".
Miller English
Occupational surname referring to a person who owned or worked in a grain mill, from Middle English mille "mill".
Millhouse English
Name for someone whose house was in a mill or who worked in a mill.
Milligan Irish
Anglicized form of the Irish Ó Maolagáin meaning "descendant of Maolagán", a given name derived from maol meaning "bald" or "tonsured".
Mills English
Originally given to one who lived near a mill or who worked in a mill, from Middle English mille.
Millward English
Means "guardian of the mill" in Old English.
Milne Scottish
From Scots and Middle English milne (a variant of mille) meaning "mill".
Milojević Serbian
Means "son of Miloje".
Milošević Serbian
Means "son of Miloš".
Milton English
Derived from an English place name meaning "mill town" in Old English. A famous bearer was John Milton (1608-1674), the poet who wrote "Paradise Lost".
Minami Japanese
From Japanese (minami) meaning "south".
Minett English
From the medieval given name Minna.
Mingo Spanish
From the given name Domingo.
Minkov Bulgarian
Means "son of Minko", a Bulgarian diminutive of Mihail.
Miranda Spanish, Portuguese
Habitational name from any of the numerous places in Spain and Portugal bearing this name, possibly derived from Latin mirandus "admirable, wonderful".
Mishra Indian, Hindi, Marathi
Means "mixed, mingled, honourable" in Sanskrit.
Misra Indian, Hindi
Alternate transcription of Hindi मिश्र (see Mishra).
Mitchell 1 English, Scottish
Derived from the given name Michael.
Mitchell 2 English
Originally a nickname for a large person, from Old English micel "big".
Mittelman Jewish
Nickname for a man of moderate means, from Yiddish, ultimately from Old High German mittil "means, resources".
Miura Japanese
From Japanese (mi) meaning "three" and (ura) meaning "bay, inlet".
Miyagawa Japanese
From Japanese (miya) meaning "temple, shrine, palace" and (kawa) meaning "river, stream".
Miyajima Japanese
From Japanese (miya) meaning "temple, shrine, palace" and (shima) meaning "island".
Miyake Japanese
From Japanese (mi) meaning "three" and (yake) meaning "house, home".
Miyamoto Japanese
From Japanese (miya) meaning "temple, shrine, palace" and (moto) meaning "base, root, origin". A notable bearer is video game pioneer Shigeru Miyamoto (1952-).
Miyashita Japanese
From Japanese (miya) meaning "temple, shrine, palace" and (shita) meaning "under, below".
Miyata Japanese
From Japanese (miya) meaning "temple, shrine, palace" and (ta) meaning "field, rice paddy".
Miyazaki Japanese
From Japanese (miya) meaning "temple, shrine, palace" and (saki) meaning "cape, peninsula".
Mizuno Japanese
From Japanese (mizu) meaning "water" and (no) meaning "field, wilderness".
Mizushima Japanese
From Japanese (mizu) meaning "water" and (shima) meaning "island".
Mizutani Japanese
From Japanese (mizu) meaning "water" and (tani) meaning "valley".
Mlakar Slovene, Croatian
Referred to someone who lived near a pool, derived from South Slavic mlaka meaning "pool, puddle".
Mlynář Czech
Means "miller" in Czech.
Mochizuki Japanese
Means "full moon" in Japanese, a compound of (mochi) meaning "wish, desire" and (tsuki) meaning "moon".
Modugno Italian
From the town of Modugno, in Apulia in southern Italy. It is the surname of the Italian actor and singer Domenico Modugno (1928-1994).
Moe Norwegian
Means "sandy ground" in Norwegian.
Moen Norwegian
Means "the sandy ground" in Norwegian.
Moffett Scottish
From the town of Moffat in Scotland, meaning "long field" in Gaelic.
Mogensen Danish
Means "son of Mogens".
Mohammad Persian, Urdu, Bengali
Derived from the given name Mohammad.
Mohammed Arabic, Urdu, Bengali
Derived from the given name Muhammad.
Mohan Irish
Anglicized form of Irish Ó Mocháin meaning "descendant of Mochán".
Mohren German
Derived from the given name Maurus.
Moles Catalan
From Catalan mola meaning "millstone".
Molina Spanish
Means "mill" in Spanish.
Möller Low German, Swedish
Low German and Swedish form of Müller.
Møller Danish
Danish form of Müller.
Mollown Irish
Variant of Malone.
Molnár Hungarian
Occupational name meaning "miller" in Hungarian.
Moloney Irish
From Irish Ó Maol Dhomhnaigh meaning "descendant of a church servant".
Monahan Irish
From Irish Ó Manacháin meaning "descendant of Manacháin". The given name Manacháin meant "little monk", from manach "monk" and a diminutive suffix.
Mondadori Italian
From Italian mondatore meaning "weeder". This was an occupational name for someone who kept fields clear of weeds.
Monday 1 English
Derived from the Old Norse given name Mundi.
Monday 2 English
Denoted a person for whom this was a significant day, often the day they would pay their feudal fees.
Monday 3 Irish
Anglicized form of Mac Giolla Eoin. The last part of the surname was mistakenly taken as the Gaelic word for "Monday", Luain.
Mondo Italian
From a given name, a short form of names such as Raimondo or Edmondo.
Monet French
Derived from either of the given names Hamon or Edmond. A famous bearer was the French impressionist painter Claude Monet (1840-1926).
Monette French
Variant of Monet.
Monk English
Nickname or occupational name for a person who worked for monks. This word is derived from Latin monachus, from Greek μοναχός (monachos) meaning "alone".
Monroe Scottish
Anglicized (typically American) form of Munro.
Montagna Italian
Means "mountain" in Italian, indicating a person who lived on or near one.
Montagne French
French cognate of Montagna.
Montague English
From a Norman place name meaning "sharp mountain" in Old French.
Montaña Spanish
Spanish cognate of Montagna.
Montanari Italian
Means "from the mountain" in Italian.
Monte Italian
Variant of Monti.
Montero Spanish
Derived from Spanish monte "mountain".
Montgomery English, Scottish
From a place name in Calvados, France meaning "Gumarich's mountain". A notable bearer was Bernard Montgomery (1887-1976), a British army commander during World War II.
Monti Italian
Means "mountain, hill" in Italian.
Moon 1 Korean
Korean form of Wen, from Sino-Korean (mun).
Moon 2 English
Originally indicated a person from the town of Moyon in Normandy.
Moon 3 Irish
Variant of Mohan.
Mooney Irish
Variant of O'Mooney.
Moore 1 English
Originally indicated a person who lived on a moor, from Middle English mor meaning "open land, bog".
Moore 2 English
Derived from the given name Maurus.
Moore 3 English
Nickname for a person of dark complexion, from Old French more, Latin maurus, meaning "Moorish".
Mooren Dutch
Derived from the given name Maurus.
Moors English
Variant of Moore 1.
Mooshian Armenian
Alternate transcription of Armenian Մուշյան (see Mushyan).