Surnames Starting with M

Moses Jewish, English
Derived from the given name Moses.
Moss 1 English
From Middle English mos meaning "bog, moss".
Moss 2 English
From the given name Moses.
Moto Japanese
From Japanese (moto) meaning "base, root, origin". More commonly it is the final character in Japanese surnames.
Motta Italian
From various names of places around Italy. It is derived from a Gaulish word meaning "hill".
Mottershead English
From the name of a lost place in Cheshire, derived from the Old English byname Motere meaning "speaker" and heafod meaning "headland".
Mould English
From the given name Mauld, a medieval form of Matilda.
Moulin French
Means "mill" in French.
Mounce German (Anglicized)
Possibly an Americanized form of German Manz.
Moździerz Polish
Means "mortar" in Polish. It probably referred to someone who worked with or sold mortar.
Muggia Italian
From the town of Muggia in northeastern Italy near the Slovenian border. It was called Muglae in Latin.
Muhammad Arabic, Urdu, Bengali
Derived from the given name Muhammad.
Muhlfeld German
Means "mill field" German.
Mulder Dutch
Dutch equivalent of Miller.
Mullane Irish
Variant of Mullen.
Mullen Irish
From the Irish Ó Maoláin meaning "descendant of Maolán". The given name Maolán meant "devotee".
Müller German
German equivalent of Miller, derived from Middle High German mülnære or müller.
Muller German
Variant of Müller.
Mullins 1 English
Derived from Norman French molin "mill".
Mulloy Irish
Variant of Molloy.
Mulryan Irish
Anglicized form of Ó Maoil Riain.
Mun Korean
Variant romanization of Moon 1.
Muñoz Spanish
Patronymic derived from the medieval Spanish given name Muño, from Latin Munnius, possibly of Germanic origin.
Munro Scottish
Variant of Monroe.
Munson English
Patronymic formed from the Norman French nickname moun meaning "monk".
Muraro Italian
Occupational name for a wall builder, from Italian murare meaning "to wall up".
Muratović Bosnian
Means "son of Murat".
Murdoch Scottish
Scottish form of Murdock.
Murdock Irish
Derived from the given name Murchadh.
Murgatroyd English
From a place name meaning "Margaret's clearing".
Murgia Sardinian
Means "brine" in Sardinian, perhaps a nickname for someone who pickled foods.
Murphy Irish
Anglicized form of Irish Ó Murchadha meaning "descendant of Murchadh".
Murray 1 Scottish
Derived from the region in Scotland called Moray meaning "seaboard settlement". A notable bearer of this surname was General James Murray (1721-1794), who was the first British Governor-General of Canada.
Murray 2 Irish
Anglicized form of Irish Ó Muireadhaigh meaning "descendant of Muireadhach".
Murtas Sardinian
From Sardinian murta meaning "myrtle".
Mushyan Armenian
Originally denoted someone who came from the Armenian town of Mushi.
Musiał Polish
Polish cognate of Musil.
Musil Czech
Possibly from a nickname meaning "the one who had to", from the past participle of the verb muset meaning "must" (of Germanic origin).
Mussolini Italian
From Italian mussolina meaning "muslin", a type of cloth, itself derived from the city of Mosul in Iraq. This name was borne by the Italian dictator Benito Mussolini (1883-1945).
Mustonen Finnish
Derived from Finnish musta meaning "black".
Mutō Japanese
From Japanese (mu) meaning "military, martial" and () meaning "wisteria". The final character may indicate a connection to the Fujiwara clan.
Mutton English
Referred to a shepherd or else someone who in some way resembled a sheep, derived from Norman French mouton "sheep".
Muyskens Dutch
Means "little mouse" in Dutch.
Mwangi Eastern African, Kikuyu
Derived from the given name Mwangi.
Myers English
Patronymic form of Mayer 3.
Myles English
From the given name Miles.
Mynatt English
Variant of Minett.
Myška Czech
From nickname derived from Czech myš meaning "mouse".