Nagel German, Dutch
in German and Dutch, an occupational name for a carpenter or nailsmith.
Originally denoted a person from the town of Naggio in Lombardy, Italy.
From a nickname meaning "big, great"
in Hungarian, referring to one's characteristics. This is the most common Hungarian surname.
From Japanese 中 (naka)
meaning "middle" and 井 (i)
meaning "well, mine shaft, pit".
From Sino-Korean 南 (nam)
meaning "south" combined with 宮 (gung)
meaning "palace, house". This is the most common Korean compound surname.
Nickname for someone with a prominent nose, from Italian naso "nose"
Derived from the Middle English phrase atten ash "at the ash tree"
. A famous bearer was the mathematician John Nash (1928-2015).
Denoted a person who came from Navarre in northern Spain (Spanish Navarra
). The name of the region is of Basque origin, possibly from nabar
in Czech, from the verb navrátit
"to return", perhaps used to denote a person who came home following a long absence.
Possibly from Italian neccio
, a type of flat bread.
Nickname derived from Italian negro "black"
, used to refer to someone with dark hair or dark skin.
Means "son of Neil"
. This name was borne by the British admiral Horatio Nelson (1758-1805).
From the town of Nepi in central Italy, which is of uncertain origin.
From Italian nero "black"
, indicating a person with a dark complexion or dark hair.
Possibly a nickname for an innkeeper, from archaic Milanese nervètt
, a local meal prepared from a calf.
From the name of the town of Nervi in Liguria, northwestern Italy.
From the name of towns such as Nespoli and Nespoledo, derived from Italian nespola
meaning "medlar (tree)".
Ness English, Scottish, Norwegian
From English ness
and Norwegian nes
meaning "headland, promontory"
, of Old Norse origin, originally referring to a person who lived there.
From the names of various French towns meaning "new town".
Neville English, Irish
From the names of towns in Normandy, variously Neuville
, meaning "new town" in French.
Given to one who came from the town of Newport (which means simply "new port"), which was the name of several English towns.
From the name of one of many English towns meaning "new town". A famous bearer was the English physicist Sir Isaac Newton (1643-1727).
Vietnamese form of Ruan
, from Sino-Vietnamese 阮 (nguyễn)
. This is the most common Vietnamese surname, accounting for over a third of the population.
From the name of the town of Nicastro in Calabria, southern Italy.
From the Italian word nicchio
, possibly a nickname for people related to the sea.
Created by Charles Dickens for the title character in his novel Nicholas Nickleby
(1839). He probably based it on Nicol
, a medieval vernacular form of Nicholas
, with the common English place name suffix -by
, which is derived from Old Norse býr
meaning "farm, settlement".
From the name of the town Nicolosi on Sicily, itself named for Saint Nicholas.
From Sardinian nieddu
, derived from Latin niger
From Polish Niemiec
and the patronymic suffix -czyk
Means "son of Niso"
, an Italian form of the mythological name Nisus
Means "son of Nick"
. A famous bearer was the American president Richard Nixon (1913-1994).
From the name of the Italian town of Nizzola near Modena.
Noel French, English
Either from the given name Noël
, or else derived directly from Old French noel
"Christmas" and given to a person who had a particular connection with the holiday.
Nogueira Portuguese, Galician
From Portuguese and Galician nogueira
meaning "walnut tree"
, from the Late Latin nucarius
, ultimately from Latin nux
Referred to a person who was originally from Scandinavia or Normandy. Even before the Norman Conquest, Scandinavians were settling the north and east of England. The Normans who participated in the Conquest were originally from Scandinavia, but had been living in Normandy, France for over a century and spoke French.
Norris 1 English, Scottish
Means "from the north"
from Old French norreis
. It either denoted someone who originated in the north or someone who lived in the northern part of a settlement.
Norris 2 English
Means "wet nurse, foster mother"
from Old French norrice
, from Latin nutricius
Originally denoted one who came from a town of this name England, meaning "north farm".
From the name of various towns in England meaning "north town" in Old English.
From the name of Danish villages named Nørup
Originally taken from a place name meaning "north wood" in Old English.
From the name of the town of Nusco in Campania, southern Italy.
Occupational name for a clerk, derived from Latin notarius
From place names meaning "new orchard"
Habitational name for a person from various towns called Nowakowo
or similar, derived from Polish nowy
Habitational name for a person from any of the towns in Poland called Nowice. The name is derived from Polish nowy
Means "meadow, field"
in Finnish. It was the surname of the athlete Paavo Nurmi (1897-1973).
Originally indicated a person who lived near a river, from Middle English atten eye
meaning "at the river"
Indicated someone from Nitra, a city and historic principality of Slovakia (formerly in Hungary). Its name is derived from that of a local river, which is of unknown meaning.
Ornamental name derived from Swedish ny
(Old Norse nýr
) meaning "new" and ström
(Old Norse straumr
) meaning "stream".