Surnames Starting with N

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NAAJIArabic
From the given name NAAJI.
NACARItalian
Possibly from naccaro "player of the tambourine", which is derived from Arabic naqqara.
NAESSNorwegian
From the Norwegian word næs "a promontory".
NAGARKARIndian, Marathi
Derived from the name of the town of Nagar in Maharashtra, India.
NAGELGerman, Dutch
Means "nail" in German and Dutch, and is probably related to the occupation of carpenter. It could also refer to a smith who specifically made nails.
NAGGIItalian
Originally denoted a person from the town of Naggio in Italy.
NAGGIAItalian
Variant of NAGGI.
NAGIArabic
Variant transcription of NAAJI.
NAGYHungarian
From a nickname meaning "big" or "great" in Hungarian, referring to one's characteristics. This is a very common Hungarian surname.
NAJMArabic
From the given name NAJM.
NAKAHARAJapanese
From Japanese (naka) meaning "middle" and (hara) meaning "field, plain".
NAKAJIMAJapanese
From Japanese (naka) meaning "middle" and (shima) meaning "island".
NAKAMURAJapanese
From Japanese (naka) meaning "middle" and (mura) meaning "town, village".
NAKANOJapanese
From Japanese (naka) meaning "middle" and (no) meaning "field, wilderness".
NAKASHIMAJapanese
Variant transcription of NAKAJIMA.
NALDIItalian
From given names like ARNALDO and RINALDO.
NANAItalian
From a diminutive of GIOVANNI.
NANIItalian
Variant of NANA.
NANNIItalian
Variant of NANA.
NANNINIItalian
From Nanni, a diminutive of the given name GIOVANNI.
NAOUMOVRussian, Bulgarian
Variant transcription of NAUMOV.
NAPOLEONIItalian
From the medieval given name Napoleone (see NAPOLEON). This name became popular because of Napoleone Buonaparte, also known as Napoléon I, emperor of France.
NAPOLETANIItalian
Originally indicated a person from NAPLES in Italy.
NAPOLIItalian
Originally indicated a person from NAPLES in Italy.
NAPOLIELLOItalian
Originally indicated a person from NAPLES in Italy.
NARANGIndian, Hindi
From the name of a town in Pakistan which was in undivided India.
NARDIItalian
From the given name Nardo which was originally a short form of names like BERNARDO or LEONARDO.
NARDOItalian
Variant of NARDI.
NARDOVINOItalian
Either from NARDI or from the name Ardovino which was derived from the Germanic name Hardwin (hard- "strong" and -win "friend").
NARVÁEZSpanish
From the name of the town Narváez in Spain.
NASATOItalian
Nickname for someone with a prominent nose, from Italian naso "nose".
NASCIMBENIItalian
From the medieval given name Nascimbene meaning "born well". It is typical of the Venetian region.
NASHEnglish
Derived from the Middle English phrase atten ash "at the ash tree". A famous bearer was the mathematician John Nash (1928-).
NASSNorwegian
From the Norwegian word næs meaning "a promontory".
NATALEItalian
From a nickname referring to Christmas. It was originally given to a person who had some connection to the holiday.
NATHANSEnglish
Derived from the given name NATHAN.
NATHANSONEnglish
Means "son of NATHAN".
NAUMOVRussian, Bulgarian
Means "son of NAUM".
NAVEItalian
From Italian places called Nave.
NAVRÁTILCzech
Derived from the past participle of the verb navrátit "to return". The name was perhaps used to denote a person who came back to his home following a long absence.
NAZARETIANArmenian
Variant transcription of NAZARETYAN.
NAZARIANArmenian
Variant transcription of NAZARYAN.
NAZARIOItalian
From the given name NAZARIO.
NAZARYANArmenian
Means "son of NAZAR".
NEALEnglish
Derived from the given name NEIL.
NECCHIItalian
Either from the given name Nechus (from the Latin word nequus meaning "unjust, unfair") or from a nickname from the archaic Milanese word gnecch meaning "tired".
NEDBALEKCzech
Refers to one who is careless. It is of Czech and Polish origin.
NEDVĚDCzech
Variant of MEDVED, derived from the dialectal nedvěd.
NEGRESCURomanian
Patronymic derived from Romanian negru "black". It means "son of the black-haired person".
NEGRIItalian
Nickname meaning "black" for someone with dark hair or dark skin or such.
NEILIrish, Scottish, English
Derived from the given name NEIL.
NEJEMArabic
Variant transcription of NAJM.
NELISSENDutch
Means "son of CORNELIUS".
NELLIItalian
Derived from the given name Nello, a short form of names like Brunello and Lionello.
NELSONEnglish
Means "son of NEIL". This name was borne by the British admiral Horatio Nelson (1758-1805).
NEMECCzech
Means "German" in Czech.
NEMEČEKCzech
Diminutive of NEMEC.
NEMESHungarian
Means "noble, gentle" in Hungarian.
NÉMETHungarian
Means "German" in Hungarian.
NENCIItalian
Means "son of Nencio". Nencio is a Tuscan diminutive of the name LORENZO.
NEPIItalian
From the town Nepi, which is believed to have been founded by Jewish Italians.
NERIItalian
From the Italian word nero "black". It indicated a person with a dark complexion or dark hair.
NERVETTIItalian
Possibly a nickname for an innkeeper, from the archaic Milanese word nervètt, which is a local dish.
NERVIItalian
From the name of the town Nervi, in Genova.
NESPOLAItalian
From towns like Nespoli and Nespoledo, from the Italian word nespola meaning "medlar (tree)".
NESSScottish, English, Norwegian
Means "headland" in Middle English, originally referring to a person who lived there.
NEUMANNGerman
From Middle High German niuwe and man "new man".
NEVILLEEnglish, Irish
From a Norman French place name meaning "new town".
NEWMANEnglish
Means "new man, newcomer" from Old English neowe, niwe, nige and mann.
NEWPORTEnglish
Given to one who came from the town of Newport (which means simply "new port"), which was the name of several English towns.
NEWTONEnglish
From the name of one of many English towns meaning "new town". A famous bearer was the English physicist Sir Isaac Newton (1643-1727).
NGChinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese romanization of WU.
NGOVietnamese
Simplified variant of NGÔ.
NGÔVietnamese
Vietnamese form of WU, from Sino-Vietnamese (ngô).
NGUYỄNVietnamese
Vietnamese form of RUAN, from Sino-Vietnamese (nguyễn). This is the most common Vietnamese surname, accounting for over a third of the population.
NGUYENVietnamese
Simplified variant of NGUYỄN.
NIBHANUPUDIIndian, Telugu
From the name of a village in Andhra Pradesh, India.
NICASTROItalian
From the name of the town Nicastro, near Catanzaro.
NICCHIItalian
From the Italian word nicchio meaning "shell", possibly a nickname for people related to the sea.
NICHOLSEnglish
Derived from the given name NICHOL.
NICHOLSONEnglish
Means "son of NICHOLAS". A famous bearer of this surname is the American actor Jack Nicholson (1937-).
NICODEMOItalian
Derived from the given name NICODEMO.
NICOLAIItalian
Means "son of NICOLA (1)".
NICOLASFrench
Derived from the given name NICOLAS.
NICOLESCURomanian
Means "son of NICOLAE".
NICOLOSIItalian
From the name of the town Nicolosi on Sicily.
NICOSIAItalian
From the name of the town Nicosia on Sicily.
NICOTERAItalian
From town names like Marina di Nicotera and Nicotera in Calabria.
NIEDDUItalian
Nickname meaning "black" from the Sardinian adjective nieddu.
NIELSENDanish
Means "son of NIELS (1)".
NIEMCZYKPolish
Means "son of the German" from Polish niemec "German" and the patronymic part czyk.
NIEMECPolish
Means "German" in Polish.
NIEMINENFinnish
Derived from Finnish niemi meaning "peninsula".
NIERIItalian
Either a variant of NERI, or from the Italian name RANIERO.
NIEVESSpanish
Means "snows" in Spanish, from the title of the Virgin Mary Nuestra Señora de las Nieves meaning "Our Lady of the Snows".
NIGELEnglish
From the given name NIGEL.
NIGROItalian
Variant of NERI.
NIKLASSONSwedish
Means "son of NIKLAS".
NIKOLAJSENDanish
Means "son of NIKOLAJ".
NIKOLOVBulgarian
Means "son of NIKOLAY".
NIKULAFinnish
From the given name Niku, a Finnish form of NICHOLAS, combined with the local suffix -la. It is common nowadays in western Finland.
NILESEnglish
Means "son of NEIL".
NILSENNorwegian
Means "son of NILS".
NILSSONSwedish
Means "son of NILS".
NISHIMURAJapanese
From Japanese 西 (nishi) meaning "west" and (mura) meaning "town, village".
NISIItalian
Means "son of Niso", where Niso is from the Greek name Nisus.
NIXONEnglish
Means "son of NICHOLAS". A famous bearer was the American president Richard Nixon (1913-1994).
NIZZOLAItalian
From the name of the Italian town Nizzola.
NOELFrench, 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.
NOGUEIRAPortuguese, Galician
From Portuguese and Galician nogueira meaning "walnut tree", from the Late Latin nucarius, ultimately from Latin nux meaning "nut".
NOGUERASpanish, Catalan
Spanish and Catalan form of NOGUEIRA.
NOLANIrish
Anglicized form of Irish Ó Nualláin meaning "descendant of NUALLÁN".
NORDSKOVDanish
Means "north woods".
NORLINGSwedish
Originally denoted a person who came from the north.
NORMANEnglish
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.
NORMANSONEnglish
Means "son of NORMAN".
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, Scottish
Means "wet nurse, foster mother" from Old French nurise, norrice.
NORTHEnglish
Name for a person who lived to the north.
NORTHROPEnglish
From the name of a town in England meaning "north farm".
NORTONEnglish
Originally taken from a place name meaning "north town" in Old English.
NØRUPDanish
Derived from the name of at least two different Danish villages.
NORUPDanish
Variant of NØRUP.
NORWOODEnglish
Originally taken from a place name meaning "north wood" in Old English.
NOSCHESEItalian
From the name of the town Nusco, near Naples.
NOSEKCzech, Polish
Means "small nose" in Czech and Polish.
NOTAROItalian
Means "scribe, clerk" from Latin notarius.
NOTORIANOItalian
Occupational name meaning "scribe".
NOVÁČEKCzech
Diminutive of NOVAK.
NOVÁKCzech, Slovak, Hungarian
Czech, Slovak and Hungarian form of NOVAK.
NOVAKSlovene, Croatian, Serbian
Derived from Slavic novy "new", originally a name for someone who was new to a village.
NOVOSADCzech
Means "new settler", "new land" or "new orchard". It is Moravian in origin.
NOVOTNYCzech
Czech variant of NOVAK.
NOWAKPolish
Polish form of NOVAK.
NOWELLEnglish
Variant of NOEL.
NOYERFrench
French form of NOGUEIRA.
NUNESPortuguese
Means "son of NUNO".
NÚÑEZSpanish
Spanish form of NUNES.
NUREMBERGGerman
Derived from the name of a city in Germany. It was first spelled Nurnberger and then Nuremberger.
NURMIFinnish
From a Finnish word meaning "meadow". It was the surname of the athlete Paavo Nurmi (1897-1973).
NUSSBAUMGerman, Jewish
Means "nut tree" from the Germanic words nuß meaning "nut" and baum meaning "tree".
NYEEnglish
Means "dweller at the river" from Middle English atten eye meaning "at the river".
NYILASHungarian
Means "archer, bowman" in Hungarian.
NYITRAIHungarian
Indicated someone from Nyitra, a historic administrative county of Hungary (now situated in Slovakia).
NYKVISTSwedish
From Swedish ny "new" and qvist "twig".
NYLUNDFinnish, Swedish
From the Swedish-speaking south of Finland, directly from Swedish ny "new" and lund "grove".
NYSTRÖMSwedish
From Swedish ny meaning "new" and ström meaning "stream".