Surnames Starting with P

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PABSTGerman
From German Papst "pope", a cognate of POPE.
PACEItalian
Derived from the Italian given name Pace which meant "peace".
PACHISGreek
Means "fat, thick" in Greek.
PADMOREEnglish
Originally indicated a person from Padmore, England.
PADOVANItalian
Regional form of PADOVANO.
PADOVANOItalian
Originally denoted one who came from the city of Padua (Padova) in Italy.
PAGANOItalian
From the old nickname pagano meaning "pagan" (earlier sense "rustic").
PAGEEnglish, French
Occupational name meaning "servant, page". It is ultimately derived (via Old French and Italian) from Greek παιδιον (paidion) meaning "little boy".
PAGETEnglish, French
Diminutive of PAGE.
PAHLKEGerman
Means "tall, thin, pole-like" from Old French piel, although it may also have denoted a person who lived by a pole, or who worked with poles.
PAIGEEnglish
Variant of PAGE.
PAJARIFinnish
Means "boyar", the Finnish form of the Russian noble title боярин (boyarin). The name has come from Finland's east where Russian influences are quite strong.
PAKULSKIPolish
Originally denoted a person from Pakuly, Poland.
PÁLHungarian
Derived from the given name PÁL.
PALLADINOItalian
From the Italian term palladin meaning "knight".
PALLESENDanish
Means "son of PALLE".
PALMEIROPortuguese
Portuguese form of PALMER.
PALMEREnglish
Means "pilgrim", ultimately from Latin palma "palm tree", since pilgrims to the Holy Land often brought back palm fronds as proof of their journey.
PALMISANOItalian
Locative surname from southern Italy. It is from the town of Palmi in the Calabria region.
PALOMERProvençal
Means "pigeon keeper" or "mild" from the Late Latin palumbus.
PALOMOSpanish
Derived from Spanish palomo "dove".
PALUMBOItalian
From an old medieval regional nickname palumbo meaning "pigeon". It is typical of southern Italy.
PAN (1)Provençal
Means "baker", from Old French pain meaning "bread".
PAN (2)Chinese
From Chinese (pān) meaning "water in which rice has been rinsed", and also referring to a river that flows into the Han River.
PANDEVMacedonian
Means "son of Pande", Pande being a diminutive form of PETAR.
PANOSSIANArmenian
Variant transcription of PANOSYAN.
PANOSYANArmenian
Means "son of PANOS".
PANZAVECCHIAItalian
From a nickname meaning "old stomach".
PAPADOPOULOSGreek
Means "son of the priest", from Greek παπας (papas) combined with the patronymic suffix πουλος (poulos).
PAPEFrench
French cognate of POPE.
PAPKEGerman
Diminutive form of PABST.
PAPP (1)Hungarian
From a nickname meaning "priest, cleric" in Hungarian.
PAPP (2)German
Means "glutton" from Late Latin pappare meaning "to eat".
PAQUET (1)French
Means "gatherer or seller of firewood" from Old French pacquet.
PAQUET (2)French
Derived from the given name PASCAL.
PAREDESPortuguese, Spanish
Means "dweller by the wall" from Latin paries.
PARENTEnglish, French
Derived from old French parent "notable".
PARISH (1)English
Originally denoted a person who came from the French city of Paris, which got its name from the ancient Celtic tribe known as the Parisii.
PARISH (2)English
Derived from the rare medieval given name Paris, an Old French form of PATRICK.
PARISIItalian
Originally indicated a person from Paris, France.
PARK (1)Korean
From Sino-Korean 樸, 朴 (bak) meaning "plain, unadorned, simple".
PARK (2)English
From Middle English parc, this was a name for someone who worked in or lived in a park.
PARK (3)English
From the medieval name Perkin, a diminutive of PETER.
PARKEREnglish
Means "keeper of the park" in Middle English. It is an occupational name for a man who was the gamekeeper at the medieval park.
PARKSEnglish
Patronymic form of PARK (3).
PARMAItalian
From the city of Parma, well known in Italy for its artistic beauties.
PARODIItalian
From the name of a village near Genoa.
PARRIItalian
From the given name GASPARE.
PARRINOItalian
From a family word that indicated a "godfather". In Sicily o parrino could be also a "parish priest".
PARRYWelsh
Derived from ap Harry meaning "son of HARRY".
PARSAMYANArmenian
Means "son of Barsauma", an Assyrian name meaning "fasting".
PARSONSEnglish
Originally denoted a person who served as a parson.
PARTANENFinnish
Derived from a Finnish word meaning "beard".
PASCALFrench, Jewish
Derived from the given name PASCAL.
PASSERINIItalian
From Italian passero meaning "sparrow".
PASTERNAKPolish, Ukrainian, Russian, Yiddish
Means "parsnip" in various Slavic languages, ultimately from Latin pastinaca. A famous bearer was Boris Pasternak (1890-1960), author of 'Doctor Zhivago'.
PASTOREItalian
From the occupation pastore meaning "shepherd" in Italian.
PASZEKPolish
Derived from a Polish diminutive of PAUL.
PÁSZTORHungarian
Means "herd, shepherd" in Hungarian.
PATAKIHungarian
Derived from the vocabulary word patak, which means "creek, brook" in Hungarian. It was given to people who lived near creeks.
PATELIndian, Gujarati
Means "landowner" in Gujarati.
PATERNOSTEREnglish, French, German, Italian
Occupational name for a maker of rosaries, also called paternosters. They are derived from the Latin phrase pater noster "our Father", the opening words of the Lord's Prayer.
PATILIndian, Marathi
Means "village chief" in Marathi.
PATRICKEnglish
From the given name PATRICK.
PATRICKSONEnglish
Means "son of PATRICK".
PATRIKSSONSwedish
Means "son of PATRIK".
PATTONEnglish, Scottish
Diminutive of the medieval name Pate, a short form of PATRICK.
PAULEnglish, French, German, Dutch
From the given name PAUL.
PAULISDutch, German
From Latin name Paulus (see PAUL).
PAULSONEnglish
Means "son of PAUL".
PAUWELSDutch, Flemish
Means "son of PAUL".
PAVESIItalian
From the name of the city of Pavia, near Milano in Lombardy, Italy.
PAVIASpanish
Spanish surname coming from the Italian city of Pavia south of Milano. Known especially for its old University.
PAVIĆCroatian
Means "son of PAVLE".
PAVLETIĆCroatian
Derived from a diminutive of the given name PAVLE.
PAVLOVRussian, Bulgarian
Means "son of PAVEL". A famous bearer of this surname was the Russian scientist Ivan Pavlov (1849-1936), known for his discovery of the conditioned reflex.
PAVLOVSKIMacedonian
Means "son of PAVLE".
PAVLOVSKYRussian
Means "son of PAVEL".
PAVONIItalian
Means "peacock" from Italian pavone. It was originally a nickname for a proud or haughty person.
PAWLITZKIGerman
From the given name PAUL.
PAYNEIrish, Scottish, English
Means "villager, rustic" and later "heathen" from Middle English Payn, Old French Paien which was often given to children whose baptism had been postponed or adults whose religious zeal was lacking.
PAYTONEnglish
From the name of the town of Peyton in Sussex. It means "PÆGA's town".
PEACOCKEnglish
From the Middle English words pecok and pocok which mean "peacock". It was originally a nickname for a proud or haughty person.
PEAKEnglish
Means "dweller by the pointed hill" from Old English peac. It could also denote a person from the Peak District in Derbyshire, England.
PEARCEEnglish
From the given name PIERS.
PECHÁČEKCzech
Diminutive form of PETR.
PECK (2)English
Occupational name for a maker of pecks (vessels used as peck measures) from Middle English pekke.
PECORAItalian
Occupational name for a shepherd, meaning "flock".
PEDROTTIItalian
Derived from the given name PIETRO.
PEERENBOOMDutch
From Dutch and means "pear tree", referring to someone who kept a pear orchard.
PEETERSDutch, Flemish
Dutch variant of PETERS.
PÉKHungarian
Means "baker" in Hungarian.
PEKKANENFinnish
Derived from the given name PEKKA.
PELÁEZSpanish
Means "son of Pelayo", where Pelayo is a derivative of PELAGIUS.
PELLEGRINOItalian
Means "little pilgrim" from Latin peregrinus.
PELLETIERFrench
Derived from Old French pelletier "fur trader".
PELLEYEnglish
Means "bald" from Modern French pelé.
PEMBERTONEnglish
From a place name composed of elements meaning "hill", "barley" and "town".
PEÑASpanish
Means "dweller by a large jutting rock" from Spanish peña.
PENDER (1)English
From Middle English pind "to pen up". This was an occupational name for someone who penned animals.
PENDER (2)Dutch
From Old Dutch penre, paenre, paender meaning "brewer".
PENNYEnglish
Means "penny (the coin)" from Old English pening, penig.
PENTTIFinnish
Derived from the given name PENTTI.
PENZIGGerman, Yiddish
Denoted a person who came from Penzig, the German name for Pieńsk, a town in southwest Poland. Pieńsk is derived from Polish pień meaning "tree stump" or "tree trunk".
PEREIRAPortuguese, Galician
From Portuguese and Galician pereira meaning "pear tree", ultimately from Latin pirum meaning "pear".
PÉREZSpanish
Means "son of PEDRO" in Spanish.
PEREZSpanish
Variant of PÉREZ.
PERKINSEnglish
Means "son of Perkin", a medieval diminutive of PETER.
PERKOCroatian, Slovene
Derived from an archaic diminutive of PETAR.
PERREAULTFrench
From a diminutive of PIERRE.
PERRINFrench
From a diminutive of the given name PIERRE.
PERROTFrench
From a diminutive of the given name PIERRE.
PERRY (1)English
Derived from Middle English perrie, Old English pyrige meaning "pear tree". A famous bearer was Matthew Perry (1794-1858), the American naval officer who opened Japan to the West.
PERRY (2)Welsh
From Welsh ap Herry meaning "son of HERRY".
PERSSONSwedish
Means "son of PER".
PERUGIAItalian
From the name of the city of Perugia, near Rome, the regional capital of Umbria.
PESARESIItalian
From the name of the city of Pesaro, in the Marche region.
PESAROItalian
From the name of the city of Pesaro, in the Marche region.
PESCEItalian
Means "fisherman" or "fish-like" from Italian pesce meaning "fish".
PEŠEKCzech
Derived from Pešek, a diminutive form of PETR.
PESTIHungarian
Derived from Pest, one of the towns that were joined to make Budapest. Originally it indicated someone from Pest.
PÉTERHungarian
Derived from the given name PÉTER.
PETEREnglish, German, Dutch
Derived from the given name PETER.
PETERSEnglish, German
Derived from the given name PETER.
PETERSENDanish
Means "son of PETER".
PETERSONEnglish
Means "son of PETER".
PETERSSONSwedish
Means "son of PETTER".
PETESHungarian
Derived from Pete, a diminutive of PÉTER.
PETITCatalan, English, French
Means "small, little" derived from Old French petit. It was perhaps used for a short, small person or to denote the younger of two individuals.
PETŐHungarian
Derived from Pető, an old diminutive of PÉTER.
PETŐCSHungarian
Derived from Pető, an old Hungarian diminutive of PÉTER.
PETŐFIHungarian
Means "son of Pető" in Hungarian. Pető is an old diminutive of PÉTER.
PETRANRomanian
From the Romanian given name PETRE.
PETRAUSKASLithuanian
Lithuanian form of PIOTROWSKI.
PETRESCURomanian
Means "son of PETRE" in Romanian.
PETRIItalian
Derived from the given name PIETRO.
PETRIĆCroatian
Means "son of PETAR".
PETROSYANArmenian
Means "son of PETROS" in Armenian.
PETROVRussian, Bulgarian
Means "son of PETER" in Russian and Bulgarian.
PETROVSKIMacedonian
Means "son of PETAR".
PETTERSENNorwegian
Means "son of PETTER".
PETTERSSONSwedish
Means "son of PETTER".
PETTIGREWEnglish, French
Derived from French petit "small" and cru "growth".
PEURAFinnish
Means "deer" in Finnish.
PEUSENDutch
Derived from the given name Pascalis (see PASCAL).
PEYNİRCİTurkish
From Turkish peynir meaning "cheese".
PFAFFGerman
From a nickname meaning "priest, cleric" in German.
PFENNINGGerman
Derived from the term pfenni(n)c or pfennig meaning "penny". It was used in reference to feudal tax obligations.
PHẠMVietnamese
Vietnamese form of FAN, from Sino-Vietnamese (phạm).
PHANVietnamese
Vietnamese form of PAN (2), from Sino-Vietnamese (phan).
PHELPSEnglish
Means "son of PHILIP".
PHERIGOItalian
Derived from the given name FEDERICO.
PHILIPSEnglish, Dutch
Means "son of PHILIP". Famous bearers of this surname are Frederick Philips and his son Gerard, the Dutch founders of the company Philips.
PHILLIPSEnglish
Means "son of PHILIP".
PIATEKPolish
Means "Friday" in Polish, ultimately derived from the Slavic word pjaty "fifth".
PIAZZAItalian
Means "plaza" in Italian, indicating that the residence of the original bearer was near the town square.
PICASSOCatalan
Means "magpie" from Spanish picazo. This probably denoted someone who was talkative or prone to stealing, although it may have described someone's unusual colouring. Painter and sculptor Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) was a famous bearer of this name.
PICCOLIItalian
Nickname for a person who is short, from Italian piccino "small".
PICKERINGEnglish
From the name of a town in Yorkshire, derived from Old English Piceringas, the name of a tribe.
PICKLEEnglish
Derived from Middle English pighel "field".
PIERCEEnglish
From the given name PIERS.
PIERNOItalian
Locative surname derived from the name of the town Pierno in southern Italy near Potenza.
PIERREFrench
From the given name PIERRE.
PIERSONEnglish
Means "son of PIERS".
PIETRIItalian
Derived from the given name PIETRO.
PILKVISTSwedish
From Swedish pil "arrow, willow" and qvist "twig".
PINHEIROPortuguese
Derived from Portuguese meaning "pine-tree".
PINHOPortuguese
Habitational name derived from any of the many places named Pinho, itself derived from pinho meaning "pine" or "pine wood".
PINIItalian
Name for a person who lived near a pine tree, from Latin pinus.
PIONTEKPolish
Variant spelling of PIATEK.
PIOTROWSKIPolish
Habitational name for a person from a town named Jankowo or Janków, places derived from the given name PIOTR.
PIOVENEItalian
From the name of the Venetian town of Piovene.
PIPEREnglish
Originally given to a person who played on a pipe (a flute).
PIRAINOItalian
Locative origin, derived from the name of a place Piraino, on Sicily.
PISANIItalian
From the name of the inhabitants of Pisa, one of the most important cities of Tuscany.
PITTALUGAItalian
Originally a local nickname of somebody who "steals grapes" from vineyards. In Genoa pittà means "to pick" and uga is "grapes" (uva in Italian). It is typical of the Genoa region.
PITTSEnglish
Means "dweller by the pit, hollow" from Old English pytt. It could also indicate a person from Pitt (Hants) or Pett (East Sussex) in England.
PLAMONDONFrench
Derived from a diminutive of French plamont "a flat-topped mountain". The name probably referred to someone who lived close to a flat-topped mountain.
PLANKGerman, English
Means "plank" from Latin plancus. This could have referred to a person who lived by a plank bridge over a stream, someone who was as thin as a board, or a carpenter.
PLASKETTEnglish
Means "dweller by the swampy meadow" from Old French plasquet.
PLATTEnglish
Habitational name from Platt or Platt Bridge in Lancashire, named in Middle English with Old French plat "flat, thin", in the dialect sense "plank bridge".
PLEŠECSlovene
Nickname for a bald person, from plešec "bald man".
PLEŠKOSlovene
Nickname for a bald person, from pleša "bald patch" or plešec "bald man".
PLETCHERGerman
Originally a name for someone who lived by a field where cattle fodder was grown or else grew cattle fodder, from pletsch or bletsch.
PLOURDEFrench
Probably derived from old French palorde, a type of a shellfish.
PODSEDNIKCzech
Cognate of ZAHRADNÍK mainly used in the region of Moravia.
POGGIItalian
Means "dweller on a hill(ock)" from Italian poggio.
POGGIOItalian
Means "dweller on a hill(ock)" from Italian poggio.
POINDEXTEREnglish
From the Jèrriais surname Poingdestre, possibly meaning "spur steed".
POIRIERFrench
Means "pear tree" in French. The name was originally a nickname for someone who lived close to a pear tree.
POKORNIHungarian
Hungarian variant of POKORNY.
POKORNYCzech, Slovak, Polish
Derived from the Slavic word pokorny "tame".
POLAKCzech
Means "Polish person" in Czech.
POLETTIItalian
Derived from a diminutive of the given name PAOLO. This surname is typical of northern and central Italy.
POLLEYEnglish
From Old French poli "polite".
POLOLANIKCzech
Derived from Czech polo "one half" and lan, a measure of land equal to approximately 18 hectares. The name denoted someone who owned half a lan of land.
POLZINGerman
From the name of a town in northern Germany.
PONDEnglish
Referred to one who dwelt near a pond.
PONTECORVOItalian, Jewish
From the name of a village near Rome, where an Jewish community settled centuries ago.
POOLEEnglish
From Old English pol meaning "pool". It referred to a person who lived by a small body of water.
POPEEnglish
From a nickname which originally designated a person who played the part of the pope in a play or pageant. Otherwise the name could be used as a nickname for a man with a solemn, austere, or pious appearance.
POPESCURomanian
Means "of the priest", from Romanian popă "priest", from Slavic pop.
POPLAWSKIPolish
Means "from the water meadow" from Polish poplaw.
POPOVRussian, Bulgarian
Means "son of the priest", derived from Russian and Bulgarian поп (pop).
POPOVSKIMacedonian
Means "son of the priest" in Macedonian.
PORCHEREnglish, French
Means "swineherd" from the Old French and Middle English word porchier.
PORRACatalan
Variant of PORRAS.
PORRASSpanish, Catalan
From a nickname meaning "club".
PORSCHEGerman
Derived from the given name BORIS.
PORTELLIItalian
Diminutive form of PORTO.
PORTEREnglish
Occupational surname meaning "doorkeeper", ultimately from Old French porte "door", from Latin porta.
PORTNERGerman
Derived from German pfoertner, which means "gatekeeper".
PORTOItalian
Designated a person who lived near a harbour, from Italian porto, Latin portus.
PORTOGHESEItalian
Nickname for a person coming from Portugal.
POSPÍŠILCzech
Means "a person in a hurry", from the Czech pospíšit "to be in a hurry".
POTENZAItalian
From the name of the city of Potenza, the main town of the Basilicata region in Southern Italy.
POTTEREnglish
Occupational name for a potter, one who makes earthen vessels.
POTTINGERScottish
Occupational name for an apothecary.
POULINFrench
Derived from Old French poule "chicken". The name was most likely used to denote a person who raised or sold poultry.
POULSENDanish
Means "son of POUL".
POUNDEnglish
Occupational name for a person who kept animals, from Old English pund "animal enclosure".
POWELLWelsh
Derived from Welsh Ap Howell meaning "son of HOWELL".
POWER (1)English, Irish
Indicated a person who came from Pois (Picardy), France.
POWER (2)English
Means "poor" from the Middle English and Old French word povre, poure. Could be used as a nickname for a miser as well.
POZZIItalian
Locative surname meaning "a well" from Latin puteus. Pozzo as a regional word also means a pond or stagnant water.
PRATTEnglish
Means "cunning, trick" from Old English prætt. This was a nickname for a trickster.
PRAŽAKCzech
Means "a person from Prague".
PRESCOTTEnglish
From an English place name meaning "priest's cottage".
PRESLEYEnglish
Variant of PRIESTLEY. This name was borne by musician Elvis Presley (1935-1977).
PRESTONEnglish
Originally derived from a place name meaning "priest town" in Old English.
PRETORIUSSouthern African, Afrikaans
From Latin praetor meaning "leader". This name was adopted in the 17th century by Wesselius Praetorius as a Latin translation of his previous surname Schulte. It is now common in South Africa.
PRICEWelsh
Derived from Welsh ap Rhys, which means "son of RHYS".
PRIDDYWelsh
From Welsh prydudd meaning "bard".
PRIESTLEYEnglish
From a place name meaning "priest clearing", from Old English preost and leah.
PRIETOSpanish
From a nickname meaning "dark", referring to a person with dark hair or skin.
PRIFTIAlbanian
Means "priest" in Albanian.
PRINSENDutch
Means "son of the prince", the term prince would have denoted someone who acted in a regal manner. It could also refer to the Jewish ornamental name PRINZ.
PRINZGerman, Jewish
Means "prince", used as an ornamental name by Jews or as a nickname for someone who acted in a princely manner.
PRITCHARDWelsh
From Welsh ap Richard meaning "son of RICHARD".
PROBERTWelsh
Derived from Welsh ap Robert, which means "son of ROBERT".
PROCHÁZKACzech, Slovak
Means "to walk, to wander" in Czech.
PROFETAItalian
From the Italian word profeta meaning "prophet". It probably came from a nickname indicating a person who wanted to predict the future. It is typical of southern Italy.
PROSDOCIMIItalian
From the given name Prosdocimo, a medieval given name from the old Greek Prosdokimos.
PROTZGerman
From a nickname meaning "showy, pompous", derived from an old southern German word meaning "toad".
PROUDFOOTEnglish
Means "one with a proud step", a nickname for a proud person.
PROULXFrench
Derived from old French preux "valiant".
PROVENZAItalian
From the name of the region in southern France, Provence (in Italian it is spelled Provenza).
PROVENZANOItalian
Variant of PROVENZA. This is a regional spelling of southern Italy, namely Sicily and Calabria.
PRYCEWelsh
Variant of PRICE.
PRYOREnglish
Belonged to one who was a prior (a religious official), or one who worked fro a prior.
PUERTASpanish
Spanish form of PORTO.
PUGASpanish
Means "a thorn" in Galician.
PUGHWelsh
Derived from Welsh ap Hugh meaning "son of HUGH".
PUGLIESEItalian
From an adjectival derivative of Puglia, also known as Apulia, a region of southeast Italy containing the boot heel and some of the coastline of the Adriatic Sea. It is a regional name for someone from that region.
PUIGCatalan, Spanish
Means "dweller on a hill(ock)" from the Old Occitan and Catalan puy.
PULKRÁBEKCzech
Derived from the medieval status name purkrabí "burgrave".
PURCELLEnglish
Means "swineherd" or perhaps just "piglet" from Old French pourcel.
PUSKÁSHungarian
Occupational name meaning "gunsmith", from the word puska meaning "gun" in Hungarian.
PUSZTAIHungarian
From puszta meaning "steppe, prairie" in Hungarian. The name was given to someone living on a prairie.
PUTNAMEnglish
Means "from Putnam (Herts, Surrey), England". The place name means "Putta's homestead".