Surnames Starting with P

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PRICE Welsh
Derived from Welsh ap Rhys, which means "son of RHYS".
PRIDDY Welsh
From Welsh prydudd meaning "bard".
PRIESTLEY English
From a place name meaning "priest clearing", from Old English preost and leah.
PRIETO Spanish
From a nickname meaning "dark" in Spanish, referring to a person with dark hair or skin.
PRIFTI Albanian
From Albanian prift meaning "priest".
PRINSEN Dutch
Means "son of the prince", the term prince would have denoted someone who acted in a regal manner.
PRINZ German, Jewish
Means "prince", used as an ornamental name by Jews or as a nickname for someone who acted in a princely manner.
PRITCHARD Welsh
From Welsh ap Richard meaning "son of RICHARD".
PROBERT Welsh
Derived from Welsh ap Robert, which means "son of ROBERT".
PROCHÁZKA Czech
Means "walk, wander, stroll" in Czech. This was an occupational name for a travelling tradesman.
PROFETA Italian
From Italian profeta meaning "prophet". It probably came from a nickname indicating a person who wanted to predict the future. It is typical of southern Italy.
PROHÁSZKA Hungarian
Hungarian form of PROCHÁZKA.
PROSDOCIMI Italian
From the given name Prosdocimo, Italian form of PROSDOCIMUS.
PROTZ German
From a nickname meaning "showy, pompous", derived from an old southern German word meaning "toad".
PROUDFOOT English
Nickname for a person with a proud step.
PROULX French
Derived from Old French preu meaning "valiant, brave".
PROVENZA Italian
From the name of the Provence region of southern France (in Italian Provenza). It is derived from Latin provincia "province", a territorial division.
PROVENZANO Italian
Variant of PROVENZA typical of southern Italy, namely Sicily and Calabria.
PRYCE Welsh
Variant of PRICE.
PRYOR English
Originally belonged to one who was a prior (a religious official), or one who worked for a prior.
PUERTA Spanish
Means "door, gate", a topographic name for a person who lived near the gates of the town.
PUGA Galician
Means "thorn, prickle" in Galician.
PUGH Welsh
Derived from Welsh ap Hugh meaning "son of HUGH".
PUGLIESE Italian
From an adjectival derivative of Puglia, from Latin 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.
PUIG Catalan
Catalan cognate of POGGIO.
PULKRÁBEK Czech
Derived from the medieval status name purkrabí meaning "burgrave". It is derived from German Burggraf meaning "castle count".
PURCELL English
From Old French pourcel "piglet", from Latin porcellus, a derivative of porcus "pig". This was a nickname or an occupational name for a swineherd.
PUSKÁS Hungarian
Occupational name for a gunsmith or cannon maker, from Hungarian puska meaning "gun" (from German, itself from Latin buxis "box").
PUSZTAI Hungarian
From Hungarian puszta meaning "plain, steppe". The name was given to someone living on a plain.
PUTIN Russian
From Russian путь (put) meaning "road, path". This surname is borne by the Russian president Vladimir Putin (1952-).
PUTNAM English
From Puttenham, the name of towns in Hertfordshire and Surrey in England, which mean "Putta's homestead".
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