From the name of the southern Italian city of Potenza, called Potentia
in Latin, meaning "power, force".
Occupational name for a potter, one who makes earthen vessels. This surname was used by J. K. Rowling for the hero in her Harry Potter
series of books, first released in 1997.
Occupational name, either for an apothecary, from Old French potecaire
, or a seller of stew, from Old French potagier
Derived from Old French poule
. It was most likely used to denote a person who raised or sold poultry.
Occupational name for a person who kept animals, from Old English pund "animal enclosure"
Power 1 English, Irish
From Old French Poier
, indicating a person who came from the town of Poix in Picardy, France.
Power 2 English
From Middle English povre
, via Old French from Latin pauper
. It could have been a nickname for someone who had no money or a miser.
From Italian pozzo
meaning "well, pit"
, derived from Latin puteus
From Old English prætt
meaning "trick, prank"
. This was a nickname for a trickster.
From the name of various English places meaning "priest's cottage"
in Old English.
Originally derived from various place names meaning "priest town"
in Old English.
Pretorius Southern African, Afrikaans
From Latin praetor
. 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.
From a nickname meaning "dark"
in Spanish, referring to a person with dark hair or skin.
Means "son of the prince"
, the term prince would have denoted someone who acted in a regal manner.
Prinz German, Jewish
, used as an ornamental name by Jews or as a nickname for someone who acted in a princely manner.
Means "walk, wander, stroll"
in Czech. This was an occupational name for a travelling tradesman.
From Italian profeta
. It probably came from a nickname indicating a person who wanted to predict the future. It is typical of southern Italy.
From a nickname meaning "showy, pompous"
, derived from an old southern German word meaning "toad".
Derived from Old French preu
meaning "valiant, brave"
From the name of the Provence region of southern France (in Italian Provenza
). It is derived from Latin provincia
"province", a territorial division.
Originally belonged to one who was a prior (a religious official), or one who worked for a prior.
Means "door, gate"
, a topographic name for a person who lived near the gates of the town.
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.
Derived from the medieval status name purkrabí
. It is derived from German Burggraf
meaning "castle count".
From Old French pourcel "piglet"
, from Latin porcellus
, a derivative of porcus
"pig". This was a nickname or an occupational name for a swineherd.
Occupational name for a gunsmith or cannon maker, from Hungarian puska
(from German, itself from Latin buxis
From Hungarian puszta
meaning "plain, steppe"
. The name was given to someone living on a plain.
From Russian путь (put)
meaning "road, path"
. This surname is borne by the Russian president Vladimir Putin (1952-).
, the name of towns in Hertfordshire and Surrey in England, which mean "Putta's homestead".