Surnames Starting with Z

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ZAALDutch
Means "hall" in Dutch.
ZABALABasque
Originally denoted someone who lived in a place of this name in Biscay. It is derived from Basque zabal meaning "large, wide".
ZĄBEKPolish
From Polish zab "tooth" and a diminutive suffix.
ZAHARIEVBulgarian
Means "son of ZAHARI".
ZAHRADNÍKCzech
Derived from Czech zahrada meaning "garden". It referred to someone who owned less land than a Sedlak or a Dvořák, but more land than a Chalupník.
ZAMANArabic, Urdu
Derived from the given name ZAMAN.
ZAMBRANOBasque
Possibly a habitational name for someone from Zambrana, a town in the province of Álava in Spain.
ZAMORANOSpanish
Originally denoted a person from Zamora, the name of both a province in Spain and its capital city.
ZANETTIItalian
Derived from a diminutive of the given name GIOVANNI. A famous bearer is Argentinian soccer player Javier Zanetti (1973-).
ZANGARIItalian
Southern Italian name, derived from Greek τσαγκαρης (tsankaris) meaning "shoemaker, cobbler".
ZAPATEROSpanish
Spanish cognate of SAVATIER.
ZAPPAItalian
From Italian zappa meaning "hoe, mattock", probably denoting a farmer. Two musicians of Italian origin have bore this name: Francesco Zappa (1717-1803) and Frank Zappa (1940-1993).
ZAWISZAPolish
Derived from the Old Polish given name ZAWISZA.
ZDRAVKOVBulgarian
Means "son of ZDRAVKO".
ZDUNOWSKIPolish
Denoted a person from one of the various towns named Zduny in Poland, which is derived from Polish zdun meaning "potter". It can also be an occupational surname derived directly from zdun.
ZEEGERSDutch
Means "son of SIEGER".
ZEELENDutch
Derived from the given name CEEL.
ZEGERSDutch
Means "son of SIEGER".
ZELENKACzech
Czech cognate of ZIELIŃSKI.
ZELENKOUkrainian
Ukrainian cognate of ZIELIŃSKI.
ZELLWEGERGerman (Swiss)
Originally denoted a person from the Appenzell region of Switzerland. The place name is derived from Latin abbatis cella meaning "estate of the abbot". A famous bearer is actress Renée Zellweger (1969-).
ZEMANCzech
Means "landowner", derived from Czech zem "land". A famous bearer is the soccer coach Zdeněk Zeman (1947-).
ZENIItalian
Means "son of ZENO".
ZENTAIHungarian
Originally indicated a person from the city of Senta in Serbia (formerly a part of Hungary and called Zenta).
ZHANGChinese
From Chinese (zhāng) meaning "stretch, extend". It may have denoted a bowmaker whose job it was to stretch bow wood.
ZHAOChinese
From Chinese (zhào) which refers to an ancient city-state in what is now Shanxi province. According to legend, King Mu rewarded his chariot driver Zaofu with the city, at which time Zaofu adopted this surname. The later historic state of Zhao, which existed from the 5th to 3rd centuries BC, was named after this city.... [more]
ZHENGChinese
From Chinese (zhèng) which refers to the ancient state of Zheng. Zheng existed between the 9th to 4th centuries BC in present-day Henan province. A famous bearer of this surname was the 15th-century explorer Zheng He.
ZHIVKOVBulgarian
Means "son of ZHIVKO".
ZHOUChinese
From Chinese (zhōu) which refers to the Zhou dynasty, which held power from 1046 to 771 BC, continuing for a few more centuries as figureheads.
ZHUChinese
From Chinese (zhū) "vermilion red, cinnabar" and also referring to the ancient state of Zhu, which existed in what is now Shandong province. This was the surname of the emperors of the Ming dynasty.
ZIELIŃSKIPolish
From Polish zieleń meaning "green". It was possibly a nickname for a person who dressed in green clothing.
ZIEMNIAKPolish
Means "potato" in Polish.
ZIĘTEKPolish
Possibly from a diminutive of Polish zięć meaning "son-in-law".
ZILBERSCHLAGJewish
Occupational name for a silversmith from Yiddish zilber "silver" and schlag "strike".
ZIMACzech, Slovak, Polish, Russian, Ukrainian
From a Slavic word meaning "winter". This may have been a nickname for a person with a chilly personality.
ZIMMANJewish
Possibly a variant of ZIMMERMANN.
ZIMMERMANNGerman, Jewish
From the German word for "carpenter", derived from Middle High German zimber "timber, wood" and mann "man".
ZINGELJewish
From Middle High German zingel "defensive wall". This name was originally applied to a person who lived near the outermost wall of a castle.
ZINIItalian
Derived from names such as Lorenzino, a diminutive of LORENZO, or Vincenzino, a diminutive of VINCENZO.
ZINOItalian
Derived from the given name Zino, a short form of names ending with -zino, such as Lorenzino, a diminutive of LORENZO, or Vincenzino, a diminutive of VINCENZO.
ŽITNIKSlovene, Czech
From the Slavic root žito meaning "rye". This was an occupational name for a dealer in rye or a baker.
ZLATKOVBulgarian
Means "son of ZLATKO".
ZORIĆSerbian, Croatian
Means "son of ZORA".
ZSOLDOSHungarian
Means "mercenary" in Hungarian.
ZUBIZARRETASpanish
Means "old bridge", from Basque zubia "bridge" and zahar "old". A famous bearer is the Spanish soccer player Andoni Zubizarreta (1961-).
ZUIDERDUINDutch
Means "southern dune" in Dutch.
ZUÑIGABasque
From the name of a Spanish town, formerly named Estuniga in Basque, possibly derived from Basque istuin "channel, strait".
ZUNINOItalian
Derived from the given name GIOVANNI.
ŽUPANCroatian
Croatian cognate of ZUPAN.
ZUPANSlovene
From Slavic župan meaning "head of the district, community leader".
ŻURAWPolish
Means "crane" in Polish, a nickname for a tall person.
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