Surnames with Relationship "from word"

This is a list of surnames in which the relationship is from word.
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ABATE Italian
From Italian abate meaning "abbot, priest", derived via Latin and Greek from an Aramaic word meaning "father". This was used either as a nickname or an occupational name for a worker in a priest's house.
ABBÀ Italian
Variant of ABATE.
ABBADELLI Italian
Means "little abbot" from Italian abate and the diminutive suffix -elli.
ABBATE Italian
Variant of ABATE.
ABBATICCHIO Italian
Means "little abbot" from Italian abate and the diminutive suffix -icchio, from Latin -iculus.
ABBOTT English
English cognate of ABATE.
ABT German
German cognate of ABATE.
ACCIAI Italian
Derived from medieval Italian accia meaning "axe", ultimately from Latin ascia.
ACKER German, English
Denoted a person who lived near a field, derived from Middle English aker or Middle High German acker meaning "field".
ACKERMAN English
Means "ploughman", derived from Middle English aker "field" and man.
ADLER German, Jewish
Means "eagle" in German.
AGUA Spanish
Means "water" in Spanish, indicating a person who lived near water or worked with water.
AGUADO Spanish
Derived from Spanish agua "water", indicating a person who lived near water or worked with water.
AGUILAR Spanish
From a place name that was derived from Spanish águila meaning "eagle", ultimately from Latin aquila.
AIELLO Italian
From various place names in Italy, such as Aiello del Friuli, Aiello del Sabato and others. They are derived from Latin agellus meaning "little field".
AJELLO Italian
Variant of AIELLO.
AKERS English
Variant of ACKER.
AKKER Dutch
Dutch form of ACKER.
ALBERO Italian
From Italian albero meaning "tree", ultimately from Latin arbor, referring to someone who lived in the woods or worked as a woodcutter.
ALBESCU Romanian
Derived from Romanian alb meaning "white".
ALBU Romanian
From Romanian alb meaning "white".
ALLEGRI Italian
From an Italian nickname derived from allegro meaning "quick, lively".
ANAND Indian, Hindi, Punjabi, Marathi
Means "happiness, bliss" in Sanskrit.
ANKER Dutch, Danish, Norwegian
Metonymic surname for a sailor, meaning "anchor" in Dutch, Danish and Norwegian.
APPELO Dutch
Indicated a person who was from a farm called Aperloo, probably a derivative of appel meaning "apple".
APPERLO Dutch
Variant of APPELO.
ARBEID Dutch
From Dutch arbeid meaning "work".
ARBEIT German
From German arbeit meaning "work".
ARBORE Italian
From Latin arbor meaning "tree".
ARENA Italian
Italian cognate of ARENAS.
ARENAS Spanish
From various Spanish place names, which are derived from Spanish arena meaning "sand".
ARGYRIS Greek
Means "silver" in Greek.
ARTS (2) Dutch
Dutch cognate of ARZT.
ARZT Dutch
Means "doctor, physician" in German, ultimately from Latin archiater.
ASH English
From Old English æsc meaning "ash tree", indicating a person who lived near ash trees.
ATTEBERRY English
Means "dweller at the fortified town" from Middle English at and burh "fortified place".
ATWATER English
From Middle English meaning "dweller at the water".
ATWOOD English
From Middle English meaning "dweller at the wood".
AUE German
From German meaning "meadow by a river, wetland". There are many places with this name in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
AUER German
From German aue meaning "meadow by a river, wetland".
BAANDERS Dutch
Dutch cognate of BANNER.
BAAS Dutch
Means "boss, overseer" in Dutch.
BAASCH Low German
From Middle Low German baas meaning "boss".
BABIČ Slovene
Slovene form of BABIĆ.
BACH German
Topographic name for someone who lived by a stream, from Middle High German bach meaning "stream". This name was borne by members of the Bach musical family, notably the composer Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750).
BÄCKER German
Variant of BECKER, mostly found in northern Germany.
BAGER Danish
Danish cognate of BAKER.
BAGLIO Italian
Italian cognate of BAILEY.
BAI Chinese
From Chinese (bái) meaning "white".
BAILEY English
From Middle English baili meaning "bailiff", which comes via Old French from Latin baiulus "porter".
BAINES (2) English
From a nickname derived from Old English ban "bones", probably for a thin person.
BAKER English
Occupational name meaning "baker", derived from Middle English bakere.
BAKKER Dutch
Dutch cognate of BAKER, from Middle Dutch backer.
BALOGH Hungarian
Means "left handed" in Hungarian.
BANDERAS Spanish
Spanish cognate of BANNER.
BANNER English
Occupational name for a flag carrier, derived from Old French baniere meaning "banner", ultimately of Germanic origin.
BANNISTER English
From Norman French banastre meaning "basket". This was originally a name for a maker of baskets.
BARBER English, Scottish
Indicated a barber, one who cut hair for a living.
BARBIERI Italian
Italian cognate of BARBER.
BARNETT English
Derived from Old English bærnet meaning "place cleared by burning".
BARR English
Indicated a person who lived near a barrier, from Old French barre.
BARRE French
French cognate of BARR.
BARRETT English
Probably derived from a Middle English word meaning "strife", originally given to a quarrelsome person.
BARROS Portuguese, Spanish
From the Portuguese and Spanish word barro meaning "clay, mud". This could either be an occupational name for a person who worked with clay or mud such as a builder or artisan, or a topographic name for someone living near clay or mud.
BARSOTTI Italian
Meaning uncertain, possibly derived from the Germanic word baro "man, warrior, servant".
BASS English
English cognate of BASSO.
BASSI Italian
Variant of BASSO, common in northern Italy.
BASSO Italian
Originally a nickname for a short person, from Latin bassus "thick, low".
BATTAGLIA Italian
From a nickname meaning "battle" in Italian.
BATTLE English
From a nickname for a combative person. In some cases it may come from the name of English places called Battle, so named because they were sites of battles.
BAUER German
From Old High German bur meaning "peasant, farmer".
BAUERS German
Variant of BAUER.
BAUM German, Jewish
Means "tree" in German.
BAUMER German
Variant of BAUM.
BAXTER English
Variant (in origin a feminine form) of BAKER.
BEAN English
English cognate of BOHN.
BECK (1) English, German, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian
Cognate of BACH, from Middle English bekke (from Old Norse), Low German beke or Old Norse bekkr all meaning "stream".
BECK (2) German
Variant of BECKER, from southern German beck.
BECK (3) English
From a nickname for a person with a big nose, from Middle English beke meaning "beak".
BECKER German
Derived from Middle High German becker meaning "baker".
BECKERT German
Variant of BECKER.
BEITEL German
Variant of BEUTEL.
BELLINI Italian
From Italian bello meaning "beautiful".
BELLO Spanish, Italian
Means "beautiful" in Spanish and Italian, originally a nickname for an attractive person.
BELLONI Italian
Augmented form of BELLO.
BELO Portuguese
Portuguese form of BELLO.
BERG German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
From a Germanic word meaning "mountain".
BERRY English
Derived from a place name, which was derived from Old English burh "fortification".
BEUTEL German
From Middle High German biutel meaning "bag", originally belonging to a person who made or sold bags.
BIANCHI Italian
From Italian bianco meaning "white", originally given to a person who was white-haired or extremely pale.
BIEBER German, Jewish
From Middle High German biber meaning "beaver", possibly a nickname for a hard worker.
BIONDI Italian
Means "fair-haired, blond" in Italian. This name was borne by the American swimmer Matt Biondi (1965-).
BIONDO Italian
Variant of BIONDI.
BIRD English
Occupational name for a person who raised or hunted birds.
BISCHOFFS German
German cognate of BISHOP.
BISHOP English
Means simply "bishop", ultimately from Greek επισκοπος (episkopos) meaning "overseer". It probably originally referred to a person who served a bishop.
BISKUP Czech, Slovak
Czech and Slovak cognate of BISHOP.
BISSET English
From Old French bis meaning "drab, dingy", a nickname for someone who looked drab.
BJÖRK Swedish
From Swedish björk "birch tree".
BLACK English
Means either "black" (from Old English blæc) or "pale" (from Old English blac). It could refer to a person with a pale or a dark complexion, or a person who worked with black dye.
BLAKE English
Variant of BLACK. A famous bearer was the poet and artist William Blake (1757-1827).
BLANC French
Means "white" in French. The name referred to a person who was pale, or whose hair was blond.
BLANCHET French
From a diminutive of the name BLANC.
BLANCO Spanish
Means "white" in Spanish. The name most likely referred to a person who was pale or had blond hair.
BLAU German
Means "blue" in German, most likely used to refer to a person who wore blue clothes.
BLOM Swedish
Means "bloom, flower" in Swedish.
BLUE English
From a nickname for a person with blue eyes or blue clothing.
BLUM German, Jewish
Means "flower" in German and Yiddish.
BLYTHE English
From Old English meaning "happy, joyous, blithe".
BOER Dutch
Dutch form of BAUER.
BOERIO Italian
From Italian boaro meaning "cowherd".
BOGNÁR Hungarian
Hungarian form of WAGNER.
BOHN German
Occupational name for a bean grower, derived from Middle High German bone "bean".
BOKOR Hungarian
Topographic name derived from Hungarian bokor "bush". This is also the name of a village in Hungary.
BONE (1) English
Derived from Old French bon meaning "good".
BOON (3) Dutch
Dutch cognate of BOHN.
BOOTH English
Topographic name derived from Middle English both meaning "hut, stall".
BORBÉLY Hungarian
Hungarian cognate of BARBER.
BORDE French
From Frankish bord meaning "board, plank". This name belonged to a person who lived in a house made of planks.
BORG Swedish
From Swedish borg meaning "fortification, castle".
BORGHI Italian
Locative origin, from the common place name Borgo meaning "village".
BORGNINO Italian
From nickname derived from the Piedmontese dialect word borgno meaning "one-eyed". This was the real surname of American actor Ernest Borgnine (1917-2012).
BOSCH (1) Dutch, Low German
Derived from Middle Dutch bosch meaning "wood, forest".
BOSCH (2) Catalan
Catalan cognate of BOSCO.
BOSCO Italian
Means "forest" in Italian.
BOSKO Polish, Slovak
Derived from Slavic bosu meaning "barefoot".
BOSQUE Spanish
Spanish form of BOSCO.
BÖTTCHER German
Occupational name meaning "cooper, barrel maker" in German.
BOUCHER French
Means "butcher" in French.
BOURDILLON French
Diminutive form of BORDE.
BOURKE English
Variant of BURKE.
BOURNE English
Derived from Old English burna "stream, spring".
BOVE Italian
Derived from an Italian nickname meaning "bull, ox".
BOVER Catalan
Catalan cognate of BOVE.
BOVERI Italian
Variant of BOVE.
BOYCE English
From Old French bois meaning "wood", originally given to someone who lived by or in a wood.
BRÄNDLE German
Derived from Old High German brant "fire". This was a name for a person who lived near an area that had been burned.
BRAUER Low German
Derived from Middle Low German bruwer meaning "brewer".
BRAUN German
Variant of BRUN.
BRAUNE German
Variant of BRUN.
BRET French
French form of BRETT.
BRETT English
Originally a name given to someone who was a Breton or a person from Brittany.
BRITTON English
Originally given to a person who was a Briton (a Celt of England) or a Breton (an inhabitant of Brittany).
BROOK English
Denoted a person who lived near a brook, a word derived from Old English broc.
BROOKE English
Variant of BROOK.
BROOKS English
Variant of BROOK.
BROTZ German
Variant of PROTZ.
BROWN English
Originally a nickname for a person who had brown hair or skin. A notable bearer is Charlie Brown from the Peanuts comic strip by Charles Schulz.
BROWNE English
Variant of BROWN.
BRUHN German
Variant of BRUN.
BRUN German
From Middle High German brun meaning "brown". It was originally a nickname for a person who had brown hair or skin.
BRUNE German
Variant of BRUN.
BRUNETTI Italian
Diminutive of BRUNO.
BRUNO Italian
Means "brown" in Italian, a nickname for a person with brown hair or brown clothes.
BUHR Low German
Low German form of BAUER.
BUL Dutch
Dutch cognate of BULL.
BULGARELLI Italian
Diminutive of BULGARI.
BULGARI Italian
Originally denoted a person who came from Bulgaria, which is named after the Turkic tribe of the Bulgars, itself possibly from a Turkic root meaning "mixed".
BULL English
From a nickname for a person who acted like a bull.
BULLOCK English
From a nickname meaning "young bull".
BUREAU French
From Old French burel, diminutive of bure, a type of woolen cloth. It may have originated as a nickname for a person who dressed in the material or as an occupational name for someone who worked with it.
BURKE English, Irish
Derived from Middle English burgh meaning "fortress, fortification, castle". It was brought to Ireland in the 12th century by the Norman invader William FitzAdelm de Burgo.
BURNS (1) English, Scottish
Derived from Old English burna "stream, spring". A famous bearer was the Scottish poet Robert Burns (1759-1796).
BURRELL English
English form of BUREAU.
BUSCH German
Means "bush" in German, a name for someone who lived close to a thicket.
BUSH English
Originally a name for a person who lived near a prominent bush or thicket.
BUTCHER English
Occupational name for a butcher, derived from Old French bouchier.
BUTLER English, Irish
Occupational name derived from Norman French butiller "wine steward", ultimately from Late Latin butticula "bottle". A famous bearer of this surname is the fictional character Rhett Butler, created by Margaret Mitchell for her novel Gone with the Wind (1936).
BYRD English
Variant of BIRD.
CABRAL Portuguese
From places named from Late Latin capralis meaning "place of goats", derived from Latin capra meaning "goat".
CABRERA Spanish
From various place names derived from Late Latin capraria meaning "place of goats", from Latin capra meaning "goat".
CAMPANA Italian, Spanish
Occupational name from Late Latin campana meaning "bell", ultimately derived from the Italian region of Campania, where bells were produced.
CAMPO Spanish, Italian
Means "field" in Spanish and Italian.
CAMPOS Portuguese, Spanish
Portuguese and Spanish variant of CAMPO.
CAPELLO (1) Italian
From Late Latin cappa meaning "cloak, cape, hood". This was a name for one who made or wore cloaks.
CAPITANI Italian
Occupational name meaning "captain" in Italian, ultimately from Latin caput "head".
CARBONE Italian
From a nickname for a person with dark features, from Italian carbone meaning "coal".
CARDOSO Portuguese, Spanish
From a place name meaning "thorny" in Portuguese and Spanish, ultimately from Latin carduus.
CARLEVARO Italian
Northern Italian variant of CARNEVALE.
CARNEVALE Italian
From an Italian nickname meaning "carnival", perhaps given to a festive person.
CARO Spanish, Italian
From Spanish and Italian caro meaning "beloved".
CARON French
Variant of CHARRON.
CARPENTER English
From the occupation, derived from Middle English carpentier (ultimately from Latin carpentarius meaning "carriage maker").
CARR Scottish
Variant of KERR.
CASAL Spanish
From the Spanish word casal meaning "house", ultimately from Late Late casalis and Latin casa.
CASALE Italian
Italian cognate of CASAL.
CASALES Spanish
Variant of CASAL.
CASTELL Catalan
Catalan cognate of CASTLE.
CASTELO Portuguese
Portuguese cognate of CASTLE.
CASTILLO Spanish
Spanish cognate of CASTLE.
CASTLE English
From Middle English castel meaning "castle", from Late Latin castellum, originally indicating a person who lived near a castle.
CASTRO Spanish, Portuguese
Means "castle" in Spanish and Portuguese, and referred to one who lived near a castle.
CATTANEO Italian
Variant of CAPITANI used in Lombardy.
CAVALLO Italian
Means "horse" in Italian, an occupational name for a horseman.
ČERNÝ Czech
Means "black" in Czech.
ČERVENY Czech
Means "red" in Czech.
CHAPUT French
From a diminutive of the Old French word chape meaning "cloak, hood". The name referred to a person who made, sold or often wore cloaks.
CHARBONNEAU French
Derived from a diminutive form of French charbon "charcoal", a nickname for a person with black hair or a dark complexion.
CHARPENTIER French
French cognate of CARPENTER, derived from Old French charpentier.
CHARRON French
Meant "cart" in Old French, used to denote a carter or a cartwright.
CHAYKA Ukrainian
Means "seagull" in Ukrainian.
CHEN Chinese
From Chinese (chén) meaning "exhibit, display, old, ancient" and also referring to the former state of Chen, which existed in what is now Henan province from the 11th to 5th centuries BC.
CHEVALIER French
From a nickname derived from French chevalier meaning "knight", itself from cheval meaning "horse", ultimately from Latin caballus.
CHEVROLET French
From a diminutive of chèvre meaning "goat", indicating a person who cultivated goats.
CHEY Khmer
Means "victory" in Khmer, from Sanskrit जय (jaya).
CHMELA Czech
Derived from Czech chmel "hops", referring to a person who grew hops, a plant used in brewing beer.
CHMIEL Polish
Polish cognate of CHMELA, from Polish chmiel.
CHO Korean
Korean form of ZHAO, from Sino-Korean (jo).
CHOI Korean
From Sino-Korean (choe) meaning "high, lofty, towering".
CHUNG Korean
Korean form of ZHENG, from Sino-Korean (jeong).
CHURCH English
From the English word, derived from Old English cirice, ultimately from Greek κυριακον (kyriakon) meaning "(house) of the lord". It probably referred to a person who lived close to a church.
ČIERNIK Slovak
Slovak cognate of ČERNÝ.
CINEGE Hungarian
Means "titmouse bird" in Hungarian.
ČÍŽEK Czech
Means "siskin" in Czech, referring to a type of bird in the finch family.
ČÍŽIK Slovak
Slovak cognate of ČÍŽEK.
CLARK English
Means "cleric" or "scribe", from Old English clerec meaning "priest", ultimately from Latin clericus. A famous bearer was William Clark (1770-1838), an explorer of the west of North America.
CLARKE English
Variant of CLARK.
CLAY English
Means simply "clay", originally referring to a person who lived near or worked with of clay.
CLEARY Irish
From Irish cléireach meaning "clerk" (see CLARK).
CLERY Irish
Variant of CLEARY.
CLOET Dutch
Variant of KLOET.
COCK English
Derived from the medieval nickname cok meaning "rooster, cock". The nickname was commonly added to given names to create diminutives such as Hancock or Alcock.
COELHO Portuguese
From the Portuguese word for "rabbit", either a nickname or an occupational name referring to a hunter or seller of rabbits.
COELLO Galician
Galician cognate of COELHO.
COIRO Italian
From Italian cuoio meaning "leather", ultimately from Latin corium. This was an occupational surname for a leather worker or tanner.
COKE English
Variant of COOK.
COKES English
Variant of COOK.
COLOMBERA Italian
From a derivative of Italian colomba "dove" indicating a house where doves were held.
COLOMBO Italian
Either from Italian colomba "dove" indicating a dove keeper, or from the given name COLOMBO, which is derived from the same word. This was the Italian surname of the 15th-century explorer Christopher Columbus.
COLÓN Spanish
Spanish form of COLOMBO.
COLT English
Occupational name for a keeper of horses, derived from Middle English colt.
COMBS English
Variant of COOMBS.
COOK English
Derived from Old English coc meaning "cook", ultimately from Latin coquus. It was an occupational name for a cook, a man who sold cooked meats, or a keeper of an eating house.
COOKE English
Variant of COOK.
COOMBS English
From Old English cumb meaning "valley", the name of several places in England.
COSTA Portuguese, Italian, Catalan
Means "riverbank, slope, coast" in Portuguese, Italian and Catalan, ultimately from Latin meaning "side, edge".
COSTE French
French form of COSTA.
CÔTÉ French
French form of COSTA.
COUPE English
From Middle English coupe meaning "barrel", a name for a barrel maker or cooper.
CRESPI Italian
Variant of CRESPO.
CRESPO Spanish, Portuguese, Italian
Referred to a person with curly hair, from Latin crispus meaning "curly".
CRISP English
English cognate of CRESPO.
CRNČEVIĆ Serbian, Croatian
Derived from Serbian and Croatian црн (crn) meaning "black".
CROCE Italian
Italian form of CROSS.
CROCETTI Italian
Italian diminutive form of CROCE.
CROSS English
Locative name meaning "cross", ultimately from Latin crux. It denoted one who lived near a cross symbol or near a crossroads.
CROUCH English
Variant of CROSS.
CRUZ Spanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese cognate of CROSS.
CSÁSZÁR Hungarian
Hungarian form of KAISER.
CUESTA Spanish
Spanish form of COSTA.
CUEVAS Spanish
Derived from Spanish cueva meaning "cave".
CUOCCO Italian
Italian cognate of COOK.
CUOCO Italian
Italian cognate of COOK.
CZAJKA Polish
Means "lapwing (bird)" in Polish.
DAHL Norwegian, Swedish, Danish
From Old Norse dalr meaning "valley". A famous of this surname was author Roald Dahl (1916-1990) who is mostly remembered for children's stories such as Matilda and Henry Sugar.
DALE English
From Old English dæl meaning "valley", originally indicating a person who lived there.
DAM Dutch, Danish
Means "dike, dam" in Dutch and Danish. In modern Danish it also means "pond".
DANE (2) English
Originally denoted a Dane, that is a person from Denmark.
DARBINYAN Armenian
From Armenian դարբին (darbin) meaning "blacksmith".
DAS Bengali, Indian, Assamese, Odia, Hindi, Marathi
Means "servant, devotee" in Sanskrit.
DAUBE German
Variant of TAUBE.