Surnames with Relationship "from word"

This is a list of surnames in which the relationship is from word.
usage
form
SHVETS Ukrainian, Russian
Means "shoemaker" in Ukrainian and Russian.
SIERRA Spanish
Originally indicated a dweller on a hill range or ridge, from Spanish sierra "mountain range", derived from Latin serra "saw".
SIERŻANT Polish
Polish cognate of SERGEANT.
SIKORA Polish
Means "tit (bird)" in Polish.
SILVA Portuguese, Spanish
From Spanish or Portuguese silva meaning "forest". This is the most common surname in Portugal and Brazil.
SILVEIRA Portuguese
Means "forests" in Portuguese.
SILVER English
From a nickname for a person with grey hair, from Old English seolfor "silver".
SINGH Hindi, Marathi, Nepali, Punjabi, Indian (Sikh)
From Sanskrit सिंह (sinha) meaning "lion". In 1699 Guru Gobind Singh gave all his Sikh male followers the surname Singh and all females Kaur.
SKÁLA Czech
Means "rock" in Czech, indicating that the original bearer lived near a prominent rock.
SKAŁA Polish
Polish cognate of SKÁLA.
SKALICKÝ Czech, Slovak
Indicated the original bearer came from a place named Skalice, Skalica or Skalička in the Czech Republic or Slovakia, derived from the Slavic root skala meaning "rock".
SLÁVIK Slovak
Slovak cognate of SLAVÍK.
SLAVÍK Czech
Means "nightingale" in Czech.
SLOVÁK Czech, Slovak
Originally described one who was from Slovakia.
ŚLUSARCZYK Polish
Diminutive form of ŚLUSARSKI.
ŚLUSARSKI Polish
Occupational name for a locksmith, from Polish ślusarz, of Germanic origin.
SMALL English
From a nickname for a small person, from Middle English smal.
SMALLS English
Variant of SMALL.
SMIT Dutch
From Middle Dutch smit "metalworker, blacksmith", a cognate of SMITH.
SMITH English
Means "metalworker, blacksmith" from Old English smiþ, related to smitan "to smite, to hit". It is the most common surname in most of the English-speaking world. A famous bearer was the Scottish economist Adam Smith (1723-1790).
SMOLA Czech
Variant of SMOLAK.
SMOLAK Polish, Czech
Occupational name for a distiller of pitch, derived from the Slavic word smola meaning "pitch, resin".
SMYTHE English
Variant of SMITH.
SNEL Dutch
Dutch cognate of SNELL.
SNELL English
From Old English snel meaning "fast, quick, nimble".
SOBEL Jewish
Variant of SOBOL.
SOBÓL Polish
Polish cognate of SOBOL.
SOBOL Russian, Ukrainian, Jewish
Occupational name for a fur trader, from the Slavic word soboli meaning "sable, marten". As a Jewish name it is ornamental.
SOKAL Polish
Polish cognate of SOKOL.
SOKÓŁ Polish
Polish cognate of SOKOL.
SOKOL Czech, Jewish
From Czech sokol meaning "falcon", a nickname or an occupational name for a falconer. As a Jewish name it is ornamental.
SOKOLL Jewish
Variant of SOKOL.
SOLER Occitan, Catalan
Denoted a person from any of the numerous places in the area whose names derive from Occitan or Catalan soler meaning "ground, floor".
SOMMER (1) German, English
Means "summer", from Old High German sumar or Old English sumor. This was a nickname for a cheerful person, someone who lived in a sunny spot, or a farmer who had to pay taxes in the summer.
SONG Chinese, Korean
From Chinese (sòng) referring to the Song dynasty, which ruled China from 960 to 1279.
SORDI Italian
From Italian sordo meaning "deaf", from Latin surdus.
SORG German
Variant of SORGE.
SORGE German
Means "worry, care, anxiety" in German, from Old High German sorga.
SÖRÖS Hungarian
From Hungarian sör meaning "beer". Originally the name was given to beer brewers.
SOTO Spanish
Means "grove of trees, small forest" in Spanish, ultimately from Latin saltus.
SOURD French
French cognate of SORDI.
SPEAR English
From Old English spere "spear", an occupational name for a hunter or a maker of spears, or a nickname for a thin person.
SPECHT German
Means "woodpecker" in German.
SPEIGHT English
English form of SPECHT, probably a loanword from German or Dutch.
STACK English
From a nickname for a big person, derived from Middle English stack "haystack", of Old Norse origin.
STACKS English
Variant of STACK.
STÁREK Czech
Czech cognate of STAREK.
STAREK Polish
From a nickname derived from Polish stary "old".
STARK English, German
From a nickname meaning "strong, rigid", from Old English stearc or Old High German stark.
STARR English
From Middle English sterre meaning "star". This was usually a nickname, but it could also occasionally be a sign name from the name of an inn called the Star.
STEEN Low German
Low German variant of STEIN. A famous bearer was the 17th-century Dutch painter Jan Steen.
STEIN German, Jewish
From Old High German stein meaning "stone". It might indicate the original bearer lived near a prominent stone or worked as a stonecutter. As a Jewish name it is ornamental.
STERN (2) German, Jewish
German cognate of STARR.
STEUBE German
Variant of STEUBEN.
STEUBEN German
Name for a dweller by a stump of a large tree, from Middle Low German stubbe "stub".
STEWART Scottish
Occupational name for an administrative official of an estate or steward, from Old English stig "house" and weard "guard". The Stewart family (sometimes spelled Stuart) held the Scottish crown for several centuries. One of the most famous members of the Stewart family was Mary, Queen of Scots.
STONE English
Name for a person who lived near a prominent stone or worked with stone, derived from Old English stan.
STRAND Norwegian, Swedish, Danish
From Old Norse strǫnd meaning "beach, sea shore". It was originally given to someone who lived on or near the sea.
STRANGE English
Derived from Middle English strange meaning "foreign", ultimately from Latin extraneus.
STRAUB German
From Old High German strub meaning "rough, unkempt".
STREET English
Habitational name for a person who lived in a place called Street, for example in Somerset. It is derived from Old English stræt meaning "Roman road", from Latin strata.
STRNAD Czech, Slovene
Means "bunting" in Czech and Slovene.
STROBEL German
Diminutive form of STRAUB.
STROUD English
From Old English strod meaning "marshy ground overgrown with brushwood".
STRUNA Slovene, Czech
From Slavic struna meaning "string, cord", possibly denoting a maker of rope.
STUBER German
Occupational name for the owner of an inn, derived from Old High German stuba "room".
STÜCK German, Jewish
From Old High German stucki meaning "piece, part".
STURM German
Means "storm" in German, originally a nickname for a volatile person.
SUESS German
Variant of SÜß. A famous bearer was the American children's author Dr. Seuss (1904-1991), who was born Theodor Seuss Geisel.
SULTAN Arabic
From a nickname meaning "sultan, ruler" in Arabic.
SULTANA Bengali, Urdu, Maltese
Bengali, Urdu and Maltese form of SULTAN.
SUMNER English
Occupational name for a summoner, an official who was responsible for ensuring the appearance of witnesses in court, from Middle English sumner, ultimately from Latin submonere "to advise".
SUN Chinese
From Chinese (sūn) meaning "grandchild, descendant". A famous bearer of the surname was Sun Tzu, the 6th-century BC author of The Art of War.
SÜSS German
Variant of SÜß.
SÜß German
From Old High German suozi meaning "sweet".
SVÉD Hungarian
Means "Swedish" in Hungarian.
SWEET English
From a nickname meaning "sweet, pleasant", from Old English swete.
SÝKORA Czech, Slovak
Means "tit (bird)" in Czech and Slovak.
SZEWC Polish
Means "shoemaker" in Polish.
SZWED Polish
Variant of SZWEDA.
SZWEDA Polish
Derived from Polish Szwed meaning "Swede, person from Sweden".
SZWEDKO Polish
Variant of SZWEDA.
TACHIBANA Japanese
From Japanese (tachibana) meaning "orange, tangerine".
TAFT English
Variant of TOFT.
TÄHTINEN Finnish
Derived from Finnish tähti meaning "star".
TAILLER French
Means "tailor" from Old French tailleur.
TAILOR English
Variant of TAYLOR.
TANG Chinese
From Chinese (táng) referring to the Tang dynasty, which ruled China from 618 to 907.
TAR Hungarian
Derived from Hungarian tar meaning "bald".
TARR Hungarian
Variant of TAR.
TASH English
From Middle English at asche meaning "at the ash tree".
TAUBE German
From a nickname meaning meaning "dove" in German.
TAYLOR English
Derived from Old French tailleur meaning "tailor", ultimately from Latin taliare "to cut".
TERRELL English
Probably derived from the Norman French nickname tirel meaning "to pull", referring to a stubborn person.
TERZİ Turkish
Means "tailor" in Turkish, ultimately of Persian origin.
TERZIĆ Bosnian
From Bosnian terzija meaning "tailor", ultimately of Persian origin.
THACKER English
Northern Middle English variant of THATCHER.
THATCHER English
Referred to a person who thatched roofs by attaching straw to them, derived from Old English þæc meaning "thatch".
THORN English, Danish
Originally applied to a person who lived in or near a thorn bush.
THORNE English
Variant of THORN.
THORPE English
From Old Norse þorp meaning "village".
TIFFT English
Variant of TOFT.
TKACHENKO Ukrainian
Derived from Ukrainian ткач (tkach) meaning "weaver".
TKACHUK Ukrainian
From Ukrainian ткач (tkach) meaning "weaver".
TOD English
Variant of TODD.
TODD English
Means "fox", derived from Middle English todde.
TOFT English
Denoted a person hailing from one of the many places in Britain of that name, derived from Old Norse topt meaning "homestead".
TOIVONEN Finnish
Derived from Finnish toivo meaning "hope".
TÖRÖK Hungarian
Means "Turkish" in Hungarian.
TORRES Spanish, Portuguese
Name for a person who lived in or near a tower, ultimately from Latin turris.
TOS Spanish
Spanish form of TOSI.
TOSELL Catalan
Catalan form of TOSI.
TOSELLI Italian
Diminutive form of TOSI.
TOSET Catalan
Catalan form of TOSI.
TOSETTI Italian
Diminutive form of TOSI.
TOSI Italian
Means "clean-shaven", usually denoting a younger man, from Latin tonsus "shaved".
TÓT Hungarian
Derived from Hungarian tót, which means "Slovak" or "Slovene".
TÓTH Hungarian
Variant of TÓT.
TRẦN Vietnamese
Vietnamese form of CHEN, from Sino-Vietnamese (trần).
TRAVER French
French variant of TRAVERS.
TRAVERE French
French variant of TRAVERS.
TRAVERS English, French
From an English and French place name that described a person who lived near a bridge or ford, or occasionally as an occupational name for the collector of tolls at such a location. The place name is derived from Old French traverser (which comes from Late Latin transversare), which means "to cross".
TRAVERSA Italian
Italian form of TRAVERS.
TRAVERSE French
French variant of TRAVERS.
TRAVERSI Italian
Italian form of TRAVERS.
TRAVERSINI Italian
Italian variant of TRAVERS.
TRAVERSO Italian
Italian form of TRAVERS.
TRAVERT French
French variant of TRAVERS.
TRAVES English
English variant of TRAVERS.
TRAVIESO Spanish
Spanish form of TRAVERS.
TRAVIS English
English variant of TRAVERS.
TRAVISS English
English variant of TRAVERS.
TREMBLAY French
From French tremble meaning "aspen". It is especially widespread in Quebec, being the most common surname there.
TREVIS English
English variant of TRAVERS.
TSUKUDA Japanese
From Japanese (tsukuda) meaning "cultivated rice field".
TUFF English
Variant of TUFT.
TUFT English
Denoted one who lived near a clump of trees or bushes, from Middle English tufte "tuft, clump", from Old French.
TURCHI Italian
Means "Turkish" in Italian.
VACCA Italian
Means "cow" in Italian, originally denoting a person who worked with cattle.
VĂN Vietnamese
Vietnamese form of WEN, from Sino-Vietnamese (văn).
VAN AGTEREN Dutch
Means "from behind", probably referring to a place behind something, such as a building or a place at the end of the road.
VANCE English
Indicated a dweller by a fen, from Old English fenn meaning "fen, marsh".
VAN DALEN Dutch
Means "from the valley", from Old Dutch dal meaning "valley".
VAN DEN AKKER Dutch
Means "from the field" in Dutch.
VAN DEN BERG Dutch
Means "from the mountain", derived from Dutch berg meaning "mountain".
VAN DER BEEK Dutch
Means "from the creek" in Dutch.
VAN DER VEEN Dutch
Means "from the swamp, from the peat", from Dutch veen "fen, swamp, peat". It originally indicated a person who resided in a peat district or fen colony.
VÅNG Swedish
Swedish variant of WANG (3).
VAN HOORN Dutch
Dutch form of HORN.
VAN HORN Dutch
Dutch form of HORN.
VAN HOUTEN Dutch
Means "from forests", derived from Dutch hout "forest".
VAN LAAR Dutch
Derived from Dutch laar (plural laren), which means "open spot in the forest". These areas were used to graze cattle for example.
VANN English
From Old English fenn meaning "fen, swamp, peat", indicating a person who lived near such a place.
VAN WILLIGEN Dutch
Means "from the willows", from Old Dutch wilga "willow".
VARGA Hungarian
Occupational name meaning "cobbler" in Hungarian.
VARGAS Spanish, Portuguese
Means "hut, slope, pastureland" in Spanish and Portuguese dialects.
VASTAG Hungarian
From a nickname meaning "stout, thick" in Hungarian.
VAUGHAN Welsh
From Welsh bychan meaning "little". It was a descriptive name to distinguish father from son.
VAUGHN Welsh
Variant of VAUGHAN.
VERBOOM Dutch
Means "from the tree" in Dutch.
VERES Hungarian
Dialectical variant of VÖRÖS.
VERHOEVEN Dutch
Means "from the farm" in Dutch, derived from hoeve "farm", and so indicated a person who lived on a farm.
VERMEULEN Flemish
Means "from the mill" in Dutch.
VERVLOET Flemish
Means "from the stream" in Dutch.
VESELA Czech
Moravian Czech variant of VESELÝ.
VESELÝ Czech
From a nickname meaning "cheerful" in Czech.
VICARIO Spanish, Italian
Means "vicar" in Spanish and Italian, an ecclesiastic title used to denote a representative of a bishop. It is derived from Latin vicarius meaning "substitute, deputy".
VICO Italian
Means "town" in Italian, derived from Latin vicus.
VIGO Italian
Variant of VICO.
VILAR Portuguese, Galician, Catalan
Means "hamlet, farm" in Portuguese, Galician and Catalan, from Late Latin villare, a derivative of Latin villa.
VILARÓ Catalan
Catalan variant of VILAR.
VILLA Italian, Spanish
Means "town" in Italian and Spanish, from Latin. It was originally given to a person who came from a town, as opposed to the countryside.
VILLAR Spanish
Spanish cognate of VILAR.
VINOGRADOV Russian
Means "vineyard" in Russian (ultimately from German), referring to a person who worked at a vineyard or lived near one.
VINTER Danish, Norwegian, Swedish
Scandinavian variant of WINTER.
VIVAS Catalan
From the Catalan byname vivas meaning "may you live", which was bestowed upon children to bring good luck.
VIVES Catalan
Variant of VIVAS.
VLAHOVIĆ Serbian, Croatian
Patronymic from Serbo-Croatian Vlah meaning "Romanian".
VLAŠIĆ Croatian
Patronymic from the nickname Vlah meaning "Romanian".
VLAŠIČ Slovene
Patronymic from the nickname Vlah meaning "Romanian".
VLČEK Czech
Diminutive form of Czech vlk meaning "wolf".
VOGEL German, Dutch
From Old High German and Old Dutch fogal meaning "bird". It was originally an occupational name for a bird catcher, or a nickname for a person who liked to sing.
VOGELS Dutch
Variant of VOGEL.
VOGT German
Occupational name from Middle High German voget meaning "bailiff, lawyer", ultimately from Latin advocatus.
VOIGT German
Variant of VOGT.
VOLL (1) Norwegian
Originally indicated a person who lived in a meadow, from Old Norse vǫllr "meadow, field".
VON BRANDT German
Means "from the area cleared by fire", from Middle High German brant.
VORONIN Russian
Derived from Russian ворона (vorona) meaning "crow".
VÖRÖS Hungarian
Means "red" in Hungarian, referring to a person with red hair or face.
VOSS German
From Middle Low German vos meaning "fox". It was originally a nickname for a clever person or a person with red hair.
VOß German
Variant of VOSS.
VROOM Dutch, Flemish
From a nickname derived from Dutch vroom meaning "pious, devout".
WÄGNER German
Variant of WAGNER.
WAGNER German
From Middle High German wagener meaning "wagon maker, cartwright". This name was borne by the German composer Richard Wagner (1813-1883).
WÄHNER German
Variant of WAGNER.
WAHNER German
Variant of WAGNER.
WALLACE Scottish, English, Irish
Means "foreigner, stranger, Celt" from Norman French waleis (of Germanic origin). It was often used to denote native Welsh and Bretons. A famous bearer was the 13th-century Sir William Wallace of Scotland.
WALLACH Yiddish
From Middle High German walch meaning "foreigner (from a Romance country)".
WALLER (2) English
Derived from Old English weall meaning "wall", denoting a builder of walls or someone who lived near a prominent wall.
WALLER (3) English
From Old English well meaning "well, spring, water hole".
WALSH English, Irish
From Old English wælisc meaning "foreigner, stranger, Celt".
WANG (1) Chinese
From Chinese (wáng) meaning "king, monarch". This is the most common surname in China (and the world).
WANG (2) German, Dutch
From Middle High German and Middle Dutch wange meaning "cheek", possibly a nickname for someone with round or rosy cheeks.
WANG (3) German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
From Old High German wang or Old Norse vangr meaning "grassy slope, meadow".
WARD (1) English
Derived from Old English weard meaning "guard, guardian".
WARDROBE English
From Old French warder "to guard" and robe "garment", an occupational name for a servant responsible for the clothing in a household.
WARE (1) English
From Old English wer meaning "dam, weir", indicating someone who lived near such a structure.
WATERS (1) English
Originally given to a person who lived near the water.
WAY English
From Old English weg meaning "way, road, path".
WAYNE English
Occupational name meaning "wagon maker, cartwright", derived from Old English wægn "wagon". A famous bearer was the American actor John Wayne (1907-1979).
WECHSLER German, Jewish
Means "money changer, banker", from German wechseln "to exchange".
WEEKES English
Derived from Old English wíc meaning "village, town".
WEGENER Low German
Low German variant of WAGNER.
WEGNER Low German
Low German variant of WAGNER.
WEHNER German
Variant of WAGNER.
WEHNERT German
Variant of WAGNER.
WEIMANN German
From German Wein meaning "wine", an occupational name for a wine seller or producer.
WEINER German
Variant of WAGNER.
WEISS German, Yiddish
From Middle High German wiz or Yiddish װייַס (vais) meaning "white". This was originally a nickname for a person with white hair or skin.
WEIß German
Variant of WEISS.
WELCH English
Variant of WALSH.
WELLS English
Derived from Middle English welle meaning "well, spring, water hole".
WEN Chinese
From Chinese (wén) meaning "literature, culture, writing".
WEST English, German
Denoted a person who lived to the west of something, or who came from the west.
WHITE English
Originally a nickname for a person who had white hair or a pale complexion, from Old English hwit "white".
WIECK German
Means "village, town", derived from Latin vicus.
WINOGRAD Jewish
Jewish form of VINOGRADOV.
WINOGRODZKI Polish
Polish cognate of VINOGRADOV.
WINTER English, German, Swedish
From Old English winter or Old High German wintar meaning "winter". This was a nickname for a person with a cold personality.
WINTHER Danish, Swedish
Danish and Swedish variant of WINTER.
WIRT German
Variant of WIRTH.
WIRTH German, Jewish
Occupational name for an innkeeper, derived from German wirt meaning "host".
WÓJCIK Polish
From the Polish word wójt meaning "chief, mayor" (related to German VOGT).
WOJDA Polish
Variant of WOJEWODA.
WOJEWODA Polish
From the Polish title wojewoda meaning "governor, voivode" (originally meaning "warlord").
WOLF German, English
From Middle High German or Middle English wolf meaning "wolf", or else from a Germanic given name beginning with this element.
WOLFE English
Variant of WOLF.
WOOD English, Scottish
Originally denoted one who lived in or worked in a forest, derived from Old English wudu "wood".
WRAY English
Originally denoted someone who came from any of the various places of this name in northern England, from Old Norse vrá meaning "corner, nook".
WRIGHT (1) English
From Old English wyrhta meaning "wright, maker", an occupational name for someone who was a craftsman. Famous bearers were Orville and Wilbur Wright, the inventors of the first successful airplane.
WRONA Polish
Derived from Polish wrona meaning "crow".
WRONSKI Polish
Derived from Polish wrona meaning "crow".
WU Chinese
From Chinese () referring to the ancient state of Wu, which was located in present-day Jiangsu province.
XU Chinese
From Chinese () meaning "slowly, calmly".
XUN Chinese
From Chinese (xún) meaning "plant, ancient state".
YANG Chinese
From Chinese (yáng) meaning "willow, poplar, aspen".
YONG English
Variant of YOUNG.
YOUNG English
Derived from Old English geong meaning "young". This was a descriptive name to distinguish father from son.
YOUNGE English
Variant of YOUNG.
YU (1) Chinese
From Chinese () meaning "in, on, at". According to legend, King Wu of Zhou bestowed the realm of Yu to his second son, who subsequently adopted this as his surname.
YU (2) Chinese
From Chinese () meaning "surplus".
YU (3) Chinese
From Chinese () meaning "consent, approve".