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LINDON English
Variant of LYNDON.
LINDSAY English, Scottish
From the region of Lindsey in Lincolnshire, which means "LINCOLN island" in Old English.
LINNA Finnish
Means "castle" in Finnish. A famous namesake is Väinö Linna (1920-1992), Finnish author of 'The Unknown Soldier'.
LINTON English
Originally from place names meaning either "flax town" or "linden tree town" in Old English.
LINVILLE English
From an unknown place name.
LINWOOD English
Originally from place names meaning "linden tree forest" in Old English.
LITHGOW Scottish
Habitation name meaning derived from Celtic roots meaning "pool hollow". A famous bearer of this name is actor John Lithgow (1945-).
LOCATELLI Italian
From Locatello, a town in Lombardy, northern Italy, near the city of Bergamo.
LOCKWOOD English
From an English place name meaning "enclosed wood".
LOGAN Scottish
From a Scottish place name meaning "little hollow", derived from Gaelic lag "hollow, pit".
LOMAN Dutch
From various place names in the Netherlands, derived from Old Dutch loh meaning "meadow, clearing".
LOMBARDI Italian
Originally indicated someone who came from the Lombardy region of northern Italy, which was named for the Lombards, a Germanic tribe who invaded in the 6th century.
LONDON English
From the name of the capital city of the United Kingdom, the meaning of which is uncertain.
LOSA Spanish
From Spanish losa meaning "tile, slab".
LOSNEDAHL Norwegian
From Norwegian dahl meaning "valley" and Losna, a place in Norway.
LOW English
Variant of LAW.
LOWE (2) English
Variant of LAW.
LOYOLA Spanish, Basque
From the name of a place name near the town of Azpeitia in the Basque Country of Spain, derived from Basque loi meaning "mud". This was the birth place of Saint Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556), the founder of Jesuits.
LU Chinese
From Chinese () meaning "musical note" and also referring to the former state of Lu, which was situated in what is now Henan province.
LUM English
From the name of towns in England called Lumb, probably from Old English lum "pool".
LUND Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, English
Indicated a person who lived near a grove of trees, from Old Norse lundr meaning "grove". There are towns in Sweden and Britain called Lund.
LUSK Scottish
Possibly means "cave" in Gaelic.
LUZZATTO Italian
From an Italian form of Lusatia, a region of eastern Germany.
LYNDON English
Originally from a place name meaning "linden tree hill" in Old English.
LYNE Scottish
Habitational name for someone who lived in places of this name in Scotland.
LYNN English
From the name of a town in Norfolk (King's Lynn), derived from Welsh llyn meaning "lake".
LYNTON English
Variant of LINTON.
LYON (1) English, French
Originally denoted a person from the city of Lyon in central France, originally Latin Lugdunum, of Gaulish origin meaning "hill fort of LUGUS". It could also denote a person from the small town of Lyons-la-Forêt in Normandy.
MACEY English
Variant of MASSEY.
MACY English
Variant of MASSEY.
MAEDA Japanese
From Japanese (mae) meaning "front, forward" and (ta) meaning "field".
MAGALHÃES Portuguese
Denoted a person hailing from one of the numerous minor places of this name in Portugal. The first element in the place name may have been derived from the Celtic word magal.
MAGYAR Hungarian
Means "Hungarian" in Hungarian.
MÄKELÄ Finnish
Means "the place of the hill" in Finnish.
MÄKINEN Finnish
Derived from Finnish mäki meaning "hill".
MALINOWSKI Polish
Means "dweller by raspberries" from Polish malina.
MANDEL German, Jewish
Means "almond" in German.
MANFREDONIA Italian
Originally indicated a person from Manfredonia, Italy. The city was named for the 13th-century king Manfred of Sicily.
MANTOVANI Italian
From the name of the city of Mantova in Lombardy.
MARADONA Spanish
Locative name coming from the name of a place near Lugo in northern Spain. A notable bearer is former Argentinian soccer star Diego Maradona (1960-).
MARCHEGIANO Italian
From the name of the Marche region in Italy. It was the real surname of the American boxer Rocky Marciano (1923-1969), who was born Rocco Marchegiano.
MARLEY English
Originally denoted a person who hailed from one of the various places in Britain called Marley, ultimately meaning either "pleasant wood", "boundary wood" or "marten wood" in Old English. One of the main characters in Charles Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol' (1843) bears this last name.
MARLOW English
Originally a name for a person from Marlow (Buckinghamshire), England. The place name means "remnants of a lake" from Old English mere "lake" and lafe "remnants, remains".
MARSDEN English
From a place name derived from Old English mearc "boundary" and denu "valley".
MARSTON English
From a place name derived from Old English mersc "marsh" and tun "enclosure".
MAS (1) Catalan
Means "farm" in Catalan.
MASSEY English
Derived from Massy, the name of several towns in France. The name of the town is perhaps derived from a personal name that was Latinized as Maccius.
MATA Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan
From the Old Spanish mata meaning "plantation of trees".
MATOS Portuguese, Jewish
Variant of MATA. Matos is also a name adopted by Jews of Portuguese and Spanish background. In 1589, Francisco Rodrigues de Matos was accused of being a Rabbi and convicted by the Inquisition, but it is doubtful that he was, in fact, a Rabbi.
MATSUMOTO Japanese
From one of the many places with this name in Japan, derived from Japanese (matsu) meaning "pine tree, fir tree" and (moto) meaning "base, root, origin".
MATSUOKA Japanese
From Japanese (matsu) meaning "pine tree, fir tree" and (oka) meaning "ridge, hill".
MATSUSHITA Japanese
From Japanese (matsu) meaning "pine tree, fir tree" and (shita) meaning "under, below".
MAXWELL Scottish
From a place name meaning "Mack's stream", from the name Mack, a short form of the Scandinavian name MAGNUS, combined with Old English wella "stream". A famous bearer was James Maxwell (1831-1879), a Scottish physicist who studied gases and electromagnetism.
MEADOWS English
Referred to one who lived in a meadow.
MEDEIROS Portuguese
From a place name derived from the Latin word meda meaning "stack".
MEDINA Spanish
From the name of a Spanish city, whose name is derived from the Arabic word for "city".
MEGGYESFALVI Hungarian
Derived from the Hungarian village named Meggyesfalva, literally meaning "cherry village" from meggy "cherry" and falu "village".
MEISSNER German
Originally denoted a person from Meissen, Germany.
MELSBACH German
Means "mill stream" in German.
MELVILLE Scottish
From the place name Malleville meaning "bad town" in Norman French.
MENDOZA Spanish, Basque
From a Basque place name derived from mendi "mountain" and (h)otz "cold".
MERRILL (2) English
From the name of various places in England, derived from Old English myrige "pleasant" and hyll "hill".
MERRITT English
From an English place name meaning "boundary gate".
MESSANA Italian
From the name of the Sicilian city Messina. The city was named for the original Greek settlers' homeland Messene.
METHAROM Thai
Refers to a place or institute of learning or where knowledge is provided.
MHASALKAR Indian, Marathi (Rare)
Derived from the name of the town of Mhasla in Maharashtra, India.
MIDGLEY English
From a village in England called Midgley which meant "midge (insect) wood" in Old English.
MILANI Italian
Variant of MILANO.
MILANO Italian
Originally indicated someone who came from MILAN.
MILBURN English
Derived from a place name meaning "mill stream" in Old English.
MILFORD English
Originally derived from various place names all meaning "ford by a mill" in Old English.
MILTON English
Derived from an English place name meaning "mill town" in Old English. A famous bearer was John Milton (1608-1674), the poet who wrote "Paradise Lost".
MINAMI Japanese
From Japanese (minami) meaning "south".
MIYAMOTO Japanese
From Japanese (miya) meaning "temple, shrine, palace" and (moto) meaning "base, root, origin". A notable bearer is video game pioneer Shigeru Miyamoto (1952-).
MIZUSHIMA Japanese
From Japanese (mizu) meaning "water" and (shima) meaning "island".
MLAKAR Slovene, Croatian
Derived from mlaka "pool". The name referred to someone who lived close to a pool.
MODUGNO Italian
From the town Modugno, in Apulia in southern Italy. It is the surname of the Italian actor and singer Domenico Modugno (1928-1994), the songwriter of 'Volare'.
MOFFETT Scottish, Irish
From a place name in Scotland meaning "long field".
MOLINA Spanish
Means "mill" in Spanish.
MONROE Scottish
Designated a person who had originally lived near the mouth of the Roe River in Derry, Ireland.
MONTAGNA Italian
Means "mountain" in Italian.
MONTAGNE French
French cognate of MONTAGNA.
MONTANARI Italian
Means "from the mountain" in Italian.
MONTE Italian
Variant of MONTI.
MONTERO Spanish
Derived from Spanish monte "mountain".
MONTGOMERY English, Scottish
From a place name in Calvados, France meaning "GUMARICH's mountain". A notable bearer was Bernard Montgomery (1887-1976), a British army commander during World War II.
MONTI Italian
Means "mountain, hill" in Italian.
MOON (2) English
Originally indicated a person from the town of Moyon in Normandy.
MOORE (1) English
From Middle English mor meaning "open land, bog".
MORALES Spanish
Derived from Spanish moral meaning "mulberry tree", of Latin origin.
MORAVEC Czech
Originally indicated a person from Moravia.
MORI Japanese
From Japanese (mori) meaning "forest".
MORRA Italian
Locative surname derived from Morra De Sanctis, a place near Naples, Italy.
MOSER German
Name for someone who lived near a peat bog, from the Middle High German word mos.
MOTO Japanese
From Japanese (moto) meaning "base, root, origin". More commonly it is the final character in Japanese surnames.
MOTTA Italian
From various names of places around Italy. It is derived from a Gaulish word meaning "hill".
MOTTERSHEAD English
Derived from the name of a lost place in Cheshire, from the Old English byname Motere which meant "speaker" and Middle English heved meaning "headland".
MOULIN French
Means "mill" in French.
MOUSHIAN Armenian
Originally denoted someone who came from the Armenian town of Moush.
MUGGIA Italian
Locative surname from the area of Trieste, the capital city of the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region. Muggia is a town near the Croatian border.
MUHLFELD German
Means "mill field" German.
MUNRO Scottish
Variant of MONROE.
MURGATROYD English
From a place name meaning "MARGARET's road".
MURRAY (1) Scottish
Derived from the region in Scotland called Moray meaning "seaboard settlement". A notable bearer of this surname was General James Murray (1721-1794), who was the first British Governor-General of Canada.
MURTAS Italian
From the Sardinian word murta meaning "myrtle". This surname has a locative origin.
NÆSS Norwegian
Variant of NESS.
NAESS Norwegian
Variant of NESS.
NAGARKAR Indian, Marathi
Derived from the name of the town of Nagar in Maharashtra, India.
NAGGI Italian
Originally denoted a person from the town of Naggio in Lombardy, Italy.
NAGGIA Italian
Variant of NAGGI.
NAKAHARA Japanese
From Japanese (naka) meaning "middle" and (hara) meaning "field, plain".
NAKAJIMA Japanese
From Japanese (naka) meaning "middle" and (shima) meaning "island".
NAKAMURA Japanese
From Japanese (naka) meaning "middle" and (mura) meaning "town, village".
NAKANO Japanese
From Japanese (naka) meaning "middle" and (no) meaning "field, wilderness".
NAKASHIMA Japanese
Alternate transcription of Japanese Kanji 中島 (see NAKAJIMA).
NAPOLETANI Italian
Originally indicated a person from NAPLES in Italy.
NAPOLI Italian
Originally indicated a person from NAPLES in Italy.
NAPOLIELLO Italian
Originally indicated a person from NAPLES in Italy.
NARANG Indian, Hindi
From the name of a town in Pakistan which was in undivided India.
NARVÁEZ Spanish
From the name of a town in central Spain.
NASH English
Derived from the Middle English phrase atten ash "at the ash tree". A famous bearer was the mathematician John Nash (1928-2015).
NASS Norwegian
Variant of NESS.
NAVE Italian
From various Italian places called Nave.
NĚMEC Czech
Means "German" in Czech.
NĚMEČEK Czech
Diminutive form of NĚMEC.
NÉMET Hungarian
Means "German" in Hungarian.
NEPI Italian
From the town of Nepi in central Italy, which is of uncertain origin.
NERVI Italian
From the name of the town of Nervi in Liguria, northwestern Italy.
NESPOLI Italian
From the name of towns such as Nespoli and Nespoledo, derived from Italian nespola meaning "medlar (tree)".
NESS English, Scottish, Norwegian
From English ness and Norwegian nes meaning "headland, promontory", of Old Norse origin, originally referring to a person who lived there.
NEUVILLE French
From the names of various French towns meaning "new town".
NEVILLE English, Irish
From the names of towns in Normandy, variously Neuville or Néville, meaning "new town" in French.
NEWPORT English
Given to one who came from the town of Newport (which means simply "new port"), which was the name of several English towns.
NEWTON English
From the name of one of many English towns meaning "new town". A famous bearer was the English physicist Sir Isaac Newton (1643-1727).
NG Chinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese romanization of WU.
NGO Vietnamese
Simplified variant of NGÔ.
NGÔ Vietnamese
Vietnamese form of WU, from Sino-Vietnamese (ngô).
NIBHANUPUDI Indian, Telugu
From the name of a village in Andhra Pradesh, India.
NICASTRO Italian
From the name of the town of Nicastro in Calabria, southern Italy.
NICOLOSI Italian
From the name of the town Nicolosi on Sicily, itself named for Saint Nicholas.
NICOSIA Italian
From the name of the town Nicosia on Sicily.
NICOTERA Italian
From the name of the town of Nicotera in Calabria.
NIEMINEN Finnish
Derived from Finnish niemi meaning "peninsula, cape".
NISHIMURA Japanese
From Japanese 西 (nishi) meaning "west" and (mura) meaning "town, village".
NIZZOLA Italian
From the name of the Italian town of Nizzola near Modena.
NOGUEIRA Portuguese, Galician
From Portuguese and Galician nogueira meaning "walnut tree", from the Late Latin nucarius, ultimately from Latin nux meaning "nut".
NOGUERA Spanish, Catalan
Spanish and Catalan form of NOGUEIRA.
NORDSKOV Danish
Means "north woods" in Danish.
NORLING Swedish
Originally denoted a person who came from the north.
NORMAN English
Referred to a person who was originally from Scandinavia or Normandy. Even before the Norman Conquest, Scandinavians were settling the north and east of England. The Normans who participated in the Conquest were originally from Scandinavia, but had been living in Normandy, France for over a century and spoke French.
NORRIS (1) English, Scottish
Means "from the north" from Old French norreis. It either denoted someone who originated in the north or someone who lived in the northern part of a settlement.
NORTH English
Name for a person who lived to the north.
NORTHROP English
Originally denoted one who came from a town of this name England, meaning "north farm".
NORTON English
From the name of various towns in England meaning "north town" in Old English.
NØRUP Danish
From the name of Danish villages named Nørup or Norup.
NORUP Danish
Variant of NØRUP.
NORWOOD English
Originally taken from a place name meaning "north wood" in Old English.
NOSCHESE Italian
From the name of the town of Nusco in Campania, southern Italy.
NOYER French
French form of NOGUEIRA.
NUREMBERG German
Derived from the name of a city in Bavaria, Germany.
NURMI Finnish
Means "meadow, field" in Finnish. It was the surname of the athlete Paavo Nurmi (1897-1973).
NUSSBAUM German, Jewish
Means "nut tree", derived from the German Nuss "nut" and Baum "tree".
NYE English
Originally indicated a person who lived near a river, from Middle English atten eye meaning "at the river".
NYITRAI Hungarian
Indicated someone from Nitra, a city and historic principality of Slovakia (formerly in Hungary). Its name is derived from that of a local river, which is of unknown meaning.
OAKLEY English
From a place name meaning "oak clearing" in Old English. It was borne by American sharpshooter Annie Oakley (1860-1926).
OBANDO Spanish
Habitational name for someone who came from Obando in Extremadura, Spain.
OBERST German
From Old High German obar meaning "above, upper", indicating a person from the uppermost end of a village or the top of a house.
ODELL English
Originally denoted a person who was from Odell in Bedfordshire, derived from Old English wad "woad" (a plant which produces a blue dye) and hyll "hill".
OELBERG German
Means "oil hill" from Middle High German öl "oil" and berg "mountain, hill".
OGDEN English
From a place name derived from Old English ac "oak" and denu "valley".
OGTROP Dutch
Originally denoted a person who was from the town of Ochtrup in Germany, which is of uncertain origin.
OJEDA Spanish
From the name of the Ojeda river in Soria, Spain, possibly derived from Latin folia "leaves".
OLA Basque
From Basque ola meaning "hut, small house, forge".
OLANDER Swedish
Denoted someone from the islands of Öland (eastern Sweden) or Åland (western Finland).
OLEASTRO Spanish
Means "wild olive" in Spanish, originally indicating one who lived near such a tree.
OLMO Spanish
Means "elm tree" in Spanish, ultimately from Latin ulmus. The name originally indicated a person who lived near such a tree.
OLMOS Spanish
Variant of OLMO.
OMDAHL Norwegian
Denoted a person hailing from any one of a number of farms in Norway called either Åmdal or Omdal meaning "elm valley".
ONGARO Italian
Variant of UNGARO.
OPPENHEIMER German
Originally indicated a person from Oppenheim, Germany, perhaps meaning "marshy home".
OQUENDO Spanish
Originally indicated a person from the town of Okondo in Álava, northern Spain, possibly derived from Basque ukondo "elbow".
ORELLANA Spanish
Originally indicated a person from one of the two towns named Orellana in Badajoz, Spain. Their names are probably derived from Latin Aureliana meaning "of AURELIUS".
OROSZ Hungarian
Means "Russian" in Hungarian.
ORTEGA Spanish
From a Spanish place name (belonging to various villages) derived from ortiga "nettle".
OSHIRO Japanese
From Japanese (o) meaning "big, great" and (shiro) meaning "castle".
ÖSTBERG Swedish
From Swedish öst "east" and berg "mountain, hill".
ØSTBERG Norwegian
Norwegian form of ÖSTBERG.
ØSTER Danish
From Danish øst meaning "east", originally denoting a dweller on the eastern side of a place.
ØSTERGÅRD Danish
From Danish øst "east" and gård "enclosure, farm".
OSTROWSKI Polish
From Polish ostrów meaning "river island".
OURSLER German
Originally a name designating a person from Ursel (now Oberursel) in Hesse, Germany.
OVERTON English
Denoted a person who hailed from one of the various places in England called Overton, meaning "upper settlement" or "riverbank settlement" in Old English.
OWSTON English
Denoted a person who came from any one of the places in Britain called Ouston or Owston.
OZOLIŅŠ Latvian
From Latvian ozols meaning "oak tree".
OZOLINSH Latvian
Anglicized form of OZOLIŅŠ.
OZOLS Latvian
Means "oak tree" in Latvian.
PADMORE English
Originally indicated a person from Padmore in England, derived from Old English padde "toad" and mor "moor, marsh".
PADOVAN Italian
Regional variant of PADOVANO.
PADOVANO Italian
Originally denoted one who came from the city of Padua in Italy, from Italian Padova, itself from Latin Patavium, of unknown meaning.
PAKULSKI Polish
Originally denoted a person from Pakuly, Poland.
PALMISANO Italian
Locative name from the town of Palmi in the Calabria region of southern Italy.
PAN (2) Chinese
From Chinese (pān) meaning "water in which rice has been rinsed", and also referring to a river that flows into the Han River.
PAREDES Portuguese, Spanish
Denoted a person who lived near a wall, from Portuguese parede and Spanish pared meaning "wall", both derived from Latin paries.
PARISH (1) English
Originally denoted a person who came from the French city of Paris, which got its name from the ancient Celtic tribe known as the Parisii.
PARISI Italian
Italian form of PARISH (1).
PARK (2) English
From Middle English park, from Latin parricus, of Germanic origin. This was a name for someone who worked in or lived in a park.
PARMA Italian
From the city of Parma in northern Italy, the name of which is probably of Etruscan origin.
PARODI Italian
From the name of a village near Genoa in northern Italy.
PATAKI Hungarian
Derived from Hungarian patak meaning "creek, brook". It was given to people who lived near a creek.
PAVESI Italian
Variant of PAVIA.
PAVÍA Spanish
Spanish form of PAVIA.
PAVIA Italian
From the name of the city of Pavia in Lombardy, Italy. It is of unknown meaning.
PAXTON English
From an English place name meaning "Pœcc's town". Pœcc is an Old English name of unknown meaning.
PAYTON English
From the name of the town of Peyton in Sussex. It means "PÆGA's town".
PEAK English
Originally indicated a dweller by a pointed hill, from Old English peac "peak". It could also denote a person from the Peak District in Derbyshire, England.
PECK (1) English
Variant of PEAK.
PEERENBOOM Dutch
From Dutch meaning "pear tree", referring to someone who lived or worked at a pear orchard.
PEMBERTON English
From the name of a town near Manchester, derived from Celtic penn meaning "hill" combined with Old English bere meaning "barley" and tun meaning "enclosure, yard, town".
PEÑA Spanish
Originally denoted a person who lived near a jutting rock, from Spanish peña meaning "rock, cliff".
PENN (1) English
Derived from various place names which were named using the Brythonic word penn meaning "hilltop, head".
PENSAK Yiddish
Variant of PENZIG.
PENZAK Yiddish
Variant of PENZIG.
PENZIG Yiddish
Denoted a person who came from Penzig, the German name for Pieńsk, a town in southwest Poland. It is derived from Polish pień meaning "stump, tree trunk".
PENZIK Yiddish
Variant of PENZIG.
PEREIRA Portuguese, Galician
From Portuguese and Galician pereira meaning "pear tree", ultimately from Latin pirum meaning "pear".
PÉRIGORD French
From the name of a region in southern France, possibly of Gaulish origin.
PERRY (1) English
From Old English pirige meaning "pear tree", a derivative of peru meaning "pear", itself from Latin pirum. A famous bearer was Matthew Perry (1794-1858), the American naval officer who opened Japan to the West.
PERUGIA Italian
From the name of the city of Perugia in Umbria, Italy. It was known as Perusia in the classical period, and it is of Etruscan origin.
PESARO Italian
From the name of the city of Pesaro, in the Marche region (Latin Pisaurum).
PESTI Hungarian
Originally it indicated someone from Pest, one of the towns that were joined to make BUDAPEST.
PESTY Hungarian
Variant of PESTI.
PEYTON English
Variant of PAYTON.
PHAN Vietnamese
Vietnamese form of PAN (2), from Sino-Vietnamese (phan).
PHERIGO French
Anglicized form of PÉRIGORD.
PIAZZA Italian
Means "plaza" in Italian, indicating that the residence of the original bearer was near the town square.
PICKERING English
From the name of a town in Yorkshire, derived from Old English Piceringas, the name of a tribe.
PICKLE English
Derived from Middle English pighel meaning "small field".
PIERNO Italian
From the name of the small town of Pierno in southern Italy near Potenza.
PINHEIRO Portuguese
Means "pine tree" in Portuguese.
PINHO Portuguese
Habitational name meaning "pine" in Portuguese.
PINI Italian
Name for a person who lived near a pine tree, from Italian pino, Latin pinus.
PIOTROWSKI Polish
Name for a person from a town named Piotrów, Piotrowo or Piotrowice, all derived from the given name PIOTR.
PIOVENE Italian
From the name of the town of Piovene Rocchette in Veneto, Italy.
PIRAINO Italian
From the name of the town of Piraino on Sicily.
PISANI Italian
From Italian pisano, the name for an inhabitant of the city of Pisa, Italy. The city's name is of unknown meaning.
PITTS English
Indicated a person who lived by a pit or hollow, from Old English pytt. It could also indicate a person from Pitt (Hants) or Pett (East Sussex) in England.
PLAMONDON French
Derived from French plat "flat" and mont "mountain", referring to someone who lived near a flat-topped mountain.
PLANCHE French
French form of PLANK.
PLANCK German
German variant of PLANK.
PLANK German, English
Means "plank", from Old French, itself from Late Latin planca. This could have referred to a person who lived by a plank bridge over a stream, someone who was thin, or a carpenter.
PLANQUE French
French form of PLANK.
PLASKETT English
Originally denoted a dweller by a swampy meadow, from Old French plascq meanig "wet meadow".
PLATT English
From Old French plat meaning "flat, thin", from Late Latin plattus, from Greek πλατυς (platys) meaning "wide, broad, flat". This may have been a nickname or a topographic name for someone who lived near a flat feature.
PLETCHER German
Anglicized form of PLETSCHER.
PLETSCHER German
Possibly from the name of a field where cattle fodder was grown, from German Bletsch.
POGGI Italian
Variant of POGGIO.
POGGIO Italian
Means "hillock, small hill" in Italian, a derivative of Latin podium meaning "balcony, platform".
POIRIER French
Means "pear tree" in French, originally a nickname for someone who lived close to such a tree.
POLÁK Czech
Means "Pole, person from Poland" in Czech.
POLZIN German
From the name of a town in Pomerania, Poland (formerly part of Germany). In Polish it is called Połczyn.
POND English
Originally referred to one who lived near a pond.
PONTECORVO Italian, Jewish
From the name of a town in central Italy, home to an old Jewish community. The town's name is derived from Italian ponte "bridge" and curvo "curved".
POOLE English
From Old English pol meaning "pool", referring to a person who lived by a small body of water.
POPŁAWSKI Polish
From Polish poplaw meaning "flowing water, flood".
PORTELLI Italian
Diminutive form of PORTO.
PORTO Italian
Designated a person who lived near a harbour, from Italian porto, Latin portus.
PORTOGHESE Italian
Means "Portuguese" in Italian.
POTENZA Italian
From the name of the southern Italian city of Potenza, called Potentia in Latin, meaning "power, force".
POWER (1) English, Irish
From Old French Poier, indicating a person who came from the town of Poix in Picardy, France.
POZZI Italian
From Italian pozzo meaning "well, pit", derived from Latin puteus.
PRAŽAK Czech
Means "from PRAGUE" in Czech.
PRESCOTT English
From the name of various English places meaning "priest's cottage" in Old English.
PRESLEY English
Variant of PRIESTLEY. This name was borne by musician Elvis Presley (1935-1977).