Surnames Categorized "actions"

This is a list of surnames in which the categories include actions.
Afolayan Western African, Yoruba
Means "walks like a wealthy person, walks with confidence" in Yoruba.
Ballerini Italian
From Italian ballerino meaning "dancer", an occupational name or nickname for someone who liked to dance.
Bellandi Italian
Means "son of Bellando", from a medieval given name derived from Latin bellandus meaning "which is to be fought".
Benbow English
From a nickname "bend the bow" given to an archer.
Boivin French
Nickname for a wine drinker, from Old French boi "to drink" and vin "wine".
Chaudhary Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Nepali
From a title meaning "holder of four", from Sanskrit चतुर् (chatur) meaning "four" and धुरीय (dhuriya) meaning "bearing a burden".
Chvátal Czech
Derived from chvátat meaning "to hurry".
Đỗ Vietnamese
Vietnamese form of Du, from Sino-Vietnamese (đỗ).
Doležal Czech
Nickname for a lazy person, derived from the past participle of the Czech verb doležat "to lie down".
Dreschner German
Derived from Middle High German dreschen "to thresh". A thresher was a person who separated the grains from a cereal plant by beating it.
Du Chinese
From Chinese () meaning "stop, prevent" or "birchleaf pear tree".
Egger German
South German occupational name meaning "plowman" or "farmer", derived from German eggen "to harrow, to plow".
Faragó Hungarian
An occupational name meaning "woodcutter", from Hungarian farag meaning "carve, cut".
Hauer German
Derived from Middle High German houwen "to chop", referring to a butcher or woodchopper.
Holguín Spanish
Possibly from Spanish holgar "to rest, to enjoy oneself".
Hopper English
Occupational name for an acrobat or a nickname for someone who was nervous or restless. A famous bearer was the American actor Dennis Hopper (1936-2010).
Iordanou Greek
From the name of the Jordan river, which is from Hebrew יָרַד (yarad) meaning "descend" or "flow down".
Jordan 2 Jewish
Derived from the name of the Jordan river, which is from Hebrew יָרַד (yarad) meaning "descend" or "flow down".
Kasun Croatian
Possibly derived from the old Slavic word kazati meaning "to order, to command".
Kellogg English
Occupational name for a pig butcher, from Middle English killen "to kill" and hog "pig, swine, hog".
Kneller German
Originally a nickname for a noisy or disruptive person, derived from Old German knellen "to make noise, to cause a disturbance".
Laukkanen Finnish
From a nickname for a person who took big steps, from Finnish laukka meaning "canter, gallop".
McFly Popular Culture
Invented name, using the prefix Mc-, from Irish mac "son", and the English word fly. This name was created for the time-travelling hero Marty McFly of the Back to the Future movie series, beginning 1985.
Muraro Italian
Occupational name for a wall builder, from Italian murare meaning "to wall up".
Navrátil Czech
Means "returned" in Czech, from the verb navrátit "to return", perhaps used to denote a person who came home following a long absence.
Peck 2 English
Occupational name for a maker of pecks (vessels used as peck measures), derived from Middle English pekke.
Pittaluga Italian
Originally a nickname for somebody who steals grapes from vineyards. In the Genoese dialect pittà means "to pick" and uga means "grapes" (uva in Italian).
Podsedník Czech
Means "one who sits behind" in Czech, an equivalent to Zahradník mainly used in the region of Moravia.
Pospíšil Czech
Nickname for a person in a hurry, from Czech pospíšit "hurry".
Pound English
Occupational name for a person who kept animals, from Old English pund "animal enclosure".
Procházka Czech
Means "walk, wander, stroll" in Czech. This was an occupational name for a travelling tradesman.
Sangster English, Scottish
Occupational name or nickname for a singer, from Old English singan "to sing, to chant".
Schlender German
From Middle High German slinderen "to dawdle" or Middle Low German slinden "to swallow, to eat".
Schovajsa Czech
Means "hide yourself", of Moravian origin.
Schreck German
From Middle High German schrecken meaning "to frighten, to scare".
Schwenke 1 German
Derived from Middle High German swenken meaning "to swing".
Scrooge Literature
Created by Charles Dickens for the central character in his short novel A Christmas Carol (1843). He probably based it on the rare English word scrouge meaning "to squeeze". In the book Ebenezer Scrooge is a miserly old man who is visited by three spirits who show him visions of his past, present and future. Since the book's publication, scrooge has been used as a word to mean "miser, misanthrope".
Skywalker Popular Culture
From the English words sky and walker, created by George Lucas as the surname for several characters in his Star Wars movie series, notably the hero Luke Skywalker from the original trilogy (beginning 1977). Early drafts of the script had the name as Starkiller.
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).
Spellmeyer German
Possibly from German spielen meaning "to play, to jest" combined with meyer meaning "village headman". Perhaps it referred to someone who was played or acted as the village headman.
Stieber German
Derived from Middle High German stiuben meaning "to run away". It may have been given as a nickname to a cowardly person or a thief.
Stoke English
From the name of numerous places in England, derived from Old English stoc meaning "place, dwelling".
Tanzer German
Means "dancer" in German, derived from Middle High German tanzen "to dance".
Tripp English
From Middle English trippen meaning "to dance", an occupational name for a dancer.
Turnbull English, Scottish
Nickname for someone thought to be strong enough to turn around a bull.
Walker English
Occupational name for a person who walked on damp raw cloth in order to thicken it. It is derived from Middle English walkere, Old English wealcan meaning "to move".
Weaver 2 English
From the name of the River Weaver, derived from Old English wefer meaning "winding stream".
Wechsler German, Jewish
Means "money changer, banker", from German wechseln "to exchange".
Wheelock English
Originally indicated a person from the town of Wheelock, England. It was named for the nearby River Wheelock, which is derived from Welsh chwylog meaning "winding".