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.
From the ecclesiastical usage of canon
, referring to a church official or servant who worked in a clergy house.
Occupational name for a person who operated a cart to transport goods, from Norman French caretier
Locative name meaning "cross", ultimately from Latin crux
. It denoted one who lived near a cross symbol or near a crossroads.
From a nickname for a person who had grey hair or grey clothes.
Descriptive name for someone who often wore the colour green or someone who lived near the village green.
Designated a person who had originally lived near the mouth of the Roe River in Derry, Ireland.
Means "keeper of the park" in Middle English. It is an occupational name for a man who was the gamekeeper at the medieval park.
Originally given to a person from Scotland or a person who spoke Scottish Gaelic.
Derived from Old French tailleur
meaning "tailor", ultimately from Latin taliare
Originally given to a person who dwelt near a sheep enclosure, from Middle English wether
"sheep" and spong
"strip of land".
Occupational name for a forester, meaning "ward of the wood" in Old English.
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-).