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
. A famous bearer is the former American president Jimmy Carter (1924-).
Locative name meaning "cross"
, ultimately from Latin crux
. It denoted one who lived near a cross symbol or near a crossroads.
Of Italian origin, possibly from a place derived from fondo
. The family of Henry Fonda (1905-1982) came from the Netherlands, but they were of Genoese origin.
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 person who was a gamekeeper at a medieval park.
Originally denoted a son of a parson, a derivative of Latin persona
SCOTT English, Scottish
Originally given to a person from Scotland or a person who spoke Scottish Gaelic.
Occupational name meaning "shepherd, sheep herder"
, from Old English sceaphyrde
Derived from Old French tailleur
, ultimately from Latin taliare
Originally a nickname for a person who had white hair or a pale complexion, from Old English hwit "white"
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.
ZELLWEGER German (Swiss)
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-).