Surnames Categorized "American sprinters"

This is a list of surnames in which the categories include American sprinters.
Alexander English
Derived from the given name Alexander.
Anderson English
Means "son of Andrew".
Bailey English
From Middle English baili meaning "bailiff", which comes via Old French from Latin baiulus "porter".
Barnett English
Derived from Old English bærnet meaning "place cleared by burning".
Bowie Scottish
Anglicized form of Scottish Gaelic Buidheach, derived from buidhe meaning "yellow". A famous bearer was the American pioneer James Bowie (1796-1836), for whom the bowie knife is named. The British musician David Bowie (1947-2016), born David Robert Jones, took his stage name from the American pioneer (and the knife).
Burrell English
English form of Bureau.
Cartwright English
Occupational name indicating one who made carts.
Chamberlain English
Occupational name for one who looked after the inner rooms of a mansion, from Norman French chambrelain.
Chandler English
Occupational name meaning "candle seller" or "candle maker" in Middle English, ultimately derived from Latin candela via Old French.
Colbert English, French
Derived from the given name Colobert.
Cole English
From a medieval short form of Nicholas or from the byname Cola.
Coleman Irish, English
From the given name Colmán.
Cox English
Patronymic form of Cock.
Ellis English, Welsh
Derived from the given name Elijah, or sometimes Elisedd.
Finn Irish
Derived from the given name Fionn.
Fitzgerald Irish
Means "son of Gerald" in Anglo-Norman French. It was brought to Ireland with William the Conqueror. A famous bearer was Ella Fitzgerald (1917-1996), an American jazz singer.
Francis English
Derived from the given name Francis.
Gale English
Derived from Middle English gaile meaning "jovial".
Gonzalez Spanish
Unaccented variant of González.
Goode English
Variant of Good.
Goodman English
Variant of Good.
Graham Scottish, English
Derived from the English place name Grantham, which probably meant "gravelly homestead" in Old English. The surname was first taken to Scotland in the 12th century by William de Graham.
Griffith Welsh, English
Derived from the Welsh given name Gruffudd.
Hayes 1 English
From various English place names that were derived from Old English hæg meaning "enclosure, fence". A famous bearer was American President Rutherford B. Hayes (1822-1893).
Hightower English
Possibly a variant of Hayter.
Hobbs English
Derived from the medieval given name Hob.
Hooker English
Originally applied to one who lived near a river bend or corner of some natural feature, from Old English hoc "angle, hook".
Ingram English
Derived from the given name Ingram.
Jameson English
Means "son of James".
Jefferson English
Means "son of Jeffrey". A famous bearer was American president Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826). Since his surname was sometimes adopted by freed slaves, it is now more common among the African-American population.
Johnson English
Means "son of John". Famous bearers include American presidents Andrew Johnson (1808-1875) and Lyndon B. Johnson (1908-1973).
Joyner English
Variant of Joiner.
Kaiser German
From Middle High German keiser meaning "emperor", originally a nickname applied to someone who acted kingly. The title ultimately derives from the Roman name Caesar.
Kendrick 1 English
From the Old English given names Cyneric or Cenric.
Knight English
From Old English cniht meaning "knight", a tenant serving as a mounted soldier.
Lewis 1 English
Derived from the given name Lewis. The author C. S. Lewis (1898-1963) was a bearer of this surname.
Little English
Meaning simply "little", it was originally a nickname given to a short person.
McGuire Irish
Anglicized form of Irish Mag Uidhir meaning "son of Odhar", a given name meaning "pale-coloured".
McNeil Scottish
Anglicized form of Gaelic MacNèill meaning "son of Niall".
Meadows English
Referred to one who lived in a meadow, from Old English mædwe.
Merritt English
From an English place name meaning "boundary gate".
Miles English
From the given name Miles.
Moreau French
Derived from a diminutive of the given name Maurus.
Morgan Welsh
Derived from the given name Morgan 1.
Muhammad Arabic, Urdu, Bengali
Derived from the given name Muhammad.
Mullins 1 English
Derived from Norman French molin "mill".
Newton English
From the name of one of many English towns meaning "new town". A famous bearer was the English physicist Isaac Newton (1643-1727).
Nolan Irish
Anglicized form of Irish Ó Nualláin meaning "descendant of Nuallán".
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.
Norwood English
Originally taken from a place name meaning "north wood" in Old English.
O'Brien Irish
From the Irish Ó Briain meaning "descendant of Brian".
Oliver English, Catalan, German, French
Derived from the given name Oliver.
Parker English
Means "keeper of the park" in Middle English. It is an occupational name for a person who was a gamekeeper at a medieval park.
Patton English, Scottish
Diminutive of the medieval name Pate, a short form of Patrick.
Peacock English
From Middle English pecok meaning "peacock". It was originally a nickname for a proud or haughty person.
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.
Phillips English
Means "son of Philip".
Pierre French
From the given name Pierre.
Porter English
Occupational name meaning "doorkeeper", ultimately from Old French porte "door", from Latin porta.
Price Welsh
Derived from Welsh ap Rhys, which means "son of Rhys".
Quiroga Galician
Originally denoted a person from the town of Quiroga in Galicia, Spain.
Richardson English
Means "son of Richard".
Rodgers English
Derived from the given name Rodger.
Scott English, Scottish
Originally given to a person from Scotland or a person who spoke Scottish Gaelic.
Snider English
Variant of Snyder.
Solomon English, Romanian, Jewish
Derived from the given name Solomon.
Steiner German
Variant of Stein.
Terry English
Derived from the medieval name Thierry, a Norman French form of Theodoric.
Thomas English, Welsh, French, German
Derived from the given name Thomas.
Todd English
Means "fox", derived from Middle English todde.
Tolbert English
Possibly from a Germanic given name of unknown meaning. The second element of the name is derived from beraht meaning "bright, famous".
Townsend English
Indicated a person who lived at the town's edge, from Old English tun "enclosure, yard, town" and ende "end, limit".
Urban mu Czech, Slovak, Polish, German
Derived from the given name Urban.
Vance English
Indicated a dweller by a fen, from Old English fenn meaning "fen, marsh".
Vaughn Welsh
Variant of Vaughan.
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".
Washington English
From a place name meaning "settlement belonging to Wassa's people", from the given name Wassa and Old English tun meaning "enclosure, yard, town". A famous bearer was George Washington (1732-1799), the first president of the United States. This surname was sometimes adopted by freed slaves, resulting in a high proportion of African-American bearers.
Watson English, Scottish
Patronymic derived from the Middle English given name Wat or Watt, a diminutive of the name Walter.
Wilson English
Means "son of Will". A famous bearer was the American president Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924).
Young English
Derived from Old English geong meaning "young". This was a descriptive name to distinguish father from son.