Surnames Categorized "animals"

This is a list of surnames in which the categories include animals.
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ADLER German, Jewish
Means "eagle" in German.
AGNELLI Italian
From Italian agnello meaning "lamb" (ultimately from Latin agnus), denoting a pious or timid person.
AGNUSDEI Italian
From Latin Agnus Dei meaning "lamb of God". This was a nickname for someone who was particularly religious or someone who wore this symbol.
AZAROLA Basque
Possibly from Basque azeri meaning "fox".
BAGLEY English
From various English place names, all derived from Old English bagga "bag, badger" combined with leah "woodland, clearing".
BÄHR German
From Middle High German bër "bear" or ber "boar". This was originally a nickname for a strong or brave person.
BÁRÁNY Hungarian
Means "lamb" in Hungarian.
BARENDS Dutch
Means "son of BAREND".
BARLOW English
Derived from a number of English place names that variously mean "barley hill", "barn hill", "boar clearing" or "barley clearing".
BERAN Czech
Derived from Czech beran meaning "ram".
BERÁNEK Czech
Means "little ram, male lamb" in Czech.
BEST (1) English
Derived from Middle English beste meaning "beast", an occupational name for a keeper of animals or a nickname for someone who acted like a beast. A famous bearer of this surname was soccer legend George Best (1946-2005).
BEVERLY English
Derived from the name of an English city, meaning "beaver stream" in Old English.
BIEBER German, Jewish
From Middle High German biber meaning "beaver", possibly a nickname for a hard worker.
BIRD English
Occupational name for a person who raised or hunted birds.
BLAKESLEY English
From the name of a town in Northamptonshire, itself meaning "Blæcwulf's meadow" in Old English. Blæcwulf is a byname meaning "black wolf".
BOERIO Italian
From Italian boaro meaning "cowherd".
BOVE Italian
Derived from an Italian nickname meaning "bull, ox".
BROCK English
Derived from Old English brocc meaning "badger", ultimately of Celtic origin.
BUCKLEY (1) English
From an English place name derived from bucc "buck, male deer" and leah "woodland, clearing".
BUCKLEY (2) Irish
From Irish Ó Buachalla meaning "descendant of Buachaill", a nickname meaning "cowherd, servant".
BULL English
From a nickname for a person who acted like a bull.
BULLOCK English
From a nickname meaning "young bull".
BUSTO Spanish, Italian
From the name of towns in Spain and Italy, derived from Late Latin bustum meaning "ox pasture".
CABRAL Portuguese
From places named from Late Latin capralis meaning "place of goats", derived from Latin capra meaning "goat".
CABRERA Spanish
From various place names derived from Late Latin capraria meaning "place of goats", from Latin capra meaning "goat".
CAVALLO Italian
Means "horse" in Italian, an occupational name for a horseman.
CHEVALIER French
From a nickname derived from French chevalier meaning "knight", itself from cheval meaning "horse", ultimately from Latin caballus.
CHEVROLET French
From a diminutive of chèvre meaning "goat", indicating a person who cultivated goats.
COELHO Portuguese
From the Portuguese word for "rabbit", either a nickname or an occupational name referring to a hunter or seller of rabbits.
COJOCARU Romanian
From Romanian cojoc meaning "sheepskin coat". This was an occupational name for a maker of these coats.
COLT English
Occupational name for a keeper of horses, derived from Middle English colt.
COWDEN English
From various English place names, which meaning either "coal valley", "coal hill" or "cow pasture" in Old English.
DARBY English
From the name of the town Derby meaning "deer farm" in Old Norse.
DEERING English
From the Old English given name Deora meaning "dear, beloved".
DI CAPRIO Italian
From the name of the island of Capri near Naples, itself possibly derived from Latin capra meaning "goat" or Greek καπρος (kapros) meaning "wild boar".
EVERLY English
From place names meaning derived from Old English eofor "boar" and leah "woodland, clearing"..
FARKAS Hungarian
Means "wolf" in Hungarian.
FISKER Danish
Means "fisherman" in Danish.
FOX English
From the name of the animal. It was originally a nickname for a person with red hair or a crafty person.
FUCHS German
From Old High German fuhs meaning "fox". It was originally a nickname for a person with red hair.
GAGNON French
Derived from old French gagnon "guard dog". The name most likely originated as a nickname for an aggressive or cruel person.
GARCÍA Spanish
From a medieval given name of unknown meaning, possibly related to the Basque word hartz meaning "bear".
GATTI Italian
Means "cat" in Italian, originally a nickname for an agile person.
GEISSLER German
Occupational name for a goat herder, from southern German Geiss meaning "goat" and the suffix ler signifying an occupation.
GIROUX French
Derived from the Germanic name GERULF.
GOLDHIRSCH Jewish
Means "golden stag" in Yiddish.
GUJIĆ Bosnian
Means "son of a snake" from the Bosnian word guja meaning "snake".
GULYÁS Hungarian
Means "herdsman, tender of cows" in Hungarian.
HARDEN English
From a place name meaning "hare valley" in Old English.
HARDWICK English
From Old English heord "herd" and wíc "village, town".
HARFORD English
Habitational name from places called Harford in Gloucestershire and Devon, meaning "hart ford" or "army ford".
HARLAND English
From various place names meaning "hare land" in Old English.
HARLEY English
Derived from a place name meaning "hare clearing", from Old English hara "hare" and leah "woodland, clearing".
HART English
Means "male deer". It was originally acquired by a person who lived in a place frequented by harts, or bore some resemblance to a hart.
HARTELL English
From various place names derived from Old English heort "hart, male deer" and hyll "hill".
HASE German
From Middle High German and Middle Low German hase meaning "hare, rabbit". This was a nickname for a person who was quick or timid.
HASENKAMP German
From a northern German place name meaning "rabbit field", from Old Saxon haso "hare" and kamp "field" (from Latin campus).
HAWK English
Originally a nickname for a person who had a hawk-like appearance or who acted in a fierce manner, derived from Old English heafoc "hawk".
HERSCHEL German, Jewish
Diminutive form of HIRSCH (1) or HIRSCH (2). A famous bearer was the British-German astronomer William Herschel (1738-1822), as well as his sister Caroline Herschel (1750-1848) and son John Herschel (1792-1871), also noted scientists.
HIRSCH (1) German
Means "deer, hart" in German. This was a nickname for a person who resembled a deer in some way, or who raised or hunted deer.
HOGGARD English
Occupational name meaning "pig herder", from Old English hogg "hog" and hierde "herdsman, guardian".
HORSFALL English
From a minor place in Yorkshire derived from Old English hors "horse" and fall "clearing".
HOWARD (2) English
Occupational name meaning "ewe herder", from Old English eowu "ewe" and hierde "herdsman, guardian".
HUMMEL (1) German, Dutch
Derived from the given name HUMBERT.
JELEN Czech
From a nickname meaning "stag" in Czech.
JEŻ Polish
Means "hedgehog" in Polish. It may have originally been given to a person who resembled a hedgehog in some way.
KALB German
Occupational name meaning "calf (animal)" in German.
KASABIAN Armenian
Alternate transcription of Armenian Ղասաբյան (see GHASABYAN).
KATIRCI Turkish
Derived from Turkish katır meaning "mule", a name for a person who made transports by mule.
KECSKEMÉTI Hungarian
Originally indicated a person who came from the Hungarian city of Kecskemét, derived from kecske meaning "goat".
KELLOGG English
Occupational name for a pig butcher, from Middle English killen "to kill" and hog "pig, swine, hog".
KIDD English
From a nickname meaning "young goat, kid" in Middle English, of Old Norse origin.
KIKKERT Dutch
Derived from Dutch kikker meaning "frog".
KOÇ Turkish
Means "ram" in Turkish.
KOZIOŁ Polish
Means "male goat" in Polish, probably used to denote a goatherd.
KOZLOV Russian
Patronymic from Russian козёл (kozyol) "male goat", probably used to denote a goatherd.
KOZŁOWSKI Polish
Originally a name for a person from Kozłów, Kozłowo, or other places with a name derived from Polish kozioł meaning "male goat".
KREBS German
Means "crab" in German, perhaps a nickname for a person with a crab-like walk.
LAGORIO Italian
From a nickname derived from Ligurian lagö, referring to a type of lizard, the European green lizard. This little reptile is respected because it supposedly protects against vipers.
LEEUWENHOEK Dutch
Means "lion's corner" in Dutch. The first bearer of this name lived on the corner (Dutch hoek) of the Lion's Gate (Dutch Leeuwenpoort) in the city of Delft.
LIS Polish
Means "fox" in Polish, a nickname for a sly person.
LOBO Spanish, Portuguese
Originally a nickname meaning "wolf" in Spanish and Portuguese.
LOMIDZE Georgian
Means "son of the lion", from Georgian ლომი (lomi) meaning "lion".
LÖWE German, Jewish
Means "lion" in German.
LOWELL English
From a nickname derived from a Norman French lou meaning "wolf" and a diminutive suffix.
LUPO Italian
From an Italian nickname meaning "wolf".
LUPU Romanian
From Romanian lup meaning "wolf".
LYON (2) English, French
From a nickname derived from Old French and Middle English lion meaning "lion".
MA Chinese
From Chinese () meaning "horse".
MACCARRICK Irish
Means "son of Cúcharraige" in Irish. The given name Cúcharraige is composed of "hound" and carraig "rock".
MACEACHTHIGHEARNA Scottish
Means "son of Eichthighearn", where the personal name Eichthighearn means "horse lord" in Gaelic.
MADDEN Irish
Anglicized form of Ó MADAIDHÍN.
MADIGAN Irish
Anglicized form of Ó MADAIDHÍN.
MAHONEY Irish
Anglicized form of the Irish Ó Mathghamhna meaning "descendant of MATHGHAMHAIN".
MAKI (1) Japanese
From Japanese (maki) meaning "shepherd, tend cattle".
MÅRDH Swedish
From Swedish mård meaning "pine marten".
MARKEY Irish
From the Irish Ó Marcaigh meaning "descendant of Marcach", a given name meaning "horse rider".
MARSHALL English
Derived from Middle English mareschal "marshal", ultimately from Germanic marah "horse" and scalc "servant". It originally referred to someone who took care of horses.
MAUS German
From a nickname meaning "mouse", from Old High German mus.
MCNAMARA Irish
From Irish Mac Conmara meaning "son of Conmara". The given name Conmara is composed of "hound" and muir "sea".
MEDVED Slovene, Slovak, Croatian, Russian
Means "bear" in several Slavic languages.
MOLES Catalan
From Catalan mola meaning "millstone".
MUTTON English
Referred to a shepherd or else someone who in some way resembled a sheep, derived from Norman French mouton "sheep".
MUYSKENS Dutch
Means "little mouse" in Dutch.
MYŠKA Czech
From nickname derived from Czech myš meaning "mouse".
Ó HEACHTHIGHEARNA Irish
Means "descendant of Eichthighearn", where the personal name Eichthighearn means "horse lord" in Gaelic.
Ó MADAIDHÍN Irish
Means "descendant of Madaihín", a given name derived from Irish madadh meaning "dog, mastiff".
ORSINI Italian
From a nickname meaning "little bear" in Italian, from Latin ursus "bear".
OTXOA Basque
From Basque otso meaning "wolf".
PADMORE English
Originally indicated a person from Padmore in England, derived from Old English padde "toad" and mor "moor, marsh".
PEACOCK English
From Middle English pecok meaning "peacock". It was originally a nickname for a proud or haughty person.
PECORA Italian
Means "sheep" in Italian, an occupational name for a shepherd.
PEURA Finnish
Means "deer" in Finnish.
PORCHER English, French
Means "swineherd" from Old French and Middle English porchier, from Latin porcus "pig".
POUND English
Occupational name for a person who kept animals, from Old English pund "animal enclosure".
PROTZ German
From a nickname meaning "showy, pompous", derived from an old southern German word meaning "toad".
PURCELL English
From Old French pourcel "piglet", from Latin porcellus, a derivative of porcus "pig". This was a nickname or an occupational name for a swineherd.
RANA Italian, Spanish
Means "frog" in Italian and Spanish.
RATTI Italian
From Italian ratto meaning "rat", originally denoting a sly individual.
READ (2) English
From Old English ryd, an unattested form of rod meaning "cleared land". It is also derived from various English place names with various meanings, including "roe headland", "reeds" and "brushwood".
REY (2) English
Means "female roe deer" from Old English ræge, probably denoting someone of a nervous temperament.
RICCI Italian
From Italian riccio meaning "curly", a nickname for someone with curly hair. It is ultimately from Latin ericius meaning "hedgehog".
RÓG Polish
Means "animal horn" in Polish.
ROSCOE English
From the name of a town in Lancashire, derived from Old Norse "roebuck" and skógr "wood, forest".
RUTHERFORD Scottish
From the name of places in southern Scotland and northern England, derived from Old English hryðer meaning "cattle, ox" and ford meaning "ford, river crossing".
SERPICO Italian
From a nickname derived from Italian serpe "serpent, reptile".
SEWARD (2) English
Means "swineherd" from Old English su "sow, female pig" and hierde "herdsman, guardian".
SHAW (2) Scottish
From a given name or byname that was derived from Gaelic sithech meaning "wolf".
SINGH Hindi, Marathi, Punjabi, Indian (Sikh)
From Sanskrit सिंह (sinha) meaning "lion". In 1699 Guru Gobind Singh gave all his Sikh male followers the surname Singh and all females Kaur.
SOBOL Russian, Ukrainian, Jewish
Occupational name for a fur trader, from the Slavic word soboli meaning "sable, marten". As a Jewish name it is ornamental.
STEED English
Occupational name for one who tended horses, derived from Middle English steed, in turn derived from Old English steda meaning "stallion".
STIDOLPH English
From the Old English given name STITHULF.
STODDARD English
Occupational name for a horse keeper, from Old English stod "stallion, stud" and hierde "herder".
STRICKLAND English
From the name of a town in Cumbria, derived from Old English stirc "calf, young bullock" and land "cultivated land".
SWINDLEHURST English
From the place name Swinglehurst in the Forest of Bowland in central Lancashire, derived from Old English swin "swine, pig", hyll "hill" and hyrst "wood, grove".
SZARVAS Hungarian
Means "deer" in Hungarian.
TEKE (2) Turkish
Occupational name for a goat herder, from Turkish teke "goat".
TİLKİ Turkish
From a nickname meaning "fox" in Turkish.
TODD English
Means "fox", derived from Middle English todde.
TUPPER English
Occupational name for a herdsman, derived from Middle English toupe "ram".
TURNBULL English, Scottish
Nickname for someone thought to be strong enough to turn around a bull.
VACCA Italian
Means "cow" in Italian, originally denoting a person who worked with cattle.
VILLALOBOS Spanish
Denoted a person from the town of Villalobos, Spain, which is derived from Spanish villa "town" and lobo "wolf".
VOGEL German, Dutch
From Old High German and Old Dutch fogal meaning "bird". It was originally an occupational name for a bird catcher, or a nickname for a person who liked to sing.
VOLKOV Russian
Patronymic derived from Russian волк (volk) meaning "wolf".
VOSS German
From Middle Low German vos meaning "fox". It was originally a nickname for a clever person or a person with red hair.
WALDVOGEL Jewish
Ornamental name derived from German Wald meaning "forest" and Vogel meaning "bird".
WHELAN Irish
Anglicized form of Irish Ó Faoláin meaning "descendant of FAOLÁN".
WOLF German, English
From Middle High German or Middle English wolf meaning "wolf", or else from a Germanic given name beginning with this element.