Surnames Categorized "birds"

This is a list of surnames in which the categories include birds.
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AAKSTER Dutch
Derived from Old Dutch ekster "magpie".
ADLER German, Jewish
Means "eagle" in German.
AITA Italian
Originally denoted a person from Aieta, Italy, a place name derived from Greek αετος (aetos) meaning "eagle".
AMSEL (2) German
Means "blackbird" in German.
AQUILA Italian
From a nickname meaning "eagle" in Italian.
ARENDONK Dutch
Denoted a person from Arendonk, a town between in northern Belgium. It is derived from arend "eagle" and donk "hill".
ARRINGTON English
From the name of a town in Cambridgeshire, originally meaning "Earna's settlement" in Old English (Earna being a person's nickname meaning "eagle").
BALODIS Latvian
Means "pigeon" in Latvian.
BERGFALK Swedish
Derived from Swedish berg "mountain" and falk "falcon".
BIRD English
Occupational name for a person who raised or hunted birds.
ČERMÁK Czech
Means "redstart (bird)" in Czech.
CHAYKA Ukrainian
Means "seagull" in Ukrainian.
CINEGE Hungarian
Means "titmouse bird" in Hungarian.
ČÍŽEK Czech
Means "siskin" in Czech, referring to a type of bird in the finch family.
COCK English
Derived from the medieval nickname cok meaning "rooster, cock". The nickname was commonly added to given names to create diminutives such as Hancock or Alcock.
COCKS English
Patronymic form of COCK.
COLOMBERA Italian
From a derivative of Italian colomba "dove" indicating a house where doves were held.
COLOMBO Italian
Either from Italian colomba "dove" indicating a dove keeper, or from the given name COLOMBO, which is derived from the same word. This was the Italian surname of the 15th-century explorer Christopher Columbus.
CORVI Italian
Nickname derived from Italian corvo meaning "crow".
COX English
Patronymic form of COCK.
CRAWFORD English
From a place name derived from Old English crawa "crow" and ford "river crossing".
CZAJKA Polish
Means "lapwing (bird)" in Polish.
DRAKE English
Derived from the Old Norse byname Draki or the Old English byname Draca both meaning "dragon", both via Latin from Greek δρακων (drakon) meaning "dragon, serpent".
FALCO Italian
Derived from Italian falco "falcon". The name was used to denote a falconer or a person who resembled a falcon in some way.
FALK Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, German
From Old Norse falkr or Middle High German valke meaning "falcon".
FALKENRATH German
Derived from Germanic falke "falcon" and rad "counsel".
FAULKNER English, Scottish
Occupational name meaning "keeper of falcons", from Middle English and Scots faulcon, from Late Latin falco, of Germanic origin.
FLOROS Greek
From Greek φλωρος (phloros) meaning "greenfinch", derived from classical Greek χλωρος (chloros) meaning "green".
FOWLER English
Occupational name for a fowler or birdcatcher, ultimately derived from Old English fugol meaning "bird".
FULTON English
From the name of the English town of Foulden, Norfolk, meaning "bird hill" in Old English.
GALLO Italian, Spanish
Means "rooster", ultimately from Latin gallus. This was a nickname for a proud person.
GARZA Spanish
Derived from Spanish garza meaning "heron".
GEIER German
Means "vulture" in German, a nickname for a greedy person.
HABICH German
German cognate of HAWK.
HABICHT German
German cognate of HAWK.
HAHN German
From a nickname for a proud or pugnacious person, from Old High German hano meaning "rooster, cock".
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".
HAWKING English
From a diminutive of HAWK. A famous bearer was the British physicist Stephen Hawking (1942-2018).
HAWKINS English
From a diminutive of HAWK.
HOLUB Czech, Ukrainian
Means "dove, pigeon" in Czech and Ukrainian.
JASKÓLSKI Polish
Originally indicated a person from various Polish towns named Jaskółki, derived from Polish jaskółka "swallow (bird)".
KACZKA Polish
Means "duck" in Polish.
KAFKA Czech
Derived from Czech kavka "jackdaw".
KARGA Turkish
Nickname meaning "crow" in Turkish.
KARTAL Turkish
From a nickname meaning "eagle" in Turkish.
KAWA Polish
Derived from Polish kawka "jackdaw".
KOHUT Ukrainian
Means "rooster" in Ukrainian, a nickname for a proud person.
MARTIN English, French, German, Czech
Derived from the given name MARTIN.
MERLO Italian, Spanish
Means "blackbird", ultimately from Latin merula. The blackbird is a symbol of a naive person.
ORLOV Russian
Patronymic derived from the Russian nickname Орёл (Oryol) meaning "eagle".
Ó SEIGHIN Irish
Means "descendant of Seighin". The given name Seighin means "small hawk" from Old Irish séigene.
PALOMER Provençal
Means "pigeon keeper" from Latin palumbes "pigeon".
PALOMO Spanish
Means "pigeon, dove", from Latin palumbes.
PALUMBO Italian
From Italian palombo meaning "pigeon" (also "dogfish"). This form is typical of southern Italy.
PASSERINI Italian
From Italian passero meaning "sparrow".
PAVONE Italian
Means "peacock" in Italian. It was originally a nickname for a proud or haughty person.
PAVONI Italian
Variant of PAVONE.
PEACOCK English
From Middle English pecok meaning "peacock". It was originally a nickname for a proud or haughty person.
PICASSO Italian
From Italian pica meaning "magpie". This probably denoted someone who was talkative or prone to stealing, although it may have described someone's unusual colouring. The Spanish painter and sculptor Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) was a famous bearer of this name.
POULIN French
Derived from Old French poule meaning "chicken". It was most likely used to denote a person who raised or sold poultry.
RAPP (2) German
From Middle High German raben meaning "raven", a nickname for a person with black hair.
REIHER German
Means "heron" in German, a nickname for a person with long legs.
RIGÓ Hungarian
Means "thrush" in Hungarian.
SAS Hungarian
Means "eagle" in Hungarian.
SCHWANGAU German
From the name of a town in southern Germany, possibly related to German Schwan meaning "swan".
SCHWENKE (2) German
From a given name, a Low German diminutive of SWANHILD.
SHINE (2) Irish
Anglicized form of Ó SEIGHIN.
SIKORA Polish
Means "tit (bird)" in Polish.
SLAVÍK Czech
Means "nightingale" in Czech.
SOKOL Czech, Jewish
From Czech sokol meaning "falcon", a nickname or an occupational name for a falconer. As a Jewish name it is ornamental.
SOKOŁOWSKI Polish
Usually refers to the city of Sokołów Podlaski in Poland. It may sometimes be derived from Polish sokół meaning "falcon".
SÓLYOM Hungarian
Means "hawk, falcon" in Hungarian.
SÓWKA Polish
From a diminutive of Polish sowa meaning "owl".
SPECHT German
Means "woodpecker" in German.
SPURLING English
From Middle English sparewe "sparrow" and the diminutive suffix -ling.
SÝKORA Czech, Slovak
Means "tit (bird)" in Czech and Slovak.
SZARKA Hungarian
From Hungarian szarka meaning "magpie", often used as a euphemistic term for a thief.
TAUBE German
From a nickname meaning meaning "dove" in German.
TEEL English
From Middle English tele meaning "teal, duck".
THRUSSELL English
From Old English þrostle meaning "song thrush", referring to a cheerful person.
TJÄDER Swedish
Means "wood grouse" in Swedish.
TRUDU Sardinian
Means "thrush" in Sardinian (from Latin turdus).
UCCELLO Italian
Means "bird" in Italian, either a nickname for a person who resembled a bird or an occupational name for a birdcatcher.
UTKIN Russian
From the Russian word утка (utka) meaning "duck".
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.
VORONIN Russian
Derived from Russian ворона (vorona) meaning "crow".
VRUBEL Czech
From a nickname derived from Czech vrabec meaning "sparrow".
WALDVOGEL Jewish
Ornamental name derived from German Wald meaning "forest" and Vogel meaning "bird".
WALKENHORST German
Possibly derived from a German place name Falkenhorst, from Falken meaning "falcons" and Horst meaning "thicket".
WOODCOCK English
Nickname referring to the woodcock bird.
WRONA Polish
Derived from Polish wrona meaning "crow".
WRONSKI Polish
Derived from Polish wrona meaning "crow".
ŻURAW Polish
Means "crane" in Polish, a nickname for a tall person.