Surnames Categorized "colleges or universities"

This is a list of surnames in which the categories include colleges or universities.
Adams English, Jewish
Derived from the given name Adam.
Austin English
Derived from the given name Austin.
Baker English
Occupational name meaning "baker", derived from Middle English bakere.
Baldwin English
Derived from the given name Baldwin.
Ball English
From Middle English bal, Old English beall meaning "ball". This was either a nickname for a rotund or bald person, or a topographic name for someone who lived near a ball-shaped feature.
Bates English
Means "son of Bate".
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).
Brown English
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.
Bryan English
From the given name Brian.
Case English
From Norman French casse meaning "box, case", ultimately from Latin capsa. This was an occupational name for a box maker.
Clarke English
Variant of Clark.
Cleveland English
Derived from a place name meaning "cliff land" in Old English.
Colby English
From various English place names, which were derived from the Old Norse nickname Koli (meaning "coal, dark") and býr "town".
Cornell English
Derived from the given name Cornelius.
Davidson English
Means "son of David".
Duke English
From the noble title, which was originally from Latin dux "leader". It was a nickname for a person who behaved like a duke, or who worked in a duke's household.
Edison English
Means "son of Eda 2" or "son of Adam". The surname was borne by American inventor Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931).
Evers Dutch
Means "son of Evert".
Hernando Spanish
From the given name Hernando.
Hopkins English
Patronymic formed from a diminutive of Hob.
Houston Scottish
From a place name meaning "Hugh's town". The original Houston is in Scotland near Glasgow.
Hunter English, Scottish
Occupational name that referred to someone who hunted for a living, from Old English hunta.
Kean Irish
Anglicized form of Ó Catháin.
Lamar French, English
Originally from a place name in Normandy, derived from Old French la mare meaning "the pool".
Lewis 2 Welsh
Anglicized form of Llywelyn.
Madison English
Means "son of Maud". A famous bearer of this surname was the fourth American president James Madison (1751-1836).
Marion French
Derived from the given name Marion 1.
Mason English
Occupational name for a stoneworker or layer of bricks, from Old French masson, of Frankish origin (akin to Old English macian "to make").
McKenna Irish, Scottish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Cionaodha meaning "son of Cionaodh".
Mills English
Originally given to one who lived near a mill or who worked in a mill, from Middle English mille.
Morgan Welsh
Derived from the given name Morgan 1.
Murray 1 Scottish
Derived from the region in Scotland called Moray (Gaelic Moireabh), possibly of Pictish origin, meaning "seashore, coast". A notable bearer of this surname was General James Murray (1721-1794), who was the first British Governor-General of Canada.
Newport English
Given to one who came from the town of Newport (which means simply "new port"), which was the name of several English towns.
Nicholls English
Derived from the given name Nichol.
Penn 1 English
Derived from various place names that were named using the Brythonic word penn meaning "hilltop, head".
Rice Welsh
Derived from the given name Rhys.
Rose 1 English, French, German, Jewish
Means "rose" from Middle English, Old French and Middle High German rose, all from Latin rosa. All denote a person of a rosy complexion or a person who lived in an area abundant with roses. As a Jewish surname it is ornamental, from Yiddish רויז (roiz).
Ross English, Scottish
From various place names (such as the region of Ross in northern Scotland), which are derived from Scottish Gaelic ros meaning "promontory, headland".
Rowan Irish
Anglicized form of Ó Ruadháin.
Rutgers Dutch
Derived from the given name Rutger.
Salem Arabic
From the given name Salim.
Scott English, Scottish
Originally given to a person from Scotland or a person who spoke Scottish Gaelic.
Shepherd English
Occupational name meaning "shepherd, sheep herder", from Old English sceaphyrde.
Simmons English
Derived from the given name Simon 1.
Simpson English
Means "son of Sim", Sim being a medieval short form of Simon 1. This is the name of a fictional American family on the animated television series The Simpsons, starting 1989.
Smith English
Means "metalworker, blacksmith" from Old English smiþ, related to smitan "to smite, to hit". It is the most common surname in most of the English-speaking world. A famous bearer was the Scottish economist Adam Smith (1723-1790).
Stanford English
Derived from various English place names meaning "stone ford" in Old English.
Stephens English
Derived from the given name Stephen.
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.
Williams English
Means "son of William".
Winston English
Derived from the given name Wynnstan.
Winthrop English
Habitational name from the place names Winthrope 1 or Winthrope 2.
Wright 1 English
From Old English wyrhta meaning "wright, maker", an occupational name for someone who was a craftsman. Famous bearers were Orville and Wilbur Wright, the inventors of the first successful airplane.
York English
From the name of the English city of York, which was originally called Eburacon (Latinized as Eboracum), meaning "yew" in Brythonic. In the Anglo-Saxon period it was corrupted to Eoforwic, based on Old English eofor "boar" and wic "village". This was rendered as Jórvík by the Vikings and eventually reduced to York.
Young English
Derived from Old English geong meaning "young". This was a descriptive name to distinguish father from son.