Surnames Categorized "comedians"

This is a list of surnames in which the categories include comedians.
Allen English, Scottish
Derived from the given name Alan.
Anderson English
Means "son of Andrew".
Atkinson English
Means "son of Atkin", a medieval diminutive of Adam.
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.
Barr English
Indicated a person who lived near a barrier, from Old French barre.
Bernhard German
From the given name Bernhard.
Berry English
Derived from a place name, which was derived from Old English burh "fortification".
Black English
Means either "black" (from Old English blæc) or "pale" (from Old English blac). It could refer to a person with a pale or a dark complexion, or a person who worked with black dye.
Brand 1 German, English
Derived from the Old German given name Brando or its Old Norse cognate Brandr.
Brooks English
Variant of Brook.
Bruce Scottish
Possibly from the name of the town of Brix in Normandy, which is of unknown meaning. It was brought to Scotland in the 12th century by the Anglo-Norman baron Robert de Brus. It was later borne by his descendant Robert the Bruce, a hero of the 14th century who achieved independence from England and became the king of Scotland.
Butler English, Irish
Occupational name derived from Norman French butiller "wine steward", ultimately from Late Latin butticula "bottle". A famous bearer of this surname is the fictional character Rhett Butler, created by Margaret Mitchell for her novel Gone with the Wind (1936).
Byrne Irish
Variant of O'Byrne.
Carr Scottish
Variant of Kerr.
Carson Scottish
Meaning uncertain, possibly from the town of Courson in Normandy.
Chapman English
Occupational name derived from Old English ceapmann meaning "merchant, trader".
Chase English
Occupational name for a hunter, from Middle English chase "hunt".
Cho Korean
Korean form of Zhao, from Sino-Korean (jo).
Clay English
Means simply "clay", originally referring to a person who lived near or worked with of clay.
Cohen Jewish
Means "priest" from Hebrew כֹּהֵן (kohen). It originally denoted one of the priestly tribe of Levi.
Cook English
Derived from Old English coc meaning "cook", ultimately from Latin coquus. It was an occupational name for a cook, a man who sold cooked meats, or a keeper of an eating house.
Cooke English
Variant of Cook.
Cooper English
Means "barrel maker", from Middle English couper.
Delaney 2 Irish
Anglicized form of Irish Ó Dubhshláine meaning "descendant of Dubhshláine".
Đỗ Vietnamese
Vietnamese form of Du, from Sino-Vietnamese (đỗ).
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.
Dunn English, Scottish, Irish
Derived from Old English dunn "dark" or Gaelic donn "brown", referring to hair colour or complexion.
Elliott English
Derived from a diminutive of the given name Elias.
Fallon Irish
Anglicized form of Irish Ó Fallamháin meaning "descendant of Fallamhán", a given name meaning "leader".
Ferguson Irish, Scottish
Means "son of Fergus".
Foley Irish
From Irish Ó Foghladha meaning "descendant of Foghlaidh". The byname Foghlaidh meant "pirate, marauder, plunderer".
Fry English
From Old English frig (a variant of freo) meaning "free".
Gallagher Irish
Anglicized form of the Irish Ó Gallchobhair meaning "descendant of Gallchobhar".
Garofalo Italian
From a nickname, from a southern variant of the Italian word garofano meaning "carnation".
Griffin 1 Welsh
Derived from the given name Gruffudd.
Hackett English
From a diminutive of the medieval byname Hake, which was of Old Norse origin and meant "hook".
Hall English, German, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish
Means simply "hall", given to one who either lived in or worked in a hall (the house of a medieval noble).
Hammond English
From the Norman given name Hamo or the Old Norse given name Hámundr.
Harper English
Originally belonged to a person who played the harp or who made harps.
Harris English
Means "son of Harry".
Harrison English
Means "son of Harry".
Hartman Dutch, German
Dutch and Americanized form of Hartmann.
Henry English
Derived from the given name Henry.
Hicks English
Derived from the medieval given name Hicke, a diminutive of Richard.
Hill English
Originally given to a person who lived on or near a hill, derived from Old English hyll.
Howard 1 English
Derived from the given name Hughard or Hávarðr.
Hunt English
Variant of Hunter.
Iglesias Spanish
From Spanish iglesia meaning "church", from Latin ecclesia (of Greek origin).
Innes 2 Scottish
From the given name Aonghus.
Irwin English
Derived from the Old English given name Eoforwine.
Jacobson English
Means "son of Jacob".
James English
Derived from the given name James.
Jeong Korean
Korean form of Zheng, from Sino-Korean (jeong).
Johnson English
Means "son of John". Famous bearers include American presidents Andrew Johnson (1808-1875) and Lyndon B. Johnson (1908-1973).
Jones English, Welsh
Derived from the given name Jon, a medieval variant of John.
Joshi Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Nepali
From Sanskrit ज्योतिश (jyotisha) meaning "astronomer".
Kane Irish
Anglicized form of Ó Catháin.
Kay 1 English
Derived from the given name Kay 2.
Kennedy Irish
From the Irish name Ó Cinnéidigh meaning "descendant of Cennétig". This surname was borne by assassinated American president John F. Kennedy (1917-1963).
King English
From Old English cyning "king", originally a nickname for someone who either acted in a kingly manner or who worked for or was otherwise associated with a king. A famous bearer was the American civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968).
Krakowski Polish, Jewish
Habitational name for a person from the city of Kraków in southern Poland.
Lawrence English
Derived from the given name Laurence 1. Famous bearers include revolutionary T. E. Lawrence (1888-1935) and author D. H. Lawrence (1885-1930).
Lee 2 Korean, Chinese
Korean form of Li 1, from Sino-Korean (i). It is also a variant Chinese romanization of Li 1.
Lenox Scottish
Variant of Lennox.
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.
Lynch Irish
From Irish Ó Loingsigh meaning "descendant of Loingseach", a given name meaning "mariner".
MacDonald Scottish
Anglicized form of Scottish Gaelic MacDhòmhnaill meaning "son of Donald". It originates from the Highland clan Donald.
Madigan Irish
Anglicized form of Ó Madaidhín.
Martin English, French, German, Swedish
Derived from the given name Martin. This is the most common surname in France.
McCarthy Irish
Anglicized form of Irish Mac Cárthaigh meaning "son of Carthach".
McCulloch Scottish
Scottish form of McCullough.
McIntyre Scottish
From Scottish Gaelic Mac an tSaoir meaning "son of the carpenter".
Meaney Irish
Variant of O'Mooney.
Meyers German, English
Patronymic form of Meyer 1, Mayer 3 or Myer.
Miller English
Occupational surname meaning "miller", referring to a person who owned or worked in a grain mill, derived from Middle English mille "mill".
Milligan Irish
Anglicized form of the Irish Ó Maolagáin meaning "descendant of Maolagán", a given name derived from maol meaning "bald" or "tonsured".
Mitchell 1 English, Scottish
Derived from the given name Michael.
Moore 1 English
Originally indicated a person who lived on a moor, from Middle English mor meaning "open land, bog".
Murphy Irish
Anglicized form of Irish Ó Murchadha meaning "descendant of Murchadh". This is the most common Irish surname.
Murray 2 Irish
Anglicized form of Irish Ó Muireadhaigh meaning "descendant of Muireadhach".
Myers English
Patronymic form of Myer or Mayer 3.
Nash English
Derived from the Middle English phrase atten ash "at the ash tree". A famous bearer was the mathematician John Nash (1928-2015).
Nelson 1 English
Means "son of Neil". This name was borne by the British admiral Horatio Nelson (1758-1805).
Normand French
French form of Norman.
O'Brien Irish
From the Irish Ó Briain meaning "descendant of Brian".
O'Donnell Irish
Anglicized form of Irish Ó Domhnaill meaning "descendant of Domhnall".
O'Hara Irish
From the Irish Ó hEaghra, which means "descendant of Eaghra", Eaghra being a given name of uncertain origin. Supposedly, the founder of the clan was Eaghra, a 10th-century lord of Luighne. A famous fictional bearer of this surname is Scarlett O'Hara, a character in Margaret Mitchell's Gone With The Wind (1936).
Oliver English, Catalan, German, French
Derived from the given name Oliver.
O'Neal Irish
From Irish Ó Néill meaning "descendant of Neil".
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.
Perkins English
Means "son of Perkin", a medieval diminutive of Peter.
Plaza Spanish
Spanish cognate of Piazza.
Pryor English
Originally belonged to one who was a prior (a religious official), or one who worked for a prior.
Quinn Irish
Anglicized form of Irish Ó Cuinn meaning "descendant of Conn".
Ray English
Variant of Rey 1, Rey 2, Rye or Wray.
Regan Irish
Variant of Reagan.
Ritter German
From Middle High German riter meaning "rider, knight", a cognate of Ryder.
Rivers English
Denoted a person who lived near a river, from Middle English, from Old French riviere meaning "river", from Latin riparius meaning "riverbank".
Robinson English
Means "son of Robin".
Russell English
From a Norman French nickname that meant "little red one", perhaps originally describing a person with red hair.
Ryan Irish
Anglicized form of Ó Riain, or else a simplified form of Mulryan.
Schneider German, Jewish
From German schneider or Yiddish shnayder, making it a cognate of Snyder.
Shannon Irish
From Irish Ó Seanáin meaning "descendant of Seanán".
Short English
From a nickname for a short person, from Middle English schort.
Strong English
Nickname derived from Middle English strong or strang meaning "strong".
Tate English
Derived from the Old English given name Tata.
Thomas English, Welsh, French, German
Derived from the given name Thomas.
Thompson English
Means "son of Thomas".
Tucker English
Occupational name for a fuller of cloth, derived from Old English tucian meaning "offend, torment". A fuller was a person who cleaned and thickened raw cloth by pounding it.
Underwood English
Means "dweller at the edge of the woods", from Old English under and wudu.
Vaughn Welsh
Variant of Vaughan.
Vernon English
Locational name in the Eure region of Normandy, from the Gaulish element vern "alder (tree)" with the genitive case maker onis.
Vos Dutch
Dutch cognate of Voss.
Weaver 1 English
Occupational name for a weaver, derived from Old English wefan "to weave".
White English
Originally a nickname for a person who had white hair or a pale complexion, from Old English hwit "white".
Williams English
Means "son of William".
Wilson English
Means "son of Will". A famous bearer was the American president Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924).
Wolf German, English
From Middle High German or Middle English wolf meaning "wolf", or else from an Old German given name beginning with this element.
Wong 1 Chinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese romanization of Wang 1.
Wood English, Scottish
Originally denoted one who lived in or worked in a forest, derived from Old English wudu "wood".
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.
Yang Chinese
From Chinese (yáng) meaning "willow, poplar, aspen".
Yılmaz Turkish
From the given name Yılmaz.
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.
Zabala Basque
Originally denoted someone who lived in a place of this name in Biscay. It is derived from Basque zabal meaning "large, wide".