Surnames Categorized "composers"

This is a list of surnames in which the categories include composers.
Abate Italian
From Italian abate meaning "abbot, priest", derived via Latin and Greek from an Aramaic word meaning "father". This was used either as a nickname or an occupational name for a worker in a priest's house.
Aitken Scottish, English
Derived from the medieval given name Atkin, a diminutive of Adam.
Bach German
Topographic name for someone who lived by a stream, from Middle High German bach meaning "stream". This name was borne by members of the Bach musical family, notably the composer Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750).
Bradford English
Derived from the name of the city of Bradford in West Yorkshire, which meant "broad ford" in Old English. This is also the name of other smaller towns in England.
Bradley English
From a common English place name, derived from brad "broad" and leah "woodland, clearing".
Brahms German
Derived from the given name Abraham. A famous bearer of this surname was the German composer Johannes Brahms (1833-1897).
Byrd English
Variant of Bird.
Cleveland English
Derived from a place name meaning "cliff land" in Old English.
Doyle Irish
From the Irish Ó Dubhghaill, which means "descendant of Dubhghall". A famous bearer was Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930), the author of the Sherlock Holmes mystery stories.
Hancock English
From a diminutive of the medieval name Hann.
Harris English
Means "son of Harry".
Holst Danish, Low German, Dutch
Originally referred to a person from the region of Holstein between Germany and Denmark. A famous bearer of this name was the English composer Gustav Holst (1874-1934).
Jenkins English
From the given name Jenkin, a diminutive of Jen, itself a Middle English form of John.
Kobayashi Japanese
From Japanese (ko) meaning "small" and (hayashi) meaning "forest".
Kynaston English
Originally derived from a place name meaning "Cynefrith's town" in Old English.
Lennon Irish
Anglicized form of the Irish name Ó Leannáin, which means "descendant of Leannán". The byname Leannán means "lover". The name was borne by the musician John Lennon (1940-1980).
Lindgren Swedish
From Swedish lind meaning "linden tree" and gren (Old Norse grein) meaning "branch". A famous bearer of this name was Swedish author Astrid Lindgren (1907-2002).
Lloyd Welsh
Originally a nickname from the Welsh word llwyd meaning "grey".
McConnell Scottish, Irish
Derived from Gaelic MacDhòmhnaill (see MacDonald).
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".
Monk English
Nickname or occupational name for a person who worked for monks. This word is derived from Latin monachus, from Greek μοναχός (monachos) meaning "alone".
Parry Welsh
Derived from ap Harry meaning "son of Harry".
Pérez Spanish
Means "son of Pedro".
Phillips English
Means "son of Philip".
Powell Welsh
Derived from Welsh ap Hywel meaning "son of Hywel".
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.
Sauter German
Occupational name for a cobbler, from Latin sutor "sewer, cobbler".
Seeger German
From the given name Sieghard.
Shaw 1 English
Originally given to a person who lived near a prominent thicket, from Old English sceaga meaning "thicket, copse".
Tchaikovsky Russian
Alternate transcription of Russian Чайковский (see Chaykovsky).
Thompson English
Means "son of Thomas".
Walton English
From the name of any of several villages in England, derived from Old English wealh "foreigner, Celt", weald "forest", weall "wall", or wille "well, spring, water hole" combined with tun "enclosure, yard, town".
Williams English
Means "son of William".
Xiao Chinese
From Chinese (xiāo) referring to the fiefdom or territory of Xiao (in present-day Anhui province) that existed during the Zhou dynasty.