Surnames Categorized "defence"

This is a list of surnames in which the categories include defence.
usage
Amantea Italian
From the name of a town in Calabria, Italy. It is possibly derived from Arabic (dating from the Arab raids of the 9th century) meaning "the fortress".
Argall Cornish
From a place name meaning "shelter, quiet place" in Cornish.
Armati Italian
From Italian armato meaning "armed, armoured, equipped".
Atteberry English
Means "dweller at the fortified town" from Middle English at and burh "fortified place".
Beaufort French
From various French place names derived from beau "beautiful" and fort "strong place, fortress".
Berry English
Derived from a place name, which was derived from Old English burh "fortification".
Bertrand French
Derived from the given name Bertrand.
Borg Swedish
From Swedish borg meaning "fortification, castle".
Burgstaller German
From German Burg "fortress, castle" and Stelle "place, position". This was a name given to a person dwelling at or near such a site.
Dufort French
Means "from the fort", from French fort "stronghold".
Dunbar Scottish
From the name of a town in East Lothian, Scotland, derived from Gaelic dùn meaning "fort" and barr meaning "summit", so called from its situation on a rock that projects into the sea.
Fitzwilliam Irish
Means "son of William" in Anglo-Norman French.
Fortier French
Derived from Old French fort "stronghold", indicating a person who lived near or worked at such a place.
Gilliam English
Variant of William. A famous bearer of the name is cartoonist and filmmaker Terry Gilliam (1940-).
Gordon Scottish
From the name of a place in Berwickshire, Scotland, derived from Brythonic words meaning "spacious fort".
Guillaume French
From the given name Guillaume.
Guillot French
From a diminutive of the given name Guillaume.
Gupta Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Gujarati, Punjabi, Telugu
Means "protected" in Sanskrit.
Hayward English
Occupational name for a person who protected an enclosed forest, from Old English hæg "enclosure, fence" and weard "guard".
Hoggard English
Occupational name meaning "pig herder", from Old English hogg "hog" and hierde "herdsman, guardian".
Howard 2 English
Occupational name meaning "ewe herder", from Old English eowu "ewe" and hierde "herdsman, guardian".
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.
Laguardia Italian
Occupational name meaning "sentry, sentinel" in Italian, also a locative name referring to a person who lived near a watchtower. Fiorello Laguardia (1882-1947) was the first mayor of New York of Italian origin.
Lécuyer French
From French écuyer meaning "squire, shield-bearer".
Lemmi Italian
From a short form of the given name Guglielmo. It is typical of Tuscany.
Mac Uileagóid Irish
Irish Gaelic form of McElligott.
MacWilliam Scottish
Means "son of William" in Gaelic.
Marquardt German
From Old High German marka "border, boundary" and wart "protector". This was an occupational name for a border guard.
McElligott Irish
Anglicized form of the Irish Gaelic name Mac Uileagóid meaning "son of Uileagóid", a diminutive of Uilleag.
McWilliam Scottish
Means "son of William" in Gaelic.
Millward English
Means "guardian of the mill" in Old English.
Ó hÉideáin Irish
Means "descendant of Éideán" in Irish. The given name Éideán is a diminutive of éideadh meaning "clothes, armour".
Ó hÉidín Irish
Means "descendant of Éidín" in Irish. The given name Éidín is a diminutive of éideadh meaning "clothes, armour".
Palladino Italian
From Italian paladino meaning "knight, defender", from Late Latin palatinus meaning "palace officer".
Parry Welsh
Derived from ap Harry meaning "son of Harry".
Rattray Scottish
From a Scottish place name meaning "fortress town", from Gaelic ráth meaning "fortress" and a Pictish word meaning "town".
Rothschild Jewish
From Middle High German rot "red" and schilt "shield", or Yiddish רויט (roit) and שילד (shild). The famous Rothschild family of bankers took their name from a house with a red shield on it.
Schermer Dutch, Low German
Dutch and Low German form of Schirmer.
Schirmer German
Means "fencer, fencing master", from Old High German skirmen meaning "to defend".
Schüttmann German
Means "watchman, guard" from Middle High German schützen "to protect".
Seward 2 English
Means "swineherd" from Old English su "sow, female pig" and hierde "herdsman, guardian".
Sharma Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Assamese, Gujarati, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil, Nepali
Means "joy, shelter, comfort" in Sanskrit.
Stewart Scottish
Occupational name for an administrative official of an estate or steward, from Old English stig "house" and weard "guard". The Stewart family (sometimes spelled Stuart) held the Scottish crown for several centuries. One of the most famous members of the Stewart family was Mary, Queen of Scots.
Ward 1 English
Derived from Old English weard meaning "guard, guardian".
Wash English
Derived from the Norman name Wazo.
Wilcox English
From a diminutive of the given name William.
Wilkerson English
Means "son of Wilkin".
Wilkie English
Double diminutive of the given name William.
Wilkins English
Means "son of Wilkin".
Wilkinson English
Means "son of Wilkin".
Willems Dutch
Derived from the given name Willem.
Willemse Dutch
Derived from the given name Willem.
Willemsen Dutch
Means "son of Willem".
William English
Derived from the given name William.
Williams English
Means "son of William".
Williamson English
Means "son of William".
Willis English
Derived from the given name William. A famous bearer of this surname is actor Bruce Willis (1955-).
Wilms Dutch
Derived from the given name Willem.
Wilson English
Means "son of Will". A famous bearer was the American president Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924).
Zingel Jewish
From Middle High German zingel "defensive wall". This name was originally applied to a person who lived near the outermost wall of a castle.