Surnames Categorized "metals"

This is a list of surnames in which the categories include metals.
Arany Hungarian
Means "golden" in Hungarian. A famous bearer of the name was Hungarian poet János Arany (1817-1882).
Argyris Greek
Means "silver" in Greek.
Bandoni Italian
From Italian bandone meaning "sheet of iron".
Blecher German
Occupational name for someone who worked with tin or sheet metal, from German blech "tin".
Bleier German
Occupational name for a worker of lead, derived from German blei "lead".
Brasher English
Means "brass worker", derived from Old English bræs "brass".
Çelik Turkish
Occupational name for a metalworker, meaning "steel" in Turkish.
Chilikov Bulgarian
Patronymic derived from Bulgarian челик (chelik) meaning "steel" (of Turkish origin).
Copperfield Literature
Created from the English words copper and field by the author Charles Dickens, who used it for the title character in his novel David Copperfield (1850).
Darbinyan Armenian
From Armenian դարբին (darbin) meaning "blacksmith".
Demir Turkish
Means "iron" in Turkish, originally referring to an ironworker.
Dior French
Possibly from French doré meaning "golden". A famous bearer was the French fashion designer Christian Dior (1905-1957).
Farran English
Derived from Old French ferrant meaning "iron grey".
Ferrari Italian
Occupational name for a metalworker or smith, derived from Latin ferrarius, a derivative of ferrum meaning "iron".
Ferreira Portuguese, Galician
Denoted a person from a town named because it was near an iron mine, from Latin ferrum meaning "iron".
Ferro Italian, Spanish
Means "iron", ultimately from Latin ferrum. This was an occupational name for one who worked with iron.
Gold English, German, Jewish
From Old English and Old High German gold meaning "gold", an occupational name for someone who worked with gold or a nickname for someone with yellow hair. As a Jewish name it is ornamental.
Goldhirsch Jewish
Means "golden stag" in Yiddish.
Goldschmidt German
Occupational name meaning "goldsmith" in German.
Greenspan Jewish
Anglicized form of German Grünspan meaning "verdigris". Verdigris is the green-blue substance that forms on copper.
Jernigan English
Possibly derived from the old Breton name Iarnogon meaning "iron famous".
Jin Chinese
From Chinese (jīn) meaning "gold".
Kaneko Japanese
From Japanese (kane) meaning "gold, metal, money" and (ko) meaning "child".
Kanemaru Japanese
From Japanese (kane) meaning "gold, metal, money" and (maru) meaning "circle, round, whole".
Kim Korean
Korean form of Jin, from Sino-Korean (gim) meaning "gold". This is the most common surname in Korea.
Orellana Spanish
Originally indicated a person from one of the two towns named Orellana in Badajoz, Spain. Their names are probably derived from Latin Aureliana meaning "of Aurelius".
Oriol Catalan
From Catalan or meaning "gold", originally a nickname for a person with blond hair.
Penny English
Nickname meaning "penny, coin" from Old English penning.
Silver English
From a nickname for a person with grey hair, from Old English seolfor "silver".
Steele English
Occupational name for a steelworker, from Old English stele meaning "steel".
Sterling Scottish
Derived from city of Stirling, which is itself of unknown meaning.
Tinker English
Occupational name for a mender of kettles, pots and pans. The name could derive from the tinking sound made by light hammering on metal. It is possible that the word comes from the word tin, the material with which the tinker worked.
Vass Hungarian
Derived from Hungarian vas meaning "iron", referring to a worker in iron, a miner of iron ore or a vendor of iron goods. Alternatively, from the same root word, it may have been a nickname referring to one with a distinctively strong constitution.
Zilberschlag Jewish
Occupational name for a silversmith from Yiddish zilber "silver" and schlag "strike".
Zilberstein Jewish
Ornamental name meaning "silver stone", from Yiddish זילבער (zilber) and שטיין (shtein), both of Old High German origin.