From Italian albero
, ultimately from Latin arbor
, referring to someone who lived in the woods or worked as a woodcutter.
From a Scottish place name, itself derived from alla
"wild" and mhagh
Indicated a person who lived by or at an apple garden, from Dutch appel
"apple" and hof
From the name of various English towns, derived from Old English æppel
"apple" and Old Norse býr
From Old English æsc
meaning "ash tree"
, indicating a person who lived near ash trees.
From various English place names, all derived from Old English bagga
"bag, badger" combined with leah
Derived from various place names that meant "ford by a cliff" in Old English.
From Old English croft
meaning "enclosed field"
Means "from the forest"
, from French bois
FOREST English, French
Originally belonged to a person who lived near or in a forest. It was probably originally derived, via Old French forest
, from Latin forestam (silva)
meaning "outer (wood)".
Derived from Old High German forst "forest"
. Probably unrelated to the Old French word forest
, which was derived from Latin, Old High German forst
was derived from foraha
meaning "fir tree".
Descriptive name for someone who often wore the colour green or someone who lived near the village green.
From Old English graf
meaning "grove of trees"
. A famous bearer was the American president Grover Cleveland (1837-1908).
Means "green forest"
from German grün
"green" and Wald
From a nickname meaning "wild, untamed, worn"
, from Old French, ultimately from a Germanic root.
Denoted a person who lived near a hawthorn bush, a word derived from Old English hagaþorn
, from haga
meaning "haw berry" and þorn
meaning "thorn bush". A famous bearer was the American writer Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864), author of The Scarlet Letter
HERSCHEL German, Jewish
Diminutive form of HIRSCH (1)
or HIRSCH (2)
. A famous bearer was the British-German astronomer William Herschel (1738-1822), as well as his sister Caroline Herschel (1750-1848) and son John Herschel (1792-1871), also noted scientists.
HIRSCH (1) German
Means "deer, hart"
in German. This was a nickname for a person who resembled a deer in some way, or who raised or hunted deer.
From Chinese 胡 (hú)
meaning "beard, whiskers, recklessly, wildly, barbarian"
HUMMEL (2) German, Dutch
Nickname for a busy person, from Middle Low German and Middle Dutch hommel
, Middle High German hummel
, all meaning "bee"
From a place name that is probably derived from the Brythonic element cet
. This was the surname of a long line of Scottish nobles.
Derived from Middle High German kol "cabbage"
From Japanese 黒 (kuro)
meaning "black" and 沢, 澤 (sawa)
meaning "marsh". A notable bearer was Akira Kurosawa (1910-1998), a Japanese film director.
From the name of a small town in the province of Utrecht, Holland, derived from lang
means "wide" and broek
LANGLEY (1) English
From any of the various places with this name, all derived from Old English lang
"long" and leah
From a nickname derived from a Norman French lou
and a diminutive suffix.
Originally from a place name meaning "linden tree hill" in Old English.
Originally denoted one who came from a town of this name England, meaning "north farm".
From a Spanish place name (belonging to various villages) derived from ortiga
From Middle English pecok
. It was originally a nickname for a proud or haughty person.
From the name of a place in Renfrewshire, Scotland, derived from a diminutive of Gaelic poll
meaning "pool, pond, bog"
. A famous bearer was the American artist Jackson Pollock (1912-1956).
Anglicized form of Irish Ó Rabhartaigh
meaning "descendant of Rabhartach"
. The given name Rabhartach
means "flood tide".
Topographic name derived from Old English rod
meaning "cleared land"
, or a locational name from any of the locations named with this word.
From Spanish ribera
meaning "bank, shore"
, from Latin riparius
ROSE (1) English, French, German, Jewish
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)
Originally indicated a person who lived in an overgrown valley, from Old English ruh
"rough, overgrown" and boðm
Derived from the name of a town in Spain, ultimately from Latin saltus
"forest, glade" and novalis
English nickname meaning "wild, uncouth"
, derived from Old French salvage
meaning "untamed", ultimately from Latin silvaticus
meaning "wild, from the woods".
From Hungarian vad
, either a nickname or an occupational name for a hunter of wild game.
VOGEL German, Dutch
From Old High German and Old Dutch fogal
. It was originally an occupational name for a bird catcher, or a nickname for a person who liked to sing.
From Middle Low German vos
. It was originally a nickname for a clever person or a person with red hair.
Ornamental name derived from German Wald
meaning "forest" and Vogel
WOOD English, Scottish
Originally denoted one who lived in or worked in a forest, derived from Old English wudu "wood"
Occupational name for a forester, meaning "ward of the wood"
in Old English.