Surnames Categorized "NBA players"

This is a list of surnames in which the categories include NBA players.
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Adebayo Western African, Yoruba
From the given name Adebayo.
Anderson English
Means "son of Andrew".
Ayton English
From the name of towns in Berwickshire and North Yorkshire. They are derived from Old English ea "river" or ieg "island" combined with tun "enclosure, yard, town".
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.
Barton English
From a place name meaning "barley town" in Old English.
Baylor German (Anglicized)
Possibly an Americanized form of Beiler.
Bird English
Occupational name for a person who raised or hunted birds.
Boucher French
Means "butcher" in French.
Bradley English
From a common English place name, derived from brad "broad" and leah "woodland, clearing".
Brand 1 German, English
Derived from the Old German given name Brando or its Old Norse cognate Brandr.
Brown English
Originally a nickname for a person who had brown hair or skin. A notable bearer is Charlie Brown from the Peanuts comic strip by Charles Schulz.
Bryant English
From the given name Brian.
Capela Portuguese
Portuguese form of Kappel.
Carr Scottish
Variant of Kerr.
Chamberlain English
Occupational name for one who looked after the inner rooms of a mansion, from Norman French chambrelain.
Craig Scottish
Derived from Gaelic creag meaning "crag, rocks, outcrop", originally belonging to a person who lived near a crag.
Curry Irish
Anglicized form of Ó Comhraidhe or Ó Corra.
Davis English, Scottish
Means "son of David". This was the surname of the revolutionary jazz trumpet player Miles Davis (1926-1991).
Duncan Scottish
From the given name Duncan.
Durant English, French
Variation of Durand.
Eason English
Variant of Eads.
English English
Denoted a person who was of English heritage. It was used to distinguish people who lived in border areas (for example, near Wales or Scotland). It was also used to distinguish an Anglo-Saxon from a Norman.
Fournier French
Occupational name for a baker, from French fourneau meaning "oven".
Garnett 1 English
Occupational name referring to a person who made hinges, from Old French carne "hinge".
Goodwin English
Derived from the given name Godwine.
Graham Scottish
Derived from the English place name Grantham, which probably meant "gravelly homestead" in Old English. The surname was first taken to Scotland in the 12th century by William de Graham.
Grant English, Scottish
Derived from Norman French meaning "grand, tall, large, great".
Green English
Descriptive name for someone who often wore the colour green or someone who lived near the village green.
Harden English
From a place name meaning "hare valley" in Old English.
Harris English
Means "son of Harry".
Havlíček Czech
From a diminutive of the given name Havel.
Hayes 1 English
From various English place names that were derived from Old English hæg meaning "enclosure, fence". A famous bearer was American President Rutherford B. Hayes (1822-1893).
Hill English
Originally given to a person who lived on or near a hill, derived from Old English hyll.
Holmgren Swedish
Ornamental name derived from Swedish holme (Old Norse holmr) meaning "small island" and gren (Old Norse grein) meaning "branch".
Houston Scottish
From a place name meaning "Hugh's town". The original Houston is in Scotland near Glasgow.
Howell Welsh
From the Welsh given name Hywel.
Jackson English
Means "son of Jack". Famous bearers of this name are the American president Andrew Jackson (1767-1845) and the singer Michael Jackson (1958-2009).
James English
Derived from the given name James.
Jefferson English
Means "son of Jeffrey". A famous bearer was American president Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826). Since this surname was sometimes adopted by freed slaves, it is now more common among the African-American population.
Johnson English
Means "son of John". Famous bearers include American presidents Andrew Johnson (1808-1875) and Lyndon B. Johnson (1908-1973).
Johnston Scottish
From the name of a Scottish town, which meant "John's town".
Jordan 2 Jewish
Derived from the name of the Jordan river, which is from Hebrew יָרַד (yarad) meaning "descend" or "flow down".
Kerr Scottish, English
From Scots and northern Middle English kerr meaning "thicket, marsh", ultimately from Old Norse kjarr.
Kidd English
From a nickname meaning "young goat, kid" in Middle English, of Old Norse origin.
Krejči Czech
Means "tailor" in Czech.
Lawson English
Means "son of Laurence 1".
Leonard English
Derived from the given name Leonard.
Lin Chinese
From Chinese (lín) meaning "forest".
Malone Irish
Anglicized form of Irish Ó Maoil Eoin meaning "descendant of a disciple of Saint John".
Marion French
Derived from the given name Marion 1.
Maxwell Scottish
From a place name meaning "Mack's stream", from the name Mack, a short form of the Scandinavian name Magnus, combined with Old English wille "well, stream". A famous bearer was James Maxwell (1831-1879), a Scottish physicist who studied gases and electromagnetism.
McBride Irish
Anglicized form of Mac Giolla Bhrighde.
McGee Irish, Scottish
Anglicized form of Mac Aodha.
Miller English
Occupational surname meaning "miller", referring to a person who owned or worked in a grain mill, derived from Middle English mille "mill".
Mills English
Originally given to one who lived near a mill or who worked in a mill, from Middle English mille.
Monroe Scottish
Anglicized (typically American) form of Munro.
Moore 1 English
Originally indicated a person who lived on a moor, from Middle English mor meaning "open land, bog".
Morris English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Derived from the given name Maurice.
Murphy Irish
Anglicized form of Irish Ó Murchadha meaning "descendant of Murchadh". This is the most common Irish surname.
Murray 1 Scottish
Derived from the region in Scotland called Moray (Gaelic Moireabh), possibly of Pictish origin, meaning "seashore, coast". A notable bearer of this surname was General James Murray (1721-1794), who was the first British Governor-General of Canada.
Nash English
Derived from the Middle English phrase atten ash "at the ash tree". A famous bearer was the mathematician John Nash (1928-2015).
Oberto Italian
Derived from the given name Uberto.
O'Neal Irish
From Irish Ó Néill meaning "descendant of Neil".
Parish 1 English
Originally denoted a person who came from the French city of Paris, which got its name from the ancient Celtic tribe known as the Parisii.
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.
Paul English, French, German, Dutch
From the given name Paul.
Payton English
From the name of the town of Peyton in Sussex. It means "Pæga's town".
Pierce English
From the given name Piers.
Price Welsh
Derived from Welsh ap Rhys, which means "son of Rhys".
Queen English
From a given name that was derived from Old English cwen meaning "queen, woman". In some occurrences it may have been a nickname.
Reed English
Variant of Read 1.
Robertson English
Means "son of Robert".
Robinson English
Means "son of Robin".
Rogers English
Derived from the given name Roger.
Russell English
From a Norman French nickname that meant "little red one", perhaps originally describing a person with red hair.
Sánchez Spanish
Means "son of Sancho".
Santos Portuguese, Spanish
Means "saint" in Portuguese and Spanish, ultimately from Latin sanctus. This was a nickname for a pious person.
Šarić Croatian, Serbian
Patronymic of (possibly) Serbo-Croatian šaren meaning "colourful, patterned".
Schofield English
From various northern English place names, which were derived from Old Norse skáli "hut" and Old English feld "field".
Schröder 1 Low German
Occupational name for a tailor, from Middle Low German schroden meaning "to cut".
Scola Italian
From Italian scuola meaning "school".
Sexton English
Occupational name for a sexton (Middle English sexteyn), a caretaker for a church or graveyard.
Sharpe English
Variant of Sharp.
Stack English
From a nickname for a big person, derived from Middle English stack "haystack", of Old Norse origin.
Sumner English
Occupational name for a summoner, an official who was responsible for ensuring the appearance of witnesses in court, from Middle English sumner, ultimately from Latin submonere "to advise".
Sun Chinese
From Chinese (sūn) meaning "grandchild, descendant". A famous bearer of the surname was Sun Tzu, the 6th-century BC author of The Art of War.
Tatum English
Variant of Tatham.
Tavares Portuguese
From any of the numerous places in Portugal called Tavares, likely of pre-Roman origin.
Terry English
Derived from the medieval name Thierry, a Norman French form of Theodoric.
Thomas English, Welsh, French, German
Derived from the given name Thomas.
Thompson English
Means "son of Thomas".
Todd English
Means "fox", derived from Middle English todde.
Trent English
Denoted one who lived near the River Trent in England.
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.
Vásquez Spanish
Means "son of Vasco".
Veselý Czech
From a nickname meaning "cheerful" in Czech.
Vieira Portuguese
Denoted a person who came from a Portuguese town by this name, derived from vieria meaning "scallop". The scallop was a symbol of Saint James, and was traditionally worn by pilgrims to the shrine of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia.
Villanueva Spanish
Originally denoted someone who came from one of the various Spanish towns by this name, derived from villa "town" and nueva "new".
Vincent 1 English, French
From the given name Vincent.
Wade 1 English
Derived from the Old English place name wæd meaning "a ford".
Walker English
Occupational name for a person who walked on damp raw cloth in order to thicken it. It is derived from Middle English walkere, Old English wealcan meaning "to move".
Wallace Scottish, English, Irish
Means "foreigner, stranger, Celt" from Norman French waleis (of Germanic origin). It was often used to denote native Welsh and Bretons. A famous bearer was the 13th-century Sir William Wallace of Scotland.
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".
Wang 1 Chinese
From Chinese (wáng) meaning "king, monarch". This is the most common surname in China (and the world).
Washington English
From a place name meaning "settlement belonging to Wassa's people", from the given name Wassa and Old English tun meaning "enclosure, yard, town". A famous bearer was George Washington (1732-1799), the first president of the United States. This surname was sometimes adopted by freed slaves, resulting in a high proportion of African-American bearers.
Watanabe Japanese
From Japanese (wata) meaning "cross, ferry" and (nabe) meaning "area, place".
Webb English
Occupational name meaning "weaver", from Old English webba, a derivative of wefan "to weave".
West English, German
Denoted a person who lived to the west of something, or who came from the west.
Westbrook English
From the name of places in England, derived from Old English west "west" and broc "brook, stream".
White English
Originally a nickname for a person who had white hair or a pale complexion, from Old English hwit "white".
Wilkins English
Means "son of Wilkin".
Williams English
Means "son of William".
Williamson English
Means "son of William".
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.
Yi Korean
Variant of Lee 2.
Young English
Derived from Old English geong meaning "young". This was a descriptive name to distinguish father from son.