Surnames Categorized "nicknames"

This is a list of surnames in which the categories include nicknames.
Poindexter English
From the Jèrriais surname Poingdestre meaning "right fist".
Pokorný Czech, Slovak
Means "humble" in Czech and Slovak.
Polley English
From Old French poli meaning "polite, courteous".
Pospíšil Czech
Nickname for a person in a hurry, from Czech pospíšit "hurry".
Power 2 English
From Middle English povre meaning "poor", via Old French from Latin pauper. It could have been a nickname for someone who had no money or a miser.
Pratt English
From Old English prætt meaning "trick, prank". This was a nickname for a trickster.
Prieto Spanish
From a nickname meaning "dark" in Spanish, referring to a person with dark hair or skin.
Profeta Italian
From Italian profeta meaning "prophet". It probably came from a nickname indicating a person who wanted to predict the future. It is typical of southern Italy.
Protz German
From a nickname meaning "showy, pompous", derived from an old southern German word meaning "toad".
Proudfoot English
Nickname for a person with a proud step.
Proulx French
Derived from Old French preu meaning "valiant, brave".
Puga Galician
Means "thorn, prickle" in Galician.
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.
Quaranta Italian
Means "forty" in Italian.
Quattrocchi Italian
From Italian quattro meaning "four" and occhi meaning "eyes", a nickname for a person who wore glasses. It is usually found in Sicily.
Quick English
Nickname for a quick or agile person, ultimately from Old English cwic meaning "alive".
Quigley Irish
Anglicized form of Irish Ó Coigligh meaning "descendant of Coigleach", a given name meaning "untidy".
Ragno Italian
From a nickname meaning "spider" in Italian.
Rapp 1 Swedish
From Swedish rapp meaning "quick, prompt", one of the names adopted by soldiers in the 17th century.
Rask Danish, Swedish
Means "energetic, quick, healthy" in Danish and Swedish.
Raskopf German
Possibly from German rasch "quick" and Kopf "head".
Ratti Italian
From Italian ratto meaning "rat", originally denoting a sly individual.
Reiher German
Means "heron" in German, a nickname for a person with long legs.
Rendón Spanish
Possibly derived from a variant of Spanish de rondón meaning "unexpectedly, rashly".
Reuter 2 German
From Middle High German riutœre meaning "highwayman, thief".
Rey 1 English, Spanish, French, Catalan
Means "king" in Old French, Spanish and Catalan, ultimately from Latin rex (genitive regis), perhaps originally denoting someone who acted like a king.
Rey 2 English
Means "female roe deer" from Old English ræge, probably denoting someone of a nervous temperament.
Ricci Italian
From Italian riccio meaning "curly", a nickname for someone with curly hair. It is ultimately from Latin ericius meaning "hedgehog".
Riese German, Jewish
Means "giant" in German.
Robustelli Italian
From a nickname for a strong person, from Italian robusto "strong", from Latin robustus "firm, solid, oaken".
Róg Polish
Means "animal horn" in Polish.
Rounds English
Patronymic derived from Middle English rond meaning "round, plump", ultimately from Latin rotundus.
Russell English
From a Norman French nickname that meant "little red one", perhaps originally describing a person with red hair.
Rustici Italian
From Italian rustico meaning "rustic, rural".
Sangster English, Scottish
Occupational name or nickname for a singer, from Old English singan "to sing, to chant".
Sanna Italian
From Italian sanna or zanna meaning "tusk, fang", a nickname for a person with a protruding tooth.
Sapienti Italian
Means "wise, learned" in Italian.
Sauber German
Means "clean, tidy" in German.
Scarsi Italian
Nickname for a poor or miserly person, from Italian scarso "scarce, scant".
Schlender German
From Middle High German slinderen "to dawdle" or Middle Low German slinden "to swallow, to eat".
Schlimme German
From German schlimm "bad, crooked, awry".
Schmeling German
From Middle Low German smal meaning "small, slender".
Schreck German
From Middle High German schrecken meaning "to frighten, to scare".
Schwenke 1 German
Derived from Middle High German swenken meaning "to swing".
Sciarra Italian
From Sicilian sciarra meaning "quarrel, dispute", originally a nickname for a quarrelsome person.
Scordato Italian
Means "forgotten, left behind" in Italian.
Seelenfreund Jewish
From German Seele meaning "soul" and Freund meaning "friend".
Segreti Italian
From Italian segreto meaning "secret", a nickname for a confidant.
Senft 2 German
Nickname for a helpful, kind person, from Old High German semfti meaning "soft, accommodating".
Senior English
Originally a name for the elder of two brothers.
Serpico Italian
From a nickname derived from Italian serpe "serpent, reptile".
Shain Jewish
Means "beautiful, handsome" in Yiddish, from German schön.
Shapiro Jewish
Means "pretty, lovely" in Hebrew, from Aramaic.
Sharp English
Nickname for a keen person, from Old English scearp "sharp".
Shine 1 English
Means "beautiful, attractive" from Old English sciene.
Siskin Jewish
Variant of Ziskind.
Skeates English
From the Old Norse nickname or byname skjótr meaning "swift".
Snell English
From Old English snel meaning "fast, quick, nimble".
Sommer 1 German, English
Means "summer", from Old High German sumar or Old English sumor. This was a nickname for a cheerful person, someone who lived in a sunny spot, or a farmer who had to pay taxes in the summer.
Sonnen German
Means "sun" from Middle High German sunne. It probably denoted someone of cheerful temperament or a person who lived in a sunny area.
Sordi Italian
From Italian sordo meaning "deaf", from Latin surdus.
Sorge German
Means "worry, care, anxiety" in German, from Old High German sorga.
Spanò Sicilian
From Sicilian spanu meaning "sparse, thin hair", ultimately from Greek σπάνιος (spanios) meaning "scarce, rare".
Sparks English
From an Old Norse nickname or byname derived from sparkr meaning "sprightly".
Spear English
From Old English spere "spear", an occupational name for a hunter or a maker of spears, or a nickname for a thin person.
Spellmeyer German
Possibly from German spielen meaning "to play, to jest" combined with meyer meaning "village headman". Perhaps it referred to someone who was played or acted as the village headman.
Stack English
From a nickname for a big person, derived from Middle English stack "haystack", of Old Norse origin.
Stauss German
Means "buttocks" from Middle High German stuz.
Stern 1 English
From Old English styrne meaning "stern, severe". This was used as a nickname for someone who was stern, harsh, or severe in manner or character.
Stieber German
Derived from Middle High German stiuben meaning "to run away". It may have been given as a nickname to a cowardly person or a thief.
Strange English
Derived from Middle English strange meaning "foreign", ultimately from Latin extraneus.
Straub German
From Old High German strub meaning "rough, unkempt".
Stück German, Jewish
From Old High German stucki meaning "piece, part".
Sturm German
Means "storm" in German, originally a nickname for a volatile person.
Suchý Czech
Means "dry" in Czech. This was a nickname for a thin person.
Süß German
From Old High German suozi meaning "sweet".
Szép Hungarian
Means "beautiful, lovely" in Hungarian.
Szőke Hungarian
Means "blond, fair haired" in Hungarian.
Tanzer German
Means "dancer" in German, derived from Middle High German tanzen "to dance".
Tar Hungarian
Derived from Hungarian tar meaning "bald".
Teel English
From Middle English tele meaning "teal, duck".
Tiryaki Turkish
Possibly from a nickname meaning "stubborn" in Turkish.
Tolkien German
Derived from Saxon tollkühn meaning "foolhardy". A famous bearer was the English author J. R. R. Tolkien (1892-1973).
Tosi Italian
Means "clean-shaven", usually denoting a younger man, from Latin tonsus "shaved".
Tosto Italian
From a nickname for a tough, stubborn person, from Italian tosto "hard, tough".
Triggs English
From a byname derived from Old Norse tryggr meaning "true, loyal".
Trudu Sardinian
Means "thrush" in Sardinian (from Latin turdus).
Turnbull English, Scottish
Nickname for someone thought to be strong enough to turn around a bull.
Tyson 1 English
Derived from a nickname for a quarrelsome person, from Old French tison meaning "firebrand".
Unruh German
Refers to a restless, fidgety, nervous person, from German unruhe meaning "unrest".
Veselý Czech
From a nickname meaning "cheerful" in Czech.
Vörös Hungarian
Means "red" in Hungarian, referring to a person with red hair or face.
Young English
Derived from Old English geong meaning "young". This was a descriptive name to distinguish father from son.