Surnames Categorized "occupations"

This is a list of surnames in which the categories include occupations.
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BANNEREnglish
Occupational name for a flag carrier, derived from Old French baniere meaning "banner", ultimately of Germanic origin.
BARNESEnglish
Denoted a person who worked or lived in a barn. The word barn is derived from Old English bere "barley" and ærn "dwelling".
BRASHEREnglish
Means "brass worker", derived from Old English bræs "brass".
BUCKLEY (2)Irish
From Irish Ó Buachalla meaning "descendant of Buachaill", a nickname meaning "cowherd, servant".
CANNONEnglish
From the ecclesiastical usage of canon, referring to a church official or servant who worked in a clergy house.
CARTEREnglish
Occupational name for a person who operated a cart to transport goods, from Norman French caretier.
DEAN (2)English
Occupational surname meaning "dean", referring to a person who either was a dean or worked for one. It is from Middle English deen (ultimately from Latin decanus meaning "chief of ten").
DRAPEREnglish
Occupational name for a maker or seller of woolen cloth, from Anglo-Norman French draper (Old French drapier, an agent derivative of drap "cloth").
FARMEREnglish
Occupational name for a tax collector, from Middle English ferme "rent, revenue, provision", from Medieval Latin firma, ultimately from Old English feorm. This word did not acquire its modern meaning until the 17th century.
FISKERDanish
Means "fisherman" in Danish.
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.
KARDOSHungarian
From kard meaning "sword" in Hungarian. It could have been applied to soldiers, sword makers, or one with a pugnacious nature.
KASABIANArmenian
Means "butcher" in Armenian.
MATHERSEnglish
Occupational surname meaning "mower" in Old English.
PAGEEnglish, French
Occupational name meaning "servant, page". It is ultimately derived (via Old French and Italian) from Greek παιδιον (paidion) meaning "little boy".
PARKEREnglish
Means "keeper of the park" in Middle English. It is an occupational name for a man who was the gamekeeper at the medieval park.
PARSONSEnglish
Originally denoted a person who served as a parson.
RAPTISGreek
Means "tailor" in Greek.
SADLEREnglish
Occupational name for a make of saddles, from Old English sadol "saddle".
SCARLETTEnglish
Denoted a person who sold or made clothes made of scarlet, a kind of cloth, possibly derived from Persian سقرلاط (saghrilat).
SMITHEnglish
Means "metalworker, blacksmith" from Old English smiþ, related to smitan "to smite, to hit". It is the most common surname in most of the English-speaking world. A famous bearer was the Scottish economist Adam Smith (1723-1790).
SPEZIALEItalian
Means "grocer" in Italian, derived from Latin speciarius "spice seller".
TUCKEREnglish
Occupational name for a fuller of cloth, derived from Old English tucian meaning "offend, torment".
TYLEREnglish
Occupational name for a tiler of roofs, derived from Old English tigele "tile". A famous bearer of this name was American president John Tyler (1790-1862).
WEAVER (1)English
Occupational name for a weaver, derived from Old English wefan "to weave".
WEBSTEREnglish
Occupational name meaning "weaver", from Old English webba, a derivative of wefan "to weave".
WOODWARDEnglish
Occupational name for a forester, meaning "ward of the wood" in Old English.