Originally denoted a person from Anholt in the Netherlands, which means "hold, rest" in Dutch (a place where people could rest for the night).
AYERS (3) English
Indicated a person from the town of Ayr in Scotland. The town was named for the river that flows through it, itself derived from an Indo-European root meaning "water".
From an English place name meaning "Becca's homestead". The byname Becca
means "pickaxe" in Old English. A famous bearer is retired English soccer player David Beckham (1975-).
From the name of a town in Northamptonshire, itself meaning "Blæcwulf's meadow" in Old English. Blæcwulf
is a byname meaning "black wolf".
From any of the many places in England called Bolton, derived from Old English bold
"house" and tun
BOON (2) English
Originally indicated a person from the town of Bohon, in Manche in France. The town's name is of unknown origin.
Originally denoted one who came from the town of Breisach, in Germany. The town's name is possibly from a Celtic word meaning "breakwater".
From the name of various towns in England, typically derived from Old English burna
"stream, spring" and ham
CAMPANA Italian, Spanish
Occupational name from Late Latin campana
, ultimately derived from the Italian region of Campania, where bells were produced.
From a place name meaning "cold field"
, from Old English ceald
"cold" and feld
From a place name, itself derived from Old French chalenge
meaning "disputed" and Middle English wode
From a derivative of Italian colomba "dove"
indicating a house where doves were held.
Indicated a person from Franche-Comté, a province in eastern France, which translates to "free county".
From the name of a town in East Lothian, Scotland, derived from Gaelic dùn
meaning "fort" and barr
meaning "summit", so called from its situation on a rock that projects into the sea.
From the name of a town in eastern England meaning "eel district".
in Portuguese, a name for one who lived on broken, stony ground.
From various English place names, derived from Old English hamel
"crooked, mutilated" and tun
"enclosure, yard, town".
Derived from the name of the English town of Hunnacott, derived from Old English hunig
"honey" or the given name Huna
combined with cot
From the names of various places in England, which are derived from Old English horh
"dirt, mud" and tun
"enclosure, yard, town".
From a place name that is probably derived from the Brythonic element cet
. This was the surname of a long line of Scottish nobles.
From an English place name meaning "Cenel's island", from the Old English name Cenel
"fierce" in combination with eg
From Scots kerr
meaning "rough wet ground"
, ultimately from Old Norse kjarr
Denoted one who hailed from the English town of Kilham, meaning "kiln homestead".
From numerous towns in northern England named Kirby or Kirkby, derived from Old Norse kirkja
"church" and býr
Derived from various places names, of Old English origin meaning "long hill"
LANGLEY (1) English
From any of the various places with this name, all derived from Old English lang
"long" and leah
From the name of the town of Laterza near Taranto in Apulia. It is typical of southern Italy.
From the name of the capital city of the United Kingdom, the meaning of which is uncertain.
Originally from a place name meaning "linden tree hill" in Old English.
Designated a person who had originally lived near the mouth of the Roe River in Derry, Ireland.
MURRAY (1) Scottish
Derived from the region in Scotland called Moray
meaning "seaboard settlement". A notable bearer of this surname was General James Murray (1721-1794), who was the first British Governor-General of Canada.
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
Originally indicated a dweller by a pointed hill, from Old English peac "peak"
. It could also denote a person from the Peak District in Derbyshire, England.
From the name of various English places meaning "priest's cottage"
in Old English.
Topographic name derived from Old English rod
meaning "cleared land"
, or a locational name from any of the locations named with this word.
Derived from the name of a town in Spain, ultimately from Latin saltus
"forest, glade" and novalis
From various English place names meaning "south town"
Originally denoted someone who lived in a place of this name in Biscay. It is derived from Basque zabal
meaning "large, wide".
ZELLWEGER German (Swiss)
Originally denoted a person from the Appenzell region of Switzerland. The place name is derived from Latin abbatis cella
meaning "estate of the abbot"
. A famous bearer is actress Renée Zellweger (1969-).