Surnames Categorized "place names"

This is a list of surnames in which the categories include place names.
usage
Abaroa Basque
Possibly from Basque abaro meaning "refuge".
Allaway Scottish
From a Scottish place name, itself derived from alla "wild" and mhagh "field".
Anholts Dutch
Originally denoted a person from Anholt in the Netherlands, which means "hold, rest" in Dutch (a place where people could rest for the night).
Appleby English
From the name of various English towns, derived from Old English æppel "apple" and Old Norse býr "farm, settlement".
Appleton English
From the name of several English towns, meaning "orchard" in Old English (a compound of æppel "apple" and tun "enclosure, yard").
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".
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".
Barton English
From a place name meaning "barley town" in Old English.
Beckham English
From an English place name meaning "Becca's homestead" in Old English (with Becca being a masculine byname meaning "pickaxe"). A famous bearer is retired English soccer player David Beckham (1975-).
Bergman Swedish
From Swedish berg meaning "mountain" and man (Old Norse maðr) meaning "person, man", originally a name for a person living on a mountain.
Blakesley English
From the name of a town in Northamptonshire, itself meaning "Blæcwulf's meadow" in Old English. Blæcwulf is a byname meaning "black wolf".
Bologna Italian
From the name of the city of Bologna in northern Italy. It may derive from a Celtic word meaning "settlement".
Bolton English
From any of the many places in England called Bolton, derived from Old English bold "house" and tun "enclosure".
Boon 2 English
Originally indicated a person from the town of Bohon, in Manche in France. The town's name is of unknown origin.
Breisacher German
Originally denoted one who came from the town of Breisach, in Germany. The town's name is possibly from a Celtic word meaning "breakwater".
Buckley 1 English
From an English place name derived from bucc "buck, male deer" and leah "woodland, clearing".
Burnham English
From the name of various towns in England, typically derived from Old English burna "stream, spring" and ham "home, settlement".
Campana Italian, Spanish
Occupational name from Late Latin campana meaning "bell", ultimately derived from the Italian region of Campania, where bells were produced.
Cardoso Portuguese, Spanish
From a place name meaning "thorny" in Portuguese and Spanish, ultimately from Latin carduus.
Caulfield English
From a place name meaning "cold field", from Old English ceald "cold" and feld "pasture, field".
Chaves Portuguese, Spanish
From the name of a Portuguese city, derived from the Roman name Flavius (being named for the emperor Vespasian, whose family name was Flavius).
Chávez Spanish
Variant of Chaves. A famous bearer was the labour leader César Chávez (1927-1993).
Clayton English
From the name of various places meaning "clay settlement" in Old English.
Collingwood English
From a place name, itself derived from Old French chalenge meaning "disputed" and Middle English wode meaning "woods".
Colombera Italian
From a derivative of Italian colomba "dove" indicating a house where doves were held.
Comtois French
Indicated a person from Franche-Comté, a province in eastern France, which translates to "free county".
Dallas 2 Scottish
From the name of a place in Moray, Scotland possibly meaning "meadow dwelling" in Gaelic.
Dunbar Scottish
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.
Ely English
From the name of a town in eastern England meaning "eel district".
Freitas Portuguese
Means "broken" in Portuguese, a name for one who lived on broken, stony ground.
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.
Hambleton English
From various English place names, derived from Old English hamel "crooked, mutilated" and tun "enclosure, yard, town".
Hardwick English
From Old English heord "herd" and wic "village, town".
Hayden 1 English
From place names meaning either "hay valley" or "hay hill", derived from Old English heg "hay" and denu "valley" or dun "hill".
Haywood English
From various place names meaning "fenced wood" in Old English.
Hepburn English, Scottish
From northern English place names meaning "high burial mound" in Old English. It was borne by Mary Queen of Scot's infamous third husband, James Hepburn, Earl of Bothwall. Other famous bearers include the actresses Katharine Hepburn (1907-2003) and Audrey Hepburn (1929-1993).
Honeycutt English
Derived from the name of the English town of Hunnacott, derived from Old English hunig "honey" or the given name Huna combined with cot "cottage".
Horton English
From the names of various places in England, which are derived from Old English horh "dirt, mud" and tun "enclosure, yard, town".
Houston Scottish
From a place name meaning "Hugh's town". The original Houston is in Scotland near Glasgow.
Howe English
Name for one who lived on a hill, from Middle English how "hill" (of Norse origin).
Keith Scottish
From a place name that is probably derived from the Brythonic element cet meaning "wood". This was the surname of a long line of Scottish nobles.
Kelsey English
From an English place name meaning "Cenel's island", from the Old English name Cenel "fierce" in combination with eg "island".
Kerr Scottish, English
From Scots and northern Middle English kerr meaning "thicket, marsh", ultimately from Old Norse kjarr.
Killam English
Denoted one who hailed from the English town of Kilham, meaning "kiln homestead".
Kirby English
From numerous towns in northern England named Kirby or Kirkby, derived from Old Norse kirkja "church" and býr "farm, settlement".
Lamar French, English
Originally from a place name in Normandy, derived from Old French la mare meaning "the pool".
Langdon English
Derived from the name of various places, of Old English origin meaning "long hill" (effectively "ridge").
Langley 1 English
From any of the various places with this name, all derived from Old English lang "long" and leah "woodland, clearing".
Laterza Italian
From the name of the town of Laterza near Taranto in Apulia. It is typical of southern Italy.
Layton English
Derived from the name of English towns, meaning "town with a leek garden" in Old English.
Lémieux French
Derived from the place name Leymieux, a town in the Rhône-Alpes region of France.
Linton English
Originally from place names meaning either "flax town" or "linden tree town" in Old English.
London English
From the name of the capital city of the United Kingdom, the meaning of which is uncertain.
Lyndon English
Originally from a place name meaning "linden tree hill" in Old English.
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.
Medina Spanish
Means "(Arab) city" in Spanish, derived from Arabic مدينة (madinah).
Messina Italian
From the name of the Sicilian city of Messina, founded by Greek colonists. The city was named after the Greek city Μεσσήνη (Messene).
Mhasalkar Indian (Rare), Marathi (Rare)
Derived from the name of the town of Mhasla in Maharashtra, India.
Milano Italian
Originally indicated someone who came from Milan.
Monroe Scottish
Anglicized (typically American) form of Munro.
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.
Nagarkar Indian, Marathi
Derived from the name of the town of Nagar in Maharashtra, India.
Narang Indian, Hindi
From the name of a Pakistani town that was in undivided India.
Newton English
From the name of one of many English towns meaning "new town". A famous bearer was the English physicist Sir Isaac Newton (1643-1727).
Nibhanupudi Indian, Telugu
From the name of a village in Andhra Pradesh, India.
Northrop English
Originally denoted one who came from a town of this name England, meaning "north farm".
Orellana Spanish
Originally indicated a person from one of the two towns named Orellana in Badajoz, Spain. Their names are probably derived from Latin Aureliana meaning "of Aurelius".
Ortega Spanish
From a Spanish place name (belonging to various villages) derived from ortiga "nettle".
Peak English
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.
Pollock Scottish
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).
Prescott English
From the name of various English places meaning "priest's cottage" in Old English.
Rhodes English
Topographic name derived from Old English rod meaning "cleared land", or a locational name from any of the locations named with this word.
Sandoval Spanish
Derived from the name of a town in Spain, ultimately from Latin saltus "forest, glade" and novalis "unploughed land".
Sappington English
Possibly from the city of Sapperton, England, derived from Old English sapere meaning "soap maker" and tun meaning "enclosure, yard, town".
Savona Italian
From the name of the city of Savona in northern Italy, called Savo by the Romans, of uncertain meaning.
Sherazi Urdu
Urdu form of Shirazi.
Shirazi Persian
Originally denoted someone who came from the city of Shiraz, located in southern Iran. The city's name is possibly of Elamite origin.
Stafford English
From the name of the English city of Stafford, Staffordshire, derived from Old English stæð meaning "wharf, landing place" and ford meaning "ford, river crossing".
Sutton English
From various English place names meaning "south town".
Thornton English
From any of the various places in England by this name, meaning "thorn town" in Old English.
Tipton English
Originally given to one who came from the town of Tipton, derived from the Old English given name Tippa combined with tun "enclosure, yard, town".
Trent English
Denoted one who lived near the River Trent in England.
Trujillo Spanish
Originally denoted a person from Trujillo, Spain, originally called Turgalium in Latin.
Ureña Spanish
Probably derived from the name of Urueña, a town in the province of Valladolid, Spain, which is of unknown meaning.
Van Amstel Dutch
Means "from Amstel", a Dutch river that means "water area".
Van Breda Dutch
Means "from Breda", a city in the province of Noord-Brabant in the Netherlands. It is derived from Dutch breed meaning "wide" and Aa, the name of a river.
Vemulakonda Indian, Telugu
Indicated a person from the city of Vemula in the state of Andhra Pradesh, India.
Warwick English
From the name of an English town, itself derived from Old English wer "weir, dam" and wic "village, town".
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".
Weston English
From the name of various English towns, derived from Old English west "west" and tun "enclosure, yard, town".
Wickham English
From any of various towns by this name in England, notably in Hampshire. They are derived from Old English wic "village, town" (of Latin origin) and ham "home, settlement".
Wilton English
From any of the English towns named Wilton.
Wortham English
Derived from the name of a town in Suffolk, England meaning "enclosed homestead".
York English
From the name of the English city of York, which was originally called Eburacon (Latinized as Eboracum), meaning "yew" in Brythonic. In the Anglo-Saxon period it was corrupted to Eoforwic, based on Old English eofor "boar" and wic "village". This was rendered as Jórvík by the Vikings and eventually reduced to York.
Zabala Basque
Originally denoted someone who lived in a place of this name in Biscay. It is derived from Basque zabal meaning "large, wide".
Zavala Spanish
Variant of Zabala.
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-).