Surnames Categorized "playwrights"

This is a list of surnames in which the categories include playwrights.
Aiken English
From the medieval given name Atkin, a diminutive of Adam.
Beckett English
Originally a diminutive of Beck 1 or Beck 3.
Boyce English
From Old French bois meaning "wood", originally given to someone who lived by or in a wood.
Cervantes Spanish
Possibly from Old Spanish servanto meaning "servant" or ciervo meaning "stag". A famous bearer was the Spanish novelist Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616).
Daly Irish
Anglicized form of Irish Ó Dálaigh meaning "descendant of Dálach".
Eliot English
Variant of Elliott.
Ferber German
Variant of Färber.
Friel Irish
From the Irish Ó Frighil meaning "descendant of Fearghal".
Horváth um Hungarian, Slovak
Hungarian and Slovak form of Horvat. This is the second most common surname in Hungary and the most common surname in Slovakia (where is is typically borne by those of Hungarian ancestry).
Ibsen Danish
Means "son of Ib". A famous bearer was the Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906).
Ionesco Romanian
Variant of Ionescu. French-Romanian playwright Eugène Ionesco (1909-1994), born Ionescu, is a famous bearer of this surname.
Jelínek m Czech
Diminutive of Jelen.
Kaiser German
From Middle High German keiser meaning "emperor", originally a nickname applied to someone who acted kingly. The title ultimately derives from the Roman name Caesar.
Kane Irish
Anglicized form of Ó Catháin.
Kraus German
From Middle High German krus meaning "curly", originally a nickname for a person with curly hair.
Landau German, Jewish
Derived from the town of Landau in the Palatinate region of Germany, of Old High German origin meaning "land valley".
Lengyel Hungarian
Means "Polish" in Hungarian.
León 1 Spanish
Referred to a person from the city of León in northern Spain, derived from Latin legio (genitive legionis) meaning "legion", so named because the Roman 7th Legion Gemina was stationed there.
Lindsay English, Scottish
From the region of Lindsey in Lincolnshire, which means "Lincoln island" in Old English.
Mann German, English
From a nickname meaning "man". This may have originally been given in order to distinguish the bearer from a younger person with the same name.
Meijer Dutch
Dutch form of Meyer 1.
Miller English
Occupational surname meaning "miller", referring to a person who owned or worked in a grain mill, derived from Middle English mille "mill".
Müller German
German equivalent of Miller, derived from Middle High German mülnære or müller.
Musil m Czech
Possibly from a nickname meaning "the one who had to", from the past participle of the Czech verb muset meaning "must" (of Germanic origin).
Nagy um Hungarian, Slovak
From a nickname meaning "big, great" in Hungarian, referring to one's characteristics. This is the most common Hungarian surname.
Németh Hungarian
Means "German" in Hungarian.
O'Neill Irish
Variant of O'Neal.
Osborne English
Derived from the given name Osborn.
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.
Pospíšil m Czech
Nickname for a person in a hurry, from Czech pospíšit "hurry".
Richardson English
Means "son of Richard".
Schreck German
From Middle High German schrecken meaning "to frighten, to scare".
Shakespeare English
From a nickname for a warlike person, from Old English scacan "to shake" and spere "spear". A famous bearer was the English dramatist and poet William Shakespeare (1564-1616).
Simon English, French, German, Dutch, Hungarian, Jewish
Derived from the given name Simon 1.
Sutherland Scottish
Regional name for a person who came from the former county by this name in Scotland. It is derived from Old Norse suðr "south" and land "land", because it was south of the Norse colony of Orkney.
Szabó Hungarian
Means "tailor" in Hungarian.
Tyler English
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).
Valdez Spanish
Means "son of Baldo".
Vidal Spanish, Catalan, French
From the given name Vidal.
Vogel German, Dutch
From Old High German and Old Dutch fogal meaning "bird". It was originally an occupational name for a bird catcher, or a nickname for a person who liked to sing.
Warren 1 English
Denoted a person who lived near a warren, from Norman French warrene meaning "animal enclosure" (of Germanic origin).
Wedekind German
From the given name Widukind.
Williams English
Means "son of William".
Wilson English
Means "son of Will". A famous bearer was the American president Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924).
Winkler German
Derived from Old High German winkil meaning "corner".
Zupančič Slovene
Patronymic form of Zupan.