Surnames Categorized "religion"

This is a list of surnames in which the categories include religion.
Abascal Spanish
Means "priest's street" from Basque abas "priest" and kale "street".
Abate Italian
From Italian abate meaning "abbot, priest", derived via Latin and Greek from an Aramaic word meaning "father". This was used either as a nickname or an occupational name for a worker in a priest's house.
Abbey English
Indicated a person who lived near an abbey or worked in an abbey, from Middle English abbeye.
Ansel English
Derived from the given name Anselm.
Beridze Georgian
Means "son of the monk", from Georgian ბერი (beri) meaning "monk".
Bishop English
Means simply "bishop", ultimately from Greek ἐπίσκοπος (episkopos) meaning "overseer". It probably originally referred to a person who served a bishop.
Bogomolov Russian
Patronymic derived from Russian богомол (bogomol) meaning "pious one, devotionalist".
Cannon English
From the ecclesiastical usage of canon, referring to a church official or servant who worked in a clergy house.
Church English
From the English word, derived from Old English cirice, ultimately from Greek κυριακόν (kyriakon) meaning "(house) of the lord". It probably referred to a person who lived close to a church.
Cohen Jewish
Means "priest" from Hebrew כֹּהֵן (kohen). It originally denoted one of the priestly tribe of Levi.
Cross English
Locative name meaning "cross", ultimately from Latin crux. It denoted one who lived near a cross symbol or near a crossroads.
Cruz Spanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese cognate of Cross.
Eccleston English
Denoted a person from any of the various places named Eccleston in England, derived from Latin ecclesia "church" (via Briton) and Old English tun "enclosure, yard, town".
Gilchrist Scottish
From Gaelic MacGilleChrìosd meaning "son of Gille Críst".
Harel Jewish
Ornamental name adopted from a biblical place name meaning "altar, mountain of God" in Hebrew.
Iglesias Spanish
From Spanish iglesia meaning "church", from Latin ecclesia (of Greek origin).
Jain Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati
Referred to a person who followed the principles of Jainism, a religion practiced in India. Jains are the followers of Lord Mahavira (599-527 BC).
Kappel German, Dutch
Name for a person who lived near or worked at a chapel, ultimately from Late Latin cappella, a diminutive of cappa "cape", arising from the holy relic of the torn cape of Saint Martin, which was kept in small churches.
Killough Irish
Indicated a person who was from Killough (County Down, Northern Ireland) or Killough (Wicklow, Ireland). The place name Killough means "church on the lake", derived from the Irish cill "church" and loch "lake".
Kirby English
From numerous towns in northern England named Kirby or Kirkby, derived from Old Norse kirkja "church" and býr "farm, settlement".
Kirch German
German cognate of Church.
Kirchner German
Derived from Middle High German kirchenaere meaning "sexton".
Kirk English
From northern Middle English kirk meaning "church", from Old Norse kirkja (cognate of Church). A famous fictional bearer is the starship captain James Kirk from the Star Trek television series (1966-1969), and subsequent films.
Lemoine French
Means "the monk" in French. This was typically a nickname or an occupational name for a person who worked in a monastery.
Lévesque French
Derived from French évêque, a cognate of Bishop.
McMillan Scottish
Anglicized form of Gaelic MacMhaoilein meaning "son of Maolan", itself meaning "devotee, servant, tonsured one".
McNab Scottish, Irish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac an Aba meaning "son of the abbot".
Messner German
Occupational name for a sexton or churchwarden, from Old High German mesinari.
Monk English
Nickname or occupational name for a person who worked for monks. This word is derived from Latin monachus, from Greek μοναχός (monachos) meaning "alone".
Palmer English
Means "pilgrim", ultimately from Latin palma "palm tree", since pilgrims to the Holy Land often brought back palm fronds as proof of their journey.
Papadopoulos Greek
Means "son of the priest", from Greek πάπας (papas) combined with the patronymic suffix πουλος (poulos).
Paternoster English, Italian
Occupational name for a maker of rosaries, also called paternosters. They are derived from the Latin phrase pater noster "our Father", the opening words of the Lord's Prayer.
Payne English
From a medieval given name or nickname derived from Latin paganus meaning "heathen, pagan" (from an earlier sense "rural, rustic"), which was given to children whose baptism had been postponed or adults who were not overly religious.
Pilgrim English
Nickname for a person who was a pilgrim, ultimately from Latin peregrinus.
Pope English
From a nickname that originally designated a person who played the part of the pope in a play or pageant. Otherwise the name could be used as a nickname for a man with a solemn, austere, or pious appearance. It is derived from Latin papa, ultimately from Greek πάππας (pappas) meaning "father".
Popović Croatian, Serbian
Means "son of the priest", derived from Serbo-Croatian pop meaning "priest".
Rosário Portuguese
Means "rosary" in Portuguese. This name was often given to people born on the day of the festival of Our Lady of the Rosary.
Sexton English
Occupational name for a sexton (Middle English sexteyn), a caretaker for a church or graveyard.
Strohkirch German
Means "straw church" in German.
Taggart Irish, Scottish
Anglicized form of Irish Mac an tSagairt meaning "son of the priest". This name comes from a time when the rules of priestly celibacy were not strictly enforced.
Vieira Portuguese
Denoted a person who came from a Portuguese town by this name, derived from vieria meaning "scallop". The scallop was a symbol of Saint James, and was traditionally worn by pilgrims to the shrine of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia.