BAINES (2) English
From a nickname derived from Old English ban
"bones", probably for a thin person.
Originally a nickname for a short person, from Latin bassus
Anglicized form of the Irish name Ó Brádaigh
meaning "descendant of BRÁDACH
From a nickname meaning "thick, stumpy", from Middle English butt
CAPELLO (2) Italian
Nickname for a thin person, from Italian capello
meaning "a hair", ultimately derived from Latin capillus
COURTENAY (1) English
From the name of towns in France that were originally derivatives of the Gallo-Roman personal name Curtenus
, itself derived from Latin curtus
DELGADO Spanish, Portuguese
Means "thin" in Spanish and Portuguese, ultimately from Latin delicatus
meaning "delicate, tender, charming".
From Irish Ó Doirnáin
meaning "descendant of Doirnín", a given name meaning "little fist".
Means "thick, fat, big" in French, from Late Latin grossus
, possibly of Germanic origin.
From Old High German groz
meaning "tall, big".
Nickname for a big person, from Middle English golias
meaning "giant" (ultimately from GOLIATH
, the Philistine warrior who was slain by David in the Old Testament).
Name for a person who lived on a hill, from Middle English heyt
From a nickname meaning "tallest" in Middle English. It is most common in the southwest of England in the county of Devon.
Means "small stick", from Polish kij
KLEIN German, Dutch, Jewish
Means "small, little" from German klein
or Yiddish kleyn
. A famous bearer of this name is clothes designer Calvin Klein (1942-).
From Middle English knagg
meaning "small mound, projection". It is found most commonly in the north of England, in particular Yorkshire.
Means "short" in German, ultimately from Latin curtus
From the name of a small town in the province of Utrecht, Holland, derived from lang
means "wide" and broek
LANGLEY (1) English
From any of the various places with this name, all derived from Old English lang
"long" and leah
Meaning simply "little", it was originally a nickname given to a short person.
Originally a nickname for a person who had long limbs or who was tall.
Occupational name for an official who was equipped with a ceremonial staff, or a nickname for a tall person.
From a nickname meaning "big, great" in Hungarian, referring to one's characteristics. This is the most common Hungarian surname.
Nickname for a thin person, derived from Old French pel
, Latin palus
meaning "stake, post" (related to English pole
PETIT French, Catalan, English
Means "small, little" derived from Old French and Catalan petit
. It was perhaps used for a short, small person or to denote the younger of two individuals.
Nickname for a short person, from Italian piccolo
Derived from Middle English pighel
meaning "small field".
PLANK German, English
Means "plank", from Old French, itself from Late Latin planca
. This could have referred to a person who lived by a plank bridge over a stream, someone who was thin, or a carpenter.
From Old French plat
meaning "flat, thin", from Late Latin plattus
, from Greek πλατυς (platys)
meaning "wide, broad, flat". This may have been a nickname or a topographic name for someone who lived near a flat feature.
Means "heron" in German, a nickname for a person with long legs.
Patronymic derived from Middle English rond
meaning "round, plump", ultimately from Latin rotundus
From a Norman French nickname that meant "little red one", perhaps originally describing a person with red hair.
From a nickname for a short person, from Middle English schort
From the name of various English towns, derived from Old English sid
"wide" and halh
From a nickname for a small person, from Middle English smal
From Old English spere
"spear", an occupational name for a hunter or a maker of spears, or a nickname for a thin person.
From a nickname for a big person, derived from Middle English stack
"haystack", of Old Norse origin.
Originally denoted someone from Storstrand farm in Norway, derived from stor
meaning "big" and strand
STRUNA Slovene, Czech
From Slavic struna
meaning "string, cord", possibly denoting a maker of rope.
Nickname for a short person or a topographic name someone who lived near a prominent stump, from Middle High German stumpf
Means "dry" in Czech. This was a nickname for a thin person.
Originally from a place name meaning "big village" from Welsh tref
"village" and mawr
From Welsh bychan
meaning "little". It was a descriptive name to distinguish father from son.
Originally denoted someone who lived in a place of this name in Biscay. It is derived from Basque zabal
meaning "large, wide".
Means "crane" in Polish, a nickname for a tall person.