From a Middle English version of Old French bel chiere
meaning "beautiful face"
. It later came to refer to a person who had a cheerful and pleasant temperament.
Means "son of Benenato"
, a given name derived from Latin bene
"good, well" and natus
Derived from Old French bon fils
meaning "good son"
From Middle English boneire "kind, courteous"
, derived from Norman French bon aire
Derived from Old French bon cuer
meaning "good heart"
Originally denoted someone from San Pietro di Caridà, a town in Calabria. The town's name may be derived from Greek χάρις (charis)
meaning "grace, kindness".
Anglicized form of Irish Ó Cuidighthigh
meaning "descendant of CUIDIGHTHEACH"
. A famous bearer was the American frontiersman and showman Buffalo Bill Cody (1846-1917).
Anglicized form of Irish Ó Conghalaigh
, which means "descendant of Conghalach"
is a nickname meaning "valiant".
Nickname for a courteous person, derived from Old French curteis
meaning "refined, courtly"
Anglicized form of Irish Ó Díomasaigh
meaning "descendant of Díomasach"
, a given name meaning "proud".
DEVIN (2) English
Nickname for a person who acted divinely, from Old French devin
"divine", ultimately from Latin.
From Irish Ó Donnghaile
meaning "descendant of Donnghal"
. The given name Donnghal
means "brown valour", from donn
"brown" and gal
"valour". This surname is associated with the descendants of Niall of the Nine Hostages.
From a nickname derived from Middle High German vrom
meaning "noble, honourable"
From a nickname meaning "good"
, referring to a kindly person.
Derived from Middle High German herze
, a nickname for a big-hearted person.
Derived from Middle English hop
meaning "small valley"
Anglicized form of the Irish Ó Caoimh
meaning "descendant of CAOMH"
From Old English cene
meaning "bold, brave"
From the Gaelic Mag Raith
meaning "son of Rath"
, a given name meaning "prosperity" or "grace".
MERRILL (2) English
From the name of various places in England, derived from Old English myrige
"pleasant" and hyll
Ó MAOLMHUAIDH Irish
Means "descendant of Maolmhuadh"
being a given name meaning "proud chief", derived from Gaelic maol
meaning "chief" and muadh
meaning "proud, noble".
Derived from Old French preu
meaning "valiant, brave"
SENFT (2) German
Nickname for a helpful, kind person, from Old High German semfti
meaning "soft, accommodating"
from Middle High German sunne
. It probably denoted someone of cheerful temperament or a person who lived in a sunny area.
From the medieval Italian given name Stabile
meaning "stable, firm"
STARK English, German
From a nickname meaning "strong, rigid"
, from Old English stearc
or Old High German stark
From Old High German suozi
From a nickname meaning "sweet, pleasant"
, from Old English swete
WALLER (1) English
Derived from Old French gallier
meaning "person with a pleasant temper"