Browse Submitted Surnames

This is a list of submitted surnames in which the meaning contains the keyword river.
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Aa Norwegian
Derived from aa, an obsolete spelling of Norwegian å "small river, stream".
Aaby Norwegian, Danish
From a place called Aaby or Åby, from Old Norse á "small river, stream" and býr "farm".
Aadland Norwegian
Derived from a place called Ådland, from Old Norse Árland "land by the river".
Aamodt Norwegian
Combination of aa, an obsolete spelling of Norwegian å "small river, stream" and møte "meeting".
Aarhus Norwegian
Derived from any of the farms so named, from Old Norse á "river" and hús "house, farmstead".
Aberline English (Australian, Rare, ?)
Possibly from a place name derived from Gaelic aber meaning "(river) mouth" and an uncertain second element.
Abernathy Scottish
A different form of Abernethy, which originally meant "person from Abernethy", Perth and Kinross ("confluence of the (river) Nethy"). This was one of the surnames of the Scots who settled in northern Ireland during the ‘plantation’ in the 17th century, and it was brought to the U.S. as the name of a Southern plantation owner.
Abukawa Japanese
From Japanese 虻 (abu) meaning "horsefly" and 川 (kawa) meaning "river, stream".
Abukumagawa Japanese (Rare)
From Japanese 阿武隈川 (Abukumagawa) meaning "Abukuma River", a river that flows through the prefectures of Fukushima and Miyagi in Japan.
Achenbach German
Habitational name from places in Hesse and Westphalia named Achenbach, from the obsolete word Ach or Ache (from Middle High German ahe meaning "water", "stream") + Bach meaning "brook".
Ådahl Swedish, Finland Swedish
Combination of Swedish å "river, creek" and dal "valley".
Agarie Japanese
From Japanese 東 (agari) meaning "east" combined with 江 (e) meaning "creek, bay".
Agawa Japanese
阿 (A) means "nook, flatter, corner" and 川 (kawa) meaning "stream, river".... [more]
Aikawa Japanese
From Japanese 相 (ai) meaning "together, mutually" and 川 (kawa) meaning "river, stream".
Aikawa Japanese
From Japanese 愛 (ai) meaning "love, affection" and 川 or 河 (kawa) meaning "river, stream".
Akagawa Japanese
From Japanese 赤 (aka) meaning "red" and 川 (kawa) meaning "river, stream".
Akawa Japanese
A means "second, Asia" and kawa means "river, stream".
Akçay Turkish
From Turkish ak meaning "white" and çay meaning "stream, brook".
Åkerström Swedish
Combination of Swedish åker "field" and ström "stream".
Akutagawa Japanese
Akuta (芥) means "mustard", kawa (川) means "river", kawa changes to gawa due to rendaku. Notable bearers of this surname are Ryuunosuke Akutagawa (芥川龍之介), a Japanese writer and Ryuunosuke Akutagawa from Bungou Stray dogs who shares the same name.
Alaoja Estonian
Alaoja is an Estonian surname meaning "area/region creek".
Alfvén Swedish (Rare)
Perhaps derived from Swedish älv "river".
Alton English
From a place name meaning "town at the source of the river" in Old English.
Amagawa Japanese
From the Japanese 天 (ama or ten) "heaven," 塰 (ama) the title of a Noh play or 余 (ama) "complimentary" and 川 or 河 (gawa or kawa) "river."
Åman Swedish
Combination of Swedish å "creek, river, big stream" and man "man".
Ångström Swedish
Combination of Swedish ånga "steam" and ström "river, current, stream". A notable bearer was Swedish physicist Anders Ångström (1814-1874), one of the founders of the science of spectroscopy... [more]
Arakawa Japanese
From 荒 (ara) meaning "rough, wild, violent" or 新 (ara) meaning "new" combined with 川/河 (kawa) meaning "river, stream."
Asakawa Japanese
From Japanese 浅 (asa) meaning "shallow" and 川 or 河 (kawa) meaning "river".
Ashbrook English
Derived from Ampney St Mary, a small village and civil parish locally known as "Ashbrook", in Gloucestershire, England (recorded in the Domesday Book as Estbroce). It is named with Old English est meaning "east, eastern" and broc meaning "brook, stream".
Atwell English
Topographic name from Middle English atte welle "by the spring or stream"
Ayukawa Japanese
From 鮎 (ayu) meaning "trout" and 川 (kawa) meaning "river."
Azusagawa Japanese (Rare)
Azusa (梓) means "catalpa", gawa/kawa (川) means "river", kawa changes to gawa due to rendaku. Sakuta Azusagawa (梓川 咲太) and his sister Kaede (梓川 花楓) from Seishun Buta Yarou wa Bunny Girl Senpai are notable fictional characters who bear this surname.
Bäcklund Swedish
Combination of Swedish bäck "brook, stream" and Lund "grove".
Bäckman Swedish
Combination of Swedish bäck "small stream" and man "man".
Bäckstrand Swedish
Combination of Swedish bäck "stream" and strand "shore".
Bäckström Swedish
Combination of Swedish bäck "brook, small stream" and ström "stream".
Backström Swedish
Combination of Swedish backe "slope, hill" and ström "stream".
Baechli German (Swiss)
Derived from the word "Bächli," which means "small brook" in Swiss German.
Balkwill Anglo-Saxon (Archaic)
From the Old English pre 7th Century balca, "beam", with wiell(a), "spring, stream", and probably refers to a primitive footbridge made by a tree trunk across the stream. The name may also be topographical for a dweller by the footbridge.
Barnewall Anglo-Norman, Irish
A locational surname given to those who lived by a stream in either Cambridgeshire, which derives its name from the Olde English beorna meaning "warrior" and wella meaning "stream", or from one in Northamptonshire, which got its name from the Olde English byrge meaning "burial mound" and well, which also means "stream." a burial mound and 'well(a)'... [more]
Beauford English
Variation of Buford. It is derived from the French word "beau", meaning "beautiful", and "ford", an Old English word meaning "river crossing".
Beckius Swedish
Combination of Swedish bäck "small stream, brook" and the common surname suffix -ius.
Beckley English
This surname was taken from an English habitational name from any of the various places, in Kent, Oxfordshire, and Sussex, named Beckley whose name was derived from the Old English byname Becca and the Old English lēah "woodland clearing".... [more]
Bedell English
This place name derives from the Old English words byde, meaning "tub," and "well," meaning a "spring," or "stream." As such, Bedell is classed as a habitational name.
Belrio Spanish
From the Spanish word meaning "beautiful river".
Berlin German, English
Habitational name from the city in Germany, the name of which is of uncertain meaning. It is possibly derived from an Old Slavic stem berl- meaning swamp or from a West Slavic word meaning "river lake".
Bérubé French
Habitational name from some minor place named with Old French bel ru "beautiful stream", with the subsequent pleonastic addition of , variant of bel "beautiful".
Blackford English
Derived from the words blæc "black" or blac "pale, shining, white" and ford "river crossing"
Bobeck Swedish, German, Jewish, Slavic
A respelling of the Swedish Bobäck, an ornamental name composed of the elements bo meaning "farm" and bäck meaning "stream".... [more]
Boström Swedish
Combination of Swedish bo "dwelling, home" and ström "stream, river".
Bothwell Scottish
Also N Irish... [more]
Braham English
From the name of a town called Braham, probably derived from Old English brom meaning "broom (a type of plant)" and ham meaning "home, settlement" or hamm meaning "river meadow".
Brandybuck Literature
Brandybuck is the surname of Meriadoc, a young Hobbit in J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings." Possibly derived from the Brandywine River, which in turn is derived from Sindarin Baranduin, "Brown River"... [more]
Brännström Swedish
Combination of Swedish bränna "to burn" and ström "stream".
Braybrooke English
From the name of the Northamptonshire village of Braybrooke, meaning "the broad brook."
Brockhaus German
Occupational hereditary surname for a person who was physically powerful, derived from Old German brock which may refer to persons with a stocky or strong build. Or derived from Old German "Brook" or "Brauk," for people near a marshy landscape, common in northern regions.
Brogden English
From the name of a place in West Yorkshire meaning "valley brook", from Old English broc "brook" and denu "valley".
Brook German, Dutch
Topographic name for someone who lived by a water meadow or marsh, from Low German brook, Dutch broek (cf. Bruch).... [more]
Brooksby English
Means "farm by a brook". From Old English broc "brook, small stream" and Old Norse býr "farm, settlement"
Broughton English
Habitational name from any of the many places so called in England. The first name element is derived from Old English broc "brook", burh "fortress", or beorg "castle". The second element is derived from Old English tun "settlement, dwelling".
Bruch German
Topographic name for someone who lived by a marsh or a stream that frequently flooded, from Middle High German bruoch "water meadow" or "marsh" (cognate to old English broc "brook", "stream" cf... [more]
Brunton English (Rare)
From Old English burna meaning "stream" and tun, settlement; hence, "settlement by a stream".
Burbidge Anglo-Saxon
This interesting name is of Anglo-Saxon origin and is a dialectal variant of the locational surname, deriving from any of the places called "Burbage", in the counties of Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Wiltshire... [more]
Calasso Italian
Possibly from the given name Galasso, or from the dialectical word cala "cove, inlet, creek".
Cardwell English
From the traditionally British surname, which is a variant of the British surname Caldwell, a from the Old English cald "cold" and well(a) "spring, stream".
Carisbrook English
Carisbrooke is a village on the Isle of Wight; the name is thought to mean "Carey's brook". When in 1917 the British royal family changed its name from the "House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha" to the "House of Windsor" and renounced all German titles, the title of Marquess of Carisbrooke was created for the erstwhile German Prince Alexander of Battenberg.
Carlström Swedish
Combination of the given name Carl and Swedish ström (Old Norse straumr) meaning "stream".
Çay Turkish
Means "river, brook, creek" in Turkish.
Chiura Japanese (Rare)
This surname is used as 千浦, 地浦 or 知浦 with 千 (sen, chi) meaning "thousand," 地 (ji, chi) meaning "earth, ground", 知 (chi, shi.raseru, shi.ru) meaning "know, wisdom" and 浦 (ho, ura) meaning "bay, beach, creek, gulf, inlet, seacoast."... [more]
Churchyard English
It comes from when the family lived in or near the precincts of a church. Churchyard belongs to the large class of Anglo-Saxon topographic surnames, which were given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as "a hill", "stream", "church", or "type of tree".
Clutterbuck English, Dutch (Anglicized, ?)
English surname of unknown origin, possibly a corrupted form of a Dutch surname derived from Dutch klateren "to clatter" and beek "brook". The original surname may have been brought to England by Flemish weavers whom Edward III brought to England in the 14th century to teach their techniques to the English, or by Huguenots who fled the Netherlands in the 16th century to escape religious persecution... [more]
Conant Old Celtic, Pictish
A patronym from the ancient Celtic personal name Conan, which derives from the Celtic kunovals meaning "high" and "mighty".... [more]
Cowburn English
The place-name, in turn, comes from the Old English cocc, meaning "rooster," and burna, meaning "a stream." As such, the surname is classed as a local, or habitational name, derived from a place where the original bearer lived or held land.
Creek English
"Creek".
Cricks American
"living near a river." Comes from a similar origin of Rios
Cromwell English
Habitational name from places in Nottinghamshire and West Yorkshire named Cromwell, from Old English crumb "bent, crooked" and well(a) "spring, stream".
Cumberbatch English
Name for someone from Comberbach in North Cheshire. May come from etymological elements meaning "stream in a valley."
Dahlström Swedish
Derived from Swedish dal "valley" and ström "stream".
Dalglish Scottish
Derived from Gaelic dail meaning "field" and glaise meaning "brook".
Dalrymple Scottish
Habitational name from Dalrymple, a village and civil parish in East Ayrshire, Scotland, said to be named from Gaelic dail chruim puill meaning "field of the crooked stream" or "dale of the crooked pool".
Demegawa Japanese
From Japanese 出 (de) "out", 目 (me) "eye" and 川 (kawa) "river".
Dere Turkish
Means "creek, brook, stream" in Turkish.
Deriu Italian
Means "of the river" in Sardinian.
Desruisseaux French, French (Quebec)
Topographic name for someone who lived in an area characterized by streams, from the fused preposition and plural definite article des meaning "from the" and ruisseaux (plural of ruisseau) meaning "stream".
Donskikh Russian
Derived from the name of the Don river, derived from an Aryan root meaning "river".
Dual Romansh
Derived from the preposition de "of" and Romansh ual "brook, creek".
Dubec French
Geographical du bec "from the stream". Bec (from Germanic baki) is a regional term in Normandy for a stream.
Durieux French
Derived from Old French riu meaning "river, stream", originally used to indicate someone who lived by a stream.
Eastburn English
Habitational name from either of two places, one in Humberside and one in West Yorkshire, so named from Old English ēast, ēasten "east" and burna "stream".
Easterbrook English
Topographic name for someone who lived by a brook to the east of a main settlement, from Middle English easter meaning "eastern" + brook meaning "stream".
Edo Japanese
E means "river, inlet" and to means "wisteria".
Edström Swedish
Combination of Swedish ed "isthmus" and ström "stream".
Ejiri Japanese
江 (E) means "inlet, river" and 尻 (jiri) means "behind, rear".
Elfving Swedish
Possibly a combination of an obsolete spelling of Swedish älv "river" and the suffix -ing (ultimately from Proto-Germanic -ingaz) meaning "coming from, belonging to, descending from"... [more]
Emajõe Estonian
Emajõe is an Estonian surname meaning "mother river" (a genitive form of "ema jõgi"). The Emajõgi is a 100km river flowing through Estonia.
Emoto Japanese
E means "river, inlet" and moto means "origin".
Enatsu Japanese
江 (E) means "river, inlet" and 夏 (natsu) means "summer".... [more]
Eno Japanese
E means "river, inlet" and no means "field, plain, wilderness "
Errey English
This uncommon and intriguing name is of Old Norse origin, and is found chiefly in the north western counties of England, reflecting the dense settlement of Scandinavian peoples in those areas. The surname is locational, from places such as Aira Beck or Aira Force near Ullswater in Cumberland, or some other minor or unrecorded place also named with the Old Norse term "eyrara", meaning "gravel-bank stream river”.
Esaka Japanese
E means "river, inlet" and saka means "slope, hill".
Esaki Japanese
E means "river, inlet" and saki means "cape, peninsula".
Esawa Japanese
E means "river, inlet" and sawa means "swamp, marsh".
Esumi Japanese
E means "river, inlet" and sumi mean "residence, dwelling, abide" or "nook, corner".
Eto Japanese
江 (E) means "River, Inlet" and 藤 (To) means "Wisteria".
Ewell English
Habitation name from the town of Ewell in Surrey or from Temple Ewell or Ewell Manor, both in Kent or Ewell Minnis near Dover. Originally from Old English Aewill meaning "river source" or "spring".
Fishburne English
Derived from the villages of Fishbourne in West Sussex and the Isle of Wight, or the village and civil parish of Fishburn in County Durham, England, all named from Old English fisc meaning "fish" and burna meaning "stream"... [more]
Fjellström Swedish
Combination of Swedish fjäll "mountain, fell" and ström "stream, river".
Flodgaard Danish
Danish name element gård "farmstead, yard" combined with prefix flod meaning "river".
Flodqvist Swedish
Combination of Swedish flod "river" and kvist "twig, branch".
Flyte English
Means "stream" from Old English fleot.
Fogelström Swedish
From Swedish fågel "bird" and ström "stream".
Forsström Swedish, Finnish
Derived from Swedish fors meaning "waterfall" and ström (Old Norse straumr) meaning "stream".
Foxwell English
Means "fox stream", from Old English fox and well(a), meaning stream.
Fretwell English
Taken from the Old English "freht," meaning "augury," and "well," meaning "spring, stream."
Fujikawa Japanese
From Japanese 藤 (fuji) meaning "wisteria" and 川 (kawa) meaning "river, stream".
Fukae Japanese
Fuka means "deep" and e means "inlet, river".
Fukawa Japanese
From Japanese 府 (fu) meaning "prefecture" and 川 (kawa) meaning "river, stream".
Fumetsugawa Japanese (Rare)
From japanese kanji 不滅 (fumetsu) meaning "immortal, indestructible, undying" and 河 or 川 (gawa/kawa) both meaning "river".
Gilstrap English (British, Anglicized, Rare)
This is a place name acquired from once having lived at a place spelled Gill(s)thorp(e), Gilsthorp(e), Gill(s)throp(e) or Gil(s)throp(e) located in the Old Danelaw area of England.... [more]
Gorsuch English
Habitational name from the hamlet of Gorsuch, Lancashire, earlier Gosefordsich, derived from Old English gosford meaning "goose ford" and sic meaning "small stream".
Grīva Latvian
Means "creek".
Guadalajara Spanish
habitational name from Guadalajara in Castile named with Arabic wādī-al-ḥijāra (واد الحجرة o وادي الحجرة) "river of the stones".
Ha Korean
From Sino-Korean 河 (ha) meaning "river, stream".
Haaboja Estonian
Haaboja is an Estonian surname meaning "aspen creek/stream".
Häggström Swedish
Combination of Swedish hägg "bird cherry" and ström "stream, small river".
Hagström Swedish
Combination of Swedish hage "enclosure, garden" and ström "stream, small river".
Hallström Swedish
Combination of Swedish hall "hall, stone, rock" and ström "stream, small river".
Hamakawa Japanese
From the Japanese 浜 or 濱 (hama) "beach" and 川 or 河 (kawa) "river."
Harukawa Japanese
harukawa means "spring river". the kanji used are 春(haru) meaning "spring (the season)" and 河 (kawa) meaning "river" . you could also use 川 (kawa) as the second kanji, but using 河 looks better.
Haruoja Estonian
Haruoja is an Estonian surname meaning "branch creek".
Haswell English
habitational name from Haswell (Durham) or less probably from Haswell (Somerset) or Haswell in North Huish (Devon). The placenames probably derive from Old English hæsel "hazel" and wille "well spring stream".
Hayakawa Japanese
From Japanese 早 (haya) meaning "early, fast" and 川 (kawa) meaning "river, stream".
Hedström Swedish
Combination of Swedish hed "heath, moor" and ström "stream, river".
Hikawa Japanese (Rare)
From Japanese 氷 (hi) meaning "ice" and 川 (kawa) meaning "river, stream".
Hirakawa Japanese
From Japanese 平 (hira) meaning "level, even, peaceful" and 川 (kawa) meaning "river, stream".
Hirokawa Japanese
From Japanese 広 or 廣 (hiro) meaning "broad, wide, spacious" and 川 (kawa) meaning "river, stream".
Hirukawa Japanese
From Japanese 蛭 (hiru) meaning "leech" and 川 (kawa) meaning "river, stream".
Holmbeck Swedish (Rare)
Combination of Swedish holm "islet" and bäck "stream".
Horie Japanese
Hori means "moat, canal" and e means "inlet, river".
Horikawa Japanese
From Japanese 堀 (hori) meaning "ditch, moat, canal" and 川 (kawa) or 河 (kawa) both meaning "river, stream".
Hoshikawa Japanese
From Japanese 星 (hoshi) meaning "star" and 川 (kawa) meaning "river, stream".
Hosokawa Japanese
From Japanese 細 (hoso) meaning "thin, fine, slender" and 川 (kawa) meaning "river, stream".
Huckabee English
This surname originated as a habitational name, derived from Huccaby in Devon, England; this place name is derived from two Old English elements: the first, woh, meaning "crooked"; the second, byge, meaning "river bend".... [more]
Huckaby English
Means "person from Huccaby", Devon (perhaps "crooked river-bend"), or "person from Uckerby", Yorkshire ("Úkyrri's or Útkári's farmstead").
Ibaiguren Basque
Means "river's edge" from the Basque words ibai, meaning "river" and guren, meaing "edge".
Ichikawa Japanese
From Japanese 市 (ichi) meaning "market" and 川 (kawa) meaning "river, stream".
Idreius Celtic
“Like the ocean; Unpredictable.”... [more]
Igawa Japanese
From Japanese 井 (i) meaning "well, mine shaft, pit" and 川 (kawa) meaning "river, stream".
Iikawa Japanese
Ii means "cooked grains" and kawa means "river, stream".
Ikawa Japanese
I means "well, pit, mineshaft" and kawa means "river, stream".
Ikenoue Japanese
Ike means "river", no is a possessive particle and ue means "upper, top".
Imagawa Japanese
From Japanese 今 (ima) meaning "present" and 川 (gawa) meaning "river".
Imakawa Japanese
Ima means "now, present" and kawa means "river, stream".
Irie Japanese
Iri means "entry, input" and e means "inlet, river".
Irie Japanese
From Japanese 入江 (irie) meaning "inlet, cove, creek".
Irmak Turkish
Means "river" in Turkish.
Itzstein German
Topographic surname that originated from broad regions around the river Itz in Thuringia, Germany. The word "Stein" (German word for stone) historically was also used to describe castles on a hill or at a river, thus a possible meaning of the name is "castle at the river Itz".
Iwae Japanese
Iwa means "stone, rock" and e means "bay, creek, inlet".
Izumikawa Japanese
Izumi means "fountain" and means "river".
Järveoja Estonian
Järveoja is an Estonian surname meaning "lake creek".
Jõeleht Estonian
Jõeleht is an Estonian surname meaning "river foliage".
Jõeloo Estonian
Jõeloo is an Estonians surname derived from "jõelooge", meaning a "river meander".
Jõemaa Estonian
Jõemaa is an Estonian surname meaning "river land".
Jõerüüt Estonian
Jõerüüt is an Estonian surname meaning "river plover" (Pluvialis).
Jõesaar Estonian
Jõesaar is an Estonian surname meaning "river island".
Jõesuu Estonian
Jõesuu is an Estonian surname meaning "mouth of the river".
Jõevee Estonian
Jõevee is an Estonian surname meaning "river water".
Jõgi Estonian
Means "river" in Estonian.
Jõgiaas Estonian
Jõgiaas is an Estonian surname meaning "river meadow".
Jõgila Estonian
Jõgila is an Estonian surname meaning "river area".
Jõgioja Estonian
Jõgioja is an Estonian surname meaning "river creek".
Jõgisaar Estonian
Jõgisaar is an Estonian surname meaning "river island".
Jõgisalu Estonian
Jõgisalu is an Estonian surname meaning "river grove".
Jõgisoo Estonian
Jõgisoo is an Estonian surname meaning "river swamp/marsh".
Kadokawa Japanese (Rare)
Kado means "Gate" and Kawa means "River". This surname means "Gated River".
Kagawa Japanese
From Japanese 香 (ka) meaning "fragrance" and 川 (kawa) meaning "river, stream".
Kagawa Japanese
From Japanese 賀 (ka) meaning "congratulate, greet, celebrate" and 川 (kawa) meaning "river, stream".
Kaldoja Estonian
Kaldoja is an Estonian name meaning "sloping creek".
Käll Swedish
From Swedish källa "source (of a stream of water)", ultimately derived from Old Norse kelda.
Karadere Turkish
Means "black creek" in Turkish.
Karakawa Japanese
Kara means "larch" and kawa means "river, stream".
Karlström Swedish
Literally means "Carl's stream" in Swedish.
Kawa Japanese
Kawa means "river, stream".
Kawabata Japanese
From Japanese 川 (kawa) meaning "river, stream" and 畑 (hata) meaning "farm, cropfield".
Kawabata Japanese
From Japanese 川 (kawa) or 河 (kawa) both meaning "river, stream" and 端 (hata) meaning "edge, end, tip".
Kawabe Japanese
From Japanese 川 (kawa) or 河 (kawa) both meaning "river, stream" and 辺 (be) meaning "area, place, vicinity".
Kawachi Japanese
Kawa means "river, stream" and chi means "ground".
Kawada Japanese
From Japanese 川 (kawa) meaning "river, stream" and 田 (ta) meaning "field, rice paddy".
Kawagoe Japanese
From Japanese 川 (kawa) meaning "river, stream" and 越 (koeru) meaning "pass, cross, go through".
Kawahara Japanese
From Japanese 川 or 河 (kawa) meaning "river" and 原 (hara) meaning "field, plain".
Kawahata Japanese
Kawa means "river, stream" and hata means "field".
Kawai Japanese
From Japanese 川 (kawa) meaning "river, stream" and 井 (i) meaning "well, mine shaft, pit".
Kawajiri Japanese
Kawa means "river, stream" and jiri comes from shiri meaning "rear, behind".
Kawakame Japanese (Rare)
Kawa means "river" and kame means "turtoise, turtle".
Kawakatsu Japanese
Kawa means "river, stream" and katsu means "victory".
Kawakita Japanese
川 (Kawa) means "River" and 北 (Kita) means "North".
Kawamata Japanese
From Japanese 川 (kawa) meaning "river, stream" and 又 (mata) meaning "again, once more".
Kawamata Japanese
From Japanese 川 (kawa) meaning "river, stream" and 俣 (mata) meaning "fork, crotch".
Kawamoto Japanese
From Japanese 川 (kawa) meaning "river, stream" and 本 (moto) meaning "base, root, origin".
Kawamura Japanese
From Japanese 川 or 河 (kawa) meaning "river, stream" and 村 (mura) meaning "town, village".
Kawanaka Japanese
From Japanese 川 (kawa) meaning "river, stream" and 中 (naka) meaning "middle".
Kawanichi Japanese
Kawa means "river, stream" and nichi means "sun, day".
Kawanishi Japanese
Kawa means "river, stream" and nishi means "west".
Kawanishi Japanese
From Japanese 川 (kawa) meaning "river, stream" and 西 (nishi) meaning "west".
Kawase Japanese
Kawase means "river" and se means "ripple".
Kawase Japanese
From Japanese 川 (kawa) or 河 (kawa) both meaning "river, stream" and 瀬 (se) meaning "rapids, current".
Kawashima Japanese
From Japanese 川 (kawa) meaning "river, stream, brook" and 島 (shima) or 嶋 (shima) both meaning "island".
Kawashita Japanese
Kawa means "river, stream" and shita means "under, below".
Kawasugi Japanese
Kawa means "river, stream" and sugi means "cedar".
Kawatani Japanese
Kawa means "river, stream" and tani means "valley".
Kawauchi Japanese
From Japanese 河 (kawa) or 川 (kawa) meaning "river" combined with 内 (uchi) meaning "inside".
Kawazu Japanese (Rare)
Kawa (川, 河) means "river", tsu (津) means "port". Tsu changes to zu/dzu because of rendaku
Keeton English
Habitational name from a place called Ketton in Durham or one in Rutland or from Keaton in Ermington, Devon. The first is named from the Old English personal name Catta or the Old Norse personal name Káti and Old English tūn "settlement"; the second is probably from an old river name or tribal name Cētan (possibly a derivative of Celtic cēd "wood") and Old English ēa "river"; and the last possibly from Cornish kee "hedge, bank" and Old English tūn.
Kerslake English
Topographic name for someone who lived by a stream where cress grew, derived from Old English cærse meaning "watercress" and lacu meaning "stream".
Kiiroja Estonian
Kiiroja is an Estonian surname meaning "fast (flowing) creek".
Kikawa Japanese
From 木 (ki) meaning "tree, wood" and 川 (kawa) meaning "stream, river".
Kinukawa Japanese
Kinu means "silk" and kawa means "stream, river".
Kishikawa Japanese
From Japanese 岸 (kishi) meaning "beach, shore, bank" and 川 (kawa) meaning "river, stream".
Kitakawa Japanese
Kita means "north" and kawa means "river, stream".
Kitashirakawa Japanese
From Japanese 北 (kita) meaning "north", 白 (shira) meaning "white" and 川 (kawa) meaning "river, stream".
Kobayakawa Japanese
From Japanese 小 (ko) meaning "small", 早 (baya) meaning "fast" and 川 (kawa) meaning "river".
Kokawa Japanese
Ko means "small" and kawa means "river".
Kōno Japanese
From Japanese 河 (kō) meaning "river" and 野 (no) meaning "field, wilderness".
Kozue Japanese (Rare)
This surname is used as 梢, 小梢 or 梢江 with 梢 (shou, kusunoki, kozue) meaning "treetops, twig", 小 (shou, o-, ko-, sa-, chii.sai) meaning "little, small" and 江 (kou, e) meaning "bay, creek, inlet."... [more]
Krebsbach German
From a place name meaning "crab stream" in German.
Kuivjõgi Estonian
Kuivjõgi is an Estonian surname meaning "dry river".
Kujikawa Japanese
From Japanese 久 (ku) meaning "long time ago", 慈 (ji) meaning "mercy", and 川 (kawa) meaning "river".
Kurigawa Japanese
The Surname "Kurigawa/Kurikawa" translates to "Chestnut River"
Kurokawa Japanese
From Japanese 黒 (kuro) meaning "black" combined with 川 (kawa) or 河 (kawa) both meaning "river."
Laanoja Estonian
Laanoja is Estonian surname derived from "laanelill", meaning "starflower" and "wintergreen" (Trientalis europaea) and "oja" meaning "stream/creek".
Lapčević Serbian
Serbo-Croatian surname meaning "river" or "white". Likely from the river Elbe in Germany, which is called Labe and Laba in Slavic languages. Lab also having the meaning "white" in archaic Slavic (like the bird labud - swan).
Laskurain Basque
It literally means "creek of abundant water".
Lbov Russian
Derived either from Russian лоб (lob) meaning "forehead" or from the name of the Elbe river meaning "river".
Lear English
Means (i) "person from Leire", Leicestershire ("place on the river Leire", a river-name that may also be the ancestor of Leicestershire); or (ii) "person from Lear", any of several variously spelled places in northern France with a name based on Germanic lār "clearing"... [more]
Lehigh German, Irish
Derived from a Native American word "Lechauwekink", meaning "where there are forks in the stream". Variant of Lechau .
Leppoja Estonian
Leppoja is an Estonian surname meaning "alder creek".
Lester English
habitational name from Leicester which is recorded as Ligeraceastre in the 10th century. The placename derives from an Old English folk name Legore "the dwellers by the river Legor (a lost river name)" and Old English ceaster "city Roman fortification" (from Latin castrum) "camp fortress".
Lidström Swedish
Combination of the Swedish place name element lid "slope, hillside" and ström "stream, flow". A notable bearer is Swedish ice hockey player Nicklas Lidström (b. 1970).
Limbach German
Derived from any of numerous places in Germany named with Germanic lindo meaning "lime tree" and bach meaning "stream". Several of these places are in areas such as the Palatinate, which contributed heavily to early German immigration to the United States.
Linikoja Estonian
Linikoja is an Estonian surname meaning "cloth stream".
Ljungström Swedish
Combination of Swedish ljung "heather" and ström "stream".
Lochner German
Means "a place where rivers meet with a partial obstruction from a wooden dam. "
Löfström Swedish
Combination of Swedish löv "leaf" and ström "stream".
Luoma Finnish
A name derived from the Finnish topographic word luomi, meaning "creek" or "small river". Common in central and western Finland.
Lutsoja Estonian
Lutsoja is an Estonian surname meaning "burbot stream/creek".
Maegawa Japanese
A variant of Maekawa.... [more]
Malmström Swedish
Combination of Swedish malm "ore" and ström "stream".
Mampuzha Malayalam, Indian (Christian)
Meaning: "Mango Tree River"; based on location in India.
Mändoja Estonian
Mändoja is an Estonian surname meaning "pine stream".
Mansfield English
Means "open land by the River Maun," from the Celtic river name + the Old English word "feld."
Marple English
Means "boundary stream" from Old English maere (boundary), and pyll (stream).
Matsugawa Japanese
Variant of Matsukawa, meaning "pine tree river".
Matsukawa Japanese
From Japanese 松 (matsu) meaning "pine tree, fir tree" and 川 (kawa) meaning "river, stream".
Midorikawa Japanese
From Japanese 緑 (midori) meaning "green" and 川 (kawa) meaning "river, stream".
Mikawa Japanese
From Japanese 三 (mi) meaning "three" and 川 (kawa) meaning "river, stream".
Mikawa Japanese
From Japanese 美 (mi) meaning "beautiful" and 川 (kawa) meaning "river, stream".
Minakawa Japanese
From Japanese 皆 (mina) meaning "all, every" and 川 (kawa) meaning "river, stream".
Minamoto Japanese
From 源 (minamoto) meaning "fountainhead, river source; source, origin," derived from a combination of 水 (mi), the combining form of mizu meaning "water," and 元/本 (moto) meaning "source, origin" with the addition of the Old Japanese possessive particle na.... [more]
Mitsue Japanese
This surname is used as 光永, 光江, 三枝, 満江, 三ツ江 or 三津江 with 光 (kou, hikari, hika.ru, mitsu) meaning "light, ray", 三 (san, zou, mi, mi'.tsu, mi.tsu) meaning "three", 満 (ban, man, mi.tasu, mi.chiru, mi.tsu) meaning "enough, full, fullness, satisfy", 永 (ei, naga.i, e) meaning "eternity, long, lengthy", 江 (kou, e) meaning "bay, creek, inlet", 枝 (shi, eda, e) meaning "bough, branch, twig, limb" and 津 (shin, tsu) meaning "ferry, harbour, haven, port."... [more]
Mizukawa Japanese
From Japanese 水 (mizu) meaning "water" and 川 (kawa) meaning "river, stream".
Munekawa Japanese
宗 (Mune) means "Origin, Religion, Sect" and 川 (Kawa) means "Stream, River".
Murakawa Japanese
Mura means "village" and kawa means "river".
Muston English
Habitational name from places so named, from Old English mus "mouse", or must, "muddy stream or place" combined with tun "enclosure, settlement". Another explanation could be that the first element is derived from an old Scandinavian personal name, Músi (of unknown meaning), combined with tun.
Mycroft English
From Old English ġemȳþ "mouth (of a river)" + croft meaning "enclosed field", originally denoting somebody who lives at the mouth of a river.... [more]
Nabrotzky German (East Prussian)
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Nagakawa Japanese
Naga means "long, chief" and kawa means "river, stream".
Nahar Arabic
Means “river” or “canal”. It is likely that individuals with this last name come from a family with a history or connection to water or irrigation systems.
Nairn Scottish
Means "person from Nairn", Highland region ("(place at the mouth of the river) Nairn", a Celtic river-name perhaps meaning "penetrating one").
Nakatsutsumi Japanese
Naka means "middle" and tsutsumi means "enbankment, river, bank, dike".
Nakaura Japanese
Naka means "Middle" and Ura means "Gulf, Bay, Inlet, Beach, Seacoast, Creek."
Namikawa Japanese
From Japanese 波 (nami) meaning "wave" and 川 (kawa) or 河 (kawa) both meaning "river, stream".
Natsugawa Japanese
Variant of Natsukawa, meaning "summer river".
Natsukawa Japanese
This name means Summer River. From natsu "summer" and kawa "river".
N’dri Western African (Rare)
The meaning behind N’Dri is “ Nearby the river “
Newborn English
Habitational name from Newbourn in Suffolk or Newburn in Tyne and Wear (formerly part of Northumberland), both named with Old English niwe "new" and burna "stream", perhaps denoting a stream that had changed its course.
Niva Sami, Finnish
From Finnish niva "small rapid in a river", ultimately derived from Northern Sami njavvi "small river, small rapid".
Nokawa Japanese
No means "field, plain, wilderness" and kawa means "river, stream".
Nōzawa Japanese (Rare)
Variant of Osame but adding Japanese 沢 (zawa), the joining form of 沢 (sawa) meaning "mountain stream, marsh; wetlands", possibly referring to a place with wet grounds or a mountain stream.
Ōga Japanese (Rare)
This surname is used as 淡河, 王賀 or 相賀 with 淡 (tan, awa.i) meaning "faint, fleeting, pale, thin," 河 (ka, kawa) meaning "river," 王 (ou, -nou) meaning "king, magnate, rule," 相 (shou, sou, ai-, ou) meaning "aspect, councillor, each other, inter-, minister of state, mutual, phase, physiognomy, together" and 賀 (ga) meaning "congratulations, joy."... [more]
Oikawa Japanese
From Japanese 及 (oi) meaning "reach out, exert, cause" and 川 (kawa) meaning "river, stream".
Oja Estonian
From the Estonian word oja, meaning "creek".
Ojakäär Estonian
Ojakäär is an Estonian name meaning "runnel" or "stream edge".
Ojalill Estonian
Ojalill is an Estonian surname meaning "stream flower".
Ojalind Estonian
Ojalind is an Estonian surname meaning "stream/creek bird".
Ojaloo Estonian
Ojaloo is an Estonian surname meaning "stream/creek swathe".
Ojamaa Estonian
Ojamaa is an Estonian surname meaning "stream/creek land".
Ojandi Estonian
Ojandi is an Estonian surname possibly derived from "oja" ("stream/creek") and "rand" ("beach").
Ojanurm Estonian
Ojanurm is an Estonian surname meaning "stream pasture/meadow".
Ojaperv Estonian
Ojaperv is an Estonian surname meaning "stream bank".
Ojasalu Estonian
Ojasalu is an Estonian surname meaning "stream/creek grove".
Ojasoo Estonian
Ojasoo is an Estonian surname meaning "steam/creek swamp".
Ojaste Estonian
From Estonian oja meaning "brook, creek".
Ojastu Estonian
Ojastu is an Estonian surname derived from "oja" meaning "creek/stream".
Ojasu Estonian
Ojasu is an Estonian surname derived from "oja" meaning "creek".
Ojavee Estonian
Ojavee is an Estonians surname meaning "stream water".
Ojavool Estonian
Ojavool is an Estonian surname meaning "stream current/flow".
Ōkawa Japanese
From Japanese 大 (ō) meaning "big, great" and 川 (kawa) meaning "river, stream".
Okawa Japanese
From the Japanese 大 (o) "big" and 川 or 河 (kawa) "river."
Ōkawara Japanese
From Japanese 大 (o) meaning "big, great", 河 (ka) meaning "river, stream" and 原 (wara) meaning "field, plain".
Okie Japanese
Oki means "open sea" and e means "inlet, river".