Browse Submitted Surnames

This is a list of submitted surnames in which the meaning contains the keyword trench.
Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
Apanecatl Nahuatl
Possibly related to Nahuatl apantli, "canal, channel, water ditch".
Bartholomew English
From a medieval personal name, Latin Bart(h)olomaeus, from the Aramaic patronymic bar-Talmay "son of Talmay", meaning "having many furrows", i.e. rich in land. This was an extremely popular personal name in Christian Europe, with innumerable vernacular derivatives... [more]
Bingel German
A topographic name derived from a diminutive of Middle High German binge, which means "depression", "ditch", or "pit". May also be derived from pingel, which is a Westphalian nickname for a pedantic person.
Bingemann German (Rare)
Possibly a habitational name for someone from a place named Bingen or Bingum. May also be from a topographic name derived from the German word Binge, which means "trench", and may also refer to a kettle-shaped depression or a collapsed shaft in a mine (see Bingel).
Borrelli Italian
There are three possible origins of this surname. It could derive from some place names located in Catania and Campania -two Italian southern regions. Another hypothesis is that it derives from the Celtic word borro, meaning "proud" or maybe "ditch"... [more]
Canella Italian
Italian regional surname denoting someone who lived by a canal. From the Italian canale 'canal', from the Latin canalis meaning "canal; conduit; groove; funnel; or ditch". Alternatively, it may come the genus name of wild cinnamon, a diminutive of the Latin canna "reed, cane".
Deaton English
Means "farmstead surrounded by a ditch", from the Old English dic + tun.
Digby English
Derived from the name of an English town, itself derived from a combination of Old English dic "dyke, ditch" and Old Norse býr "farm, town".
Dijkhuizen Dutch
Means "houses in the dike" in Dutch, derived from dijk meaning "dike, ditch, levee" and huizen meaning "houses, settlement", and so indicated a person who lived in a house close to a dyke or embankment.
Dōune Japanese (Rare)
From Japanese 堂 () meaning "temple, shrine, hall" and 畝 (une) meaning "raised ridge of earth in a field; furrow", referring to possibly a place with a hall and a field.
Grable German
Means "digger of ditches or graves" (from a derivative of Middle High German graben "ditch"). A famous bearer was US actress, dancer and singer Betty Grable (1916-1973).
Grave German
Either from the northern form of Graf, but more commonly a topographic name from Middle Low German grave "ditch", "moat", "channel", or a habitational name from any of several places in northern Germany named with this word.
Hoogendijk Dutch
Derived from Dutch hoog meaning "high, elevated" and dijk meaning "dike, ditch, levee", referring to someone who lived near a high dyke or embankment.
Hori Japanese
From Japanese 堀 (hori) meaning "ditch, moat, canal".
Horiba Japanese
From Japanese 堀 (hori) meaning "ditch, moat, canal" and 場 (ba) meaning "place, situation, circumstances".
Horie Japanese
From Japanese 堀 (hori) meaning "ditch, moat, canal" and 江 (e) meaning "bay, inlet".
Horiguchi Japanese
From Japanese 堀 (hori) meaning "ditch, moat, canal" and 口 (kuchi) meaning "mouth, entrance".
Horii Japanese
From Japanese 堀 (hori) meaning "ditch, moat, canal" and 井 (i) meaning "well, mine shaft, pit".
Horikawa Japanese
From Japanese 堀 (hori) meaning "ditch, moat, canal" and 川 (kawa) or 河 (kawa) both meaning "river, stream".
Horio Japanese
Hori means "ditch, canal, moat" and o means "tail".
Horio Japanese
From Japanese 堀 (hori) meaning "ditch, moat, canal" and 尾 (o) meaning "tail, foot, end".
Horiuchi Japanese
From Japanese 堀 (hori) meaning "ditch, moat, canal" and 内 (uchi) meaning "inside".
Imahori Japanese
Ima means "now, present" and hori means "ditch, canal, moat".
Kobori Japanese
From Japanese 小 (ko) meaning "small" and 堀 (hori) meaning "moat, ditch".
Kraav Estonian
Kraav is an Estonian surname meaning "ditch".
Lieshout Dutch
Originally indicated a person from the village of Lieshout in the province of Noord-Brabant in the Netherlands. It is derived either from Dutch lies meaning "great manna grass" (a grasslike plant that grows near riverbanks and ponds) or Middle Dutch lese meaning "track, furrow", combined with hout meaning "forest".
Mizoguchi Japanese
From Japanese 溝 (mizo) meaning "ditch, drain, gutter" and 口 (kuchi) meaning "mouth, entrance".
Mizuhori Japanese
Mizu means "water"and hori means "moat, ditch, canal".
Oja Finnish
From Finnish oja "ditch, trench".
Redgrave English
From the name of a village and civil parish in Suffolk, England, derived from Old English hrēod meaning "reed" or rēad "red", and græf meaning "pit, ditch" or grāf "grove"... [more]
Rooba Estonian
Rooba is an Estonian surname, derived from "roobas", meaning "ditch" or "rut".
Seagrave English
Habitational name from a place in Leicestershire, recorded in Domesday Book as Satgrave and Setgrave; probably named from Old English (ge)set meaning "fold", "pen" (or sēað meaning "pit", "pool") + grāf meaning "grove" or græf meaning "ditch".
Vagu Estonian
Vagu is an Estonian surname meaning "furrow".
Wilberforce English
Means "person from Wilberfoss", Yorkshire ("Wilburh's ditch"). This is borne by Wilberforce University, a university in Xenia, Ohio, USA, founded in 1856 and named in honour of the British philanthropist and anti-slavery campaigner William Wilberforce (1759-1833)... [more]
Yarimizo Japanese (Rare)
From Japanese 鑓 (yari) meaning "sword" and 溝 (mizo) meaning "ditch; drain".
Yokobori Japanese
From Japanese 横 (yoko) meaning “beside, next to” and 掘 (hori) meaning “ditch, moat, canal”.
Yokomizo Japanese
横 (Yoko) means "beside" and 溝 (mizo) means "groove, trench, gutter, gully, drain, ditch, gap". A notable bearer is Seishi Yokomizo, a Japanese novelist in the Showa Period.