All Submitted Surnames

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Rohme German
From the Germanic personal name Ruom (Old High German hruom ‘fame’), a short form of Ruombald and similar personal names containing this element.
Rohr German, Jewish
Topographic name for someone who lived in an area thickly grown with reeds, from Middle High German ror. Also a habitational name from one of the several places named with this word.
Rohrbach German, German (Swiss)
German and Swiss German: habitational name from any of numerous places called Rohrbach (‘reed brook’ or ‘channel brook’) in many parts of Germany, Switzerland, and Austria. It is a common surname in Pennsylvania.
Rohrlach German (Rare), American
Form a place name, e.g., Rohrlach (Kreis Hirschberg) in Silesia (now Trzcińsko, Poland)
Rohrsen German
Unknown source.
Roht Estonian
Roht is an Estonian surname meaning "veld".
Rohtla Estonian
Rohtla is an Estonian surname meaning "veld", "prairie" and "steppe".
Rohulaid Estonian
Estonian surname meaning "grassland islet".
Rohumaa Estonian
Rohumaa is an Estonian surname meaning "grassland" and "meadow".
Rõigas Estonian
Rõigas is an Estonian surname menaing "radish".
Roisum Norwegian
Habitational name from the farmstead in Sogn named Røysum, from the dative plural of Old Norse reysi ‘heap of stones’.
Roith Old Irish
Roith, Ruith = "Wheel" / Mug Ruith/Mogh Roith = "Servant of the wheel"... [more]
Rõivas Estonian
Rõivas is an Estonian surname meaning "garment".
Rojan Spanish
Variant of Rojas.
Roka Japanese
Japanese name meaning "White crest of the wave".
Roland French, German, Scottish
French, German, English, and Scottish: from a Germanic personal name composed hrod ‘renown’ + -nand ‘bold’, assimilated to -lant ‘land’. (Compare Rowland).... [more]
Rólandsdóttir Icelandic
Means "daughter of Róland" in Icelandic.
Rólandsson Icelandic
Means "son of Róland" in Icelandic.
Rolf German
English: Composed of the Germanic elements hrod ‘renown’ + wulf ‘wolf’. This name was especially popular among Nordic peoples in the contracted form Hrólfr and seems to have reached England by two separate channels; partly through its use among pre-Conquest Scandinavian settlers, partly through its popularity among the Normans, who, however, generally used the form Rou (see Rollo).... [more]
Rolf English
From the Middle English personal name Rolf, composed of the Germanic elements hrōd "renown" and wulf "wolf". This name was especially popular among Nordic peoples in the contracted form Hrólfr, and seems to have reached England by two separate channels; partly through its use among pre-Conquest Scandinavian settlers, partly through its popularity among the Normans, who, however, generally used the form Rou(l) (see Rollo).
Rolfe English
Variant of Rolf.
Rolfs German
This surname means "son of Rolf," a patronymic surname from northern Germany.
Rolfsen Norwegian
Means "son of Rolf".
Roll Upper German, German, English
German: from Middle High German rolle, rulle ‘roll’, ‘list’, possibly applied as a metonymic occupational name for a scribe.... [more]
Rolle English
Variant of Roll.
Rollin English, German
English: variant of Rolling.... [more]
Rollo Scottish
From a Latinized form, common in early medieval documents, of the personal name Rou(l), the usual Norman form of Rolf.
Rolloos Dutch
Possibly derived from the given name Rollo.
Rolls English
Possibly derived from the Latin word rotus, meaning "wheel". It would indicate one who built wheels as a living. A famous bearer was American inventor and entrepreneur Charles Rolls (1877-1910), founder of the Rolls-Royce Ltd along with Henry Royce (1863-1933).
Rolston English
English habitational name from any of various places, such as Rowlston in Lincolnshire, Rolleston in Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, and Staffordshire, or Rowlstone in Herefordshire, near the Welsh border... [more]
Romaine French
From the given name Romaine.
Román Spanish, Hungarian
From the given name Román.
Roman Catalan, French, Polish, English, German, Hungarian, Romanian, Ukrainian, Belarusian
From the Latin personal name Romanus, which originally meant "Roman". This name was borne by several saints, including a 7th-century bishop of Rouen.
Romaña Spanish
Habitational name from the Italian city of Romagna.
Romana Catalan, French, Italian, Polish, English (Rare), German, Hungarian, Romanian, Ukrainian, Belarusian
From the feminine form of the Latin personal name Romanus, which originally meant "Roman".
Romanenko Ukrainian
Derived from the given name Roman.
Romanescu Romanian
Patronymic from the given name Roman.
Romanova Russian
Feminine form of Romanov.
Romanow Polish
Polish spelling of Russian Romanoff.
Romansen Danish, Norwegian
Means 'Son of Roman'.
Romansky Czech, Slovak, Polish, Russian
In Czech and Slovak usage, it is a habitational name from Romanov, a village in central Bohemia. In Polish usage, it is a habitational name for someone from any of several places in Poland called Romany, named with the personal name Roman... [more]
Romashkin Russian
Derived from a diminutive form Romashka of the Russian given name Roman.
Romeka Lithuanian (Latinized)
From the Latin for "of Rome"
Romeo Italian
From the given name Romeo.
Romeu Portuguese
From the given name Romeu.
Romie Italian
From a diminutive of Roman or its derivative names.
Romine English, Dutch
From Rome
Rommel Upper German, Dutch
Nickname for an obstreperous person, from Middle Low German, Middle Dutch rummeln, rumpeln to make a noise, create a disturbance (of imitative origin). Variant of Rummel.
Romney English
English: habitational name from a place in Kent, so called from an obscure first element, rumen, + Old English ea ‘river’ (see Rye).
Romo Spanish
Derived from latin (rhombus) meaning obtuse, blunt.
Romp English, German
Likely a variant of Rump.
Romualdez Filipino
Means "son of Romualdo." This is the name of a prominent political family in the Philippines.
Romwe English
likes to dress up
Ron Spanish, Galician
Habitational name from a town called Ron in A Coruña, Galicia, Spain.
Ronald English
Derived from the given name Ronald.
Ronchetto Italian
Italian: diminutive from a variant of Ronco .
Ronde Dutch
Means "round" in Dutch, originally a nickname for a plump person, ultimately from Latin rotundus.
Rondelli Italian, English, French
From the medieval name "Rondello" derived from French "rondel" meaning "go around, round" or "rondel", a French old nickname for a round, plump man.
Roney Irish (Anglicized, Modern, Archaic)
The most common Irish variant of Rooney primarily concentrated in the Ulster counties of Down, Louth, Armagh, Fermanagh, Monaghan, and Sligo. From the Gaelic O'Ruanaidh and O'Ruanadha which means the descendant of the champion of ulster... [more]
Rõngas Estonian
Rõngas is an Estonian surname meaning "ring", "annulet", "wreath" and "coil" (circular).
Ronk Estonian
Ronk is an Estonian surname meaning "raven".
Rönn Swedish
Means "rowan" in Swedish.
Rønning Norwegian
From Old Norse Ryðningr, from ruð "clearing".
Rönnlund Swedish
Combination of Swedish rönn "rowan" and lund "grove".
Roño Spanish
masculine form of roña which means dirt
Ronson English
Means "son of Ron"
Röntgen German
Meaning uncertain. This was the name of German physicist Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen (1845-1923) who discovered and studied x-rays. Röntgen called the radiation "X" because it was an unknown type of radiation.
Roo Estonian
Roo is an Estonian surname derived from "roog" ("reed" or "cane") or "roos" ("rose").
Rooba Estonian
Rooba is an Estonian surname, derived from "roobas", meaning "ditch" or "rut".
Roog Estonian
Roog is an Estonian surname meaning "reed".
Rook English
From a medieval nickname for someone thought to resemble a rook (e.g. in having black hair or a harsh voice).
Rool Estonian
Rool is an Estonian surname meaning "wheel" and "helm".
Roolaid Estonian
Roolaid is an Estonian surname meaning "reedy islet".
Rõõm Estonian
Rõõm is an Estonian surname meaning "gladness".
Roome English
Variant of Rome.
Roomet Estonian
Roomet is an Estonian surname (and masculine given name) derived from the masculine given name "Roomet".
Rõõmus Estonian
Rõõmus is an Estonian surname meaning "glad" or "joyful".
Rooney Irish
Reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Ruanaidh "descendant of Ruanadh", a byname meaning "champion".
Rööp Estonian
Rööp is an Estonian surname meaning "parallel" and "beside".
Roop Dutch
Dutch: from a short form of the Germanic personal name Robrecht.
Roos Estonian, Swedish, Danish, Dutch, German (Swiss), Low German
Means "rose" in Estonian and Dutch. Swedish and Danish variant of Ros, also meaning "rose". This could be a locational name for someone living near roses, an occupational name for someone who grew roses, or a nickname for someone with reddish skin.
Roosileht Estonian
Roosileht is an Estonian surname meaning "rose leaf".
Roosimägi Estonian
Roosimägi is an Estonian surname meaning "rose mountain".
Roosipuu Estonian
Roosipuu is an Estonian surname meaning "rose wood".
Roosnupp Estonian
Roosnupp is an Estonian surname meaning "rosebud".
Roossaar Estonian
Roossaar is an Estonian surname meaning "rose island".
Roost Estonian
Roost is an Estonian surname meaning "reedy".
Root English, Dutch
English: nickname for a cheerful person, from Middle English rote ‘glad’ (Old English rot). ... [more]
Rootare Estonian
Rootare is an Estonian surname meaning "reed hut/house".
Roots Estonian
Roots is an Estonian surname meaning "leaf stalk" or "stem". May also derive from "rootslane", meaning "Swede".
Rootslane Estonian
Rootslane is an Estonian surname meaning "Swede".
Rootsmaa Estonian
Rootsmaa is an Estonian surname meaning "leaf stalk/stem land".
Rootsmäe Estonian
Rootsmäe is an Estonian surname meaning "leaf stalk/stem hill/mountain".
Rooväli Estonian
Rooväli is an Estonian surname meaning "cane/reed field".
Roper English
English: occupational name for a maker or seller of rope, from an agent derivative of Old English rāp ‘rope’. See also Roop.
Roppolo Italian
Perhaps a derivative of Roppo, a given name of Germanic origin.
Ros Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of the Castilian municipality of Valle de Santibáñez.
Ros Swedish
Means "rose" in Swedish.
Rosado Spanish
Derived from the Spanish word rosa, meaning "rose".
Rosamel French
A French surname turned Spanish masculine given name, Rosamel likely derives from the combination of rose + Greek mel “honey”. As a surname, it was borne by a 19th century French naval officer with the wonderful name of Claude Charles Marie du Campe de Rosamel.
Rosano Italian
rosa meaning pink. Could also be indicative of a location known for or possessing roses.
Rosas Spanish, Catalan
Variants of Rosa or Rosales.
Rosati Italian
Variant of Rosato.
Rosberg German
Meaning "rose" "mountain"
Roseland English
Americanized form of Norwegian Røys(e)land; a habitational name from about 30 farmsteads, many in Agder, named from Old Norse reysi ‘heap of stones’ + land ‘land’, ‘farmstead’.
Rosell Swedish
Combination of ros "rose" and the common surname suffix -ell.
Rosema Frisian
Variant spelling of Rozema.
Roseman English
From the Norman feminine name Rosamund.
Rosén Swedish
Combination of Swedish ros "rose" and the common Swedish surname suffix -én.
Rosen German, Jewish
Means "Roses" in German
Rosenbaum German
Habitational name for someone who lived at a house distinguished by the sign of a rosebush, Middle High German rōsenboum.
Rosenbaum Jewish
Ornamental adoption of modern German Rosenbaum "rose bush".
Rosenbluth Jewish
Means "rose bloom" in Middle High German.
Rosenboom Dutch
Comes from Dutch "rosenboom" meaning "rose tree"
Rosenborg Norwegian
Norwegian form of Rosenberg.
Rosencrantz German
Means "rose wreath" in German.
Rosendahl Swedish, Danish, German
Swedish and Danish ornamental name meaning "rose valley" and German variant of Rosenthal, also meaning "rose valley".
Rosenheim German (Rare)
Derived from "home of roses".
Rosenstein Jewish
Means "rose stone" in German.
Rosenthal German, Jewish
name for any of numerous places named rosenthal or rosendahl. means " rose valley"
Rosenzweig German, Jewish
A German and Jewish surname, meaning "rose twig" or "branch".
Roser German
German: topographic name for "someone who lived at a place where wild roses grew" (see Rose 1), with the suffix -er denoting an inhabitant.German (Röser): habitational name from places called Rös, Roes, or Rösa in Bavaria, Rhineland, and Saxony, or a variant of Rosser.Swiss German (Röser): from a short form of a Germanic personal name based on hrod "renown".English: "unexplained".
Rosevear Cornish, English
From the name of a Cornish village near St Mawgan which derives from Celtic ros "moor, heath" and vur "big".
Rosewarne Cornish
Cornish locational origin from Ros(e)warne, an estate in the parish of Camborne. The name derives from the Breton "ros" meaning a hill(ock), usually one where heather grows, plus the Anglo-Norman French "warrene", a piece of land for breeding game.
Rosewood English
Denoting someone who came from a rose wood or grove.
Rosholt Norwegian
Norwegian: habitational name from either of two farms called Røsholt in southeastern Norway, named with Old Norse, either ross ‘mare’ or ruð ‘clearing’ + holt ‘grove’, ‘wood’.
Rosi Greek, Italian
Greek: Metronymic from the female personal name Rosa, or alternatively a variant of Rosso.... [more]
Rosier French
French for "rose tree" or "rose bush". A common surname in Francophone areas. It is also the name of a fallen angel who was considered the patron demon of tainted love and seduction.
Rosing German
1 German and Dutch: patronymic from a derivative of the medieval personal name Rozinus.... [more]
Rosmarin German
According to and Latin dictonaries the name Rosmarin derives from the Latin words 'ros' ('dew' or 'tear') and 'marin' ('sea')... [more]
Rossbach Jewish
Jewish or Eastern European
Rossdale Jewish
Anglicized variant of German-Jewish Rosenthal.... [more]
Rosseau French, American
Variant spelling of Rousseau. Comes from the Old French word rous meaning "red", likely a nickname for someone with red hair or a particularly rosy complexion.
Rössel German
Means "knight" in German.
Rossetti Italian
Patronymic derived from the given name Rossetto (see Rosetto).
Rossie English
Possibly a variant of Rossi.
Rossignol French
Means "nightingale" in French, used as a nickname for person with a good singing voice, or ironically, for a raucous person.
Rossing Norwegian
ross (came from scotland) ing - added in Norway
Rosso Italian
Variant of Russo.
Rost German
From a nickname for a red-haired person, from Middle High German rost meaning ‘rust’.
Rost German
A metonymic occupational name for a limeburner or blacksmith, from Middle High German, Middle Low German rōst meaning ‘grate, grill’ or Middle High German rōst(e) meaning ‘fire, embers, pyre, grate’ (typically one for burning lime).
Rostamzadeh Persian
From the given name Rostam combined with the Persian suffix زاده (-zâde) meaning "offspring".
Rostov Russian, Literature
Either derived from Rostov Oblast, a Russian federal subject, the town of Rostov in Yaroslavl Oblast, or Rostov-on-Don, a Russian city in the Rostov Oblast. This is also the surname of multiple characters from Leo Tolstoy's 1869 novel "War and Peace".
Rostova Russian
Feminine form of Rostov.
Rostovsky Russian
Referring to a region in Southwestern Russia named "Rostov".
Rostworowski Polish
This indicates familial origin within the Greater Polish village of Rostworowo.
Rosya Ukrainian (Modern), Russian (Modern)
Either a shortened version of "Rossiya", which is Russian for "Russia", or the Russian and Ukrainian version of Rose.
Roszhart German
The original spelling of the name is Roßhart. Roß means "horse" and hart means "hard" in German. The name was changed when the family immigrated to the United States in the 1850's. Some took on the name "Rosshart", and some "Roszhart" as the ß has the "sss" sound.
Rothberg German
From the elements rot "red" and berg "mountain" meaning "red mountain". Variant of Rothenberg.
Rothchilds Ancient Celtic
Scottish circa 1500-1600. See Neil Oliver's book 'The Vikings' for mention of Rothkilde
Rothfus German
Middle High German rot "red" + vuoz "foot", a nickname for someone who followed the fashion for shoes made from a type of fine reddish leather. Or a variant of Rotfuchs, from the Middle Low German form fos "fox", a nickname for a clever person.
Rothfuss German
Variant spelling of Rothfus. A notable bearer is Patrick Rothfuss (1973-), an American author of epic fantasy.
Rothman German, Jewish
German (Rothmann) and Jewish (Ashkenazic): nickname for a person with red hair, from an elaborated form of Roth 1. ... [more]
Rothmann German
German: see Rothman.
Rothstein German, Jewish
From German rot meaning "red" and stein meaning "stone".
Rothwell English
An English surname meaning 'Lives by the red spring"
Rotstein German
German surname that means "red stone".
Rott German
As far as I've researched the name dates back to a man by the name of Count Palatine Kuno von Rott (~1083). After he got land from the Pfalzfrafs which seem to be a nobile family line.... [more]
Rotten Popular Culture
From the English word rotten, meaning "In a state of decay/cruel, mean, immoral/bad, horrible". In the Icelandic children's television program LazyTown, Robbie Rotten is the main antagonist of the show who desires silence and peace, continuously formulates reckless schemes that often feature him masquerading in various disguises as a means of hoodwinking or tempting residents away from an active lifestyle... [more]
Rotter German
Variant spelling of Rother, an occupational name for the foreman or leader of a group or association of men, or a work gang, from an agent derivative of Middle High German rotte ‘team’, ‘gang’... [more]
Rotterdam Dutch
Denoting someone from a place named Rotterdam "place of the muddy water".
Rottscheit German
Modernization of Rotscheidt, also a city in Germany (Rottscheidt) bearing another modern alternate spelling. When broken down it ultimately means "red" and "piece of wood", implying that the families of today descends from woodwrokers.
Roubichou English
Diminutive of Robert. Roubichou is a French surname that is probably an altered spelling of Robichon or Robicheaux, pet forms of Robert, from the Germanic name Hrodebert.
Roudebush Dutch (Americanized), Belgian (Americanized)
Americanized form of Dutch and Belgian Ronderbosch or Rondenbosch, a habitational name for someone from Ronderbos in Dilbeek, Brabant, or Ronden Bos in Maldegen, East Flanders.
Rouen French
From the other broad category of surnames that was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. ... Ruen is a place-name from in Rouen, the capital of Normandy... [more]
Rouge French
Nickname for someone with a ruddy complexion.
Rougeau French
Diminutive of Rouge, a nickname for someone with a ruddy complexion.
Rouget French
Derived from the French adjective rouge meaning "red" combined with the French masculine diminutive suffix -et.
Rough English
A topographic name referring to a dwelling with uncultivated ground, ultimately deriving from Olde English ruh meaning "rough".
Rouhani Persian
Means "cleric, clergyman" or "clean, pure, good" in Persian.
Rõuk Estonian
Rõuk is an Estonian surname derived from the word "rõuk", a type of traditional stack made for the collection and drying of hay, cereals, or straw, often made with a wooden frame.
Round English
Variant of Rounds.
Roundtree English
Variant spelling of Rowntree.
Roupert French (Rare)
Derived from the given name Roupert, which is an archaic French variant of Rupert.
Rouppert French (Rare)
Derived from the given name Rouppert, which is a gallicization of Ruppert, the Upper German form of Rupert.... [more]
Rourke Irish
Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Ruairc ‘descendant of Ruarc’, Old Gaelic Ruadhrac, a personal name from Norse Hrothrekr (see Roderick)... [more]
Rouse English
nickname for a person with red hair, from Middle English, Old French rous ‘red(-haired)’
Rousopoulos Greek
Meaning "of Russian descent".
Roussos Greek
Originally a nickname for a red-haired or blond person, derived from Greek ρούσος (roúsos) "red".
Routh English
From the village and civil parish of Routh in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England (recorded in the Domesday book as Rutha). The place name may derive from Old Norse hrúedhr meaning "rough shaly ground"... [more]
Routin French
From French route meaning "road".
Routine French
Variant of Routin.
Röver German
This surname was originally used as a derogative nickname for an unscrupulous individual, from Middle Low German rover meaning "pirate, robber."
Rover English, German (Anglicized)
This surname is derived from Middle English roof (from Old English hrof) combined with the agent suffix (i)er, which denotes someone who does/works with something. Thus, the surname was originally used for a constructor or repairer of roofs.... [more]
Roviaro Italian (Modern)
From northern Italy
Rovira Catalan
Topographic name for someone who lived by an oak wood, from Catalan rovira meaning "oak wood, oak grove".
Rovnák Czech
Habitational name from places named Rovné and/or Rovný.