All Submitted Surnames

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Baldy Scottish, Northern Irish
From the personal name Baldy or Baldie, a diminutive of Archibald.
Baldy English
Possibly derived from an Old English feminine given name, *Bealdgýð, composed of the elements beald "bold" and gyð "battle", first recorded c.1170 as Baldith, and in other cases from the Old Norse byname or given name Baldi.
Bale English
Variant of Bail. This is the surname of Welsh footballer Gareth Bale.
Baleckas Lithuanian
Lithuanian form of Valeska
Balen English
English surname, perhaps of Cornish British origin, from belen, meaning "mill."
Balfager Ancient Germanic (Gothic), Medieval Portuguese
Name of a Visigoth noble family (around the 10th century) from the Iberian Peninsula (current northern Portugal), meaning "bold spear"; they descent from the Balti dynasty.
Balfour Scottish
Originating from several place names in Scotland. Derived from the Scottish Gaelic meaning "village pasture".
Balian Armenian
Patronymic of uncertain origin, perhaps from Turkish bal ‘lord’, ‘master’, a word of Arabic origin.
Balić Croatian
Derived from the word balija meaning "peasant" or from the forename Balislav.
Balija Indian, Telugu
It is a Telugu name, denoting either "traders/merchants" or "agriculturists".
Balindong Filipino, Maranao
From a title of nobility meaning "philosopher, seer" in Maranao.
Balingbing Filipino, Tagalog
Derived from the devil chase, a percussion instrument originating in Southern Asia commonly found in India and the Philippines, via its other name balingbing.
Balingit Filipino, Tagalog
From the name of Rajah Balingit (or Pedro Balingit), a 16th-century Filipino chief.
Balistreri Sicilian
Means "archer, crossbowman" or "crossbow maker" in Sicilian.
Balitaan Filipino, Tagalog
Means "to share news" in Tagalog.
Balitiu Romanian
Meaning unknown.
Balji Indian, Telugu
Another form of Balija.
Balkema Frisian
Frisian variant of Baldwin
Ballard English
English and Scottish: derogatory nickname from a derivative of bald ‘bald-headed’ (see also Bald).
Ballaster English
Meant "person who makes or is armed with a crossbow" (from a derivative of Middle English baleste "crossbow", from Old French).
Ballinger American
From the YouTuber, Colleen Ballinger (1986-)
Ballon Spanish
Theoretically it could be a variant of vallón, from valle ‘valley’, but neither form is attested as a vocabulary word or as a place name element. Alternatively, it could be a Castilian spelling of Catalan Batlló, Balló, nicknames from diminutives of batlle ‘dancing’.English: variant spelling of Balon.
Ballou Haitian Creole, French (Caribbean), French
The Ballou name comes from that Medieval landscape of northwestern France known as Brittany. The name Ballou was originally derived from the family having lived in Brittany, where this distinguished family was established from ancient times... [more]
Balma Italian
Perhaps a topographic name from the dialect word balma meaning ‘grotto’, ‘cave’, ‘jutting rock’.
Baloković Croatian
Most of Croatian families with the surname (last name) Baloković originate from the town of Donji Miholjac located in Osijek-Baranja County on the border with Hungary. During the 1700s and 1800s most of the people bearing this family name were born either in Donji Miholjac and/or nearby Nasice... [more]
Balsam German
Occupational name for a seller of spices and perfumes.
Balsan German
Variant of Balsam.
Balsano German (Austrian), Italian
The roots of the distinguished surname Balzano lie in Austria. The name derives itself from "Balthasar," the name of one of the three Magi who followed the star to Bethlehem, and was popular as both a first name and a family name during the 18th century.... [more]
Balson German
Variant of Balsam.
Baltasar Spanish
From the given name Baltasar.
Balthazor German, German (Austrian)
A Germanic Austrian form of Balthazar
Baltimore English (American)
From the name of the American city of Baltimore, and an anglicisation of Irish Gaelic Baile an Tí Mhóir meaning "town of the big house".
Baluyot Filipino, Tagalog, Hiligaynon
Derived from Hiligaynon baluyot meaning "sack, bag, pouch".
Balza Spanish (Archaic), Belgian (Archaic), Filipino (Hispanicized, Archaic)
The surname Balza is a derivation (Belzer, Balzac, Balzer, etc.) of the ancient name "Balthazar", meaning "one of the three wise men."
Balzak French
Variant of Balzac.
Bamborough English
Bamborough name origin from early Northumberland early times other name know from the Bamborough is bamburgh as in bamburgh castle, ... [more]
Ban Croatian
Derived from a noble title used in several states in Central and Southeastern Europe between the 7th century and the 20th century.
Banaag Filipino, Tagalog
Means "gleam, glimmer, ray" in Tagalog.
Banas Polish
The town of Bana, in Hungary, is said to have given birth to this family name. The name appears to have traveled northward, within eastern Europe, ending up in Poland where it is most recognized.
Bandara Sinhalese
From a title used for political and military leaders in the Sinhala Kingdom, which was derived from the name of a group of guardian deities in Sinhalese Buddhist belief.
Bandi Italian
Derived from Late Latin Bandus itself from the Germanic band and the Latin banda, all meaning "sign, emblem, banner". It can also derive from the Italian word bando meaning "announcement" from the Germanic bann.
Bando Japanese
It means " East of The Slope", referring to eastern provinces of Osaka (lit. "Great Slope"). It's most popular in eastern Japan, where it originates from.
Bandy German
This interesting surname of German and Ashkenazic origin is a diminutive of the metonymic occupational name Band, originally given to someone who made the wooden hoops with which wooden barrels were fastened together, deriving from the Germanic band meaning "hoop", "band"... [more]
Bane English
Variant of Bain.
Banerjea Bengali
Different spelling of Banerjee.
Banerji Bengali
Different spelling of Banerjee.
Banez Spanish
Spanish (Báñez): shortened form of Ibáñez
Bang Danish
Originally a nickname denoting a loud or brash person, from Old Danish bang "noise" (from Old Norse banga "to pound, hammer" of echoic origin). A literary bearer was Danish author Herman Bang (1857-1912).... [more]
Bang Korean
Bang is derived from the Korean word ‘sarangbang’ referring to a ‘room’.
Bangla Bengali
From বাংলা (Bangla), the endonym of the Bengali people, the region of Bengal (including Bangladesh), and the Bengali language. The word itself is derived either from Vanga, the name of an ancient kingdom on the Indian subcontinent, or from an Austric word meaning "sun god".
Bangon Filipino, Maranao
Means "to rise, to get up" or "plot of land" in Maranao.
Bangs English
Variant of Banks
Bangsong Korean (Rare)
from the Korean word bangsong, meaning "broadcasting"
Baniaga Filipino, Tagalog
From Tagalog banyaga meaning "foreigner".
Bankhead Scottish, Northern Irish
Topographic name for someone who lived at the top or end of a bank or hill. There are several minor places in Scotland so called, but the most likely source of the surname is one on the border between the parishes of Kilmarnock and Dreghorn in Ayrshire, Scotland.
Bankston English
Derived from the old English world "Banke" usually given to a family who lived near a hill or a slope.
Banksy English, Popular Culture
This is pseudonyms Banksy is a pseudonymous England-based graffiti artist, political activist, film director, and painter. Banksy's real name might be Robin Gunningham. How Banksy got his pseudonym is unknown... [more]
Bannion Scottish
Scottish/Irish
Banović Serbian, Croatian
"Son of a Ban", the -ić "son of" suffix with ban, the title of class of Croatian nobility beginning in the 7th century approximately equivalent to viceroy, lord or duke, stemming potentially from the Turkic bajan ("rich, wealthy").
Bansal Indian, Hindi, Punjabi
Most likely derived from Sanskrit वंश (vansha) meaning "lineage, clan, race" or "bamboo".
Banuelos Spanish
Spanish (Bañuelos): habitational name from any of various places, primarily Bañuelos de Bureba in Burgos, named for their public baths, from a diminutive of baños ‘baths’ (see Banos)
Banwell English
Means "person from Banwell", Somerset ("killer spring (perhaps alluding to a contaminated water source)").
Bao Chinese
From Chinese 鲍 (bào) referring to an area called Bao that existed in the Qi state during the Zhou dynasty.
Bao Chinese
From Chinese 包 (bāo) referring to Shen Baoxu, an official from the Chu state that existed during the Zhou dynasty.
Baptist German, English
From the given name Baptist, or an Anglicized form of Baptiste.
Baquiran Filipino, Ilocano
Derived from Ilocano bakiran meaning "forest".
Bar Hebrew
From Aramaic בְּרָא (b'rā) meaning "son, child" or Hebrew בָּר (bar) meaning "grain, cereal".
Bara Czech
Comes from a reduced vernacular form of the Latin personal name Bartolomaeus, Polish, Bartlomiej, Czech Bartolomej, or possibly from a pet form of the personal name Barbara.
Barack Arabic
From the given name Barack
Barad Biblical Hebrew (Rare)
It's the Hebrew name of one the biblical plagues in the Hebrew bible that God cast on Egypt. It means Hail as in the Ice storm.
Baraga Slovene
A Slovene surname of unknown origin. A notable bearer was Slovene-American Roman Catholic bishop Frederic Baraga (1797-1868), who was the bishop of Marquette, a town in Upper Michigan, USA. There is also a village in Upper Michigan named Baraga, which was named after the bishop.
Barajas Basque
Spanish and Moor
Barakat Arabic
Derived from the given name Barakat.
Baraki Ethiopian, Amharic
From the given name Baraki, meaning "one who blesses" in Amharic. It is possibly related to Arabic Barak 2 and Hebrew Baruch, also meaning "blessed".
Barakzai Pashto
Means "son of Barak 2" in Pashto.
Baran Persian, Turkish, Kurdish, Azerbaijani
From the given name Baran.
Baránek Czech, Slovak
Baránek means "small wether" in Czech (Moravian) and Slovak.
Baranov Russian
From baran, meaning "ram".
Baranova Russian
Feminine form of Baranov
Barasch Hebrew
Acronym of the first two letters for the Hebrew phrase "son of the Rabbi Samuel." Bar Rabbi Schmul
Barbăneagră Romanian
It literally means "black beard".
Barbarossa Italian
Means "red beard" in Italian.
Barbe French
Nickname for someone with a beard, Old French barbe (Latin barba).
Barbe French
From the given name Barbe.
Barbe German
From Middle High German barbe, the name of a species of fish resembling the carp; hence by metonymy an occupational name for a fisherman or fish dealer, or possibly a nickname for someone thought to resemble the fish in some way.
Barbeau French
Derived from barbeau meaning "barbel", a type of fish, hence a metonymic occupational name for a fisherman, or a nickname for a man with a sparse beard, the fish being distinguished by beardlike growths on either side of its mouth... [more]
Barbera Italian
Derogatory nickname from barbera ‘barber’s wife’, a term also used to denote a prostitute or dishonest woman. Catalan (Barberà): habitational name from a place in Tarragona province, named with Late Latin Barbarianum ‘place of Barbarius’, a derivative of Barbarus (see Barbaro)... [more]
Barbero Spanish
Spanish occupational name for a barber-surgeon (see Barber), Spanish barbero, from Late Latin barbarius, a derivative of barba ‘beard’ (Latin barba).
Barbin French
Diminutive of Barbe.
Barbon French (Quebec)
Derived from the nickname barbon meaning "old codger" as well as referring to a "confirmed bachelor".
Barbosa Portuguese
denoting a person who lived by land that contained overgrown leafy vegetation from the portuguese word barba "leaf" + oso/osa (adjective suffix); variant of Barboza
Barbour English, Scottish, Northern Irish
Occupational name for a barber, one who cuts hair for a living.
Barbu Romanian
Means "bushy-bearded."
Barceló Catalan
Apparently from a personal name Barcelonus (feminine Barcelona), originally denoting someone from the city of Barcelona.
Barcelona Catalan, Spanish
Habitational name from Barcelona, the principal city of Catalonia. The place name is of uncertain, certainly pre-Roman, origin. The settlement was established by the Carthaginians, and according to tradition it was named for the Carthaginian ruling house of Barca; the Latin form was Barcino or Barcilo.
Bárcenas Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of the Castilian municipality of Espinosa de los Monteros.
Barcho Circassian
Possibly derived from an Adyghe word meaning "band, lace", referring to someone who made ropes or binding tapes, or from a Chechen word referring to a tailor.
Barclay Scottish, English
Habitational name of English origin, from Berkeley in Gloucestershire, named in Old English with be(o)rc "birch" and lēah "woodland clearing".
Barcroft English
English habitational name from for example Barcroft in Haworth, West Yorkshire, so named with Old English bere (barley) and croft (smallholding).
Bardell English
Originally meant "person from Bardwell", Suffolk ("Bearda's spring"). A fictional bearer of the surname is Mrs Bardell, Mr Pickwick's widowed landlady in Charles Dickens's 'Pickwick Papers' (1837), who misconstrues an innocent remark about having a companion as a marriage proposal, which leads to her suing Pickwick for breach of promise.
Barden English
English: habitational name from places in North and West Yorkshire named Barden, from Old English bere ‘barley’ (or the derived adjective beren) + denu ‘valley’.
Bardhi Albanian
Meaning "White"
Bårdsen Norwegian
Means "son of Bård".
Bardwell Dutch
Originates from the word "Bard" meaning beard, and "Well" meaning water sorce.
Barefoot English
English: nickname for someone who was in the habit of going about his business unshod, from Old English bær ‘bare’, ‘naked’ + fot ‘foot’. It may have referred to a peasant unable to afford even the simplest type of footwear, or to someone who went barefoot as a religious penance.In some instances, probably a translation of German Barfuss, the northern form Barfoth, or the Danish cognate Barfo(e)d.
Barfield English
Dweller at the boar-field.
Bärg German
Variant of Berg.
Bar Gil Hebrew (Modern)
Combination of Bar and Gil, with the meaning of "son of Gil" or "one who is joyful".
Bargy Anglo-Saxon
The surname Bargy was first found in Gloucestershire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.
Bar Haim Hebrew
Combination of Bar and Haim, with the meaning of "son of Chayyim".
Barham English
English: habitational name from any of the various places so called. Most, for example those in Cambridgeshire and Suffolk, are named with Old English beorg ‘hill’ + ham ‘homestead’. The one in Kent, however, is from an unattested Old English byname Biora, Beora (a derivative of bera ‘bear’) + ham.
Baril French
During the middle ages, when people were named after their given job, Baril was what winemakers and brewers were named. Baril simply means "Barrel" or "Keg"
Barinov Russian
Means "son of the boyar" from Russian барин (barin) meaning "boyar, nobleman".
Barišić Croatian
Means ''son of Bariša''.
Barisich German
Likely a German version of Baruch.
Barjaktarović Montenegrin
Derived from barjaktar (барјактар), meaning "flag bearer, standard bearer".
Bark Swedish
Perhaps derived from a place name containing either Old Swedish *barke "throat", Old Swedish biork "birch tree" or Swedish bark "bark (covering of the trunk of a tree)"
Barkai Hebrew
Means ''morning star'' in Hebrew.
Barker English
SURNAME Town cryer, or someone who shouts out notices
Barkis English
Meant "person who works in a tannery" (from Middle English barkhous "tannery" - bark was used in the tanning process). A fictional bearer is Barkis, a carrier in Charles Dickens's 'David Copperfield' (1849) who sends a message via David to Clara Peggotty that "Barkis is willin'" (i.e. to marry her).
Barkus English
Probably a reduced form of Barkhouse, a topographic name for someone who lived by a tannery, Middle English barkhous, or an occupational name for someone who worked in one.
Bar Lev Hebrew
Combination of the surnames Bar and Lev.
Barman Indian, Bengali, Assamese
Derived from Sanskrit वर्मा (varman) meaning "armour, shield, protection".
Barnabi American (Rare)
Possibly from a variant of the given name Barnaby.
Barnaby English
Either (i) means "person from Barnaby", Yorkshire ("Beornwald's settlement"); or (ii) from the medieval male personal name Barnaby, the English form of Barnabas, a biblical name ultimately from Aramaic Barnabia "son of Nabia".
Barnal English
Variant of Bernal.
Barner Low German
North German derivative of the old Germanic personal name Barnher or Bernher (see Berner).
Barner English
Southern English habitational name for someone who lived by a barn.
Barnette English, French (?)
Variant of Bernet and perhaps also a variant of English Barnett, under French influence.
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]
Barney English
It probably came from the given name Barney, if nothing else.
Barno Italian, Ukrainian, French, Ancient Aramaic, Russian
The surname Barno was first found in the north of Italy, especially in Tuscany. The name occasionally appears in the south, usually in forms which end in "o," but the northern forms ending in "i" are much more common... [more]
Baron English, French
From a title of nobility derived from Old French baron of uncertain origin and meaning, possibly from Frankish barō meaning "servant, man, warrior". It was used as a nickname for someone who worked for a baron or for a peasant with ideas above their station.
Baron Jewish
From German or Polish baron or Russian барон (baron) meaning "baron". In Israel the name is often interpreted to mean "son of strength" from Hebrew בר און‎ (bar on).
Baroni Italian
Variant of Barone.
Barons Latvian
Means "baron".
Barq English
Ever drank Barq's root beer?
Barr Scottish, Northern Irish
Habitational name from any of various places in southwestern Scotland, in particular Ayrshire and Renfrewshire, named with Gaelic barr "height, hill" or a British cognate of this.
Barrach Scottish Gaelic
Scottish Gaelic spelling of Dunbar.
Barrameda Spanish (Philippines)
Possibly a habitational name for a person who lived in Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Spain.
Barreau French
Possibly a variant of Barreur, an agent derivative of barrer ‘to bar’, ‘to close or block off’, hence possibly an occupational name for a jailer or doorkeeper.
Barreira Portuguese, Galician
From several habitations in Galicia and Portugal, from barreira meaning "clay or loam hollow".
Barrenetxe Basque
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of the municipality of Larrabetzu.
Barrera Spanish, Catalan
Either a topographic name for someone who lived near a gate or fence, from Spanish and Catalan barrera meaning "barrier", or a topographic name for someone who lived by a clay pit, from Spanish barrero, derived from the Spanish word barro meaning "mud, clay".
Barrick English
Variation of Barwick.
Barriere French
Occupational name for a gatekeeper, from Old French barier.
Barrineau French
The history of the Barrineau family goes back to the Medieval landscape of northern France, to that coastal region known as Normandy. Barrineau is a habitation name, derived from the place name Barrault, in Normandy.... [more]
Barrington English, Irish
English: habitational name from any of several places called Barrington. The one in Gloucestershire is named with the Old English personal name Beorn + -ing- denoting association + tun ‘settlement’... [more]
Barrios Spanish
Habitational name from any of the numerous places named with Spanish barrio "outlying suburb (especially an impoverished one), slum", from Arabic barr "suburb, dependent village". It may also be a topographic name for someone originating from a barrio.
Barroeta Basque
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of the municipality of Bedia.
Barron English
Variant of Baron.
Barroso Spanish, Portuguese
Derived from the Spanish word 'barrera' which means 'barrier'.
Barrow English
Habitational name from any of the numerous places named with Old English bearo, bearu "grove" or from Barrow in Furness, Cumbria, which is named with an unattested Celtic word, barr, here meaning "promontory", and Old Norse ey "island"... [more]
Barrowman English
A man employed in wheeling a barrow; specifically, in coal-mining, one who conveys the coal in a wheelbarrow from the point where it is mined to the trolleyway or tramway on which it is carried to the place where it is raised to the surface.
Barrundia Basque
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous municipality.
Barry African
A Guinean surname meaning the family comes from the Peul, Fulani, or Foulbe ethnic groups of West Africa.
Barry Irish (Anglicized)
Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Beargha meaning, 'descendant of Beargh.'
Barsby English
Derived from the Old Norse word barn, which occured as a byname and meant "child", and Old Norse býr "farm, settlement"
Barseghyan Armenian
Means "son of Barsegh".
Bar Shaul Hebrew
Combination of Bar and Shaul, with the meaning of "son of Saul".
Barsi Hungarian
Name for someone living in a village named Bars. This was the surname of American child actress Judith Barsi (June 6, 1978 - July 25, 1988).
Barskiy Ukrainian
Means "of Bar", referring to the city of Bar in the Vínnitsya Oblast.
Barszcz Polish
Nickname from barszcz "beetroot soup".
Bartal Hungarian
From the given name Bartal.
Bartek Polish, Czech, Slovak, German
Polish, Czech, Slovak, and eastern German: from a pet form of a vernacular form of the personal name Bartolomaeus (Czech Bartoloměj, Polish Bartłomiej, German Bartolomäus)
Barthélémy French
From the given name Barthélémy.
Bartholomäus German
From the given name Bartholomäus.
Bartholomew English
Derived from the given name BARTHOLOMEW.
Barthorpe English
This surname originates from the village of the same name in the East Riding of Yorkshire, likely combining the Old Norse personal name Bǫrkr with Old Norse þorp meaning "village."
Bartle Scottish
An Anglo-Scottish diminutive of Bart and Barth, derived from the biblical name 'Bartholomew' which means 'He who makes furrows' or a farmer.
Bartlett English
From the Middle English personal name Bartelot, a pet form of Bartholomew.