All Submitted Surnames

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Nestor English
Transferred use of given name Nestor
Nestor Irish
Derived from the surname Mac Girr an Adhastair (sometimes shortened to Mac an Aghastair), meaning "Short man of the halter." The Mac Girr an Adhastair were associated with the local lords, the Ó Lochlainn family.
Net Romanian
Romanian variant of the Latin name Netus, meaning superior, greater.
Netanyahu Jewish
From the given name Netanyahu.
Netherland English
Indicates origin from The Netherlands.
Netjes Dutch
Netjes is from the Dutch word for "tidy, neat" or "decent, proper."
Nett Romansh
Derived from a diminutive of the given name Nicola 1.
Nett German, German (Swiss)
Derived from Early New High German net(t) "clean; pure; unadulterated".
Nett Irish
Variant of McNett.
Netterville Irish
Of Anglo-Norman origin, probably a habitational name from an unidentified place in France.
Nettesheim German
"nice home"
Netting English
As Needham the derivation is from the Olde English pre 7th century elements 'ned' meaning need, with 'ham', a homestead or village, the name indicating a place that provided a poor living.
Nettuno Italian
From the given name Nettuno.
Neu German (Modern)
The name Neu is a common German last name.
Neuber German
Contracted form of Neubauer.
Neuberger German
German surname meaning 'new mountaineer'
Neubert German
Derived from the German word “neu,” meaning “new,” and the word “Bert,” which is a shortened form of the Germanic given name “Berthold,” meaning “bright ruler.” So, it means “new bright ruler”.
Neuburg German
From the name of various places in Germany and Austria.
Neuenfeldt German
Habitational name for someone from places so named in Brandenburg and Pomerania, or from places in Lower Saxony or Westphalia called Neuenfelde.
Neuer German
Inflicted form of Neu meaning "new man" see Neumann
Neufeld German, English
Neufeld is a surname of German origin, meaning "new field". It is not seldom in Germany and it is common among German speaking Mennonites from Russia.
Neuger German, French (?)
Was popularized by the German community. Famous bearers include investors Win Neuger and Dan Neuger, author Christie Cozad Neuger.
Neuhaus German, Jewish
Topographical name for someone who lived in a new house, Middle High German niuwe hus, modern German neu Haus, or a habitational name for someone from any of several places named Neuhaus ('new house') in various parts of Germany and Austria, also in Bohemia.
Neuhauser German, German (Austrian)
Means "new house" in German.
Neujahr German
nickname for someone who owed feudal dues at the New Year, or sometimes a name given to someone born on that day
Neumeyer German
German: distinguishing name for a newly appointed steward or tenant farmer, or one who was a newcomer to an area, from Middle High German niuwe ‘new’ + meier ‘steward’, ‘tenant farmer’ ( see Meyer 1)... [more]
Neuser German (Rare)
Person who had ancestors that lived in Germany near Dusseldorf in the town called Neuss.
Neustädter German
Habitational name for someone from any of many places in Germany and Austria called Neustadt.
Neuwirth German
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): nickname for a new innkeeper, from Middle High German niuwe ‘new’ + wirt and German neu + Wirt ‘master of a house’, ‘innkeeper’.
Nevala Finnish
From Finnish word 'neva', which is a marsh type and '-la', a suffix used for places.
Neve English
Variant of Neeve
Nevel German
1 German: variant of Nebel .... [more]
Nevels English, Scottish
(1) Variant of Neville (2) Possibly variant of Dutch Nevens, which is derived from Neve, from Middle English, Old Norse, Middle Dutch neve ‘nephew’, presumably denoting the nephew of some great personage.
Never German
Habitational surname denoting someone from the town of Nevern (Mecklenburg-Vorpommern), Germany.
Neveu French
Relationship name from Old French neveu "nephew" also "grandson" used to distinguish the two bearers of the same personal name.
Nevil English
"Variant of the name Neville"
Nevins Irish
Variant of Nevin 2.
Nevolin Russian
In the old days "Nilly", called the lack of freedom, obedience to the will of another. Such negative names were given then, that they defended the man and drove him from unhappiness.
New English
Nickname for a newcomer to an area, from Middle English newe meaning "new".
Newark English
A habitational name taken on from a place name, such as Newark in Cambridgeshire or Newark on Trent in Nottinghamshire.
Newberg Jewish (Americanized)
Americanized form of Neuberg, an ornamental Jewish name meaning "new mountain" in German.
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.
Newbrough English (British)
Newbrough surname is thought to be a habitational, taken on from a place name such as from Newbrough in Northumberland, which is derived from the Old English words niwe, meaning "new," and burh, meaning "fortification."
Newby English
Means "person from Newby", Newby being a combination of the Middle English elements newe "new" and by "farm, settlement" (ultimately from Old Norse býr "farm"). British travel writer Eric Newby (1919-2006) bore this surname.
Newcomer English (American)
Nickname for a person who was new to a town or location, from Old English niwe meaning "new" and cumen meaning "to come".
Newey English
Topographic name for someone who lived at a "new enclosure", from Middle English newe "new" and haga "enclousire".
Newham English
Habitational name from any of the various places, for example in Northumbria and North Yorkshire, so named from Old English neowe "new" and ham "homestead".
Newlin English, Irish
An Irish surname meaning "By the the spring"
Newquist English
Americansized form of Swedish Nyquist.
Ney German, English
A dialectal form of the common German word neu "new".... [more]
Neztsosie Navajo
From nééz, “tall” in Navajo and tsʼósí, “slim” in Navajo
Ngai Chinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese romanization of Wei.
Ngai Chinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese romanization of Ni.
Ngamnaimuang Thai
The surname "งามในเมือง" is used after the place they was born Nai Muang District in Nakhon Ratchasima Province, Thailand.
Ngeoncharoen Thai
Thaification of the Chinese surname Wu.
Nghiêm Vietnamese
Vietnamese form of Yan, from Sino-Vietnamese 嚴 (nghiêm).
Nguon Khmer
Meaning uncertain, possibly of Chinese origin.
Ngurakahayo Fuliru (Modern, Rare)
An ancenstor's Fuliru name, the meaning of the name is powerful, champion, done , finish, end.
Nhâm Vietnamese
Vietnamese for Ren.
Nhan Vietnamese
Vietnamese: unexplained.
Nhek Khmer
Means "close, together, often, frequently" in Khmer. It may also be from a short form of Chinese 涅槃 (nièpán) meaning "nirvana".
Nhiếp Vietnamese
From Sino-Vietnamese 聶 (niè) meaning "whisper".
Nhiều Vietnamese
Vietnamese for Rao.
Nhim Khmer
Meaning uncertain.
Ni Chinese
From Chinese 倪 (ní) referring to the ancient territory of Ni, which existed during the Zhou dynasty in what is now the Shandong province.
Niang Western African, Wolof
Refers to a member of the Deme, a Wolof clan whose symbol is the donkey.
Niaz Urdu, Pashto
Derived from the given name Niyaz.
Niazai Pashto
Most likely from Persian نیاز (niyaz) meaning "need, necessity, desire, wish" (see Niaz or Niyaz) combined with Pashto زوی (zoy) meaning "son (of)"... [more]
Nibbe German
Nickname meaning ‘beak’, or from a short form of a Germanic personal name Nippo, composed of Old High German nit ‘hostility’, ‘eagerness’ + boto ‘messenger’.
Nibo Circassian
Of unknown meaning.
Nic Mayan
From Mayan ‘nik’ meaning “flower”.
Nicasio Italian, Spanish
From the given name Nicasio.
Niccoli Italian
Patronymic form of the given name Nicola.
Nice English
From the English word 'nice', meaning "kind".
Nice French
From Nice, in France.
Nichter German, Yiddish
Possibly means "negator, negate" from Middle High German nicht meaning "not", or "sober", from Middle High German nüchter. Perhaps it originally denoted a person who was a philosopher, judge, or bartender.
Nickal German
Variant of Nickel
Nickerson English
Means "son of Nicholas".
Nickowicz Polish
Patronymic of the personal name Nicholas.
Nicks English, German
From the nickname of Nicholas.
Nickson English
Variant of Nixon, patronymic from the given name Nicholas.
Nicodemou Greek (Cypriot)
Variant transcription of Νικοδήμου (see Nikodimou), a patronymic from the genitive form of Nikodimos... [more]
Nicolae Romanian
From the given name Nicolae.
Nicolaides Greek (Cypriot)
Alternate transcription of Greek Νικολαΐδης (see Nikolaidis) chiefly used in Cyprus.
Nicolaou Greek (Cypriot)
Alternate transcription of Nikolaou chiefly used in Cyprus.
Nicolás Spanish
From the given name Nicolás.
Nicolàs Catalan
From the given name Nicolàs.
Nicolau Portuguese, Galician, Catalan
From the given name Nicolau.
Nicolay German, French, Romansh
From the given name Nicolay, a form of Nicholas through Russian Nikolay... [more]
Nicoletti Italian
From the given name Nicola 1.
Nicolin French
From the given name Nicolas.
Nicolini Italian
patronymic from Nicolino, a pet form of Nicola
Nie Chinese
From Chinese 聂 (niè) referring to either of two ancient fiefs named Nie. One existed in the state of Wei (Wey) in what is now Henan province, while the other was part of the state of Qi in what is now Shandong province.
Nied Upper German
South German: habitational name from Nied in Hesse.
Niedbała Polish
Nickname from niedbały meaning "negligent", "careless", "untidy".
Niederhäuser German, Swiss
Habitational name from any of numerous places named Niederhaus or Niederhausen, denoting the lower of two dwellings or settlements or one in a low-lying position.
Niedermeier German, German (Austrian)
Occupational name for a farmer who had a farm lower than the neighboring one(s). This surname and its variant spellings are common to Austria and the state of Bavaria in Germany.
Niedermeyer German, Dutch
Distinguishing name for a farmer (see Meyer) who had a farm lower (Middle High German nider(e)) than the neighboring one(s).
Niedfeldt German
Topographic name for a person who lived by a lower area of open land, derived from Middle Low German nider meaning "lower" and feld meaning "open country".
Nieh Chinese
Alternate transcription of Chinese 聂 (see Nie).
Niehaus German
North German: topographic name from Middle Low German nie ‘new’ + hus ‘house’; or a habitational name from a common North German and Westphalian farm name with the same meaning.
Niemann North Frisian
North German form of Neumann, from Middle Low German nie + man.
Niemeyer Low German
North German nickname for a newly arrived steward or tenant farmer, from Middle Low German nie ‘new’ + Meyer.
Niemiec Polish
Means "German" in Polish.
Niemiecki Polish
Means "german" in Polish.
Niemitalo Finnish
Finnish surname derived from the words "Niemi" meaning "peninsula,cape" and "talo" meaning "house"
Nies German
German: from a reduced form of the personal name Dionys (see Dennis), which was stressed on the last syllable; this was a popular personal name as a result of the influence of the French Saint Denis... [more]
Niesen Dutch, German
Dutch: patronymic from the personal name Nijs, a reduced form of Denijs (see Dennis)... [more]
Niessen Dutch
Thought to be found most commonly in Limburg... [more]
Nietzsche German, German (Silesian)
Derived from a Silesian diminutive of the given name Nikolaus. A notable bearer was Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (1844-1900), a German philosopher.
Nieuwenhuis Dutch
Means "new house" in Dutch. Indicated that the bearer lived in a new house or lived in a village of the same name
Nieuwman Dutch
Dutch cognate of Neumann.
Nievo Italian
From nievo "grandchild, grandson; nephew", probably used to differentiate between relatives of the same name.
Niewinski Polish
Habitational name for someone from Niewino in Białystok voivodeship.
Niezabitowski Polish
This indicates familial origin within either of 2 Lesser Polish villages: Niezabitów or Niezabitów-Kolonia.
Nigg Upper German, German (Swiss), Romansh
Derived from a short form of the given name Niklaus.
Niggli German (Swiss), Romansh
Variant of Nigg in combination with the diminutive suffix -li.
Nigh English
Variant of Nye.
Night English
Variant of Knight.
Nightingale English
Nickname for someone with a good voice from Middle English nightegale "nightingale" (Old English nihtegale, ultimately from niht "night" and galan "to sing").
Nightshade Literature
Meaning unknown. Possibly derived from the English word night or just a combination of night and shade. A notable fictional bearer is Enid Nightshade from Jill Murphy's books, The Worst Witch, as well as the television adaptations.
Nighy English
Pet form of Nigh.
Nigmatullin Tatar, Bashkir
From the given name Nigmatullah.
Nigul Estonian
Nigul is an Estonian surname (and masculine given name); from the given name "Nigul/Nigulas", a variant of "Nicholas".
Niib Estonian
Niib is an Estonian surname possibly derived from "nii" meaning "so", "thus", and "like that".
Niidas Estonian
Niidas is an Estonian surname derived from "niide" meaning "hay harvest", "mowing" and "hay crop".
Niidre Estonian
Niidre is an Estonian surname relating to "niide" (hay harvest).
Niikura Japanese
From the Japanese 新 (nii) "new" and 倉 or 蔵 (kura) "storehouse" or 鞍 (kura) "saddle."
Niin Estonian
Niin is an Estonian surname meaning "bast" and "phloem" (the fibrous material from the phloem of a plant, used as fiber in matting, cord, etc.)
Niine Estonian
Niine is an Estonian surname meaning "linden" and "bast".
Niinelaid Estonian
Niinelaid is an Estonian surname meaning "linden islet".
Niinemäe Estonian
Niinemäe is an Estonian surname meaning "linden hill/mountain".
Niinemets Estonian
Niinemets is an Estonian surname meaning "linden forest".
Niinepuu Estonian
Niinepuu is an Estonian surname meaning "bast tree/wood".
Niinesalu Estonian
Niinesalu is an Estonian surname meaning linden/lime grove".
Niinistö Finnish
Combination of Finnish niini "bast fibre" and the suffix -stö.
Niit Estonian
Niit is an Estonian surname meaning "meadow".
Niitsoo Estonian
Niitsoo is an Estonian surname meaning "meadow swamp".
Nijibayashi Japanese (Rare)
From Japanese 虹 (Niji) meaning "Rainbow" and 林 (Bayashi) meaning "Forest". A notable bearer of this surname was academic author Kei Nijibayashi.
Nikaido Japanese (Rare, ?)
From japanese kanji 二 (ni) meaning "two", 階 (kai) meaning "floor, storey" combined with 堂 (dō) meaning "temple". The last name is a name of a clan of Japanese samurai that ruled the Iwase District of Mutsu Province during the Sengoku period during the Kamakura era... [more]
Nikashin Russian
Derived from a diminutive form Nikasha of various Russian given names.
Nikbakht Persian
From Persian نیک (nik) meaning "good" and بخت (bakht) meaning "fortune, happiness".
Nikbin Persian
In Farsi (Persian) 'nik-' means good, and 'bin' means 'seeing'. ... [more]
Nikiforov Russian
Means "son of Nikifor".
Nikitin Russian
From the given name Nikita 1.
Nikitina Russian
Feminine transcription of Russian Никитин (see Nikitin).
Nikitov Russian
Means "son of NIKITA".
Nikitović Serbian
Means "son of Nikita 1".
Nikittsev Russian
Derived from a diminutive of the Russian given name Nikita 1.
Nikkel German, Dutch
Possibly an altered spelling of Dutch Nikel, from the personal name, a Dutch form of Nicholas.
Nikkilä Finnish
Origins remain unknown
Niknam Persian
From Persian نیک (nik) meaning "good" and نام (nam) meaning "name".
Nikolaidis Greek
Means "son of Nikolaos".
Nikolaiev Russian
Means "son of Nikolay."
Nikolaishvili Georgian, Jewish
Means "son of Nikoloz" in Georgian.
Nikolaou Greek
Means "son of Nikolaos".
Nikolas English, Greek
From the given name Nikolas.
Nikolaychuk Russian
From the given name Nikolay.
Nikolayev Russian
Variant transcription of Nikolaev.
Nikolopoulos Greek
Means "son of Nikolaos".
Nikolopoulou Greek
Feminine transcription of Greek Νικολόπουλος (see Nikolopoulos).
Nikonov Russian
Patronymic from the given name Nikon.
Nikpour Persian
From Persian نیک‌ (nik) meaning "good" and پور (pour) meaning "son, descendant".
Nikulin Russian
From the given name Nikolay.
Nimanbegu Albanian
Nimanbegu or Nimani , given "beg" from Turks in Ottoman Empire
Nimitz German
Derived from Russian немчин (nemchin) meaning "German", of Slavic origin. This surname was borne by Chester W. Nimitz (1885-1966), a fleet admiral of the United States Navy during World War II.
Nimr Arabic
Means "leopard" or "tiger" in Arabic.
Ninberg Jewish
1 Jewish (Ashkenazic): variant of Feinberg .... [more]
Nine English (American)
Americanized spelling of German Nein or Neun, from Middle High German niun meaning "nine".
Ning Chinese
From Chinese 宁 (níng) meaning "peaceful, tranquil", also referring to the ancient county of Ningyi, which existed during the Zhou dynasty in what is now Henan province.
Ninka Albanian (Modern)
First recognized in the early 1800s as a surname in and around Albania and the Balkans, and due to migration it has spread to a few different places across the world. Very little is known about this surname as there are very few records of it.
Niño Spanish
Nickname from Spanish niño meaning "child", "boy". This was often given to a first-born son as a familiar name.
Ninomiya Japanese
二 (Nino) means "two, second" and 宮 (miya) means "shrine".... [more]
Ninomiya Japanese
From Japanese 二 (ni) meaning "two", ノ (no), a possessive marker, and 宮 (miya) meaning "temple, shrine, palace".
Nio Chinese (Hokkien), Chinese (Teochew)
Hokkien and Teochew romanization of Liang.
Nip Chinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese romanization of Nie.
Nipper German
1. habitational name for someone from Nippe in Hesse. ... [more]
Nirk Estonian
Nirk is an Estonian surname meaning "stoat".
Niro Italian
From Neapolitan niro "black", cognate to Neri.
Nischan Sorbian
Germanized spelling of the Sorbian given name Nišan.
Nishant Indian
Derived from the Sanskrit name for dawn or the end of night. In Sanskrit Nisha (निशा) means 'Night' and Ant (अन्त) means 'End', which can be alliterated as the end of night or the first ray of the morning sun.
Nishat Arabic, Bengali
Derived from the given name Nishat.
Nishi Japanese
It means "West", it's more commonly added to other name elements such as mura, hara, etc.