All Submitted Surnames

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Barzelay Hebrew
Variant form of Barzilai via Barzelai. A known bearer of this surname is American-Israeli musician Eef Barzelay (b... [more]
Barzilai Jewish
From the given name Barzillai.
Barzilaij Dutch, Jewish
Dutch form (or "dutchization", if you will) of Barzilai via Barzilay. This name is found exclusively in the Dutch-Jewish community, and is considered quite rare: there were only 112 bearers in 1947 and only 51 bearers in 2007.
Barzilay Hebrew
Variant form of Barzilai.
Bar Zohar Hebrew
Combination of the surnames Bar and Zohar.
Basa Tagalog, Filipino
Very prominent name in Manila, the Philippines.
Basarabić Vlach
From Basarabia. Basarabia is land of origin Vlach
Basarrate Basque
It indicates familial origin within the eponymous area of the district of Santutxu in the city of Bilbao.
Bascöurt French
The Bascourt or Bascur surname is from France, from that place dates the beginning of the surname, however the French of previous centuries had no records of that surname. ... [more]
Basheer Arabic, Urdu
From the given name Bashir.
Basher Arabic, Bengali, Filipino, Maranao
From the given name Bashir.
Bashimow Turkmen
son of Bashim.
Bashir Arabic, Urdu
From the given name Bashir.
Bashur Kurdish
Kurdish: south -means
Bašić Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian
Derived from baša, a honorific term for “chief”, “boss”, “head of the family”, etc.
Basileo Galician, Italian, Spanish
From the given name Basileo.
Basilio Italian, Spanish
From the given name Basilio.
Basiński Polish
Habitational name for someone from a place called Basin.
Basista Polish, Czech, Slovak
Occupational name for a double-bass player.
Basisty Russian
Derived from Russian басистый (basisty) meaning "having bass, deep voice".
Baskerville English
Means "bush town", from Anglo-Norman French boschet (a little bush) and ville (town).
Baskin Jewish
Means "son of Baske", a Yiddish female personal name (a pet-form of the Biblical name Bath Seba). Baskin-Robbins is a US chain of ice-cream parlours founded in Glendale, California in 1945 by Burt Baskin (1913-1969) and Irv Robbins (1917-2008).
Baskir Turkish (Rare), South American (Rare)
Used by Jewish families that were running away from anti-semites. It's meaning is 'printer' or 'pressures are...'
Basnet Nepali
Meaning uncertain.
Basom English
origin possible of saxon origin
Basra Indian, Punjabi
From the name of a city in present-day Iraq, Basra (البصرة‎).
Bassett English
From Old French bas meaning "short", low". It was either used as a nickname for a short person or someone of humble origins.
Bastiaan Dutch
From the given name Bastiaan.
Bastían Spanish
From the given name Bastían.
Bastian German
From the given name Bastian.
Bastíansdóttir Icelandic
Means "daughter of Bastían" in Icelandic.
Bastíansson Icelandic
Means "son of Bastían" in Icelandic.
Bastiat French
Meaning of this name is unknown. Possibly derived from Sebastian The surname Bastiat was first found in Poitou, where this family held a family seat since ancient times.
Bastidas Spanish
Possibly related to the French word "bastide", referring to fortified towns built in Southern France in the Middle Ages.... [more]
Basu Indian, Bengali
Bengali form of Vasu.
Basumatary Indian, Bodo, Assamese
From a Sanskritized form of the Bodo name बसुमातारी (Baisamatari), which meant "mother earth" or "earthly folks". The name was originally used by landowners or landlords.
Baszowski Polish
This indicates familial origin within the Lesser Polish village of Baszowice.
Batabor Filipino, Maranao
Means "coffeepot, teapot" or "green malong (tube skirt)" in Maranao.
Batawi Indonesian, Arabic
Means "Betawi" in Arabic, referring to an ethnic group native to the city of Jakarta in Indonesia. The name itself is from Batavia, the capital city of the Dutch East Indies (located in present-day Jakarta)... [more]
Batchelor English, Scottish
Status name for a young knight or novice at arms, deriving from Middle English and Old French bacheler (from medieval Latin baccalarius), a word of unknown ultimate origin. The word had already been extended to mean "(young) unmarried man" by the 14th century, but it is unlikely that many bearers of the surname derive from the word in that sense... [more]
Bateman English, Scottish
Occupational name meaning ‘servant of Bartholomew.’
Batey English (?)
Originates from mostly northern England. Is the presumed given name to fishers. (With it meaning "Small fishing boat" in old English.)
Bathgate Scottish, English
From the town of Bathgate, west of Edinburgh, Scotland. The town's name derives from Cumbric *beith, meaning 'boar' (Welsh baedd) and *gaith. meaning 'wood' (Welsh coed).
Batirov Uzbek
Means "son of Batir" in Uzbek.
Batista Portuguese, Spanish
Portuguese cognate of Bautista as well as a Spanish variant.
Batlokwa Tswana, Southern African
a branch of the Bakgatla section of the Bantu speaking communities which originated from the Great Lakes and Northern Central Africa. Batlokwa are said to have been a breakaway branch of the Bakgatla which is another Bahurutse section of the Tswana people.
Batobalani Filipino, Cebuano, Hiligaynon
Means "lodestone, magnet" in Cebuano and Hiligaynon.
Batra Indian, Hindi, Punjabi
Of uncertain meaning.
Batres Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Manchego municipality.
Batt English
This is patronymic form of the medieval personal name "Batte", meaning "son of Batte", ... [more]
Batta Indian
Hindu name of unknown meaning, based on the name of a subgroup among the Tank goldsmiths of Panjab.
Battistella Italian
From St. John the Baptist, the first bearers of this name were devoted to this saint. Another etymology would be a patronymic from the given name Battista, anyway linked to the aforementioned saint.
Battye English (British)
A surname common in parts of Yorkshire. Meaning unknown.
Batubara Batak
Means "coal" in Batak.
Batungbakal Filipino
Tagalog Filipino surname meaning "iron stone", from Tagalog bato "stone" combined with bakal "iron, steel".
Baucom English
Variant spelling of BALCOMBE, a habitational name from West Sussex derived from Old English bealu "evil" and cumb "valley".
Baudelaire French
A French surname, coming from the word "baudelaire", which is a short, broad, and curved sword used in heraldry.
Baudoin French
From the given name Baudoin.
Baudouin French
From the given name Baudouin.
Baudric French (Rare)
Derived from the medieval French given name Baudric, which was a variant form of Baldéric, the French form of Baldric.
Baudry French
Derived from the medieval French given name Baudry, which was a variant form of Baudric, a given name that itself was a variant form of Baldéric (see Baldric)... [more]
Bauerdick German
A surname originating from the Rhineland region of Germany. It is derived from German Bauer (Bur in the locals dialects) "farmer" and Deich (Diek and Dick in the local dialects) "levee" or Teich "pond"... [more]
Bauersack German
Semi-Germanized form of the Polish surname Burczak, originally derived from Polish burczec "growl; shout".... [more]
Baughan Welsh
Variant of Vaughan.
Baugher German
Means peasant farmer in German.
Baughn Welsh
Variant of Vaughan.
Baumeister German
Occupational name for a "builder" in German; from Middle High German 'buwen' 'to build' + meister 'master'.... [more]
Baumfree Dutch, American, African American
This name is clearly derived from Sojourner Truth, a former African-American slave who was born as Isabella Bomefree (but at some point the surname was changed to the more German-looking Baumfree). Although Sojourner's original owners - James and Elizabeth Bomefree/Baumfree - were apparently of Dutch descent, it is questionable whether the surname is really of Dutch origin... [more]
Baumkötter German (Modern)
From the German words 'Baum' meaning 'tree' and 'Kötter' a type of villager who dwelt in a cottage, similar to the Scottish Cotter. "Presumably a 'Baumkötter' earned money from a small orchard on their property."
Bauzon Filipino
Meaning unknown, of Hokkien origin.
Bava Indian
Variant of Bawa.
Bavaro Italian
Ethnic name from bavaro "Bavarian" someone from Bavaria, now part of Germany, but formerly an independent kingdom.
Baviera Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Catalan
Means "Bavaria" in Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, and Catalan. Indicating for someone from Bavaria a state in Germany.
Bawa Punjabi
Sikh name based on the name of a Jat clan. It is also a title given to the male descendants of the first three Sikh gurus.
Bax English
Possibly a short form of Baxter, or maybe from the Anglo-Saxon word box, referring to the box tree.
Baxendale English
Habitational name, probably an altered form of Baxenden, a place near Accrington, which is named with an unattested Old English word bæcstān meaning "bakestone" (a flat stone on which bread was baked) + denu meaning "valley"... [more]
Baxley English
Variant of Bexley.
Bay English
From the Middle English given name Baye.
Bay English, French, Dutch
Derived from Middle English and Old French bay, bai and Middle Dutch bay, all meaning "reddish brown". It was originally a nickname for someone with a hair color similar to that.
Bay Scottish
Reduced form of McBeth.
Bay German
From the given name Baio.
Bay Danish, Norwegian (Rare)
Likely a reduced form of German Bayer.
Bayabao Filipino, Maranao
From Maranao Bayabaw, the term used to refer to traditional subdivisions of the eastern regions of Lanao.
Bayers German
Variant of Bayer.
Baygents Anglo-Saxon
The earliest recorded spelling of the surname was "Besant", "Bezant", or "Beasant", which comes from an old French word "besant", which, in turn, was derived from the Latin term "byzantius aureus". The "byzantius" or "bezant" was a gold coin named after the city of Byzantium (ancient name in BC, later named 'Constantinople' in 330 AD)... [more]
Baykalov Russian
Derived from the name of Lake Baikal, derived from Turkish baiköl meaning "rich lake".
Bayley English
Variant of Bailey.
Baylis English
Derived from the Middle English 'bail(l)i', a development of the Old French 'baillis'. In Scotland the word survives as 'bailie', the title of a chief magistrate for a part of a county or barony. The word survives in England as 'bailiff', an officer who serves writs and summonses for the court.
Baylon Spanish
Spanish: variant of Bailón ( see Bailon ).
Baylor English
Possibly derived from the legal term bailor "one who delivers goods". It could also be a respelling of German name BEILER, an occupational name for an inspector of measures or a maker of measuring sticks... [more]
Bayrak Turkish
Means "flag" in Turkish.
Bayramov Azerbaijani
Means "son of Bayram".
Bayzhanov Kazakh
Means “son of Bayzhan”.
Bazargan Persian
Means "merchant, trader" in Persian.
Baz-ool Tuvan (Rare)
Means "another boy" from Tuvan база (baza) meaning "also, too, another" combined with оол (ool) "son, boy".
Bazzaty Ossetian
Derived from Georgian ბაზი (bazi) meaning "falcon" or from a given name derived from Tatar базу (bazu) meaning "to dare" (given in hopes that a son would become a warrior).
Bazzi Arabic
Perhaps derived from an Arabic word meaning "foster brother(s)".
Bea Spanish
Habitational name from a place of this name in Teruel.
Beaber English (American)
Americanized spelling of German Bieber or Biber, from Middle High German biber ‘beaver’, hence a nickname for someone thought to resemble the animal in some way, a topographic name for someone who lived in a place frequented by beavers or by a field named with this word, or a habitational name from any of various place names in Hesse containing this element.
Beach English
Name for someone living near a beach, stream, or beech tree.
Beachem English, African American
Variant of Beauchamp, reflecting its traditional English pronunciation.
Beacher English
Means "near the beech trees".
Beachum English (American)
Variant of Beauchamp, reflecting the traditional English pronunciation.
Beacom Irish
Northern Irish variant of Beauchamp.
Beall English
English and Scottish: variant spelling of Beal.
Beals English
English: patronymic from Beal.
Beam English
From Old English beam "beam" or "post". It could be a topographic name from someone living near a post or tree, or it could be a metonymic occupational name for a weaver.... [more]
Beaman English
A beekeeper.
Beamer German (Americanized)
Americanized spelling of German Böhmer or Bäumer.
Bear English
From the Middle English nickname Bere meaning "bear" (Old English bera, which is also found as a byname), or possibly from a personal name derived from a short form of the various Germanic compound names with this first element... [more]
Bearcub English (American, Rare)
Surname meaning a bear cub.
Beard English (American)
Nickname for a bearded man (Middle English, Old English beard). To be clean-shaven was the norm in non-Jewish communities in northwestern Europe from the 12th to the 16th century, the crucial period for surname formation... [more]
Bearden English
English habitational name, a variant of Barden, or from places in Devon and Cornwall called Beardon.
Bearn English
An old English name meaning "Son"
Beas Spanish (Mexican)
Spanish (common in Mexico): habitational name from any of the places in Andalusia named Beas.
Beas English
Varient spelling of the surname Bees.
Beas German
Possibly also a variant spelling of German Bies.
Beaton English
As an English surname, it is derived from either the French town of Béthune, or from the medieval diminutive Beaton, short for Bartholomew or Beatrice... [more]
Beatriz Spanish, Portuguese
From the given name Beatriz.
Beauchamp English, French
From the name of various places in France, for example in Manche and Somme, which was derived from Old French beu, bel meaning "fair, lovely" and champ, champs "field, plain".
Beaufay French (Rare)
In most cases, this surname is a locational surname that most likely took its name from the village of Beaufay, which is nowadays located in the Sarthe department of France. The village was called Bello Faeto, Bellofaido and Belfaidus during the Early Middle Ages, ultimately deriving its name from Latin bellus fagus (or bellum fagetum) meaning "beautiful beech tree(s)" or "beautiful beech woodland"... [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".
Beaufoy French (Anglicized, Rare), English (Rare)
Anglicized form of Beaufay. Known bearers of this surname include the English astronomer and physicist Mark Beaufoy (1764-1827) and the British screenwriter Simon Beaufoy (b... [more]
Beaune French
Refers to Beaune, France.... [more]
Beauregard French
Habitational name from any of various places in France named Beauregard for their fine view or fine aspect, for example in Ain, Dordogne, Drôme, Lot, and Puy-de-Dôme, from beau "fair, lovely" and regard "aspect, outlook".
Beauregarde French
Variant of Beauregard used by one of the main characters in Roald Dahl's "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" as well as its film and broadway adaptations.
Beauséjour French (Rare)
Literally means "beautiful sojourn", derived from French beau "beautiful, nice, fine" and French séjour "sojourn, short stay". As such, this surname is most likely a locational surname, in that it originally referred to a scenic place to sojourn in... [more]
Beausire French
French cognate of Bowser.
Beauvais French
From French place names derived from "beautiful sight".
Beauvoir English
From the surname of Simone de Beauvoir (1908-1986), a French feminist and philosopher.
Becc Medieval English
Variant spelling of Beck
Bechdel German
Variant of German Bechtel. ... [more]
Becher German
Shortened form of Becherer as well as a surname given to for someone who distilled or worked with pitch, in which case it is derived from Middle High German bech / pech "pitch".
Bechet English
A famous bearer of this surname was Sidney Bechet (1897–1959), an American jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, and composer.
Bechmann German (Rare)
Surname denoting someone who worked with pitch, from Middle High German bech / pech "pitch" and man, a suffix which can mean "man" or simply be used as a name suffix.
Becker English
Occupational name for a maker or user of mattocks or pickaxes, from an agent derivative of Old English becca "mattock".
Beckett English
An Old English name simply meaning "beehive". Famous Irish playwrite Samuel Beckett bears this name.
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]
Beckson English (British)
The name comes from having lived in an enclosed place, means dweller at the old enclosure or dwelling. The surname Aldeman was first found in Essex, Suffolk and Yorkshire at Aldham. In all cases, the place name meant "the old homestead," or "homestead of a man called Ealda," from the Old English personal name + "ham."
Beckwith English (African)
Habitational name from a place in West Yorkshire named Beckwith, from Old English bece "beech" + Old Norse viðr "wood" (replacing the cognate Old English wudu).
Becquerel French
A notable bearer was French scientist Henri Becquerel (1852-1908) who discovered radioactivity. A becquerel (Bq), the SI unit for radioactivity, is named after him.
Becraft English (American)
English, variant of Beecroft. topographic name for someone who lived at a place where bees were kept, from Middle English bee ‘bee’ + croft ‘paddock’, ‘smallholding’.
Beddall English (British, ?)
According to the Forebears website: ... [more]
Beddoe Welsh
Variant of Beddow.
Beddow Welsh
From the personal name Bedo, a pet form of Meredydd (see Meredith).
Bedford English
From the English county Bedfordshire and its principal city or from a small community in Lancashire with the same name. The name comes from the Old English personal name Beda, a form of the name Bede and the location element -ford meaning "a crossing at a waterway." Therefore the name indicates a water crossing once associated with a bearer of the medieval name.
Bedi Indian
Based on the name of a clan in the Khatri community. The name is derived from Sanskrit vedī ‘one who knows the Vedas’. Guru Nanak (1469–1539), the founder of the Sikh religion, was from the Bedi clan... [more]
Bednář Czech
Bednář means "hooper, cooper" in Czech.
Bednarz Polish
Occupational name for a cooper in Polish.
Bedrossian Armenian
Alternate transcription of Armenian Պետրոսյան (see Petrosyan)
Bedsaul German
Americanized form of the German surname Petzold, which comes from a Slavic pet form of the name Peter.
Bedwell English
Derived from the town of Bidwell, Hertfordshire, England, from Old English words "Byde", which meant tub, and "Well", meaning fountain or spring.The surname is classified as a habitational name. The name Bedwell is most common in Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire, England, and the state of Indiana in the USA.
Bedworth English
An English habitational surname from a place so named near Nuneaton, in Warwickshire, derived most likely from the Old English personal name Baeda (see Bede), suffixed with worþ, 'enclosure', denoting an enclosed area of land belonging to Baeda.
Bee English
From Middle English be meaning "bee", Old English beo, hence a nickname for an energetic or active person or a metonymic occupational name for a beekeeper.
Beech English
Dweller at the beech tree.
Beeden English (British)
Probably means "from Beeden", a village near Newbury in Berkshire. Ultimately coming from either Old English byden, meaning "shallow valley", or from the pre 7th century personal name Bucge with the suffix dun, meaning "hill of Bucge".
Beekman German, Anglo-Saxon
This name derives from the pre 5th century Olde German and later Anglo-Saxon word "bah" or "baecc". This word describes a stream, or as a name specifically someone who lived or worked by a stream.
Beeler English
Anglicized spelling of German BIEHLER.
Beer English, German, Dutch, German (Swiss)
Habitational name from any of the forty or so places in southwestern England called Beer(e) or Bear(e). Most of these derive their names from the West Saxon dative case, beara, of Old English bearu ‘grove’, ‘wood’ (the standard Old English dative bearwe being preserved in Barrow)... [more]
Beerbrewer English
Means Brewer of Beer.
Beethoven Dutch, Flemish
Combination of beeth 'beetroot' and hoven, the plural of Hof, meaning 'farm'. Beethoven is therefore 'beetroot farms'. There is a village named Betthoven in the province of Liège.
Beffa Italian
Nickname for a practical joker, from Italian beffa "trick, prank".
Bega Spanish
Variant of Vega.
Begay Navajo
Derived from the Navajo word biyeʼ meaning "his son". This was frequently adopted as a surname among the Navajo when Native Americans were required by the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) to formally adopt surnames for the purpose of official records.
Bégon French
Probably from French béguin "(male) Beguin", referring to a member of a particular religious order active in the 13th century, and derived from the surname of Lambert le Bègue, the mid-12th-century priest responsible for starting it... [more]
Begüm Turkish, Turkmen, Azerbaijani, Uyghur
Turkish, Turkmen, Azerbaijani, and Uyghur variant of Begum.
Begum Indian (Muslim), Bengali (Muslim), Kashmiri, Urdu, Punjabi, Turkish
From the Persian title بیگم (beygom) meaning "lady, madam", traditionally used as a royal title for Muslim females in Central and South Asia. It is the feminine equivalent of the Ottoman Turkish title بك (beg).
Beh German
Possibly a variant of Boehm.
Behar Various
The surname Behar is of Hebrew origin and is the surname of Moroccan French runner Abdellah Behar (Born 1963)
Behera Indian, Odia
Means "owner, master, leader" in Odia.
Behn German
From the German male personal name Behn, a shortened form of Bernhard. A famous bearer was the English novelist and dramatist Aphra Behn (1640-1689).
Behnen German
Derived from the given name Bernhard.
Behr German, Dutch
German and Dutch variant of the personal name Bähr (see Baer).
Behrendt German
Dutch and North German surname which is a variant of Behrend.
Behringer German
Habitational name for someone from either of two places called Behringen, near Soltau and in Thuringia, or from Böhringen in Württemberg.
Behzadi Persian
From the given name Behzad.
Beifong Popular Culture
Surname of Toph from the American TV show "Avatar: The Last Airbender". Could be derived from the Chinese word "北方 (Běifāng)" meaning "north".
Beihl English, German
Variant of BIEHL, a short form of BIEHLER.
Beijering Dutch
The name Beijering Probably comes from the other but wider spread Dutch surname, Meijering. There is'nt much info I was able to find about both surnames except that there are many diferent forms of the surname like: Beije, Beijerink, Beijeringh, Beijer, Meijer, Meijerink, Meijeringh, etc... [more]
Beilen Dutch
Place name in The Netherlands
Beilschmidt German
means "Axe Smith" in german
Beining German
This famous surname, one of the earliest recorded in history, and recorded in over two hundred spellings from Benedicte, Benech and Bennet, to Banish, Beinosovitch and Vedyasov, derives from the Roman personal name "Benedictus", meaning blessed.
Beisel German
German:... [more]
Bejar Spanish
From the town of the same name in Spain
Bekanowski Polish
This indicates familial origin within the Greater Polish village of Bekanówka.
Bekhti Arabic (Maghrebi)
From Arabic بَخْت (baḵt) meaning "luck, fortune".