All Submitted Surnames

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Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
Work Scottish
Scottish: habitational name from the lands of Work in the parish of St. Ola, Orkney.
Workman English
Ostensibly an occupational name for a laborer, derived from Middle English work and man. According to a gloss, the term was used in the Middle Ages to denote an ambidextrous person, and the surname may also be a nickname in this sense.
Worley English
mostly found in Lancashire and Sussex. very old english surname. something to do with a hill near a stream.
Wormwood Popular Culture, English
The surname is used in the novel Matilda (1988).
Worship English (British)
Registered with the Guild of One Name Studies... [more]
Worsley English
Anglo-Saxon origin, and is a locational surname from either of the places called Worsley in Lancashire and in Worcestershire. The place in Lancashire was recorded as "Werkesleia" in 1196, and means Weorchaeth's wood or glade, derived from the Olde English pre 7th Century personal name "Weorchaeth", from weorc, work, fortification, and leah, a wood, or clearing in a wood... [more]
Worth English
From the Old English WORÞ, meaning "enclosure".
Worthington English
Habitational name from places in Lancashire and Leicestershire named Worthington; both may have originally been named in Old English as Wurðingtun "settlement (Old English tun) associated with Wurð", but it is also possible that the first element was Old English worðign, a derivative of worð ‘enclosure’.
Wosame Japanese (Rare)
Variant reading of Japanese Kanji 納 (see Osame).
Woulfe English, Irish
English: variant spelling of Wolf. ... [more]
Wowereit German (East Prussian)
East Prussian German (and thus heavily Lithuanian influenced) name meaning "squirrel", from Old Prussian wowere and Lithuanian voveraite (which, apart from "squirrel", also means "chanterelle").... [more]
Woytek Czech, Slovak, Polish
Eastern European surname of unknown meaning. A variant of Vojtek.
Wozniak Polish (Expatriate)
Unaccented form of Woźniak primarily used outside of Poland.
Woźniakowa Polish (Archaic), Jewish
Archaic feminine spelling of Woźniak.
Wozzek German
Germanized form of Voytek.
Wrangler English
Given to a person who worked as a wrangler.
Wraye English
Variant of the habitational name Wray or Ray, from any of various minor places in northern England named Wray, Wrea, or Wreay, from Old Norse vrá ‘nook’, ‘corner’, ‘recess’.
Wrbanek Polish
Polish, Czech (Urbánek), and Sorbian: from a pet form of the personal name Urban . The surname is also established in Germany.
Wren English
Nickname from the bird, Middle English wrenne, probably in reference to its small size.
Wrenn English
Derived from the surname Wren... [more]
Wretman Swedish
Combination of Swedish vret "remote small field situated some distance away from a bigger field" and man "man".
Wrieden Jewish
Jewish (Ashkenazic): variant of Fried or a short form of any of the various compound names beginning Frieden of the same derivation.
Wriedt German, Dutch
Nickname from Middle Low German wrēt, wrede meaning "fierce", "evil", "angry".
Wrightson English
Means "son of Wright".
Wrinn Irish (Anglicized)
From Irish Gaelic Ó Rinn "descendant of Rinn", a personal name perhaps based on reann "spear".
Wriothesley English (British)
Name is of unknown origin, deriving from older Wrotteslega, who were a family that held estates in Staffordshire in the late 1100s. Possibly a combination of wrot "snout" and leah "meadow, cleaning", suggesting it's origin as a pig farm.
Wróbel Polish
Means "sparrow" in Polish.
Wrobleski Polish
from Polish "wroble" wren.
Wroldsen Norwegian
Means "son of Wrold" in Norwegian.
Wryta Norman
Old Norse Men Normans Wryta brothers fought with William The Conqueror at Battle of Hastings onto King Henry VIII granting landed, gentry, coat of arms, baronetcy, and lord title to Sir John Wright of Kelvedon Hall ESsex on 6/20/1509
Wrzesień Polish
Derived from Polish wresień "September (month)".
Wrzesiński Polish
Name for someone from a place called Września, Wrzesina or Wrzesiny, all derived from Polish wrzos meaning "heather".
Wujcik Polish
Variant of Wójcik.
Wujek Polish
It literally means "uncle" in Polish but it could possibly refer to the Polesian village of the same name.
Wulfhart German
Could mean "brave wolf" from the German elements "wulf" (variant of "wolf") and "hard" (meaning "brave, hardy").
Wulflam Low German
Name of the mayor of Stralsund Bertram Wulflam and his son Wulfhard Wulflam.
Wunder German
Miracle
Wunderlich German
A nickname for an eccentric or moody person, derived from the word wunderlich meaning "whimsical" in German.
Wünsche German
Probably denoted a person from Wendland, a region in Germany on the borders of the states of Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Lower Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt. Alternatively, the name could have been derived from Wendling, a municipality in the Grieskirchen District, Upper Austria, Austria.
Wuori Finnish
"mountain"
Würdemann German
From the German "Würde"-honour or dignity, and "Mann"-man or person. "Man of Honour" or "Person of Dignity".
Wurdemann German (Rare)
This is a German surname, also spelled WÜRDEMANN (original) and often rendered as WUERDEMANN in English. It come from the German "würde", "dignity" or "honor" and "mann", meaning "man" or "person".... [more]
Wurnig German
German origin from the place name am Virgen originally meaning a person from the town of Virgen in Tyrol. Construed as a family name in 1501.
Wurst German
Variant of Wurster.
Wurster German
Derived from German Wurst (Middle High German wurst) "sausage" and thus either denoted a butcher who specialized in the production of sausages, or was used as a nickname for a plump person or someone who was particularly fond of sausages.
Wurðingtun English
Habitational name from places in Lancashire and Leicestershire named Worthington; both may have originally been named in Old English as Wurðingtun "settlement (Old English tun) associated with Wurð", but it is also possible that the first element was Old English worðign, a derivative of worð ‘enclosure’.
Württemberg German
Württemberg is an historical German territory. Together with Baden and Hohenzollern, two other historical territories, it now forms the Federal State of Baden-Württemberg.
Wurtz German
A metonymic occupational name for a greengrocer or grower or seller of herbs, from Middle High German würz, meaning ‘herb’.
Wurz German
Variant of Wurtz
Wuttke German
Originally denoted a person from Wutike, a district near the town of Neuruppin in Brandenburg, Germany.
Wyandt German
Americanized form of German WIEGAND... [more]
Wycherley English
Derived from a place name apparently meaning "elm-wood clearing" from Old English wice and leah. A famous bearer was the dramatist William Wycherley (1640-1715).
Wyckoff Dutch
name for someone living at the main farm in a district, from Dutch wijk ‘district’ + hof ‘farmstead’, ‘manor farm’.
Wyckoff East Frisian (Rare)
The North Germanic meaning is "settlement on a bay," as in the cognate Viking (Viking is derived from Old Norse vík "bay").
Wyeth English
May come either from the Old English word "withig" meaning "willow" or from Guyat, a pet form of the Old French given name Guy. Probably unrelated to Wyatt.
Wykes Anglo-Saxon
From the Old English wic, roughly meaning "farm." The plural form is a patronymic of which is "son of Wic."... [more]
Wylde English (British)
It is a nickname for a person who was of wild or undisciplined character. Looking back even further, the name was originally derived from the Old English word "wilde," meaning "untamed" or "uncivilized."... [more]
Wylden English
Variant of Wilden.
Wyler English
English: variant of Wheeler or a respelling of Jewish Weiler.
Wylie Medieval English
It is of locational origin, and derives from the places called Willey in the counties of Cheshire, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Warwickshire, Devonshire and Surrey.
Wymer English
Either (i) from the medieval male personal name Wymer (from Old English Wīgmǣr, literally "war-famous"); or (ii) from the Old Breton male personal name Wiumarch, literally "worthy-horse".
Wyn Welsh, English
English: from the Old English personal name and byname Wine meaning ‘friend’, in part a short form of various compound names with this first element. Welsh: variant of Gwynn.
Wynd Scottish, Irish
Scotland or Ireland not sure of original origin. There was a childe Wynd some type of royal who slayed a dragon type thing worm or something and a Henery Wynd who was a mercenary in a battle at north inch in Scotland
Wynn Welsh, English
The surname Wynn ,(also spelled Winn, and Gwynn), is derived from the Welsh element, Gwynn, which can loosely be translated as "white" or "fair". It features in the name of the North Welsh kingdom of Gwynedd, (meaning "white head" or "white land")... [more]
Wynnman English (British)
as Wimbledon is said to be rooted in words that mean "Wynnman's Hill," I searched and the closest results indicated that 'Wynnman' must mean 'Heir of Wynn'
Wynter English
Variant of Winter.
Wyoming English (American)
From the name of the US state.
Wysokiński Polish
This indicates familial origin within the Lesser Polish village of Wysokin.
Wyss German (Swiss)
A nickname for someone denoting pale or white skin.
Wyss English
Nickname for someone with pale or white skin.
Wyszyński Polish
It indicates familial origin within any of several Podlachian villages named ''Wyszonki''.
Xəlilov Azerbaijani
Means "son of Xəlil".
Xəlilzadə Azerbaijani
Azerbaijani form of Khalilzadeh.
Xầm Vietnamese
From Sino-Vietnamese 諶 (chén) meaning "faithful".
Xander German
From a short form of the personal name Alexander.
Xanders German
Variant of Xander.
Xanthopoulou Greek
Feminine transcription of Greek Ξανθόπουλος (see Xanthopoulos).
Xavier English, French
Derived from the Basque place name Etxaberri meaning "the new house". This was the surname of the Jesuit priest Saint Francis Xavier (1506-1552). He was a missionary to India, Japan, China, and other areas in East Asia, and he is the patron saint of the Orient and missionaries.
Xavier Portuguese, French, English
Derived from the given name Xavier.
Xavierson English (Rare)
Means “son of Xavier”.
Xayachack Lao
From Lao ໄຊ​ (xay) meaning "victory" and ຈັກ (chak) meaning "wheel, circle, disk".
Xayalath Lao
Alternate transcription of Lao ໄຊຍະລາດ (see Sayalath).
Xayaseng Lao
From Lao ໄຊ (xay) meaning "victory" and ແສງ (seng) meaning "light".
Xayavong Lao
Alternate transcription of Sayavong.
Xaysana Lao
Means "victory" in Lao.
Xenos Ancient Greek
From Greek xenos ‘stranger’, ‘newcomer’ (equivalent to English Newman), or short for a composite name such as Xenocostas ‘Costas the newcomer’.
Xerri Maltese
Variant of Scerri.
Xhaferaj Albanian
Means "descendant of Xhafer" in Albanian.
Xhaferi Albanian
From the given name Xhafer.
Xi Chinese
From Chinese 习 (xí) referring to an ancient territory named Xi, which existed during the Zhou dynasty in the Qin state in what is now Shangxian County, Shaanxi province. A notable berarer is Xi Jinping (1953-), the current president of China.
Xia Chinese
From Chinese 夏 (xià) referring to the Xia dynasty, the first dynasty in Chinese history that is believed to have existed from 2070 to 1600 BC. According to legend, this name was adopted by the descendants of Yu the Great (who was also known as Xia Yu), a legendary king who supposedly founded the Xia dynasty.
Xiang Chinese
From Chinese 向 (xiàng) referring to the ancient state of Xiang, which existed during the Spring and Autumn period in what is now the Shandong province.
Xiang Chinese
From Chinese 项 (xiàng) referring to the ancient state of Xiang, which existed during the Zhou dynasty in what is now Henan province.
Xie Chinese
Meaning "wrong, evil".
Xie Chinese
Means “to solve”.
Ximenes Portuguese
Portuguese form of Jiménez.
Xin Chinese
From the name of a state of Xin that existed during the Xia dynasty. King Qi (2197–2188 bc) granted this state to one of his sons, whose descendants adopted a modified form of the character for Xin as their surname.
Xing Chinese
From the name of an area called Xing, which existed during in the Zhou dynasty (1122–221 bc). Descendants of the ruling family of this area adopted Xing as their surname. Another account of the origin derives it from an area named Pingxing.
Xiong Chinese
From Chinese 熊 (xióng) meaning "bear".
Xiphias Greek
Meaning Swordsfish
Xirivella Catalan (Valencian)
It indicates familial origin within the eponymous municipality.
Xisto Portuguese
Means "schist" or "shale" in Portuguese. Can also be found in Brazil.
Xompero Italian
Meaning uncertain, possibly from Cimbrian somerousch "pack horse", indicating the bearer's strength or occupation. Alternately, may mean "son of Piero".
Xotlanihua Nahuatl
Means "owner of flowering" or "there will be growing" in Nahuatl, probably originating as a personal name.
Xue Chinese
From the area of Xue, in present-day Shandong province. During the Xia dynasty (2205–1766 bc) an official with the title ‘chief of carts’ was granted this area. Much later, in the state of Qi during the Warring States period (403–221 bc) the same area was granted to a prince... [more]
Xuereb Maltese
Possibly means "noble", of Semitic origin transmitted to Central Europe. Alternatively, it may be derived from Arabic شَارِب (šārib) meaning "drinker, drinking" or "moustache", used as a nickname for an alcoholic or someone with distinctive facial hair.
Xūwáng Chinese
A Chinese surname taken from combining 須 (xū) meaning "must, necessary" with 王 (wáng) meaning "king, monarch". It is the Chinese reading of the Japanese surname Suō.
Xyooj Hmong
This name is possible from a location since Chinese during the 18th century gave Hmong surnames based on the location the Hmong were in. It's a possible clan surname.
Ya Japanese
From Japanese ya, meaning "night". Note that other kanji interpretations and meanings could be possible.
Yabe Japanese
From the Japanese 矢 (ya) "arrow" and 部 (be) "region," "division," "part."
Yaben Basque
It means under the rushes or bracken.
Yablokov Russian
From Russian яблоко (yabloko) meaning "apple", used as a nickname for a ruddy person or a gardener who received a plentiful harvest.
Yabsley English
It is believed to be a derived spelling of Abboldesi, a place now more commonly known as Abbotsley or Abbotsleigh. However, the original surname had nothing to do with "Abbots" in any spelling, and derives from to the Olde English pre 7th Century personal name "Eadbeald" meaning "Prosperity-bold".
Yabugame Japanese (Rare)
Variant reading of Japanese Kanji 籔亀 (see Yabuki 4).
Yabukame Japanese (Rare)
Variant reading of Japanese Kanji 藪亀 or 薮亀 (see Yabuki 4).
Yabuki Japanese (Rare)
Derived from the Japanese kanji 矢 (ya) meaning "arrow" and 吹 (buki), from 吹き (buki), the joining continuative form of 吹く (fuku) meaning "to blow". It can also derive from 藪 (yabu) meaning "thicket; grove; copse" and 亀 (ki) meaning "tortoise, turtle"... [more]
Yabusaki Japanese
From the Japanese 八 (ya) meaning "eight", 武 (bu) which was a traditional unit of measurement approximately equal to 90 centimeters, and 崎 (saki) meaning "cape, peninsula".
Yabut Filipino, Pampangan
Derived from Pampangan iabut meaning "to hand over, to give".
Yacob Amharic
From the given name Yacob.
Yacoob Arabic
From the given name Yaqub.
Yacoub Arabic
From the given name Yaqub.
Yacouba Western African
From the given name Yacouba.
Yacub Arabic
Derived from the given name Yaqub.
Yada Japanese
From the Japanese 矢 (ya) "arrow" and 田 (da or ta) "rice paddy."
Yada Japanese
Variant reading of Japanese Kanji 八田 or 八多 (see Hatta 3, Hatta 4, Hatta 5, Hatta 6, Hatta 7, or Hatta 8).
Yadav Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Bengali, Telugu, Kannada, Punjabi, Nepali
From Sanskrit यादव (yadava) meaning "descendant of Yadu", Yadu being a legendary king in Hindu mythology who was believed to be an ancestor of Krishna.
Yaeger German
Yaeger is a relatively uncommon American surname, most likely a transcription of the common German surname "Jaeger/Jäger" (hunter). The spelling was changed to become phonetic because standard English does not utilize the umlaut.
Yafai Arabic
Meaning unknown.
Yagami Japanese
From Japanese 八 (ya) meaning "eight" and 神 (kami) meaning "god".
Yağcı Turkish
Means "oil seller" in Turkish.
Yager German
Americanized form of JÄGER, meaning "hunter."
Yagi Japanese
This can be read as Yanagi meaning "willow".
Yagi Japanese
From Japanese 八 (ya) meaning "eight" and 木 (ki) meaning "tree, wood".
Yagihashi Japanese
From Japanese 柳 (yagi) meaning "willow" and 橋 (hashi) meaning "bridge".
Yaginuma Japanese
From Japanese 柳 (yagi) meaning "willow" and 沼 (numa) meaning "swamp, marsh".
Yagira Japanese
From Japanese 柳 (yagi) meaning "willow" combined with 楽 (ra) meaning "music, comfort, ease".
Yagishita Japanese
From Japanese 柳 (yagi) meaning "willow" and 下 (shita) meaning "under, below".
Yağız Turkish
From the given name Yağız.
Yagoub Arabic
Derived from the given name Yaqub.
Yaguchi Japanese
From Japanese 矢 (ya) meaning "arrow" and 口 (kuchi) meaning "mouth, entrance".
Yagüe Spanish
It is possibly derived from a name for someone born on St James' Day, from Old Spanish Santi Yague, a common medieval form of Santiago.
Yahaba Japanese
From Japanese 矢幅 (Yahaba) meaning "Yahaba", a former village in the district of Shiwa in the former Japanese province of Rikuchū in parts of present-day Iwate and Akita in Japan.... [more]
Yahaha Japanese (Rare)
Variant reading of Japanese Kanji 矢羽々 (see Yahaba).
Yahata Japanese (Rare)
Variant reading of Japanese Kanji 八田 (see Hatta 3, Hatta 4, Hatta 5, Hatta 6, Hatta 7, or Hatta 8).
Yahaya Western African, Comorian
From the given name Yahaya.
Yahia Arabic
From the given name Yahya.
Yahiaoui Arabic (Maghrebi)
From the given name Yahya.
Yahya Arabic, Urdu
From the given name Yahya.
Yahyaoui Arabic (Maghrebi)
From the given name Yahya.
Yajima Japanese
Derived from Japanese 矢 (ya) meaning "arrow" or 谷 (ya) meaning "valley, lowland, plain" combined with 島 or 嶋 (shima) meaning "island".... [more]
Yajin Japanese (Rare)
From Japanese 夜 (ya) meaning "night; evening" and 陣 (jin) meaning "battle formation; camp"
Yakhin Bashkir, Tatar
From the given name Yakhya.
Yakimov Russian
Means "Son of Yakim".
Yakobashvili Georgian, Jewish
Alternate transcription of Iakobashvili chiefly used by Georgian Jews.
Yakoub Arabic
Derived from the given name Yaqub.
Yakovenko Ukrainian
Derived from the given name Yakov.
Yakovleva Russian
Feminine transcription of Russian Яковлев (see Yakovlev).
Yakub Arabic
Derived from the given name Yaqub.
Yakubovich Russian, Belarusian
Derived from the given name Yakub.
Yakumo Japanese (Rare)
This surname combines 八 (hachi, ya, ya'.tsu, ya.tsu, you) meaning "eight", 耶 (ja, ya, ka) meaning "question mark" or 家 (ka, ke, ie, uchi, ya) meaning "expert, family, home, house, performer, professional" with 雲 (un, kumo, -gumo) meaning "cloud."... [more]
Yakushigami Japanese (Rare)
Variant reading of Japanese Kanji 薬師神 or 藥師神 (see Yakushiji).
Yakushiji Japanese
From Japanese 薬師寺 (Yakushiji) meaning "Yakushiji", a former village in the district of Kawachi in the former Japanese province of Shimotsuke in present-day Tochigi, Japan.
Yakushijin Japanese
Variant reading of Japanese Kanji 薬師神 or 藥師神 (see Yakushiji).
Yakushikami Japanese (Rare)
Variant reading of Japanese Kanji 薬師神 or 藥師神 (see Yakushiji).
Yakushimaru Japanese
A notable bearer is Hiroko Yakushimaru, a singer and actress. ... [more]
Yakut Turkish
Means "ruby" in Turkish.
Yalaoui Arabic (Maghrebi)
Algerian family name possibly derived from Arabic يَعْلَى (yaʿlā) or يَعْلَ (yaʿla) both meaning "exalted, high".
Yalçın Turkish
From the given name Yalçın.
Yalçınkaya Turkish
Means "steep rock", derived from Turkish yalçın meaning "steep" and kaya meaning "rock, cliff".
Yalman Turkish
Means "steep" in Turkish. Synonymous with the given name "Sarp".
Yam Hebrew
From the given name Yam.
Yam Chinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese romanization of Ren.
Yama Japanese
Yama means "Mountain".
Yamabe Japanese
From Japanese 山 (yama) meaning "mountain" and 部 (be) meaning "part, section".
Yamabi Japanese (Rare)
From Japanese 山 (yama) meaning "mountain" and 火 (bi), the joining form of 火 (hi) meaning "fire". It is a reference to an event when the leader of the Morioka Domain came to the mountains and the residents warmed him up by starting a fire using flint... [more]
Yamabushi Japanese
Yama means "mountain, hill" and bushi means "warrior, samurai".
Yamadaev Chechen
Means "son of Yamad", possibly from a form of the given name Ahmad.
Yamadera Japanese
Yama means "mountain, hill" and dera comes from tera meaning "temple".
Yamagata Japanese
From Japanese 山 (yama) meaning "mountain" and 形 (gata) meaning "shape, form" or 縣 (gata) meaning "county, district".
Yamaha Japanese (Rare)
This Japanese surname is more found in Brazil than Japan, because of Japanese immigrants who immigrated from Japan to Brazil. Notable bearer of this surname: Torakusu Yamaha (Japanese entrepreneur who was the founder of the Yamaha Corporation).
Yamahashi Japanese
Yama means "mountain" and hashi means "bridge".... [more]
Yamahi Japanese (Rare)
Variant reading of Japanese Kanji 山火 or 山日 (see Yamabi).
Yamai Japanese
Yama means "mountain" and i means "well, mineshaft, pit".
Yamaka Japanese (Rare)
Variant reading of Japanese Kanji 山火 (see Yamabi).
Yamakawa Japanese
From Japanese 山 (yama) meaning "mountain, hill" and 川 (kawa) meaning "river, stream".
Yamakuri Japanese
Yama means "mountain" and kuri means "chestnut".
Yamamae Japanese
Yama means "mountain, hill" and mae means "front".
Yamamba Japanese (Rare)
Variant reading of Japanese Kanji 山姥 (see Yamauba).
Yamamichi Japanese
Yama means "mountain" and michi means "path".
Yamamizu Japanese
山 (Yama) means "mountain" and 水 (mizu) means "water".
Yamamori Japanese
Yama means "mountain" and mori means "forest".
Yamamura Japanese
From Japanese 山 (yama) meaning "mountain" and 村 (mura) meaning "town, village".
Yaman Turkish
Means "intelligent, capable, efficient" in Turkish.