All Submitted Surnames

Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
Benningfield English, Anglo-Saxon
Benningfield is believed to be either ... [more]
Bennouna Arabic (Maghrebi)
Most likely from Arabic بن (bin) meaning "son" and the given name Nouna, which may have been derived from an Arabic word meaning "whale, big fish" or "sabre, sword". Alternately, it may be from an Arabic name for a variety of melon... [more]
Ben Nun Hebrew
Joshua or Yehoshua Ben Nun functioned as Moses' assistant in the books of Exodus and Numbers, and later succeeded Moses as leader of the Israelite tribes in the Hebrew Bible's Book of Joshua
Ben Or Hebrew
Means "son of the light" in Hebrew. (see Or)
Ben-porat Hebrew
Means "son of Poratha" in Hebrew.
Benramdane Arabic (Maghrebi)
Variant of Ben Romdhane (chiefly Algerian).
Ben Romdhane Arabic (Maghrebi)
Means "son of Ramadan" in Arabic (chiefly Tunisian).
Bens Dutch, German
Patronymic from a short form of Bernhard.
Bensalem Arabic (Maghrebi)
Means "son of Salem 1" in Arabic (chiefly Algerian).
Bensen English
Related to Benson, meaning "Son of Ben"
Ben Shalom Hebrew
Means "son of peace" in Hebrew.
Ben Shimon Jewish
Means "son of Shimon" in Hebrew.
Ben Shushan Hebrew
Means "son of the lily" in Hebrew.
Ben Simon Hebrew
Means "son of Simon 1" or "son of Shimon" in Hebrew.
Benslimane Arabic (Maghrebi)
Means "son of Slimane" in Arabic (chiefly Moroccan and Algerian).
Bent Dutch
Probably from the first name Bent 2.
Ben Tal Hebrew
Means "son of the dew" in Hebrew. (see Tal)
Bentaleb Arabic (Maghrebi)
Means "son of Taleb" in Arabic (chiefly Moroccan and Algerian).
Bentancur Spanish
One of the variants of Bettencourt or Bethencourt.
Benthall English
From Old English beonet meaning "bent-grass" and halh meaning nook.
Bentham English
Habitational name from any of various places named Bentham, from Old English beonet "bent grass" + ham "homestead" or hamm "enclosure hemmed in by water".
Bentinck Dutch
Patronymic of the given name Bent 2 with the suffix inck meaning "people".
Bents German
Variant of Benz.
Ben Tzvi Hebrew
Means "son of Tzvi" in Hebrew.
Benveniste Judeo-French, Judeo-Catalan, Catalan (Rare), French (Rare)
Likely derived from Spanish bien viniste, meaning "your arrival was good", also serving as a cognate of Bienvenido and Benvenuto.
Benvenuto Italian
From the given name Benvenuto.
Benware French
Americanized spelling of Benoit.
Ben Ya'akov Hebrew
Means "son of Yaakov" or "son of Jacob" in Hebrew.
Ben Yahia Arabic (Maghrebi)
Means "son of Yahia" in Arabic (chiefly Tunisian).
Ben Yair Hebrew
Means “son of Yair” in Hebrew.
Benyamin Arabic (Maghrebi)
Means "son of Yamin" in Arabic (chiefly Algerian).
Benyamina Arabic (Maghrebi)
Means "son of Yamina" in Arabic (chiefly Algerian).
Ben Yosef Hebrew
Means "son of Yosef" in Hebrew.
Benyoucef Arabic (Maghrebi)
Means "son of Yusuf" in Arabic (chiefly used in Algeria).
Ben Younes Arabic (Maghrebi)
Means "son of Younes" in Arabic (chiefly Tunisian).
Ben Youssef Arabic (Maghrebi)
Maghrebi transcription of Arabic بن يوسف (bin Yusuf) meaning "son of Yusuf".
Benz German
South German: (in Alemannic areas) from a short form of the Germanic personal name Berthold, or to a lesser extent of Bernhard
Ben Zaied Arabic (Maghrebi)
Means “son of Zayd” in Arabic (chiefly Tunisian).
Ben Zaken Hebrew
Means "son of the old man" or "son of the elder" in Hebrew.
Benzaquen Judeo-Spanish
Form of Ben Zaken used by Sephardi Jews.
Ben Ze'ev Hebrew
Means "son of Ze'ev" in Hebrew.
Benzema Arabic (Maghrebi)
This is the surname of French professional footballer Karim Benzema who is of Algerian descent.
Ben Zion Hebrew
Means "son of Zion" in Hebrew.
Ben Zvi Hebrew
Means "son of Zvi".
Beollan English, Irish, Scottish Gaelic
English: variant of Boland.... [more]
Beppu Japanese
From Japanese 別府 (Beppu), the name of several Japanese towns and divisions. In some cases these places names are normally read Byū or Befu. In other cases Beppu is a clipping of longer names such as 別府門 (Beppumon), 西別府 (Nishibeppu) or 上別府 (Kamibeppu).
Beqiraj Albanian
Meaning unknown.... [more]
Beqiraj Albanian
Means "descendant of Beqir" in Albanian.
Beqiri Albanian
Derived from the given name Beqir.
Bera Turkish, Arabic
Means "knowledgeable, smart, beautiful".
Bera Indian, Bengali
Meaning uncertain.
Bérard French
From the given name Bérard.
Berardo Italian
From the given name Berardo.
Berastegi Basque
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous municipality.
Béraud French
Derived from the given name Berwald.
Berber German
Possibly a habitational name from a place called Berber near Kevelaer.
Berberić Bosnian
Occupational name for a barber, from berber(in) meaning "barber", from Turkish.
Berchel French
French form of Burchell.
Bercovici Romanian
Romanian form of Berkovich.
Berdiýew m Turkmen
Means "son of Berdi".
Berdiýewa f Turkmen
Feminine form of Berdiýew.
Berend Dutch
From the given name Berend.
Berenguer Catalan
Derived from the personal name Berenguer.
Berentzen German
The surname is derived from the given name Bernd and was formerly written "Bernd sin Sohn" which meant "son of Bernd"... [more]
Beres Hungarian
Occupational name for a farm laborer or casual harvest hand, béres, a derivative of bér 'wage', 'payment'.
Beresford English
English: habitational name from a place in the parish of Alstonfield, Staffordshire named Beresford, from Old English beofor ‘beaver’ (or possibly from a byname from this word) + Old English ford ‘ford’... [more]
Berethnet Literature
Used by Samantha Shannon in her book The Priory Of The Orange Tree as the surname of the queens of Inys, a fictional queendom in the book.... [more]
Beretta Italian
Northern Italian variant spelling of Berretta.
Bereza Ukrainian
Means "birch tree" in Ukrainian.
Bergamin Italian
Traced to 1437, Bergamo. A 'bergamini' was known as a person famrmed and sold milk cows
Bergamo Italian
From a Celtic word meaning "mountain".
Bergara Basque
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous municipality.
Bergdahl Swedish
Combination of Swedish berg "mountain, hill" and dal "valley".
Bergdorf German
Origin unidentified. Possibly a German habitational name from places in Hamburg and Lower Saxony called Bergedorf, Bargdorf in Lower Saxony, or Bergsdorf in Brandenburg.
Bergen German, Dutch, Flemish, Jewish
Originally denoted a person from any of the various places named Bergen in Germany and the Netherlands. It is also a variant of Berg. Famous bearers include the Americans Candice Bergen (1946-), an actress, and Polly Bergen (1930-2014), an actress, singer and television host.
Bergeron French
Diminutive of French berger meaning "shepherd".
Bergh Swedish, Dutch
Variant of Berg.
Berghold German
Surname that denoted the owner of a vineyard.
Bergholtz Swedish, German (Rare)
Possibly a variant of German Bergholz which is either a derivative of Berchtold or from a topographic name meaning "birch wood"... [more]
Berghorst German
Topographical name for someone who lived by a wilderness area on a mountain, from Berg 'mountain', 'hill' + Horst 'wilderness' (see Horst).
Bergin Swedish
Derived from Swedish berg "mountain" and the common surname suffix -in.
Berginc Slovak
Original spelling of Slovene surname "Boreanaz".... [more]
Bergkamp Dutch, German
From the name of various places in the Netherlands and Germany, derived from Old Dutch and Old High German berg meaning "mountain" and kamp meaning "field". This name is borne by Dutch former soccer player Dennis Bergkamp (1969-).
Berglin Swedish
Combination of Swedish berg "mountain" and the surname suffix -in.
Berglind Swedish
Combination of Swedish berg "mountain, hill" and lind "linden tree".
Bergling Swedish
Combination of Swedish berg "mountain" and the common surname suffix -ing "belonging to, coming from". It has also been found as a spelling variant of similarly spelled names, such as Berlin... [more]
Bergmark Swedish
Combination of Swedish berg "mountain, hill" and mark "land, ground, field".
Bergoglio Italian
From the name of a village in Piedmont, Italy. A notable bearer is Jorge Mario Bergoglio (1936-), better known as Pope Francis, the current head of the Catholic Church.
Bergschneider German
topographic name for someone living by a mountain trail (as in cut into the hillside) from Berg "mountain hill" and Schneit "trail path running on a border" (Old High German sneita).
Bergsma Dutch
The surname Bergsma had orinally been German. It was then taken over to Holland possibly in the sixteenth century.... [more]
Bergsson Icelandic
Means son of Berg.
Berikov m Kazakh
Means "son of Berik".
Berikova f Kazakh
Feminine form of Berikov.
Berisha Albanian
From the name of a tribe and historical region in northern Albania, meaning uncertain.
Beriya Georgian (Russified)
Russified form of Beria.... [more]
Berkeley English
From any of the locations called Berkeley derived the elements beorc "birch" and leah "clearing, wood" meaning "birch clearing"... [more]
Berki Hungarian
From a placename in Hungary derived from Hungarian "berek" meaning "grove".
Berland German
From the name Berland.
Berlanga Spanish
From the village or castle named "Berlanga de Duero" from Soria, Spain. Berlanga itself was derived from "berlain" which comes from the name of a precious stone derived from the Greek. So it could be related to stones.
Berlin Swedish
Of uncertain origin. The name could be a shortened form of Berglin. It could also be a habitational name from the city in Germany or from a place in Sweden named with ber or berg "mountain"... [more]
Berlin German, English
Habitational name from the city in Germany, the name of which is of uncertain meaning. It is possibly derived from an Old Slavic stem berl- meaning swamp or from a West Slavic word meaning "river lake".
Berlinerblau German, Jewish
Means “Prussian blue” in German. A notable bearer of this surname is Jacques Berlinerblau, a professor of Jewish civilization, and Stefania Berlinerblau, an American anatomist and physician.
Berlinskas Lithuanian
Lithuanian form of Berliński.
Berliński Polish, Jewish
Habitational name for someone from the city of Berlin in Germany.
Berman Yiddish
It literally means "bearman".
Bermejo Spanish
Originally a nickname for a man with red hair or a ruddy complexion, from Spanish bermejo "reddish, ruddy" (itself from Latin vermiculus "little worm", from vermis "worm", since a crimson dye was obtained from the bodies of worms).
Bermeo Basque
From the town Bermeo in Biscay (Basque Country, Spain). Origin likely pre-Roman.
Bermingham English (Modern, Rare)
Bermingham is the Gaelicised version of 'De Birmingham' and is descended from the family of Warwickshire, England. The Irish version of the name MacFeorais/MacPheorais is derived from Pierce de Bermingham.
Bermudez Spanish (Philippines)
Unaccented form of Bermúdez primarily used in the Philippines.
Bermudo Spanish
From the given name Bermudo.
Bern German, Scandinavian, German (Swiss)
German and Scandinavian: from the personal name Berno, a pet form of Bernhard. In South German it comes from the habitational name from Bern, Switzerland, notably in the south; in other parts from the personal name Berno.
Bernabéu Catalan (Valencian)
From the given name Bernabé. A famous bearer was Santiago Bernabéu (1895-1978), a Spanish soccer player and the eleventh president of the soccer club Real Madrid CF.
Bernadotte French, Swedish
Possibly from the name of a historical province in Southern France named Béarn. This was originally a French non-noble surname. French general Jean Baptise Bernadotte (1763-1844) became the king of Sweden as Charles XIV John (Swedish: Karl XIV Johan) in 1818 and founded the current royal house in Sweden, House of Bernadotte.
Bernal French, English, Dutch, Czech
Possibly a French, English, Dutch, and Czech version of Bernal or a variant of Bernard.
Bernárdez Spanish
Means "son of Bernardo".
Bernardez Spanish
Unaccented variant of Bernárdez.
Bernardini Italian
From the given name Bernardino.
Bernasconi Italian
The surname of BERNASCONI is of Italian origin, a locational name meaning the dweller on or near a small hill. The names of habitation are derived from pre-existing names denoting towns, villages, farmsteads or other named habitations... [more]
Bernath German, English
Derived from the name Bernhard.
Berner English, Norman
From the Norman personal name Bernier from Old English beornan ‘to burn’, hence an occupational name for a burner of lime (compare German Kalkbrenner) or charcoal... [more]
Berner German, Low German
German habitational name, in Silesia denoting someone from a place called Berna (of which there are two examples); in southern Germany and Switzerland denoting someone from the Swiss city of Berne. ... [more]
Bernet French
From a pet form of Bernard.
Bernett Scottish, English
Altered spelling of Scottish and English Burnett or French Bernet.
Bernfield German
An Americanized variant of the German surname, "Bergfeld", meaning "mountain field".
Bernheim Jewish
From the Germanic elements bern meaning "bear" and heim meaning "home".
Bernier French
From the personal name Bernier composed of the ancient Germanic elements bern "bear" and hari "army". Compare Barney and Barnier.
Bernini Italian
Bernini was the surname of famous sculptor and architect Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598-1680).
Bernitt German (Rare)
Derived from the name of Bernitt, a municipality in the Rostock district, in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany.
Bernius German (Latinized), Lithuanian
German-Latinized form of Berner.... [more]
Bernoulli French
French patronymic surname that was derived from the first name Bernoul (which was probably derived from Bernold or Bernolf).
Bernstein Jewish
“Amber” in German
Bernthal Jewish
Ornamental name derived from the Yiddish given name Ber meaning "bear" and German thal meaning "valley". A famous bearer is American actor Jon Bernthal (1976-).
Berongoy Filipino, Cebuano
From Cebuano barungoy meaning "black-finned flying fish" (genus Cypselurus).
Berrada Moroccan
Meaning unknown. A famous bearer is novelist/literary critic/translator Mohammed Berrada.
Berretta Italian
From berretta, originally meaning ‘hooded cloak’ (Latin birrus), later ‘headdress’, ‘bonnet’, hence a metonymic occupational name for a maker of such headgear or a nickname for an habitual wearer.
Berri German (Swiss), Romansh
Derived from Old High German bero "bear".
Berrick English
Variation of Barwick.
Berroa Basque
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of the municipality of Baigorri in the French canton of Euskal Mendialdea.
Berruti Italian
From Late Latin berrutum "cart", indicating someone who drove or made carts.
Berry Romansh
Variant of Berri.
Berryann Medieval English (Rare)
The name is pre 7th century Olde English and later Olde French. It derives from the word burri or berri, translating as a fortress or castle and means 'one who dwelt at the castle'. The suffix 'man' also indicates that it was job descriptive for a guard or keeper of the castle... [more]
Berrycloth English (Rare)
This name is of English locational origin, from the place called Barrowclough near Halifax in West Yorkshire.
Berryhill English
A name for someone who worked as a servant at the manor house.
Berschel German
German form of Burchell.
Bersford English (Canadian)
Named after the city 'Bersford'... [more]
Berson English
Means "son of Berry 1".
Bertagni Italian
Bertagni has a lineage in Genoa and one in Lucca. Possibly derives from Gothic, Lombard and Germanic names containing the root germanica bertha (bright) or the celtic bert (bearer).
Bertalan Hungarian
From the given name Bertalan.
Bertarelli Italian
Probably from a given name containing the Germanic root behrat "bright" or Celtic berta "to carry, to bear".
Bertarini Italian
Alternate form of Bertarelli.
Bertelsen Norwegian
Norwegian surname meaning son of Bertel .
Berther Romansh
Derived from the given name Berchthari (see Berthar).
Berthiaume French
French: from a Germanic personal name composed of the elements berht ‘bright’, ‘famous’ + helm ‘helmet’.
Berthold German
From the given name Berthold.
Bertholm Swedish (Rare)
Possibly a combination of the name Bert and holm (see Holm).
Bertin French
From the given name Bertin a diminutive of the ancient Germanic personal name Berhto a short form of various compound names formed with berht "bright famous".
Bertiz Basque
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of the Navarrese municipality of Bertizarana.
Berto Italian, Spanish
From the given name Berto.
Bertocchi Italian
Comes from a pet form of the personal name Berto.
Bertogg Romansh
Variant of Bertsch in combination with the diminutive suffix -ogg.
Bertók Hungarian
From the given name Bertók.
Bertoldo Italian
From the given name Bertoldo.
Bertoli Italian
Derived from the given name Bertolo, a variant of Bartolo, which is an Italian short form of Bartholomew.
Bertolucci Italian
From a diminutive of Bertoli.
Bertram German
Derived from the German given name Bertram.
Bertucci Italian
Diminutive of Berto.
Bertuzzi Italian
variant of Bertucci.
Bertwig Swedish (Rare)
Derived from the forename elements beraht meaning "bright", and wig, meaning "war, battle".
Bérubé French
Habitational name from some minor place named with Old French bel ru "beautiful stream", with the subsequent pleonastic addition of , variant of bel "beautiful".
Beruška Czech
Allegedly derived from Czech beruška "ladybird; ladybug".
Berwald German, Swedish (Rare), Danish (Rare)
Originally derived from the given name Bernwald, composed of Old High German bern, bero "bear" and wald "ruler"... [more]
Berwick English, Scottish
Habitational name from Berwick-on-Tweed.
Berzelius Swedish
Derived from the name of an estate named Bergsätter located near Motala, Östergötland, Sweden. Bergsätter is composed of Swedish berg "mountain" and säter "outlying meadow"... [more]
Besalú Catalan
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous municipality.
Besemer German
Occupational name meaning "broom maker".
Beshay Arabic (Egyptian)
Unknown origin. Mostly borne by Christians.
Beshimov Kyrgyz
Possibly derived from the given name Beshim. A known bearer is Bakyt Beshimov, the deputy chairman of the Social Democratic Party of Kyrgyzstan.
Beshirov Kazakh
Means "son of Beshir".
Beske German
Likely derived from Peschke and Peske, vernacular forms of the given name Petrus.
Beskow Swedish
Derived from the name of the city Beeskow in Germany. A notable bearer was Swedish author and illustrator Elsa Beskow (1874-1953).
Bess English
Popularly grown surname from the diminuative form of "Elizabeth" during any time of a Queen Elizabeth
Bessa Portuguese
Origin in the name Beça surname of medieval ancestry
Bessel German
Of uncertain origin; possibly from the name of a place or river.
Besselman German
Derived from the German surname Bessel + suffix man "man".
Bessho Japanese
From 別 (be, betsu) meaning "separate, another different" and 所 (sho) meaning "place, plant, institute, station".
Besson French, Provençal, Occitan
Southern French nickname from Occitan besson "twin" (from Latin bis) or from the various places (Le) Besson in southern France.
Bestauty Ossetian
Derived from Ossetian бистэ (biste) meaning "village, suburb" or from Persian به (beh) meaning "good, excellent, better". In the case of the former, it would have been used to indicate the place of residence of an ancestor.
Beste French, English
Nickname from Middle English beste Old French beste "beast animal" (especially those used for food or work) applied either as a metonymic occupational name for someone who looked after beasts such as a herdsman or as a nickname for someone thought to resemble an animal... [more]