All Submitted Surnames

usage
Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
Chantry English
Means "singer in a chantry chapel" or "one who lives by a chantry chapel". A chantry was a type of chapel, one endowed for the singing of Masses for the soul of the founder (from Old French chanterie, from chanter "to sing").
Chapdelaine French
Compound name derived from Old French chape meaning "hooded cloak, cape, hat" and de laine meaning "of wool", probably applied as a metonymic occupational name for a maker of such apparel, or as a nickname for someone who wore a distinctive cloak or hat.
Chapeaux Literature
From the French word 'chapeaux', which means 'hats'.
Chapek Czech (Anglicized)
Americanized form of Čapek.
Chapel French
Occupational name for a maker of cloaks or a nickname for a person who wore a distinctive cloak, from a diminutive of Old French chape meaning "cape, cloak".
Chapin French, Spanish
From a reduced form of French eschapin or Spanish chapín, a term for a light (woman's) shoe; perhaps a nickname for someone who habitually wore this type of footwear or possibly a metonymic occupational name for a shoemaker.
Chappell English
Name for someone who lived near a chapel, derived from Old French chapele meaning "chapel".
Chapulin Aztec, Nahuatl
From Nahuatl meaning grasshopper.
Chardin French
Meaning uncertain, possibly of Norman origin.
Chariot French
Means "cart" in French. Perhaps an occupational name for a cartwright or a carter.
Charisse French
Of unknown meaning. It was used as a given name in honour of American actress and dancer Cyd Charisse (1921-2008).
Charleson English
Patronymic from the personal name Charles.
Charleston English
Means "son of Charles."
Charlesworth English
Derived from a village and civil parish with the same name near Glossop, Derbyshire, England.
Charlo Spanish
From the personal name Carlos
Charlotte French, English
From the feminine given name Charlotte.
Charlton English
An Extremely kind person
Charlton English
habitational name from any of the numerous places called Charlton, from Old English Ceorlatun meaning ‘settlement of the peasants’. With old English elements tun ‘settlement, yard, town’ and ceorl denoted originally a free peasant of the lowest rank, later (but probably already before the Norman conquest) a tenant in pure villeinage, a serf or bondsman... [more]
Charmian English, French
from the given name Charmian
Charnes American
History and origin unknown.
Charnock English (Rare)
The locational surname originates from two places, Charnock Richard and Heath Charnock, which are both located in Lancashire, England.... [more]
Charodeev Russian
Patronymic surname derived from Russian чародей (charodey) meaning "wizard, sorcerer, magician, enchanter".
Charoenphon Thai
From Thai เจริญ (charoen) meaning "prosper, flourish, grow" and พล (phon) meaning "force, strength, power".
Charoensuk Thai
From Thai เจริญ (charoen) meaning "prosper, flourish, increase" and สุข (suk) meaning "joy, delight".
Charretier French
French form of Carter.
Charrue French
French for "cartwright."
Chase French
Topographic name for someone who lived in or by a house, probably the occupier of the most distinguished house in the village, from a southern derivative of Latin casa "hut, cottage, cabin".
Chasen Jewish
From the Hebrew חזן "cantor".
Chasseur French
From French meaning "hunter".
Chastang French
Derived from Olde French castanh meaning "chestnut". Possibly a location or occupation name.
Château French
French cognate of Castle.
Chattopadhyay Bengali
From Chatta, the name of a village, and Sanskrit उपाध्याय (upadhyaya) meaning "teacher, instructor".
Chatwin English
Old English given name CEATTA combined with Old English (ge)wind "winding ascent".
Châu Vietnamese
Meaning "pearl, gem"
Chaucer English
Meaning a "worker who makes leggings or breeches". Notable bearer is author Geoffrey Chaucer (1343-1400), most well known for his classic 'The Canterbury Tales'.
Chaudari Indian, Telugu
Variant transcription of Chaudhary used in Southern India.
Chaudary Urdu
Variant transcription of Chaudhary.
Chaudhry Indian, Hindi, Urdu
Alternate transcription of Chaudhary.
Chaudron French
From french meaning "cauldron".
Chauhan Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Assamese, Punjabi, Gujarati
Meaning uncertain, possibly derived from Sanskrit चतुर् (chatur) meaning "four" or from the name of a legendary hero, Chahamana.
Chauncey American
Of uncertain origin. Possibly from Norman French habitation names Chancé or an American adaptation of a German place name of Schanze located on the Upper Rhine. Could also be a short form of Chancellor.
Chaux French
French / Switzerland.... [more]
Chavali Telugu
Brahmin last name of South India, Andhra Pradesh
Chavara Indian (Christian)
Form of Chavarría used by Christians in India.
Chavis English (Americanized)
A cognate of the Portuguese surname "Chaves"
Chawdhuri Indian, Bengali, Assamese
Variant transcription of Chaudhary.
Chawdhury Bengali
Variant transcription of Chaudhary.
Chawla Indian, Hindi, Punjabi, Indian (Sikh)
Derived from the name of a clan in the Arora community, which is apparently named with caw?l meaning "rice". Originating from the Punjab region of India and Pakistan, the name is also derived from Aror (now Rohri) a city in the Sukkur District, Sindh, Pakistan, and the community comprises both Hindus and Sikhs.
Chaykov Russian, Belarusian
Derived from Russian чайка (chayka) meaning "seagull".
Chea Chinese
Variant of Xie.
Cheah Chinese (Hokkien), Chinese (Teochew), Chinese (Hakka)
Hokkien, Teochew and Hakka romanization of Xie.
Cheang Chinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese romanization of Zheng.
Chechenov Karachay-Balkar, Chechen
Means "son of a Chechen."
Chechensky Chechen
Refers to a region in Southwestern Russia named "Chechnya".
Chedder English (American)
this name comes from the name cheddar cheese
Chee Chinese (Hokkien)
Hokkien romanization of Xu 1.
Cheeks Popular Culture
This is the surname of Sandy a Cheeks from SpongeBob SquarePants.
Cheema Punjabi
Meaning unknown. This is the name of a Punjabi-speaking subclan of the Jat people found in India and Pakistan, with most members being either Muslim or Sikh.
Cheeseman English
Occupational name for a maker or seller of cheese.
Cheever English
Means "goatherd", or from a medieval nickname for someone thought to resemble a goat (e.g. in capriciousness) (in either case from Anglo-Norman chivere "goat"). It was borne by American author John Cheever (1912-1982).
Chegwin Cornish
Means "person who lives in or by a white house" (from Cornish chy "house" + gwyn "white").
Chekhov Russian
This surname dates back to the ancient Russian name Chekh, or Chokh, which in turn relates to the verb “chikhat” – to sneeze. https://www.rbth.com/arts/2014/09/07/untitled_resource_38123
Chell French
Probably a respelling of the French habitational name Challe, from any of the various places so named from Late Latin cala ‘rock shelter’.
Chemso Adyghe (Russified)
From Adyghe чэмы (čămə) meaning "cow" and шъо (ŝo) meaning "skin, colour".
Chen Thai
Possibly a Name that Thai People with Chinese Descendants have. It has a Meaning of "Deserve".
Chenai Shona
Chenai means "Be clean, be hygienic or come out clean"
Chene French
Means "oak" in French. Perhaps it's named for someone who lived by an oak tree.
Chenery Medieval French, English (British, Anglicized, Modern)
Derived from the Old French "chesne" for oak tree, or "chesnai" for oak grove, from the medieval Latin "casnetum". As a topographical name, Cheyne denoted residence near a conspicuous oak tree, or in an oak forest.
Cheng Chinese
From Chinese 程 (chéng) referring to an area named Cheng that existed during the Shang dynasty in what is now Henan province. The name was adopted by the descendants of an official who was granted control of this area.
Cheng Chinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese romanization of Zheng.
Chengcuenca Filipino
From Cuenca de Cheng, "Cheng's basin" in Spanish
Chénier French
French surname which indicated one who lived in an oak wood or near a conspicuous oak tree, derived from Old French chesne "oak" (Late Latin caxinus). In some cases it may be from a Louisiana dialectical term referring to "an area of shrub oak growing in sandy soil" (i.e., "beach ridge, usually composed of sand-sized material resting on clay or mud... [more]
Chenier French (Cajun)
A sandy or shelly beach. Derived from the French word for wood, “chêne,” meaning oak.
Chentsov Russian
From chenets, meaning "monk".
Cheon Korean
From Sino-Korean 天 (cheon) meaning "sky, heavens" or 千 (cheon) meaning "thousand, many".
Cheong Korean
Variant of Jeong.
Cheong Chinese (Hakka), Chinese (Cantonese)
Hakka and Cantonese romanization of Zhang.
Chergui Arabic (Maghrebi)
From Arabic شَرْقِيّ (šarqiyy) meaning "eastern, one from the east".
Chérif Arabic (Maghrebi), Western African
Form of Sharif used in North Africa and parts of French-influenced western Africa.
Cherifi Arabic (Maghrebi)
From the given name Sharif.
Cherkaoui Arabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from Arabic شَرْقِيّ (šarqiyy) meaning "eastern", denoting someone who comes from the east (chiefly Moroccan).
Cherkasskiy Ukrainian, Jewish
Derived from Ukrainian Черкас (Cherkas) meaning "Circassian".
Cherkassky Russian, Jewish
Name for someone from the city of Cherkasy (or Cherkassy) in Ukraine, which is of uncertain meaning.
Chernenko Ukrainian, Russian
From Ukrainian чорний (chorniy) or Russian черный (cherniy) both meaning "black".
Chernenkov Russian
From chernoi, meaning "black".
Cherneski Ukrainian
This surname means 'black', from the Slavic root word cherno or charno.
Chernin Czech
A habitational name for someone from Cernice or some other place named with this word.
Chernoff Russian, Jewish
Alternative spelling of Chernov, a patronymic from the byname Chernyj meaning ‘black’, denoting a black-haired or dark-skinned person.
Chernooky Russian
Derived from Russian черноокий (chernooky) meaning "black-eyed, having dark brown eyes". This surname has Polish, Ukrainian or Belarusian noble origin.
Chernov Russian
From Russian чёрный (chyorniy) meaning "black".
Chernova Russian
Derived from Russian чёрный (chyorniy) meaning "black". Feminine counterpart of Chernov.
Chernyavsky Russian
Derived from Russian чёрный (chyornyy) meaning "black".
Chernykh Russian
Derived from Russian черный (cherniy) meaning "black".
Cherro Medieval Spanish (Latinized)
Meaning villager or farmer of Salamanca, especially of the region which includes Alba, Vitigudino, Ciudad Rodrigo And Ledesma. Concerning the villager from Salamanca called Charro and its equivalent demonym or gentilic is salmantino, salmanticense, salamanqués, salamanquino.
Cherry English
From Middle English chirie, cherye "cherry", hence a metonymic occupational name for a grower or seller of cherries, or possibly a nickname for someone with rosy cheeks.... [more]
Cherryman English
It is topographical or perhaps occupational and describes a person who lived or worked at a cherry orchard, or who lived by a house known by the sign of the cherry. In the days before house numbering, it was the tradition in almost all western countries to give the house a sign... [more]
Cherwin English
It means cherry friend.
Cheryazov Uzbek, Russian
Meaning unknown, possibly derived from Uzbek ... [more]
Chesney English (?)
Came from France and has been shortened.
Chesterton English
From the name of a parish in Cambridgeshire.
Chestnut English
From Old French castan "chestnut tree" (Latin castanea), a name for someone who lived near a particular chestnut tree, or possibly a nickname for someone with chestnut-coloured hair (see Chastain).
Chestnutt English
"Chestnut." A notable bearer is Charles Waddel Chestnut, a novelist.
Chetcuti Maltese
Derived from Arabic كتكوت‎‎ (katkūt) meaning "(newborn) chick, young chicken".
Chetrit Judeo-Spanish
Alternate transcription of Shitrit.
Chettiar Indian, Tamil, Malayalam
Refers to a member of any of the various South Indian castes of traders, businessmen, and merchants. The name itself may be from the Tamil honorific எட்டி (eṭṭi) or from a Sanskrit word meaning "wealth".
Chevapravatdumrong Thai
Possibly from Thai ชีวประวัติ (chiwaprawat) meaning "biography" combined with ดำรง (damrong) meaning "uphold, sustain". A notable bearer is Cherry Chevapravatdumrong (1977-), an American screenwriter of Thai descent known for her work in the animated television series Family Guy.
Chew English
Habitational name from a place in Somerset named Chew Magna, which is named for the river on which it stands, a Celtic name, perhaps cognate with Welsh cyw ‘young animal or bird’, ‘chicken’.
Chew Chinese (Hokkien), Chinese (Teochew)
Hokkien and Teochew romanization of Zhou.
Cheyne English
Locational or topographical surname derived from Old French chesne, chesnai "oak tree, oak grove", ultimately derived from medieval Latin casnetum.
Cheyo Tanzanian (Rare)
Italian and Spanish variation of Elisha. "God is my salvation"
Chhay Khmer
Khmer romanization of the Chinese surname Cai, which derives from the name of the ancient Cai state.
Chhetri Nepali, Indian, Bengali
Derived from Sanskrit क्षत्रिय (kṣatríya), the name of the Hindu social class consisting of warriors and rulers.
Chiaki Japanese (Rare)
Depending on the kanji used can mean different things. Chi means "thousand" or "wisdom" and aki means "bright", "autumn", "sparkle", "crystal ball" or "shining". This is the last name of Naomi Chiaki, a Japanese singer... [more]
Chiang Chinese
Alternate transcription of Jiang.
Chiang Chinese
Alternate transcription of Jiang 1.
Chiang Chinese
Alternate transcription of Jiang 2.
Chiara Italian
Chiara meaning clear
Chiaramonte Italian
comes from the italian word chiara meaning "clear" and the the word monte meaning "mountain", possibly denoting someone who lived by clear mountians, hills, etc.
Chiavetta Italian
From Italian "chiavetta", deriving from chiave meaning key.
Chibana Japanese
千 (Chi) means "A Thousand, One Thousand" and 花 (Bana) is a variation of Hana, meaning "Blossom, Flower". A male notable bearer, is Choshin Chibana. He was a martial artist who created his own form of karate... [more]
Chica Spanish
Apparently from chica, feminine form of chico ‘small’, ‘young’ (see Chico), but a variant of the habitational name Checa, from a place so named in Jaén province is also a possibility.
Chichigov Chechen
Meaning unknown.
Chichigova Chechen
Feminine transcription of Chichigov.
Chiclana Spanish
This indicates familial origin within either of 2 eponymous Andalusian municipalities: Chiclana de la Frontera or Chiclana de Segura.
Chido Spanish
Likely given to someone who lived in a cold environment
Chien Taiwanese
Alternate romanization of Jian chiefly used in Taiwan.
Chiere French (Rare)
Possibly derived from the Old French chiere, from chier, meaning "dear, dearest".
Chiesa Italian
Means "church" in Italian, originally a topographic name for someone who lived near a church, a habitational name from any of various places named Chiesa or perhaps an occupational name for someone who worked in a church.
Chigusa Japanese
This surname is used as 千種, 千草 or 千艸 with 千 (sen, chi) meaning "thousand", 種 (shu, -gusa, tane) meaning "class, kind, seed, species, variety", 草 (sou, kusa, kusa-, -gusa) meaning "draft, grass, herbs, pasture, weeds, write" and 艸 (sou, kusa) meaning "grass, plants."... [more]
Chihara Japanese
From Japanese 茅 (chi) meaning "thatch" or 千 (chi) meaning "thousand" combined with 原 (hara) meaning "field, plain". A notable bearer of this surname is Minori Chihara (茅原 実里), a Japanese voice-actress who is best known for voicing Yuki Nagato from the Haruhi Suzumiya series and Aya Natsume from Tenjō Tenge.
Chikafuji Japanese
Chika means "Near" and Fuji means "Wisteria".
Chikomborero Shona
CHIKOMBORERO means "a blessing".
Child English
Nickname from Middle English child meaning "child", "infant".
Childers English
Probably a habitational name from some lost place named Childerhouse, from Old English cildra "child" and hus "house". This may have referred to some form of orphanage.
Childress Anglo-Saxon
The surname Childress may have been a nickname for an orphan, or an occupational name applied to someone who ran an orphanage. Further research showed the name was derived from the Old English word cildra-hus, which means "children's house" or "orphanage".
Childs English
patronymic from Child
Chillingworth English (Rare)
Notable as the surname of Hester Prynne's husband Roger Chillingworth in the 1850 novel 'The Scarlet Letter'
Chilver English (British)
Means "ewe lamb" , (a young female sheep).
Chilvers English
Means "son of Chilver" (probably from the Old English male personal name Cēolfrith, literally "ship-peace").
Chin Chinese (Hakka)
Hakka romanization of Chen.
Chinchilla Spanish
Originally denoted a person from the Spanish town of Chinchilla de Monte-Aragón in the province of Albacete. The place name is possibly of Arabic origin.
Chinchón Castilian
It indicates familial origin within the eponymous Madrileño municipality.
Ching Chinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese romanization of Cheng.
Chino Japanese (Rare)
Written with characters Chi ("Micanthus Reed") and No ("Feild").
Chi Nowydh Cornish
It means "new house".
Chippendale English
Derived from a place called "Chippingdale".
Chipperfield English
Derived from Hertfordshire Village of Chipperfield
Chips English (British)
Chips is a rare English (british) last name which is a nickname of Christopher and Charles
Chirico Italian
Surname of Italian surrealist artist, Giorgio de Chirico
Chiroto Shona
Meaning unknown.
Chisaka Japanese
Chi means "One Thousand" and Saka means "Slope,Hill".
Chishall English
The name comes from when they lived in Chishall, two parishes in the county of Essex.
Chishiya Japanese
From Japanese 千 (chi) meaning "thousand", 地 (chi) meaning "earth, land", 智 (chi) meaning "wisdom, intellect" 散 (chi) meaning "scatter", 梓 (shi) meaning "Japanese cherry birch", 塩 (shio) meaning "salt", 沙 (shi) meaning "sand", 司 (shi) meaning "to take charge of; to control; to manage", 史 (shi) meaning "history", 四 (shi) meaning "four", 士 (shi) meaning "samurai, warrior", 子 (shi) meaning "child", 市 (shi) meaning "market", 志 (shi) meaning "purpose, will, determination, aspiration, ambition", 氏 (shi) meaning "a family; a clan", 糸 (shi) meaning "thread", 紙 (shi) meaning "paper", 紫 (shi) meaning "purple; violet", 至 (shi) meaning "to reach; to arrive", 詩 (shi) meaning "poetry, poem", 資 (shi) meaning "money; fund; wealth; capital", 汐 (shi) meaning "evening tide; night tides; ebb", 心 (shi) meaning "heart, mind, soul" or 清 (shi) meaning "clear; limpid", and 也 (ya) meaning "also" or 哉 (ya), an exclamation... [more]
Chisholm Scottish
The name of a location in Roxburghshire, Scotland, which itself comes from cisil "gravel" and holm "islet".
Chiu Chinese
Alternate transcription of Qiu chiefly used in Taiwan.
Chiu Chinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese romanization of Zhao.
Chiura Japanese (Rare)
This surname is used as 千浦, 地浦 or 知浦 with 千 (sen, chi) meaning "thousand," 地 (ji, chi) meaning "earth, ground", 知 (chi, shi.raseru, shi.ru) meaning "know, wisdom" and 浦 (ho, ura) meaning "bay, beach, creek, gulf, inlet, seacoast."... [more]
Chiweshe Shona
Meaning unknown.
Chloros Greek
Meaning "green" in Greek
Choate English, Dutch
The names of Choate and Chute are believed to have been of common origin and derived from the residence of their first bearers at a place called Chute in Wiltshire, England. Certain historians, however, state that the name of Choate was of Dutch origin and was taken by its first bearers from their residence at a place of that name in the Netherlands.
Chock English
From English Shock or German Schöck
Chodecki Polish
This indicates familial origin within the Kuyavian town of Chodecz.
Chohan Urdu, Indian, Hindi, Punjabi
Alternate transcription of Chauhan.
Choi Chinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese romanization of Cai.
Choice English
Derived from the personal names Josse or Goce, which are derived from the Latin word "gaudere" and is a cognate in origin with the word "joy."
Chokshi Indian
From Gujarati čoksi ‘jeweler’, ‘assayer of gold and silver’, from čokəs ‘precise’, ‘circumspect’, a compound of čo- ‘four’, ‘four-way’, ‘all-round’ (Sanskrit čatus- ‘four’) + kəs ‘assaying’ (Sanskrit kạsa ‘rubbing’, ‘touchstone’).
Cholerzyński Polish
This indicates familial origin within the Lesser Polish village of Cholerzyn.
Cholevas Greek
Feminine form is Choleva
Cholmely English
The Cholmely family lived in the township of Cholmondley in the parish of Malpas in Cheshire.
Cholmondeley English
An aristocratic surname derived from a place name in Cheshire which means "Ceolmund's grove" in Old English.
Chong Korean
Variant romanization of Jeong.
Choo Korean
Variant romanization of Chu.
Choo Chinese (Hokkien), Chinese (Teochew)
Hokkien and Teochew romanization of Zhu.
Chopin French
French and English: nickname for a heavy drinker, from Old French chopine, a large liquid measure (from Middle Low German schopen "ladle"). The derived Old French verb chopiner has the sense 'to tipple’, ‘to drink to excess’... [more]
Chopra Indian, Punjabi
Of unknown meaning.
Choquette French
Altered spelling of French Choquet, a Picard form of Old French soquet, which was the term for a tax on wines and foodstuffs, hence a metonymic occupational name for a collector of such taxes.
Choriev Tajik, Uzbek
Masculine form of Chorieva.
Chorieva Tajik, Uzbek
Feminine form of Choriev.
Chosokabe Japanese
Variant transcription of Chousokabe.
Choudhry Indian, Hindi, Urdu
Alternate transcription of Chaudhary.
Chouhan Indian, Assamese, Bengali, Hindi
Alternate transcription of Chauhan.
Choukri Arabic (Maghrebi)
Alternate transcription of Shukri chiefly used in Morocco.
Choules English (British, Rare)
The surname Choules is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and is a variant of Scholes, itself "a topographical name for someone who lived in a rough hut or shed", from the Northern Middle English 'scale, schole'... [more]
Chouraqui Judeo-Spanish
Means "the one who comes from the east" from Arabic شَرْقِيّ (šarqiyy) meaning "eastern".
Chourey Hindi
chourey surname basically belongs to kurmi caste
Chousokabe Japanese
From Japanese 長 (chou) meaning "chief, head, leader", 宗 (so) meaning "religion", 我 (ka) meaning "ego" and 部 (be) meaning "section".