All Submitted Surnames

Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
Hodson English
Hodson is a very interesting surname in that it has multiple origins, depending on the Hodson lineage in question. ... [more]
Hoe English
Topographic name for someone who lived by a spur of a hill.
Hoehn German (Anglicized)
Anglicized spelling of Höhn.
Höek Germanic (?)
Surname of Ren Höek from Ren & Stimpy.
Hoelzer German
German cognate of Holt
Hoemo Okinawan (Japanized, Rare)
Variant reading of 保栄茂 (see Bin).
Hoen German, Dutch
Nickname from hoen 'chicken', 'hen', perhaps denoting a silly person.
Hoerman English, German
Variant of Herman. Variant of Hörmann.
Hofbauer German
Means - King farmer
Hoferle German (Austrian)
Means "Yard Clearing" from a Combination of the Austrian word Höfer meaning "yard" or "court" with the ancient suffix "le" meaning woodland or clearing.
Hoffa German
Altered form of Hofer. This surname was borne by American labor union leader Jimmy Hoffa (1913-1975?).
Hoffer German
The name Hoffer is derived from the Old German and German word hof, which means settlement, farm or court.
Hoffert German
Variant of Hofer
Hofstadter Jewish
Derived from the German towns of Hofstetten, Franconia and Hofstaedt, Pomerania. In German, the suffix -er means "from".... [more]
Hogan Norwegian
Anglicized form of the Norwegian surname Haugen (or Haugan), meaning "hill."
Högberg Swedish
Means "high mountain" in Swedish.
Hogg English
An occupational name for someone who herded swine.
Hoggatt English
A name for someone who worked as a keeper of cattle and pigs.
Hoheisel German
Topographic from the German elements hoh "high" and a diminutive of hus "house".
Hohensee German
Habitational name from any of several places so named in Pomerania and East Prussia, or perhaps from Hohenseeden near Magdeburg.
Hohenzollern German
Royal dynasty of the German Kaiserreich.
Hohn German
Derived from Middle High German hon "chicken". As a surname, it was given to someone who either bred or traded in chickens.... [more]
Hõim Estonian
Hõim is an Estonian surname meaning "tribe".
Hõimre Estonian
Hõimre is an Estonian surname derived from "hõim" meaning "tribe" and "kinfolk".
Hoit English
A variant of Hoyt.
Højgaard Danish, Faroese
Combination of Danish høj "high" and gård "farm, garden".
Hojo Japanese
Variant transcription of Houjou.
Hokaatari Japanese (Rare)
From Japanese 外 (hoka) meaning "other; rest" and 当 (atari), from 当たり (atari) meaning "hit; winning".... [more]
Hokino Japanese
Hoki means "paulownia" and no means "field, plain".
Hokinoue Japanese (Rare)
Hoki means "cave, grotto, den", no means "of, therefore", and ue means "upper, top, above". ... [more]
Hokita Japanese
From 洞 (hoki) meaning "paulownia" and 田 (ta) meaning "rice paddy, plain, field".
Hokka Finnish
Possibly deriving from the Karelian given name Hokka.
Hokkanen Finnish
From the Karelian given name Hokka (a derivative of Russian Foka) combined with the Finnish surname suffix -nen.
Holanda Portuguese, Spanish
Spanish and Portuguese form of Holland 2.
Holappa Finnish
The name Holappa has its origin in a Russian word holop which means “slave” or “soul” (see “Dead Souls” by Nikolai Gogol).
Holbein German
nickname for a bow-legged man from Middle High German hol "hollow" and bein "leg".
Holbrook English, German (Anglicized)
English: habitational name from any of various places, for example in Derbyshire, Dorset, and Suffolk, so called from Old English hol ‘hollow’, ‘sunken’ + broc ‘stream’. ... [more]
Holcomb English
Habitational name from any of various places, for example in Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Greater Manchester, Oxfordshire, and Somerset, so named from Old English hol meaning "hollow", "sunken", "deep" + cumb meaning "valley".
Holden English, Irish
habitational name from one or more of various places so named especially Holden in Haslingden (Lancashire) but also Holden in Bolton and Holden in Silsden (both Yorkshire) Holedean Farm in Henfield and Holden in Rotherfield (both Sussex) Holding Farm in Cheriton and Woolding Farm in Whitchurch (Hampshire) and Holden in Southborough (Kent)... [more]
Holder German, Jewish, English
1. German: topographic name for someone who lived by an elder tree. Middle High German holder, or from a house named for its sign of an elder tree. In same areas, for example Alsace, the elder tree was believed to be the protector of a house... [more]
Hole English
Topographic name for someone who lived by a depression or low-lying spot, from Old English holh "hole, hollow, depression".
Holiday English
Variation of Holladay.
Holkeri Finnish
Finnish surname, derived from Scandinavian given name Holger.
Holl German, Dutch, English
Short form of German HÖLD or a topographic name meaning "hollow" or "hole".
Holladay English
English: from Old English haligdæg ‘holy day’, ‘religious festival’. The reasons why this word should have become a surname are not clear; probably it was used as a byname for one born on a religious festival day.
Holland Irish (Anglicized), Irish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hÓileáin, a variant of Ó hAoláin, from a form of Faolán (with loss of the initial F-)... [more]
Holland Romani
Holland is an English surname that was adopted by some Romani families that immigrated to England in the 1500s. It is unclear if the surname was simply adopted, or if it an anglicised form of a Romani surname.
Hollande French
French form of Holland 2, indicating someone from the province of Holland in the Netherlands.
Hollander German, English, Jewish, Dutch, Swedish
Regional name for someone from Holland.
Hollandsworth English (British, Rare)
Possibly an alternative spelling of Hollingsworth. Likely named after the town of Holisurde(1000s AD)/Holinewurth(1200s)/Hollingworth(Present) The town's name means "holly enclosure"
Holley English
English (chiefly Yorkshire) topographic name from Middle English holing, holi(e) ‘holly tree’. Compare Hollen.
Holliday Scottish
An ancient Scottish name that was first used by the Strathclyde-Briton people of the Scottish/English Borderlands. It is a name for someone who lived near the mountain called Holy Day in the country of Annandale.
Hollier English, French
Occupational name for a male brothel keeper, from a dissimilated variant of Old French horier "pimp", which was the agent noun of hore "whore, prostitute". Hollier was probably also used as an abusive nickname in Middle English and Old French.... [more]
Hollifield English
habitational name from a minor place called as "the holy field" (Old English holegn "holy" and feld "open country") perhaps Holyfield in Waltham Holy Cross (Essex) or less likely for linguistic reasons Hellifield (Yorkshire).
Holliman English
Possibly means "holly man"
Holling English
Location name for someone who lived near holly trees.
Hollinger German, Jewish
Habitational name for someone from places called Holling or Hollingen.
Hollinger English, Northern Irish, Scottish
Topographical name from Middle English holin 'holly' + the suffix -er denoting an inhabitant.
Hollingshead English
Habitational name from a lost place in County Durham called Hollingside or Holmside, from Old English hole(g)n "holly" and sīde "hillside, slope"; there is a Hollingside Lane on the southern outskirts of Durham city... [more]
Hollis English
Topographic name for someone who lived where holly trees grew.
Hollister English
English: occupational name for a brothelkeeper; originally a feminine form of Hollier.
Hollobone English
Common surname in the southeast England, predominantly Sussex
Holloman English (British)
Nickname, perhaps ironic, from Middle English holy ‘holy’ + man ‘man’.
Hollow English
Variant of Hole.
Holloway Anglo-Saxon, English, Medieval English
Variant of Halliwell, from Old English halig (holy) and well(a) (well or spring)... [more]
Hollowell English
Either a variant of Halliwell or derived from another place named with Old English hol "hollow" and wella "spring, well".
Hollywood English
Habitational name from any of various farms or hamlets in England called Hollywood such as one in Sandon and Burston (Staffordshire) perhaps named with Middle English holegn "holly" and wudu "wood".
Holman Dutch
Topographic name for a dweller in a hollow
Holmbeck Swedish (Rare)
Combination of Swedish holm "islet" and bäck "stream".
Holmez هولماز Kurdish
Name of Kurdish, kurmanji origin used in northern syria. Surname of an old family
Holmqvist Swedish
Combination of Swedish holm "islet, small island" and kvist "twig".
Holmsten Swedish
Combination of Swedish holm "islet" and sten "stone".
Holmstrøm Norwegian, Danish
Norwegian and Danish form of Holmström.
Holodov Russian
Variant transcription of Kholodov.
Holoubek Czech
Holoubek - white dove Columban
Holstein German
habitational name from the province of Holstein long disputed between Germany and Denmark. This gets its name from holsten the dative plural originally used after a preposition of holst from Middle Low German holt-sate "dweller in the woods" (from Middle Low German holt "wood" and sate sete "tenant")... [more]
Holter English, German, Norwegian
Derived from English holt meaning "small wood". A topographic name for someone who lived near a small wooden area, as well as a habitational name from a place named with that element.
Holtey German
Old German name meaning "Wood Island". Holt means wood and ey means island. Family can be traced back to around 650 A.D. and is located in the Ruhr and Essen area of Germany.
Holthaus German
North German: topographic name for someone who lived by a copse (a small group of trees), from Middle Low German holt ‘small wood’ + haus ‘house’.
Hölttä Finnish
Means "unreliable" or "untrustworthy". A nickname for a deceitful person.
Holtzclaw German (Anglicized, Modern)
Americanized spelling of German Holzklau, which translates into modern German as "wood thief", but is probably a nickname for someone who gathered wood, from Middle High German holz "wood" + a derivative of kluben "to pick up", "gather", "steal".
Holtzmann Upper German, German
Derived from the Upper German word "holz," which means "forest." Thus many of the names that evolved from this root work have to do with living in the woods
Holyfield English, Scottish
Although the Scottish surname is known to derive from the Medieval Latin word "olifantus," meaning "elephant," its origins as a surname are quite uncertain. ... He was one of the many Anglo-Norman nobles that were invited northward by the early Norman kings of Scotland.
Holyoak English
Habitational name from Holy Oakes (Leicestershire) or else a topographic name from residence near a "holy oak" (or "gospel oak") from Middle English holy "holy" and oke "oak" (from Old English halig and ac).
Holzberg German
Habitational name from any of various places called Holzberg for example in Hesse and Silesia.
Hölzel German
The surname of Austrian singer Johann "Hans" Hölzel (1957-1998), better known by his stage name Falco.
Holzhauer German
Occupational name for a "lumberjack, woodsman" with the element holz "forest".
Holzheim German
The meaning of Holzheim is " wood home". Holz=wood and heim=home. ... [more]
Holzinger German, Jewish
Habitational name for someone from any of various places called Holzing or Holzingen.
Holzklau German
From Middle High German holz ‘wood’ + a derivative of klūben ‘to pick up, gather, steal’. It means "wood thief" but it was probably more likely used as nickname for someone who gathered wood
Holzschuh German
Occupational - from German holz "wood", and schuh "shoe".
Homayouni Persian
From the given name Homayoun.
Homberg German
The surname Hamberg could be derived from it.
Home English, Scottish
English and Scottish variant spelling of Holme.
Homeyer German
Status name from Middle Low German ho "high" and meier "headman steward" (see Meyer 1).
Homka Polish
Simplified version of the polish surname Chomka.
Hommik Estonian
Hommik is an Estonian surname meaning "morning".
Homola Czech
Variant of Homolka.
Homolka Czech
From homolka meaning "(cone-shaped lump of) cream cheese". The word homolka itself is derived from homole "cone". This was either a nickname for a mild person or an occupational name for someone who made cheese.
Homura Japanese
This surname is used as 保村, 甫村 or 穂村 with 保 (ho, hou, tamo.tsu) meaning "guarantee, keep, preserve, protect, support, sustain", 甫 (fu, ho, haji.mete, suke) meaning "for the first time, not until", 穂 (sui, ho) meaning "crest (of wave), ear, ear (of grain), head" and 村 (son, mura) meaning "town, village."... [more]
Homuta Czech
Hon Chinese (Cantonese), Chinese (Hakka)
Cantonese and Hakka romanization of Han.
Honecker German
Erich Honecker was the leader of the GDR from 1971 to 1989.
Honegger Swiss
Arthur Honegger (10 March 1892 – 27 November 1955) was a Swiss composer, and a member of Les Six, a group of composers associated with Jean Cocteau and Erik Satie. His most famous work is "Pacific 231".
Honesto Spanish
From the given name Honesto.
Honeyball English
From Honeyball, a medieval personal name of uncertain origin: perhaps an alteration of Annabel, or alternatively from a Germanic compound name meaning literally "bear-cub brave" (i.e. deriving from the elements hun "warrior, bear cub" and bald "bold, brave").
Hồng Vietnamese
Vietnamese form of Hong, from Sino-Vietnamese 洪 (hồng).
Hong Korean
This surname originated in China and refers to ‘expand’ or ‘great’.
Hong Chinese, Korean
From Chinese 洪 (hóng) meaning "flood" or "vast, wide".
Honig German, Jewish
Metonymic name for a gatherer or seller of honey, from Middle High German honec, honic "honey", German Honig.
Honikman Yiddish
It literally means "honeyman", possibly denoting a beekeeper.
Honjo Japanese
Alternate transcription of Japanese 本庄 (see Honjō).
Honjō Japanese
From Japanese 本 (hon) meaning "root, origin, source" and 庄 (shō) meaning "manor, villa".
Honma Japanese
From Japanese 本 (hon) meaning "root, origin, source" and 間 (ma) meaning "among, between".
Honoo Japanese
Means "flame" in Japanese.
Honorato Spanish, Portuguese
From the given name Honorato
Honorio Spanish
From the given name Honorio
Hood English, Scottish, Irish
English and Scottish: metonymic occupational name for a maker of hoods or a nickname for someone who wore a distinctive hood, from Middle English hod(de), hood, hud ‘hood’. Some early examples with prepositions seem to be topographic names, referring to a place where there was a hood-shaped hill or a natural shelter or overhang, providing protection from the elements... [more]
Hoogenboom Dutch
Topographic name for someone living by a tall tree, "tall tree", or a habitational name from places called Hoogboom and Hogenboom in the Belgian province of Antwerp, meaning "tall tree".
Hoogendijk Dutch
Derived from Dutch hoog meaning "high, elevated" and dijk meaning "dike, ditch, levee", referring to someone who lived near a high dyke or embankment.
Hoogerdijk Dutch
Variant of Hoogendijk meaning "higher dyke".
Hoogland Dutch
A Dutch toponoymic surname meaning 'high land'. A famous bearer of this surname is Duco Hoogland, a Dutch politician.
Hooi Chinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese romanization of Xu 2.
Höök Swedish
Derived from Swedish hök "hawk".
Hook English
This surname is derived from a geographical locality. "at the hook," from residence in the bend or sudden turn of a lane or valley.
Hookham English
This surname may derive from Old English hóc meaning "hook, angle" and hám meaning "village, hamlet, dwelling."
Hoop Estonian
Hoop is an Estonian surname meaning "strike" or "blow (hit)".
Hoorn German (Austrian)
From the Germanic word horn meaning "horn". This was an occupational name for one who carved objects out of horn or who played a horn, or a person who lived near a horn-shaped geographical feature, such as a mountain or a bend in a river.
Hoornaert Belgian
Comes from the Dutch word "Hoorner" meaning Horner. Surname more prevalent in Northwest Belgium.
Hoot Dutch, German
The Dutch form is a habitation name for someone who lived in the hout or "woods" while the German form hoth is from an occupational name for a maker of hats.
Höövel Estonian
Höövel is an Estonian surname meaning "planer".
Hopkinson English
Means "son of Hopkin"
Hopla Welsh (?)
1st recorded Hopla.... [more]
Hopp German
Variant of Hoppe.
Hoppe Dutch
Variant of Hopp.
Hopperstad Norwegian
Probably a habitational name from a farm name in Norway.
Hoq Bengali
Bengali variant of Haq.
Hoque Bengali, Assamese
Bengali and Assamese variant of Haque.
Hora Czech
Czech word for hill or mountain
Horan Irish
The last name Horan means warlike.It is the last name of one direction member Niall Horan
Horbanenko Ukrainian
Ukrainian form and equivalent of Gorbachev.
Horbatenko Ukrainian
From Ukrainian горбатий (horbatyy) meaning "humpback".
Hörberg Swedish
The first element is probably derived from a place name starting with hör. The meaning of this element differs depending on which place name it was derived from, examples include harg "sanctuary, altar" (from Höör, Hörby), "hay" (from Hörröd), and hörn "corner" (from Hörnefors)... [more]
Horbunenko Ukrainian
Variant transcription of Gorbunenko.
Hore English
Variant of Hoare.
Horgan Irish
Anglicized form of Irish Gaelic Ó hArgáin.
Hori Japanese
From Japanese 堀 (hori) meaning "ditch, moat, canal".
Horiba Japanese
From Japanese 堀 (hori) meaning "ditch, moat, canal" and 場 (ba) meaning "place, situation, circumstances".
Horie Japanese
Hori means "moat, canal" and e means "inlet, river".
Horie Japanese
From Japanese 堀 (hori) meaning "ditch, moat, canal" and 江 (e) meaning "bay, inlet".
Horigome Japanese
掘 (Hori) means "moat" and 米 (gome) means "rice, America". ... [more]
Horiguchi Japanese
From Japanese 堀 (hori) meaning "ditch, moat, canal" and 口 (kuchi) meaning "mouth, entrance".
Horii Japanese
From Japanese 堀 (hori) meaning "ditch, moat, canal" and 井 (i) meaning "well, mine shaft, pit".
Horikawa Japanese
From Japanese 堀 (hori) meaning "ditch, moat, canal" and 川 (kawa) or 河 (kawa) both meaning "river, stream".
Horikiri Japanese
Hori means "moat, canal" and kiri means "paulownia".
Horikita Japanese (Rare)
Hori ("Moat"),this can also be used: Ho ("Protect") + Ri ("Benefit,Profit,Gain") + Kita ("North").
Horikoshi Japanese
From Japanese 堀 (hori) meaning "moat" and 越 (koshi) meaning "across".
Horimiya Japanese
Hori means "moat, canal" and miya means "shrine, temple".
Horino Japanese
Hori means "Moat" and No means "Field, Wilderness."
Horio Japanese
Hori means "ditch, canal, moat" and o means "tail".
Horio Japanese
From Japanese 堀 (hori) meaning "ditch, moat, canal" and 尾 (o) meaning "tail, foot, end".
Horisawa Japanese
Hori means "canal, moat" and sawa means "swamp, marsh, wetland".
Horiuchi Japanese
From Japanese 堀 (hori) meaning "ditch, moat, canal" and 内 (uchi) meaning "inside".
Hörmann German
The distinguished surname Hormann is of very ancient German origin. It is derived from a Germanic personal name made up of the elements "heri," meaning "army," and "man," meaning "man."
Hornæus Swedish (Archaic)
Probably a latinization of Härnösand, a city in Västernorrland County, Sweden. A notable bearer was Swedish priest Laurentius (Lars) Christophori Hornæus (born as Lars Christoffersson in 1645 in Härnösand)... [more]
Hornby English
A habitational name from locations called Hornby in northern England, though predominantly associated with Lancashire. Derived from the Norse horni meaning "horn" and býr meaning "farm" or "settlement".
Hornecker German
Habitational name denoting someone from any of various places called Horneck.
Horner English
1 English, Scottish, German, and Dutch: from Horn 1 with the agent suffix -er; an occupational name for someone who made or sold small articles made of horn, a metonymic occupational name for someone who played a musical instrument made from the horn of an animal, or a topographic name for someone who lived at a ‘horn’ of land.... [more]
Horney German (Anglicized)
German: Eastphalian or Americanized form of a personal name composed of the Germanic elements hard ‘hardy’, ‘brave’, ‘strong’ + nit ‘battle fury’, ‘eagerness to fight’, or a habitational name from a place so called in Brandenburg or in the Rhineland... [more]