All Submitted Surnames

Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
Melaku Ethiopian, Amharic
From the given name Melaku, meaning "the angel" in Amharic. It is possibly related to Arabic/Hebrew Malak and Turkish Melek 2, also meaning "angel".
Melanay Filipino (Latinized, Modern, Rare)
From Bicol region in the Philippines, the most population name in Naga City.
Mélançon French
Nickname from a dialect word meaning 'melancholic'.
Melander Swedish
Combination of the element Mel-, which is unexplained but probably derived from a place name, and the common surname suffix -ander (a combination of land "land" and the habitational suffix -er)... [more]
Melas Greek
Possibly from the names of several characters in Greek mythology, including a son of Poseidon who the Nile River was originally named after.
Melby Norwegian
Modern form of Meðalbýr meaning "middle farm", a combination of Old Norse meðal "middle" and býr "farm".
Melchior Dutch, German
Derived from the given name Melchior.
Melchiorre Italian
From the given name Melchiorre.
Melchor Spanish
Derived from the given name Melchor.
Melendez Spanish (Americanized), Filipino
Unaccented form of Meléndez primarily used in America and the Philippines.
Melero Spanish
Occupational name for a collector or seller of honey, melero (Late Latin mellarius, an agent derivative of mel, genitive mellis, ‘honey’).
Melgar Spanish
Topographical name for someone who lived by a field of lucerne, Spanish melgar (a collective derivative of mielga 'lucerne', Late Latin melica, for classical Latin Medica (herba) 'plant' from Media).
Melgosa Spanish
This indicates familial origin within either of 2 Castilian municipalities, Melgosa de Burgos or Melgosa de Villadiego. It could also indicate familial origin within the Manchego municipality La Melgosa.
Melican Irish
Anglicized form of Irish Gaelic Ó Maoileacháin.
Melikuziev Uzbek
Alternate transcription of Melikov.
Melikyan Armenian
Means "son of Melik".
Melillo Spanish, Italian
describing someone who worked on an apple orchard,harvesting and selling apples from the italian mela
Melinydd Welsh (Archaic)
A byname meaning "miller."
Melis Sardinian
Derived from Sardinian mele or meli meaning "honey".
Melker Dutch, Swedish (Rare), Afrikaans
Derived from Dutch melker "milker (one who milks)". In some cases, however, it can also be derived from the given name Melchior.
Melkersson Swedish
Means "son of Melker".
Melkonyan Armenian
Means "son of Melkon".
Mellali Moroccan
Habitational name from the city of Beni Mellal
Mellali Moroccan
Habitational name from the city of Beni Mellal.
Mellark Popular Culture
The surname of the deuteragonist of the Hunger Games Trilogy, Peeta Mellark.
Mellenthin German
Habitational name from places so called near Berlin and on the island of Usedom.
Mellody Irish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Maoiléidigh ‘descendant of Maoléidigh’, a byname composed of the elements maol ‘chief’ + éidigh ‘ugly’.
Mellor English
Parishes in Derbyshire, and Lancashire, meaning the mill bank. ... [more]
Melloy English
Variant of Molloy.
Melnikov Russian
Patronymic from Russian мельник (melnik) meaning "miller"
Melnikova Russian
Feminine form of Melnikov.
Meloni Italian
From Italian mela ("apple", from Latin malum) or melone ("melon", from Latin melopepo), both ultimately from Ancient Greek μῆλον (mêlon), meaning "apple", "fruit from a tree"... [more]
Melquíades Spanish
From the given name Melquíades.
Meltzer German
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): occupational name for a maltster, a brewer who used malt, from German Meltzer (an agent derivative of Middle High German malt ‘malt’, ‘germinated barley’), Yiddish meltser ‘maltster’... [more]
Melyn Welsh
Means "yellow" in Welsh.
Memetov Crimean Tatar
Means "son of Memet".
Ménard French
Ménard is a French surname. Notable people with the surname include: André Ménard, Governor General in the French colonial empire.
Mencke German
Variant of Menke
Mendarozketa Basque
It indicates familial origin within the eponymous council of the municipality of Zigoitia.
Mendarte Basque
This is a (nearly extinct) Basque surname of Gipuzkoan origin. It is a topographic name for someone who lived near a mountain. (Basque mendi = Mountain, arteko = near/in between)... [more]
Mendeleev Russian
Meaning uncertain. A famous bearer was Dimitri Mendeleev (1834-1907), a Russian chemist who developed an early model of the periodic table.
Mendeleyev Russian
Variant transcription of Mendeleev.
Mendenhall English
It indicates familial origin within the eponymous place in Wiltshire.
Mendès French
French form of Mendes.
Mendez Spanish (Americanized), Filipino
Unaccented form of Méndez primarily used in America and the Philippines.
Mendicino Italian (Swiss)
Meaning "Baggar" in Italian.
Mendieta Basque
This indicates familial origin within any of 3 eponymous neighborhoods: the one in the municipality of Ajangiz, the one in the municipality of Lemoa, or the one in the municipality of Artziniega.
Mendiguren Basque
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of the municipality of Gasteiz.
Mendinueta Basque
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of Itzagaondoa.
Mendiola Basque
Derived from given masculine names Menendo and Andrea
Mendizabal Basque
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of Arratzua-Ubarrundia that the falangists demolished in 1959 to make way for a reservoir.
Mendlsan Yiddish
Yiddish form of Mendelssohn.
Mendosa Spanish
Variant spelling of Mendoza.
Menear Cornish, English (British)
English (Devon; of Cornish origin): topographic name for someone who lived by a menhir, i.e. a tall standing stone erected in prehistoric times (Cornish men ‘stone’ + hir ‘long’). In the United States, it is a common surname in Pennsylvania & West Virginia.
Méneguin Frainc-Comtou (Parisianized)
Parisianized form of an unknown Frainc-Comtou surname.
Menendez Spanish (Americanized), Filipino
Unaccented form of Menéndez primarily used in America and the Philippines.
Meneses Spanish (Caribbean)
Meneses is my maternal grandfather's surname. He was born in Cuba in 1888 but his family came from Spain in the 1800's... [more]
Menez Breton
Menez means mount or mountain in Breton.
Meng Chinese
From Chinese 孟 (mèng) meaning "eldest brother". It was also adopted by descendants of Meng Sun, a prince from the state of Lu that existed during the Zhou dynasty.
Mengele German
Doctor Josef Mengele (Born on March 16, 1911 - Died on February 7, 1979), also known as the Angel of Death, was a German Schutzstaffel (SS) Officer and physician during World War II. He is mainly remembered for his actions at the Auschwitz concentration camp, where he performed deadly experiments on prisoners, was a member of the team of doctors who selected victims to be killed in the gas chambers and was one of the doctors who administered the gas.
Mengíbar Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Andalusian municipality.
Mengin French
Variant of Mangin.
Menhenot Cornish (Rare, Archaic)
It is derived from the placename "Menheniot" in Cornwall.
Menke German
Derived as a diminutive of several Germanic given names whose first element was derived from Germanic *magin- and *megin- "strength; force; power".
Menotti Italian
From the medieval given name Menotto, a diminutive of Domenico via its short form Menico.
Mensah Western African, Akan
Means "third-born son" in Akan.
Mentzer German
Habitational name with the agent suffix -er, either from Mainz, earlier Mentz, derived from the medieval Latin name Mogontia (Latin Mogontiacum, probably from the Celtic personal name Mogontios), or from Menz in Brandenburg and Saxony.
Menu French
From French meaning "petite".
Menzel German, English
Derived from a short form of MENZ, Clemens or Hermann.
Menzer German
Variant of Mentzer.
Menzie Scottish
Menzie (originally spelled Menȝie) derives from the surname Menzies, which in turn derives from the Norman commune Mesnières (known as Maneria in the 1300s)... [more]
Merabet Arabic (Maghrebi)
Mainly found in Algeria.
Meràs Occitan
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Languedocien commune.
Mercado Spanish
Topographic name for someone living by a market or metonymic occupational name for a market trader, from Spanish mercado meaning "market".
Mercedes Spanish (Caribbean)
Means "mercies," from the Spanish title of the Virgin Mary, María de las Mercedes, meaning "Mary of Mercies."
Merch English
A variant of the surname March
Mercure French
French cognitive of Mercurio and derived from the given name Mercure.
Mercurio Italian
From the given name Mercurio.
Mercury ?, Popular Culture
In some cases this may represent an anglicized form of French Mercure or Italian Mercuri, Mercurio or Di Mercurio... [more]
Mereäär Estonian
Mereäär is an Estonian surname meaning "waterside".
Meredith Welsh
From the personal name Maredudd. In Welsh the stress is on the second syllable. The Old Welsh form is Morgetiud, of which the first element may mean "pomp, splendor" and the second is iudd "lord".
Meremäe Estonian
Meremäe is an Estonian surname meaning "sea hill".
Merendino Italian
Diminutive of Merenda.
Meri Estonian
Meri is both an Estonian and Finnish surname, meaning "sea".
Merical American (Rare)
Altered form of French Marécal.
Merick Welsh
Derived from the Welsh given name Meuric.
Meriloo Estonian
Meriloo is an Estonia surname derived from "meri" (sea) and "loo", one of several named locations in Estonia.
Merimaa Estonian
Merimaa is an Estonian surname meaning "sea land".
Merino Spanish
"Merino" where a kind of medieval judges in the kingdoms of Castille and Navarre (nowadays Spain). Besides solving controversies among the people, could have some role in the organization of their territories.... [more]
Merisaar Estonian
Merisaar is an Estonian surname meaning "sea island".
Merisalu Estonian
Merisalu is an Estonian surname meaning "sea grove".
Meritee Estonian
Meritee is an Estonian surname meaning "sea road/causeway".
Merivale English
The surname Merivale was first found in Cornwall and Devon, where this prominent family flourished. Walter Merifild was recorded in Devon in 1200 but it is believed the family had established itself earlier in St... [more]
Meriwether English
Means "happy weather" in Middle English, originally belonging to a cheery person.
Merkh German (Anglicized, ?)
Anglicized form of the name Märkh, a German name that existed in southern Germany with Arabic roots tied to the village of al-Märkh in Qatar; the name became Anglicized in the early 17th century. It is one of those surnames where anyone who possesses it is related to everyone else who possesses the name.
Merkouris Greek
Possibly a Greek cognate of Italian Mercurio, which is ultimately derived from Latin Mercurius.
Merl Jewish
Jewish (Ashkenazic) metronymic from the Yiddish female personal name Merl, a pet form of Hebrew Miryam (see Mirkin).
Merlette French
Feminine diminutive of French merle "blackbird", this name was given as a nickname to a cheerful person or to someone who liked to sing.
Mernissi Arabic (Maghrebi)
Possibly a variant of Marnissi. A famous bearer was Moroccan feminist writer and sociologist Fatima Mernissi (1940-2015).
Merriam Welsh
Derived from either the personal name Meuric, which is the Welsh form of Maurice, or ultimately from the Latin personal name Mauritius, which means "dark".
Merridew English
A different form of Meredith (from the Welsh personal name Meredydd, perhaps literally "lord of splendour"). It occurs in Wilkie Collins' 'The Moonstone' (1868) belonging to Mrs Merridew, widowed sister to Sir John Verinder.
Merrifield English
English habitational name from any of various places, such as Merryfield in Devon and Cornwall or Mirfield in West Yorkshire, all named with the Old English elements myrige 'pleasant' + feld 'pasture', 'open country.' See also Merivale.
Merrimen Norman
An ancient Norman name, that would have been used in Britain soon after the Conquest of the island in 1066. This name was given to a person who was a person who was a mischievous child, or who liked to play tricks and make jokes.
Merriweather English
From a medieval nickname for someone of a cheerful disposition (cf. Meriwether).
Merrix Welsh
Variant of Merricks.
Merton English
From a place name meaning "town on a lake" in Old English.
Mervin Welsh, English
From the given name Mervin
Mervyn English
(i) from the medieval personal name Merewine, literally "fame-friend"; (ii) from the Old English personal names Mǣrwynn, literally "famous joy", and Merefinn, from Old Norse Mora-Finnr; (iii) from the Welsh personal name Merfyn, literally probably "marrow-eminent"
Mesa Spanish
Habitational name for someone from any of the various locations in Spain called Mesa meaning "table" or "mesa" in Spanish (referring to a flat area of land).
Mesarić Croatian
Derived from mesar, meaning "butcher".
Mesaroš Serbian
Serbian variant of Mészáros, meaning "butcher".
Mesbah Arabic (Maghrebi), Arabic (Egyptian)
Derived from Arabic مِصْبَاح (miṣbāḥ) meaning "lamp, light, luminary".
Mescall Irish
Variant of Mescal.
Meseta Spanish (Mexican)
Meaning "plateau" in Spanish. Primarily used mostly in Mexico.
Mesías Spanish, Spanish (Latin American)
Spanish, meaning Messiah.
Mesikäpp Estonian
Mesikäpp is an Estonian surname meaning "honey cupboard".
Mesila Estonian
Mesila is an Estonian surname meaning "apiary" and "bee garden".
Mesipuu Estonian
Mesipuu is an Estonian surname meaning "beehive" (literally, "honey tree").
Mesly French
Variant of Mesley.
Mesmer German
Occupational name for a maker of knives from Middle High German messer meaning "knife". A famous bearer was Franz Mesmer (1734-1815), a German doctor known for his theory of "animal magnetism", which was eventually incorporated into the field of hypnosis.
Messam English (British)
originates from a place called Measham in the county of Leicestershire. The placename is first recorded in the famous Domesday Book of 1086, as Messeham, and in the Pipe Rolls of the county of 1182 as Meisham... [more]
Messaoudi Arabic (Maghrebi)
From the given name Mas'ud.
Messer German
Occupational name for an official in charge of measuring the dues paid in kind by tenants, from an agent derivative of Middle High German mezzen "to measure".
Messer Scottish
Occupational name for someone who kept watch over harvested crops, Middle English, Older Scots mess(i)er, from Old French messier (see Messier).
Messerschmidt German
Name given to a knife smith. From German "messer" meaning knife, and "schmidt" meaning smith.
Messi African, Arabic, Italian
Famous bearer of this surname is Lionel Messi (born 1987-), an Argentinian footballer of Italian descent.
Messiaen Dutch, French
Derived from Messiaen, the (archaic) Dutch form of the latinate first name Messianus, which itself is ultimately derived from the Roman praenomen Messus. The meaning of Messus is not wholly certain; it may be derived from the Latin verb meto "to reap, to harvest, to cut, to sever", or from the latinized form of Greek mesos or messos "(the) middle, (the) middle one"... [more]
Messias Portuguese (Brazilian)
Derived from the given name Messias
Messier French
Occupational name for someone who kept watch over harvested crops, Old French messier 'harvest master' (Late Latin messicarius, agent derivative of messis 'harvest').
Messoud Western African
From the given name Mas'ud; used in Mauritania.
Mestanza Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Manchego municipality.
Meštrović Croatian
Derived from the Croatian word meštar, a rare form of "master".
Mesutoğlu Turkish
Means "son of Mesut".
Metallo Italian
From the Greek vocabulary word metallo "metal", used as a nickname for a miner or for someone with a clear or metallic tone of voice.
Metcalfe English
An occupational name from Northern England, from Old English mete, 'food' and calf, 'calf', i.e calfs being fattened for consumption in late summer. Thus, making this surname an occupational name for either a slaughterer or herdsman... [more]
Metheny English
Originated from the village name of Methley in Yorkshire.
Metin Turkish
From the given name Metin.
Metla Russian
Derived from Russian метла (metla) meaning "broom, besom".
Metrejon Louisiana Creole (?), French (?)
Maiden surname of Constance Leto (nee Metrejon). She was born in Louisiana and has Cajun(French) ancestry. The Metrejon line is traced back to Joseph Marie Maitrejean, who was born c. 1778, in Belle-Île-en-Mer, France, an island off the coast of Brittany.
Mētriņš Latvia
The name is a combination of "mētra", the Latvian word for mint and -iņš, a suffix commonly used for Latvian male surnames.
Mets Estonian
Mets is an Estonian surname meaning "forest".
Metsaäär Estonian
Metsaäär is an Estonian surname meaning "forest edge".
Metsala Estonian
Metsala is an Estonian surname meaning "forest area".
Metsallik Estonian
Metsallik is an Estonian surname meaning "forest spring".
Metsalu Estonian
Metsalu is an Estonian surname meaning "forest grove".
Metsamaa Estonian
Metsamaa is an Estonian surname meaning "forest land".
Metsäniemi Finnish
Finnish surname derived from metsä meaning forest and niemi meaning peninsula.
Metsanurm Estonian
Metsanurm is an Estonian surname meaning "forest meadow".
Metsaorg Estonian
Metsaorg is an Estonian surname meaning "forest valley".
Metsasalu Estonian
Metsasalu is an Estonian surname meaning "forest grove".
Metsavaht Estonian
Metsavaht is an Estonian surname meaning "forest guard" and "forest warden".
Metsik Estonian
Metsik is an Estonian surname meaning "wild" and " ferocious".
Metsla Estonian
Metsla is an Estonian surname meaning "forest area".
Metslang Estonian
Metslang is an Estonian surname meaning "forest cutting area"; derived from the compounds "mets "forest" and "lank" (cutting area).
Metsnõmm Estonian
Metsnõmm is an Estonian surname meaning "forest heath/moorland".
Metsur Estonian
Metsur is an Estonian surname meaning "forester".
Mette Dutch
Truncated form of Demetter.
Mette German
Matronymic surname derived from the given name Mette, a Low German short form of Mechthild.
Metz German
From a short form of the female personal name Mechthild.
Metzelaar ? (?)
Unknown; possibly derived from the German name Metz 1.