All Submitted Surnames

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Kitson Scottish, English
Patronymic form of Kit.
Kitsusu Kongo
The surname of a notable Congolese musician whose real first name was Philemon.
Kitt English, German
English: From the Middle English personal name Kit, a pet form of Christopher... [more]
Kittell German (Anglicized), English
English: variant of Kettle. ... [more]
Kittirattanawiwat Thai (Rare)
From Thai กิตติ (kitti) meaning "fame; renown", รัตน (rattana) meaning "gem; jewel", and วิวัฒน์ (wiwat) of unknown meaning.
Kitto Cornish
Cornish forms of Kit, for Christopher, according to 'Patronymica Cornu-Brittanica' by Richard Stephen Charnock (1870).
Kittredge English
Derived from the given name Keterych.
Kittridge English
Variant form of Kittredge.
Kitumaini Central African, Swahili
Means "little hope" in Swahili, a diminutive of tumaini meaning simply "hope". It is mostly found in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Kitz German
Meaning "kid".
Kitzmiller English (American)
Americanized form of German Kitzmüller, literally ‘kid miller’ ( see Kitz + Muller ), a nickname for a miller who kept goats; alternatively, the first element may be from a personal name formed with the Germanic element Gid-, cognate with Old English gidd ‘song’.
Kitzmüller German
Meaning "kid miller".
Kiuchi Japanese
Ki means "tree" and uchi means "inside".
Kiuchi Japanese
From Japanese 木 (ki) meaning "tree, wood" and 内 (uchi) meaning "inside".
Kiur Estonian
Kiur is an Estonian surname meaning "pipit" (Anthus).
Kiuru Finnish, Karelian
"lark (bird)"
Kivi Estonian
From the word kivi, meaning "stone".
Kivik Estonian
Kivik is an Estonian surname relating to "stone".
Kivikas Estonian
Kivikas is an Estonian surname derived from "kivikamakas" meaning "rock".
Kivilaan Estonian
Kivilaan is an Estonian surname meaning "stone wintergreen".
Kiviloo Estonian
Kiviloo is an Estonian surname meaning "stone swathe".
Kivimägi Estonian
Kivimägi is an Estonian name meaning "stone mountain/hill".
Kivimäki Finnish
"Combined of Finnish words kivi (stone) and mäki (hill)"
Kivimurd Estonian
Kivimurd is an Estonian surname meaning "stone break/fracture".
Kivinukk Estonian
Kivinukk is an Estonian surname meaning "stone doll".
Kivipalu Estonian
Kivipalu is an Estonian surname meaning "stone sandy heath/heath woodland".
Kivirähk Estonian
Kivirähk is an Estonian surname meaning "stone scree".
Kivirist Estonian
Kivirist is an Estonian surname meaning "stone cross".
Kivirüüt Estonian
Kivirüüt is an Estonian surname meaning "stone plover".
Kivisaar Estonian
Kivisaar is an Estonian surname meaning "stone island".
Kiviselg Estonian
Kiviselg is an Estonian surname meaning the "back (of) stone" (literally, "stone back").
Kivisild Estonian
Kivisild is an Estonian surname meaning "stone bridge".
Kivisilla Estonian
Kivisilla is an Estonian surname meaning "stone bridges".
Kiviste Estonian
Kiviste is an Estonian surname derived from "kivi" meaning "stone".
Kivistik Estonian
Kivistik is an Estonian surname meaning "stone grove".
Kivistö Finnish
A combination of Finnish kivi "stone, rock" and the suffix -stö.
Kıvrak Turkish
Means "lithe, agile, active" in Turkish.
Kix English (Rare)
Location name from one of two rivers in West Yorkshire called Kex.
Kiya Japanese
Means "tree valley" in Japanese, from 木 (ki) "tree" and 谷 (ya) "valley".
Kıyak Turkish
Means "super, great, fine" in Turkish.
Kiyofuji Japanese
From Japanese 清 (kiyo) meaning "clear, pure, clean" and 藤 (fuji) meaning "wisteria".
Kiyoko Japanese
Surname of American-Japanese singer, songwriter, actress, dancer, and director Hayley Kiyoko.
Kiyomigawa Japanese
A notable user of this surname is Kiyomigawa Umeyuki, a sumo wrestler from Yokota, Akita Prefecture.
Kiyomizu Japanese
A variation of the popular surname Shimizu. 清 (Kiyo) means "Pure, Clean" and 水 (Mizu) means "Water".
Kiyomoto Japanese
Kiyo means "clean, pure" and moto means "origin".
Kiyono Japanese
From Japanese 清 (kiyo) meaning "clear, pure, clean" and 野 (no) meaning "field, wilderness".
Kiyosaka Japanese
Kiyo means "pure, clean" and saka means "slope, hill".
Kiyosaki Japanese
Kiyo means "pure" and saki means "cape, promontory, peninsula".
Kiyose Japanese
Kiyo means "pure, clean" and se means "ripple".
Kiyoshi Japanese
Kiyoshi means "pure, clean".
Kiyota Japanese
From the Japanese 清 (kiyo) "clearly," "brightly," "cleanly" and 田 (ta or da) "rice paddy."
Kiyoura Japanese
Combination of the Kanji 清 (kiyo, "clear, pure, refreshing, clean") and 浦 (ura, "bay, inlet"). A famous bearer of this surname was Japanese Prime Minister Kiyoura Keigo (清浦 奎吾; 1850–1942).
Kizewski Polish
Polish, variant of Kiszewski a habitational name for someone from Stara Kiszewa (formerly Kiszewa) in Kościerzyna County in Pomeranian Voivodeship.
Kızıl Turkish
Means "red, scarlet" in Turkish.
Kızılkaya Turkish
Means "red rock" in Turkish.
Kizuki Japanese
Kizuki has various spellings. It combines 木 (ki) meaning “tree”, 気 (ki) meaning “spirit”, 稀 (ki) meaning “rare”, 希 (ki) “hope, rare” and 妃 (ki) meaning “princess” with 月 (tsuki) meaning “moon, month”... [more]
Kjartansdóttir Icelandic
Means "daughter of Kjartan". Used exclusively by women.
Kjartansson Icelandic
Means "son of Kjartan". Used exclusively by men.
Kjella Norwegian (?)
Meaning unknown, but it might be related to the given name Kjell.
Kjellberg Swedish, Norwegian (Rare)
Combination of Old Norse kelda or Swedish källa both meaning "spring, source (of water)", and berg "mountain".
Kjellsen Norwegian
Means "son of Kjell"
Kjuka Macedonian
Kjuka has its highest incidence in North Macedonia.
Klaar Estonian
Klaar is an Estonian surname meaning "clear" or "ready". Ultimately, from the German word "klar", meaning "clear".
Klaarwater German
"Clear water."
Klaas Estonian
Klaas is an Estonian surname meaning "glass".
Klaassepp Estonian
Klaassepp is an Estonian surname meaning "glass smith".
Klaes Frisian
From the given name Klaes.
Klahan Thai
Means "brave" in Thai.
Klanac Croatian
Means ''gorge, ravine, narrow pass''.
Klapdi Thai
From Thai กลับ (klap) meaning "return, come back" and ดี (di) meaning "good, fine, excellent".
Klapp German
Nickname for a gossip or a slanderer, derived from Middle High German klapf, klaff meaning "prattle, malicious gossip".
Klarerstein German
German surname meaning "Clear stone".
Klarić Croatian, Slovene
From the given name Klara
Klarich English
English spelling of Klarić.
Klarwasser German
"Clear water."
Klass German
The name is patronymic and it comes from the German first name "Clausen" which is a variant of the name "Nicholas".
Kļaviņš Latvian
Derived from the word kļava meaning "maple".
Klayn Jewish
Variant of Klein
Kleanthous Greek (Cypriot)
Alternate transcription of Greek Κλεάνθους (see Cleanthous).
Kleber German, English (American)
Derived from German kleben "to bind, to stick", hence an occupational name for someone who applied clay daub or whitewash on buildings.
Kleehammer German
Means "Cloverleaf hammer"
Kleffner German
Topographic name from Middle Low German clef, cleff "cliff", "precipice".
Kleffner German
Nickname for a prattler or gossip, from Middle High German, Middle Low German kleffer(er).
Kleiber German
Derived from an agent Middle High German kleben "to stick or bind" an occupational name for a builder working with clay or in Swabia for someone who applied whitewash. in Bavaria and Austria an occupational name for a shingle maker from Middle High German klieben "to split (wood or stone)".
Kleinfeld German
Means "small field" in German
Kleinknecht German
A combining of the German word klein "small" and knecht "servant", originally an occupational name for a secondary hired hand. A famous historic figure who bore this surname was Jakob Friedrich Kleinknecht (8 April 1722 in Ulm - 11 August 1794 in Ansbach), a German composer of many works of chamber music and symphonies, flutist and Kapellmeister (chapel master).
Kleinman German
Nickname meaning Small Man.
Kleinschmidt German
Occupational surname which means "small smith", that is, a maker of small forged items and metal hand tools.
Kleinstein Romansh
Corruption of Klein's Thöni, itself a calque of Thöni Pitschen.
Kleis Upper German, Romansh
Derived from the given name Kleis, a South German variant of Klaus. The Kleis settled in Romansh-speaking areas after the Napoleonic Wars.
Klemenčič Slovene
Means "son of Klemen".
Klepper Medieval German
derives from the Middle High German word kleppern, meaning "to gossip".
Kleynen Flemish
Comes from the town in Belgium. Originally Van Klijnen
Kliebert German
Occupational name for a woodsman or woodworker, from an agent derivative of Middle High German klieben meaning "to cleave or split".
Kliem Maltese
Kliem is a Maltese word that means "words."
Kliewer German, German (West Prussian), Mennonite
Germanized form of Dutch Kluiver, an occupational name for a court official, originally a hangman or torturer.
Klimaszewski Polish
Name for someone from a place called Klimaszewnica or Klimasze, both derived from Klimasz, a pet form of the given name Klemens.
Klimenko Ukrainian
Alternate transcription of Klymenko.
Klimentov Russian
Means "son of Kliment."
Klimov Russian
Means "son of Klim".
Klimt German (Austrian)
Derived from the given name Kliment.... [more]
Klin Slovene
Slovenian: nickname for someone with a beak-shaped nose, from kljun ‘beak’, ‘bill’ (old spelling klun).
Kline American
Kline is one of the smaller groups of anglicized forms of the German surname Klein.... [more]
Klingbeil German
From Middle High German klingen "to ring or sound" and bīl "axe", literally "sound the axe", an occupational nickname for a journeyman, carpenter, shipwright (or any occupation involving the use of an axe)... [more]
Klingemann German
Occupational surname for a knife maker, literally meaning "knife maker, weapons smith". It is derived from German klinge meaning "blade".
Klinger German
Klinger is a German surname meaning ravine or gorge in Old German. The English variant of Klinger is Clinger.
Klingler German
Occupational name for a bladesmith.
Klintsen Norwegian, Danish
Means "son of Klint".
Klobučar Slovene, Croatian, Serbian
Occupational name derived from Serbian, Croatian and Slovene klobučar meaning "hatter" (a derivative of klobuk meaning "hat"), originally indicating a person who made, sold or repaired hats.
Klobuchar Slovene (Anglicized), Croatian (Anglicized), Serbian (Anglicized)
Americanized form of Klobučar. A notable bearer is the American politician, lawyer and senator Amy Klobuchar (1960-).
Kloda Polish, English
Maybe an anglicized form or a variant of Kłoda.
Klomp German, Dutch
from Middle Dutch and Low German klomp "lump block compact heap ball" used as a nickname for someone with a squat physique or a clumsy or uncouth manner . Dutch metonymic occupational name for a clog maker from Middle Dutch clompe "clog wooden shoe".
Klooster Estonian
Klooster is an Estonian surname meaning "cloister" and "abbey". Borrowed from Middle Low German "klôster"; ultimately from Medieval Latin "claustrum".
Klopfenstein German
It means striking stones
Klopp German, Dutch
Habitational name from a place called Kloppe.
Klor German (Austrian)
The Klor surname may have evolved from the feminine personal name Klara. Or it may have come from the Middle High German and Middle Low German "Klar," meaning "Pure" or "Beautiful".
Klose German, Silesian
From a Silesian short form of the given name Nikolaus. A notable bearer is the German former soccer player Miroslav Klose (1978-).
Kloss English (British)
Surname from the model, Karlie Kloss (1992-)
Klostermann German
Combination of "kloster" meaning "monastery," and common German suffix Mann.
Klouda Czech
From Kloud, a vernacular short form of the Latin personal name Claudius (see Claud).
Klug German (Austrian)
First recorded in the early 14th century in present-day Austria (southeastern region of the Holy Roman Empire at that time). The surname was derived from the ancient Germanic word kluoc meaning "noble" or "refined".... [more]
Kluge German
Variant of Klug
Kluivert Dutch, Dutch (Surinamese)
Nickname perhaps related to Dutch kluiven meaning "to gnaw, to bite, to nibble". A notable bearer is Dutch former soccer player Patrick Kluivert (1976-).
Klumpp German
Variant of Klump.
Klutz German
The ancient and distinguished German surname Klutz is derived from the old Germanic term "Klotz," meaning "awkward, clumsy." The name was most likely initially bestowed as a nickname, either on someone who was clumsy or in an ironic way on someone who was exceptionally graceful.
Kluver German
From the word kluven meaning "split wooden block". It used to refer to bailiffs.
Klyuev Russian
From klyui, meaning "peck".
Kmet Slovene, Serbian, Croatian, Slovak
Slovenian, Serbian, Croatian, and Slovak status name for a type of peasant. In Slovenia this denoted a peasant who had his own landed property. In Serbia and elsewhere it was a status name for a feudal peasant farmer who cultivated the land of his lord instead of paying rent or doing military service... [more]
Knab German
Variant of Knabe.
Knabe German
German status name for a young man or a page, from Middle High German knabe (English knave). In aristocratic circles this term denoted a page or squire (a youth destined to become a knight), while among artisans it referred to a journeyman’s assistant or (as a short form of Lehrknabe) ‘apprentice’... [more]
Knape German
Variant of Knapp.
Knapke German
A relative of mine has said this surname means “over the hill” and that it is of German origin.... [more]
Knapp German
Occupational name from the German word Knapp or Knappe, a variant of Knabe "young unmarried man". In the 15th century this spelling acquired the separate, specialized meanings "servant", "apprentice", or "miner"... [more]
Knapp English
Topographic name for someone who lived by a hillock, Middle English "nappe, Old English cnæpp, or habitational name from any of the several minor places named with the word, in particular Knapp in Hampshire and Knepp in Sussex.
Knappe German
German variant of Knapp.
Knatchbull English
A nickname from Old English knatch "to strike" + bull "bull", indicating strength.
Knauer German (Silesian)
Nickname for a gnarled person, from Middle High German knur(e) 'knot', 'gnarl'. habitational name for someone from either of two places in Thuringia called Knau.
Knaus German
Comes from Middle High German knuz ‘proud’, ‘arrogant’, ‘daring’, hence a nickname for a haughty person. In Württemberg knaus (and in Switzerland knus) also meant ‘gnarl’, hence a nickname for a short, fat, gnarled person; topographic name for someone living on a hillock, from knaus ‘hillock’ in the Swabian and Alemannic dialects of German
Knauss German
A variant of Knaus.
Knavs Slovene
Slovenian form of Knaus, this was the maiden name of Donald Trump's wife, and current First Lady of the United States, Melania Trump.
Kneale Manx
Manx contracted form of Mac Néill
Knecht German, German (Swiss), Dutch
From the occupation of a servant and a journeyman from Middle High German kneht Middle Low German and Middle Dutch knecht "knight's assistant" also "lad, servant"... [more]
Kneen Manx
Manx cognate of the Gaelic surname Mac Niadháin, itself derived from the Gaelic personal name Nia meaning "champion." It may also be a corruption of the surname McNiven (Anglicized form of Mac Cnáimhín).
Knefac Slovak (Rare), Croatian (Rare)
Uncommon surname from Burgenland, easternmost Austria.
Knez Slovene, Croatian
Derived from knez, meaning "prince".
Knezevich Spanish (?)
rafe knezevich is a cutie patootie
Knick German
German: from Knick “hedge”, “boundary”, hence a topographic name for someone living near a hedge or hedged enclosure or a metonymic occupational name for someone who lays hedges. Hedging is a characteristic feature of the pastureland of Holstein, Mecklenburg, Westphalia, and Lower Saxony.
Knickerbocker Dutch (Anglicized)
Americanized spelling of the Dutch occupational name Knickerbacker "marble baker", i.e., a baker of children's clay marbles. This lowly occupation became synonymous with the patrician class in NYC through Washington Irving's attribution of his History of New York (1809) to a fictitious author named Diedrich Knickerbocker... [more]
Knie Swiss
A famous bearer is the Knie family, a Swiss circus dynasty that founded it in 1803. Today the circus is an enterprise with about 200 employees, operated by Frédy and Franco Knie and it is famous worldwide.
Knifati Arabic
Means "Knafeh maker," given to pasty makers specializing in Knafeh, a filo-dough middle-eastern pastry typically filled with cheese and syrup.
Knigge Low German
North German: variant of Knick... [more]
Knightley English
English surname meaning knight. The book Emma by Jane Austen has a character named George Knightley.
Knighton English
English surname which was derived from a place name composed of the Old English elements cnihta meaning "servant, retainer" (genitive plural of cniht) and tun "enclosure, settlement".
Knipe English
The lineage of the name Knipe begins with the Anglo-Saxon tribes in Britain. It is a result of when they lived on the peak of a hill or highland. The surname Knipe is primarily familiar in the regions of Lancashire and Westmoreland.... [more]
Knitts English
Derived from the given name Knut.
Knobel German, German (Swiss), Yiddish
Derived from the Middle High German knübel probably a nickname for a fat person or in the sense "ankle". However the term also denotes a rounded elevation and may therefore also be a topographic name for someone who lived by a knoll... [more]
Knock English
Topographic name for someone living by a hill, from Middle English knocke "hill" (Old English cnoc).
Knodel German
dweller near a hilltop; descendant of Knut (hill, or white-haired); a lumpish, thickset person.
Knoedler German
Occupational name, probably for someone who made dumplings, from an agent derivative of Middle High German knödel.
Knoll English, German, Jewish
English and German topographic name for someone living near a hilltop or mountain peak, from Middle English knolle ‘hilltop’, ‘hillock’ (Old English cnoll), Middle High German knol ‘peak’... [more]
Knopfler English, German
Derived from Knopf (German for "button"), this surname was originally given to button makers or button sellers. A famous bearer of this surname is English musician Mark Knopfler (1949-).
Knorr German
From a nickname for a gnarly person, derived from Middle High/Low German knorre "knot, protruberance".
Knös Swedish (Rare)
Derived from the name of a farm named Knorren or Knörren in Sweden whose name is unexplained but possibly taken from Swedish knusa "to crush, to crumble". Knös coincides with the Swedish word knös meaning "rich person", but the surname existed before the vocabulary word appeared in the Swedish language.
Knott English
Either from the Middle English personal name Knut, or denoting a person who lived "at the knot", which is the summit of a rocky hill.
Knotts English
Variant of Knott
Knowles Irish
As an Irish surname it is an anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Tnúthghail meaning "descendant of Tnúthgal", a given name composed of the elements tnúth "desire, envy" and gal "valor".
Knowlton English
Habitational name from either of two places so named, one in Dorset and the other in Kent.
Knuckles English
Possibly a nickname for someone with prominent knuckles.
Knuth German
From the given name Knut.
Knutz German
Variant of Kuntz
Ko Korean
There is only one Chinese character for the surname Ko. There are ten different Ko clans, but they are all descended from the Ko clan of Cheju Island. There is no historical information regarding the founder of this clan, but there is a legend which tells of three men who appeared from a cave on the north side of Cheju Island’s Halla Mountain... [more]
Ko Chinese (Hakka), Chinese (Hokkien), Chinese (Teochew)
Hakka, Hokkien and Teochew romanization of Ke.
Ko Japanese (Rare)
Variant transcription of Japanese Kanji 荒 (see ).
Ko Japanese
Variant transcription of Japanese Kanji 神 (see ).
Japanese (Rare)
Variant reading of Japanese Kanji 荒 (see Ara).
Variant reading of Japanese Kanji 神 (see Jin).
Kobari Japanese
From Japanese 小 (ko) meaning "small" and 針 (hari) meaning "needle, pin".
Kobashi Japanese
From Japanese 小 (ko) meaning "small" and 橋 (hashi) meaning "bridge".
Kobasigawa Japanese (Anglicized)
The more common form of Kobashigawa in the Western world.
Kobata Japanese (Rare)
Variant of Hatta, added Japanese 小 (ko) meaning "small, little".
Kobayakawa Japanese
From Japanese 小 (ko) meaning "small", 早 (baya) meaning "fast" and 川 (kawa) meaning "river".
Kobe Japanese
From the Japanese city of Kobe.
Kobela Hungarian
May come from the slavic word kobila, meaning mare.
Kobiyama Japanese
From Japanese 小 (ko) meaning "small", 檜 (hi) meaning "Japanese cypress" and 山 (yama) meaning "mountain".
Koboldt German (Rare)
Derived from German Kobold (Middle High German kobolt) "kobold; hobgoblin; puck; imp".
Kobori Japanese
From Japanese 小 (ko) meaning "small" and 堀 (hori) meaning "moat, ditch".
Kobrinsky Belarusian
Refers to a city named "Kobryn" in Belarus.
Kobrynsky Ukrainian
Ukrainian form of Kobrinsky. Most of the Kobrynsky family had settled in Canada.
Koca Turkish
Means "large, great" or "husband" in Turkish.
Kocabaş Turkish
Means "hawfinch" (a type of bird) in Turkish.
Koçak Turkish
Means "brave, strong" or "generous" in Turkish.
Kocaman Turkish
Means "huge, enormous" in Turkish.
Koch Jewish
Koch - which also has the meaning of Cook in German's origin was however not from that meaning. It origins are to be traced in the Jewish ancestory. The original meaning came from the word Star. Amongst the related surnames (with or without bar in front or a ba or similar appended) are: Koch, Kochba, Kok, Kock, Kuk, Coq, Coqui, Cook (as a translation from the perceived meaning of cook) and a host of others... [more]
Kochav Hebrew
Means "star" in Hebrew. Also compare Kochavi.
Kochavi Hebrew
From Hebrew כוכב (kokhav) meaning "star", commonly used as a replacement for Ashkenazi surnames containing the old German element stern "star". For example, it was adopted as a surname by the Romanian-born Israeli archaeologist and university professor Moshe Kochavi (1928-2008), whose birth surname was Stern.
Kochendorfer German
Habitational name for someone from any of several places called Kochendorf, in Württemberg, Schleswig-Holstein, and Bohemia.