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AAMIR Pakistani
From the given name Aamir.
AAZIZ Arabic
Variant of Aziz.
ABABNEH Arabic
Of unknown meaning, predominantly used in Jordan.
ABAEV Ossetian, Uzbek, Kazakh, Turkmen
Possibly derived from Proto-Turkic *bāj meaning “rich, noble”.
ABAZA Arabic (Egyptian)
Refers to a member of the Abkhaz or Abazin (Abaza) ethnic groups of the Caucasus.
ABDELLAHI Western African, Wolof
From the given name Abdellah (chiefly Mauritanian).
ABDELLAOUI Arabic (Maghrebi)
Means "relating to Abdellah" in Arabic (chiefly Algerian and Moroccan).
ABDOLLAHI Persian
From the given name Abdollah.
ABDULATIPOV Dagestani, Avar, Uzbek
From the given name Abdulatip, itself derived from the Arabic name Abd al-Latif. A notable bearer is Ramzan Abdulatipov (1946-), the current Head of the Republic of Dagestan in Russia.
ABDUL GAYYOOM Dhivehi
From the given name Abdul Qayyum. It is borne by current Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayyoom (1959-) and former President Maumoon Abdul Gayyoom (1937-).
ABDULIN Uzbek, Kazakh
From the given name Abdullah.
ABDULLAYEV Uzbek, Azerbaijani
Variant transcription of Abdullaev.
ABDULLIN Tatar, Bashkir, Uzbek, Kazakh
From the given name Abdullah.
ABDULLOEV Tajik
Means "son of Abdullo".
ABDYKADYROV Kyrgyz
Means "son of Abdykadyr", from a variant of the Arabic name Abd al-Qadir.
ABDYKERIMOV Kyrgyz
Means "son of Abdykerim", derived from the Arabic name Abd al-Karim.
ABDYLDAEV Kyrgyz
Means "son of Abdylday" from a given name either derived from Arabic Abdullah or from Arabic عبد ال (ʿabd al) meaning "servant of the" combined with the Turkish word day meaning "support, foundation".
ABEBE Amharic, Ethiopian
Means "flower" in Amharic.
ABERGEL Judeo-Spanish, Northern African
Sephardic Jewish surname meaning "one-legged" or "one-footed", derived from Arabic رِجْل (rijl) meaning "leg, foot".
ABIOYE Nigerian
From the given name Abioye.
ABKHAZAVA Georgian
Derived from Georgian აფხაზი (apxazi) meaning "Abkhaz person". Alternatively, it may be of Adjarian origin (referring to the Adjara region of Georgia) from the Muslim name Abkhas or Abhas derived from Arabic أَب (ʾab) meaning "father" and خَاصّ (ḵāṣṣ) "special, particular".
ABLET Uyghur
From the given name Ablet.
ABOUELKASSEM Arabic (Egyptian, Rare)
Rare Egyptian form of Abo al-Qassem. A notable bearer is Alaaeldin Abouelkassem (1990–), an Egyptian fencer.
ABRAHAMOWICZ Polish
Means "son of Abraham".
ABRAHAMYAN Armenian
Means "son of Abraham".
ABUBAKAROV Chechen
Means "son of Abu Bakr".
ABULAFIA Judeo-Spanish
Sephardi Jewish surname from Arabic أبو العافية‎‎ (Abū l-ʿāfiya), a combination of أبو (abū) meaning "father (of)", اَل (al) "the", and عافية (ʿāfiya) "health, wellbeing" (see the given name Aafia).
ACHAKZAI Pashto
Means "son of Achak" in Pashto, from the name Achak (referring to Achak Khan, the grandson of Barak Khan, the founder of the Barakzai tribe) combined with Pashto زوی (zoy) meaning "son (of)"... [more]
ACHARYA Indian, Odia, Bengali, Marathi, Nepali
Derived from Sanskrit आचार्य (ācārya) meaning "knowing, teaching" or "teacher, instructor".
ADAMYAN Armenian
Means "son of Adam".
ADHIKARI Nepali, Indian, Bengali, Assamese, Odia
Derived from Sanskrit अधिकार (adhi-kāra) meaning "authority, right, government, rule".
ADHIKARY Indian, Bengali, Assamese, Nepali
Variant transcription of Adhikari.
ADIL Urdu, Arabic, Indian (Muslim)
From the given name Adil.
ADLANI Arabic (Maghrebi)
From the given name Adlène (chiefly Moroccan).
ADLAWAN Filipino, Cebuano, Tagalog
Derived from Cebuano adlawan meaning "daytime" or "daybreak".
ADLEIBA Abkhaz
Most likely from the given name Adlei, itself derived from Arabic عَادِل (ʿādil) meaning "fair, just", combined with Abkhaz аҧа (āpā) meaning "son". Alternatively, it could be from a Georgian word denoting a measure of length equal to approximately one metre, which would therefore have made it a nickname for a short person.
ADVANI Sindhi, Indian
Sindhi Hindu surname meaning "descendant of Adu", most likely referring to the name of a past ancestor of the clan.
ƏFƏNDIYEV Azerbaijani
Means "son of the effendi", derived from the Ottoman title افندي (efendi) meaning "lord, master".
AFFENDI Malaysian
Derived from the given name Affendi (see Effendi).
AFGHANZADA Persian, Afghani
Means "son of the Afghan", from Pashto and Persian افغان‎‎ (afǧân) referring to an inhabitant of Afghanistan or a member of the Pashtun ethnic group combined with the Persian suffix زاده (-zâde) meaning "offspring".
AGARWAL Indian, Bengali, Hindi, Marathi, Telugu, Kannada, Punjabi
Hindu and Jain surname meaning "people of Agroha", referring to a town in the Indian state of Haryana.
AGBAYANI Filipino, Ilocano, Tagalog
Means "to become a hero" in Ilocano.
AGBUYA Filipino, Ilocano
Means "to watch" in Ilocano.
AGCAOILI Filipino, Ilocano, Tagalog
Derived from Ilocano agkawili meaning "to hold on".
AGHAEI Persian
Derived from the Persian title آقا (âqâ) meaning "sir, lord", of Turkic borrowing.
AGRBA Abkhaz
Most likely derived from Abkhaz агыруа (ā́gər-uā) meaning "Mingrelian, farm labourer, serf", historically used to refer to the Mingrelians, an ethic sub-group of the Georgians. Alternatively, it could be from Abkhaz агара (āgārā) meaning "to take" or "to bring"... [more]
AGUZAROV Ossetian (Russified)
Russified form of an Ossetian surname of unknown meaning.
AHARONI Hebrew
From the given name Aharon.
AHLUWALIA Indian, Punjabi
From a village named Ahlu that existed as a misl (state) of the Sikh Confederacy during the 18th century.
AHMADZADEH Persian
From the given name Ahmad combined with the Persian suffix -زاده (-zâde) meaning "offspring".
AHMADZAI Pashto
Means "son of Ahmad" in Pashto. The Ahmadzai are a Pashtun tribe mainly concentrated in Afghanistan and some parts of Pakistan. A notable bearer is Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai (1949-), the current President of Afghanistan.
AHMETAJ Albanian
From the given name Ahmad.
AHO Assyrian
Assyrian surname of unknown meaning.
AIBEKOV Kazakh
Means "son of Aibek".
AIMÉ Haitian Creole, French (African)
Means "loved, love" in French.
AÏT Berber, Northern African
Derived from Tamazight ⴰⵢⵜ (aït) meaning "son", also commonly used a component for compound names and surnames.
AÏTBRAHIM Berber, Northern African
Means "son of Brahim", from Tamazight ⴰⵢⵜ (ait) meaning "son" combined with the Arabic given name Brahim.
AKBARI Persian
From the given name Akbar.
ƏKBƏROV Azerbaijani
Azerbaijani variant of Akbarov.
AKBULUT Turkish
Means "white cloud" in Turkish.
AKHATOV Tatar, Uzbek, Kazakh
Means "son of Akhat".
AKHBA Abkhaz
Derived from Abkhaz akhba meaning "elder" or аб (āb) "father".
AKHMADOV Chechen, Tajik
Means "son of Akhmad".
AKHMADULLIN Tatar, Bashkir
From the given name Ahmadullah.
AKINFEEV Russian
Means "son of Akinfiy".
AKMATOV Kyrgyz
Means "son of Akmat".
ALAKOZAI Pashto
Means "son of Alako", derived from the name Alako (most famously borne by a son of King Zirak Khan of Afghanistan) combined with Pashto زوی (zoy) meaning "son (of)". The Alakozai are a Pashtun sub-tribe of the Durrani inhabiting Afghanistan.
ALAM Bengali (Muslim), Indian (Muslim), Hindi, Pakistani, Urdu, Arabic, Indonesian, Afghani
Means "flag, banner, emblem", derived from the Arabic علم ('alam).
ALAMI Arabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from Arabic عَلِيم (ʿalīm) meaning "knowing, learned, education" (see Alim), mainly used in a religious context.
ALAOUI Arabic (Maghrebi)
Means "relating to Ali (1)" in Arabic (chiefly Moroccan). This is the name of the current ruling royal family of Morocco founded in 1631.
ALAZRAKI Spanish, Judeo-Spanish
Means "the blue one" from Arabic أَزْرَق (ʾazraq) meaning "blue".
ALBAYRAK Turkish
Means "red flag" from Turkish al meaning "red" and bayrak "flag".
ALBORTY Ossetian
Derived from Loir, the name of a village in present-day North Ossetia-Alania.
ALCANTARA Filipino, Tagalog, Cebuano
Variant of Alcántara used in the Philippines.
ALEKSANYAN Armenian
Means "son of Aleksan".
ALEXANDROV Russian
Variant transcription of Aleksandrov.
ALGERIE Arabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from the French Algérie meaning "Algeria" (referring directly to the country itself). It also refers to someone from Annaba, Algeria.
AL-GHAMDI Arabic
Means "the Ghamdi", referring to the Ghamd tribe of Saudi Arabia.
ALHAMBRA Spanish
Refers to the Alhambra, a palace complex located in Granada, Spain. The name itself is derived from Arabic الْحَمْرَاء‎‎ (Al-Ḥamrā) meaning "the red one" or, ultimately, from Arabic أَحْمَر (ʾaḥmar) "red".
AL-HARBI Arabic
Means “belonging to war” from Arabic حَرْب (ḥarb) meaning “war, fight, battle”.
ALIMPIEV Russian
Means "son of Alimpiy", a Russian form of the Greek name Alypius.
ALIOUNE Western African, Wolof
From the given name Alioune (chiefly Mauritanian).
ALIPOUR Persian
Means "descendant of Ali (1)" in Persian.
ƏLIYEV Azerbaijani
Azerbaijani variant of Aliev.
ALIYEV Azerbaijani, Russian, Kazakh
Derived from the given name Ali. This surname is of Arabic origin and is used throughout Central Asia and the Caucasus.
ƏLIZADƏ Azerbaijani
Azerbaijani variant of Alizadeh.
ALIZADE Persian, Azerbaijani
Azerbaijani variant of Alizadeh.
ALIZADEH Persian
From the given name Ali (1) combined with the Persian suffix زاده (-zâde) meaning "offspring".
ALIZAI Pashto
Means "son of Ali" from the given name Ali (1) combined with Pashto زوی (zoy) meaning "son (of)". The Alizai are a Pashtun tribe in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
ALIZODA Tajik
Tajik form of Alizadeh.
AL KUWARI Arabic
Mainly found in Qatar.
ALLALI Arabic (Maghrebi)
Possibly from a shortened form of the name Abd Allah (chiefly Moroccan and Algerian).
ALMANZA Spanish
Originally indicated a person from Almanza, a city in northern Spain. The city's name itself is derived from Arabic المنزل (al-manzil) meaning "the house".
ALMATYEV Kazakh (Rare)
Derived from Almaty, the name of a city in Kazakhstan.
ALMAZAN Filipino, Tagalog
Variant of Almazán used in the Philippines.
ALMAZBEKOV Kyrgyz
Means "son of Almazbek".
AL-MUTAIRI Arabic
Means “the Mutairi” referring to the Mutayr (مطير) tribe of Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.
ALONTO Filipino, Maranao
Meaning uncertain, of Maranao origin.
AL-OTAIBI Arabic
Means "the Otaibi", referring to the Otaibah (عتيبة) tribe of Saudi Arabia and the Arabian peninsula.
AL-QAHTANI Arabic
Means "the Qahtani" in Arabic, referring to a Qahtanite person from the southern Arabian Peninsula and Yemen.
AL-SALEH Arabic
Means "the virtuous" or "the honest" in Arabic (see Salih).
AL SAUD Arabic
From Arabic سُعُود (suʿūd), the verbal noun form of سَعَدَ (saʿada) meaning "to be fortunate, to be propitious". This is the name of the House of Saud (آل سعود), the ruling Royal Family of Saudi Arabia... [more]
AL-SHAMI Arabic
Means "the Levantine or "the Syrian", derived from Arabic شَامِيّ (šāmiyy) meaning "Levantine, Syrian, Damascene".
AL-SHEHRI Arabic
Means "the Shehri" in Arabic, referring to a member of the Shehri (شهري) tribe of Saudi Arabia.
AL-SHISHANI Arabic, Chechen (Expatriate)
Means "the Chechen" in Arabic. This was adopted by Chechens who migrated to the Arab world from the Caucasus.
AL-THANI Arabic
From Arabic الثاني (althani) meaning "the second". This is the family name of the House of Thani, the ruling family of Qatar.
AL-ZAHRANI Arabic
Means "the Zahrani" in Arabic, referring to the Zahran (زهران) tribe in Saudi Arabia. The name itself is derived from Arabic زهراني (zahran) meaning "flowering, blossoming", ultimately from زَهْرَة (zahra) meaning "flower, blossom" (see Zahrah).
AMARASEKARA Sinhalese
Derived from Sanskrit अमर (amara) meaning “undying, immortal, imperishable” combined with शेखर (śekhara) meaning "crown, crest, wreath" or "peak, summit".
AMARASINGHE Sinhalese
Derived from Sanskrit अमर (amara) meaning “undying, immortal, imperishable” combined with सिंह (siṃhá) meaning "lion".
AMARI Arabic (Maghrebi)
From the given name Ammar (chiefly Algerian).
AMBONG Filipino, Cebuano
Denotes a type of hut or shack used as storage for food harvest.
AMETOV Crimean Tatar
Means "son of Amet" in Crimean Tatar.
AMEZIANE Berber, Northern African
Variant transcription of Meziane.
AMIDANE Northern African, Arabic (Maghrebi)
Meaning unknown; used by the native Sahrawi people of the disputed region of Western Sahara. Two known bearers are El Wali Amidane (1986-) and Elkouria Amidane (1985-), both Sahrawi human rights activists.
AMINE Arabic (Maghrebi)
Maghrebi variant of Amin (see Amin).
AMINI Persian, Indonesian, Arabic
From the given name Amin.
AMIR Hebrew
From the given name Amir (2).
AMIRI Persian, Arabic, Swahili
From the given name Amir (1).
ƏMIROV Azerbaijani
Means “son of Əmir”.
AMMARI Arabic (Maghrebi)
From the given name Ammar (chiefly Algerian).
AMRAM Hebrew, Jewish
From the given name Amram.
AMRANI Arabic (Maghrebi)
From the given name Imran (chiefly Moroccan and Algerian).
ANARBAEV Kyrgyz
Derived from Persian انار (anâr) meaning "pomegranate" combined with Turkic bay meaning "rich, wealthy".
ANAY-OOL Tuvan
Derived from Tuvan анай (anay) meaning "goat, kid" combined with оол (ool) meaning "son, boy".
ANDES German
Variant spelling of Anthes.
ANDREADIS Greek
Means "son of Andreas" in Greek.
ANDRONIKASHVILI Georgian
Derived from the Ancient Greek name Andronikos. This was the surname of an important family in Georgia that contributed to politics and military, before the seizure of the country by Russia.
ANGADI Indian, Kannada
From Kannada ಅಂಗಡಿ (aṃgaḍi) meaning "store, shop".
ANVARI Persian
From the given name Anwar.
ANWAR Arabic, Urdu, Bengali
From the given name Anwar.
ANWARI Persian, Indonesian
Variant of Anwar, as well as a Persian variant transcription of Anvari.
ANWARZAI Pashto
Means "son of Anwar" in Pashto, from the given name Anwar combined with Pashto زوی (zoy) meaning "son (of)".
ANWER Urdu, Punjabi, Arabic, Bengali
Variant transcription of Anwar.
ANYAYAHAN Filipino, Tagalog
Means "banquet, bid, treat" in Tagalog.
ANZOROV Chechen
Means "son of Anzor".
ARABI Persian, Arabic
Means "Arab" or "Arabic" in Persian and Arabic.
ARAKELYAN Armenian
Means "son of Arakel".
ARDZINBA Abkhaz
Means "son of silver" from Abkhaz араʒны (ārāʒnə) "silver" and аҧа (āpā) "son".
ARFAOUI Arabic (Maghrebi)
Possibly derived from Arabic عَرَفَ (ʿarafa) meaning "to know" or أَرْفَع (ʾarfaʿ) meaning "high, lofty, elevated" (chiefly Tunisian).
ARIF Urdu, Bengali, Indian (Muslim), Malay, Arabic
From the given name Arif.
ARISTAVA Abkhaz
Mingrelian form of the Abkhaz name Арстаа (Arstaa) ultimately derived from the Ancient Greek personal name Aristarchus.
ARISTIDE Haitian Creole, French (African)
From the given name Aristide. A notable bearer is Jean-Bertrand Aristide (1953-), the 37th and 39th President of Haiti.
ARORA Indian, Hindi, Punjabi, Sindhi
Hindu and Sikh name derived from اروهڙ (Aror), the name of the former capital of Sindh, India (now a part of Pakistan and known as Rohri). The name itself is derived from Hindi and Punjabi Aur meaning "someone else", used by the past Aroras to escape persecution.
ARSANUKAEV Chechen
Chechen family name of unknown meaning.
ARSENISHVILI Georgian
Means "son of Arsen" in Georgian.
ARSHBA Abkhaz
Most likely from a contracted form of Arabic أَرْشَد (ʾaršad) meaning "most sensible, most reasonable" or Persian ارشد (arshad) "senior, superior, eldest" combined with Abkhaz аԥа (āpā) "son".
ARYAL Nepali
Nepali Hindu surname of unknown meaning.
ASADULLIN Tatar, Bashkir
From the given name Asadullah.
ASAROĞLU Turkish
Means "son of Asar".
ASHER Hebrew
From the given name Asher.
ASHER English
Topographic surname denoting someone who dwelled by an ash tree, from Middle English asche "ash tree" combined with the suffix -er.
ASHIQ Punjabi, Urdu
Derived from Arabic عَاشِق (ʿāšiq) meaning "enamored, infatuated" or "admirer, lover", ultimately from عِشْق (ʿišq) "being in love".
ASHKENAZI Hebrew, Jewish
From the name of a kingdom referenced in the Hebrew Bible named Ashkenaz, also used to refer to Jews living in Europe or Slavic countries. The name itself is mostly likely derived from Assyrian Aškūza, in turn, the Assyrians probably based the name off of that of the Scythians.
ASHUBA Abkhaz
Possibly from Abkhaz ашә (āš°) meaning "cheese" or "beech" or ашәа (āš°ā) meaning "song".
ASLANBEKOV Chechen
Means "son of Aslanbek".
ASLANISHVILI Georgian
Means "son of Aslan" in Georgian.
ASLANOV Azerbaijani
Means "son of Aslan".
ASLANYAN Armenian
Means "son of Aslan".
ÁSMUNDSDÓTTIR Icelandic
Means "daughter of Ásmundur".
ASTRUC Judeo-Provençal
Derived from Occitan or Provençal astruc meaning "happy" (see Astruc).
ATAULLIN Bashkir
From the given name Ataullah.
ATHANASOPOULOS Greek
Means "son of Athanasios" in Greek.
AUBAKIROV Kazakh
Means "son of Aubakir".
AURAKZAI Pashto
Variant transcription of Orakzai.
AURANGZEB Urdu
From the given name Aurangzeb.
AUSHEV Ingush (Russified)
Russified form of an Ingush surname derived from Nakh ауш (aush) or аус (aus) literally meaning "rock, slope", figuratively meaning "strong, solid, confident".
AU-YEUNG Chinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese romanization of Ouyang.
AVIDZBA Abkhaz
Derived from Georgian ავი (avi) meaning "currish, severe, sullen" combined with ძე (dze) "son" and Abkhaz аԥа (āpā) "son". The name was most likely borne by Georgians under the spelling Avidze, which was modified with the Abkhaz suffix -ba after migration to Abkhazia.
AVRAMOV Bulgarian
Means "son of Avram".
AXMED Somali
Somali form of Ahmed.
AYARI Arabic (Maghrebi), Persian
Derived from Arabic عَيَّار (ʿayyār) or Persian عیار (ayyâr) meaning "vagabond, loafer, idler" (chiefly Tunisian).
AYBEKOV Kazakh
Variant transcription of Aibekov.
AYOUB Arabic
From the given name Ayoub.
AYOUBI Persian, Pashto, Arabic
From the given name Ayoub.
AYTMATOV Kyrgyz
Means "son of Aytmat".
AYUBI Persian, Pashto, Urdu
Variant transcription of Ayoubi.
AZAM Urdu, Bengali (Muslim), Indian (Muslim), Persian, Arabic
Derived from Arabic أَعْظَم (ʾaʿẓam) meaning "greater, greatest".
AZAMATOV Uzbek
Means "son of Azamat".
AZIZI Persian, Arabic (Maghrebi)
From the given name Aziz.
AZMAT Urdu
Derived from the Arabic عَظَمَة (ʿaẓama) meaning "majesty, glory".
AZOULAI Judeo-Spanish, Northern African
Variant transcription of Azoulay.
AZOULAY Judeo-Spanish, Northern African
Sephardic Jewish surname of disputed meaning; it may be derived from French azur or Spanish azul both meaning "blue" (of Persian origin), from Tamazight izîl meaning "good, pure, sublime", or from an acronym of the Hebrew Biblical passage אִשָּׁ֨ה זֹנָ֤ה וַחֲלָלָה֙ לֹ֣א יִקָּ֔חוּ (’iš-šāh zō-nāh wa-ḥă-lā-lāh lō yiq-qā-ḥū) meaning "They shall not take a wife that is a whore, or profane".
AZULAY Hebrew
Variant of Azoulay.
BABA Nigerian, Yoruba, Western African
From an honourific title used to denote a father, wise man, or an elder.
BABAEV Uzbek, Tajik, Turkmen, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Russian
Variant transcription of Babayev.
BABAYAN Armenian
Derived from Turkish baba meaning "father".
BABIKER Northern African, Arabic
Possibly from Arabic بَكَرَ (bakara) meaning "first born" or "to be early" (chiefly Sudanese).
BACCAY Filipino, Tagalog
Means "to guard" in Tagalog.
BACOLOD Filipino, Hiligaynon
Derived from Hiligaynon bakólod meaning "hill, mound".
BACUNAWA Filipino, Cebuano
Derived from Cebuano bakunawa referring to a type of serpent or dragon in Visayan mythology.
BADAWY Arabic (Egyptian)
From Arabic بَدَوِيّ (badawiyy) meaning "Bedouin".
BADMAEV Buryat, Kalmyk
From the given name Badma.
BAEK Korean
Korean form of Bai, from Sino-Korean 白 (baek) meaning "white".
BAGUIO Filipino, Cebuano
Derived from Cebuano bagyo meaning "typhoon, storm".
BAHRAMI Persian
From the given name Bahram.
BAHŞIŞ Crimean Tatar
Derived from Persian بخشش (baxšeš) meaning "forgiveness, amnesty" or بخشیش‎ (bakhšīš) meaning "present, gratuity, reward".
BAI Indian, Hindi, Punjabi, Telugu, Tamil, Odia, Malayalam
Perhaps derived from Hindi बाई (bāī) meaning "lady".
BAIZHANOV Kazakh
Variant transcription of Bayzhanov.
BAKHTIARI Persian
From the given name Bakhtiar.
BAKSHI Indian, Bengali, Punjabi
Derived from Persian بخشی (baxši) meaning "paymaster, scribe, secretary", used as a title for officials who distributed wages in Muslim armies.
BAKYTBEKOV Kyrgyz (Rare)
Means "son of Bakytbek" in Kyrgyz.
BALINGIT Filipino, Tagalog
Means "cheeks" in Kapampangan.
BALISTRERI Sicilian
Means "archer, crossbowman" or "crossbow maker" in Sicilian.
BALUYOT Filipino, Hiligaynon, Tagalog
Derived from Hiligaynon baluyot meaning "sack, bag, pouch".
BANAAG Filipino, Hiligaynon, Tagalog
Means "gleam, daybreak" or "reflection" in Hiligaynon.
BAÑAGA Filipino, Tagalog (Hispanicized)
Derived from Tagalog banyaga meaning foreigner, stranger" or "foreign".
BANDARA Sinhalese
Possibly derived from Bandāra, a group of guardian deities in the Sinhala Buddhist faith. The term was also used to refer to high officials within the Sinhala Kingdom.
BANGLA Bengali
From বাংলা (Bangla), the endonym of the Bengali people, the region of Bengal (including Bangladesh), and the Bengali language. The word itself is derived either from Vanga, the name of an ancient kingdom on the Indian subcontinent, or from an Austric word meaning "sun god".
BANIAGA Filipino, Tagalog
Derived from Tagalog banyaga meaning "foreigner".
BANSAL Indian, Hindi, Punjabi, Indian (Sikh)
Most likely from Sanskrit वंश (vaṃśa) meaning "bamboo, sugar cane" or "lineage, stock, pedigree".
BAQUIRAN Filipino, Ilocano, Tagalog
Derived from Ilocano bakiran meaning "forest".
BARAKZAI Pashto
Means "son of Barak", from the given name Barak (2) combined with Pashto زوی (zoy) meaning "son (of)". The Barakzai are a Pashtun tribe in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
BARCHO Circassian
Possibly derived from an Adyghe word meaning "band, lace", referring to someone who made ropes or binding tapes, or from a Chechen word referring to a tailor.
BARINOV Russian
Means "son of the boyar", derived from Russian барин (barin) "boyar, nobleman".
BARMAN Indian, Bengali, Assamese
Derived from Sanskrit वर्मा (varman) meaning "armour, shield, protection".
BARON English, French
From the title of nobility, derived from Middle English & Old French baron (ultimately of Germanic origin). Instead of referring to someone of rank, this surname referred to a service in a baronial household or a peasant with ideas above their station... [more]
BARON Irish
Anglicized form of the Irish surname Ó Bearáin (see Barnes).
BASRA Indian, Punjabi
From the name of a city in present-day Iraq, Basra (البصرة‎).
BASSETT English
From Old French basset, which is a diminutive of basse meaning "low, short". It was either used as a nickname for a short person or someone of humble origins.
BASUMATARY Indian, Bodo, Assamese
From a Sanskritized form of the Bodo name बसुमातारी (Baisamatari), which meant "mother earth" or "earthly folks". The name was originally used by landowners or landlords.
BATAWI Indonesian, Arabic
Means "Betawi" in Arabic, referring to an Indonesian ethnic group native to Jakarta. It is mostly borne by Saudi Arabian citizens of Indonesian descent.
BATRA Indian, Hindi, Punjabi
Of unknown meaning, based on a clan of the Hindu and Sikh Arora community.
BAUZON Filipino, Tagalog
Meaning unknown; of Hokkien origin.
BAYU Indonesian
Means "wind" in Indonesian.
BAYZHANOV Kazakh
Means “son of Bayzhan”.
BAZ-OOL Tuvan (Rare)
Means "another boy" from Tuvan база (baza) meaning "also, too, another" combined with оол (ool) "son, boy".
BAZZATY Ossetian
Derived from Georgian ბაზი (bazi) meaning "falcon" or from a given name derived from Tatar базу (bazu) meaning "to dare" (given in hopes that a son would become a warrior).
BEIFONG Popular Culture
Surname of Toph from the American TV show "Avatar: The Last Airbender". Could be derived from the Chinese word "北方 (Běifāng)" meaning "north".
BEKHTI Arabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from Arabic بخت (bakht) "fortune, chance" (see the Persian name Bakhtiar); mainly found in Algeria. A notable bearer is Leïla Bekhti (1984-), a French actress of Algerian origin.
BEKIROV Crimean Tatar
Means "son of Bekir".
BELGASEM Arabic (Maghrebi)
Variant transcription of Belkacem (chiefly Libyan).
BELHADI Arabic (Maghrebi)
From an Arabic name meaning "father of Hadi" (chiefly Algerian).
BELHADJ Arabic (Maghrebi)
Means "son of the pilgrim", from Arabic حَاجّ (ḥājj) meaning "pilgrim" (chiefly Algerian and Tunisian). It mainly refers to a Muslim who has embarked on the Hajj to Mecca.
BELIKOV Russian
Derived from Russian белый (belyy) meaning "white, fair".
BELKACEM Arabic (Maghrebi)
Maghrebi form of Abu al-Qasim meaning "father of Qasim" (chiefly Algerian).
BELKALEM Arabic (Maghrebi)
This is the surname of Essaïd Belkalem (1989-), an Algerian footballer.
BEN Arabic (Maghrebi)
Maghrebi variant of Arabic بْن (bn), a form of اِبْن (ibn) meaning "son (of), offspring". It is often used as a prefix for other Maghrebi patronymic names (such as Benali "son of Ali" or Ben Amor "son of Amor").
BEN AHMED Arabic (Maghrebi)
Means "son of Ahmed"; predominantly used in Tunisia.
BENAÏSSA Arabic (Maghrebi)
Means "son of Aïssa" in Arabic (chiefly Algerian and Moroccan).
BEN ALI Arabic (Maghrebi)
Means "son of Ali (1)" in Arabic (chiefly Tunisian). A notable bearer is Zine El Abidine Ben Ali (1936-), the second President of Tunisia.
BENALI Arabic (Maghrebi)
Means "son of Ali"; used in Algeria and Morocco.
BEN AMOR Arabic (Maghrebi)
Means "son of Umar" in Arabic, chiefly used in Tunisia.
BEN ASHER Hebrew
Means "son of Asher" in Hebrew.
BENAYOUN Judeo-Spanish, Northern African
Moroccan Jewish surname meaning "son of Ayoun", based off of an Amazigh (Berber) transcription of the Hebrew personal name Chayyim.
BEN BRAHIM Arabic (Maghrebi)
Means "son of Brahim" in Arabic (chiefly Maghrebi).
BENBRAHIM Arabic (Maghrebi)
Variant of Ben Brahim (chiefly Moroccan and Algerian).
BEN DAVID Hebrew
Means "son of David" in Hebrew.
BEN DOR Hebrew
Means “son of Dor” in Hebrew.
BEN EZRA Hebrew
Means "son of Ezra" in Hebrew.
BENFARÈS Arabic (Maghrebi)
Means "son of Farès" in Arabic (chiefly Algerian and Moroccan).
BEN HADJ Arabic (Maghrebi)
Means "son of the pilgrim"; the title Hadj refers to a Muslim who has successfully completed the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia. This surname is mainly found in Tunisia.
BEN HAIM Hebrew
Means "son of Chayyim" in Hebrew.
BENHAIM Judeo-Spanish, Northern African
Variant of Ben Haim used by Jews in North Africa.
BENHASSI Arabic (Maghrebi)
A notable bearer is Hasna Benhassi (1978-), a retired Moroccan middle-distance runner.