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Mostly Scottish surname meaning "at the oak ford".
Of uncertain origin. Possibly a form of the German name Erlen
or a Gaelic name meaning "pledge" or "oath".
Location name that refers to a settlement associated with a personal name reduced to Arl-
plus the Anglo-Saxon patronymic element -ing-
then the element -ton
denoting a "settlement"... [more]
English location name with the elements as-
meaning "east" or "ash tree" and -bury
meaning "fortified settlement."
From place names in both Suffolk and Staffordshire derived from an Old English personal name, 'Badda,' possibly meaning "battle" and lee
for a "woodland clearing," therefore meaning someone from "Badda's woodland clearing."
From the English county Bedfordshire and its principal city or from a small community in Lancashire with the same name. The name comes from the Old English personal name Beda
, a form of the name Bede
and the location element -ford
meaning "a crossing at a waterway." Therefore the name indicates a water crossing once associated with a bearer of the medieval name.
Of Latin origin. Due to an early association as a saint's name and a papal name, often said to mean "blessed." Originally the Latin elements are 'bene-' meaning "good" or as an adverb "well" plus '-dict,' meaning "spoken." Thus, the literal meaning is "well spoken." ... [more]
American variant of the German name Buche
meaning "beech" in reference to the beech tree. Notable bearer is the actor Sorrell
Meaning "beech" and denoting someone who lived near beech trees.
Old English occupational name originally meaning "cup bearer" or "butler" for one who dispensed wine and had charge of the cellar. Eventually the name came to mean the chief servant of a royal or noble household and was replaced by the French language inspired named 'Butler,' akin to the world "bottler".
English habitation name from the elements burh
meaning "stronghold or fortified settlement" and leah
meaning "field or clearing".
BURNEY English, Irish
Form of the French place name of 'Bernay' or adapted from the personal name Bjorn
, ultimately meaning "bear".
An English place name, earlier Byram, from byre
, meaning "farm" and the suffix -ham
meaning "homestead". Famously borne by the aristocratic poet, Lord Byron.
CABELL Catalan, English, German
As a Catalan name, a nickname for "bald" from the Spanish word cabello
. The English name, found primarily in Norfolk and Devon, is occupational for a "maker or seller of nautical rope" that comes from a Norman French word... [more]
A crossbowman or archer who protected castles and fortresses.
CARVILLE French, Irish
As a French location name it comes from a settlement in Normandy. As an Irish name it derives from a word for "warrior".
CAVE Norman, French, English
A name of various possible origins. As a Norman French name Cave can mean "bald" from cauf
or it can mean "worker in a wine cellar" or "one who dwelt in or near a cave". As an English name Cave refers to a Yorkshire river whose fast current inspired the name meaning "swift".
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'.
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
CHRYSLER German, Jewish
From a German name referring to spinning or related to a Yiddish word, krayzl
meaning "spinning top." The name can refer to a potter who spun a wheel to make utensils or to a person with curly hair or someone known for being continually active... [more]
From an English topographical name meaning "cliff".
With variant Coley
, can mean "dark" or "blackbird" or it can be a nickname for Nicholas. Colley was used as a surname for generations of students from the same family taught by a teacher over many years in James Hilton's sentimental novel "Goodbye, Mr... [more]
A variant of Collins
, itself a patronymic of given names Collin or Colin, both ultimately nicknames for Nicholas.
From a French word for a military rank of an officer who led a column of regimental soldiers. Could be a nickname for someone with a military bearing or demeanor.
A Sussex, England surname of uncertain meaning. Could be a local pronunciation of Cotter
, meaning "cottage dweller" for a serf in the feudal system allowed to live in a cottage in exchange for labor on the cottage owner's estate.
"A cottage dweller", a name in the feudal system for a serf allowed to live in a cottage in exchange for labor on the cottage owner's estate.
Occupational surname meaning "a worker who prepared leather".
A habitation name in Northumberland of uncertain origin.
Variant of Dufort
meaning "son of the strong" from French de-
, "of" and fort
, "strong". Notable namesake is author Frank
A nickname for one identified with the animal or from a place noted for a sign showing a picture of a wolf. Signs with easily understood pictographs communicated the names of locations in preliterate Europe.
A Scots Gaelic name said to be either an Anglicized version of Dabhóc
that is a pet form of the given name David or a pet form of the given name Caradoc.
An English nickname for a gentle person from the word for a female deer. Originally a female first name transferred to use as a surname. Well known in American law as a hypothetical surname for a person unnamed in legal proceedings, as in Jane Doe or John Doe.
Meaning "lives near willow trees" or possibly someone who made goods, such as baskets, from willow wood.
Occupational name meaning "iron cutter" where Eisen-
means "iron" and -hauer
means "hewer". The verb 'hew' being less well used in English than in earlier times, but still understood to mean cut, such as in hewing tree limbs... [more]
Habitation name from the Old English personal name Ella-
ELICH German, American
Surname meaning "noble" from edelik
. Notable bearer is professional ice hockey player Matt Elich.
Habitation name from the town of Ewell in Surrey or from Temple Ewell or Ewell Manor, both in Kent or Ewell Minnis near Dover. Originally from Old English Aewill
meaning "river source" or "spring".
Of uncertain origin. The name is found primarily in the southeastern United States, possibly as a variation of Israel or a form of Ezekiel.
A habitation name composed of the elements feld-
, meaning "field or pasture" and -tun
, meaning "settlement."
FIRMAN English, French
From a medieval personal name meaning "firm, resolute, strong man." Borne by early saints and bishops. First name variants Firman
. Expressed in Latin as Firminus.
Diminutive of names containing ger
, meaning "spear".
A name originating from Kent, England believed to come from the elements gara
meaning "from a triangular shaped homestead." Compare Gore
Location name combining the elements hall
as in "large house" and lee
meaning "field or clearing."
From an Old English word meaning "home" or "homestead" and a diminutive suffix -lin
HARWOOD English, Scots
Habitation name found especially along the border areas of England and Scotland, from the Old English elements har
meaning "gray" or hara
referring to the animals called "hares" plus wudu
for "wood"... [more]
HENCE German, English, Welsh
An American spelling variant of Hentz
derived from a German nickname for Hans
or from an English habitation name found in Staffordshire or Shropshire and meaning "road or path" in Welsh.
American form of Scandinavian topographical surnames, such as Swedish Högland
or Norwegian Haugland
, both essentially meaning "high land".
An occupational name for someone who herded swine.
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.
Generally a topographical name for someone who lived on a hill or other high ground. As such Hoyt is related to words such as heights or high. Hoyt is also possibly a nickname for a tall, thin person where the original meaning is said to be "long stick".
The name of a village in Northamptonshire, England from the Celtic name of a local river Ise
and the Anglo-Saxon term for a small settlement or homestead -ham
Variant of Andrew
, possibly influenced by McAndrew
. Notable namesake is Nobel Prize winning chemist John Kendrew (1917-1997).
A name originally found in both Scotland and England. From Kirk-
meaning "church" and -man
for someone who lived near or worked at a church.
A nickname for a gentle or malleable person or an occupational name for someone who raised or cared for young sheep. Can take the form Lum
French location name from Lacelle in Orne, northern France and referring to "small rooms or cells inhabited by monks".
From an Old English word leof
related to love
and in this case meaning "beloved" plus the word man
From the Irish name O'Luanaigh, "descendant of Luanach," a personal name meaning warrior.
Patronymic surname from the original Irish Gaelic form 'mac an tsaoi' meaning "son of the scholar". Notable namesake is Irish rugby player Alan Leon
Place name for "Munda's ford" from an Old English personal name Munda
, the same element in the second syllable of Edmund
meaning a waterway crossing.
Location name meaning "lives near oak trees".
OLIN English, Dutch
English or Dutch name meaning either "from a low lying area" or from the word Hollander meaning "one from the Netherlands" a country well known for a low lying landscape.
From a village in Lincolnshire, England originally called Orby and later Orreby that is derived from a Scandinavian personal name Orri-
and the Scandinavian place element -by
which means "a farmstead or small settlement."
ORLEY Dutch, Flemish, English
A surname of uncertain origin found among the Dutch, Flemish and English. In England the name is primarily found in Yorkshire and Devon. Orley may be an adapted form of a French name D'Orley
or a nickname for Orlando
A place name meaning "pear field" from Old English 'per' with 'lee' or 'lea' meaning a field or clearing, perhaps where land was cleared to cultivate pear trees. Therefore this name denotes someone who lived near or worked at such a location or came from a habitation associated with the name... [more]
Variant of Parley
. This form is found more in northern England, specifically Cumberland and Durham, but is of like derivation.
Of unknown origin. Historically, borne most famously by Gifford
Pinchot (1865 - 1946) first Chief of the United States Forest Service.
PRESS English, Jewish
A nickname for a pious individual from the Middle English form of "priest" or possibly someone employed by a priest. In the Jewish sense, one whose occupation was to iron clothes.
English habitation name in Devon meaning "red woodland clearing".
From a Germanic personal name with the elements ric-
meaning "powerful" and -frid
Location name meaning "clearing or cleared woodland." Communities called Redden include one in Roxburghshire, Scotland and another in Somerset, England. A notable bearer is actor Billy Redden who played the dueling banjoist Lonnie in the 1972 film 'Deliverance.'
Location name from northern England meaning "brush wood settlement" or place where brush wood, also known as rispe
American form of German 'Rexforth' thought to mean "kings crossing".
Teutonic name meaning "hall master" for a steward or keeper of a large home or settlement.
English name of unknown meaning occurring mainly in Hertfordshire. A noted bearer is American country music artist Ricky
A characteristic name for someone noted for being thin.
SMILEY Scots, English
From elements small
meaning "a small clearing" or as a nickname may refer to a person of happy disposition known for smiling.
THAIN Scots, English
Occupational surname meaning a nobleman who served as an attendant to royals or who was awarded land by a king.
THANE Scots, English
Occupational surname meaning a nobleman who served as an attendant to royals or who was awarded land by a king. Variant of Thain
Most famously borne in the pen name of American author and one time Mississippi riverboat pilot Mark Twain (1835-1910), whose real name is Samuel Langhorne Clemens
. The term twain
is an Old English word for "two." The name Mark Twain is derived from a riverboat term meaning a mark of two fathoms depth on a line sunk in the river... [more]
Topographic name for someone living near a dyke or levee. Dykes are common structures for keeping lands dry in the low lying Netherlands. ... [more]
VERNE French, English
As a French surname refers to someone who lived where alder trees grew. While the English version can mean someone who lived where ferns grew, Verne can also mean a seller of ferns which in medieval times were used in bedding, as floor coverings and as animal feed.
Location name from Yorkshire meaning "Wæddi's enclosure or settlement" with Wæddi
being an old English personal name of unknown meaning plus the location element -worth
. Notable bearer is Henry
(1807-1882) for whom the middle name was his mother's maiden name.
A habitation name of uncertain origin found in the East Midlands. Speculation includes the possibility of the meaning "well" and "burn, borne" therefore meaning one who lived near a well or spring by a waterway crossing.
English location name meaning "from a white ford or water crossing" or "from a meadow ford".
WOLK German, American
Surname derived from a northern German short form of the given name Walter.
From a rare Anglo-Saxon personal name meaning "bold as Wade" and meant to honor the legendary Germanic sea-giant named Wade
From a location in Yorkshire, England earlier spelled Woodsome
and meaning "from the houses in the wood" or possibly a patronymic meaning "descendant of a wood cutter or forester."