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ADAIR Celtic
Mostly Scottish surname meaning "at the oak ford".
ADGATE English
Variant of Agate.
ARLEN American
Of uncertain origin. Possibly a form of the German name Erlen or a Gaelic name meaning "pledge" or "oath".
ARLINGTON English
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]
ASBURY English
English location name with the elements as- meaning "east" or "ash tree" and -bury meaning "fortified settlement."
BADDELEY English
From place names in both Suffolk and Staffordshire derived from an Old English personal name, 'Badda,' possibly meaning "battle" and lee or leah for a "woodland clearing," therefore meaning someone from "Badda's woodland clearing."
BEDFORD English
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.
BENEDICT English
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]
BOOKE American
American variant of the German name Buche meaning "beech" in reference to the beech tree. Notable bearer is the actor Sorrell Booke (1930-1994).
BOOTS English, Dutch, German
A variant of Boot meaning "shoemaker" in English or "boatman" in Dutch or German.
BUCHE German
Meaning "beech" and denoting someone who lived near beech trees.
BURL English
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".
BURLEY English
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".
BYRON English
An English place name, earlier Byram, from byre, meaning "farm" and the suffix -ham meaning "homestead". Famously borne by the aristocratic poet, Lord Byron.
BYRUM English
Variant of 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]
CARNELL English
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".
CHAUCER English
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'.
CHAUNCEY American
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]
CLEAVE English
From an English topographical name meaning "cliff".
CLEAVELAND English
Spelling variant of Cleveland.
CLELLAND Scots, Irish
Scottish and Irish topographical name meaning "clay land".
COLLEY English
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]
COLLIS English
A variant of Collins, itself a patronymic of given names Collin or Colin, both ultimately nicknames for Nicholas.
COLONEL American
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.
COOTER English
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.
COTTER English
"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.
CURRIER English
Occupational surname meaning "a worker who prepared leather".
DARDEN English
A habitation name in Northumberland of uncertain origin.
DEFORD French
Variant of Dufort meaning "son of the strong" from French de-, "of" and fort, "strong". Notable namesake is author Frank Deford.
DEWOLF Dutch
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.
DOAK Scots
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.
DOE English
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.
DOZIER French
Meaning "lives near willow trees" or possibly someone who made goods, such as baskets, from willow wood.
EBERT German, American
Believed to be a variant of Herbert or of Everett.
EISENHAUER German
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]
ELDEN English
Variant of Eldon.
ELDON English
Habitation name from the Old English personal name Ella- and -don from dun meaning "hill."
ELICH German, American
Surname meaning "noble" from edelik or edelich. Notable bearer is professional ice hockey player Matt Elich.
EWELL English
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".
EZELL American
Of uncertain origin. The name is found primarily in the southeastern United States, possibly as a variation of Israel or a form of Ezekiel.
FELTON English
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 and Firmin. Expressed in Latin as Firminus.
GERRY English
Diminutive of names containing ger, meaning "spear".
GORHAM English
A name originating from Kent, England believed to come from the elements gara and ham meaning "from a triangular shaped homestead." Compare Gore.
GRADY Irish
From the Gaelic Gráda meaning "noble."
HALLEY English
Location name combining the elements hall as in "large house" and lee meaning "field or clearing."
HALLIE English
Spelling variant of Halley.
HAMLIN English
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 Heinrich or from an English habitation name found in Staffordshire or Shropshire and meaning "road or path" in Welsh.
HENTZ German
From a nickname for Hans or Heinrich.
HOAGLAND American
American form of Scandinavian topographical surnames, such as Swedish Högland or Norwegian Haugland, both essentially meaning "high land".
HOAR English
Nickname meaning gray haired.
HOGG English
An occupational name for someone who herded swine.
HOIT English
A variant of Hoyt.
HOLLING English
Location name for someone who lived near holly trees.
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.
HOYT English
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".
ISHAM English
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.
ISOM English
Variant of Isham.
KEEVER Celtic
From McKeever, a form of McIver, meaning "son of Ivor".
KENDREW English
Variant of Andrew, possibly influenced by McAndrew. Notable namesake is Nobel Prize winning chemist John Kendrew (1917-1997).
KERWIN Irish
Variant of Kirwan.
KIRKMAN English
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.
KIX English (Rare)
Location name from one of two rivers in West Yorkshire called Kex.
LAMB English
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.
LASCELLES French
French location name from Lacelle in Orne, northern France and referring to "small rooms or cells inhabited by monks".
LEAMON English
From an Old English word leof related to love and in this case meaning "beloved" plus the word man.
LIDDIARD English
From Celtic place names in England meaning "gray hill".
LONIE Irish
A variant of Looney meaning "warrior."
LOONEY Irish
From the Irish name O'Luanaigh, "descendant of Luanach," a personal name meaning warrior.
MACGINTY Irish
Patronymic surname from the original Irish Gaelic form 'mac an tsaoi' meaning "son of the scholar". Notable namesake is Irish rugby player Alan Leon "AJ" MacGinty.
MANFORD English
Place name for "Munda's ford" from an Old English personal name Munda, the same element in the second syllable of Edmund and ford meaning a waterway crossing.
MCANDREW Scots, Irish
Irish or Scots surname meaning "son of Andrew".
MENOTTI Italian
From the medieval given name Menotto, a diminutive of Domenico via its short form Menico.
MIER Spanish, Dutch, English (American)
As a Spanish name relates to late summer and means "harvest" or "ripened".... [more]
OKEY English
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.
ORBISON English
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... [more]
PARLEY English
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]
PARMLEY English
Variant of Parley. This form is found more in northern England, specifically Cumberland and Durham, but is of like derivation.
PASTORELLI Italian
An occupational name meaning "shepherd."
PERLEY English
Variant of Parley or Burley.
PINCHOT American
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.
RALEIGH English
English habitation name in Devon meaning "red woodland clearing".
RAYFORD American
From a Germanic personal name with the elements ric- meaning "powerful" and -frid meaning "peace".
REDDEN English
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.'
REDVERS English (British)
Variant of Revere originating in Devon.
RESTON English
Location name from northern England meaning "brush wood settlement" or place where brush wood, also known as rispe, grew.
REXFORD American
American form of German 'Rexforth' thought to mean "kings crossing".
ROMIE Italian
From a diminutive of Roman or its derivative names.
ROWELL English
From a diminutive of Rowland or Rolf or a location name meaning "rough hill".
ROWLING English
From diminutives for the given names Rollo or Rolf. Famous bearer is the author of the Harry Potter series, J. K. Rowling whose initials stand for Joanne Kathleen.
SCAGGS English
Variant of Skaggs both of English origin and unknown meaning. Famous bearer is singer Boz Scaggs (1944-) of the Steve Miller Band and the band Toto.
SELMER German
Teutonic name meaning "hall master" for a steward or keeper of a large home or settlement.
SKAGGS English
English name of unknown meaning occurring mainly in Hertfordshire. A noted bearer is American country music artist Ricky Skaggs (1954-).
SLIM English
A characteristic name for someone noted for being thin.
SMILEY Scots, English
From elements small and lea 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.
TWAIN American
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]
VANDYKE Dutch
Topographic name for someone living near a dyke or levee. Dykes are common structures for keeping lands dry in the low lying Netherlands. ... [more]
VASSAR French, English
Name indicating the status of "a vassal or serf" in feudal society.
VASSIE French, English
Meaning "playful or merry" for a cheerful person.
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.
WADSWORTH English
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 Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882) for whom the middle name was his mother's maiden name.
WILBURN English
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.
WINFORD English
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.
WOODNUT English
From a rare Anglo-Saxon personal name meaning "bold as Wade" and meant to honor the legendary Germanic sea-giant named Wade.
WOODSON English
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."
ZELLMER German
Variant of Selmer.