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Derived from a surname. It is the name of a parish in Fife, Scotland, on the northern shore of the Frith of Forth, whence the possessor took his surname; from Aber, marshy ground, a place where two or more streams meet; and cruime or crombie, a bend or crook... [more]
Means "father of rouphael
" in Arabic, used especially in Lebanon and the Maghreb region (Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia).
Absher comes from either the German surname Habich
, which comes from the surname hawk
. Literally meaning someone who had hawk-like features.
From an Old English surname: a place name which meant "Oak meadow". A variation of this is: "dwells at the oak tree meadow". ... [more]
Topographic name from northern Middle English ake
"oak" and royd
AFFLECK Galician, Scottish
Variation of Auchinleck, a town near Dundee, Scotland... Ben & Casey Affleck are famous bearers of the name. Auchinleck appears to have been one of those places where the ancient Celts and Druids held conventions, celebrated their festivals, and performed acts of worship... [more]
Related to any one of several mountains in Turkey by the name of Akdağ, this surname literally derives its meaning from the words ak
meaning "white" and dağ
meaning "mountain" and probably denoted someone who lived in the proximity of such a mountain.
Derived from the medieval French masculine given name Albinet
, which was a diminutive (as the -et
suffix indicates) of the given name Albin
(or Alfano) three possibilities: from the German word halfer
("helper"), from a place called Alfano, which is supposed to be from the Arab al fannan
("wild donkey"), and Alfana is the name of a race (as in type) of Arab horses, so could be someone related to horses.
Habitational name demoting someone originally from the municipality of Almazán
in Castile and León, Spain. The name itself is derived from Arabic المكان المحصن (al-makān al-ḥiṣn)
meaning "the fortified place" or "the stronghold".
(or Alpino) possibly denoting a person from the Alpes.
There are two hypotheses: the first is it derived from the Latin name Amelius which came from Amius, name of Etruscan origin; the other is it derived from Amali, name of a mighty Ostrogothic family, which means "virgin of the forest".
ANDRULEWICZ Lithuanian (Modern, Rare), Polish (Modern, Rare), Jewish (Modern, Rare), Latvian
, it means "ben-Adam"
("ben" being "son" in Hebrew; Adam meaning "man"). The Andrulevičiuses were originally Sephardic kohanim whom immigrated to Lithuania, and then Poland, Latvia, and other countries.
BALIJA Indian, Telugu
It is a Telugu name, denoting either "traders/merchants" or "agriculturists".
BANKSY English, Popular Culture
This is pseudonyms Banksy is a pseudonymous England-based graffiti artist, political activist, film director, and painter. Banksy's real name might be Robin Gunningham. How Banksy got his pseudonym is unknown... [more]
BARBON French (Quebec)
Derived from the nickname barbon
meaning "old codger" as well as referring to a "confirmed bachelor".
SURNAME Town cryer, or someone who shouts out notices
The earliest recorded spelling of the surname was "Besant", "Bezant", or "Beasant", which comes from an old French word "besant", which, in turn, was derived from the Latin term "byzantius aureus". The "byzantius" or "bezant" was a gold coin named after the city of Byzantium (ancient name in BC, later named 'Constantinople' in 330 AD)... [more]
BEER English, German, Dutch, German (Swiss)
Habitational name from any of the forty or so places in southwestern England called Beer(e) or Bear(e). Most of these derive their names from the West Saxon dative case, beara, of Old English bearu ‘grove’, ‘wood’ (the standard Old English dative bearwe being preserved in Barrow)... [more]
Aristocratic surname from French
, meaning "beautiful grove"; comes from a place name in Leicestershire. A famous namesake is British polar explorer Belgrave Ninnis, who perished in Antarctica on a 1912 expedition.
Habitational name from either of two places called Benington, in Hertfordshire and Lincolnshire, or from Long Bennington in Lincolnshire. The first is recorded in Domesday Book as Benintone
"farmstead or settlement (Old English tūn
) by the Beane river"; both Lincolnshire names are derived from the Old English personal name Beonna
combined with -ing-
, a connective particle denoting association, and tūn
Topographic name composed of the Middle High German elements burc
"castle" "protection" and halter
Italian regional surname denoting someone who lived by a canal. From the Italian canale
'canal', from the Latin canalis
meaning "canal; conduit; groove; funnel; or ditch". Alternatively, it may come the genus name of wild cinnamon, a diminutive of the Latin canna
Habitational name from places in the provinces of Almería and Logroño named Cárdenas, from the feminine plural of cárdeno
"blue, bluish purple" (Late Latin cardinus
, from carduus
Comes from the Irish Gaelic Mac Cathmhaoil
, which was Anglicized to McCawell
and then morphed into Caulfield. Mac Cathmhaoil
comes from a word meaning "chieftan".
CERTIC Hungarian (Modern)
this is my father's family name. I did not grow up with him but have been told his family came here from Hungary. He was born in Marianna Pennsylvania.
CHAMPLIN Belgian, English
Means Champion, was a family name in Belgium, a status and influence that was envied by the princes of the region.... [more]
CHUCKLER Indian, Telugu
Telugu occupational name for a leather worker, a job historically considered spiritually polluting and impure in India, where the surname belongs to Dalit
, or "Untouchables" - members of the lowest caste.
Uncommon name originating in Italy. Legend says that it was used for the offspring of a king and one of his maids. Meaning is most likely something like "little nothing".
CROOK Scottish, English
Possible origin a medieval topographical surname, denoting residence from the Middle English word "crok" from the Old NOrse "Krokr". Possibly a maker or seller of hooks. Another possibility is meaning crooked or bent originally used of someone with a hunch back.
CULBERT Anglo-Saxon, Irish, English, Scottish
Meaning and origin are uncertain. Edward MacLysaght (The Surnames of Ireland, 1999, 6th Ed., Irish Academic Press, Dublin, Ireland and Portland, Oregon, USA) states that this surname is of Huguenot (French Protestant) origin, and found mainly in Ireland's northern province of Ulster... [more]
DELOREY French (Anglicized)
Anglicized version of Deslauriers
, a topographic name for someone living among laurels, a combination of the fused preposition and plural definite article des ‘from the’ + the plural of Old French lorier ‘laurel’.
From the name of various places in England, most of which meant "farm in the valley" (from Old English denu
"valley" + ham
"homestead"). Notable bearers of the surname included John Denham (1615-1669), an English poet; British Labour politician John Denham (1953-); and British actor Maurice Denham (1909-2002).
DODIE Scottish (Modern)
Dodie is a Scottish shortening of the name "Dorothy" it is quite rare and one of the only famous people with this name is the singer/songwrite Dodie Clark.
The Wallachian name for dragon was "Drac" or "Dracul". Vlad II of Wallachia joined a semi-secret order known as The Order of the Dragon and took the name Vlad Dracul. The word "Drac" can also mean "devil" or "evil spirit"... [more]
Ornamental name derived from German Edelstein
"gemstone; precious stone".
From an English surname meaning "servant of Fair", Fair
being derived from Old English fæger
used as a personal name.
Original from Rome, Roman conquerors went to Iberia in about 140 B.C. and named a town in Iberia Fariza
which was a tree. This town still exists today, and was also mentioned in the book 'El Cid'... [more]
In Islam Imam Hussain's brother (Abbas) was named Fazal, however he was not his biological brother. Imam Hasan was his biological brother. Fazal was rather referred to as Abbas, in his life (c. 566 – c. 653 CE) he was referred to as Abbas and is also referred to today as Abbas
FERRAND French, English
This French surname can be derived from a given name (thus making it a patronymic surname) as well as from a nickname (thus making it a descriptive surname). In the case of a patronymic surname, the surname is derived from the medieval French masculine given name Ferrand
, which was a variant form of the name Fernand
, itself a contraction of Ferdinand
This name comes from the German feuer meaning fire, and stein meaning stone. This was a name commonly given to a blacksmith.
FISKE English, Norwegian
From the traditionally Norwegian habitational surname, from the Old Norse fiskr
"fish" and vin
"meadow". In England and Denmark it was a surname denoting someone who was a "fisherman" or earned their living from selling fish.
Originally spelled Ffrost (the double ff is a Welsh letter). The Welsh word ffrost refered to someone who is excessively bold or a brag, especially with regard to warrior feats. Edmund Ffrost signed his name this way on the ship's register of the boat which brought him to the Massachussett's Bay Colony in 1631... [more]
GAVAZANSKY Belarusian, Jewish
Means "from the town of Gavezhno". Gavezhno is a town in Belarus. For more information go here http://www.jewishgen.org/Belarus/newsletter/54surnames.htm
Derived from Slavic gaj
"grove", this name denoted a forest warden.
GILLESPIE Scottish, Irish
Gillespie can be of Scottish and Irish origin. The literal meaning is "servant of bishop", but it is a forename rather than a status name. The Irish Gillespies, originally MacGiollaEaspuig, are said to to be called after one Easpog Eoghan, or Bishop Owen, of Ardstraw, County Tyrone... [more]
Patronym from a Germanic name: good or god + man.
GRAF Jewish, Yiddish
Ornamental name selected, like Herzog
and other words denoting titles, because of their aristocratic connotations.
GUTHRIE Scottish, Irish, German
Scottish: habitational name from a place near Forfar, named in Gaelic with gaothair
‘windy place’ (a derivative of gaoth
‘wind’) + the locative suffix -ach
. Possibly an Anglicized form of Scottish Gaelic Mag Uchtre
‘son of Uchtre
’, a personal name of uncertain origin, perhaps akin to uchtlach
HARMSE Dutch, Low German
The surname Harmse is derived from Harms or Harm, a Low-German / Niederdeutsch surname or name. In Plattdeutsch/Low Saxon the word sine is used as a possessive construction, hence Harmse indicates that it is the child of Harms, Harm, or Harmensze... [more]
HAWLEY English, Anglo-Saxon
Means "hedged meadow". It comes from the English word haw
, meaning "hedge", and Saxon word leg
, meaning "meadow". The first name Hawley
has the same meaning.
HAY English, Scottish, Irish, Welsh, French, Spanish, German, Dutch, Frisian
Scottish and English: topographic name for someone who lived by an enclosure, Middle English hay(e)
(Old English (ge)hæg
, which after the Norman Conquest became confused with the related Old French term haye
‘hedge’, of Germanic origin)... [more]
HERBARTH German, Norman
References Old Norse Deity "Odin" being one of the "Son's of Odin". Remember that the Geats became the Ostrogoths through the Denmark pass--referenced in Beowulf. Or, it means "Warrior of the Bearded One", perhaps a King... [more]
HERITAGE English (Rare)
English status name for someone who inherited land from an ancestor, rather than by feudal gift from an overlord, from Middle English, Old French (h)eritage
‘inherited property’ (Late Latin heritagium
, from heres
A fair someone. One who does a fair thing. Hill is which lives on a hill, other meanings of a fine hill, good for agriculture, hillfair as a fair hill.
HUVAL French (Cajun)
The Huval name has historically been labeled German or Acadian (Cajun), however, recently more information has been discovered that shows the Huvals came directly from France.... [more]
INQUIETI Italian (Rare)
would like to know if any one out there has heard of this name and what part of italy it comes from gt grand father corneluse inquiete/i came to england from parma italy in 1872/4 age 37/8 married in 1875... [more]
Another of the names brought to England in the eleventh century by the Normans, and mentioned in the Domesday Book. Originally a masculine name only.
The surname Joof (English spelling in Gambia) whit its derivatives Juuf / Juf (Seereer proper) or Diouf (French spelling in Senegal and Mauritania) is a Senegambian surname found amongst the Seereer people of Senegal, the Gambia and Mauritania... [more]
KARAL Indian, Bengali
This Surname was given in honour by the Britishers to Nikhil Chandra Banerjee to recognize his efforts in constructing The Karali Kali temple in Dhaka,now the capital of Bangladesh. It was a very expensive construction and still attracts tourists every year... [more]
Kline is one of the smaller groups of anglicized forms of the German surname Klein.... [more]
KNOWLES English, Irish
As an English surname it is derived from a genitive or plural form of Middle English knolle
meaning "hilltop, hillock", denoting a person who either lived at the top of a hill or near a hillock, or hailed from one of the many places in England named with this word.... [more]
Metronymic form of KUNE
. This surname is most famous for its association with the American actress named Mila Kunis.
KUNNATHUPARAMBIL Malayalam (Rare)
Elamkunnapuzha-Kunnathuparambil Family has a rich history of around 200 years and traces its origins to a small village called Elamkunnapuzha in Ernakulam District. It was at that time one of our ancestors migrated from Elamkunnapuzha to a small village called Vennoor, near Mala in Thrissur District for his livelihood... [more]
LABRADOR Spanish, Portuguese, Filipino
From the root word "labora" meaning labor or work. This means laborer or worker but often associated to farmers as in San Isidro Labrador
LALIEV Ossetian (Russified)
Russified form of an Ossetian surname derived from Georgian ლალი (lali)
meaning "ruby", ultimately from Sanskrit लाल (lāl)
LAMA Tibetan, Nepali
A Buddhist name found among people of Tibet and Nepal, from the Tibetan blama
, meaning "priest" or "monk".
English (chiefly Devon and Cornwall): Medieval English and occupational, from pre-10th century Old French "lavandier". Introduced by the Normans after 1066, originally described a worker in the wool industry, and was a metonymic or nickname for a person employed to wash raw wool or rinse the cloth after fulling... [more]
LEPSY Slavic (Rare), Turkish (Rare)
Possibly dating back to the Ottoman Empire's invasion of Europe, the original Turkic meaning is veiled in mystery, and possibly meant "one who comes from the edge of the lake." ... [more]
LISZOVICS Polish, Jewish
This surname has Eastern European connections and has been used by the Jewish population.
LITTMAN German (East Prussian), German (West Prussian), German, Jewish
Derived from Germanized Czech personal names like Litomir (Czech: Ljutomir) and Litobor (Czech: Ljutobor) which ultimately go back to Old Slavic ljutu
"grim; fierce; ferocious; wild". One theory suggests, however, that these given names might have been influenced by ljub-
"love; dear".... [more]
It comes from the name "liswoze" which means to be a all around "good person". Even though it is a nickname, It may have been derived from occupation because of the name's meaning to be a "Funny man".
Habitational name from any of various places called Löwenthal.
LÖWENTHAL Jewish, Swedish
Ornamental name composed of German Löwe
"lion" and T(h)al
"valley"; in some cases the Jewish name would have been an ornamental elaboration associated with the personal name Levy
or with personal names meaning "lion".
Lund is also a Punjabi last name (i.e. from Punjab state of India/Pakistan)
First found in County Monaghan located in the Northern part of the Republic of Ireland in the province of Ulster, at Truagh where they were known as the Lords of Truagh.... [more]
MADIGA Indian, Telugu
Telugu occupational name for a leather worker, a job historically considered polluting and impure in India, where the surname belongs to Dalit
, or "Untouchables" - members of the lowest caste.
MANTIA English (?)
This is my last name. I honestly don't know where it came from. But it's a last name because it's mine lol
Nickname from Middle High German mast "fat", "stout".
Occupational name for a swineherd, from Middle Dutch mast
"swine fodder", or a topographic name for someone from a place rich in animal fodder, for example acorns.
Derived from a place name (Matlock in Derbyshire) meaning ‘meeting-place oak’ from Old English mæthel
‘meeting’, ‘gathering’, ‘council’ and ac
MAULEON Spanish (Archaic)
All I know is that there is a place in spain "Basque Country" that their town, apartments, holtes are named Mauleon. The language spoken is Basque a form of "Spanish and French"
In Scotland, the names were spelled according to sound so there are many variations of the spelling including Meek, Meeke, Meik, Meech, Mekie and other spellings. After hard times in Scotland, many Meeks' left for Australia Ireland, and North America.
It comes from the latin given name ERMACORA. the Sain Bishop of Aquileia, near Venice.
MOLCHAN Russian, Ukrainian
From the Russian word молчан meaning "silent" it was often used as a nickname for someone who was soft-spoken and as a given name following Baptism
MORALEE English, French
First found in Norfolk where they were seated from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings.
The surname Moran, originating in counties Mayo and Sligo of Connaught, is the shortened version of O'Moran, Anglicized form of the older O'Morain "grandson of the great one" with the Old Irish root mor 'great, big' (denoting stature and/or character).
Probably they originate from Murva (Transilvania-Siklód http://hu.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sikl%C3%B3d).
MUSLIM Arabic, Indonesian, Pakistani, Indian (Muslim)
From the Arabic مُسْلِم (muslim)
, the active participle of أَسْلَمَ (ʾaslama)
"to surrender, expose" (from the same root of the word Islam
). The term denotes a follower of Islam.
The name of a family of Lebanese goldsmiths descended from the Ottoman Prince Hanna, the name itself refers to the actual sound the hammer makes as it hits the gold. This is the French spelling but the original Arabic spelling is äÞÑæÑ ; other spellings in the Latin alphabet include Nakrour and Nacrur.
NAIMAN Ukrainian, Jewish
Before Genghis Khan conquered the world, he conquered his neighbors, and his last great victory, in 1204, was over a tribe of Turkic Christians called the Naiman. (Some Naimans today are Christian but most are Jewish.)... [more]
a nickname taken from the plantname Aconitum napellus
, possibly for someone with a 'venerous' character (because the plant is venerous)
Means "black" in French, originally used in Northern France as an ethnic nickname for someone from Southern France, Spain, Italy or North Africa. It also may have been used for someone who wore dark clothing or for someone who had an occupation during the night or was associated with the night.
Derived from the two Swedish words "norden" which refers to the region of Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Norway and Iceland. The other word, skiöld, is an old way of spelling the word "sköld" that means shield.... [more]
ODDA Indian, Tamil
It is a Tamil name, denoting agriculture, such as workers and laborers.
ODERASAK Yoruba (Rare)
It is Yoruba mispronunciation of the the name Oscar. It was a middle name that became a last name.
ÖVALL Swedish (Rare)
Combination of Swedish ö
"island" and vall
"wall, pasture, field of grass".
From the Middle English personal name Pain(e)
(Old French Paien
, from Latin Paganus
), introduced to Britain by the Normans. The Latin name is a derivative of pagus
"outlying village", and meant at first a person who lived in the country (as opposed to Urbanus
"city dweller"), then a civilian as opposed to a soldier, and eventually a heathen (one not enrolled in the army of Christ)... [more]