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AAMIR Urdu
From the given name 'AAMIR.
AAZIZ Arabic
From the given name AZIZ.
ABABNEH Arabic
Meaning uncertain.
ABAEV Ossetian, Uzbek, Kazakh, Turkmen
Possibly derived from Proto-Turkic *bāj meaning “rich, noble”.
ABAKUMOV Russian
Means "son of ABAKUM".
ABANTAS Filipino, Maranao
Means "long-lived" in Maranao.
ABAZA Arabic (Egyptian)
Refers to a member of the Abkhaz or Abazin (Abaza) ethnic groups of the Caucasus.
ABDALLA Arabic
From the given name ABD ALLAH.
ABDALLAH Arabic
From the given name ABD ALLAH.
ABDELLAHI Western African, Wolof
From the given name ABDELLAH (chiefly Mauritanian).
ABDELMASSIH Arabic
Means "servant of the anointed (Christ)" from Arabic عبد ال (‘abd al) meaning "servant of the" and مسيح (masīḥ) meaning "anointed, Messiah, Christ", used by Arabic-speaking Christians.
ABDELNOUR Arabic
From the given name ABD AL-NUR.
ABDILLA Maltese
Maltese form of ABD ALLAH.
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... [more]
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.
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.
ABECASSIS Judeo-Spanish
From Hebrew אָב (áv) meaning "father" and Arabic قَصَّاص (qaṣṣāṣ) meaning "storyteller, narrator" (used as a title for community leaders and rabbis among North African Jews).
ABERGEL Judeo-Spanish
Means "one-legged" or "one-footed" in Moroccan Arabic, from Arabic رِجْل (rijl) meaning "leg, foot".
ABIOYE Western African, Yoruba
From the given name ABIOYE.
ABITBOL Judeo-Spanish
Means "father of drums" (figuratively referring to a drum maker) from Arabic أَبُو (abū) meaning "father" and طَبْل (ṭabl) meaning "drum".
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".
ABKHAZI Georgian
Means "Abkhaz person" in Georgian, referring to a member of the Abkhaz ethnic group inhabiting the Black Sea coast. This was the name of a Georgian family of princely status descended from the Shervashidze ruling family of Abkhazia.
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.
ABRAHAMIAN Armenian
Variant transcription of ABRAHAMYAN.
ABRAHAMOWICZ Polish
Means "son of ABRAHAM".
ABRAHAMYAN Armenian
Means "son of ABRAHAM".
ABRAMOV Russian, Jewish
Means "son of Abram".
ABTAHI Persian
Possibly denoted someone who originally came from a location named Abtah in Saudi Arabia.
ABUBAKAROV Chechen
Means "son of ABU BAKR".
ABULAFIA Judeo-Spanish
From Arabic أبو العافية‎‎ (abū l-ʿāfiya) meaning "father of health" from أبو (abū) meaning "father" and عافية (ʿāfiya) meaning "health, well-being".
ACAR Turkish
Means "sturdy, hardy" or "bold, fearless" in Turkish.
ACHAKZAI Pashto
Means "son of ACHAK" in Pashto.
ACHARYA Indian, Odia, Bengali, Marathi, Nepali
Derived from Sanskrit आचार्य (ācārya) meaning "knowing, teaching" or "teacher, instructor".
AÇIKGÖZ Turkish
Derived from Turkish açık meaning "open, opened" and göz "eye".
ADAMIAN Armenian
Alternate transcription of ADAMYAN.
ADAMOWICZ Polish
Means "son of ADAM".
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 Arabic, Urdu
From the given name ADIL.
ADIONG Filipino, Maranao
From Maranao adiyong meaning "to prepare, to make ready".
ADLANI Arabic (Maghrebi)
From the given name ADLÈNE (chiefly Moroccan).
ADLAWAN Filipino, Cebuano
Means "daytime" in Cebuano.
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"... [more]
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" 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".
AFIF Arabic
From the given name AFIF.
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.
AGATHANGELOU Greek (Cypriot)
Patronymic from the genitive form of AGATHANGELOS. Genitive patronymics are particularly associated with Cyprus.
AĞAYEV Azerbaijani
Means "son of the ağa", from the Turkish title ağa meaning "lord, master".
AGBAJE Nigerian, Yoruba
Meaning unknown. A bearer is ADEWALE Akinnuoye-Agbaje (1967-), an English actor and model of Yoruba Nigerian descent.
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.
AGINAGA Basque
Habitational name from a place named Aginaga, from Basque (h)agin meaning "yew tree" combined with -aga, a collective suffix.
AGIUS Maltese
Derived from Arabic عَجُوز (ʿajūz) meaning "old (person), elderly".
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]
AGUIÑAGA Basque (Spanish)
Castilianized form of AGINAGA.
AGUZAROV Ossetian (Russian)
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.
AHMADI Arabic, Persian
From the given name AHMAD.
AHMADZADEH Persian
From the given name AHMAD combined with the Persian suffix -زاده (-zâde) meaning "offspring".
AHMADZAI Pashto
Means "son of AHMAD" in Pashto. A notable bearer is Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai (1949-), the current President of Afghanistan.
AHMEDOV Uzbek
Means "son of AHMED".
AHMETAJ Albanian
From the given name AHMAD.
AHMETI Albanian
From the given name AHMET.
AHN Korean
From the Sino-Korean 安 (ān) meaning "calm, peaceful, tranquil, quiet".
AHO Finnish
As a Finnish surname, it is derived from Finnish aho "glade", "forest clearing". It was also formerly a popular ornamental name in Northern Finland, especially among Swedes living there. It is now a 'protected' surname in Finland, which means someone may only bear it via birthright or marriage.... [more]
AHO Assyrian
Assyrian surname of unknown meaning.
AHUJA Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Punjabi, Sindhi, Indian (Sikh)
Sikh name meaning "descendant of Ahu", based on the name of a clan in these communities (see ARORA). Ahu is presumably the name of an ancestor; the suffix -jā is patronymic.
AIBEKOV Kazakh
Means "son of AIBEK".
AIMÉ Haitian Creole, French (African)
Means "loved, love" in French.
AISSAOUIA Arabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from the given name AÏSSA (chiefly used in Algeria). This is also the name of a town in Médéa Province, Algeria.
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.
AKAGAWA Japanese
From Japanese 赤 (aka) meaning "red" and 川 (kawa) meaning "river, stream".
AKAMINE Japanese
From Japanese 赤 (aka) meaning "red" and 嶺 (mine) meaning "mountain peak, mountain ridge".
AKASAKI Japanese (Rare)
From Japanese 赤 (aka) meaning "red" and 崎 (saki) meaning "cape, peninsula".
AKASHI Japanese
From Japanese 明 (aka) meaning "bright" and 石 (shi) meaning "stone".
AKBAR Arabic, Urdu, Bengali, Persian
From the given name AKBAR.
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.
AKHTAR Persian, Urdu, Bengali
From Persian اختر (axtar) meaning "star".
AKIMOV Russian
Means "son of AKIM".
AKINFEEV Russian
Means "son of AKINFIY".
AKKAYA Turkish
Means "white rock" from Turkish ak meaning "white" and kaya "rock".
AKMATOV Kyrgyz
Means "son of AKMAT".
AKTAŞ Turkish
Means "white stone" from Turkish ak meaning "white" and taş meaning "stone, rock".
AKYILDIZ Turkish
Means "white star" in Turkish.
AKYOL Turkish
Means "white path" or "honest path" from Turkish ak meaning "white" (figuratively "honest, clean") and yol meaning "way, path".
ALAKOZAI Pashto
Means "son of Alako" in Pashto.
ALAM Arabic, Bengali, Urdu, Persian
Means "world, universe" (عالم) or "flag, sign, mark" (علم) in Arabic. This spelling represents two separate words in Arabic.
ALAMI Arabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from Arabic عَلِيم (ʿalīm) meaning "knowing, learned, education" (see ALIM), mainly used in a religious context.
ALAOUI Arabic (Maghrebi)
From the given name ALI (1). This is the name of the current ruling royal family of Morocco, which was founded in 1631.
AL-ATTAR Arabic
Means "the perfumer, the druggist" from Arabic عَطَّار (ʿaṭṭār) "perfumer, druggist, pharmacist".
ALAZRAKI Judeo-Spanish
From Arabic اَلأَزْرَق (al-ʾazraq) meaning "the blue one".
ALBAYRAK Turkish
Means "red flag" from Turkish al meaning "red" and bayrak "flag".
ALBÉNIZ Basque (Spanish)
Castilianized form of ALBEIZ.
ALBORTY Ossetian
Derived from Loir, the name of a village in present-day North Ossetia-Alania.
ALCÁNTARA Spanish
Habitational name denoting someone originally from the municipality of Alcántara in Extremadura, Spain. The name is ultimately derived from Arabic اَلْقَنْطَرَة‎ (al-qanṭara) meaning "the bridge".
ALCÂNTARA Portuguese
Portuguese cognate of ALCÁNTARA.
ALCANTARA Spanish, Filipino
Simplified form of ALCÁNTARA.
AL DELAIMI Arabic (Rare)
Variant transcription of Al Dulaimi.
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.
ALHADEFF Judeo-Spanish
Possibly an occupational name for a weaver from Arabic الهداف (al-̣haddāf) meaning "the weaver's shuttle". Alternately, it may be from Arabic الهدى (al-hadā) meaning "the guided one".
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”.
ALIĆ Bosnian
Means "son of ALI (1)".
ALIMPIEV Russian
Means "son of ALIMPIY".
ALIOUNE Western African
From the given name ALIOUNE.
ALIPOUR Persian
Means "descendant of ALI (1)" in Persian.
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 (1)" in Pashto.
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).
ALLAOUI Arabic (Maghrebi)
Alternate transcription of ALAOUI.
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".
ALMÁNZAR Spanish (Caribbean)
Derived from Arabic المنظر (al manẓar) meaning "the view" or "the lookout".
ALMATYEV Kazakh (Rare)
Derived from Almaty, the name of a city in Kazakhstan.
ALMAZÁN Spanish
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".
ALMAZAN Spanish (Americanized), Filipino
Unaccented form of ALMAZÁN primarily used in America and 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
Means "extraordinary" in Maranao.
AL-OTAIBI Arabic
Means "the Otaibi", referring to the Otaibah (عتيبة) tribe of Saudi Arabia and the Arabian peninsula.
ALPTEKIN Turkish, Uyghur
From Turkish alp meaning "brave, hero" and the Old Turkish title tegin meaning "prince".
AL-QAHTANI Arabic
Means "the Qahtani" in Arabic, referring to a Qahtanite person from the southern Arabian Peninsula and Yemen.
ALSAGGAF Arabic
Alternate transcription of AL SAQQAF.
ALSAGOFF Arabic
Variant of AL SAQQAF primarily used in Southeast Asia. This is the name of a prominent Arab family in Singapore.
AL-SALEH Arabic
Means "the virtuous" or "the honest" in Arabic (see SALIH).
AL SAQQAF Arabic
Means "the roofer" from Arabic سَقْف (saqf) meaning "ceiling, roof".
AL-SAQQAF Arabic
Alternate transcription of AL SAQQAF.
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.
ÁLVARES Portuguese
Portuguese cognate of ÁLVAREZ.
ALVI Urdu, Bengali (Muslim), Indian (Muslim)
Derived from Arabic علوي (ʿalawiyy) meaning "pertaining to ALI (1)". The Alvi are a Muslim clan from India and Pakistan claiming descent from Ali ibn Abi Talib (601-661), a cousin and son-in-law of the Islamic Prophet MUHAMMAD.
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).
AMAMIYA Japanese
From Japanese 雨 (ama) meaning "rain" and 宮 (miya) meaning "temple, shrine, palace". A notable bearer of this surname is voice actress and singer Sora Amamiya (雨宮 天 Amamiya Sora, 1993–).
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).
AMARI Japanese (Rare)
From Japanese 甘 (ama) meaning "sweet" combined with 利 (ri) meaning "profit, benefit".
AMATONDING Filipino, Maranao
From a Maranao title of nobility.
AMBOLOTO Filipino, Maranao
Means "rainbow" in Maranao.
AMBONG Filipino, Cebuano
Denotes a type of hut or shack used as storage for food harvest.
AMEEN Arabic, Urdu
From the given name AMIN.
AMER Arabic, Urdu
Variant of 'AAMIR.
AMETOV Crimean Tatar
Means "son of AMET" in Crimean Tatar.
AMÉZAGA Basque (Spanish)
Castilianized form of AMETZAGA.
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.
AMIN Arabic, Bengali, Urdu, Persian
From the given name AMIN.
AMINE Arabic (Maghrebi)
Maghrebi variant of AMIN (see AMIN).
AMINI Persian, Arabic
From the given name AMIN.
AMIR Arabic, Urdu
From the given name AMIR (1) or 'AAMIR.
AMIR Hebrew
From the given name AMIR (2).
AMIRI Persian, Arabic
From the given name AMIR (1).
ƏMIROV Azerbaijani
Means “son of Əmir”.
AMMARI Arabic (Maghrebi)
From the given name AMMAR (chiefly Algerian).
AMORAN Filipino, Maranao
Means "foundation, framework" in Maranao.
AMPAO Filipino, Maranao
From Maranao ampaw meaning "detour" or "popped rice".
AMPASO Filipino, Maranao
Derived from ampasoʼ, a Maranao ancestral title.
AMRAM Hebrew, Jewish
From the given name AMRAM.
AMRANI Arabic (Maghrebi)
From the given name IMRAN (chiefly Moroccan and Algerian).
AMY French
From the given name AMÉ or AIMÉ.
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
Means "son of ANDRONIKOS". This was the name of a Georgian family of nobility that claimed descent from Andronikos I, the emperor of the Byzantine Empire from 1183-1185.
ANG Chinese (Hokkien)
Hokkien romanization of Hong.
ANGADI Indian, Kannada
From Kannada ಅಂಗಡಿ (aṃgaḍi) meaning "store, shop".
ANGELIS Greek
Variant of ANGELOS.
ANJUM Urdu, Bengali
Means "stars", the plural of Arabic نَجْم‎ (najm) meaning "star".
ANSARI Arabic, Persian, Urdu
From the given name ANSAR.
ANTONYAN Armenian
Means "son of ANTON".
ANVARI Persian
From the given name ANWAR.
ANWAR Arabic, Urdu, Bengali
From the given name ANWAR.
ANWARI Afghani, Persian
From the given name ANWAR.
ANWARZAI Pashto
Means "son of ANWAR" in Pashto.
ANWER Urdu, Punjabi, Arabic, Bengali
Variant transcription of ANWAR.
ANYAYAHAN Filipino, Tagalog
Means "banquet, bid, treat" in Tagalog.
ANZAI Japanese
From Japanese 安 (an) meaning "calm, peaceful" combined with 西 (sai) meaning "west", 斎 (sai) meaning "worship, religious meals", or 済 (sai) meaning "settle, finish".
ANZOROV Chechen
Means "son of ANZOR".
ARABI Arabic, Persian
Means "Arab" in Arabic and Persian.
ARABULI Georgian
Means "Arabic, Arab" in Georgian, referring to Arabs who historically resided in the region of Khevsureti in Georgia.
ARAFA Arabic (Egyptian)
Possibly from Arabic عَرَفَ (ʿarafa) meaning “to know”.
ARAI Japanese
From Japanese 新 (ara) meaning "new" or 荒 (ara) meaning "rough, wild" combined with 井 (i) meaning "well".
ARAKELYAN Armenian
Means "son of ARAKEL".
ARATANI Japanese
From Japanese 荒 (ara) meaning "rough, wild" and 谷 (tani) meaning "valley".
ARCHILA Spanish
Either a variant of Arcila or derived from Arabic الشَّلَّال (aš-šallāl) meaning "the waterfall".
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 Arabic, Urdu, Bengali
From the given name ARIF.
ARIMAO Filipino, Maranao
From Maranao arimaw meaning "lion".
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.
ARITA Japanese
From Japanese 有 (ari) meaning "have, possess" and 田 (ta) meaning "field, rice paddy".
ARKHIPOV Russian
Means "son of ARKHIP".
ARMAS Spanish
Occupational name for an arms maker or soldier, from Spanish armas meaning "arms, weapons".
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".
ARSLAN Turkish
Variant of ASLAN.
ARSLANAGIĆ Bosnian
Means "son of ARSLAN".
ARUSTAMYAN Armenian
Means "son of Arustam", from a given name derived from a combination of the names ARA and RUSTAM.
ARYAL Nepali
Nepali Hindu surname of unknown meaning.
ASAD Arabic, Urdu, Bengali
From the given name ASAD.
ƏSƏDOV Azerbaijani
Means "son of Əsəd".
ASADULLIN Tatar, Bashkir
From the given name ASADULLAH.
ASAROĞLU Turkish
Means "son of ASAR".
ASATRYAN Armenian
Means "son of ASATUR".
ASHER Hebrew
From the given name ASHER.
ASHER English
Topographic surname denoting someone who dwelled by an ash tree, from Middle English asche or asshe meaning "ash tree".
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.
ASHRAF Arabic, Urdu, Bengali
From the given name ASHRAF.
ASHUBA Abkhaz
Possibly from Abkhaz ашә (āš°) meaning "cheese" or "beech" or ашәа (āš°ā) meaning "song".
ASLANBEKOV Chechen
Means "son of ASLANBEK".
ASLANIAN Armenian
Alternate transcription of ASLANYAN.
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".
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