This is a list of submitted surnames in which an editor of the name is SeaHorse15
Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
As a Spanish surname, it was from Spanish ábrego
, which originally meant "African", from Latin africus
. The vocabulary word in modern Spanish has lost this general sense and now means "south wind" (literally, "African (wind)").
From an Italian place name meaning "running water, spring", literally "living water".
The earliest known instance of this name AGOSTINELLI was St. Aurelius Augustinus, also known as Augustine of Hippo (354-430) the greatest of the Latin church fathers. He was born in Tagaste in Numidia which is modern Tunisia.... [more]
the name was mainly given to boys of the Dinka tribe ,mainly in the Upper Nile state of South Sudan. meaning is unknown but is synonymous with "tree"
From the name of a whitish kind of gypsum used for vases, ornaments and busts, ultimately deriving from Greek alabastros
, itself perhaps from Egyptian 'a-labaste
"vessel of the goddess Bast
Russian surname. The feminine form Alliluyeva
was borne by Nadezhda Alliluyeva (1901-1932), the second wife of Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin.
Habitational name, now chiefly found in the Midlands, for a person from Alsop-en-le-Dale, a chapelry in the parish of Ashborne, Derbyshire. The place name itself meant "Ælle's valley" from the genitive of the Old English personal name Ælle
and Old English hōp
meaning "enclosed valley" (compare Hope
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous commune in the Province of Biela.
English surname of uncertain origin, though it has been suggested that this is an anglicized form of French Ané
itself is said to be taken from a personal name, possibly a gallicized form of Asnar
, which may be derived from Latin asinarius
meaning "keeper of asses, ass-driver", from asinus
From various English place names, which were derived from a Celtic word meaning "high".... [more]
Habitational name for someone from Arkhangelsk, a province (oblast
) of Russia.
Habitational name from any of numerous places named with arroyo
"watercourse", "irrigation channel."
English surname which comes from two distinct sources. Either it was derived from a place name meaning "horehound valley" in Old English (from harhune
"horehound (a plant)" and dell
"valley"), or it was from Old French arondel
, diminutive of arond
"swallow", which was originally a Norman nickname given to someone resembling a swallow.
Locational surname derived from Middle English atte more
meaning "at the marsh".
AUSLEY English (Modern)
Rare surname which was from an English place name in which the second element is Old English leah
"wood, clearing". The first element may be hors
"horse" (in which case the name likely referred to a place where horses were put out to pasture) or the river name Ouse (ultimately from the ancient British root ud
Azi is actually pronounced Azīh which means "Unending, in ended father of many generations" it is named after children believed to become the origin or source of lasting families.
The origins of this surname are uncertain, but it may be from Italian baffo
"mustache", with the Latinate feminine suffix probably due to the influence of the word famiglia
"family". Alternatively it may be Albanian in origin, of unexplained meaning.
BALDACCHINO Maltese, Italian, Sicilian
Occupational name for an artisan who made the baldachin, also spelled baldaquin, a type of canopy used in cathedrals, from Italian baldacchino
"baldachin". This word is derived from Italian Baldacca
, a doublet of Bagdad
", the city where the material originally came from.
Possibly derived from an Old English feminine given name, *Bealdgýð
, composed of the elements beald
"bold" and gyð
"battle", first recorded c.1170 as Baldith
, and in other cases from the Old Norse byname or given name Baldi
Bamborough name origin from early Northumberland early times other name know from the Bamborough is bamburgh as in bamburgh castle, ... [more]
Originally a nickname denoting a loud or brash person, from Old Danish bang
"noise" (from Old Norse banga
"to pound, hammer" of echoic origin). A literary bearer was Danish author Herman Bang (1857-1912).... [more]
BEAUCHAMP English, French
From the name of various places in France, for example in Manche and Somme, which was derived from Old French beu
meaning "fair, lovely" and champ
From the surname of Simone de Beauvoir (1908-1986), a French feminist and philosopher.
Derived from the Navajo word biyeʼ
meaning "his son". This was frequently adopted as a surname among the Navajo when Native Americans were required by the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) to formally adopt surnames for the purpose of official records.
Probably from French béguin
"(male) Beguin", referring to a member of a particular religious order active in the 13th century, and derived from the surname of Lambert le Bègue, the mid-12th-century priest responsible for starting it... [more]
BELINSKY Russian, Jewish
Habitational surname for someone from Belin
in Ukraine, which may be derived from Proto-Slavic *bělъ
The distinguished surname Benelli originated in an area of Italy, known as the Papal States. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adapt a second name to identify themselves as populations grew and travel became more frequent... [more]
From Italian bevi l'acqua
"drinks water", a nickname likely applied ironically to an alcoholic.
Variant of Blenkinsop
, a surname derived from a place in Northumberland called Blenkinsopp. The place name possibly derives from Cumbric blaen
"top" and kein
"back, ridge", i.e. "top of the ridge", combined with Old English hōp
"valley" (compare Hope
The surname of James P. Blaylock (1950-), an early steampunk author. His surname may mean "black lock" from Middle English blakelok
, originally referring to a person with dark hair.
Occupational name for a person who worked on the deck of a ship.
This surname is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and may be either a topographical name for someone who lived in a particularly noteworthy or conspicuous cottage, from the Olde English pre 7th Century "bur", bower, cottage, inner room, with "mann", man, or a locational name from any of the various places called Bower(s) in Somerset and Essex, which appear variously as "Bur
" and "Bura
" in the Domesday Book of 1086... [more]
From an English surname which was from a lost or unidentified place name. The second element is clearly Old English wic
"outlying (dairy) farm".
BRAGG English, Welsh
From a nickname for a cheerful or lively person, derived from Middle English bragge
meaning "lively, cheerful, active", also "brave, proud, arrogant".
Originally taken from the Welsh place name Brecknock
. Medieval settlers brought this name to Ireland.
From the name of a place in West Yorkshire meaning "valley brook", from Old English broc
"brook" and denu
From a medieval Dutch nickname meaning "brown", from Middle Dutch bruun
"brown", making this a cognate of German Braun
, English Brown
and Italian Bruno
. In some cases this may be a patronymic of the given name Bruin
, a Dutch form of Bruno
BURGESS English, Scottish
Derived from the Middle English word burge(i)s
or the Old French burgeis
which both meant "inhabitant and (usually) freeman of a fortified town" (compare Burke
Derived from Maltese tiġieġ
meaning "chickens", which is ultimately from Arabic دَجَاجَة (dajāja)
meaning "hen, chicken". It is said to be derived from Arabic أبو الدجاج (Abū Dajāj)
meaning "chicken owner, poulterer" (literally "father of chickens").
Derived from Navajo bá
"for him" and álílee
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
Anglicized and reduced form of Manx Gaelic Mac Asmuint
meaning "son of Ásmundr
". A notable bearer was Sir Roger Casement (1864-1916), an Irish-born British consular official and rebel.
Means "person from Catley", Herefordshire and Lincolnshire ("glade frequented by cats"). It was borne by the British botanical patron William Cattley (1788-1835).
CEESAY Western African, Manding
Gambian surname of Mandinka origin, which originally indicated a descendant of a marabout, i.e. a West African Muslim teacher and religious leader.... [more]
CHALAIRE American (South, Rare, ?)
Chalaire is a very rare surname, few people in the United States have the family name and might be raised in the United States. Around 99 people have been found who wears Chalaire as their family name... [more]
French surname which indicated one who lived in an oak wood or near a conspicuous oak tree, derived from Old French chesne
"oak" (Late Latin caxinus
). In some cases it may be from a Louisiana dialectical term referring to "an area of shrub oak growing in sandy soil" (i.e., "beach ridge, usually composed of sand-sized material resting on clay or mud... [more]
Originally denoted a person from the Spanish town of Chinchilla de Monte-Aragón in the province of Albacete. The place name is possibly of Arabic origin.
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.
Metonymic occupational name for a spice trader or a nail maker, derived from Spanish clavel
or Catalan clavell
meaning "nail", later also "clove", itself a derivative of Latin clavellus
Metonymic occupational name for a nail maker, ultimately from Latin clavellus
"nail", but in some cases possibly from the same word in the sense "smallpox, rash". A fictional bearer is Miss Clavel, a nun and teacher in Ludwig Bemelmans's 'Madeline' series of children's books (introduced in 1939).
CLUTTERBUCK English, Dutch (Anglicized, ?)
English surname of unknown origin, possibly a corrupted form of a Dutch surname derived from Dutch klateren
"to clatter" and beek
"brook". The original surname may have been brought to England by Flemish weavers whom Edward III brought to England in the 14th century to teach their techniques to the English, or by Huguenots who fled the Netherlands in the 16th century to escape religious persecution... [more]
From Navajo tłʼaaí
meaning "lefty, left-handed one", from the verb nishtłʼa
"to be left-handed".
Habitational name from Coggeshall in Essex, England, which was derived from Cogg
, an Old English personal name, and Old English halh
meaning "nook, recess".
Medieval English nickname which meant "idle dreamer" from Cockaigne
, the name of an imaginary land of luxury and idleness in medieval myth. The place may derive its name from Old French (pays de) cocaigne
"(land of) plenty", ultimately from the Low German word kokenje
, a diminutive of koke
"cake" (since the houses in Cockaigne are made of cake).
CONWAY Welsh, Scottish, Irish
As a Welsh surname, it comes from the name of a fortified town on the coast of North Wales (Conwy formerly Conway), taken from the name of the river on which it stands. The river name Conwy
may mean "holy water" in Welsh.... [more]
Nickname meaning "crow, jackdaw" in Italian, applied to someone who was talkative or thought to resemble a crow or jackdaw in some other way.
Traditionally an Irish surname meaning "spear". From the Irish Gaelic corragán
which is a double diminutive of corr
COTTRELL English, French
First found in Derbyshire where the family "Cottrell" held a family seat and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege lord for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings, 1066CE... [more]
Originally a nickname for a crippled or deformed person, from Middle English cromp
meaning "bent, crooked, stooping" (from Old English crumb
From an Irish surname which was derived from Ó Colla
meaning "descendant of Colla". The Old Irish name Colla was a variant of Conla (perhaps the same Connla
Derived from a given name, a short form of the name Tandulf
, the origins of which are uncertain. (In some cases, however, this surname may have originated as a nickname denoting a person who liked to dance, from the Middle High German word tanz
From the given name Debus
, a variant of Thebs
, which was an altered short form of Mattheus
. This was borne by American union leader Eugene V. Debs (1855-1926).
Means "son of Demid
". This was the name of a Russian industrialist family prominent in the 18th and 19th centuries. A bearer of the feminine form Demidova
was Anna Stepanovna Demidova (1878-1918), a lady-in-waiting in the service of Empress Alexandra Feodorovna who acquired posthumous fame for being executed alongside her employer in 1918.
DESANGES French (Rare)
Means "from the angels", possibly connected to the French title of the Virgin Mary Notre Dame des Anges
, meaning "Our Lady of the Angels". Bearers of this surname include Louis William Desanges (1822-1905), an English artist of French descent, and French historian Jehan Desanges (1929-).
DES ROCHES French
Either a topographic name for someone living among rocks or a habitational name from any of several places named with this word, meaning "from the rocks" in French.
DINEEN Irish (Anglicized)
Reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Duinnín
which meant "descendant of Duinnín". The byname Duinnín
was derived from a diminutive of Gaelic donn
meaning "brown" (i.e. "brown-haired man") or "chieftain".
From a diminutive of the given name Dob
, itself a medieval diminutive of Robert
(one of several rhyming nicknames of Robert in which the initial letter was altered; compare Hobbs
DRABKIN Belarusian, Jewish
Jewish (from Belarus): metronymic from Yiddish drabke “loose woman”. Can also be from drabki Belarusian
'light cart' (+ the same suffix -in), an occupational name for a coachman (Alexander Beider).... [more]
DRAGOO American, French (Huguenot)
Americanized form of Dragaud
, a French (Huguenot) surname derived from the Germanic given name Dragwald
, itself derived from the elements drag-
meaning "to carry" and wald
DRURY English, French, Irish
Originally a Norman French nickname, derived from druerie
"love, friendship" (itself a derivative of dru
"lover, favourite, friend" - originally an adjective, apparently from a Gaulish word meaning "strong, vigourous, lively", but influenced by the sense of the Old High German element trut
"dear, beloved").... [more]
Possibly from an English place name meaning "dry valley" from the Old English elements drȳġe
"dry" and denu
"valley". A notable bearer was the English poet, literary critic, translator and playwright John Dryden (1631-1700).
ECONOMOS Greek (Anglicized, Expatriate, ?)
Alternate transcription of Greek Οικονόμος (see Oikonomos
), which was an occupational surname meaning "one who manages a household, steward of an estate, housekeeper" from the ancient Greek word οἰκόνομος (oikonomos)
, itself derived from οἶκος (oikos)
"house, household" and νόμος (nomos)
From a surname which was from Occitan enjeura
meaning "to terrify". This was the name of a charismatic activist in Victor Hugo's novel 'Les Misérables' (1862).
ESCUELLA Popular Culture
Based on Spanish escuela
meaning "school". This was used for a character in the video games 'Red Dead Redemption' (2010) and 'Red Dead Redemption 2' (2018).
From a short form of Spanish del Espíritu Santo
meaning "of the Holy Spirit, of the Holy Ghost" (Latin Spiritus Sanctus
), which was the second part of religious compound names formed from the bearer's given name and del Espíritu Santo
Scottish variant of Asplin
. This was borne by the English stained glass artist and muralist Mabel Esplin (1874-1921).
ETIENAM Nigerian, Ibibio (?), Spanish (Caribbean, ?)
This is a name which originates from the Calabar/Akwa Ibom region of southeastern Nigeria. It means "a doer of good, or benevolent". It is also found in Spanish-speaking regions of the Caribbean such as Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, and Cuba (El Oriente) which have populations of people of Ibibio/Efik decent known as "Carabali".
Perhaps a topographic name from Italian ebbio
, a type of plant known as danewort in English (genus Sambucus), itself derived from Latin ebullus
; alternatively, it may have been a habitational name for a person from a minor place named with this word... [more]
Derived from Middle English eyer
"heir", originally denoting a man who was designated to inherit or had already inherited the main property in a particular locality. The surname was borne by the heroine of Charlotte Brontë's 'Jane Eyre' (1847).
Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Fathaidh
or Ó Fathaigh
meaning "descendant of Fathadh", a given name derived from the Gaelic word fothadh
"base, foundation".... [more]
From an English surname meaning "servant of Fair", Fair
being derived from Old English fæger
used as a personal name.
FITZEMPRESS History, Anglo-Norman
Means "son of the empress" in Anglo-Norman French. The three sons of Empress Matilda were known as Henry FitzEmpress (King Henry II of England), Geoffrey FitzEmpress, Count of Nantes, and William FitzEmpress, Count of Poitou.
FITZOOTH Folklore (?)
Fitzooth means "son of a nobleman". Robin Hood's real name was Robert Fitzooth.
FLENOT American (South, ?)
I think this could be a French Indian name however, it may be misspelled, and I don't know the correct spelling.
Patronymic derived from the medieval given name Florea
, which was probably a derivative of Romanian floare
"flower" (from Latin flos
, accusative florem
) with the diminutive suffix -ea
As a northern Irish surname it is derived from the Gaelic personal name Searrach
, which was based on searrach
"foal, colt" and anglicized as Foley
because of its phonetic similarity to English foal
Variant of Forsythe
. Known bearers include the Scottish botanist William Forsyth (1737-1804), after whom the genus Forsythia is named, and Scottish inventor Alexander John Forsyth (1769-1843).
FORSYTHE Scottish, Northern Irish
This surname has two possible origins. The more accepted explanation is that it comes from the Gaelic given name Fearsithe
, which means "man of peace" from the elements fear
"man" and sithe
Derived from the Germanic given name Folcwald
, which was composed of the elements fulc
"people" and wald
"power, leader, ruler". This was borne by the French physicist Léon Foucault (1819-1868), the creator of an experimental device called Foucault's pendulum which serves to demonstrate the rotation of the Earth; examples can be found in the French Panthéon and the Musée des Arts et Métiers in Paris... [more]
FOUQUEREAU French (Quebec)
Jean Fouquereau was born on November 6, 1617, in Anjou, Isère, France, his father, Louis, was 23 and his mother, Catherine, was 20. He married Renee Bataille on December 31, 1639, in Angers, Maine-et-Loire, France... [more]
GALICKI Jewish, Polish
A Jewish and Polish surname for someone from a lost location called 'Galice'
GIORGAINA Greek (Archaic)
Andronymic meaning "wife of Georgios
". This was used in early modern Greece, at which time a married woman's surname was formed from her husband's given name and the suffix -αινα (-aina)
A famous bearer is a journalist well known from the educational TV, Jamy
This is the name of a minor character in Victor Hugo's novel 'Les Misérables' (1862), a follower of the revolutionary Enjolras
Originally given to a person who lived near a grassy path, from Middle English grene
"green" and weye
"road, path" (cf. Way
From a diminutive of Grice
, which was originally a nickname for a grey-haired man, derived from Middle English grice
meaning "grey" (itself from Old French gris
, apparently of Germanic origin).
From a medieval nickname for a greedy person (from Old French goulafre
"glutton"). Jonathan Swift used it in his satire 'Gulliver's Travels' (1726), about the shipwrecked ship's surgeon Lemuel Gulliver, whose adventures "offer opportunities for a wide-ranging and often savage lampooning of human stupidity and vice."
From Creek Ha'chō
meaning "crazy brave; recklessly brave".
From Navajo hataałii
meaning "medicine man, shaman", literally "singer" (from the verb hataał
"he sings, he is chanting").
From the Middle English male personal name Havelok
, from Old Norse Hafleikr
, literally "sea sport". It was borne by the British general Sir Henry Havelock (1795-1857).
HAWLEY English, Scottish
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.
English surname of uncertain origin, possibly from the Old English given name Hægluc
, a diminutive of the unrecorded name *Hægel
, found in various place names. Alternatively it could be a topographic surname originally referring to a person who lived on or near a hillock (i.e. a small hill; compare Hillock
Occupational name for a tender of animals, normally a cowherd or shepherd, from Middle English herde
(Old English hi(e)rde
From the name of a place in Leicestershire meaning "Hynca's wood", from the Old English byname Hynca
, derivative of hún
"bear cub", and leah
From the Karelian given name Hokka
(a derivative of Russian Foka
) combined with the Finnish surname suffix -nen
HOLLIER English, French
Occupational name for a male brothel keeper, from a dissimilated variant of Old French horier
"pimp", which was the agent noun of hore
"whore, prostitute". Hollier
was probably also used as an abusive nickname in Middle English and Old French.... [more]
HORTA Catalan, Portuguese
Means "garden" (Latin hortus
), hence a topographic name for someone who lived by an enclosed garden or an occupational name for one who was a gardener.
HOWDYSHELL American, German
Americanized (i.e., Anglicized) form of the Swiss German Haudenschild
, which originated as a nickname for a ferocious soldier, literally meaning "hack the shield" from Middle High German houwen
"to chop or hack" (imperative houw
) combined with den
(accusative form of the definite article) and schilt