Submitted Surnames of Length 4

This is a list of submitted surnames in which the length is 4.
Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
Bakr Arabic
Derived from the given name Bakr.
Bala Indian
1 Indian (Gujarat and Bombay city): Parsi name, probably from Persian bālā ‘high’, ‘exalted’.... [more]
Bale English
Variant of Bail. This is the surname of Welsh footballer Gareth Bale.
Bale English
Name for someone who lived by the outer wall of a castle.
Bane English
Variant of Bain.
Bane Irish
An anglicized surname of Irish Gaelic Mac Giolla Bháin, meaning "white" or "fair".
Bang Danish
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]
Bang Korean
Bang is derived from the Korean word ‘sarangbang’ referring to a ‘room’.
Banh Vietnamese
Vietnamese: from the Chinese surname 彭, see Peng.
Bano Indian, Hindi, Urdu
Alternate transcription of Hindi बानो (see Banu) as well as the Urdu form.
Banu Indian, Hindi, Bengali, Assamese
From a respectful term of address for women derived from Persian بانو (banu) meaning "lady".
Baqi Arabic, Urdu
Derived from the given name Baqi.
Bara Czech
Comes from a reduced vernacular form of the Latin personal name Bartholomeus, Polish Bartłomiej, Czech Bartolomej, or possibly from a pet form of the personal name Barbara.
Bärg German
Variant of Berg.
Bark Swedish
Perhaps derived from a place name containing either Old Swedish *barke "throat", Old Swedish biork "birch tree" or Swedish bark "bark (covering of the trunk of a tree)"
Barq English
Ever drank Barq's root beer?
Barr Hebrew, Jewish
Possibly means “grain”, “son of Reuben”, or “wilderness”.
Barr Scottish, Northern Irish
Habitational name from any of various places in southwestern Scotland, in particular Ayrshire and Renfrewshire, named with Gaelic barr "height, hill" or a British cognate of this.
Basa Tagalog, Filipino
Very prominent name in Manila, the Philippines.
Bass Romansh
Derived from Romansh bass "short; low".
Basu Indian, Bengali
From the given name Basu.
Batt English
This is patronymic form of the medieval personal name "Batte", meaning "son of Batte", ... [more]
Batz Upper German
Derived from Alemannic Swabian Batz "pile; large quantity", possibly applied as a nickname either for a man of large physical proportions or for a man of wealth. The term also denoted a coin and may have been used metonymically for a coiner... [more]
Baud French
Derived from the given name Baldo.
Bava Indian
Variant of Bawa.
Bawa Punjabi
Sikh name based on the name of a Jat clan. It is also a title given to the male descendants of the first three Sikh gurus.
Beam English
From Old English beam "beam" or "post". It could be a topographic name from someone living near a post or tree, or it could be a metonymic occupational name for a weaver.... [more]
Bear English
From the Middle English nickname Bere meaning "bear" (Old English bera, which is also found as a byname), or possibly from a personal name derived from a short form of the various Germanic compound names with this first element... [more]
Beas Spanish (Mexican)
Spanish (common in Mexico): habitational name from any of the places in Andalusia named Beas.
Beas English
Variant of Bees.
Beas German
Possibly a variant of Bies.
Bedi Indian
Based on the name of a clan in the Khatri community. The name is derived from Sanskrit vedī ‘one who knows the Vedas’. Guru Nanak (1469–1539), the founder of the Sikh religion, was from the Bedi clan... [more]
Bedi Indian, Punjabi, Hindi
Derived from Sanskrit वेदिन् (vedin) meaning "knowing, learned", used as a name for someone who was familiar with the Vedas.
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]
Befu Japanese
Variant reading of Japanese Kanji 別府 (see Beppu 2, Beppu 3, Beppu 4, Beppu 5, Beppu 6, Beppu 7, Beppu 8, Beppu 9, Beppu 10, Beppu 11, Beppu 12, or Beppu 13).
Bega Spanish
Variant of Vega.
Behl Indian, Punjabi, Hindi
Alternate transcription of Punjabi Gurmukhi ਬਹਿਲ or Hindi बहल (see Bahl).
Behn German
From the German male personal name Behn, a shortened form of Bernhard. A famous bearer was the English novelist and dramatist Aphra Behn (1640-1689).
Behr German, Dutch, Belgian
German and Dutch variant of the personal name Bähr (see Baer).
Béna Hungarian
Nickname from béna ‘lame’, or from a pet form of Benedek.
Bena Italian
From a reduced form of the medieval personal name Benenato.
Bens Dutch, German
Patronymic from a short form of Bernhard.
Bent Dutch
Probably from the first name Bent 2.
Benz German
South German: (in Alemannic areas) from a short form of the Germanic personal name Berthold, or to a lesser extent of Bernhard
Bera Turkish, Arabic
Means "knowledgeable, smart, beautiful".
Bera Indian, Bengali
Meaning uncertain.
Bern German, Scandinavian, German (Swiss)
German and Scandinavian: from the personal name Berno, a pet form of Bernhard. In South German it comes from the habitational name from Bern, Switzerland, notably in the south; in other parts from the personal name Berno.
Bess English
Popularly grown surname from the diminuative form of "Elizabeth" during any time of a Queen Elizabeth
Beth English
From the given name Beth, itself a short form of Elizabeth and Bethany.
Betz German
Derived from a Thuringian short form of the personal name Bernhard.
Bhat Kashmiri, Marathi, Kannada, Konkani, Urdu
Alternate transcription of Bhatt.
Bian Chinese
Romanization of a Chinese surname, which in Pinyin may be respectively Biàn, Biān or Biǎn. The former, written with the character means "to be impatient", "to be in a hurry" or "excitable" and is by far the most common... [more]
Bian Chinese
From Chinese 边 (biān) referring to the ancient state of Bian, which existed during the Shang dynasty in what is now Henan province.
Bian Chinese
From Chinese 卞 (biàn) referring to the ancient fief of Bian, which existed during the Zhou dynasty in what is now Shandong province.
Bibi Urdu, Pashto, Sindhi, Indian, Bengali, Assamese, Odia, Hindi, Punjabi
From a respectful title meaning "woman, lady, miss", ultimately derived from Persian بی‌بی (bibi).
Bích Vietnamese
From Sino-Vietnamese 碧 (bích) meaning "bluish-green".
Biel Polish, Czech, Slovak
Nickname for a white- or fair-haired person, from Polish biel, Old Czech bielý, Slovak biely "white".
Biện Vietnamese
From Sino-Vietnamese 边 (biān) meaning "edge".
Bier German, Jewish
from Middle High German bier "beer" German bier Yiddish bir a metonymic occupational name for a brewer of beer or a tavern owner or in some cases perhaps a nickname for a beer drinker.
Biet Romansh
Derived from the given name Beatus.
Bing Chinese (Rare), Korean (Rare)
From Chinese 冰 (bīng) meaning "ice", or from Sino-Korean 氷 (bing) meaning "ice".
Bini Italian
Comes from the given name Albino and other names ending with -bino ending.
Bink English
Topographic name for someone living by a bink, a northern dialect term for a flat raised bank of earth or a shelf of flat stone suitable for sitting on. The word is a northern form of modern English bench.
Birk Slovene
Of unknown origin.
Birk German
Either a variant of Buerk or a habitational name derived from places named Birk, Birke, or Birken.
Bish English
Comes from the old English word bis meaning "dingy" or "murky". Was given to someone who dressed in drab or murky colors.
Bizi Albanian
Meaning unknown.
Blas Spanish
From the given name Blas.
Bleu French
Blin Welsh
The same as Blaen, a point, the inland extremity of a valley. Blin also signifies weary, troublesome.
Blow English
From a medieval nickname for someone with a pale complexion (from Middle English blowe "pale"). This surname was borne by English composer John Blow (1649-1708) and British fashion editor Isabella Blow (original name Isabella Delves Broughton; 1958-2007); additionally, "Joe Blow" is a name used colloquially (in US, Canadian and Australian English) as representative of the ordinary uncomplicated unsophisticated man, the average man in the street (of which the equivalent in British English is "Joe Bloggs").
Bobe English
Derived from the nickname Boebel
Bock German, Upper German, Jewish, English
Altered spelling of German Böck (see Boeck) or Bach.... [more]
Bodi French
The United State Version of Bodi is an alteration of the French name Baudin. The name also has roots from Hungary.
Bøen Norwegian
Habitational name from the common farm name Bøen, simply meaning "the farm" (ultimately derived from Old Norse býr "farm, village, settlement" and the definite article -en).
Boen Dutch
Occupational name for a bean grower, from Middle Dutch bone, boene "bean".
Bogs English
A name given to someone that lives near a bog or swamp. More comonly spelled as Boggs.
Bohr Danish (Rare)
Variant of Bähr or Baar. A notable bearer was Danish physicist Niels Bohr (1885-1962).
Bois French, French (Quebec)
Derived from French bois "wood, forest", this name used to denote someone who lived near a forest.
Boje Dutch
Variant of Boye.
Bold German, English
English: nickname from Middle English bold ‘courageous’, ‘daring’ (Old English b(e)ald, cognate with Old High German bald). In some cases it may derive from an Old English personal name (see Bald)... [more]
Bolt Danish, German
Variant of Boldt.
Bolt English
From Middle English bolt meaning "bolt", "bar" (Old English bolt meaning "arrow"). In part this may have originated as a nickname or byname for a short but powerfully built person, in part as a metonymic occupational name for a maker of bolts... [more]
Bong Chinese (Hakka)
Hakka romanization of Huang.
Bono Italian
Variant of De Bono.
Book English (British, Anglicized)
Likely an anglicized form of Buch or Buck.
Bool English
This surname derives from the Old English pre 7th Century bula, or the Medieval English bulle, bolle, meaning "bull", and was given as a nickname to one with great physical strength.
Boot English, Dutch, German
English: metonymic occupational name for a maker or seller of boots, from Middle English, Old French bote (of unknown origin).... [more]
Bora Indian, Assamese
From a military title used during the Ahom Kingdom that indicated an official who commanded 20 soldiers.
Bora Turkish
From the given name Bora 1.
Borg Maltese
Derived from Arabic برج (burj) meaning "castle, citadel".
Born German, English
A topographical name indicating someone who lived near a stream, from the Old English "burna, burne". Alternatively, it could be contemporarily derived from the modern English word "born". Possible variants include Bourne, Burns and Boren.
Born Maltese
Not to be confused with the German surname Born.
Boro Indian, Bodo
From the name of the Boro (or Bodo) people, itself either meaning "great people" or derived from the name of the Hindu god Varaha.
Bose Indian, Bengali
Variant of Basu.
Boso Italian
From the medieval personal name Boso, from a Germanic personal name derived from a pejorative nickname meaning ‘leader’, ‘nobleman’, or ‘arrogant person’. Compare Dutch Boos.
Boss English
From an originally French term meaning "hunchback".
Bovo Italian
Variant of Bove.
Bowe Medieval English, English, Irish (Anglicized)
There are three possible sources of this surname, the first being that it is a metonymic occupational name for a maker or seller of bows, a vital trade in medieval times before the invention of gunpowder, and a derivative of the Old English boga "bow", from bugan "to bend"... [more]
Boye English, German, Dutch, Frisian, Danish
From the Germanic given names Boio or Bogo, which are of uncertain origin... [more]
Boys English
From the Old French word bois, which means "wood," indicates that the original bearer lived near a wooded area, such as a forest.
Brak Khmer
Means "silver, money" in Khmer.
Bras Dutch, Low German
Dutch and North German: from Old French and Middle Dutch bras ‘arm’. This was probably a descriptive nickname for someone with some peculiarity of the arm, but the word was also used as a measure of length, and may also have denoted a surveyor.
Brau Italian
Meaning uncertain, possibly from the dialectical term brau, meaning "wild, untamed" in Sardinian and "brave, fierce" or "bull" in Catalan, or from blau "blue, turquoise".
Brie French
Variant of LaBrie.
Brod Jewish
Either derived from German Brot "bread" or taken from one of the various towns named Brod in Bosnia, Croatia and Macedonia or from one of the towns named Brody in Ukraine and Poland.
Bron English
Variant of Brown (See also Bronson).
Brot Alsatian
Derived from German Brot "bread", this surname was given to someone who sold or baked bread.
Brún Frisian, Jewish
Frisian form of Brun.
Bryn Welsh
Means hill in welsh
Buan Filipino, Tagalog
From Tagalog buwan meaning "moon, month".
Buch German
Topographic name for someone who lived by a beech tree or beech wood, from Middle High German buoche, or a habitational name from any of the numerous places so named with this word, notably in Bavaria and Württemberg... [more]
Buck English
From the given name Buck.
Buda Hungarian (Rare)
Habitational name from the name of the old capital of Hungary.
Budd English
Originated from the Old English personal name Budda, from the word budda, which means "beetle" or "to swell." Specifically of Celtic Welsh origin.
Bugg English
From the Old Norse nickname Buggi, literally "fat man", or from a medieval nickname for an eccentric or strangely behaved person (from Middle English bugge "bogeyman, scarecrow").
Bumb Indian
From Marathi bəmb ‘stout’.
Bure Old Swedish, Swedish
This was the name of an influential family in 16th century Sweden. The name originated from the village Bure (now known as Bureå) in Skellefteå parish in Northern Sweden. The village got its name from the nearby Bure River (Swedish: Bure älv, Bureälven) whose name was derived from the Swedish dialectal word burra "buzz, rumble".
Burk English, Irish
Variant of Burke
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".
Burn English
Variant of Burns.
Burr English, Scottish, German
Nickname for a person who is difficult to shake off, derived from Middle English burr meaning "bur" (a seedhead that sticks to clothing). It could also be a derivation from Old English bur meaning "small dwelling, building", or a German topographic name derived from burre meaning "mound, hill"... [more]
Burt English
From the given name, which is a short form of Burton.
Butt Urdu, Kashmiri
Urdu and Kashmiri form of Bhatt.
Buys Afrikaans (Modern)
South Africa, Pretoria
Bwye Welsh (Rare)
many of this name moved from south wales to india to work for the east india company around 1900's then came back to wales.
Byam English
Probably means "person from Bytham", Lincolnshire ("homestead in a valley bottom"). Glen Byam Shaw (1904-1986) was a British theatre director.
Byer Scottish
The history of the Byer family begins in the Boernician tribes of ancient Scotland. The Byer family lived in or near the place named Byers in Scotland. The place-name, Byers, derives from the Old English word byre, which means cattle shed... [more]
Byre English
Probably derived from Old English bȳre "farm, barn".
Byuh Japanese
Variant transcription of Japanese Kanji 別府 (see Byū).
Byun Korean
From Sino-Korean (Byun) meaning "Border".
Byuu Japanese
Variant transcription of Japanese Kanji 別府 (see Byū).
Caan Scottish, German, Jewish
Altered spelling of Jewish Cohen, or probably denoted a person from the city of Aberdeen in Scotland. Famous bearers of this surname include American actor James Caan (1940-2022), as well as his son Scott Caan (1976-), also a noted actor.
Caba Spanish, Catalan
Variant of Cava.
Čáda Czech
Descriptive nickname from Old Czech čad- "smoke", applied to someone with dark skin.
Cain English
Most likely from the given name Cain.
Cake English
From the Middle English cake denoting a flat loaf made from fine flour (Old Norse kaka), hence a metonymic occupational name for a baker who specialized in fancy breads. It was first attested as a surname in the 13th century (Norfolk, Northamptonshire).
Cale Welsh
Possibly derived from the River Cale. A famous barer of this name is Welsh musician John Cale (1942- ).
Camm English
English (of Norman origin): habitational name for someone from Caen in Normandy, France.English: habitational name from Cam in Gloucestershire, named for the Cam river, a Celtic river name meaning ‘crooked’, ‘winding’.Scottish and Welsh: possibly a nickname from Gaelic and Welsh cam ‘bent’, ‘crooked’, ‘cross-eyed’.Americanized spelling of German Kamm.
Camp English
Cognate of Kemp.
Cano Albanian
Meaning unknown.
Cant English
Means "singer in a chantry chapel", or from a medieval nickname for someone who was continually singing (in either case from Old Northern French cant "song").
Canu Italian
From Sardinian canu "gray-haired, hoary-haired". Compare Canuto.
Cape French, English (British)
French and English: metonymic occupational name for a maker of capes and cloaks, or perhaps a nickname for someone who habitually wore a cloak or cape, from Middle English and Old Norman French cape ‘cape’, ‘cloak’, ‘hooded cloak’ (in French also ‘hood’ or ‘hat’), from Late Latin cappa, capa, probably a derivative of caput ‘head’ (see Capp)... [more]
Card English
English: metonymic occupational name for someone who carded wool (i.e. disentangled it), preparatory to spinning, from Middle English, Old French card(e) ‘carder’, an implement used for this purpose... [more]
Care English
Occupational name for a locksmith, Middle English keyere, kayer, an agent derivative of keye.
Cary African American
This surname is a variant of the surname Carey.
Casa Spanish, Portuguese, Italian
Means "house" in Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian.
Case French
Case. A hut, a hovel.
Catt English
Variant of Cat.
Catt English
Nickname from the animal, Middle English catte "cat". The word is found in similar forms in most European languages from very early times (e.g. Gaelic cath, Slavic kotu). Domestic cats were unknown in Europe in classical times, when weasels fulfilled many of their functions, for example in hunting rodents... [more]
Cava Italian, Catalan, Spanish, Portuguese
From cava ‘cave’, ‘cellar’ (from Latin cavea), hence a metonymic occupational name for someone employed in the wine cellars of a great house, a topographic name for someone who lived in or near a cave, or a habitational name from any of numerous places named with this word.
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".
Ceja Spanish
From a common field name or a habitational name from any of various minor places called Ceja Yecla in Aragon.
Çela Albanian
Meaning Unknown.
Çela Albanian
From an old nickname for a brother-in-law, derived from a shortened form of the Turkish title çelebi meaning "gentleman".
Cena English (American), English
Cena is a prominently used English name. It is derived from the word "see", however it rather than referring to the ability to see it, what it actually refers to is the inability to see as the other half of the name ("-na") means "naw" a synonym for "no"... [more]
Cera Spanish, Italian, Catalan, Sicilian
Metonymic occupational name for a wax seller, derived from Latin cera meaning "wax". A famous bearer of this surname is Canadian actor and musician Michael Cera (1988-).
Chad Indian
Hindu (Bhatia) name of unknown meaning.
Chae Korean
Korean for Cai.
Chai Chinese
Alternate transcription of Chinese 翟 (see Zhai).
Chak Chinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese romanization of Zhai.
Chan Khmer
Means "moon" in Khmer, ultimately from Sanskrit चन्द्र (chandra).
Chan Chinese
Alternate transcription of Chinese 詹 (see Zhan).
Chao Chinese
Alternate transcription of Chinese 趙 (see Zhao).
Châu Vietnamese
Meaning "pearl, gem"
Chau Khmer
Means "chief, head, boss" in Khmer.
Chau Chinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese romanization of Zhou.
Chay Khmer
Variant transcription of Chhay.
Chea Chinese
Variant of Xie.
Chea Khmer
Khmer romanization of the Chinese surname Xie.
Chee Chinese (Hokkien)
Hokkien romanization of Xu 1.
Chee Navajo
From Navajo łichííʼ meaning "red".
Chen Thai
Possibly a Name that Thai People with Chinese Descendants have. It has a Meaning of "Deserve".
Chew English
Habitational name from a place in Somerset named Chew Magna, which is named for the river on which it stands, a Celtic name, perhaps cognate with Welsh cyw ‘young animal or bird’, ‘chicken’.
Chew Chinese (Hokkien), Chinese (Teochew)
Hokkien and Teochew romanization of Zhou.
Chim Chinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese romanization of Zhan.
Chim Khmer
Variant transcription of Choem.
Chin Chinese (Hakka)
Hakka romanization of Chen.
Chin English
Variant of Chinn.
Chiu Chinese
Alternate transcription of Qiu chiefly used in Taiwan.
Choi Chinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese romanization of Cai.
Choo Korean
Variant romanization of Chu.
Choo Chinese (Hokkien), Chinese (Teochew)
Hokkien and Teochew romanization of Zhu.
Chow Chinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese romanization of Zhou.
Choy Chinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese romanization of Cai.
Chua Chinese (Hokkien), Chinese (Teochew)
Hokkien and Teochew romanization of Cai.
Chue Hmong
From the clan name Tswb associated with the Chinese character 朱 (zhū) (see Zhu).
Chui Chinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese romanization of Xu 1.