Submitted Surnames Starting with A

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ANDERS German, Scottish, Czech
Derived from the given name ANDERS.
ANDERSDOTTER Swedish
Strictly feminine patronymic of ANDERS.
ANDERSON Scottish, Irish
Anglicized form of the Gaelic Mac Ghille Andrais meaning 'Son of the devotee of St. Andrew'. ... [more]
ANDERSSEN Norwegian
Means "son of ANDERS".
ANDES German
Variant spelling of Anthes.
ANDIKOETXEA Basque
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of the municipality of Kortezubi.
ANDINO Greek
This surname was originally derived from the Greek Andreas, a name meaning manly. It was the name of the first of Jesus Christ's disciples, which is known in various local forms throughout Christendom... [more]
ANDISHMAND Ancient Persian
ANDISHMAND (pronounced: AEN-DEESH-MAND, in the West D is silent), Origin Middle-Persian, means one who thinks (i.e. an intellectual). Given to people of Persian and non-Persian descent of diverse Persian or Central Asian ethnic and religious backgrounds (including Jews, Christians, Zoroastrians) based on a person's profession that requires thinking (technocrat, writer, poet, intellectual).
ANDO Japanese
From the Japanese 安 (an or yasu) "relax," "inexpensive," "low," and 藤 (to or fuji) "wisteria." The second character may indicate historical or familial links to the formerly powerful FUJIWARA (藤原) clan.
ANDONIAN Armenian
Patronymic from the personal name ANTON.
ANDORN Piedmontese
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous commune in the Province of Biela.
ANDOV Macedonian
Means "son of ANDE".
ANDRÁSSY Hungarian
man, warrior... a surname that derives from the personal name "Andreas", meaning manly, and was held by the first of Christ's disciples.
ANDREADIS Greek
Means "son of ANDREAS" in Greek.
ANDREASDOTTER Swedish (Rare)
Means "daughter of ANDREAS", this surname is only used by females.
ANDREASON English, Swedish
Means "Son of ANDREAS", though frequently mistaken in English as "Son of Andrea-2".
ANDREI Romanian
From the given name ANDREI.
ANDREJEVIĆ Serbian
Means ''son of ANDREJ''.
ANDRELLY Russian, Ukrainian
The first occurrence that I found was of Mikhaila Orosvigovskago ANDRELLY, or ANDRELLA (author of religious literature, in the century XVI) .
ANDRÉN Swedish
Latinized patronymic from the name ANDREAS.
ANDREOU Greek
Derived from the given name ANDREAS.
ANDREOZZI Italian, Sicilian
From a pet form of the personal name Andrea.
ANDRESEN Norwegian
Means "son of ANDRE".
ANDRESON English (Rare)
Means “son of Andrew”.
ANDRÉSSDÓTTIR Icelandic
Means "daughter of ANDRÉS" in Icelandic.
ANDRÉSSON Icelandic
Means "son of ANDRÉS" in Icelandic.
ANDREWSSON Swedish
Means "son of Andrew."
ANDREYEV Russian
Means "son of ANDREY".
ANDRIANAKIS Greek
Patronym from the given name ANDREAS, with the Cretan suffix -akis. Common in Australian Greek communities.
ANDRIEUX French
From the given name ANDRÉ.
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.
ANDROS German (Swiss), Hungarian
Derivative of the personal name ANDREAS. Perhaps a reduced form of Greek Andronikos, Andronidis, or some other similar surname, all patronymics from ANDREAS.
ANDRULEVIČUS Jewish (Russified, Modern, Rare), Jewish (Anglicized, Modern, Rare)
"Ben-Adam" or "ben-ish" ("ben" being "son" in Hebrew; Adam meaning "man"). The Andrulevičuses were originally Sephardic kohanim whom immigrated to Lithuania, and then Poland, Latvia, and other countries.
ANDRULEWICZ Lithuanian (Modern, Rare), Polish (Modern, Rare), Jewish (Modern, Rare), Latvian
Originally ANDRULEVIČUS or Andrulevičius, it means "ben-ADAM" or "ben-ish" ("ben" being "son" in Hebrew; Adam meaning "man")... [more]
ANDRZEJEWSKI Polish
habitational name for someone from a place called Andrzejewo, a derivative of the personal name ANDRZEJ
ANDÚJAR Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Andalusian municipality.
ANES Portuguese
Means "son of JOÃO" in Portuguese.
ANEY English
English surname of uncertain origin, though it has been suggested that this is an anglicized form of French Ané. Ané itself is said to be taken from a personal name, possibly a gallicized form of Asnar or AZNAR, which may be derived from Latin asinarius meaning "keeper of asses, ass-driver", from asinus "ass".
ANG Chinese (Hokkien)
Hokkien romanization of Hong.
ANGADI Indian, Kannada
From Kannada ಅಂಗಡಿ (aṃgaḍi) meaning "store, shop".
ANGEL Spanish, Catalan, Occitan, English (Rare)
From the Latin personal name Angelus meaning "Angel", derived from the Greek word ἄγγελος (angelos) meaning "messenger" (see the given name ANGEL).
ANGELEVSKI Macedonian
Son of Angele
ANGELIS Greek
Variant of ANGELOS.
ANGELLOTTI Italian
Comes from a pet form of ANGELO, variant of ANGELOTTI.
ANGELO Italian
From a popular medieval personal name, Angelo, Latin Angelus, from Greek angelos "messenger, angel" (considered as a messenger sent from God).
ANGELOPOULOS Greek
From the personal name ANGELOS or a shortened form of the personal name EVANGELOS + the patronymic ending -poulos.
ANGELOS Greek
Reduced form of any of various Greek surnames derived from the forename ANGELOS (from #angelos ‘messenger’, ‘angel’), as for example ANGELOPOULOS.
ANGELOTTI Italian
Comes from a pet form of ANGELO.
ANGELOU Greek (Cypriot)
Means "son of ANGELOS" or "son of the angel" in Greek. A famous bearer is the American poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist Maya Angelou (1928-2014)
ANGELSON English
Means son of ANGEL.
ANGELUCCI Italian
From a pet form of the personal name ANGELO.
ANGERHOFER German
Habitational name for someone from Angerhof in Bavaria.
ANGERJAS Estonian
Angerjas is an Estonian surname meaning "eel".
ANGHEL Romanian
From the given name ANGHEL.
ANGOCO Chamorro
“to Trust in” “to rely on” “to have confidence in” “to have faith in” “to place reliance in” “to confide in”
ANGOTT Italian (Anglicized)
The origin of this surname is unknown but is most likely an anglicized version of the Italian surname 'Angotti'.... [more]
ANGRISANI Italian
From Angrisano, a habitational name for someone from Angri in Salerno province.
ÅNGSTRÖM Swedish
Combination of Swedish ånga "steam" and ström "river, current, stream". A notable bearer was Swedish physicist Anders Ångström (1814-1874), one of the founders of the science of spectroscopy... [more]
ANGUIANO Spanish (Latinized, Modern)
Anguiano is a small town in the province of La Rioja, Spain.
ANGUINO American, Spanish (Mexican)
Mexican-American last name
ANGULO Spanish (Mexican)
Spanish: habitational name from Encima-Angulo in Burgos province.... [more]
ANHEUSER German
Last name of EBERHARD Anheuser, founder of the Anheuser-Busch company.
ANIĆ Croatian, Serbian
Means "son of ANA" in Serbo-Croatian.
ANIKEEV Russian
Means "son of Anikey", Anikey being an archaic short form of IOANNIKIY.
ANISIMOV Russian
Derived from given name Anisim (Анисим) originally Onisim (Онисим)
ANISTON English
"Town of Agnes, Agnes town"... [more]
ANJUM Urdu, Bengali
Means "stars", the plural of Arabic نَجْم‎ (najm) meaning "star".
ÄNN Estonian
Änn is an Estonian surname meaning "skua/jaeger" (bird species: Stercorarius parasiticus).
ANN English
Habitational name from Abbots Ann in Hampshire, named for the stream that runs through it, which is most probably named with an ancient Welsh word meaning ‘water’.
ANNA English, Irish, Italian, Hungarian
Probably derived from the female first name ANNA.
ANNAKIN English (British, Rare)
Meaning unknown. Perhaps a medieval English diminutive of an unknown given name (compare WILKINLARKIN, and HOPKIN).
ANNAMAA Estonian
Annamaa is an Estonian surname meaning "give land".
ANNAN Western African, Akan
Means "fourth-born child" in Akan.
ANNAN Scottish
"The earliest reference of Annan used as a surname is found in the 13th century Ragman Rolls during which Scots pledged homage to nobles. It is likely that the inhabitants of Annan, Dumfries and Galloway, Annandale, River Annan, Annanhead Hill, and Annan Castle adopted "Annan" as their surname." (wikipedia)
ANNAST Estonian
Annast is an Estonians urname possibly derived from "anna" meaning "give".
ANNE Indian
Indian (Andhra Pradesh); pronounced as two syllables: Hindu name of unknown meaning.
ANNI Estonian
Anni is an Estonian surname possibly derived from "anne" meaning "aptitude for" and "talent"; or "hani" meaning "goose".
ANNISTE Estonian
Anniste is an Estonian surname possibly related or derived from "anne" meaning "gift" or "talent".
ANNO Japanese
Means "of hermitage" in Japanese. A famous bearer is famous Japanese illustrator and children's educational book author Mitsumasa Anno (1926-present).
ANNUS Estonian
Annus is an Estonian surname meaning "dose".
AÑORBE Basque
It indicates familial origin within the eponymous Navarrese municipality.
ANOTIDAISHE Shona
Anotidaishe means "the Lord loves us".
ANOUILH French
From Catalan anull, meaning "slow worm". It is originally a nickname given to a spineless and slow person. The French author Jean Anouilh is a famous bearer of this surname.
ANREP Russian
Derived from surname von Anrep
ANSARI Arabic, Persian, Urdu
From the given name ANSAR.
ANSCHÜTZ German
Occupational name for someone whose job was to keep a dam or pool filled with water. (Anschützen "to fill up")
ANSELMO Italian, Spanish
Comes from the personal name ANSELMO, which is of Germanic origin (see Anselm). This was a distinctively Langobardic name, and was especially common in Lombardy in the Middle Ages.
ÀNSRUTHAIR Scottish Gaelic
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous town.
ANSTEY English
Means "person from Anstey or Ansty", the name of numerous places in England (either "single track" or "steep track"). F. Anstey was the pen-name of British barrister and author Thomas Anstey Guthrie (1856-1934).
ANTHONY English
From the personal name ANTHONY.
ANTILLÓN Aragonese
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous municipality.
ANTIPIN Russian, Kazakh
Derived from given name Antip (Антип). Also a variation of ANTIPOV (Антипов)
ANTIPOV Russian
Derived from given name Antip (Антип). Feminine form is Antipova (Антиповa)
ANTKOWIAK Polish
This Polish surname is patronymic from a pet form Antoni.... [more]
ANTOINE French
From the given name ANTOINE.
ANTOÑANZAS Castilian
It indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of the Riojan municipality of Munilla.
ANTONIEWICZ Polish
Patronymic from the personal name ANTONI.
ANTONIUS Ancient Celtic
It means invaluable. In the Gaelic languaje is amhrisiadwy.
ANTONOVICH Belarusian, Russian
Derived from given name ANTON (Антон) meaning "son of ANTON"
ANTONSDÓTTIR Icelandic
Means "daughter of ANTON" in Icelandic.
ANTONYAN Armenian
Means "son of ANTON".
ANTROBUS English
This very unusual name is of Old Norse origin and is a locational surname from the place in Cheshire called "Antrobus". The placename is recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 as "Entrebus", and in the Pipe Rolls of Cheshire of 1282 as "Anterbus"... [more]
ANTTILA Finnish
Derived from the given name ANTTI
ANTUNES Ancient Celtic (Latinized, Archaic)
It comes from the Greek anthos whose meaning is flower. Alludes to St. Anthony of Padua. It's a surname of the Christian inspiration. Variants and derivatives: Antonius, Antonios, Antunes, Antuñez, Antuña, Antuño, Toni, Tony, Tonino, Tonini, Tonio, Toño, Toñín.
ANTUNIEZ Spanish, Galician, Asturian
Meaning "son of Antonius." It is a last name that appears in northern Spain.
ANTUNYES Medieval Portuguese (Latinized, Modern)
Meaning Son of Anthony or Anton. There is a very old form of the latin which is Antonios or Antonius.
ANTURY Greek, Hebrew
Haifa, Israel.... [more]
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, invitation" in Tagalog.
ANZAI Japanese
From Japanese 安 (an) meaning "peace" and 西 (sai) meaning "west", 斎 (sai) meaning "purification, worship", or 済 (sai) meaning "settle, finish".
ANZALONE Italian
The surname Anzalone was first found in Bolgna (Latin: Bononia).
ANZOROV Chechen
Means "son of ANZOR".
AO Chinese (?)
Chinese from the name of Da Ao, a teacher of the legendary emperor Zhuan XU (26th century bc).
AO Estonian
Ao is an Estonian surname, possibly a corruption of "lao", meaning "warehouse".
AOBA Japanese
青 (Ao) means "Green,blue" and 葉 (Ba) means "Leaf". This surname refers to a fresh leaf. AOBA is also a Japanese first name on top of that. A notable bearer is Yukihiro Aoba, who is a professional football player... [more]
AOI Japanese
From Japanese 葵 "hollyhock, althea" or 碧 "blue". This name is a given name as well as a surname.
AOIKE Japanese
青 (Ao) means 'blue, green', in this case "Blue", and 池 (Ike) ... [more]
AOKI Japanese
From 青木 (aoki), literally meaning "green tree" but can refer to a live tree or the spotted/Japanese laurel. The meaning "green" in 青 is used when referring to vegetation and traffic lights, otherwise it nowadays means "blue." Variants of this form of the surname include 碧 and 蒼 for the first element and 樹 for the second element.... [more]
AOMINE Japanese
Written 青嶺 (青 ao, meaning "blue") (嶺 mine, meaning "peak"). It is the surname of a character in the anime/manga Kuroko no Basket.
AONUMA Japanese
From Japanese 青 (ao) meaning "blue" and 沼 (numa) meaning "swamp".
AOTA Japanese
Ao (青) means 'Blue, and Ta (田) means 'paddy, field'.
AOYAGI Japanese
Ao means "Blue, Green" and Yagi means "Willow".
AOYAMA Japanese
Means "blue mountain" or "green mountain" in Japanese. From the Japanese words 青 (blue, green) and 山 (mountain).
AOZAKI Japanese (Rare)
Ao means "blue,somewhat green" & zaki means "blossom". So, Nobutaka "Blue Blossom",is an artist who was born in Japan,but now lives in New York as an artist who has been featured in magazines.
AOZORA Japanese (Rare)
From Japanese 青 (ao) meaning "blue" and 空 (sora) meaning "sky".
APAYDIN Turkish
Means "very bright".
APELTIA English (Rare)
Comes from the word "appellation" referring to the Appellation Mountains.
APICELLA Italian
Southern Italian: from a diminutive of apa ‘bee’, probably applied as a nickname for an industrious person, or possibly as a metonymic occupational name for a beekeeper.
APLIN English
Probably a patronymic of the popular medieval English given name ABEL. See also Appling.
APOLLO Italian, Spanish
From the Greek personal name Apollo. There are several saints Apollo in the Christian Church, including an Egyptian hermit and monastic leader who died in 395 ad. The personal name derives from the name in classical mythology of the sun god, Apollo, an ancient Indo-European name, found for example in Hittite as Apulana "god of the gate" (from pula "gate", cognate with Greek pylē), therefore "protector, patron".
APOLLONI Italian
From the given name APOLLONIA, which is the Latin feminine form of APOLLONIOS, which in turn was derived from the name of the Greek god APOLLO.
APONTE Spanish
A misdivision of Daponte. It originates from Majorca, Spain.
APOSTOLOS Greek
Means "messenger, apostle" in Greek.
APPEL German, Dutch, Jewish, Low German, Medieval Dutch, Yiddish
1. German: from the personal name APPEL, a pet form of Apprecht (common especially in Thuringia and Franconia), itself a variant of ALBRECHT... [more]
APPELKVIST Swedish
Combination of Swedish apel or äpple both meaning "apple" and kvist "branch, twig".
APPELMAN Dutch
Occupational name from Middle Dutch apelmanger "apple seller".
APPLE English
From Middle English appel meaning "apple" (Old English æppel). An occupational name for a grower or seller of apples.
APPLEBEE English
Variant spelling of APPLEBY.
APPLEGARTH English, Scottish
Topographic name from northern Middle English applegarth meaning "apple orchard" (Old Norse apaldr meaning "apple tree" + gar{dh}r meaning "enclosure"), or a habitational name from a place so named, of which there are examples in Cumbria and North and East Yorkshire, as well as in the county of Dumfries.
APPLEGATE English
Extremely common variant of APPLEGARTH, in which the less familiar final element has been assimilated to the northern Middle English word gate meaning "road" or to modern English gate.
APPLER German
Variant of EPPLER.
APPLEWHITE English
Habitational name from a place named Applethwaite, from Old Norse apaldr ‘apple tree’ and þveit ‘meadow’. There are two or three such places in Cumbria; Applethwaite is also recorded as a surname from the 13th century in Suffolk, England, pointing to a possible lost place name there... [more]
APS Estonian
Aps is an Estonian surname meaning both "howler" and "slip".
APSĪTIS Latvian
Derived from the word apse meaning "asp".
APT German, Yiddish
German: variant of Abt.... [more]
AQUILA Italian
Habitational name from L'Aquila in Abruzzo or from any of various smaller places called Aquila.
ARA Japanese
From the Japanese 荒 (ara) "primitive," "rude," "crude."
ARABI Arabic, Persian
Means "Arab" in Arabic and Persian.
ARÀBIA Italian, Spanish
Ethnic name for someone from Arabia or some other Arabic-speaking country or a nickname for someone who had visited or traded with one of these countries.
ARABIA English (American)
Americanized form of French ARABIE.
ARABIAN Armenian
Patronymic from the ethnic term arab ‘Arab’.
ARABIE French
Ethnic name denoting someone from Arabia or an Arabic-speaking person.
ARABULI Georgian
Means "Arabic, Arab" in Georgian, referring to Arabs who historically resided in the region of Khevsureti in Georgia.
ARADHYA Indian, Sanskrit
Means "one who worships god". Commonly seen in India, Karnataka and other parts of India like kashi. They wear holy thread (yagnopaveetha).
ARAFA Arabic (Egyptian)
Possibly from Arabic عَرَفَ (ʿarafa) meaning “to know”.
ARAGAKI Japanese
From Japanese 新 (ara) meaning "new" or 荒 (ara) meaning "rough, wild" and 垣 (kaki) meaning "hedge, fence".
ARAGON Spanish, Catalan, French
A surname and an autonomous community of Spain.
ARAI Japanese
From Japanese 新 (ara) meaning "new, natural" or 荒 (ara) meaning "rough, sparse, wild" and 井 (i) meaning "well".
ARĀJS Latvian
Means "the ploughman".
ARAK Estonian
Arak is an Estonian surname meaning "arrak (an alcoholic liquor typically distilled from the sap of the coconut palm or from rice)".
ARAKAKI Japanese
Alternate romanization of ARAGAKI.
ARAKAWA Japanese
From 荒 (ara) meaning "rough, wild, violent" or 新 (ara) meaning "new" combined with 川/河 (kawa) meaning "river, stream."
ARAKELYAN Armenian
Means "son of ARAKEL".
ARAKI Japanese
From Japanese 荒 (ara) meaning "rough, sparse, wild" and 木 (ki) meaning "tree, wood".
ARALDI Italian
Means “heralds” in Italian. Famous bearers include Italian painters Alessandro Araldi (c. 1460 – c. 1529) and Paolo Araldi (18th century – after 1820).
ARAMBURÚ Basque
Famous bearers of this surname is Fernando Aramburu, a Spanish writer and Pedro Eugenio Aramburu, he was an Argentine Army general.
ARAN Irish, Galician
From the given name ARAN (1).
ARAN Biblical, Biblical Hebrew
From the given name ARAN (2).
ARANA Basque
This indicates familial origin within either of 3 eponymous localities: the hamlet in the County of Trebiñu, the neighborhood in Gasteiz, or the neighborhood in Bermeo.
ARANAMI Japanese
Ara (荒) means rough, wild. Nami (波) means wave(s).
ARANBURU Basque
Proper, non-Castilianized form of ARAMBURÚ, literally meaning the peak of a valley.
ARANDS English, Spanish
Anglicized version of a name given to residents of Aranda de Duero, a small town in the north of Spain.
ARANGIZ Basque
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of Gasteiz.
ARANIBAR Basque
It indicates familial origin near Aranibar Palace in the Navarrese municipality of Arantza.
ARANTZIBIA Basque
It literally means "ford of buckthorns".
ARAOKA Japanese (Rare)
Ara (荒) means "rough", oka (岡) means "hill", therefore, Araoka means rough hill
ARAPOVIĆ Croatian, Bosnian (Rare)
From “Arap” meaning “Arab” in Croatian, derived from Turkish ARAP
ARAQUISTAIN Basque, Spanish
''Place of the ferns'' in Basque. It first appeared when a family arrived for the first time to a part of the Pyrenees where they where a lot of ferns. Then, that family, changed their last name to ''Araquistain'' which means ''place of the ferns'' in basque.
ARASHI Japanese
This surname is used as 嵐 (ran, arashi) meaning "storm, tempest."... [more]
ARASHIRO Japanese (Rare)
A Japanese surname. A bearer of this surname is Yukiya Arashiro (Born 1984-) He is a Japanese cyclist.
ARATA Japanese
From Japanese 荒 (ara) meaning "rough, sparse, wild" or 新 (ara) meaning "new, natural" and 田 (ta) meaning "field".
ARATANI Japanese
From Japanese 荒 (ara) meaning "rough, wild" and 谷 (tani) meaning "valley".
ARAVENA Corsican
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of the commune of Fuzzà.
ARAYA Japanese (Rare)
"Wild{ara}" or "New{ara}" and "Ya{valley}". It is pronounced this way in Eastern Japan,in the west it's "Aratani".
ARBEITER German
Occupational name from Middle High German arbeiter ‘laborer’.
ARBIZU Basque
It indicates familial origin within the eponymous Navarrese municipality.
ARBORNE English (British)
A surname found in England as well as in America. This surname has been attached to Americans of English ancestry.
ARBOUR French (Quebec)
Variant of HARBOUR or possibly a variant of Harbaud or HERBERT.
ARBUCKLE English
Means the "herdsman's portion" (of land).
ARCADIOU Greek (Cypriot)
Alternate transcription of Greek Αρκαδίου (see ARKADIOU).
ARCANGELI Italian
Meaning "archangel" in Italian.
ARCARO Late Roman
Occupational name for a maker or seller of bows.
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