Submitted Surnames Starting with A

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Apelsinov Russian
From Russian aпельсин (apel'sin) meaning "orange".
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.
Apilado Spanish (Philippines)
Means "stack, pile up."
Aplin English
Probably a patronymic of the popular medieval English given name Abel. See also Appling.
Apolinar Spanish
From the given name Apolinar
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.
Apollonio Italian
From the given name Apollonio
Aponte Spanish
A misdivision of Daponte. It originates from Majorca, Spain.
Apóstol Spanish (Rare)
Means "apostle" in Spanish.
Apostol Spanish (Philippines), Romanian
Means "apostle" in Romanian and is an unaccented form of Apóstol in Filipino.
Apostoł Polish
Polish cognate of Apostol.
Apostolopoulos Greek
Means "apostle."
Apostolos Greek
Means "messenger, apostle" in Greek.
Apostolović Serbian
Means "son of Apostolos" in Serbian.
Apostolski Macedonian
Derived from apostol (апостол), meaning "apostle".
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".
Apperley English
From the settlements in England called Apperley
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]
Apprecht German (Rare)
Derived from the given name Albrecht.
Aprahamian Armenian
Alternate transcription of Armenian Աբրահամյան (see Abrahamyan)
Aps Estonian
Aps is an Estonian surname meaning both "howler" and "slip".
Apse Latvian
Derived from Latvian apse "aspen tree" (ultimately from Proto-Baltic *apse).
Apsītis Latvian
Derived from the word apse meaning "asp".
Apt German, Yiddish
German: variant of Abt.... [more]
Apte Indian
Hindu (Brahman) name found among the Konkanasth Brahmans, probably from Marathi ap̣ta, denoting the tree Bauhinia tomentosa.
Aquila Italian
Habitational name from L'Aquila in Abruzzo or from any of various smaller places called Aquila.
Aquilina Maltese
Nickname for a person with eagle-like features or a person who owned an eagle, derived from Latin aquila meaning "eagle".
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.
Arable Popular Culture
An occupational surname for people who are capable of being farmed productively. Also used in the novel Charlotte's Web (1952).
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).
Aramberri Basque
From Basque aran "valley" and berri "new".... [more]
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
From the given name Aran 1.
Aran Biblical, Biblical Hebrew
From the given name Aran 2.
Aran Japanese
From 亜 (a), a phonetic character, and 蘭 (ran) meaning "orchid."
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.
Arancedo Asturian
It indicates familial origin within the eponymous parish of the municipality of El Franco.
Arands English, Spanish
Anglicized version of a name given to residents of Aranda de Duero, a small town in the north of Spain.
Araneta Filipino
From a Basque name derived from haran meaning "valley" combined with the toponymic suffix -eta.
Arangiz Basque
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of Gasteiz.
Aranha Portuguese
Meaning spider in Portuguese.
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.
Aravind Hindi, Marathi, Kannada, Tamil
From the given name Aravind.
Araya Japanese
From Japanese 荒 (ara) meaning "rough, wild" and 谷 (ya) meaning "valley".
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).
Arcangel Spanish (Philippines)
Derived from Spanish arcángel meaning "archangel."
Arcangeli Italian
Meaning "archangel" in Italian.
Arcangelo Italian
From the given name Arcangelo.
Arcaro Late Roman
Occupational name for a maker or seller of bows.
Arcarus ?
Descendent of Builders.
Arcaya Basque (Hispanicized)
Castilianized form of Arkaia.
Archaki Polish, Ukrainian
Possibly means "lord" or "ruler" from Greek derivative archos.
Archangel Eastern African
From the given name Archangel.
Archeambeau French
The name Archambeau is derived from the Latin personal name 'Arcambaldus'. In turn the name 'Arcambaldus', is derived from the Germanic word 'Ercan', which means precious in Germanic, and 'bald', meaning bold and daring.... [more]
Archibald English
From the personal name Archibald.
Archibong Efik, Ibibio
of Efik Origin, originally pronounced asibong but changed by the british to Archibong, meaning Kings Father, Kings Friend, (amasi Obong)
Archila Spanish
Either a variant of Arcila or derived from Arabic الشَّلَّال (aš-šallāl) meaning "the waterfall".
Archuleta Spanish, English
Castilianized form of Basque Aretxuloeta, a topographic name meaning "oak hollow".
Arcila Spanish (Latin American)
Means "clay" in Spanish. (compare Arcilla)
Arcilla Spanish (Philippines)
From Spanish arcilla meaning "clay," derived via Latin from Greek ἄργιλλος (árgillos), ultimately from ἀργός (argós) meaning "white."
Arcillas Spanish (Philippines)
From Spanish arcillas, the plural of arcilla meaning "clay" (see Arcilla).
Ard Scottish
Habitational name from any of several places called Aird, including one near Hurlford in Ayrshire, another near Stranraer in Galloway, and the Aird, the higher part of the Vale of Beauly, near Inverness... [more]
Ardehi Persian, Kurdish, Ancient Persian
House Ardehis of Zagors or Ardahvans (Persian: اردهیان) were one of the Persian Sassanid royal families, who occupied the Mounts of Zagros before the Islamic conquest of Persia in 650 CE. Ardahvans in Shahnameh and Persian mythology are mentioned to be the first settlers of Zagros mountains, and the constructors of Forts Of Zagros.
Ardella African American
Derivative of Arden, popularized by the poem of the same name by Langston Hughes, the most well-known Black poet of the Harlem Renaissance. Meaning is "garden dweller."... [more]
Arden English
From various English place names, which were derived from a Celtic word meaning "high".... [more]
Arder Estonian
Arder is an Estonian surname meaning, possibly a corruption of "ader", meaning "plow".
Ardern English
Means "eagle valley" or "gravel valley". From Old English ear "gravel" or eran "eagle" and denu "valley". Also a variant of Arden.
Ardies Irish
Irish Isle Of Ards
Ardis Scottish
Reduced form of Allardice.
Ardito Italian
From the given name Ardito.
Ardolino Italian
Believed to have come from Arduino; is most common in the Campania area of Italy.
Arduino Italian
From the given name Arduino.
Ardzinba Abkhaz
Means "son of silver" from Abkhaz араʒны (aradzny) meaning "silver" and аҧа (apa) meaning "son".
Aref Persian
From the given name Aref
Arellano Basque, Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Navarrese municipality.
Aren Estonian
Aren is an Estonan surname meaning "developing" and "growth".
Arenaldi Italian (Rare)
Originally found in the Campania, Foggia area. Derived from the medieval name of Germanic origin Arenaldus or Arinaldus
Arencibia Spanish
Castilianized combination of the basque words of aranz meaning "thorn"; "hawthorn" + ibi meaning "ford" + a (basque article suffix); meaning someone living by a thorny ford. A "ford" is a body of water shallow enough to walk through; In this context topographically referring to a some places in Spain
Arend American
From the given name AREND.
Arendi Estonian
Arendi is an Estonian surname derived from "arendaja" meaning "developer".
Arendt German
From the given name Arnold
Arensberg German
From Old High German arn 'eagle' and berg, 'mountain'.
Arenzana Castilian
It indicates familial origin within either of 2 La Riojan municipalities: Arenzana de Abajo or Arenzana de Arriba.
Aretxabaleta Basque
Proper, non-Castilianized form of Arechavaleta.
Aretxaga Basque
It indicates familial origin within the eponymous ghost town within the council of Murgia in the municipality of Zuia.
Aretxederra Basque
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of the municipality of Gordexola.
Arfaoui Arabic (Maghrebi)
Possibly derived from Arabic عَرَفَ (ʿarafa) meaning "to know" or أَرْفَع (ʾarfaʿ) meaning "high, lofty, elevated" (chiefly Tunisian).
Arford German
Derived from town of Erfurt, Germany
Argaman Hebrew
Means "crimson" in Hebrew.
Arganda Spanish (Latin American), Spanish
town in spain / arganda del rey
Argandoña Basque
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of the municipality of Gasteiz.
Argao Visayan
Named after Argao, a municipality in southern Cebu. Argao, in turn is said to have derived from "sali-argaw", a tree that flourished in the coastal areas of the town.
Argawanon Visayan
Literally "resident of Argao"
Argenti Italian
Patronymic or plural form of Argento.
Argento Italian
Means "silver" in Italian, originally used as an occupational name for a silversmith or a nickname for a person with gray hair.
Argimon Catalan
It indicates familial origin within the eponymous castle in the municipality of Riudarenes.
Argindegi Basque
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of the municipality of Legazpi.
Argueta Spanish
This surname was most likely originally used to identify a person who lived in a characteristically bright or luminous area.
Argyle Scottish, Scottish Gaelic
From the regional name Argyll, a county of southwestern Scotland, named in Gaelic as Earre Ghàidheal ‘coast of the Gaels’. Argyll was the earliest part of Scotland to be settled by Gaelic speakers from Ireland from the 6th century onwards... [more]
Argyll Scottish, Scottish Gaelic
From the regional name Argyll, a county of southwestern Scotland, named in Gaelic as Earre Ghàidheal ‘coast of the Gaels’. Argyll was the earliest part of Scotland to be settled by Gaelic speakers from Ireland from the 6th century onwards... [more]
Argyros Greek
Means "silver" in Greek.
Arhusia Swedish (Rare, Archaic)
Feminine form of Arhusius used in the 17th century.
Ariana Various
Derived from the given name Ariana.
Ariel Hebrew
From the given name Ariel.
Aries English, French
The name means either a person who worked in a fashion of the "Arras" cloth, as in the quotation "one bede Coveringe of Aries" (1562), or someone who was a former inhabitant of Arras in France, or Arras in Yorkshire; the latter being a particularly popular source of the name.
Arif Arabic, Urdu, Bengali
From the given name Arif.
Arifović Bosnian
Means "son of Arif".
Arige Telugu
This name is famous surname in telugu states of South India.
Arimao Filipino, Maranao
From Maranao arimaw meaning "lion".
Arinaldi Italian (Rare)
Variant of Arenaldi. Originally found in the Campania, Foggia area. Derived from the medieval name of Germanic origin Arenaldus or Arinaldus
Arioka Japanese
From Japanese 有 (ari) meaning "have, possess" and 岡 (oka) meaning "ridge, hill".
Ariosto Italian
From the Germanic given name Ariost, meaning "battle-ready". A famous bearer of this surname is Italian poet Ludovico Ariosto (1474-1533).
Ariq English (American)
This name means a men with many gifts. The first person with the name spelled as this was an gangbanger from Covington, Kentucky. He died in 1998.
Arisawa Japanese
From Japanese 有 (ari) meaning "have, possess" and 沢 or 澤 (sawa) meaning "marsh".
Arisen English (Modern)
From a Dutch surname that means "son of Aris". In The Netherlands, this name is never used as a first name, since Dutch law strictly prohibits the use of surnames as first names... [more]
Aristava Abkhaz
Mingrelian form of the Abkhaz name Арстаа (Arstaa) ultimately derived from the Ancient Greek personal name Aristarchus.
Aristizabal Basque
It indicates familial origin near the eponymous farmhouse in Gipuzkoa.
Aristodemou Greek (Cypriot)
Alternate transcription of Greek Αριστοδήμου (see Aristodimou).
Arita Japanese
From Japanese 有 (ari) meaning "have, possess" and 田 (ta) meaning "field, rice paddy".
Ariti Greek
Friendly, Approachable, Generous
Aritzala Basque
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Navarrese municipality.
Aritzaleta Basque
It indicates familial origin within the eponymous council of the Navarrese municipality of Deierri.
Ariyoshi Japanese
From Japanese 有 (ari) meaning "have, possess" and 吉 (yoshi) meaning "lucky, good".
Ariza Catalan
Castilianized form of Basque Aritza, a topographic name from Basque (h)aritz ‘oak’ + the article suffix -a.
Ariza Spanish
Spanish: habitational name from a place so named in Zaragoza province in Aragón.
Arizala Basque (Hispanicized)
Castilianized form of Aritzala.
Arizcun Basque (Castilianized)
Castilianized form of Arizkun.
Arizkun Basque
It indicates familial origin within the eponymous locality in the Navarrese municipality of Baztan.
Arjas Estonian
Arjas is an Estonian surname, a corruption of the Estonian word "harjas" meaning "bristle" and "quill".
Arjona Spanish
Habitational name from Arjona in Jaén province.
Arjwana Eastern African
Eastern African
Arkadiou Greek
Means "son of Arkadios".
Arkadiyev Russian
Variant transcription of Arkadyev.
Arkadyev Russian
Means "son of Arkadiy".
Arkaia Basque
It indicates familial origin within the eponymous council of the municipality of Gasteiz.
Arkhangelsky Russian
Habitational name for someone from Arkhangelsk, a province (oblast) of Russia.
Arkhipov Russian
Means "son of Arkhip".
Arlegi Basque
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of the Navarrese municipality of Galar.
Arlegui Basque (Hispanicized)
Castilianized form of Arlegi.
Arlen American
Of uncertain origin. Possibly a form of the German name Erlen or a Gaelic name meaning "pledge" or "oath".
Arlianionak Belarusian
Double diminutive of Belarusian арол (arol) meaning "eagle".
Ärlig Swedish (Rare)
Means "honest" in Swedish.
Arlinghaus German
Perhaps a habitational name from Oerlinghausen in North Rhine-Westphalia.
Arlington English
Location name that refers to a settlement associated with a personal name reduced to Arl- plus the Anglo-Saxon patronymic element -ing- then the element -ton denoting a "settlement"... [more]
Arlott English
From a medieval nickname for a ne'er-do-well (from Middle English harlot or arlot "vagabond, base fellow"; "prostitute" is a 15th-century development). This surname was borne by Jack Arlott (1914-1991), a British journalist, poet and cricket commentator.
Arlotta Sicilian
From the French personal name Arlot, recorded in the Latinized form Arolottus from the 13th century.
Armada Spanish (Philippines), Spanish
Taken directly from the Spanish word meaning "navy, fleet."
Armand Pilon French
Armand is the original surname, and it is a French modification from a German surname. The original being Hartmann, that spelled by a francophone becomes Armand.... [more]
Ármannsdóttir Icelandic
Means "daughter of Ármann". Used exclusively by women.
Armas Spanish
Occupational name for an arms maker or soldier, from Spanish armas meaning "arms, weapons".
Armellino Italian
Italian: of uncertain origin; possibly from a masculinized form of Armellina, an old female personal name derived from Latin animula, a diminutive of anima ‘spirit’, ‘soul’.
Armendaritze Basque
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous commune in the French arrondissement of Baiona.
Armendariz Spanish, Basque
from the Basque personal name Armendari or Armentari, from Latin Armentarius 'herdsman'. Spanish and French variant of Armendaritze, a habitational name from a village in Low Navarre named Armendaritze.
Armenia Italian, Catalan, Spanish, Portuguese
Ethnic name or regional name for someone from Armenia or who had connections with Armenia. This surname is derived from the feminine form of Armenio, which is ultimately from Greek Αρμένιος (Armenios) meaning "Armenian"... [more]
Armenteros Spanish
Habitational name from either of two places called Armenteros, in the provinces of Ávila and Salamanca, from the plural of armenatero meaning ‘cowherd’, from Latin armenta ‘herd(s)’.
Armijo Spanish
Derived from the Spanish adjetive "armigero", meaning "one who bears arms". First found in the Northern Region of Spain in Cantabria. Alternate spellings include: Armijos, Armigo, and Armija.
Armona Portuguese
It indicates familial origin on the eponymous island in the municipality of Olhão.
Armour Scottish, Northern Irish
From Middle English, Old French armure, blended with the agent noun armer (see Armer), hence an occupational name for a maker of arms and armor. The collective noun armure denoted offensive weapons as well as the more recently specialized sense of protective gear.
Ärmpalu Estonian
Ärmpalu is an Estonian surname possibly derived from "härmas" ("frosty") and "palu" ("sandy heath/heathy woodland").
Armuier French
French for "armorer."
Armväärt Estonian
Armväärt is an Estonian surname meaning "blessing/grace worth".
Arnautović Serbian, Croatian
From Turkish arnavut meaning "Albanian".
Arndt German
Derived from the personal name Arndt.
Arnesson Swedish
Means "son of Arne".