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Arabic from a shortened form of Aba
, accusative case of Abu
Chinese from the name of the kingdom of Ba, which existed in Sichuan during the Zhou
dynasty (1122–221 bc). Descendants of some of the ruling class adopted the name of the kingdom as their surname... [more]
BAACK North Frisian, Dutch
Either from a reduced form of the Germanic personal name Baldeke
(a short form of any of the compound names with the first element bald ‘bold’, for example Baldewin) or from Middle Low German baec, bake ‘pork’, ‘bacon’, hence a metonymic occupational name for a butcher or pig farmer.
This indicates familial origin within either of 5 eponymous parishes.
Means "riding ground" in Japanese from 馬 (ba)
"horse" combined with 場 (ba)
"place, ground, field".
Either (i) from the medieval French personal name Babel
, apparently adopted from that of St Babylas
, a 3rd-century Christian patriarch of Antioch, the origins of which are uncertain; or (ii) an invented Jewish name based on German or Polish Babel
Nickname from Old Czech babinec meaning "coward".
Habitational name for someone from Babington in Somerset or Great or Little Bavington in Northumberland, named with the Old English personal name Babba + the connective particle -ing- meaning "associated with", "named after" + tūn meaning "settlement".
(i) Variant of Backus
(meaning "one who lives in or works in a bakery", from Old English bǣchūs
"bakehouse, bakery"), the spelling influenced by Bacchus
(name of the Greek and Roman god of wine).... [more]
Bacharachas is a derivate of the Bacharach that is a town in Germany.
Romanian surname from the word "baci" (shepherd)or the capitan of the game "oina".
Combination of Swedish bäck
"small stream" and man
BACKMAN English, Swedish, German
Combination of Old English bakke
"spine, back" and man
"man". In Swedish, the first element is more likely to be derived from Swedish backe
"hill", and in German the first element can be derived from German backen
"to bake"... [more]
BACON English, French, Norman
An occupational surname for someone who sold pork, from Middle English and Old French bacun
, meaning 'bacon', which is ultimately of Germanic origin. Can also be derived from the Germanic given names Baco
, or Bahho
, from the root bag-
, meaning 'to fight'... [more]
It's a Basque and Gascon surname whose meaning is cowboy, rancher (cattle rancher) or breeder.
This indicates familial origin within either of a cluster of 3 Lesser Polish villages: Bączal Dolny, Bączal Górny, or Bączałka.
From place names in both Suffolk and Staffordshire derived from an Old English personal name, 'Badda,' possibly meaning "battle" and lee
for a "woodland clearing," therefore meaning someone from "Badda's woodland clearing."
Topographic name from a diminutive of vado ‘ford’ (Latin vadum) or a habitational name from either of two places named with this word: Valillo de la Guarena in Zamora province or Vadillo de al Sierra in Ávila.
Habitational name for someone from a place called Badowo in Skierniewice voivodeship.
Apparently an extremely rare name of French origin, but isn't used as a first name in France. It might come from the rather uncommon French surname Bardinette
, which apparently is a variant spelling of the surname Bardinet
BAEDER German (Austrian)
Means something like "bath house" which historically was associated with health or medicine.
Korean form of Bai
, from Sino-Korean 白 (baek)
Derived from Old High German bero
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.
Filipinized form of Bhagat Singh
, a combination of Sanskrit भगत (bhagat)
meaning "devotee, follower" combined with सिंह (siṃhá)
meaning "lion". A notable bearer was Ramon
Bagatsing (1916-2006), the 19th Mayor of Manila who was of Indian descent.
BAGCI Turkish (Rare)
Bagci translated into English means vigneron, a vigneron is a person who cultivates grapes for winemaking. Originated in the 1920s in Turkey after the Balkan wars
Patronymic from the personal name Bagdon, Lithuanian form of Polish Bogdan.
In J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings," the surname of Frodo
Baggins. Also the name of his relative Bilbo Baggins. The Bagginses are a well-to-do and respectable family of Hobbits living in Hobbiton of the Shire... [more]
BAHŞIŞ Crimean Tatar
Derived from Persian بخشش (baxšeš)
meaning "forgiveness, amnesty" or بخشیش (bakhšīš)
meaning "present, gratuity, reward".
Baig Name Meaning Muslim (common in Pakistan): from the Turkish word beg ‘bey’, originally a title denoting a local administrator in the Ottoman Empire, but subsequently widely used as a title of respect... [more]
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous commune in the arrondissement of Baiona.
from Bainbridge in North Yorkshire, named for the Bain river on which it stands (which is named with Old Norse beinn ‘straight’) + bridge.
BAINEBRIDGE English, Irish
Bridge over the Bain, An English town named for its place on the river Bain, now used as a surname. Lives near the bridge over the white water... [more]
From a nickname for someone with light brown or reddish-brown hair or beard, from baio
meaning "bay horse", ultimately derived from Late Latin badius
From a medieval nickname in Scotland and northern England for the (alleged) father of an illegitimate child (from northern Middle English bairnes
"child's" + father
). This surname was borne by British cartoonist and author Bruce Bairnsfather (1888-1959).
Origin is uncertain, possibly the Polish version of the surname Bacon
BĄKOWSKI Polish, Jewish
Habitational name for someone from a place called Bąkowa, Bąkowice, Bąkowiec, or Bąkowo.
From the given name Bakr
. A famous bearer was Abu Bakr (573-634), the first Islamic caliphate.
BAKSHI Indian, Bengali, Punjabi
Derived from Persian بخشی (baxši)
meaning "paymaster, scribe, secretary", used as a title for officials who distributed wages in Muslim armies.
Altered spelling of English Balcombe
, a habitational name from Balcombe in West Sussex, which is named with Old English bealu
"evil, calamity" (or the Old English personal name Bealda
) combined with cumb
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.
BALDOCK English (Rare)
Means "person from Baldock", Hertfordshire ("Baghdad": in the Middle Ages the lords of the manor were the Knights Templar, whose headquarters were in Jerusalem, and they named the town Baldac
, the Old French name for Baghdad).
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
Variant of Bail
. This is the surname of Welsh footballer Gareth Bale.
English surname, perhaps of Cornish British origin, from belen, meaning "mill."
Originating from several place names in Scotland. Derived from the Scottish Gaelic meaning "village pasture".
Patronymic of uncertain origin, perhaps from Turkish bal ‘lord’, ‘master’, a word of Arabic origin.
BALIJA Indian, Telugu
It is a Telugu name, denoting either "traders/merchants" or "agriculturists".
English and Scottish: derogatory nickname from a derivative of bald
‘bald-headed’ (see also Bald
Meant "person who makes or is armed with a crossbow" (from a derivative of Middle English baleste
"crossbow", from Old French).
Occupational name or nickname for a dancer, Italian ballerino
, an agent derivative of ballare
Theoretically it could be a variant of vallón, from valle ‘valley’, but neither form is attested as a vocabulary word or as a place name element. Alternatively, it could be a Castilian spelling of Catalan Batlló, Balló, nicknames from diminutives of batlle ‘dancing’.English: variant spelling of Balon.
Perhaps a topographic name from the dialect word balma
meaning ‘grotto’, ‘cave’, ‘jutting rock’.
Most of Croatian families with the surname (last name) Baloković originate from the town of Donji Miholjac located in Osijek-Baranja County on the border with Hungary. During the 1700s and 1800s most of the people bearing this family name were born either in Donji Miholjac and/or nearby Nasice... [more]
Occupational name for a seller of spices and perfumes.
BALSANO German (Austrian), Italian
The roots of the distinguished surname Balzano lie in Austria. The name derives itself from "Balthasar," the name of one of the three Magi who followed the star to Bethlehem, and was popular as both a first name and a family name during the 18th century.... [more]
Bamborough name origin from early Northumberland early times other name know from the Bamborough is bamburgh as in bamburgh castle, ... [more]
Derived from a noble title used in several states in Central and Southeastern Europe between the 7th century and the 20th century.
The town of Bana, in Hungary, is said to have given birth to this family name. The name appears to have traveled northward, within eastern Europe, ending up in Poland where it is most recognized.
Possibly derived from Bandāra, a group of guardian deities in the Sinhala Buddhist faith. The term was also used to refer to high officials within the Sinhala Kingdom.
This may be inaccurate, but Family Education says it means " East of The Slope", referring to eastern provinces of Osaka (lit. "Great Slope"). It's most popular in eastern Japan, where it originates from.
This interesting surname of German and Ashkenazic origin is a diminutive of the metonymic occupational name Band
, originally given to someone who made the wooden hoops with which wooden barrels were fastened together, deriving from the Germanic band
meaning "hoop", "band"... [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]
From বাংলা (Bangla)
, the endonym of the Bengali people, the region of Bengal (including Bangladesh), and the Bengali language. The word itself is derived either from Vanga
, the name of an ancient kingdom on the Indian subcontinent, or from an Austric word meaning "sun god".
Derived from the old English world "Banke" usually given to a family who lived near a hill or a slope.
BANKSY English, Popular Culture
This is pseudonyms Banksy is a pseudonymous England-based graffiti artist, political activist, film director, and painter. Banksy's real name might be Robin Gunningham. How Banksy got his pseudonym is unknown... [more]
BANOVIĆ Serbian, Croatian
"Son of a Ban", the -ić
"son of" suffix with ban
, the title of class of Croatian nobility beginning in the 7th century approximately equivalent to viceroy, lord or duke, stemming potentially from the Turkic bajan
Means "person from Banwell", Somerset ("killer spring (perhaps alluding to a contaminated water source)").
There are three different surnames that are Romanized in pinyin as Bao. Other Romanizations include Bau, Pao, and Pau. This character also means "abalone", but the name comes from an old place name... [more]
From Aramaic בְּרָא (b'rā)
meaning "son, child" or Hebrew בָּר (bar)
meaning "grain, cereal".
BARAD Biblical Hebrew (Rare)
It's the Hebrew name of one the biblical plagues in the Hebrew bible that God cast on Egypt. It means Hail as in the Ice storm.
A Slovene surname of unknown origin. A notable bearer was Slovene-American Roman Catholic bishop Frederic Baraga (1797-1868), who was the bishop of Marquette, a town in Upper Michigan, USA. There is also a village in Upper Michigan named Baraga, which was named after the bishop.
Means "son of Barak", from the given name Barak (2)
combined with Pashto زوی (zoy)
meaning "son (of)". The Barakzai are a Pashtun tribe in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Acronym of the first two letters for the Hebrew phrase "son of the Rabbi Samuel." Bar Rabbi Schmul
Nickname for someone with a beard, Old French barbe
From Middle High German barbe
, the name of a species of fish resembling the carp; hence by metonymy an occupational name for a fisherman or fish dealer, or possibly a nickname for someone thought to resemble the fish in some way.
Derogatory nickname from barbera ‘barber’s wife’, a term also used to denote a prostitute or dishonest woman. Catalan (Barberà): habitational name from a place in Tarragona province, named with Late Latin Barbarianum ‘place of Barbarius’, a derivative of Barbarus (see Barbaro)... [more]
Spanish occupational name for a barber-surgeon (see Barber
), Spanish barbero
, from Late Latin barbarius
, a derivative of barba
‘beard’ (Latin barba
BARBON French (Quebec)
Derived from the nickname barbon
meaning "old codger" as well as referring to a "confirmed bachelor".
denoting a person who lived by land that contained overgrown leafy vegetation from the portuguese word barba
"leaf" + oso/osa
(adjective suffix); variant of Barboza
Apparently from a personal name Barcelonus (feminine Barcelona), originally denoting someone from the city of Barcelona.
BARCELONA Catalan, Spanish
Habitational name from Barcelona, the principal city of Catalonia. The place name is of uncertain, certainly pre-Roman, origin. The settlement was established by the Carthaginians, and according to tradition it was named for the Carthaginian ruling house of Barca; the Latin form was Barcino or Barcilo.
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of the Castilian municipality of Espinosa de los Monteros.
Possibly derived from an Adyghe word meaning "band, lace", referring to someone who made ropes or binding tapes, or from a Chechen word referring to a tailor.
BARCLAY Scottish, English
Habitational name of English origin, from Berkeley in Gloucestershire, named in Old English with be(o)rc
"birch" and lēah
Originally meant "person from Bardwell", Suffolk ("Bearda's spring"). A fictional bearer of the surname is Mrs Bardell, Mr Pickwick's widowed landlady in Charles Dickens's 'Pickwick Papers' (1837), who misconstrues an innocent remark about having a companion as a marriage proposal, which leads to her suing Pickwick for breach of promise.
English: habitational name from places in North and West Yorkshire named Barden, from Old English bere
‘barley’ (or the derived adjective beren
) + denu
English: nickname for someone who was in the habit of going about his business unshod, from Old English bær ‘bare’, ‘naked’ + fot ‘foot’. It may have referred to a peasant unable to afford even the simplest type of footwear, or to someone who went barefoot as a religious penance.In some instances, probably a translation of German Barfuss, the northern form Barfoth, or the Danish cognate Barfo(e)d.
The surname Bargy was first found in Gloucestershire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.
English: habitational name from any of the various places so called. Most, for example those in Cambridgeshire and Suffolk, are named with Old English beorg ‘hill’ + ham ‘homestead’. The one in Kent, however, is from an unattested Old English byname Biora, Beora (a derivative of bera ‘bear’) + ham.
During the middle ages, when people were named after their given job, Baril was what winemakers and brewers were named. Baril simply means "Barrel" or "Keg"
Means "son of the boyar", derived from Russian барин (barin)
SURNAME Town cryer, or someone who shouts out notices
Meant "person who works in a tannery" (from Middle English barkhous
"tannery" - bark was used in the tanning process). A fictional bearer is Barkis, a carrier in Charles Dickens's 'David Copperfield' (1849) who sends a message via David to Clara Peggotty that "Barkis is willin'" (i.e. to marry her).
Probably a reduced form of Barkhouse, a topographic name for someone who lived by a tannery, Middle English barkhous, or an occupational name for someone who worked in one.
Either (i) means "person from Barnaby", Yorkshire ("Beornwald's settlement"); or (ii) from the medieval male personal name Barnaby
, the English form of Barnabas
, a biblical name ultimately from Aramaic Barnabia
"son of Nabia".
Southern English habitational name for someone who lived by a barn.
BARNO Italian, Ukrainian, French, Ancient Aramaic, Russian
The surname Barno was first found in the north of Italy, especially in Tuscany. The name occasionally appears in the south, usually in forms which end in "o," but the northern forms ending in "i" are much more common... [more]
BARON English, French
From the title of nobility, derived from Middle English & Old French baron
(ultimately of Germanic origin). Instead of referring to someone of rank, this surname referred to a service in a baronial household or a peasant with ideas above their station... [more]