Submitted Surnames Starting with B

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BŁAŻEJEWSKIPolish
Habitational name for someone from Błażejewo, Błażejewice, Błażejewko, or another place named with Błażej, a vernacular form of the personal name Blasius.
BLAZERDutch
from Middle Dutch blaser ‘blower’, hence an occupational name for a player of the trumpet or other wind instrument, or a nickname for a braggart or boaster
BLAŽEVIĆCroatian
Means ''son of Blaž''.
BLAZKOWICZPolish
From the video game series, Wolfenstein, Blazkowicz is the main character.
BLEDIGWelsh
"like a wolf"
BLEDSOEEnglish
Comes from a place in Gloucestershire called Bledisloe, comes from an Old English personal name Blið.
BLEECKERDutch
Occupational name for a bleacher of textiles, a launderer, or the owner of a public bleaching ground.
BLEEKERDutch
Occupational name for a bleacher of textiles, from Middle Dutch ble(e)kere.
BLEIBERGDutch
Habitational name from a place so named in Luxembourg province, Belgium.
BŁEŃSKIPolish
This indicates familial origin anywhere within a cluster of 3 Kuyavian villages in Gmina Izbica Kujawska: Błenna, Błenna A, or Błenna B.
BLESSEDEnglish
From a medieval nickname for a fortunate person. This surname is borne by British actor Brian Blessed (1936-).
BLEWETTEnglish
From a medieval nickname for a blue-eyed person or one who habitually wore blue clothing (from Middle English bleuet "cornflower" or bluet "blue cloth").
BLINWelsh
The same as Blaen, a point, the inland extremity of a valley. Blin also signifies weary, troublesome.
BLINOVRussian
Russian surname, derived from the word "блин" (pancake).
BLINOVARussian
Feminine form of Blinov.
BLISSETTEnglish
A different form of Blessed. A bearer of this surname is Luther Blissett (1958-), a Jamaican-born English footballer ("Luther Blissett" has been used since 1994 as a cover name for activists engaging in anti-cultural establishment polemics and spoofs on the internet and elsewhere).
BLITZGerman
This surname is presumed to be coming from a nickname for a fast runner or a quick tempered person, from German blitz(er) meaning "lightning" (ultimately from Middle High German blicze.)
BLIXTSwedish
From Swedish blixt "lightning, flash".
BLIZZARDEnglish
A different form (influenced by blizzard "heavy snowstorm") of Blissett.
BLOCHJewish
Regional name for someone in Central Europe originating from Italy or France, from Polish "Włoch" meaning "Italian" (originally "stranger / of foreign stock"), ultimately derived – like many names and words in various European languages – from the Germanic Walhaz.
BLOCKJewish
Variant of Bloch.
BLOEMDutch
Means "flower" in Dutch.
BLOMKVISTSwedish
Variant of Blomqvist. Mikael Blomkvist is a fictional character in Stieg Larsson's Millennium Series.
BLOMQVISTSwedish
Combination of Swedish blom "bloom, flower" and qvist, an archaic spelling of kvist "twig".
BLONDERDutch
Occupational name for a brewer.
BŁOŃSKIPolish
Habitational name for someone from Błonie, a place named with błonie meaning "meadow".
BLOODEnglish
Evidently from Old English blod ‘blood’, but with what significance is not clear. In Middle English the word was in use as a metonymic occupational term for a physician, i.e. one who lets blood, and also as an affectionate term of address for a blood relative.
BLOODWelsh
Anglicized form of Welsh ap Llwyd ‘son of Llwyd’.
BLOODEnglish
Derived from the Old English byname Blīþa (meaning "happy, blithe").
BLOODSWORTHEnglish
A variant of Bloodworth.
BLOOMEnglish
Metonymic occupational name for an iron worker, from Middle English blome ‘ingot (of iron)’.
BLOOMSwedish
Variant of BLOM.
BLOOMJewish (American), Dutch
Americanized spelling of Bloem and Blum.
BLOOMFIELDEnglish
This interesting surname is of early medieval English origin, and is a locational name from either of the two places thus called in England, one in Staffordshire, and the other in Somerset, or it may be a dialectal variant of Blonville (-sur-Mer) in Calvados, Normandy, and hence a Norman habitation name... [more]
BLOOMINGDALEJewish (Americanized)
Americanized form of German Blumenthal or its Dutch cognate Bloemendaal.
BLOUNTEnglish
Variant of Blunt.
BLOWEnglish
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").
BLUFORDEnglish, American (South)
Possibly an English habitational name from a lost or unidentified place. The name occurs in records of the 19th century but is now very rare if not extinct in the British Isles. In the U.S. it is found chiefly in TX and TN.
BLUHMGerman
German alternate spelling of the Italian surname, Blum meaning flower.
BLUMBARGYiddish
It literally means "bloom barrow".
BLUMEGerman, English
Could be from the Jewish surname Blum of from Swedish Blom. It could also be from the English word bloom.
BLUMENBERGJewish
Ornamental name composed of German Blume "flower" and Berg "mountain, hill".
BLUMREISINGERGerman (Anglicized)
Meaning "flower raiser". See also Blum.
BLUMSHTEYNYiddish
Original Yiddish form of Blumstein.
BLUNTEnglish
From the Old French word blund which means "blonde, fair". It also coincides with the Middle English word blunt or blont meaning "dull". A famous bearer is Emily Blunt, a British actress.
BLUTHGerman, Jewish
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): ornamental name from Middle High German bluot, German Blüte ‘bloom’, ‘flower head’. ... [more]
BOItalian
Variant of Bove.
Norwegian
Variant of BØE. A notable bearer is Norwegian biathlete Tarjei Bø (b. 1988).
BOAKYEAkan
Meaning unknown.
BOBIŃSKIPolish
Habitational name for someone from a place called Bobin or Bobino.
BOBOLAPolish
From a derivative of bób meaning 'bean'.
BOBROWSKIPolish, Jewish
Habitational name for someone from a place called Bobrowa, Bobrowo, Bobrowce, or Bobrowiec.
BÓBSKIPolish
Possibly derived from the Polish word bób, which means "broad bean".
BOCCHINOItalian
The Italian family name is classified as being of nickname origin. The most obvious are those names which are based on a physical characteristic or personal attribute of the initial bearer. In this particular instance, according to the author Emedio De Felice, the family name Bocchino derives from "bocca", meaning "mouth", in turn derived from the Latin word "bucca".De Felice states that this family name may not only have arisen from a nickname which described the mouth in a literal sense, since "bocca" in a figurative sense designated such things such things as intelligence and veracity.... [more]
BOCKGerman, Upper German, Jewish, English
Altered spelling of German Böck (see Boeck) or Bach.... [more]
BOCQUELETFrench
A famous bearer of this French surname is Ben Bocquelet (1983-), a French-English animator, best known as the creator of the British-American animated television series, The Amazing World Of Gumball.
BOĆWIŃSKIPolish
This indicates familial origin within either of 2 Masurian villages.
BODEMANGerman
Bodeman is an occupational name meaning "adherent of the royal messenger".
BODÉNSwedish
Possibly a combination of Swedish bod "shed, shack, small building" and the common surname suffix -én (originally a derivative of Latin -enius "descendant of"). Also a possible habitational name from places named with Bod-.
BODENGerman, Low German
Patronymic from the personal name BODE or a topographic name for someone living in a valley bottom or the low-lying area of a field. From Middle High German boden "ground, bottom".
BODENIrish (Anglicized)
Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó BUADÁIN.
BODENEnglish
Possibly a variant of BALDWIN.
BODIFrench
The United State Version of Bodi is an alteration of the French name Baudin. The name also has roots from Hungary.
BODINFrench, English
Derived from Old French personal name BODIN or a variant spelling of BAUDOUIN.
BODINGerman
Probably derived from various Germanic personal names beginning with Bod- "messenger", or from the habitational name Boddin, name of several places in Mecklenburg and Brandenburg.
BODINSwedish
Variant of BODÉN.
BODKINEnglish
From the medieval male personal name Bowdekyn, a pet-form of Baldwin.
BØENorwegian
Derived from Old Norse býr "farm, village, settlement" or búa "to reside".
BOEHMGerman, Dutch, Jewish
Ethnic name for a native or inhabitant of Bohemia (now the western part of the Czech Republic), from Böhmen, German name of Bohemia (Middle High German Böheim, Beheim). This derives its name from the tribal name Baii + heim "homeland"; the Baii were a tribe, probably Celtic, who inhabited the region in the 1st century A.D. and were gradually displaced by Slavic settlers in the period up to the 5th century... [more]
BOEINGEnglish (Anglicized)
Anglicized form of German Böing. This was the surname of American industrialist William Boeing (1881-1956) who founded The Boeing Company, a manufacturer of airplanes.
BOEKHOUTEnglish
Probably a habitational name from the village Boekhoute in northern Belgium, close to the border to The Netherlands.
BØENNorwegian
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).
BOENDutch
Occupational name for a bean grower, from Middle Dutch bone, boene "bean".
BOESELGerman
Habitational name, from Bösel
BOETTCHERGerman
Occupational name for a cooper, from Middle High German botecher, bötticher, bütticher, an agent derivative of botech(e), bottich, bütte "vat", "barrel".
BOGDÁNHungarian
From the given name Bogdan.
BOGDANRomanian, Croatian
From the given name BOGDAN.
BOGDANOWICZPolish
Patronymic from the given name Bogdan.
BOGDANSKIPolish
Habitational name for a person from "Bogdanowo" or "Bogdanka" or any other places with Bogdan in it in Poland.
BOGHOSIANArmenian
Means "son of BOGHOS".
BOGLEScottish, Northern Irish
From a medieval Scottish and Northern Irish nickname for someone of scary appearance (from Middle Scots bogill "hobgoblin").
BOGUSŁAWSKIPolish, Jewish
Habitational name for someone from a place called Boguslaw or Boguslawice, from the personal name Bogusław (composed of Slavic Bog "God" and slav "glory").
BOHANNONIrish (Anglicized)
Irish anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Buadhachanáin, a double diminutive of buadhach ‘victorious’
BOHARTEnglish (Rare)
Meaning unknown.
BOIKOVBulgarian, Russian
Variant transcription of Boykov.
BOISFrench, German
From French bois "forest"
BOITEUXFrench, Breton
From a Breton nickname meaning "lame".
BOJĀRSLatvian
Derived from the Slavic title boyar.
BOJEDutch
Variant of Boye.
BOLAJINigerian
This surname is very common in Nigeria. Possibly taken from a word in one of the Nigerian tribes languages.
BOLARSpanish
Topographic name for someone who lived on a patch of soil of a particular type known as tierra bolar.
BOLATOVKazakh
Means "son of Bolat".
BOLDINGEnglish, German
Patronymic from Bold as a personal name.
BOLDINGDanish
Habitational name from a place so named in Jutland.
BOLDTGerman
From the Germanic personal name Baldo, a short form of the various compound names with the first element bald ‘bold’.
BOLDYScottish
This is a name for someone who lived in Peeblesshire.
BOLENEnglish
Variant of BULLEN.
BOLENCzech, Polish
From a pet form of the given names BOLESLAV, BOLESŁAW or BOLEBOR.... [more]
BOLEWSKIPolish
Comes from the given name Bolesław, also a name for a person who comes from Bolewice or other places starting with -Bolew in Poland.
BOLEYNEnglish
Franciscanized form of "Bullens", a Dutch surname meaning "son of Baldo (meaning "strong")".
BOLIBRUCHSlovak
This name is a last name in the Slovak region.
BOLIĆSerbian, Croatian
Derived from the word bol, meaning "pain, ache".
BOLLARDFrench
From a personal name composed of the Germanic elements boll "friend", "brother" + hard "hardy", "strong".
BOLLARDEnglish, Irish
According to MacLysaght, this surname of Dutch origin which was taken to Ireland early in the 18th century.
BOLLOQUIBasque
Means "mill place."
BOLLORÉBreton
Bolloré derives from bod which means bush and lore which means laurel in Breton
BOLTDanish, German
Variant of Boldt.
BOLTEnglish
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]
BOMANSwedish
Combination of Swedish bo (noun) "nest, farm, dwelling" and man "man".
BOMBAPortuguese, Spanish, Polish, Ukrainian, Czech, Slovak
From bomba "bomb", (Latin bombus), hence probably a nickname for someone with an explosive temperament, or a metonymic occupational name for an artilleryman.
BOMENGENEnglish (American), Norwegian (Rare)
Name created from during immigration from Norway to the United States in either the late 19th or early 20th century meaning, "The farm with the big gate."
BONACCIItalian
"Bona" comes from the Italian for good, "Buona" and "cci" is ancient Latin form for "man." Thus, "the good man." A derivation of FiBonacci, or "son of Bonacci." Was the name of the famous mathematician, Leondardo de Pisa: Leonardo of Pisa is now known as Fibonacci pronounced fib-on-arch-ee short for filius Bonacci... [more]
BONANNOItalian
From the medieval personal name Bonanno, an omen name meaning "good year". Mainly found throughout southern Italy.
BONANUNZIOItalian
Combination of bon which means 'good' + the given name Nunzio.
BONAPARTEItalian (Rare), French (Rare), Judeo-Italian (Rare), American (Rare), Caribbean (Rare)
Variant and French form of Buonaparte. This is also a Jewish surname. A notable bearer was Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1820), who ruled as Emperor of France from 1804 through 1814 and again briefly in 1815, who was of Italian (Tuscan) ancestry... [more]
BONARScottish, Northern Irish
From a medieval nickname for a courteous or good-looking person (from Middle English boner "gentle, courteous, handsome"). A notable bearer of the surname was Canadian-born British Conservative politician Andrew Bonar Law (1858-1923), prime minister 1922-23.
BONARIrish
A "translation" of Irish Gaelic Ó Cnáimhsighe "descendant of Cnáimhseach", a nickname meaning literally "midwife" and ostensibly a derivative of Gaelic cnámh "bone".
BONATTIItalian
Comes from the pesonal name 'Bona' which is derived from Latin 'bonus', which means 'great'.
BONDARENKOUkrainian
maker of barrels
BONDESwedish, Old Swedish, Danish
From Old Norse bóndi "farmer". Used as both a last name and a (rare) given name in Sweden (see BONDE for the given name and BONDESSON as an example of a patronymic derived from this name)... [more]
BONDEEnglish
Variant of BOND.
BONDENorwegian (Rare)
From a farm named Bonde, named with Old Norse bóndi "farmer" and vin "meadow".
BONDESSONSwedish
Means "son of BONDE", or possibly "son of a farmer".
BONDIACatalan
Bondia is a Catalan surname. It means 'good day' or 'good morning'.
BONERAItalian
Bresciano surname. From a medieval name.... [more]
BONESEnglish
Derives from bon, "good" in Old French.
BONGARDGerman, French
In german a rhenish place name "Obstgarten" (orchard).... [more]
BONGIORNOItalian
Italian from the medieval personal name Bongiorno (composed of bono ‘good’ + giorno ‘day’), bestowed on a child as an expression of the parents’ satisfaction at the birth (‘it was a good day when you were born’).
BONGIOVANNIItalian
Comes from the personal name Giovanni composed of the elements bon ‘good’ + Giovanni, Italian equivalent of John
BONGIOVIItalian
Comes from the given name Giovi, combination of bon 'good' + Giovi.
BONIADIPersian (Rare)
Most likely derived from Persian بنياد‎‎ (Bonīād), the name of a village in the Bushehr Province of Iran. A notable bearer is Iranian-American actress Nazanin Boniadi (1980-).
BONJOVIItalian
Variant of Bongiovi, a famous bearer of this name is Jon Bon Jovi.
BONNEMAISONFrench
Literally means "good house", derived from French bonne "good" and French maison "house". As such, this surname is most likely a locational surname, in that it originally either referred to someone who lived in a good house (probably more like a mansion) or to someone who was born in (or lived in) the place Bonnemaison, which is nowadays located in the Calvados department of France... [more]
BONOMINIItalian
Patronymic or plural form of Bonomo.
BONSALLEnglish (British)
This is a locational name which originally derived from the village of Bonsall, near Matlock in Derbyshire. The name is Norse-Viking, pre 10th Century and translates as 'Beorns-Halh' - with 'Beorn' being a personal name meaning 'Hero' and 'Halh' a piece of cultivated land - a farm.
BONSORFrench
Bonsor is from French origin mean good day {Bon soir }
BONUSFrench, German, Dutch
Humanistic Latinization of vernacular names meaning ‘good’, for example French Lebon or Dutch de Goede
BONUŠCzech
From a pet form of the personal name Bonifác, Czech form of Bonifacio.
BOOKEnglish (British)
The surname Book originated from the UK. When and where are still under investigation, however we believe it maybe within the Manchester area.
BOOKEAmerican
American variant of the German name Buche meaning "beech" in reference to the beech tree. Notable bearer is the actor Sorrell Booke (1930-1994).
BOOKEREnglish
English occupational surname meaning "maker of books."
BOOMHOUWERGerman, Dutch
Boomhouwer, means "Cutter of Trees", or "The one who hews trees", having Boom translating into "tree", houw meaning to "hew" or to "cut", and er meaning "the one who".... [more]
BOONEDutch
Variant of BOEN.
BOORMANAnglo-Saxon, English
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, Bure" and "Bura" in the Domesday Book of 1086... [more]
BOOTEnglish, Dutch, German
English: metonymic occupational name for a maker or seller of boots, from Middle English, Old French bote (of unknown origin).... [more]
BOOTHROYDEnglish
Possibly from the Old English booth meaning "hut, shack" and royd meaning "clearing (in the woods)".
BOOTSEnglish, Dutch, German
A variant of Boot meaning "shoemaker" in English or "boatman" in Dutch or German.
BOOTZDutch
A Dutch surname meaning a "nickname for a ridiculous person" or a variant of Boot
BORÁKCzech
Habitational name for someone from one of many places named with bor meaning "pine forest"; alternatively from a short form of the personal names Dalibor or Bořivoj, containing the element -bor meaning "battle".
BORBAK-OOLTuvan
Derived from Tuvan борбак (borbak) meaning "round, rounded, spherical" combined with оол (ool) "son, boy".
BORCHAAragonese
Proper, non-Castilianized form of Borja; it indicates familial origin within the eponymous municipality.
BORCHERTGerman, English
Variant of Borchardt (see BURKHARD).
BORDEAUXFrench
City in France.
BORECKIEnglish
Habitational name for someone from a place called Borek or Borki, from bór "pine forest".
BOREMANDutch
Dutch: variant of Borneman. ... [more]
BORÉNSwedish
Combination of an unknown first element and the common surname suffix -én (originally from Latin -enius "descendant of"). Also possible habitational name derived from places named with Bor-, such as Borås, Borensberg, and Borlänge... [more]
BORENGerman
Of unclear origin, most likely a variant of the German surname Born.
BORGMaltese
Derived from Arabic بُرْج (burj) meaning "castle, citadel, (stone) tower".
BORGEDALENNorwegian (Rare)
Combination of Norwegian borg "fortification, castle" and dal "valley".
BORGOItalian
Borgo is an Italian surname, which means 'village' or 'borough'.
BORISOVABulgarian, Russian
Means "daughter of Boris".
BORISOWUkrainian
The origin of this name comes from Ukraine, the original name being Borisov.
BORJASpanish (Latinized, Rare, Archaic), Filipino (Latinized, Modern, Rare, Archaic)
Borja is originated in Spain before the Thirty Year's War.... [more]
BÖRJESSONSwedish
Means "son of "BÖRJE".
BORKOWSKIPolish, Jewish
Habitational name for someone from a place called Borki, Borkowice, or Borek, all named with Polish bór 'pine forest', or from Borków, which derives from the personal name Borek + the possessive suffix -ow.
BORMANDutch, Low German, English
Dutch and North German: variant of Bormann. ... [more]
BORMANNGerman
This surname is presumed to be a variant of Bornemann, which is made up of Middle Low German born meaning "spring" and man meaning "man," denoting someone who lived by a spring or a well.
BORNGerman/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.
BORNMaltese
Not to be confused with the German surname BORN.
BORNEEnglish, French, Dutch
1. English: variant spelling of Bourne. ... [more]
BORNEMANDutch
1. Respelling of German Bornemann. ... [more]
BORNEMANNLow German
North German: topographic name denoting someone who lived by a well or spring, from Middle Low German born ‘spring’, ‘well’ + man ‘man’.
BOROIRomanian
Meaning unknown.
BOROWICZPolish
Patronymic from a pet form of Borowy, or from Borzyslaw, Bolebor, or some other personal name formed with the element bor ‘to fight’.
BORRESENDanish
The Danish surname Borresen has two origins. Boerresen is composed of -sen 'son' + the given name Boerre, the modern equivalent of Old Norse Byrgir 'the helper' (from proto-Indo-European root BHER- 'to carry, bear')... [more]
BORSHEIMNorwegian (Rare)
Habitational name from either of two farmsteads in Norway: Borsheim in Rogaland and Børsheim in Hordaland. Borsheim is a combination of an unknown first element and Norwegian heim "home", while Børsheim is a combination of Old Norse byrgi "fence, enclosure" and heim.
BORSOKRussian, Jewish, German (Austrian)
Pronouced "Boar-sook"... [more]
BORTNICKUkrainian, Jewish
Occupational name for a beekeeper, Ukrainian bortnik.
BOSDutch
"Forest, Woods"... [more]
BOSHNJAKUAlbanian
Meaning unknown.
BOSLEYEnglish
English habitation surname derived from the Old English personal name Bosa and the Old English leah "clearing, field". It's also possibly a variant of the French surname Beausoleil meaning "beautiful sun" from the French beau 'beautiful, fair' and soleil 'sun'... [more]
BOŠNJAKCroatian, Serbian
Derived from "Bošnjak", for someone who has their roots in Bosnia. This surname is rare in Bosnian Muslims.
BOSOItalian
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.
BOSSEnglish
From an originally French term meaning "hunchback".
BOSSERBreton
Bosser means butcher in Breton.
BOSTONEnglish
Habitational name from the town Boston in Lincolnshire, England. The name means "Botwulf’s stone".... [more]
BOSTRÖMSwedish
Combination of Swedish bo "dwelling, home" and ström "stream, river".
BOSTWICKEnglish
From an English surname which was from a lost or unidentified place name. The second element is clearly Old English wic "outlying (dairy) farm".
BOSWACHTERDutch
Dutch for "forester."
BOSWELLFrench (Anglicized)
"The name Boswell is an Anglicization of the name of a French village: Boseville (Beuzeville)". This was a village of 1400 inhabitants near Yvetot, in Normandy. (from “A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames”, by Charles W. Bardsley, New York, 1901)... [more]
BOTEZATURomanian
Means "baptized."
BOTHWELLScottish
Also N Irish... [more]
BOTKINRussian
This was the surname of Evgeniy Botkin ( 1865 - 1918) who was the Russian court physician. He remained loyal to the family of Tsar Nicholas II Romanov when the revolution occurred and followed them into exile in Siberia... [more]
BOTTINGEnglish, Dutch
Patronymic from BOTT, an Old English personal name of unknown origin.
BOUALEMArabic (Maghrebi)
Means "father of Alam" (see Boualem); mainly found in Algeria.
BOUAZIZArabic (Maghrebi), Judeo-Spanish
Means "father of Aziz" in Arabic and Hebrew, used in Algeria and Tunisia. It is also used by North African Sephardic Jews.
BOUAZIZIArabic (Maghrebi)
Means "father of Aziz" in Arabic (chiefly Maghrebi). A notable bearer was Mohamed Bouazizi (1984-2011), a Tunisian street vendor who set himself on fire. His death initiated the start of the Tunisian Jasmine Revolution.
BOUCHAIBArabic (Maghrebi)
Means "son of Shoaib"; mainly found in Morocco and Algeria.
BOUCHAREBArabic (Maghrebi)
Means "father of the moustache" or "father of the drinker", from the Arabic بو (bu) "father (of)" and شَارِب (šārib) meaning "drinking, drinker" or "moustache". It is mainly found in Algeria.
BOUDREAUEnglish
English variant of French Beaudreau.
BOUDREAUXFrench
Variant of Beaudreau. Originated in ancient area known as Languedoc, where the family was established. Comes from having lived in Languedoc, where the name was found since the early Middle Ages.
BOUHIREDArabic (Maghrebi)
Meaning unknown. A notable bearer is Djamila Bouhired (1935-), an Algerian militant and nationalist who opposed the French rule over Algeria.
BOUHOUCHEBerber, Northern African
Kabyle name possibly derived from Arabic أَبُو (ʾabū) meaning "father" and حَوْش (ḥawš) meaning "courtyard, enclosure, farm" (chiefly Algerian).
BOUJETTIFNorthern African (Archaic)
Meaning, "The family of the son of the Clever Head" or "One Whom Possess a Clever Head." Bou (normally used in the North African Regions of the Maghrib Countries) has 2 possible derivative meanings both originating from the Arabic language, "Son of..." or an Arabic word Tho meaning, "One Who Possess A Quality." Jettif is a variance of Jettef, Jeif or Ji'f which is derived from the ancient Tamazight or Imazighen (popularly known as Berber) and is pronounced "j-ixf" which means Clever, head, or brain."
BOUKHALFAArabic (Maghrebi)
Means "father of the successor" in Arabic (see Khalaf or Khalifa).
BOUKHAROUBAArabic (Maghrebi)
Meaning unknown, possibly of Kabyle origin. A notable bearer was Algerian revolutionary and President Houari Boumediene (1932-1978), who was born as Mohamed ben Brahim Boukharouba.
BOULANGERFrench
Means "baker" in French.
BOUMAFrisian
Origine is Friesland.... [more]
BOUMEDIENEArabic (Maghrebi)
Means "father of Midian" in Arabic (chiefly Algerian). A notable bearer was Houari Boumediene (1932-1978), born as Mohamed ben Brahim Boukharouba, an Algerian revolutionary who served as the second President of Algeria from 1976-1978.
BOURASSAIndian
Seems to be an Indian name. I am in touch with a relative whose family were Pottawatomi Indians in Oklahoma. This name comes from that reservation.
BOURBONFrench
The Bourbons were one of the most important ruling houses of Europe . Its members were descended from Louis I, duc de Bourbon from 1327 to 1342, the grandson of the French king Louis IX (ruled 1226-70)... [more]
BOUSHABWestern African
Used in Mauritania.
BOUTAYEBArabic (Maghrebi)
Means "father of Tayeb" in Arabic (chiefly Moroccan).
BOUTEFLIKAArabic (Maghrebi)
Of unknown meaning, possibly of Kabyle origin.... [more]
BOUTELLAArabic (Maghrebi)
Means "father of the mountain" or "father of the hill", derived from Arabic أَبُو (ʾabū) meaning "father (of)" and تَلّ (tall) "hill, foothill"; mainly used in Algeria.... [more]
BOUTROSArabic, Coptic
Variant transcription of Botros.
BOUVIERFrench
Occupational name for a herdsman, from Old French bouvier, Late Latin boviarus, a derivative of bos, genetive bovis "ox."
BOUZAHERArabic (Maghrebi)
Means "father of Zaher" in Arabic (chiefly Algerian).
BOUZAIDArabic (Maghrebi)
Possibly a variant of Bouzid.
BOUZIADArabic (Maghrebi)
Means "father of Ziad" in Arabic.
BOUZIANEArabic (Maghrebi)
Means "father of Zayyan" in Arabic (chiefly Algerian and Moroccan).
BOUZIDArabic (Maghrebi)
Means "father of Zaid" in Arabic (chiefly Maghrebi).
BOUZIDIArabic (Maghrebi)
Means "father of Zayd" in Arabic (chiefly used in the Maghreb).
BOUZIGATMedieval Occitan
Lengadocian (dialect of Occitan): meaning "fallow land" or "cleared, uncultivated land"
BOVARYFrench
It is the surname of the famous fictional character Emma Bovary protagonist of Gustave Flaubert's novel.
BOWDENIrish (Anglicized)
Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó BUADÁIN.
BOWDENEnglish
Habitational name from any of several places called Bowden or Bowdon, most of them in England. From Old English boga "bow" and dun "hill", or from Old English personal names BUGA or BUCGE combined with dun.... [more]
BOWDLERFlemish, English
Originally de Boelare it evolved to Bowdler or Bowdle after Baldwin de Boelare came to England in 1105 & was given a lordship over Montgomery, Wales.
BOWEMedieval 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 pre 7th Century 'boga', bow, from 'bugan' to bend... [more]
BOWEREnglish, Scottish
Scottish: occupational name for a bow maker, Older Scots bowar, equivalent to English Bowyer. ... [more]
BOWERMANEnglish, American
1. English: occupational name for a house servant who attended his master in his private quarters (see Bower). ... [more]
BOWERSOCKEnglish
Likely an Americanized spelling of Bauersack.
BOWIEScottish Gaelic
Scots Gaelic Bhuidhe or Buidhe meaning "golden yellow". Name was originally Mac Gille Bhuid, meaning "son of the yellow-haired lad". It was shortened to MacilBuie and MacilBowie in the 1600's, and further shortened in the 1700's to Buie and anglicised to Bowie by English speaking census takers and record keepers on the Scottish mainland.
BOWSEREnglish
Nickname from the Norman term of address beu sire ‘fine sir’, given either to a fine gentleman or to someone who made frequent use of this term of address.
BOWYEREnglish
English: occupational name for a maker or seller of bows (see Bow), as opposed to an archer. Compare Bowman.
BOYAJIANArmenian
patronymic from an occupational name for a painter, from Turkish boyaci 'painter'.
BOYDSTONScottish
Habitational name from a place called Boydston near Glasgow. This surname is no longer found in the British Isles.
BOYEEnglish, German, Dutch, Frisian, Danish
From the Germanic given names Boio or Bogo, which are of uncertain origin. Also possibly a variant of Bothe.
BOYERFrench
Means "Ox Gaurd," "Ox Leader", and/or "Boy". Origin is French.