Submitted Surnames Starting with B

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BOGDÁN Hungarian
From the given name Bogdan.
BOGDAN Romanian, Croatian
From the given name BOGDAN.
BOGDANOWICZ Polish
Patronymic from the given name Bogdan.
BOGDANSKI Polish
Habitational name for a person from "Bogdanowo" or "Bogdanka" or any other places with Bogdan in it in Poland.
BOGHOSIAN Armenian
Means "son of BOGHOS".
BOGLE Scottish, Northern Irish
From a medieval Scottish and Northern Irish nickname for someone of scary appearance (from Middle Scots bogill "hobgoblin").
BOGUSŁAWSKI Polish, 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").
BOHANNON Irish (Anglicized)
Irish anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Buadhachanáin, a double diminutive of buadhach ‘victorious’
BOHART English (Rare)
Meaning unknown.
BOHR Danish (Rare)
Variant of BÄHR or BAAR. A notable bearer was Danish physicist Niels Bohr (1885-1962).
BOIKOV Bulgarian, Russian
Variant transcription of Boykov.
BOIS French, German
From French bois "forest"
BOITEUX French, Breton
From a Breton nickname meaning "lame".
BOJĀRS Latvian
Derived from the Slavic title boyar.
BOJE Dutch
Variant of Boye.
BOLAJI Nigerian
This surname is very common in Nigeria. Possibly taken from a word in one of the Nigerian tribes languages.
BOLAR Spanish
Topographic name for someone who lived on a patch of soil of a particular type known as tierra bolar.
BOLATOV Kazakh
Means "son of Bolat".
BOLD German, English
English: nickname from Middle English bold ‘courageous’, ‘daring’ (Old English b(e)ald, cognate with Old High German bald). In some cases it may derive from an Old English personal name (see Bald)... [more]
BOLDING English, German
Patronymic from Bold as a personal name.
BOLDING Danish
Habitational name from a place so named in Jutland.
BOLDT German
From the Germanic personal name Baldo, a short form of the various compound names with the first element bald ‘bold’.
BOLDY Scottish
This is a name for someone who lived in Peeblesshire.
BOLEN English
Variant of BULLEN.
BOLEN Czech, Polish
From a pet form of the given names BOLESLAV, BOLESŁAW or BOLEBOR.... [more]
BOLEWSKI Polish
Comes from the given name Bolesław, also a name for a person who comes from Bolewice or other places starting with -Bolew in Poland.
BOLEYN English
Franciscanized form of "Bullens", a Dutch surname meaning "son of Baldo (meaning "strong")".
BOLIBRUCH Slovak
This name is a last name in the Slovak region.
BOLIĆ Serbian, Croatian
Derived from the word bol, meaning "pain, ache".
BOLLAND Scottish
Not sure.
BOLLARD French
From a personal name composed of the Germanic elements boll "friend", "brother" + hard "hardy", "strong".
BOLLARD English, Irish
According to MacLysaght, this surname of Dutch origin which was taken to Ireland early in the 18th century.
BOLLOQUI Basque
Means "mill place."
BOLLORÉ Breton
Bolloré derives from bod which means bush and lore which means laurel in Breton
BOLT Danish, German
Variant of Boldt.
BOLT English
From Middle English bolt meaning "bolt", "bar" (Old English bolt meaning "arrow’). In part this may have originated as a nickname or byname for a short but powerfully built person, in part as a metonymic occupational name for a maker of bolts... [more]
BOLTZ German
May designate a creator of bolts for crossbows or bowmen. May also be a short form of Baldwin
BOMAN Swedish
Combination of Swedish bo (noun) "nest, farm, dwelling" and man "man".
BOMBA Portuguese, 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.
BOMENGEN English (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."
BONACCI Italian
"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]
BONAL French
This is a surname formed from the Latin root "bonus" (= good) and the Germanic "wald" (waldan = govern). Bonwald meaning good governor.
BONANNO Italian
From the medieval personal name Bonanno, an omen name meaning "good year". Mainly found throughout southern Italy.
BONANUNZIO Italian
Combination of bon which means 'good' + the given name Nunzio.
BONAPARTE Italian (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]
BONAR Scottish, 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.
BONAR Irish
A "translation" of Irish Gaelic Ó Cnáimhsighe "descendant of Cnáimhseach", a nickname meaning literally "midwife" and ostensibly a derivative of Gaelic cnámh "bone".
BONATTI Italian
Comes from the pesonal name 'Bona' which is derived from Latin 'bonus', which means 'great'.
BONAVENTURE French
French cognate of BONAVENTURA
BONDARENKO Ukrainian
maker of barrels
BONDE Swedish, 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]
BONDE English
Variant of BOND.
BONDE Norwegian (Rare)
From a farm named Bonde, named with Old Norse bóndi "farmer" and vin "meadow".
BONDESSON Swedish
Means "son of BONDE", or possibly "son of a farmer".
BONDIA Catalan
Bondia is a Catalan surname. It means 'good day' or 'good morning'.
BONDOC Filipino, Tagalog
Derived from Tagalog bundok meaning "mountain".
BONERA Italian
Bresciano surname. From a medieval name.... [more]
BONES English
Derives from bon, "good" in Old French.
BONGARD German, French
In german a rhenish place name "Obstgarten" (orchard).... [more]
BONGIORNO Italian
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’).
BONGIOVANNI Italian
Comes from the personal name Giovanni composed of the elements bon ‘good’ + Giovanni, Italian equivalent of John
BONGIOVI Italian
Comes from the given name Giovi, combination of bon 'good' + Giovi.
BONIADI Persian (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-).
BONIFACIO Portuguese, Spanish
From the given name Bonifacio.
BONJOVI Italian
Variant of Bongiovi, a famous bearer of this name is Jon Bon Jovi.
BONNEMAISON French
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]
BONOMINI Italian
Patronymic or plural form of Bonomo.
BONSALL English (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.
BONSOR French
Bonsor is from French origin mean good day {Bon soir }
BONUS French, German, Dutch
Humanistic Latinization of vernacular names meaning ‘good’, for example French Lebon or Dutch de Goede
BONUŠ Czech
From a pet form of the personal name Bonifác, Czech form of Bonifacio.
BOOK English (British, Anglicized)
Likely an anglicized form of Buch or Buck.
BOOKE American
American variant of the German name Buche meaning "beech" in reference to the beech tree. Notable bearer is the actor Sorrell Booke (1930-1994).
BOOKER English
English occupational surname meaning "maker of books."
BOOMHOUWER German, 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]
BOONE Dutch
Variant of BOEN.
BOORMAN 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]
BOOT English, Dutch, German
English: metonymic occupational name for a maker or seller of boots, from Middle English, Old French bote (of unknown origin).... [more]
BOOTHROYD English
Possibly from the Old English booth meaning "hut, shack" and royd meaning "clearing (in the woods)".
BOOTS English, Dutch, German
A variant of Boot meaning "shoemaker" in English or "boatman" in Dutch or German.
BOOTY English
Means butt. Usually big and round.There are also two of them.
BOOTZ Dutch
A Dutch surname meaning a "nickname for a ridiculous person" or a variant of Boot
BORÁK Czech
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-OOL Tuvan
Derived from Tuvan борбак (borbak) meaning "round, rounded, spherical" combined with оол (ool) "son, boy".
BORCHA Aragonese
Proper, non-Castilianized form of Borja; it indicates familial origin within the eponymous municipality.
BORCHERT German, English
Variant of Borchardt (see BURKHARD).
BORDEAUX French
City in France.
BORDNER German
A variant spelling of Bartner, a job name for a battle axe maker.
BORECKI English
Habitational name for someone from a place called Borek or Borki, from bór "pine forest".
BOREMAN Dutch
Dutch: variant of Borneman. ... [more]
BORÉN Swedish
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]
BOREN German
Of unclear origin, most likely a variant of the German surname Born.
BORG Maltese
Derived from Arabic بُرْج (burj) meaning "castle, citadel, (stone) tower".
BORGEDALEN Norwegian (Rare)
Combination of Norwegian borg "fortification, castle" and dal "valley".
BORGO Italian
Borgo is an Italian surname, which means 'village' or 'borough'.
BORISOVA Bulgarian, Russian
Means "daughter of Boris". It is the feminine form of Borisov.
BORISOW Ukrainian
The origin of this name comes from Ukraine, the original name being Borisov.
BÖRJESSON Swedish
Means "son of "BÖRJE".
BORKOWSKI Polish, 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.
BORMAN Dutch, Low German, English
Dutch and North German: variant of Bormann. ... [more]
BORMANN German
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.
BORN German/English
A topographical name indicating someone who lived near a stream, from the Old English "burna, burne". Alternatively, it could be contemporarily derived from the modern English word "born". Possible variants include Bourne, Burns and Boren.
BORN Maltese
Not to be confused with the German surname BORN.
BORNE English, French, Dutch
1. English: variant spelling of Bourne. ... [more]
BORNEMAN Dutch
1. Respelling of German Bornemann. ... [more]
BORNEMANN Low German
North German: topographic name denoting someone who lived by a well or spring, from Middle Low German born ‘spring’, ‘well’ + man ‘man’.
BOROI Romanian
Meaning unknown.
BOROWICZ Polish
Patronymic from a pet form of Borowy, or from Borzyslaw, Bolebor, or some other personal name formed with the element bor ‘to fight’.
BORRESEN Danish
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]
BORSHEIM Norwegian (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.
BORSOK Russian, Jewish, German (Austrian)
Pronouced "Boar-sook"... [more]
BORTNICK Ukrainian, Jewish
Occupational name for a beekeeper, Ukrainian bortnik.
BORYSOVA Ukrainian
Ukrainian feminine form of Borysov.
BOS Dutch
"Forest, Woods"... [more]
BOSHNJAKU Albanian
Meaning unknown.
BOSLEY English
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]
BOSNEANU Romanian
Meaning “Bosnian” or person from Bosnia in Romanian
BOSNIĆ Croatian, Bosnian, Serbian
Means ''from Bosnia''.
BOŠNJAK Croatian, Serbian
Derived from "Bošnjak", for someone who has their roots in Bosnia. This surname is rare in Bosnian Muslims.
BOSO Italian
From the medieval personal name Boso, from a Germanic personal name derived from a pejorative nickname meaning ‘leader’, ‘nobleman’, or ‘arrogant person’. Compare Dutch Boos.
BOSS English
From an originally French term meaning "hunchback".
BOSSER Breton
Bosser means butcher in Breton.
BOSTON English
Habitational name from the town Boston in Lincolnshire, England. The name means "Botwulf’s stone".... [more]
BOSTRÖM Swedish
Combination of Swedish bo "dwelling, home" and ström "stream, river".
BOSTWICK English
From an English surname which was from a lost or unidentified place name. The second element is clearly Old English wic "outlying (dairy) farm".
BOSWACHTER Dutch
Dutch for "forester."
BOSWELL French (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]
BOTEZATU Romanian
Means "baptized."
BOTHWELL Scottish
Also N Irish... [more]
BOTKIN Russian
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]
BOTROS Arabic (Egyptian), Coptic
From the given name Botros.
BOTTING English, Dutch
Patronymic from BOTT, an Old English personal name of unknown origin.
BOUALEM Arabic (Maghrebi)
Means "father of Alam" (see Boualem); mainly found in Algeria.
BOUAZIZ Arabic (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.
BOUAZIZI Arabic (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.
BOUCHAIB Arabic (Maghrebi)
Means "son of Shoaib"; mainly found in Morocco and Algeria.
BOUCHAREB Arabic (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.
BOUDREAU English
English variant of French Beaudreau.
BOUDREAUX French
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.
BOUHIRED Arabic (Maghrebi)
Meaning unknown. A notable bearer is Djamila Bouhired (1935-), an Algerian militant and nationalist who opposed the French rule over Algeria.
BOUHOUCHE Berber, Northern African
Kabyle name possibly derived from Arabic أَبُو (ʾabū) meaning "father" and حَوْش (ḥawš) meaning "courtyard, enclosure, farm" (chiefly Algerian).
BOUJETTIF Northern 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."
BOUKHALFA Arabic (Maghrebi)
Means "father of the successor" in Arabic (see Khalaf or Khalifa).
BOUKHAROUBA Arabic (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.
BOULANGER French
Means "baker" in French.
BOUMA Frisian
Origine is Friesland.... [more]
BOUMEDIENE Arabic (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.
BOURASSA Indian
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.
BOURBON French
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]
BOUSHAB Western African
Used in Mauritania.
BOUTAYEB Arabic (Maghrebi)
Means "father of Tayeb" in Arabic (chiefly Moroccan).
BOUTEFLIKA Arabic (Maghrebi)
Of unknown meaning, possibly of Kabyle origin.... [more]
BOUTELLA Arabic (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]
BOUTROS Arabic, Coptic
Variant transcription of Botros.
BOUVIER French
Occupational name for a herdsman, from Old French bouvier, Late Latin boviarus, a derivative of bos, genetive bovis "ox."
BOUZAHER Arabic (Maghrebi)
Means "father of Zaher" in Arabic (chiefly Algerian).
BOUZAID Arabic (Maghrebi)
Possibly a variant of Bouzid.
BOUZIAD Arabic (Maghrebi)
Means "father of Ziad" in Arabic.
BOUZIANE Arabic (Maghrebi)
Means "father of Zayyan" in Arabic (chiefly Algerian and Moroccan).
BOUZID Arabic (Maghrebi)
Means "father of Zaid" in Arabic (chiefly Maghrebi).
BOUZIDI Arabic (Maghrebi)
Means "father of Zayd" in Arabic (chiefly used in the Maghreb).
BOUZIGAT Medieval Occitan
Lengadocian (dialect of Occitan): meaning "fallow land" or "cleared, uncultivated land"
BOVARY French
It is the surname of the famous fictional character Emma Bovary protagonist of Gustave Flaubert's novel.
BOWDEN Irish (Anglicized)
Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó BUADÁIN.
BOWDEN English
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]
BOWDLER Flemish, 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.
BOWE Medieval English, English, Irish (Anglicized)
There are three possible sources of this surname, the first being that it is a metonymic occupational name for a maker or seller of bows, a vital trade in medieval times before the invention of gunpowder, and a derivative of the Old English pre 7th Century 'boga', bow, from 'bugan' to bend... [more]
BOWER English, Scottish
Scottish: occupational name for a bow maker, Older Scots bowar, equivalent to English Bowyer. ... [more]
BOWERMAN English, American
1. English: occupational name for a house servant who attended his master in his private quarters (see Bower). ... [more]
BOWERSOCK English
Likely an Americanized spelling of Bauersack.
BOWIE Scottish 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.
BOWSER English
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.
BOWSKILL English
From the place name Bowscale.
BOWYER English
English: occupational name for a maker or seller of bows (see Bow), as opposed to an archer. Compare Bowman.
BOYAJIAN Armenian
patronymic from an occupational name for a painter, from Turkish boyaci 'painter'.
BOYDSTON Scottish
Habitational name from a place called Boydston near Glasgow. This surname is no longer found in the British Isles.
BOYE English, German, Dutch, Frisian, Danish
From the Germanic given names Boio or Bogo, which are of uncertain origin. Also possibly a variant of Bothe.
BOYER French
Means "Ox Gaurd," "Ox Leader", and/or "Boy". Origin is French.
BOYKO Ukrainian
In the field of onomastics the Ukrainian surname Boyko is classified as being of nickname origin. Such names refer to a derivation from a physical characteristic or personal attribute of the first bearer... [more]
BOYKOV Bulgarian, Russian
Means "son of Boyko".
BOŽIĆ Croatian
Diminutive of bog, meaning "god", literally means Christmas.
BOZINOVIC Serbian
Son of Bozidar
BRACHA Hebrew
From the given name Bracha, means "blessing" in Hebrew.
BRACKEN Irish
From Irish Ó Breacáin meaning "descendant of Breacán", a personal name from a diminutive of breac 'speckled', 'spotted', which was borne by a 6th-century saint who lived at Ballyconnel, County Cavan, and was famous as a healer; St... [more]
BRADSHAW English
Habitational name from any of the places called Bradshaw, for example in Lancashire and West Yorkshire, from Old English brad "broad" + sceaga "thicket".
BRAEGON Medieval Scottish (Americanized)
Meaning high noble, or he who shall rule.
BRAGADO Portuguese, Spanish
This surname is a Spanish word which means "gritty", refering to a bull. ... [more]
BRAGADÓTTIR Icelandic
Patronymic used exclusively by women, meaning "daughter of Bragi". Bragason is the male equivalent.
BRAGANÇA Portuguese
From the city of Bragança in Portugal. It's also the name of the Royal House that ruled Portugal from 1640 to 1910.
BRAGASON Icelandic
Patronymic used exclusively by men, derived from the Old Norse name Bragi.
BRÄGER German
Habitational name for someone from Bräg in Bavaria.
BRAGER Norwegian (Rare)
From the name of any of the various farmsteads in eastern Norway, which may have derived their name from a river name meaning "roaring", "thundering".
BRAGG English, Welsh
From a nickname for a cheerful or lively person, derived from Middle English bragge meaning "lively, cheerful, active", also "brave, proud, arrogant".
BRAGUE English
Began being used in the 1700's
BRAHE Danish (Rare), Swedish (Rare)
Danish and Swedish noble family with roots in Scania and Halland, southern Sweden (both provinces belonged to Denmark when the family was founded). A notable bearer was Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe (1546-1601).
BRAHIMI Arabic (Maghrebi)
From the given name Brahim (chiefly Algerian).
BRAHMI Arabic (Maghrebi)
Variant of Brahimi used in Algeria and Tunisia.
BRAILLE French
Braille is a writing system used by people with vision impairment. It was named after its inventor Louis Braille (1809-1852).
BRAIN Scottish Gaelic (Anglicized), Irish
Reduced Anglicized form of Scottish Gaelic Mac an Bhreitheamhan ‘son of the judge’, from breitheamh ‘judge’.
BRAININ Jewish
Means "son of Brayne", Brayne being a short form of the Yiddish feminine name Brayndl, literally "little brown one" (cf. Breindel).
BRAITHWAITE English
Northern English habitational name from any of the places in Cumbria and Yorkshire named Braithwaite, from Old Norse breiðr "broad" + þveit "clearing".
BRAMBLE English
This surname is taken from the word which refers to a common blackberry (British) or any of several closely related thorny plants in the Rubus genus (US). It also refers to any thorny shrub. The word is derived from Old English bræmbel with a euphonic -b- inserted from the earlier bræmel or brémel, which is then derived from Proto-Germanic *bræmaz meaning "thorny bush."
BRANCACCIA Italian (Rare)
Derived from the medieval Italian given name Brancazia, which is the feminine form of the masculine given name Brancazio. For more information, please see the entry for the patronymic surname Brancazio... [more]
BRANCACCIO Italian
Variant form of Brancazio. There are a few sources that claim that the surname is derived from a place name (which would make it a locational surname), but that claim is incorrect, as all Italian geographical places carrying the name Brancaccio were either established long after the Middle Ages (by which time virtually all Italians already had a hereditary surname) or were named after a person who had Brancaccio for a surname... [more]
BRANCALEONE Italian
Derived from the medieval Italian masculine given name Brancaleone, which means either "a lion's paw" or "he who captures the lion". In the case of the former meaning, the name is derived from Italian branca meaning "paw, claw" combined with Italian leone meaning "lion"... [more]
BRANCATELLA Italian (Rare)
Derived from the feminine given name Brancatella, which is a diminutive of the medieval Italian given name Brancazia, the feminine form of the masculine given name Brancazio. For more information about this, please see the entry for the patronymic surname of Brancazio... [more]
BRANCATELLO Italian (Rare)
Derived from the masculine given name Brancatello, which is a diminutive of the medieval Italian given name Brancazio, itself ultimately derived from the late Latin given name Brancatius... [more]
BRANCATO Italian
This surname can be derived from a given name (thus making it a patronymic surname) as well as from a place name (thus making it a locational surname). In the case of a patronymic surname, the surname is derived from the medieval Italian given name Brancato, which is a variant form of the given name Brancazio, itself ultimately derived from the late Latin given name Brancatius... [more]
BRANCAZIO Italian (Rare)
Derived from the medieval Italian masculine given name Brancazio, which itself is derived from Brancatius (also found spelled as Brancaccius and Brancatus), a late Latin corruption of the given name Pancratius... [more]
BRANCHE French
From Old French branche meaning ‘branch’ (which is from Late Latin branca meaning ‘foot’, ‘paw’), the application of which as a surname is not clear. Compare Branch.
BRANCO Portuguese
from the the portuguese word Branco meaning "white", referring to someone with light skin and/or hair
BRAND Yiddish
Has two meanings:... [more]
BRANDENBURG German (East Prussian, Rare)
From a state in eastern Germany, formerly known as Prussia, containing the capital city of Berlin. Ancient. Associated with the Margravate (Dukedom) of Brandenburg, the seat of power in the Holy Roman Empire... [more]
BRANDIS German, Jewish, Swiss
German & Swiss: Habitational name from a former Brandis castle in Emmental near Bern, Switzerland, or from any of the places so named in Saxony, Germany. A famous bearer of the name is Jonathan Brandis (1976-2003).... [more]