Submitted Surnames Starting with B

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Block Jewish
Variant of Bloch.
Bloem Dutch
Means "flower" in Dutch.
Bloemendaal Dutch
Dutch cognate of the German surname Blumenthal.
Blokhin Russian
Russian surname
Blomkvist Swedish
Variant of Blomqvist. Mikael Blomkvist is a fictional character in Stieg Larsson's Millennium Series.
Blonder Dutch
Occupational name for a brewer.
Błoński Polish
Habitational name for someone from Błonie, a place named with błonie meaning "meadow".
Blood English
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.
Blood Welsh
Anglicized form of Welsh ap Llwyd ‘son of Llwyd’.
Blood English
Derived from the Old English byname Blīþa (meaning "happy, blithe").
Bloodgood English (American), Dutch (Americanized)
Anglicized form of Dutch Bloetgoet. The progenitor of the American Bloodgood family was Francis Bloodgood, a 17th-century Dutch emigrant to Flushing, Queens, New York, originally named Frans Jansen Bloetgoet.
Bloodsworth English
Variant spelling of Bloodworth.
Bloom English
Metonymic occupational name for an iron worker, from Middle English blome ‘ingot (of iron)’.
Bloom Swedish
Variant of Blom.
Bloom Jewish (Americanized), Dutch
Americanized spelling of Bloem and Blum.
Bloomfield English
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]
Bloomingdale Jewish (Americanized)
Americanized form of German Blumenthal or its Dutch cognate Bloemendaal.
Blount English
Variant of Blunt.
Blow English
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").
Blueberry English
English surname of unexplained origin, probably from the name of a lost or unidentified place.
Bluestein German
The surname Bluestein is an Anglicized surname and translates as blue stone.
Bluford English, 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.
Bluhm German
German alternate spelling of the Italian surname, Blum meaning flower.
Blumbarg Yiddish
It literally means "bloom barrow".
Blume German, English
Could be from the Jewish surname Blum of from Swedish Blom. It could also be from the English word bloom.
Blumenberg Jewish
Ornamental name composed of German Blume "flower" and Berg "mountain, hill".
Blumenkrantz German, Jewish
Means "flower-wreath" in German.
Blumreisinger German (Anglicized)
Meaning "flower raiser". See also Blum.
Blumshteyn Yiddish
Original Yiddish form of Blumstein.
Blunt English
Nickname for a person with fair hair or a light complexion from Old French blunt meaning "blond". It was also used as a nickname for a stupid person from Middle English blunt or blont meaning "dull".
Bluth German, Jewish
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): ornamental name from Middle High German bluot, German Blüte ‘bloom’, ‘flower head’. ... [more]
Blyth English
Variant of Blythe
Blythin Welsh
Recorded as Blethin, Bleythin, Bleything, Blythin, and others, this is a surname which has Welsh royal connections. It derives from the Ancient British personal name "Bleddyn," translating as the son of Little Wolf... [more]
Bo Italian
Variant of Bove.
Norwegian
Variant of Bøe. A notable bearer is Norwegian biathlete Tarjei Bø (b. 1988).
Boakye Akan
Meaning unknown.
Boase Indian
Variant of Bose.
Boatfield English
Occupational name for a person who worked on the deck of a ship.
Bob French
From the given name Bob.
Boban Croatian
Habitational name, originates from Bobanova Draga, a village in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Bobe English
derived from the nickname boebel
Bobeck Swedish, German, Jewish, Slavic
A respelling of the Swedish Bobäck, an ornamental name composed of the elements bo meaning "farm" and bäck meaning "stream".... [more]
Bobiński Polish
Habitational name for someone from a place called Bobin or Bobino.
Bobola Polish
From a derivative of bób meaning 'bean'.
Bobrov Russian
Patronymic surname derived from Russian бобр (bobr) or бобёр (bobyor) both meaning "beaver".
Bobrowski Polish, Jewish
Habitational name for someone from a place called Bobrowa, Bobrowo, Bobrowce, or Bobrowiec.
Bóbski Polish
Possibly derived from the Polish word bób, which means "broad bean".
Bocchino Italian
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]
Bock German, Upper German, Jewish, English
Altered spelling of German Böck (see Boeck) or Bach.... [more]
Bockelmann German
Possibly derived from the name Bockel, a place in Germany. A famous bearer is Udo Jürgens (1934-2014), an Austrian musician, born Jürgen Udo Bockelmann.
Bocorny Brazilian (Latinized, Rare)
Brazilian corrupted form of Pokorny.
Boćwiński Polish
This indicates familial origin within either of 2 Masurian villages.
Bodeman German
Bodeman is an occupational name meaning "adherent of the royal messenger".
Bodén Swedish
Probably a combination of Swedish bod meaning either "small shop, boutique" or "shed, shack", and the common surname suffix -én.
Boden German, 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".
Boden Irish (Anglicized)
Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Buadáin.
Boden English
Possibly a variant of Baldwin.
Bodi French
The United State Version of Bodi is an alteration of the French name Baudin. The name also has roots from Hungary.
Bodily Anglo-Saxon
A habitational name from the parish of Budleigh, near Exeter in Devon or Baddeley Green in Staffordshire. From the Old English budda, meaning "beetle" and leah, meaning "wood" or "clearing", also known as a glade... [more]
Bodin French, English
Derived from Old French personal name Bodin or a variant spelling of Baudouin.
Bodin German (Rare)
Likely derived from various Germanic personal names containing the name element Bod meaning "messenger". Another theory is that the name could be derived from any of the several places named Boddin in Germany.
Bodin Swedish
Probably a combination of Swedish bod meaning either "small shop, boutique" or "shed, shack", and the common surname suffix -in.
Bodine French
Possibly derived from the Germanic root bald meaning "bold".
Bodkin English
From the medieval male personal name Bowdekyn, a pet-form of Baldwin.
Bøe Norwegian
Derived from Old Norse býr "farm, village, settlement" or búa "to reside".
Boehme German
Variant of Böhm
Boehmer German
Variant of Böhm
Boeing English (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.
Boekhout English
Probably a habitational name from the village Boekhoute in northern Belgium, close to the border to The Netherlands.
Bøen Norwegian
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).
Boen Dutch
Occupational name for a bean grower, from Middle Dutch bone, boene "bean".
Boesel German
Habitational name, from Bösel
Boettcher German
Occupational name for a cooper, from Middle High German botecher, bötticher, bütticher, an agent derivative of botech(e), bottich, bütte "vat", "barrel".
Bogatyr Russian
Derived from Russian богатырь (bogatyr) meaning "bogatyr, strongly built man, hero".
Bogdán Hungarian
From the given name Bogdan.
Bogdan Romanian, Croatian
From the given name Bogdan.
Bogdănescu Romanian
Derived from name Bogdan.
Bogdanowicz Polish
Habitational name for someone from a place called Bogdanowo or Bogdanów, both derived from the given name Bogdan.
Bogdański Polish
Habitational name for someone from a place Bogdany, Bogdanowo, Bogdanka or other locations named with the given name Bogdan.
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").
Bogoyavlensky Russian
Derived from Russian богоявление (bogoyavleniye) meaning "epiphany, theophany".
Bogs English
A name given to someone that lives near a bog or swamp. More comonly spelled as Boggs.
Bogunović Serbian
Patronymic, meaning "son of Bogun".
Bogusławski Polish
Habitational name for someone from a place called Boguslaw or Boguslawice, both derived from the given name Bogusław.
Bohannon Irish (Anglicized)
Irish anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Buadhachanáin, a double diminutive of buadhach ‘victorious’
Bohart English (Rare)
Meaning unknown.
Bohórquez Spanish
Denoted a person from Bohorques, a minor place in the Spanish province of Santander.
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.
Bojaxhiu Albanian
Derived from Albanian bojaxhi meaning "painter". This was the surname of Saint Teresa of Calcutta, better known as Mother Teresa (1910-1997), who was born Anjezë Gonxhe Bojiaxhiu.
Boje Dutch
Variant of Boye.
Bojić Serbian
Derived from boj (бој), meaning "battle".
Bolaji Nigerian
This surname is very common in Nigeria. Possibly taken from a word in one of the Nigerian tribes languages.
Boland English (American)
Habitational name from any of various places such as Bowland in Lancashire and West Yorkshire, Bowlands in East Yorkshire, and Bolland in Devon. All of these are most probably named with Old English boga ‘bow’ (in the sense of a bend in a river) + land ‘land’
Bolar Spanish
Topographic name for someone who lived on a patch of soil of a particular type known as tierra bolar.
Bolas Medieval English
English: habitational name from Great Bolas in Shropshire, named in Old English with an unidentified first element (possibly an unattested word bogel meaning ‘bend in a river’) + wæsse ‘land beside a river liable to flood’.
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".
Bolitho Cornish
Habitational name for someone originally from the locality of Bolitho in western Cornwall, derived from Old Cornish bod or bos meaning "dwelling" combined with an unknown personal name.
Bolkiah Malay (Rare)
Meaning uncertain. It may be derived from Arabic وَاقِيَة‎ (wāqiya) meaning "protector, preserver", or it may be an alteration of the Hadhrami surname بلفقيه (Balfaqih) from Arabic الفَقِيه (al-faqīh) meaning "the jurist"... [more]
Bolland French, German, English
From the Ancient Germanic name Bolland. Alternatively it derive from the place name Bowland from the Old English boga meaning "bow" and land meaning "land".
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.
Bolle Italian
Means "bubbles" in Italian, derived from the singular bolla.... [more]
Bolling English, German
nickname for someone with close-cropped hair or a large head, Middle English bolling 'pollard', or for a heavy drinker, from Middle English bolling 'excessive drinking'. German (Bölling): from a personal name Baldwin
Bollinger German (Swiss)
Habitational name for someone from any of three places called Bollingen, in Schwyz, Württemberg, and Oldenburg, or from Bohlingen near Lake Constance (which is pronounced and was formerly written as Bollingen).
Bolloqui Basque
Means "mill place."
Bolloré Breton
Bolloré derives from bod which means bush and lore which means laurel in Breton
Bölöni Hungarian
From the place name Bölön, a village located in what is now Covasna County in Romania. This surname is used mainly among the Székelys.
Boloto Filipino, Maranao
Means "rainbow" in Maranao.
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.
Bombadil Literature
In J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings", the surname of Tom Bombadil, an enigmatic character not present in Peter Jackson's movie adaptation.
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."
Bon French, Hungarian
As a French surname, it is derived from Old French bon meaning "good", or occasionally from the Latin given name Bonus (borne by a minor 3rd-century Christian saint martyred at Rome with eleven companions under the Emperor Vespasian... [more]
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]
Bonaiuto Italian
Derived from the Medieval names Bonaita or Bonaiutus or also from the Medieval Italian bon meaning "good" and aita meaning "help"... [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
Bonba Basque, Spanish
From Basque bonba meaning "bomb", (Latin bombus), hence probably a nickname for someone with an explosive temperament, or a metonymic occupational name for an artilleryman.
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)
Probably indicated a person from the Iranian village of Boniad, possibly derived from Persian بنیاد (bonyad) meaning "foundation, base". A notable bearer is Iranian-English actress Nazanin Boniadi (1980-).
Bonifacio Portuguese, Spanish
From the given name Bonifacio.
Bonilla Spanish
From the area of Spain of the same name
Bonin French
Variant spelling of Bonnin.
Bonjovi Italian
Variant of Bongiovi, a famous bearer of this name is Jon Bon Jovi.
Bonnar Irish, Gaelic
Translation of the Gaelic "O'Cnaimhsighe", descendant of Cnaimhseach, a byname meaning "Midwife
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]
Bonneville English (British)
From a place name.
Bonnin French
Derived from a diminutive of Bon, it is also found in the island of Mallorca and Turin, Italy.
Bono Italian
Variant of De Bono.
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.
Bonville French
Variant of Bonneville
Boo Korean
From Sino-Korean 富 (Bu) meaning "Fortune".
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."
Boomgarden German, Dutch (?)
Either an occupational name for an orchard worker or a topographic name for someone who lives in or by an orchard.
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".
Boran Turkish
From the given name Boran
Borbak-ool Tuvan
Derived from Tuvan борбак (borbak) meaning "round, rounded, spherical" combined with оол (ool) "son, boy".
Borberg Danish
Borberg is derived from the location Borbjerg in Western Jutland in Denmark.
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".
Borges Portuguese, Spanish
Possibly from Old French burgeis meaning "town-dweller" (see Burgess). Alternately, it may have denoted someone originally from the city of Bourges in France.
Borgo Italian
Borgo is an Italian surname, which means 'village' or 'borough'.
Borichevskaya Russian
Feminine transcription of Borichevsky.
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.
Borisyuk Russian
Russian transcription of Borysyuk.
Börjesson Swedish
Means "son of "BÖRJE".
Borkowski Polish
Habitational name for someone from any of various locations called Borki, Borkowice or Borek, all derived from Polish bór meaning "conifer forest, pine forest".