Submitted Surnames Starting with B

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BRANDYBUCK Literature
Brandybuck is the surname of Meriadoc, a young Hobbit in J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings." Possibly derived from the Brandywine River, which in turn is derived from Sindarin Baranduin, "Brown River"... [more]
BRANNAN Irish
Variant of Brennan.
BRANNER Danish, German, English
Danish variant of BRANDER and German variant of BRANTNER.
BRANNOCK Irish
Originally taken from the Welsh place name Brecknock. Medieval settlers brought this name to Ireland.
BRÄNNSTRÖM Swedish
Combination of Swedish bränna "to burn" and ström "stream".
BRANTING Swedish
A combination of Swedish brant "steep hill" and the suffix -ing. A famous bearer was Hjalmar Branting (1860–1925), Prime Minister of Sweden in the 1920s.
BRAQUE French
Surname of cubist artist Georges Braque.
BRAS Dutch, Low German
Dutch and North German: from Old French and Middle Dutch bras ‘arm’. This was probably a descriptive nickname for someone with some peculiarity of the arm, but the word was also used as a measure of length, and may also have denoted a surveyor.
BRASE German
North German variation of Brass.
BRASHEAR French (Anglicized)
Americanized spelling of French Brasseur or Brassier "brewer."
BRASS English, German
English (Northumberland): variant of Brace.... [more]
BRASSEUR French
French and English (of both Norman and Huguenot origin): occupational name for a brewer, from Old French brasser ‘to brew’. See also Brasher.
BRÅTHEN Norwegian
Derived from Old Norse broti "land cleared for cultivation by burning". This was a common farm name in southeastern Norway.
BRATHWAITE English
Place-name derived from the Old Norse words for a "broad clearing".
BRATIĆ Serbian
Means ''little brother''.
BRATTÉN Swedish (Rare)
Composed of the personal name Bratt and the common surname suffix -én (ultimately from Latin -enius "descendant of").
BRATTEN Scottish (Anglicized)
Anglicized form of the Gaelic surname Mac an Bhreatnaich ‘son of the Briton’, originally denoting a Strathclyde Welsh-speaking Briton. It was applied in Ireland also to people from Brittany.
BRAUNDT German
Variant of Brandt.
BRAUNERSHRITHER German, Dutch, English
This name mean Leather (Tanned) Knight, or a fighter of leather armor, or in Dutch, Leather writer, one who branded print on leather
BRAVERMAN Jewish, Ukrainian, Polish
A fairly common Jewish surname from Ukraine,Poland,and in some cases Russia.
BRAVO Spanish, Portuguese
From a Spanish and Portuguese nickname for a fierce or violent man (from Spanish and Portuguese bravo "fierce, violent"). This surname was borne by Charles Bravo (1845-1876), a British lawyer and possible murder victim.
BRAYSON English
Patronymic form of the surname Bray.
BRAYTON English
Derived from the Old Norse name breithr meaning "broad", or the Old Norse personal name Breithi, combined with the Old English suffix tun meaning "town, farmstead".
BRAZIL English (Rare), Irish (Anglicized, Rare)
Irish surname, an Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Breasail "descendant of Breasal", Breasal being a byname which meant "strife".
BREAKSPEAR English
From a medieval nickname for someone who had achieved notable success in jousts or in battle. Nicholas Breakspear (?1100-1159) was the original name of Pope Hadrian IV, the only English pope.
BREAN Irish
Variant of Breen or Brain.
BRECHT German
From a short form of any of various personal names formed with Germanic element berth " bright" "famous".
BREECE English
Variant of BREESE or PREECE.
BREED English
Habitational name from any of various minor places, for example Brede in Sussex, named with Old English brǣdu "breadth, broad place" (a derivative of brād "broad").
BREEDLOVE English
Probably from a medieval nickname for a likable or popular person (from Middle English breden "to produce" + love). This surname is borne by Craig Breedlove (1937-), US land-speed record holder.
BREEZE Welsh
Derived from the surname Breese, which came from the surname Rees.
BREGAR Slovene, Croatian
Derived from breg meaning ''hill''.
BREGIANNIS Greek
Its my surname
BREIDEGAM German
"bridegroom"
BREINES Yiddish
From the German braun "brown".
BREIT German
From Middle High German breit meaning "broad". a nickname for a stout or fat person.
BREITZMANN German
Derived from the name of a town called "Britz" in Germany + the suffix "mann" for man.
BREKKE Norwegian
Derived from Old Norse brekka meaning "hill, slope".
BREMONT French
A variant of Bremond.
BRENARI Jewish, Italian
Jewish family and possible place-name in N.E.Italy in 1500's.
BRESLIN Irish
Irish (Sligo and Donegal): Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Breisláin ‘descendant of Breisleán’, a diminutive of the personal name Breasal (see Brazil).
BRESSER English
The surname is derived from the old English word brasian, meaning to make out of brass. This would indicate that the original bearer of the name was a brass founder by trade. The name is also derived from the old English Broesian which means to cast in brass and is the occupational name for a worker in brass.
BRESSON French
From a pet form of the personal name Brès (see BRICE).
BRETON French, English
French and English: ethnic name for a Breton, from Old French bret (oblique case breton) (see Brett).
BREUNIG German, German (Austrian), American
Origin probably in Frankfurt am Main... [more]
BREVARD French
French: nickname from Old French bref ‘small’ + the derogatory suffix -ard.... [more]
BREVIK Norwegian
Habitational name from any of several farms named Brevik, from Norwegian bred "broad" and vik "bay".
BREYER German (Americanized)
Americanized variant of Brauer.
BREYETTE English (American)
Of uncertain origin and meaning. First found in the United States around 1880. Self-taught artist Michael Breyette is a bearer of this surname
BRIAN Irish, English, French
1) Variant spelling of Bryan. ... [more]
BRIAND French
Variant of Brian.
BRIAR German
From the given name Briar.
BRIATORE Italian
This surname originates from the province of Cuneo in the Piedmont region of Italy. It is probably derived from Piedmontese brijador meaning "postilion, coachman", which itself is ultimately derived from Piedmontese bria meaning "bridles, reins".... [more]
BRICK Irish (Anglicized), English, German, Jewish
Irish Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Bruic ‘descendant of Broc’, i.e. ‘Badger’ (sometimes so translated) or Ó Bric ‘descendant of Breac’, a personal name meaning ‘freckled’... [more]
BRIDE Irish, Scottish, English
Further Anglicized from Scottish/Irish MacBride, from the root for Brigid.
BRIDGE English
Indicating one who lived near a bridge.
BRIDGES English, Scottish
Plural of "Bridge"; dweller at the bridge.
BRIEDIS Latvian
Means "deer".
BRIGGS English, Flemish
This surname is a variant of the more common name Bridges, which, contrary to appearances, has two possible origins, one the perhaps obvious English topographical or occupational one, and the other locational, from Belgium... [more]
BRIGHT English
From a Middle English nickname or personal name, meaning "bright, fair, pretty", from Old English beorht "bright, shining".
BRIGHTWEN English
From either of the two Old English given names Beohrtwine (a masculine name which meant "bright friend") or Beohrtwynn (a feminine name which meant "bright joy").
BRINCK German
Means "home on or near a hill".... [more]
BRINDLEY English
Habitational name from a place in England so named. From Old English berned "burnt" and leah "woodland clearing".
BRINER German (Swiss)
Habitational name for someone from Brin in Grison canton (Graubünden) or from the Brin valley.
BRINGAS Basque
Unexplained; mainly in Biscay.
BRINGHENTTI Breton
Not sure about the origin, but after researches, roughly could say it's from "Breton" origins. Mostly used in north/northwest of Italy (Genova, Mantova and surroundings.
BRINSON English
Habitational name from Briençun in northern France.
BRINTON English
English locational surname, taken from the town of the same name in Norfolk. The name means "settlement belonging to Brun" - the personal name coming from the Old English word for "fire, flame".
BRIONES Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Riojan municipality.
BRITAEV Ossetian (Russified)
Russified form of an Ossetian surname of unknown meaning.
BRITNELL English
Habitational name from a place called Brinton in Norfolk, England. See BRINTON.
BRIZUELA Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of the Castilian municipality of Merindad de Valdeporres.
BRNČIĆ Croatian
Meaning unknown.
BROADUS Various
Broadus is the surname of rapper Snoop Dogg born Cordozar Calvin Broadus Jr
BROCKER German
North German topographic name for someone who lived by a swamp, from Middle Low German brook bog + the suffix -er denoting an inhabitant.
BROCKMAN German
German in origin, in heraldry a "brock" is represented by a badger. It could mean wet/water and man. It also has been said to mean broker.
BROCOS Galician
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous parish of the municipality of Agolada in the Comarca of O Deza.
BRODÉN Swedish
Likely composed of Swedish bro "bridge" and the common surname suffix -én (ultimately derived from Latin -enius).
BRODERICK Irish, Welsh, English
Surname which comes from two distinct sources. As a Welsh surname it is derived from ap Rhydderch meaning "son of Rhydderch". As an Irish surname it is an Anglicized form of Ó Bruadair meaning "descendent of Bruadar"... [more]
BRODSKY Czech
Habitational name derived from a number of places, including Bohemia.
BRODZIŃSKI Polish
Habitational name for someone from a place called for example Brudzyń (formerly Brodzino) in Konin voivodeship, or Brodna in Piła voivodeship.
BROFLOVSKI Popular Culture
Kyle Broflovski (sometimes spelled Kyle Broflovski, Broslovski, Broslofski, Brovlofski or Broflofski) is a main character in the animated television series South Park.
BROGDEN English
From the name of a place in West Yorkshire meaning "valley brook", from Old English broc "brook" and denu "valley".
BROGDON English
Variant of Brogden The valley of the brook a rural place now in Lancanshire, England.
BROGLIN ?
Varient of Brogdon.
BROIN Italian
Italian and French form of or comes from Brown.
BROLIN Swedish
Composed of Swedish bro "bridge" and the common surname suffix -in (ultimately derived from Latin -inus, -inius "descendant of").
BROLIN English (Anglicized, Rare)
In the case of American actors James and Josh Brolin, it seems to be an anglicized form of BRUDERLIN.
BROMLEY English
Habitational name from any of the many places so called in England. Most of them derived from Old English brom "broom" and leah "woodland clearing".
BRONIKOWSKI Polish
Habitational name from any of several places called Broniki or Bronikowo, in Konin, Leszczno, Piła, and Sieradz provinces.
BRONNI English (British)
The name Bronni means 'bronze', 'love heart' or 'cat lover'.... [more]
BROOK German, Dutch
Topographic name for someone who lived by a water meadow or marsh, from Low German brook, Dutch broek (cf. BRUCH).... [more]
BROOK German, Jewish
Americanized spelling of German BRUCH and Jewish BRUCK.
BROOKER English
Topographic name for someone who lived by a stream, a variant of BROOK.
BROOKHOUSE English
Means 'house by the brook'.
BROOKMAN English, American
English: variant of Brook. ... [more]
BROOMBY English
A surname well represented in Cheshire, and Nottinghamshire.
BROOMFIELD English
From a place name meaning "gorse field", from Old English brom "gorse" and feld "field, open country".
BROPHY Irish (Anglicized)
Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Bróithe ‘descendant of Bróth’, a personal name or byname of unknown origin. Also Anglicized as Broy.
BRORSSON Swedish
Means "son of Bror".
BROTTMAN German
Dr Mikita Brottman
BROUGHTON English
Habitational name from any of the many places so called in England. The first name element is derived from Old English broc "brook", burh "fortress", or beorg "castle". The second element is derived from Old English tun "settlement, dwelling".
BROUWER Dutch
Dutch occupational name for a brewer of beer or ale, Middle Dutch brouwer.
BROUWERS Dutch
Possibly means "brewer; brewers" relating to one who brews beer.
BROWER English (American)
English variant of Brewer. Respelling of Brauer or Brouwer.
BROWES English (Canadian, ?)
My mothers maiden name.
BROWNING English
English: from the Middle English and Old English personal name Bruning, originally a patronymic from the byname Brun (see Brown).
BROWNLEE Scottish, Scottish Gaelic, Northern Irish, English
"Brown field" in Old English.
BROWNLEY English, Scottish
Variant spelling of "Brownlee". Brown field in Old English.
BROYNSHTEYN Yiddish
It literally means "brownstone".
BROZOVIĆ Croatian
Derived from Broz.
BRUBAKER American
American form of Brubacher
BRUCH German
Topographic name for someone who lived by a marsh or a stream that frequently flooded, from Middle High German bruoch "water meadow" or "marsh" (cognate to old English broc "brook", "stream" cf... [more]
BRÜCK German
Topographic name for someone who lived near a bridge, or an occupational name for a bridge keeper or toll collector on a bridge, from Middle High German bruck(e) "bridge".
BRUCK Jewish
From Polish, Belorussian, or Yiddish bruk "pavement", possibly an occupational name for a paver.
BRUCK German
Variant of BRÜCK.
BRUCKER German
Variant of BRÜCK.
BRUCKER Jewish
From Polish brukarz or Yiddish bruk "pavement", possibly an occupational name for a paver.
BRUCKER English
Variant spelling of BROOKER.
BRUCKHEIMER German (Rare)
Bruckheimer is a German surname and is for someone who lived near a bridge.... [more]
BRUCKMAN German, English
German (Bruckmann): variant of Bruck, with the addition of the suffix -mann ‘man’. ... [more]
BRUCKNER German
Topographic name for someone living by a bridge or an occupational name for a bridge toll collector; a variant of Bruck with the addition of the suffix -ner.
BRUDER German
From a byname meaning "brother", occasionally used for a younger son, i.e. the brother of someone important, or for a guild member.
BRUECK German
Variant of BRÜCK.
BRUECKMAN Low German
it means "bridge man" or one who cares for a bridge
BRUECKNER German, German (Silesian)
German (Brückner): from Middle Low German brugge, Middle High German brugge, brücke, brügge ‘bridge’ + the agent suffix -ner, hence a topographic name for someone living by a bridge, an occupational name for a bridge toll collector, or in the southeast (Silesia for example) a bridge keeper or repairer... [more]
BRUEGGEMAN German
Variant of German Brueggemann.
BRUEGGEMANN Low German, German
North German (Brüggemann): topographic name for someone who lived near a bridge or a metonymic occupational name for a bridge keeper or street paver, Middle Low German brüggeman (see Bruckman, Brueckner).
BRUEGGER Low German
North German (Brügger): occupational name for a bridge keeper, paver, or road builder, Middle Low German brügger. Compare Brueggemann.
BRUEN German
This is my 2nd great uncle's wife's Surname of German ancestry.
BRUGGER German, American
South German variant or Americanized spelling of North German Brügger (see Bruegger). habitational name for someone from any of various (southern) places called Bruck or Brugg in Bavaria and Austria.
BRUGMAN Dutch, Swiss
Dutch: topographic name for someone who lived near a bridge or a metonymic occupational name for a bridge keeper, from Dutch brugge ‘bridge’ (see Bridge); in some cases, it is a habitational name for someone from the Flemish city of Bruges (or Brugge), meaning ‘bridges’... [more]
BRUINS Dutch
Patronymic from Bruin meaning "brown" in Dutch.
BRUMBY Australian (Rare), English
English habitational name from a place in Lincolnshire named Brumby, from the Old Norse personal name Brúni or from Old Norse brunnr ‘well’ + býr ‘farmstead’, ‘village’.
BRUNETTE French (Quebec)
Variant of Brunet, reflecting the French Canadian pattern of pronouncing the final -t, which is not pronounced in metropolitan French.
BRUNEY English
First found in Languedoc, France, possibly meaning "brown."
BRUNI Italian
Patronymic or plural form of Bruno.
BRUNNER German (Austrian)
Brunner came from Tyrolean and Bavarian place names, or Brno.... [more]
BRUNO Portuguese
From a Germanic personal name, Brun.
BRUNSWICK English, German
English habitational name from the city in Saxony now known in German as Braunschweig. ... [more]
BRUSH Scottish (Rare)
Quite literally means "brush". Might derive from the Scottish Gaelic word bhrus which means "brush", or the Latin root br which means "explained". Was a nickname for those described to 'look like a brush'(i.e. hair that sticks up, thin with a big head, etc.)
BRUSKI Polish
Habitational surname for someone from a place called Brus.
BRYER Anglo-Saxon
This unusual surname is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and was originally given either as a topographical name to someone who lived by a briar patch, deriving from the Olde English pre 7th Century "braer, brer", Middle English "brer", prickly thorn-bush, or as a nickname to a prickly individual, "sharp as brere" (Chaucer), from the same word applied in a transferred sense.
BRYNGELSSON Swedish
Means "son of Bryngel".
BRYNTESSON Swedish
Means "son of BRYNTE"
BRZEZINSKI Polish
This last name is Polish because it's got Z's in them and also it ends with "ski" which is a Polish last name.
BRZOZA Polish
Topographic name from brzoza meaning ‘birch tree’.
BRZOZOGAJSKI Polish
This indicates familial origin within the Greater Polish village of Brzozogaj.
BRZOZOWSKI Polish
Habitational name for someone from a place named with brzoza meaning "birch tree", for example Brzozowa, Brzozowice, or Brzozowo.
BRZUMIŃSKI Polish
This indicates familial origin within the Masovian village of Brzumin.
BUBIEN Polish
The name came originally from France. An officer of Napoleon Bonaparte during the French Russian war, in 1812 stayed in Poland and married. One of his sons, became a regional Judge and large land owner in the Belarus area of Poland... [more]
BUBIKOĞLU Turkish
Means "son of Bubik".
BUBLIK Ukrainian, Belarusian, Russian
From bublik, a bagel-like bread roll.
BUCCAMBUSO Sicilian, Italian
Believed to be an Americanization of the surname Buccinfuso
BUCH German
Topographic name for someone who lived by a beech tree or beech wood, from Middle High German buoche, or a habitational name from any of the numerous places so named with this word, notably in Bavaria and Württemberg... [more]
BUCHCICKI Polish
This indicates familial origin within the Lesser Polish village of Buchcice.
BUCHE German
Meaning "beech" and denoting someone who lived near beech trees.
BUCHER German
Upper German surname denoting someone who lived by a beech tree or beech wood, derived from Middle High German buoche "beech tree".
BUCHWALDER German, German (Swiss)
Buchwalder is a German Surname.
BUCK English
From the given name Buck.
BUCKINGHAM English
Habitational name from the former county seat of the county of Buckinghamshire, Old English Buccingahamm "water meadow (Old English hamm) of the people of (-inga-) Bucc(a)".
BUCKLAND English
Habitational name from any of the many places in southern England (including nine in Devon) named Buckland, from Old English boc "book" and land "land", i.e. land held by right of a written charter, as opposed to folcland, land held by right of custom.
BUCKMAN English
Occupational name for a goatherd (Middle English bukkeman) or scholar (Old English bucman "book man"). It could also be a shortened form of BUCKINGHAM or a variant of BUCKNAM.
BUCKS English
Variant of "Buck"; a deer.
BUCKSON English
Either a patronymic from Buck, or possibly an altered form of Buxton.
BUCKWALTER English (American)
Americanized spelling of German Buchwalder.
BUCSIS English (Canadian)
Perhaps of Hungarian origin, but the original surname is not known.
BUCUR Romanian
A ancient Romanian name of Dacian origin. It means "happy". A legendary Romanian shepherd named Bucur it is said to have founded Bucharest, the present capital or Romania, giving his name to it (The Romanian city name is Bucureşti).
BUCZYŃSKI Polish
Surname for someone from places called Buczyn or Buczyna.
BUDA Hungarian (Rare)
Habitational name from the name of the old capital of Hungary.
BUDD English
Originated from the Old English personal name Budda, from the word budda, which means "beetle" or "to swell." Specifically of Celtic Welsh origin.
BUDGE English
Nickname from Norman French buge "mouth" (Late Latin bucca), applied either to someone with a large or misshapen mouth or to someone who made excessive use of his mouth, i.e. a garrulous, indiscreet, or gluttonous person... [more]
BUDIMIR Croatian, Serbian
From the given name Budimir.
BUDOU Japanese
From Japanese 武 (bu) meaning "military, martial" combined with 堂 (dou) meaning "temple, shrine" or from 武道 (budou) meaning "Japanese martial arts".
BUDUROV Russian
It is believed to mean "The Blessed One" or "Bless You" in Russian.
BUDZISZEWSKI Polish
Habitational name for someone from places called Budziszewo.
BUELTER German, English
Middle European variant of Butler, also meaning "a vat or large trough used to contain wine." The name originated in southern Germany in the mid-seventeenth century.
BUENO Spanish
generally an approving (or ironic) nickname, from Spanish bueno ‘good’.
BUERK German (Anglicized)
German from a short form of the personal name Burkhardt, a variant of Burkhart.
BUERMEISTER German
North German: status name for the mayor or chief magistrate of a town, from Middle Low German bur ‘inhabitant, dweller’, ‘neighbor’, ‘peasant’, ‘citizen’ + mester ‘master’.
BUFFORD English
Meaning unknown.
BUFORD English, French (Anglicized)
English: most probably a variant of Beaufort.... [more]
BUGAJSKI Polish
Habitational name from any of numerous places called Bugaj.
BUĠEJA Maltese
Possibly derived from Maltese abjad meaning "white", ultimately from Arabic أَبْيَض (ʾabyaḍ).
BUGG English
From the Old Norse nickname Buggi, literally "fat man", or from a medieval nickname for an eccentric or strangely behaved person (from Middle English bugge "bogeyman, scarecrow").
BUGGLY English
Variant of Bugg.
BUGGS African American (Anglicized, Modern)
I do not know much about this surname except to say that an employee at my job has Buggs as their surname.
BUHAGIAR Maltese
Means "father of rocks" from Arabic أَبُو (ʾabū) meaning "father of" and حِجَارَة (ḥijāra) "stones, rocks".
BÙI Vietnamese
Vietnamese form of Pei.
BUITRAGO Spanish
This indicates familial origin within either of 2 eponymous municipalities: the Castilian one in El Campo de Gómara or the Manchego municipality of Buitrago del Lozoya in Sierra Norte, Comunidad de Madrid.
BUJALSKI Polish
Nickname for a storyteller, Polish bujała.
BUJNOWSKI Polish
Habitational name for someone from a place called Bujnowo or Bujnow, named with bujny ‘luxuriant’, ‘bushy’, ‘fertile’.