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BULGUCHEV Ingush (Russified)
Russified form of an Ingush surname derived from the name of an Ingush teip (clan). The clan's name is derived from the name Bulguch
of unknown meaning.
From a medieval nickname for a "good chap" or amiable companion (from Old French bon enfant
, literally "good child").
BULSARA Indian (Parsi)
Indian Parsi surname derived from the name of the city of Bulsar
(today known as Valsad
) in Gujarat, which served as a centre for Zoroastrian culture in the 17th century. A notable bearer was British singer and songwriter Freddie Mercury (1946-1991), who was born as Farrokh
(i) from a medieval nickname for a vigorous walker (from Old French bon
"good" + pas
"pace"); (ii) perhaps "person who lives by a place through which travel is easy" (from Old French bon
"good" + pas
Meaning "good" person in old french. Also means "bain"(exeptionaly tall) in old english
English: nickname for a hunchback, from Middle English bunche ‘hump’, ‘swelling’ (of unknown origin).
BUNDY English (American)
This surname is most recognizable in North America as belonging to the serial killer named Ted Bundy who committed his crimes in the 1970s.
BUONAMICO Italian Argentina Greek (Anglicized)
Di Martino Buffalmacco was a widely renouned painter in Italy cities in Florence, Bologna, Pisa although his work was not known to survived the Great Fire of Italy back in the late 1300 hundreds he was widlely known for asummed work as The Three Dead- Three Living, The Triump of Death, The Last Judgement, The Hell and the Thebasis.... [more]
English: habitational name from places in Wiltshire, Derbyshire, and Leicestershire, so named with Old English burh ‘fort’ + bæc ‘hill’, ‘ridge’ (dative bece).
This interesting name is of Anglo-Saxon origin and is a dialectal variant of the locational surname, deriving from any of the places called "Burbage", in the counties of Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Wiltshire... [more]
English: perhaps a variant of Burbage, altered by folk etymology, or possibly a habitational name from a lost place so named.
Nickname for a grouse or complainer, from burczeć meaning "to grumble".
BURE Old Swedish, Swedish
This was the name of an influential family in 16th century Sweden. The name originated from the village Bure
(now known as Bureå
) in Skellefteå parish in Northern Sweden. The village got its name from the nearby Bure River (Swedish: Bure älv, Bureälven) whose name was derived from the Swedish dialectal word burra
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous municipality in the Comarca of La Mariña Central.
BURGER English, German, Dutch
Status name for a freeman of a borough. From Middle English burg
, Middle High German burc
and Middle Dutch burch
"fortified town". Also a German habitational name for someone from a place called Burg.
BURGESS English, Scottish
Derived from the Middle English word burge(i)s
or the Old French burgeis
which both meant "inhabitant and (usually) freeman of a fortified town" (compare Burke
Occupational name for the tenant farmer of an estate belonging to a castle or fortified town, from Middle High German burc
"(fortified) town, castle" and meier
"tenant farmer" (see Meyer
English: from an Old English personal name, Burgheard
, composed of the elements burh, burg ‘fort’ (see Burke
) + heard ‘hardy’, ‘brave’, ‘strong’. ... [more]
Topographic name composed of the Middle High German elements burc
"castle" "protection" and halter
Burk is German for "Strong", and hardt is the "heart of a castle".
English variant of Birkin
, a habitational name from the parish of Birkin in West Yorkshire, so named with Old English bircen
‘birch grove’, a derivative of birce
Old English occupational name originally meaning "cup bearer" or "butler" for one who dispensed wine and had charge of the cellar. Eventually the name came to mean the chief servant of a royal or noble household and was replaced by the French language inspired named 'Butler,' akin to the world "bottler".
English habitation name from the elements burh
meaning "stronghold or fortified settlement" and leah
meaning "field or clearing".
Habitational name from Bridlington in East Yorkshire, from Old English Bretlintun
North German: status name for the mayor or chief magistrate of a town, from Middle Low German bur
‘inhabitant, dweller’, ‘neighbor’, ‘peasant’, ‘citizen’ + mester
Scottish and English: descriptive nickname from Old French burnete, a diminutive of brun "brown" (see Brown
Descriptive nickname from Old French burnete
‘brown’ (see Burnett
). Possibly also a reduced form of Buronet
, from a diminutive of Old French buron
BURNEY English, Irish
Form of the French place name of 'Bernay' or adapted from the personal name Bjorn
, ultimately meaning "bear".
English (Lancashire and Yorkshire): habitational name from Burnley in Lancashire, so named with the Old English river name Brun (from brun ‘brown’ or burna ‘stream’) + leah ‘woodland clearing’... [more]
Topographic name for someone who lived by a hill or tumulus, Old English "beorg", a cognate of Old High German berg "hill", ‘mountain’ (see Berg). This name has become confused with derivatives of Old English burh ‘fort’ (see Burke)... [more]
Used to describe someone who lives in a burrow, which makes this surname’s meaning “he whom lives in a burrow.”
Variant of Burroughs
. A name for someone who lived by a hill or tumulus, also may be a further derivation from Old English bur
"bower" and hus
Habitational name from places called Burzyn in the voivodeships of Tarnów or łomża, apparently named with burza meaning "tempest", "storm".
Habitational name from a place in North Yorkshire, recorded in Domesday Book as Buschebi
, from Old Norse buskr
"bush, shrub" or an Old Norse personal name Buski
"homestead, village", or from some other place so called.
BUSCEMI Italian, Sicilian
Sicilian surname of Arabic origin coming from the town Buscemi
in Syracuse province. The name possibly derives from Arab 'Abu Samah'
It's a surname in northern Italy (Piedmont). It emerges from the German spelling Bosch or Busch and this means "forest" or "wooded area".
This is a locational surname and originates from the hamlet of 'Bousfield', eight miles from the town of Appleby in Cumberland. This hamlet was controlled by Norse Vikings for several centuries until the Norman invasion of 1066... [more]
Bushi means "Warrior, Samurai" and Da means "Rice Paddy, Field".
Refers to a town in Cantabria, Spain, whose name is derived from Latin bustum Amantii
meaning "pasture of Amantius
BUTT Punjabi, Urdu
Most likely derived from Sanskrit भटट (bhatt)
Italian: from a short form of a compound name formed with butta- ‘throw’, as for example Buttacavoli.Italian: from an old German feminine personal name Butta.Italian: variant of Botta.
BUTTER English, German
1. English: nickname for someone with some fancied resemblance to a bittern, perhaps in the booming quality of the voice, from Middle English, Old French butor ‘bittern’ (a word of obscure etymology)... [more]
Topographic name for someone who lived by a pasture for cattle or at a dairy farm, or a habitational name from a place named Butterfield (for example in West Yorkshire), from Old English butere ‘butter’ + feld ‘open country’.
From the insect Butterfly this Surname is borne by Star Butterfly from Star Vs. the forces of evil.
Variant spelling of Butgereit. A famous bearer is German film director and screenwriter, Jörg Buttgereit (1963-).
Derived from Maltese tiġieġ
meaning "chickens", which is ultimately from Arabic دَجَاجَة (dajāja)
meaning "hen, chicken". It is said to be derived from Arabic أبو الدجاج (Abū Dajāj)
meaning "chicken owner, poulterer" (literally "father of chickens").
Occupational name for a cooper or barrel-maker, an agent derivative of Middle High German büte(n)
"cask", "wine barrel". This name occurs chiefly in eastern German-speaking regions.
From boc, meaning a beach, or beech. Sometimes used as an element of a place name e.g. Buxton, in Derbyshire, Buxhall, in Suffolk, or Buxted in Sussex; variant of "Buck", a deer.
1. A habitational name for someone from Buxton in Derbyshire, from the Middle English Buchestanes or Bucstones (meaning "bowing stones"), from Old English būgan
meaning "to bow" and stanes
, meaning "stones".... [more]
Archaic surname of the ancient Buyeo Kingdom
BWYE Welsh (Rare)
many of this name moved from south wales to india to work for the east india company around 1900's then came back to wales.
Probably means "person from Bytham", Lincolnshire ("homestead in a valley bottom"). Glen Byam Shaw (1904-1986) was a British theatre director.
looking for the meaning of this name as it is my maiden name.
BYCRAFT English (American, Rare, ?)
Found mostly in the American Great Lakes region and Canada, likely a singular extended family. Likely of 6th century English descent, though there are very few English natives who bear the name. Name either refers to the occupation running some sort of mill machine, the original holder living near a croft (enclosed pasture or tillage) or implies "craftiness" of its original holder.
This indicates familial origin within the Lesser Polish village of Bydłowa.
BYERS Scottish, English
Scottish and northern English topographic name for someone who lived by a cattleshed, Middle English byre
, or a habitational name with the same meaning, from any of several places named with Old English b¯re
, for example Byers Green in County Durham or Byres near Edinburgh.
Either a habitational name from a place named Byfield, or a topographic name for someone who lived near a field.
Habitational name for someone from a place called Bykowice or Byków.
Derived from Navajo bá
"for him" and álílee
A combination of Swedish by
"village" and the suffix -in
, derived from Latin -inus, -inius "descendant of"
Combination of Swedish by
"village" and lund
This is the surname of American actress Amanda Bynes (born April 3, 1986).
Probably derived from Old English bȳre
An English place name, earlier Byram, from byre
, meaning "farm" and the suffix -ham
meaning "homestead". Famously borne by the aristocratic poet, Lord Byron.
A combination of Swedish by
"village" and German stedt
BYTHESEA English (British)
Habitational name for someone who lived near the sea, this name is nearly extinct in England today.
Habitational name for someone who comes from the town of Bzowo