Submitted Surnames Starting with C

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Caamaño Galician
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous parish in the municipality of Porto do Son.
Caasi Filipino, Ilocano
Means "pitiful" in Ilocano.
Cab Spanish
Diminutive of Cabello, Cabrera, or Cabral.
Caba Spanish, Catalan
Variant of Cava.
Cababa Spanish
Spanish (Cabaña) and Portuguese: habitational name from a place named with Spanish cabaña ‘hut’, ‘cabin’ (Late Latin capanna , a word of Celtic or Germanic origin).
Cabahug Filipino, Cebuano
Means "feeder" from Cebuano bahog meaning "feed, slop".
Cabaleiro Galician
'Knight' derived from an occupation, Galician origins.
Caballo Spanish, Spanish (Latin American)
Derived from the Spanish word cabello, ultimately derived from the Latin word caballus, meaning "horse". This denoted someone who worked in a farm that took care of horses, or someone who had personality traits attributed to a horse, such as energetic behaviour.
Cabaña Spanish, Portuguese
Habitational name from a place named with Spanish cabaña ‘hut’, ‘cabin’ (Late Latin capanna, a word of Celtic or Germanic origin).
Cabañas Spanish, Portuguese
Habitational name from a place named with Spanish cabaña or Portuguese cabanha ‘hut’, ‘cabin’.
Cabaniss French
Variant spelling of Cabanis, a habitational name from any of various places in Gard named Cabanis, from Late Latin capannis ‘at the huts’, ablative plural of capanna 'hut'... [more]
Čabarkapa Serbian, Montenegrin
Derived from čabar (чабар), meaning "tub, bucket", and kapa (капа), meaning "cap, hat".
Cabatuan Filipino, Cebuano
Derived from Cebuano kabatoan meaning "rocky area, rocky place".
Cabell Catalan, English, German
As a Catalan name, a nickname for "bald" from the Spanish word cabello. The English name, found primarily in Norfolk and Devon, is occupational for a "maker or seller of nautical rope" that comes from a Norman French word... [more]
Cable English
English: metonymic occupational name for a maker of rope, especially the type of stout rope used in maritime applications, from Anglo-Norman French cable ‘cable’ (Late Latin capulum ‘halter’, of Arabic origin, but associated by folk etymology with Latin capere ‘to seize’).... [more]
Cabucos English
Decended from Old English meaning "leader."
Cabugatan Filipino, Maranao
From Maranao kabugatan, a historical title for a crown prince.
Caccavale Italian
Possibly a combination of cacare "to shit" and vale "valley".
Cacciatore Italian
Derived from Italian cacciatore meaning "hunter, huntsman", ultimately derived from cacciare meaning "to hunt".
Cacioppo Italian, Sicilian
Derived from Sicilian cacioppu meaning "dried tree trunk", presumably applied as a nickname for someone with wizened skin, or from caciopu meaning "short-sighted" (derived from Greek kakiopes, literally meaning "having bad eyes").
Cadan Irish
Anglicized form of Mac Cadain.
Cadbury English
Derived from Norman French
Caddick Welsh
From the Welsh male personal name Cadog, a pet-form of Cadfael (a derivative of Welsh cad "battle").
Cadena Spanish
From Aguilar de Campoo, a district of Villalon in Valladolid.
Caderousse French, Literature
A character in the classic novel The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. In the novel, Caderousse is a tailor and inkeeper who aids in the arrest of Dantès.
Cadillac French
From the name of a city in France, of origin I am not sure of (anyone who knows the name's etymology edit this). This is most notably the name of the car company of the same name, named after Detroit, Michigan founder Antoine de la Mothe, Sieur de Cadillac.
Cadiñanos Castilian
It indicates familial origin within the eponymous minor local entity.
Cadlawon Visayan
Literally "dawn" in Cebuano.
Cadogan Welsh
From the Welsh male personal name Cadwgan, literally probably "battle-scowler". Cadogan Estate is an area of Chelsea and Belgravia, including Cadogan Square, Sloane Street and Sloane Square, owned by the earls of Cadogan, descended from Charles Sloane Cadogan (1728-1807), 1st Earl Cadogan.
Cadoret French, Breton
From an old Breton given name Catuuoret meaning "protector in combat".
Caesar Ancient Roman, English
An Ancient Roman political title that indicated a military leader. A famous bearer was Julius Caesar, Roman general, dictator, and politician. In modern times, the surname is used to refer to an individual with a tyrannical attitude, which references the connotative meaning of the word "caesar", meaning "a dictator".
Caetano Portuguese
From the given name Caetano.
Cagadas Filipino
The name Cagadas is most likely made or given to the Filipinos during the baptism of native Filipinos to Christianity in the 19th Century during the expedition of Ferdinand Magellan. Most Filipinos had no surnames prior to their baptism and these names are given by the Spanish colonizers.
Cagney Irish
Anglicized form of Irish Gaelic Ó Caingnigh meaning "descendant of Caingneach", a given name meaning "pleader, advocate". A famous bearer was American actor and dancer James Cagney (1899-1986).
Cahayag Filipino, Cebuano
From Cebuano kahayag meaning "light, splendour".
Cahill Irish (Anglicized)
Irish Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Cathail ‘descendant of Cathal’, a personal name meaning ‘powerful in battle’.
Cai Chinese
From Chinese 蔡 (cài) referring to the ancient state of Cai that existed during the Zhou dynasty in what is now Henan province.
Caillou French
Means "pebble" in French. Perhaps a nickname for a bald person.
Cain English
From the given name Cain
Caine French, English
Originally from a French derogatory nickname for someone with a bad temper.
Caird Scottish
Derived from Scottish Gaelic ceard meaning "craftsman, artist mechanic, travelling tinker".
Cairns Scottish
From Gaelic carn "cairn", a topographic name for someone who lived by a cairn, i.e. a pile of stones raised as a boundary marker or a memorial.
Cairo Italian
One who came from Cairo.
Caixeta Portuguese (Brazilian)
Portuguese common name for Tabebuia cassinoides, a tree native to Central and South America.
Cajigas Spanish, Filipino
Topographic name from the plural of Spanish cajigo, derived from quejigo meaning "gall oak".
Cake English
From the Middle English cake denoting a flat loaf made from fine flour (Old Norse kaka), hence a metonymic occupational name for a baker who specialized in fancy breads. It was first attested as a surname in the 13th century (Norfolk, Northamptonshire).
Çakır Turkish
Means "greyish blue (eyes)" in Turkish.
Čaklais Latvian
Means "the diligent one".
Çakmak Turkish
Means "lighter" in Turkish, referring to a tool used to ignite fire. This is also the name of a village in Antalya Province, Turkey.
Čakste Latvian
Means "shrike".
Cal English
Possibly from the given name Cal.
Calatayud Spanish
From the city in Spain, in province of Zaragoza within the autonomous community Aragón. The name Calatayud came from the Arabic قلعة أيوب Qal‘at ’Ayyūb, "the qalat (fortress) of Ayyub".
Calaway English
Variant spelling of Callaway.
Calcaterra Italian
Nickname from calcare meaning "to tread", "to stamp" + terra meaning "land", "earth", "ground", probably denoting a short person, someone who walked close to the ground, or an energetic walker.
Caldeira Portuguese
Name given to a maker of kettles or other cooking vessels.
Caldeirao Portuguese
From Portuguese meaning "cauldron".
Caldera Spanish
Derived from Spanish caldera meaning "basin, crater, hollow", ultimately from Latin caldarium or caldaria both meaning "hot bath, cooking pot". The word also denotes a depression in volcanoes, and it is commonly used as an element for surnames denoting streams or mountains.
Calderón Spanish
Occupational name for a tinker or a seller or maker of kettles from Vulgar Latin *caldaria meaning "cauldron". Alternately, it may be a habitational name for someone from any of various locations named Calderón or a topographic name from Spanish caldera meaning "crater, basin".
Calderone Italian
From the Latin word Caldaria "cauldron". Given to someone who worked as a tinker or tinsmith.
Calderwood English
From the lordship of Calderwood in Lanarkshire, Scotland
Cale Welsh
Possibly derived from the River Cale. A famous barer of this name is Welsh musician John Cale (1942- ).
Caleb American
Caleb norwood
Calero Spanish
Metonymic occupational name for a burner or seller of lime, from calero ‘lime’.
Calfee Anglo-Saxon
This surname is a variant of the name Calf, which is a variant of the Old Norse Kalfr, however it is possible that it is a nickname for someone who had characteristics like a calf, or baby cow.
Caligiuri Italian
Comes from the Greek words "kalos" meaning "beautiful" and "gheros" meaning "elderly," and was often given to children in the hopes that they would retain their beauty in their old age.
Calimeris Greek
It can be Kalimeris as well and it means good morning.
Călin Romanian
From the given name Călin.
Calinao Filipino, Cebuano, Hiligaynon
Derived from Cebuano and Hiligaynon kalinaw meaning "calmness, peace, tranquility".
Calinawan Filipino, Cebuano
From Cebuano kalinawan meaning "peace".
Calingasan Filipino, Tagalog
From Tagalog kalingasan meaning "lustre of a surface (which reflects light)".
Çalışkan Turkish
Means "hard-working, diligent, assiduous" in Turkish.
Calisto Portuguese, Spanish
From the given name Calisto.
Cālītis Latvian
Derived from the word cālis meaning "chick".
Calixte French
From the given name Calixte
Calixto Spanish, Portuguese
From the given name Calixto
Calkin Irish
Variant of Culkin.
Callander Scottish, English, Swedish (Rare)
Habitational name from various places so named in Scotland. ... [more]
Callen English (Rare)
From the forename Callen
Callender Scottish
Variant of Scottish Callander or German Kalander.
Callender English
Occupational name for a person who finished freshly woven cloth by passing it between heavy rollers to compress the weave. From Old Franch calandrier, calandreur.
Calliari Italian (Latinized, Archaic)
This is an Italian surname, in the north of Italy. Calliari is the result of the deformation of the graphically Calligari, where you can clearly see excision of the letter or character D, which is located in the middle of the surname... [more]
Calligan Irish (Rare)
Before Irish names were translated into English, Calligan had a Gaelic form of O Ceallachain, possibly from "ceallach", which means "strife".... [more]
Calloway American (Modern, Rare)
Means "pebble". From the Old French cail(ou) 'pebble'. Traditionally an English surname, which is a regional name of French Norman origin from Caillouet-Orgeville in Eure, France.
Callum Scottish
From the given name Callum.
Calogero Italian
From the given name Calogero.
Calumpang Filipino, Tagalog
From Tagalog kalumpang meaning "wild almond tree".
Calvete Spanish
It means bald. It's a surname of the Galician origin.
Calvetto Galician
Meaning baldness.
Calvey Irish
Variation of McKelvey. Meaning rich in possessions or Irish from the French word bald
Calwell English
I guess a differently spelled form of Caldwell. I don't know.... [more]
Calzada Spanish (Latin American)
Means "road" in Spanish.
Calzado Spanish
Means "calced" in Spanish.
Calzaghe Sardinian, Italian
From Italian meaning "breeches".
Cam Vietnamese
Meaning Unknown.
Camacho Spanish, Portuguese
From the ancient European camb, meaning twisted or disfigured, denoting to someone with visible physical abnormalities, but could possibly also refer to residents of a particularly gnarly tract of land.
Camama Filipino, Maranao
From Maranao kamama meaning "manly, masculine".
Camansi Filipino, Cebuano
From Cebuano kamansi meaning "breadfruit".
Camantigue Filipino, Tagalog
From Tagalog kamantigi meaning "garden balsam (a type of plant)".
Camarata Sicilian
Name from city in Sicily: Cammarata
Camarena Spanish
Topographic name for someone who lived by a granary.
Camargo Spanish
Habitational name for someone from a place in Andalusia called Camargo.
Cambareri Italian
Variant of Cammareri, an occupational name from Sicilian cammareri meaning "servant".
Cambon Ancient Celtic (Latinized, Archaic)
It means zigzagging river or warped (bent) river. It have a second meaning that is leg.
Cambria Italian
Denoted to someone from Cambria, Sicily, possibly of Arabic origin.
Camerons English
A form of the last name Cameron
Camilleri Maltese, Italian
Derived from Italian cammelliere meaning "camel driver".
Camillo Italian
From the given name Camillo.
Camilo Spanish, Portuguese
From the given name Camilo.
Camino Spanish
Derived from the Spanish word for "path", or "walkway". This could have been used to denote a person who lived near a path, or one who built paths for a living.
Camm English
English (of Norman origin): habitational name for someone from Caen in Normandy, France.English: habitational name from Cam in Gloucestershire, named for the Cam river, a Celtic river name meaning ‘crooked’, ‘winding’.Scottish and Welsh: possibly a nickname from Gaelic and Welsh cam ‘bent’, ‘crooked’, ‘cross-eyed’.Americanized spelling of German Kamm.
Cammarata Italian
Habitational name from any of various places in Sicily named Cammarata, all derived from Greek καμάρα (kamara) meaning "vault".
Cammareri Sicilian, Italian
Means "servant, waiter" in Sicilian.
Cammon Scottish, Irish
Reduced form of Mccammon.
Camoys English
From a medieval nickname for someone with a snub nose (from Old French camus "snub nose").
Campagna Italian
Name for someone originally from any of various locations named Campagna, all derived from Latin Campania, itself from campus meaning "field".
Campanano Italian
Southern Italian:... [more]
Camper English
Respelling of German Kamper or Kämpfer (see Kampfer). The surname Camper is recorded in England, in the London and Essex area, in the 19th century; its origin is uncertain, but it may have been taken there from continental Europe.
Campilan Filipino, Cebuano
From Cebuano kampilan referring to a type of sword.
Camping English
The English form of Campana, means bells.
Campion Norman, French
English (of Norman origin) and French: status name for a professional champion (see Champion, Kemp), from the Norman French form campion.
Campumanes Asturian
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous parish of the municipality of Ḷḷena.
Campus Spanish
Derived from the Latin word campus, meaning "field". It denoted someone who either lived in a field or worked in one.
Camus Basque
Camus is a Basque surname from Bermeo, Vizcaya. Part passed to Cantabria and Chile.
Camus French
Means "flat-nosed" in French.
Can Turkish
Means "soul, life, being" in Turkish, ultimately of Persian origin.
Can Mayan
from the word kaan meaning "snake"
Canabrava Brazilian
Cana is the short form of 'cana de açucar' that means "sugar cane", and Brava is the feminine form of 'bravo' that means "angry". There is a municipality in the state of Mato Grosso, Brazil, called Canabrava do Norte, and according to oral tradition, the origin of the name is due to the disease and subsequent death of some animals after eating a plantation of sugar cane.
Canada French, English
It derives from the Middle English "cane", a development of the Old French "cane", meaning cane, reed.
Canak Turkish
From the Turkish town of Çanakkale. Canak is the Anglicised form, which may or may not retain its Turkish pronunciation.
Canales Spanish
Spanish: habitational name from any of several places called Canales, from canales, plural of canal ‘canal’, ‘water channel’, from Latin canalis.
Canavan Irish (Anglicized)
Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Ceanndubháin "descendant of Ceanndubhán", a byname meaning "little black-headed one", from ceann "head" combined with dubh "black" and the diminutive suffix -án.
Cancino Spanish
A name for a person who first held the position of Chancellor.
Cancio Spanish
A name for a person who first held the position of Chancellor.
Candelario Spanish
From the given name Candelario
Candemir Turkish
Means "iron soul" from Turkish can meaning "soul, spirit" and demir meaning "iron".
Candido Italian
From the given name Candido.
Candlin English
Derived from the medieval English, male first name Gandelyn, of unknown meaning.
Candy English
Unexplained.There was a family of this name in Roussillon, France, descended from a partisan of James II named Kennedy, who was exiled in France in the 17th century. The family died out in France in 1868, but may have had an American branch.
Canela Spanish
Derived from the word 'canela' meaning cinnamon in Spanish. It Could also be a variant of the Catalan surname Candela.
Canella Italian
Italian regional surname denoting someone who lived by a canal. From the Italian canale 'canal', from the Latin canalis meaning "canal; conduit; groove; funnel; or ditch". Alternatively, it may come the genus name of wild cinnamon, a diminutive of the Latin canna "reed, cane".
Canelo Spanish
From spanish canela meaning "cinnamon".
Cañete Spanish (Philippines), Spanish (Latin American)
Habitational name for a person from any of the places in Spain called Cañete, such as Cañete de las Torres (Seville), Cañete la Real (Málaga) and Cañete (Cuenca).
Cangussu Brazilian
The surname Cangussu has its origins in the Tupi-Guarani language and is a variation of Akangu’su, which means 'Jaguar'.
Canhoto Portuguese
Means "left-handed" in Portuguese.
Canizales Spanish (Latin American)
This surname came from around the beginnings of 1800 in south regions of Colombia where sugar cane was cultivated. It's a variation of Cañizales, that literally means "sugar cane fields".
Canlas Filipino, Pampangan
Derived from Kapampangan kanlas meaning "future".
Cannavaro Italian
Probably from a nickname used to refer to rope makers or hemp growers. This surname is most famously borne by brothers Fabio (1973–) and Paolo Cannavaro (1981–), former football players.
Cannell Manx
Manx cognate of McConnell or O'Connell.
Cannella Italian
Derived from the word "Cinnamon" in Italian meaning someone who was a baker and or made cinnamon.
Canning English, Irish (Anglicized), Scottish
Habitational name from a place so named in England. From the Old English byname Cana and -ingas meaning "people of".... [more]
Cano Albanian
Meaning unknown.
Canomanuel Spanish
The first part of this surname is possibly derived from Spanish cano "hoary, white-haired, grey-haired". The second part is derived from the given name Manuel... [more]
Cañosa Filipino
It is derived from the word 'Caña' meaning 'reed'. Born as a surname in before World War I, it is a newly formed family name built by Angelo Cañosa and his 2 siblings, formerly his birth surname is Caña when he and his siblings migrated to Agusan when they are wanted by the Spanish Authorities as they were berdugos(Killing Spanish allies)in their native place, Minglanilla and by rowing boats, they landed in Mindanao and he, Angelo Caña and his two siblings changed their family name into Cañosa... [more]
Cañoto Galician
Galician cognate of Canhoto.
Cant English
Means "singer in a chantry chapel", or from a medieval nickname for someone who was continually singing (in either case from Old Northern French cant "song").
Cantellow English
Means "person from Canteleu, Canteloup, etc.", the name of various places in northern France ("song of the wolf").
Canteloup French
Name of several places in France. The surname means "Song of the Wolf" from canta and loup as in "place where the wolves howl".
Canterbury English
Habitational name from Canterbury in Kent, named in Old English as Cantwaraburg "fortified town (burgh) of the people (wara) of Kent".
Cantone Italian
Habitational name for someone from any of various locations named Cantone, derived from Italian cantone meaning "canton, corner".
Cantor Spanish
Occupational name for a singer.
Cantwell Irish, English
A surname used in the South of England.... [more]
Canul Yucatec Maya
Means "protector" in Mayan.
Cañusa Filipino (Hispanicized, Modern, Archaic)
Cañusa is the only variant of the family name of Cañusa. Used by the descendants of Ortillo Cañosa and Eulalia Cañosa in Agusan del Sur, Philippines.
Canzio Italian
From the given name Canzio
Cao Vietnamese
Vietnamese form of Gao from Sino-Vietnamese 高 (cao).
Čáp Czech
Means "stork" in Czech.
Capaldo Italian
Probably a diminutive of Italian capo meaning "head", perhaps used as a nickname for a stubborn or hard-headed person.
Cape French, English (British)
French and English: metonymic occupational name for a maker of capes and cloaks, or perhaps a nickname for someone who habitually wore a cloak or cape, from Middle English and Old Norman French cape ‘cape’, ‘cloak’, ‘hooded cloak’ (in French also ‘hood’ or ‘hat’), from Late Latin cappa, capa, probably a derivative of caput ‘head’ (see Capp)... [more]
Capecchi Italian
Probably from Old Italian capecchio, either denoting a type of cheap batting and, by extension, upholsterers, who worked with it, or as a nickname for a person with bristly hair or beard.... [more]
Capeder Romansh
From the Romansh surname prefix Ca and the given name Peder, which is the Scandinavian (and apparently also Romansh) form of Peter.
Čapek Czech
Derived from a diminutive of Czech cáp meaning "stork", applied as a habitational name for someone who lived at a house distinguished by the sign of a stork. In some cases the family name may have derived from a heraldic symbol.
Capel English
From the Domesday Book of 1086, from the old French word 'capele' meaning chapel.
Caplan Jewish
Variant of Kaplan
Caplin English
Means "singer in a chantry chapel" (from Old Northern French capelain, a variant of standard Old French chapelain (cf. Chaplin)).
Capon French
A name for a person who worked as a poultry farmer.
Capone Italian
Augmentative of Italian capo meaning "head", used as a nickname for a big-headed or arrogant person.
Capote Italian (Tuscan)
Capote is a name for person who was the chief of the head from the Italian personal name Capo.