Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous parish in the municipality of Porto do Son.
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).
Occupational name from caballero
"knight, soldier, horseman" (from Late Latin caballarius
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’.
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]
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]
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]
Derived from Italian cacciatore
meaning "hunter, huntsman", which is ultimately derived from the Italian verb cacciare
meaning "to hunt".... [more]
From the Welsh male personal name Cadog
, a pet-form of CADFAEL
(a derivative of Welsh cad
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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).
From Chinese 蔡 (cài)
referring to the ancient state of Cai during the Zhou
dynasty. Among Hui Muslims, it is interpreted as a contraction of the Arabic given name Uthman
CAINE French, English
Originally from a French derogatory nickname for someone with a bad temper.
Derived from Scottish Gaelic ceard
meaning "craftsman, artist mechanic, travelling tinker".
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.
CAJIGAS Spanish, Filipino
Topographic name from the plural of Spanish cajigo
, derived from quejigo
meaning "gall oak".
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).
Means "lighter" in Turkish, referring to a tool used to ignite fire. This is also the name of a village in Antalya Province, Turkey.
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.
Derived from Spanish caldera
meaning "basin, crater, hollow", ultimately from Latin caldarium
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.
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".
From the Latin word Caldaria
"cauldron". Given to someone who worked as a tinker or tinsmith.
Possibly derived from the River Cale. A famous barer of this name is Welsh musician John Cale (1942- ).
Metonymic occupational name for a burner or seller of lime, from calero
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.
Occupational name for a person who finished freshly woven cloth by passing it between heavy rollers to compress the weave. From Old Franch calandrier
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.
Variation of McKelvey. Meaning rich in possessions or Irish from the French word bald
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.
Habitational name for someone from a place in Andalusia called Camargo.
Denoted to someone from Cambria, Sicily, possibly of Arabic origin.
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.
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.
From a medieval nickname for someone with a snub nose (from Old French camus
Respelling of German Kamper
). 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.
CAMPION Norman, French
English (of Norman origin) and French: status name for a professional champion (see CHAMPION
), from the Norman French form campion
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous parish of the municipality of Ḷḷena.
Derived from the Latin word campus
, meaning "field". It denoted someone who either lived in a field or worked in one.
Camus is a Basque surname from Bermeo, Vizcaya. Part passed to Cantabria and Chile.
Means "soul, life, being" in Turkish, ultimately of Persian origin.
from the word kaan
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.
From the Turkish town of Çanakkale. Canak is the Anglicised form, which may or may not retain its Turkish pronunciation.
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
A name for a person who first held the position of Chancellor.
Means "iron soul" from Turkish can
meaning "soul, spirit" and demir
Derived from the medieval English, male first name Gandelyn, of unknown meaning.
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.
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
The surname Cangussu has its origins in the Tupi-Guarani language and is a variation of Akangu’su, which means 'Jaguar'.
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".
Derived from the word "Cinnamon" in Italian meaning someone who was a baker and or made cinnamon.
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
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]
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
Means "person from Canteleu, Canteloup, etc.", the name of various places in northern France ("song of the wolf").
Name of several places in France. The surname means "Song of the Wolf" from canta and loup as in "place where the wolves howl".
Habitational name from Canterbury in Kent, named in Old English as Cantwaraburg
"fortified town (burgh
) of the people (wara
) of Kent".
From the Romansh surname prefix Ca
and the given name PEDER
, which is the Scandinavian (and apparently also Romansh) form of PETER
From the Domesday Book of 1086, from the old French word 'capele' meaning chapel.
Means "singer in a chantry chapel" (from Old Northern French capelain
, a variant of standard Old French chapelain
A name for a person who worked as a poultry farmer.
Is a Italian origin surname from an augmentative of capo ‘head’, applied as a nickname for someone with a big head, probably in the sense ‘arrogant’ or ‘stubborn’ rather than in a strictly literal sense... [more]
CAPOTE Italian (Tuscan)
Capote is a name for person who was the chief of the head from the Italian personal name Capo.
From the Latin word capra
meaning "nanny goat." This was a name originally borne by shepherds / goat herders.
From Latin caprarius
, meaning "goats grower", ultimately derived from capra
, meaning "goat".
Unexplained. Perhaps a habitational name from Cadshaw near Blackburn, Lancashire, although the surname is not found in England.
Capua is a city and comune in the province of Caserta, Campania, southern Italy, situated 25 km (16 mi) north of Naples on the northeastern edge of the Campanian plain. Ancient Capua was situated where Santa Maria Capua Vetere is now.... [more]
This is the last name of Juliet from William Shakepeare's tragedy, Romeo and Juliet.
From Latin caput
("head"), which was a nickname given to big-headed or stubborn people.
Carabuz is a combination betwen 2 Romanian words, ,,cărăbuș" the Romanian form of ,,beetle" and ,,autobuz" the Romanian form of ,,bus"
Probably means "spice merchant" (from Middle English carewei
CARBAJAL Spanish, Judeo-Spanish
Probably a habitational name demoting someone originally from any of the multiple locations called Carbajal
in León, Asturias, or Zamora in Spain. Alternatively, it may be of pre-Roman origin from the word carbalio
meaning "oak", denoting someone who either lived near an oak tree or who was like an oak tree in some way.... [more]
From a medieval nickname for a dark-haired or swarthy person, from Anglo-Norman carbonel
, literally "little charcoal".
Famous bearers are Carlos Carbonero, a Colombian footballer who plays as a midfielder for Sampdoria on loan from Fénix and Sara Carbonero, a Spanish sports journalist.
Anglicized form of Irish Gaelic Ó Cairbre
and Mac Cairbre
meaning "descendant of CAIRBRE
", a given name meaning "charioteer".
It indicates familial origin within the eponymous frazione of the commune of Vila in the province of Còmm.
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Manchego municipality.
English: metonymic occupational name for someone who carded wool (i.e. disentangled it), preparatory to spinning, from Middle English, Old French card(e) ‘carder’, an implement used for this purpose... [more]
Habitational name from places in the provinces of Almería and Logroño named Cárdenas, from the feminine plural of cárdeno
"blue, bluish purple" (Late Latin cardinus
, from carduus
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Manchego municipality.
Cardillo is a surname of Sicilian origin, derived from the word cardilla
, meaning ''goldfinch''.
, an affectionate form of the given name RICCARDO
. A famous bearer of this surname is Italian poet Giosuè Carducci (1835-1907), winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1906.
From the traditionally British surname, which is a variant of the British surname Caldwell, a from the Old English cald
"cold" and well(a)
Occupational name for a locksmith, Middle English keyere, kayer, an agent derivative of keye.
Carisbrooke is a village on the Isle of Wight; the name is thought to mean "Carey's brook". When in 1917 the British royal family changed its name from the "House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha" to the "House of Windsor" and renounced all German titles, the title of Marquess of Carisbrooke was created for the erstwhile German Prince Alexander of Battenberg.
Occupational name for a charioteer, from ĉaro
, meaning "a chariot, wagon, or cart", and -isto
, a suffix used for professions.
Anglicized form of Irish O'Carlain
, from the Irish carla
meaning a "wool-comb" and an
meaning "one who" which roughly translates as "one who combs wool"... [more]
Combination of the given name KARL
or Swedish karl
"man" and ander
, from classical Greek andros
This surname of English origin is found chiefly in the Western Midlands. It is a nickname for a carefree person, derived from Old English caru
, meaning "free from" or "without", hence "free from care".