Submitted Surnames Starting with C

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Crastan Romansh
Derived from the given name Christian.
Cratchit Literature
Bob Cratchit is a fictional character in Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" novella. Bob Cratchit works for Ebenezer Scrooge as an underpaid clerk.
Crauwels Flemish, Dutch, German
Derrives from the Middle Dutch (medieval Dutch) word "crauwel" and Middle High German word "kröuwel" which means "flesh hook", "curved fork" or "trident". The word is no longer used. The first person with this name was most likely a farmer, butcher or a person that runned an inn or a hostel that was named after this tool.
Craven Irish, English
Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Crabháin (County Galway) or Mac Crabháin (Louth, Monaghan) ‘descendant (or ‘son’) of Crabhán’... [more]
Cravotta Sicilian
From a Sicilian immigrant to America, Cravotta was changed to Cravatta upon arrival at Ellis Island. The name means "bowtie."
Craw English, Scottish, Northern Irish
One who had characteristics of a crow; sometimes used as an element of a place name e.g. Crawford, and Crawfordjohn in Lanarkshire, Crawshawbooth in Lancashire, and Crawley in Sussex
Crawfordjohn Medieval Scottish
One who came from Crawfordjohn in Lanarkshire; not to be confused with nearby Crawford, also in Lanarkshire.
Crawley English, Irish (Anglicized)
English: habitational name from any of the many places called Crawley, named with Old English crawe ‘crow’ + leah ‘woodland clearing’. Compare Crowley... [more]
Craxi Italian
Variant of Crascì.
Creamer English
Derived from Middle English and Old French creme "cream". This was an occupational name for a seller of dairy products.
Creangă Romanian, Moldovan
A Surname commonly used in Romania and Moldova.... [more]
Crease English
Variant of Creese.
Creath English
Reduced form of the Scottish McCreath.
Creek English
"Creek".
Creel Scottish Gaelic (Anglicized, Modern)
Fish Basket. The word Creel relates to Crille in Gaelic meaning weave.
Creepingbear Indigenous American, Arapaho (?)
From the English words creeping and bear.
Creese English
From Middle English crease "fine, elegant".
Creevey Celtic
Variant of Creevy.... [more]
Creig Scottish, English
Derived from Scottish Gaelic crioch "border".
Creighton English
From Irish 'crioch' meaning "border", and Old English 'tun' meaning "town".
Crellin Manx
Manx: shortened form of Gaelic Mac Nialláin ‘son of Niallán’ a diminutive of the personal name Níall. This name has been explained as a metathesized form of Crennall
Crema Italian, German
From the italian city "Crema"
Creme English
Variant spelling of Cream.
Cremins Irish
An Anglicized form of the Irish Gaelic Ó Cruimín
Crennall Manx
Contracted form of "Mac Raghnaill" meaning "son of Raghnall
Crenshaw English
The derivation of this surname is from the Old English pre 7th Century "Crawa", a crow, with "sceaga" a grove, thus "Crowswood". The earliest recording of this placename is in the Lancashire Inquests of 1324 and appears as "Croweshagh".
Crepeau French
From the Latin word, crispus, meaning "curly hair".
Crescencio Spanish
From the given name Crescencio
Crescenzo Italian
From the given name Crescenzo
Crespin American (Hispanic)
A Last name originating from Colonial New Mexico. It is derived from the last name Crespi
Crespolini Italian
Italian diminutive form of Crespo.
Cress German, Jewish, Belarusian
A variant of the German surname Kress. From the Middle High German "kresse" meaning "gudgeon" (a type of fish) or the Old High German "krassig", meaning "greedy". Can also be from an altered form of the names Erasmus or Christian, or the Latin spelling of the Cyrillic "КРЕСС".
Cresta Italian, Romansh
Derived from Italian and Romansh cresta "crest" (ultimately from Latin crista). This name was perhaps applied as a topographic name for someone who lived by the crest of a mountain or as a nickname with reference to the comb of a rooster.
Crete French
French (adjectival form Crété ‘crested’): nickname for an arrogant individual, from Old French creste ‘crest (of a hill)’ (Late Latin crista), used with reference to the comb of a rooster... [more]
Creus Catalan
Means "crosses" in Catalan, the plural of creu. Also compare Spanish Cruces. A famous bearer of this surname is the Spanish footballer Xavi Hernández Creus (1980-).
Criado Portuguese, Spanish
Occupational name from criado ‘servant’.
Cribbs English (Rare)
Unknown origin. Likely either from the Old English given name Crispin, which derives from a Latin nickname meaning "curly-haired", or from the place Cribbis near Lauder, England.
Crichton English, Scottish
Variant of Creighton. It could also in some cases be an anglicized form of Dutch Kruchten.
Cricks American
"living near a river." Comes from a similar origin of Rios
Crider German
Americanized spelling of German Kreider.
Cripps English
Occupational name of a pouch maker. Derived from the Middle English plural "crippes" meaning pouch. Metathesized version of Crisp.
Crisafulli Italian
Derived from a Greek name, perhaps from χρυσός (khrysos) "gold" and φύλλον (phyllon) "leaf, foliage".
Crisologo Spanish (Philippines)
Unaccented form of Crisólogo primarily used in the Philippines.
Crispen English
Variant spelling of Crispin.
Crispim Portuguese
Derived from the given name Crispim.
Crispin English, French
From the Middle English, Old French personal name Crispin.
Crist English
Applied to someone who played the part of christ in a pageant
Cristales Central American, Filipino, Spanish (Mexican, Rare), South American (Rare)
Plural form of Spanish cristal meaning "crystal."... [more]
Cristiano Italian
From the given name Cristiano.
Cristóbal Spanish
From the given name Cristóbal.
Cristobal Spanish (Philippines)
Unaccented form of Cristóbal primarily used in the Philippines.
Cristoforo Italian
From the given name Cristoforo.
Crivelli Italian
From the Italian crivello, which is derived from the Latin cribrum, meaning "sieve," (a mesh food strainer); likely an occupational name for a maker or user of sieves.
Crnjac Croatian
Derived from crn, meaning "black".
Crnković Croatian
Derived from crn "black". The name refers to a person who was dark-skinned, or a person from the region Crna Gora "Black Mountain" (modern-day Montenegro).
Croak English
Variant of Croke
Croake English
Variant of Croak
Croaker English
Meant "person from Crèvecoeur", the name of various places in northern France ("heartbreak", an allusion to the poverty of the local soil).
Croan Irish
Variant of Croghan.
Crobu Italian
From Sardinian crobu "crow", or a place of the same name.
Crock English
Meaning "barrel," signifying one who made or worked with barrels.
Crockett English, Scottish
Nickname for someone who affected a particular hairstyle, from Middle English croket ''large curl'' (Old Norman French croquet, a diminutive of croque "curl", "hook").
Crockett Scottish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Riocaird "son of Richard".
Croese Dutch
Dutch variant of Cruz.
Crofter English
A surname of Scottish origin used in the Highlands and Islands and means “an owner or a tenant of a small farm”. The Old English word croft seems to correspond with the Dutch kroft meaning “a field on the downs”.
Crofton English
Derived from a place name meaning "town with a small enclosed field" in Old English.
Croghan Irish (Anglicized)
Irish Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Conchruacháin ‘son of Cú Cruacháin’, a personal name meaning ‘hound of Croghan’... [more]
Croitoru Romanian
Croitoru is a Romanian-language surnames derived from the occupation of croitor, meaning "tailor".
Croix French
French cognate of Cross.
Croke English
Derived from the Irish name Cróc or the Norse name Krókr
Crompton English
Derived from the Old English word "Crometun"
Cromwell English
Habitational name from places in Nottinghamshire and West Yorkshire named Cromwell, from Old English crumb "bent, crooked" and well(a) "spring, stream".
Cronholm Swedish
Ornamental name derived from Swedish krona (from Latin corona) meaning "crown" and holme (Old Norse holmr) meaning "small island".
Cronine Irish
Variant of Cronin
Cronkhite Dutch (Anglicized)
Americanized form of Dutch Krankheid, derived from an abstract noun meaning "weakness", most likely a nickname for a sickly individual.
Cronkite Dutch (Anglicized)
Variant form of Cronkhite. A well-known bearer of this surname was the American broadcast journalist and anchorman Walter Cronkite (1916-2009).
Crook Scottish, English
Possible origin a medieval topographical surname, denoting residence from the Middle English word "crok" from the Old NOrse "Krokr". Possibly a maker or seller of hooks. Another possibility is meaning crooked or bent originally used of someone with a hunch back.
Crooks English, Caribbean
Patrynomic for Crook.
Crooks English
Habitational name from Crookes in Sheffield (Yorkshire), named with Old Norse krókr ‘hook, bend’.... [more]
Crooks English
Habitational name from Crookes in Sheffield (Yorkshire), named with Old Norse krókr ‘hook, bend’.... [more]
Crooks English
Habitational name from Crookes in Sheffield (Yorkshire), named with Old Norse krókr ‘hook, bend’.... [more]
Croom English
Based on a nickname for a crippled person or a hunchback, derived from Middle English crom(p) and Old English crumb, meaning "bent", "crooked", or "stopping". (See Crump.)
Croom English
An occupational surname for a maker, seller, or user of hooks. Derived from Middle English crome or cromb, meaning "hook" or "crook".
Croom English
A habitational surname, describing someone who lived in a place named Croom or Croome.
Croom English (American)
Americanized spelling of Krumm.
Crooms English
Variant of Croom.
Croslay English
The name is derived from their residence in a region known as the "cross" or "for the dweller at the cross."
Crossan Irish
Irish reduced form of McCrossen, an Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac an Chrosáin ‘son of the satirist’... [more]
Crossfield English (British)
English Surname. Originated in Anglo-Saxon Families who lived at the Cross fields.
Crossley English
From the word cross, of Latin origin, and leah "woodland, clearing". Indicated that the bearer lived by a cross in a clearing
Crosthwaite English
Means the clering of the cross
Crough English
Variant of Croke
Crow English
From Middle English crow, Old English crawa, applied as a nickname for someone with dark hair or a dark complexion or for someone thought to resemble the bird in some other way.
Crowcroft English
From the village in England, Crowcroft
Crowe English
Variant of Crow.
Crowley Irish (Anglicized), English
Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Cruadhlaoich ‘descendant of Cruadhlaoch’, a personal name composed of the elements cruadh ‘hardy’ + laoch ‘hero’. ... [more]
Crowner English
Means "coroner" (from Anglo-Norman corouner "coroner", a derivative of Old French coroune "crown").
Crownover German (Anglicized)
Americanised spelling of German Kronauer, denoting someone from Kronau, a town near Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. It could also be an Americanised form of Kronhöfer (a variant of Grünhofer), a habitational name for someone from a lost place called Grünhof, derived from Middle High German gruene meaning "green" or kranech meaning "crane" and hof meaning "farmstead".
Crowther English
Originally meant "person who plays the crowd (an ancient Celtic stringed instrument)". It was borne by British entertainer Leslie Crowther (1933-1996).
Croy Irish (Anglicized)
A shortened form of the surname McRoy, from Irish Gaelic Mac Rúaidh "son of Rúadh", literally "the red one".
Croy Scottish
Means "person from Croy", the name of various places in Scotland.
Croydon English
From the name of a town in England, which comes from Anglo-Saxon croh “crocus” and denu “valley”.
Crozier English, French
English and French occupational name for one who carried a cross or a bishop’s crook in ecclesiastical processions, from Middle English, Old French croisier.
Crudup German (Anglicized)
Probably an Americanised form of North German Gratop, a nickname for an old man, derived from Middle Low German gra meaning "gray" and top meaning "braid". Famous bearers of this name include the Americans Billy Crudup (1968-), an actor, and Arthur Crudup (1905-1974), a Delta blues singer, songwriter and guitarist.
Cruijff Dutch
Referred to a person with curly locks of hair, derived from Middle Dutch cruuf, cruve literally meaning "curl, lock", ultimately from Latin curvus. A famous bearer was the Dutch soccer player Johan Cruijff (1947-2016), as well as his son Jordi Cruijff (1974-), also a noted soccer player; both are better known as Johan Cruyff and Jordi Cruyff respectively.
Cruikshank Scottish
From a medieval Scottish nickname for someone with a crooked leg (from Scots cruik "bent" + shank "leg"). This was the surname of British caricaturist George Cruikshank (1792-1872) and British actor Andrew Cruikshank (1907-1988).
Crumb English
From the English word "crumb".
Crumbaugh English (American)
Americanised form of German Krumbach or Swiss German Grumbach.
Crumble German
Probably an altered form of German Krumpel or Krümpel a nickname from Middle High German krum(p) 'deformed crooked'; skeletal deformities were common in the Middle Ages often as a result of childhood illnesses such as rickets.
Crumbley English
Derived from the Old English word crump meaning "bent, crooked." Perhaps a name for a person with an abnormal spine. One notable person with this surname is evil doer Ethan Crumbley, who was a school shooter in Oxford High School in Michigan.
Crump English
Originally a nickname for a crippled or deformed person, from Middle English cromp, crump meaning "bent, crooked, stooping" (from Old English crumb).
Crumrine German (Anglicized)
Americanised spelling of Krumreihn.
Crus Spanish
Variant of Cruz.
Crusoe English (Rare)
According to Reaney and Wilson this name was taken to England by John Crusoe, a Huguenot refugee from Hownescourt in Flanders, who settled in Norwich.
Cruyff Dutch
Variant of Cruijff. This name was borne by Johan Cruyff (1947-2016) and his son Jordi Cruyff (1974-), both Dutch soccer players.
Cruzan Dutch
Americanized spelling of Cruyssen.
Csatár Hungarian
Meaning unknown.
Csepregi Hungarian
Someone from the district of Csepreg in Hungary
Csizmazia Hungarian
Means "bootmaker" in Hungarian.
Cua Catalan
Nickname from Catalan cua meaning "tail".
Cuadra Asturian
Asturian-Leonese: probably a habitational name from a place in Asturies called Cuadra.
Cuadrado Spanish
A nickname for a thick man.
Cuadro Celtic (Latinized, Modern)
It refers to a work of art or a painting (picture, frame). It's very common in Portugal.
Cuaresma Spanish
It means "Lent".
Cuarto Spanish
Means "fourth" in English. It is derived from the Latin word "quartus," which means "fourth." The surname may have originally been used to denote a fourth child in a family or to indicate that the family lived on the fourth floor of a building.
Cuaton Filipino
Possible alternate transcription of Chinese 廣東 (Guǎngdōng) referring to a coastal province in the South China region.
Cuautli Aztec, Nahuatl
From Nahuatl quauhtli meaning "eagle".
Cuaya Asturian
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous parish of the municipality of Grau.
Cuba Portuguese, Asturian-Leonese, Galician, Spanish
habitational name from any of the places in Portugal (in the provinces of Alentejo and Beira Baixa) or Spain (in Aragon, Asturies, and Galicia) named Cuba, from cuba ‘barrel’ (from Latin cupa)... [more]
Cubbon Manx
Manx contracted form of the Irish Gaeilge "Mac Ghiobúin". See also McCubbon
Cubero Spanish
occupational name for a cooper, from an agent derivative of cuba ‘barrel’, ‘tub
Cucchiara Italian
From Sicilian cucchiara "spoon (utensil)".
Cucina Italian
Cucina means "kitchen" in Italian.
Cucino Italian
From cucina meaning "kitchen".
Cucolo Italian, Austrian, Judeo-Italian
Used in Austria, and in southern regions of Italy.
Cucuzza Italian
From Sicilian cucuzza "marrow, pumpkin", perhaps a nickname for someone who resembled a pumpkin.
Cuda Slovak
Derives from the word name derives from cuda meaning "miracle".
Cudak Polish
Means "oddity, crank" in Polish. It can also come from the word cud meaning "miracle, wonder".
Cuddihy Irish (Anglicized)
Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Cuidighthigh meaning "descendant of Cuidightheach".
Cuello Spanish, South American
From Spanish meaning "neck". Could be a nickname for a person with a stiff neck.
Cuenca Spanish
Cuenca is an ancient Spanish last name which originated from Cuenca, a city in the Kingdom of Castilla.... [more]
Cuerden English
Derived from a geographical locality. 'of Cuerden,' a township in the parish of Leyland, Lancashire.
Cuervo Spanish
Means "raven, crow" in Spanish, ultimately from Latin corvus. From a nickname for a man with strikingly glossy black hair or with a raucous voice. Alternatively, a habitational name from places containing this word (e.g. El Cuervo, Teruel).
Cuff English
From the english word "cuff"
Cugini Italian (Rare)
Means "cousins" in Italian.
Cugnasca Italian
Meaning uncertain, possibly from Italian cugnata "hatchet" (from Sicilian cugna "wedge"), or cugnata "related, similar; sister-in-law" (from Latin cognata "related by blood"), or cugino "cousin", combined with nascere "to be born, to sprout".
Cugno Italian
From Sicilian cugnu "wedge", indicating someone who lived on a hill or other topographical "wedge", someone whose occupation involved using an axe, or a person who was considered to be hard or angular in personality or appearance.
Cui Chinese
From Chinese 崔 (cuī) referring to a place called Cui that existed in what is now Shandong province.
Cuizon Filipino
From Hokkien 貴孫 (kuì sun) meaning "expensive grandchild" or "precious grandchild".
Cujec Croatian
Derived from the word "cuj" which means "listen" or "hear" in English. Likely used to denote someone who was a good listener or was known for their attentive nature.
Ćuk Serbian, Croatian
Derived from ćuk (ћук), meaning "scops owl".
Culbert Anglo-Saxon, Irish, English, Scottish
Meaning and origin are uncertain. Edward MacLysaght (The Surnames of Ireland, 1999, 6th Ed., Irish Academic Press, Dublin, Ireland and Portland, Oregon, USA) states that this surname is of Huguenot (French Protestant) origin, and found mainly in Ireland's northern province of Ulster... [more]
Culbertson English, Scottish, Northern Irish
Patronymic from Culbert.
Culetto Italian
Means "buttocks, little ass" in Italian.
Culindris Cantabrian
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous municipality.
Culkin Irish
Reduced anglicization of Irish Gaelic Mac Uilcín meaning "descendant of Uilcín", a diminutive of Ulick, itself an Irish diminutive of William... [more]
Cullimore English (Rare)
Apparently a habitational name from an unidentified place. There is a place called Colleymore Farm in Oxfordshire, but it is not clear whether this is the source of the surname, with its many variant spellings
Cullin Irish
Variant of Cullen 2.
Cullon English
Variant of Cullen.
Cully English
From an Irish surname which was derived from Ó Colla meaning "descendant of Colla". The Old Irish name Colla was a variant of Conla (perhaps the same Connla).
Culpeper English
Variant of Culpepper. Known bearers of this surname include: Nicholas Culpeper (1616-1664), an English herbalist, physician and astrologer; and English colonial administrator Thomas Culpeper, 2nd Baron Culpeper (1635-1689), governor of Virginia 1680-1683... [more]
Culpepper English
Means "person who collects, prepares and/or sells herbs and spices" (from Middle English cullen "to pick" + pepper).
Culver English
Means "person who keeps or looks after doves", or from a medieval nickname for someone thought to resemble a dove (e.g. in mild disposition) (in either case from Middle English culver "dove")... [more]
Culvért French, English, Irish
English version of the Old French, Culvere. Means Peaceful and Mildest of tempers.
Cumani Albanian
Meaning unknown.
Cumba Gaulish
A topographic name from Gaulish cumba meaning "narrow valley" or a habitational name for a village associated with this name (see Coombe).
Cumberbatch English
Name for someone from Comberbach in North Cheshire. May come from etymological elements meaning "stream in a valley."
Cumberland English
Regional name for someone from Cumberland in northwestern England (now part of Cumbria).
Cumming Irish, Scottish, English
Perhaps from a Celtic given name derived from the element cam "bent", "crooked"
Cunanan Filipino, Pampangan
Meaning uncertain, of Kapampangan origin.
Cunard English
Derived from the Anglo-Saxon given name Cyneheard.
Cundall English
This is an English surname, deriving from the village so-named in North Yorkshire. The village takes its name from the Cumbric element cumb meaning 'dale' (cognate with Welsh cwm, 'valley') and Old Norse dalr meaning 'valley', forming a compound name meaning 'dale-valley'.
Cung Vietnamese
From Sino-Vietnamese 龔 (gōng) meaning "general, total".
Cunliffe English
Originally meant "person from Cunliffe", Lancashire ("slope with a crevice" (literally "cunt-cliff")).
Cunniff Irish
From Irish Gaelic Mac Conduibh "son of Condubh", a personal name meaning literally "black dog".