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CEMBROLAItalian
My family is from St. Angelo, de Oliva, Naples, Italy
CENAEnglish (American), English
Cena is a prominently used English name. It is derived from the word "see", however it rather than referring to the ability to see it, what it actually refers to is the inability to see as the other half of the name ("-na") means "naw" a synonym for "no"... [more]
CENDEJASSpanish
Cendejas is a city in Guadalahara. It is short for Cendejas de la Torre.
CENGİZTurkish
From the given name Cengiz.
CENTOFANTIItalian
Means "a hundred soldiers on foot" in Italian, derived from Italian cento meaning "(a) hundred" and Italian fanti, which is the plural form of fante meaning "soldier, infantryman"... [more]
CERASUOLOItalian
Means "cherry-colored." Appears as a word in many Italian dictionaries, but may have origins in the Greek period of Naples, where it seems to have originated. There are at least two villages found with the name, the most notable being near Monte Cassino, where many Japanese-American soldiers won Medals of Honor or other awards for heroism during WW II... [more]
ÇERKEZTurkish
Means "Circassian" or "Adyghe" in Turkish, referring to an ethnic group native to the Caucasus.
ČERKEZCroatian, Serbian
Derived from Turkish çerkez, meaning "Circassian".
CERQUASpanish
An employee at my job shared with me that their surname Cerqua was Spanish.
CERQUEIRAPortuguese
Habitational name from any of various places named Cerquerira, in most cases from a Latin derivative of quercus "oak". The family name also occurs in Sicily, probably of the same origin.
CERTICHungarian (Modern)
this is my father's family name. I did not grow up with him but have been told his family came here from Hungary. He was born in Marianna Pennsylvania.
CERTICHHungarian
This surname is found mostly in PA.
CERVAPortuguese, Italian
"Cerva" means deer.
CÉSAIREHaitian Creole, French Creole, French (African)
From the given name Césaire. A notable bearer was Aimé Césaire (1913-2008), a Martiniquais politician and writer.
CESPEDESSpanish
From the plural of cesped "peat", "turf" (Latin caespes, genitive caespitis), applied as a habitational name from a place named Céspedes (for example in Burgos province) or named with this word, or a topographic name for someone who lived by an area of peat, or possibly as a metonymic occupational name for someone who cut and sold turf.
CESTAREEnglish (American, Modern)
There is a similar name, Sastre, which is the Spanish form of the surname Sarto, meaning "tailor." The name CESTARE is phonetically similar to Sastre and could be a derivative of that name.... [more]
ÇETINKAYATurkish
Means "hard rock" from Turkish çetin meaning "hard, tough" combined with kaya meaning "rock".
ÇEVIKTurkish
Means "nimble, agile, quick" in Turkish.
CHAKorean
Cha is a relatively uncommon family name in Korea. The Yeonan Cha clan is the only clan. The founding ancestor was Cha Hyo-jeon, son of Ryoo Cha-dal (류차달) (10th century AD). Most of the clan's members live in Gyeongsang, Hwanghae, and P'yŏngan provinces... [more]
CHABASHIRAJapanese (Rare)
This is a food related surname. 茶 (Cha) literally means "{Green} Tea" and 柱 (Hashira) means "Pillar", turning into 'Bashira'. A tea pillar is a tea stalk pointing vertically, in Japan this is considered "good luck"... [more]
CHABOTFrench
From chabot ‘bull-head’, a species of fish with a large head, hence a nickname for someone with a big head and a small body.
CHADBURNEnglish (Rare)
Form the wildcat brook
CHADHARIIndian, Gujarati
Variant transcription of Chaudhary.
CHAGEJapanese
From Japanese 茶下 (chage) meaning "giver of tea". A notable bearer is Japanese musician Shūji Shibata (1958-), whose stage name is Chage.
CHAHINEArabic
Variant transcription of Shahin (chiefly Lebanese).
CHAIChinese
From Chinese 柴 (chái) meaning "firewood, brushwood".
CHAKAROVBulgarian
Possibly means "son of Chakar".
CHAKKILIYANIndian, Telugu
It is a Telugu name, denoting "cobblers" and "leatherworkers".
CHAKRABARTIIndian, Bengali
Variant transcription of Chakraborty.
CHAKRABARTYIndian, Bengali
Variant transcription of Chakraborty.
CHAKRABORTYIndian, Bengali, Assamese
Means "ruler of a country" or "emperor", from Sanskrit चक्र (cakrá) meaning "wheel, circle" combined with वर्तते (vártate) meaning "to turn, to roll". The name literally means "turning wheels" or "rolling wheels", but metaphorically denotes a ruler whose chariot's wheels roll without hindrance or obstruction.
CHALHOUBArabic
Variant transcription of Shalhoub.
CHALLENGEREnglish
Probably from a medieval nickname for a touchy or quarrelsome person (from a derivative of Middle English chalangen "to challenge"). A fictional bearer is Professor George Challenger, irascible scientist and explorer, leader of the expedition to Amazonia in Arthur Conan Doyle's 'The Lost World' (1912).
CHALLONERFrench, Welsh
Derived from a town in France of the same name. This family derive their origin from Macloy Crum, of the line of chiefs in Wales, who resided several years in Challoner.
CHALMERSScottish
Variant of Chambers. The -l- was originally an orthographic device to indicate the length of the vowel after assimilation of -mb- to -m(m)-.
CHAMANARAPersian
Means "gardener", derived from Persian چمن (čaman) meaning "lawn, meadow, orchard" combined with آرا (ârâ) "to arrange, to decorate".
CHAMAPIWAShona
Chamapiwa means "that which you have been given". It is a call to appreciate that which you have from God
CHAMBONFrench
A very popular last name in France.
CHAMPINFrench
It is the french form of Chapman
CHAMPIONEnglish (Rare)
From an English and French surname.
CHAMPLAINFrench
Name given to those who live in or around fields. Known barrer of the name is Samuel de Champlain who founded Quebec, Canada and after whom the lake is named.
CHAMPLINBelgian, English
Means Champion, was a family name in Belgium, a status and influence that was envied by the princes of the region.... [more]
CHANDIndian, Fijian, Nepali, Urdu, Hindi, Punjabi, Bengali, Telugu, Odia
Derived from Sanskrit चन्द्र (candrá) meaning "glittering, shining" or "moon" (see Chand).
CHANDIAPunjabi
Surname rarely used in Pakistani Punjab. The origin of Chandia is Pali. Chandia is a variation of the name Chanda (English and Indian).
CHANDRAIndian, Bengali, Indonesian, Hindi, Telugu, Fijian
Derived from Sanskrit चन्द्र (candrá) meaning "glittering, shining" or "moon". In Hindu belief, this is the name of a lunar deity.
CHANDRANIndian, Malayalam, Tamil
Derived from Sanskrit चन्द्र (candrá) meaning "glittering, shining" or "moon".
CHANDRASEKHARIndian
A Hindu name meaning literally "holder of the moon" (an epithet of the god Shiva). A notable bearer of this surname was the Indian-born US physicist Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar (1910-1995); the Chandrasekhar limit, i.e. the upper limit for the mass of a white dwarf star beyond which the star collapses to a neutron star or a black hole, is named after him.
CHANGChinese, Korean
This is the pinyin romanization of 常, Cháng ... [more]
CHANTRYEnglish
Means "singer in a chantry chapel" or "one who lives by a chantry chapel". A chantry was a type of chapel, one endowed for the singing of Masses for the soul of the founder (from Old French chanterie, from chanter "to sing").
CHAPEAUXLiterature
From the French word 'chapeaux', which means 'hats'.
CHAPELEnglish
English form of Chappell. Derived from the Old French word chape meaning "cape", "hooded cloak" or "hat". This surname is for a person who makes hats / capes or a wearer of hats and / or capes... [more]
CHAPINFrench, Spanish
From a reduced form of French eschapin or Spanish chapín, a term for a light (woman's) shoe; perhaps a nickname for someone who habitually wore this type of footwear or possibly a metonymic occupational name for a shoemaker.
CHAPPELLFrench
Middle English and Old French for one associated with or living near a chapel.
CHARALAMBOUSGreek (Cypriot)
Cypriot surname derived from the Greek given name Charalampos.
CHARISSEFrench
Of unknown meaning. It was used as a given name in honour of American actress and dancer Cyd Charisse (1921-2008).
CHARLESFrench, Welsh, English
Derived from the given name Charles.
CHARLESONEnglish
Patronymic from the personal name Charles.
CHARLESTONEnglish
Means "son of Charles."
CHARLTONEnglish
An Extremely kind person
CHAROENSUKThai
Derived from Thai เจริญ (jà-rəən) meaning "to cultivate, to increase" combined with สุข (sùk) meaning "joy, delight".
CHARRETIERFrench
French form of Carter.
CHARRUEFrench
French for "cartwright."
CHASEFrench
Topographic name for someone who lived in or by a house, probably the occupier of the most distinguished house in the village, from a southern derivative of Latin casa "hut, cottage, cabin".
CHASENJewish
From the Hebrew חזן "cantor".
CHASTANGFrench
Derived from Olde French castanh meaning "chestnut". Possibly a location or occupation name.
CHATTOPADHYAYBengali
From the name of the village of Chaṭṭa combined with Sanskrit उपाध्याय (upadhyaya) meaning "teacher, instructor, priest".
CHATWINEnglish
Old English given name CEATTA combined with Old English (ge)wind "winding ascent".
CHAUCEREnglish
Meaning a "worker who makes leggings or breeches". Notable bearer is author Geoffrey Chaucer (1343-1400), most well known for his classic 'The Canterbury Tales'.
CHAUDARIIndian, Telugu
Variant transcription of Chaudhary used in Southern India.
CHAUDARYUrdu
Variant transcription of Chaudhary.
CHAUDHRYUrdu, Indian, Hindi
Variant transcription of Chaudhary.
CHAUHANIndian, Marathi, Hindi, Urdu, Nepali, Assamese, Punjabi, Gujarati
Of unknown meaning. Folk etymologies derive it from Sanskrit चतुर् (cátur) meaning "four" or possibly from a hero named Chahamana (of whom members of the caste trace their ancestry from).
CHAUNCEYAmerican
Of uncertain origin. Possibly from Norman French habitation names Chancé or an American adaptation of a German place name of Schanze located on the Upper Rhine. Could also be a short form of Chancellor.
CHAUVINFrench (Quebec)
From France to Canada to the US
CHAUXFrench
French / Switzerland.... [more]
CHAVALITelugu
Brahmin last name of South India, Andhra Pradesh
CHAWDHURIIndian, Bengali, Assamese
Variant transcription of Chaudhary.
CHAWDHURYBengali
Variant transcription of Chaudhary.
CHAYKOVRussian, Belarusian
Derived from Russian чайка (chayka) meaning "seagull".
CHEAHChinese
Variant of Xie.
CHEDDEREnglish (American)
this name comes from the name cheddar cheese
CHEEMAPunjabi
Meaning unknown. This is the name of a Punjabi-speaking subclan of the Jat people found in India and Pakistan, with most members being either Muslim or Sikh.
CHEEVEREnglish
Means "goatherd", or from a medieval nickname for someone thought to resemble a goat (e.g. in capriciousness) (in either case from Anglo-Norman chivere "goat"). It was borne by American author John Cheever (1912-1982).
CHEGWINCornish
Means "person who lives in or by a white house" (from Cornish chy "house" + gwyn "white").
CHEMSOCircassian
Shapsug name derived from Adyghe чэмы (čămə) meaning "cow" combined with шъо (ŝo) meaning "skin, colour".
CHENAIShona
Chenai means "Be clean, be hygienic or come out clean"
CHENGChinese
Cheng itself means to face one's universal self with universal true feeling.... [more]
CHENGCUENCAFilipino
From Cuenca de Cheng, "CHENG's basin" in Spanish
CHÉNIERFrench
French surname which indicated one who lived in an oak wood or near a conspicuous oak tree, derived from Old French chesne "oak" (Late Latin caxinus). In some cases it may be from a Louisiana dialectical term referring to "an area of shrub oak growing in sandy soil" (i.e., "beach ridge, usually composed of sand-sized material resting on clay or mud... [more]
CHENIERFrench (Cajun)
A sandy or shelly beach. Derived from the French word for wood, “chêne,” meaning oak.
CHEONKorean
From the Sino-Korean 天 (cheon) meaning "sky, heavens, celestial" or 千 (cheon) meaning "thousand, many".
CHERGUIArabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from Arabic شَرْقِيّ (šarqiyy) meaning "eastern, one from the east" (chiefly Algerian). It is a cognate of Moroccan Cherkaoui and Sephardi Chouraqui.
CHÉRIFArabic (Maghrebi), Western African
Maghrebi and Western African transcription of Sharif, influenced by French orthography.
CHERIFIArabic (Maghrebi)
From the given name Cherif (chiefly Algerian).
CHERKAOUIArabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from Arabic شَرْقِيّ (šarqiyy) meaning "eastern", denoting someone who comes from the east (chiefly Moroccan).
CHERNENKOUkrainian, Russian
From Ukrainian чорний (chorniy) or Russian черный (cherniy) both meaning "black".
CHERNESKIUkrainian
This surname means 'black', from the Slavic root word cherno or charno.
CHERNOFFRussian, Jewish
Alternative spelling of Chernov, a patronymic from the byname Chernyj meaning ‘black’, denoting a black-haired or dark-skinned person.
CHERNOVRussian
From Russian чёрный (chyorniy) meaning "black".
CHERNOVARussian
Derived from Russian чёрный (chyorniy) meaning "black". Feminine counterpart of Chernov.
CHERNYAVSKYRussian
From the Russian word "черный" meaning "black".
CHERNYKHRussian
Derived from Russian черный (cherniy) meaning "black".
CHERROMedieval Spanish (Latinized)
Meaning villager or farmer of Salamanca, especially of the region which includes Alba, Vitigudino, Ciudad Rodrigo And Ledesma. Concerning the villager from Salamanca called Charro and its equivalent demonym or gentilic is salmantino, salmanticense, salamanqués, salamanquino.
CHERRYEnglish
From Middle English chirie, cherye "cherry", hence a metonymic occupational name for a grower or seller of cherries, or possibly a nickname for someone with rosy cheeks.... [more]
CHESNEYEnglish (?)
Came from France and has been shortened.
CHETRITJudeo-Spanish, Northern African
Form of Shitrit used by French and North African Jews.
CHETTIIndian, Marathi, Telugu, Malayalam, Tamil
Variant transcription of Chetty.
CHETTYIndian, Tamil
It is a Tamil name, denoting a trader.
CHEWEnglish
Habitational name from a place in Somerset named Chew Magna, which is named for the river on which it stands, a Celtic name, perhaps cognate with Welsh cyw ‘young animal or bird’, ‘chicken’.
CHIAKIJapanese (Rare)
Depending on the kanji used can mean different things. Chi means "thousand" or "wisdom" and aki means "bright", "autumn", "sparkle", "crystal ball" or "shining". This is the last name of Naomi Chiaki, a Japanese singer... [more]
CHIANGChinese, Taiwanese
Chinese variant transcription of Jiang also used in Taiwan.
CHIARAItalian
Chiara meaning clear
CHIARAMONTEItalian
comes from the italian word chiara meaning "clear" and the the word monte meaning "mountain", possibly denoting someone who lived by clear mountians, hills, etc.
CHIAVETTAItalian
From Italian "chiavetta", deriving from chiave meaning key.
CHIBAJapanese
Meaning "a thousand leaves", from 千 (chi) meaning "thousand", and 葉 (ha) meaning "leaf". Also the name of a Japanese prefecture (and its capital city).
CHIBANAJapanese
千 (Chi) means "A Thousand, One Thousand" and 花 (Bana) is a variation of Hana, meaning "Blossom, Flower". A male notable bearer, is Choshin Chibana. He was a martial artist who created his own form of karate... [more]
CHICASpanish
Apparently from chica, feminine form of chico ‘small’, ‘young’ (see Chico), but a variant of the habitational name Checa, from a place so named in Jaén province is also a possibility.
CHICLANASpanish
This indicates familial origin within either of 2 eponymous Andalusian municipalities: Chiclana de la Frontera or Chiclana de Segura.
CHIENTaiwanese, Chinese
Taiwanese transcription of Jian.
CHIGUSAJapanese
This surname is used as 千種, 千草 or 千艸 with 千 (sen, chi) meaning "thousand", 種 (shu, -gusa, tane) meaning "class, kind, seed, species, variety", 草 (sou, kusa, kusa-, -gusa) meaning "draft, grass, herbs, pasture, weeds, write" and 艸 (sou, kusa) meaning "grass, plants."... [more]
CHIKAFUJIJapanese
Chika means "Near" and Fuji means "Wisteria".
CHIKOMBOREROShona
CHIKOMBORERO means "a blessing".
CHILDEnglish
Nickname from Middle English child meaning "child", "infant".
CHILDERSEnglish
Probably a habitational name from some lost place named Childerhouse, from Old English cildra "child" and hus "house". This may have referred to some form of orphanage.
CHILDSEnglish
patronymic from Child
CHILVERSEnglish
Means "son of Chilver" (probably from the Old English male personal name Cēolfrith, literally "ship-peace").
CHINChinese
Hakka form of Chen
CHINGChinese (Cantonese, Latinized)
A Cantonese romanization of the Chinese surname Cheng
CHINOJapanese (Rare)
Written with characters Chi ("Micanthus Reed") and No ("Feild").
CHIPPERFIELDEnglish
Derived from Hertfordshire Village of Chipperfield
CHIPSEnglish (British)
Chips is a rare English (british) last name which is a nickname of Christopher and Charles
CHIRICOItalian
Surname of Italian surrealist artist, Giorgio de Chirico
CHIROTOShona
Meaning unknown.
CHISAKAJapanese
Chi means "One Thousand" and Saka means "Slope".
CHIURAJapanese (Rare)
This surname is used as 千浦, 地浦 or 知浦 with 千 (sen, chi) meaning "thousand," 地 (ji, chi) meaning "earth, ground", 知 (chi, shi.raseru, shi.ru) meaning "know, wisdom" and 浦 (ho, ura) meaning "bay, beach, creek, gulf, inlet, seacoast."... [more]
CHIWESHEShona
Meaning unknown.
CHLOROSGreek
Meaning "green" in Greek
CHOATEEnglish, Dutch
The names of Choate and Chute are believed to have been of common origin and derived from the residence of their first bearers at a place called Chute in Wiltshire, England. Certain historians, however, state that the name of Choate was of Dutch origin and was taken by its first bearers from their residence at a place of that name in the Netherlands.
CHOCKEnglish
From English Shock or German Schöck
CHODECKIPolish
This indicates familial origin within the Kuyavian town of Chodecz.
CHOHANIndian
It denotes a clan within the Rajput caste.
CHOIChinese
Cantonese form of Chai (Mandarin). Also spelt Choy (American translation), and Tsai (Taiwanese version). Meaning uncertain; has to do with vegetation/ vegetable, but does not necessarily mean so.
CHOICEEnglish
Derived from the personal names Josse or Goce, which are derived from the Latin word "gaudere" and is a cognate in origin with the word "joy."
CHOLERZYŃSKIPolish
This indicates familial origin within the Lesser Polish village of Cholerzyn.
CHOLMONDELEYEnglish
An aristocratic surname derived from a place name in Cheshire which means "Ceolmund's grove" in Old English.
CHOPINFrench
French and English: nickname for a heavy drinker, from Old French chopine, a large liquid measure (from Middle Low German schopen "ladle"). The derived Old French verb chopiner has the sense 'to tipple’, ‘to drink to excess’... [more]
CHOPRAIndian, Punjabi
Khatri Sikh, Hindu, and Jain name of unknown meaning.
CHOQUETTEFrench
Altered spelling of French Choquet, a Picard form of Old French soquet, which was the term for a tax on wines and foodstuffs, hence a metonymic occupational name for a collector of such taxes.
CHORIEVTajik, Uzbek
Masculine form of Chorieva.
CHORIEVATajik, Uzbek
Feminine form of Choriev.
CHOSOKABEJapanese
Variant transcription of Chousokabe.
CHOUHANPakistani
Surname (or family name) Chouhan has Indian, Pakistani origin, most common language spoken by them is Hindi, they are originated and/or found widely in Madhya Pradesh state
CHOUKRIArabic (Maghrebi)
Maghrebi transcription of Shukri (chiefly Moroccan).
CHOULESEnglish (British, Rare)
The surname Choules is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and is a variant of Scholes, itself "a topographical name for someone who lived in a rough hut or shed", from the Northern Middle English 'scale, schole'... [more]
CHOURAQUIJudeo-Spanish, Northern African
North African Jewish surname meaning "the one who comes from the east", ultimately from Arabic شَرْقِيّ (šarqiyy) meaning "eastern". It is etymologically related to Cherkaoui.
CHOUREYHindi
chourey surname basically belongs to kurmi caste
CHOUSOKABEJapanese
From Japanese 長 (chou) meaning "chief, head, leader", 宗 (so) meaning "religion", 我 (ka) meaning "ego" and 部 (be) meaning "section".
CHOWDARYIndian, Telugu, Tamil
Variant of Chaudhary used in Southern India.
CHOWDHARYIndian, Bengali, Urdu, Hindi
Variant transcription of Chaudhary.
CHOWDHRYUrdu, Bengali, Hindi
Variant transcription of Chaudhary.
CHRAPLEWSKIPolish
This indicates familial origin within either of 3 Greater Polish villages named Chraplewo.
CHRISTBiblical Greek
Christ is the surname of Jesus Christ, the son of God. The word “Christ” comes from christos, a Greek word meaning “anointed.” It is the equivalent of the word mashiach, or Messiah, in Hebrew... [more]
CHRISTGerman
From the Latin personal name Christus "Christ" (see Christian). The name Christ (Latin Christus) is from Greek Khristos, a derivative of khriein "to anoint", a calque of Hebrew mashiach "Messiah", which likewise means literally "the anointed".
CHRISTINAEnglish, Various
Derived from the name Christina
CHRISTLGerman
Pet form of the given name Christian.
CHRISTMASEnglish
Either an occupational name for someone who was responsible for arrangement of festivities for Christmas day, or it might a nickname for someone who was born on Christmas.
CHRISTODOULOPOULOSGreek
Means "descendant of Christ's servant" in Greek.
CHRISTOFOROUGreek (Cypriot)
Cypriot surname derived from the Greek given name Christophoros.
CHRISTOYANNOPOULOSGreek
Means "descendant of JOHN and CHRIST" in Greek. A notable bearer of this surname is Alexandre Christoyannopoulos.
CHRISWELLEnglish
Likely originated in England. Creswell seems to be the oldest spelling then gradually giving way to Criswell and Chriswell.
CHROMCZAKPolish (Latinized, Rare, ?)
The meaning of the name is: Chromium approval throughput time might.
CHRONISGreek
From a short form of Greek Polychronis. The word χρόνος (chrónos) itself means "time" in Greek.
CHRONOWSKIPolish
This indicates familial origin within either of 5 Lesser Polish villages: Chronów-Kolonia Dolna, Chronów-Kolonia Górna, Chronówek, Chronów in Gmina Orońsko, or Chronów in Gmina Nowy Wiśnicz.
CHRYSANTHEFrench
From the Greek Χρύσανθος (Chrysanthos), meaning "golden flower". This surname was first given to children found on October 25, the feast day of Saint Chrysanthos.
CHRYSLERGerman, Jewish
From a German name referring to spinning or related to a Yiddish word, krayzl meaning "spinning top." The name can refer to a potter who spun a wheel to make utensils or to a person with curly hair or someone known for being continually active... [more]
CHRYSSOMALLISGreek (Rare)
A known bearer is Yiannis Chryssomallis (1954-; also known as Yanni), a Greek-American musician.
CHUCKLERIndian, Telugu
Telugu occupational name for a leather worker, a job historically considered spiritually polluting and impure in India, where the surname belongs to Dalit, or "Untouchables" - members of the lowest caste.
CHUIBEKOVSlavic (Rare)
The name Chuibekov means "son of Chuib". It originates from Eastern Europe/Russia, and is very rare today. It is most prevalent in Central Asia, especially Kyrgyzstan, where the majority of the population is descended from early Siberians, and first found in Mongolia... [more]
CHUKHOCircassian
Derived from Adyghe цу (c°) meaning “ox, bull, buffalo” combined with шъхьэ (ŝḥă) meaning “head”.
CHURCHILLEnglish
From English, meaning 'church hill'. Denoted one who lived by both a church and a hill. A famous bearer is Sir Winston Churchill, the famed Prime Minister of Britain during WW2.
CHYTILCzech
Nickname from the past participle of chytit ‘have caught’.
CHYŻYPolish (Rare)
Derived from Old Polish adjective "chyży" which means "quick, swift"
CIABATTINOItalian
Italian for "cobbler."
ÇIÇEKTurkish
Means "flower, blossom" in Turkish.
CICEROItalian
From the Italian cicero "pea," "chickpea," or "lentil."
CIEPLIŃSKIPolish
This indicates familial origin within either of 3 Kuyavian villages: Ciepliny-Budy, Cieplinki, or Ciepliny.
CIESZYŃSKIPolish
Habitational name for someone from a place called Cieszyn.
CIFRINOItalian
Uncommon name originating in Italy. Legend says that it was used for the offspring of a king and one of his maids. Meaning is most likely something like "little nothing".
ÇIFTÇITurkish
Means "farmer" in Turkish.
ČILIĆCroatian (Rare)
During the Ottoman occupation of Bosnia a son of noble family Suchich was kidnapped and converted to Islam. He had two sons, one was a proud Muslim and the other ran away after finding out the truth about his origin... [more]
CILLIËRSAfrikaans
Brought to South Africa by settlers of French decent some time in the past 300 years. Sometimes also a given name for boys.
CIMAROSAItalian
from "Cima" Top, and "Rosa" A rose or the Color Pink. A famous Bearer of this surname is the Italian composer Domenico Cimarosa(1749-1801).
CIMINOItalian
Occupational name for a spice dealer, from cimino "cumin", Sicilian ciminu.
ÇINARTurkish
Means "oriental plane tree (Platanus orientalis)" in Turkish, of Persian origin. The oriental plane tree is widely revered throughout Central Asia.
CINARDOItalian
From Italy
CINFUEGOSAsturian
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous parish of the municipality of Quirós.
CINNAMONDScottish, Irish, English
Possibly originates from Scottish place name Kininmonth. Probably introduced to Northern Ireland by Scottish settlers where it remains in Ulster. Another origin is the French place name Saint Amand originated from French Huguenots settling in Ireland.
CINTRONSpanish
Spanish form for the french "Citroen". Original from Puerto Rico.
CIOBANURomanian
Romanian surname meaning "sheperd".
CIORARomanian (Rare)
Derived from a Romanian place name.
CIRCELLISicilian, Italian
Derived from the Sicilian word circedda, circeddu, circhetta meaning "hoop earring". It was used as a surname to describe someone who wore hoop earrings.
CIRIASpanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Castilian municipality.
CĪRULISLatvian
Means "lark".
CITRINEJewish
An invented Jewish name based on Yiddish tsitrin "lemon tree".
CIUBOTARURomanian
Means "boot maker" in Romanian, the one that makes boots ("ciubota" (singular), regionalism for "cizma"/"gheata"). Not the same with "shoe maker" (or "Schumacher" in German) as the Romanian "Ciubotar" refers strictly to boots and not all kinds of shoes.
CLAASSENGerman
The name Claassen means "son of Klaus." It's primarily German, but it's also Dutch and Danish.
CLAIRMONTEnglish
Means "bright hill."
CLARENCEEnglish
From the given name Clarence.
CLAREYIrish
Anglicized form of Ó Cléirigh and variant of O'Clery and Cleary.
CLARYIrish
Variant of CLEARY
CLATTENBURGAncient Germanic, Anglo-Saxon
Most likely something to do with a fortress. Meaning currently unknown.
CLAUDEFrench
From the first name Claude.
CLAUDELFrench
From the given name Claudel.
CLAVELLFrench
The first documented records of the surname Clavell appear in Catalunya between 1291 and 1327. The word clavell traces back to the Indo-European words "kleu", later "klawo" meaning a metal tool. In Latin "clavus", it eventually became a surname "Clavell".
CLAWEnglish
The surname Claw is a very rare English surname.
CLAYBERGEnglish
Meaning is unknown, but it most likely means "clay mountain", from surnames Clay "clay" and Berg "mountain".
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