Submitted Surnames Starting with C

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Camantigue Filipino, Tagalog
From Tagalog kamantigi meaning "garden balsam (a type of plant)".
Cámara Spanish
Occupational name for a courtier or servant who could access the private quarters of a king or noble, from Spanish cámara meaning "room, chamber".
Câmara Portuguese
Portuguese cognate of Cámara.
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.
Camartin Romansh
Derived from Romansh casa "house" and, by extension, "household, family" and the given name Martin.
Camastral Romansh
Derived from Romansh casa "house" and mastral, a word denoting an Ammann (see Ammann).
Camathias Romansh
Derived from Romansh casa "house" and, by extension, "household, family" and the given name Mathias.
Camay Filipino, Cebuano
From Cebuano kamay meaning "sugar" or "gesture".
Cambareri Italian
Variant of Cammareri, an occupational name from Sicilian cammareri meaning "servant".
Cambon Old Celtic (Latinized, Archaic)
It means zigzagging river or warped (bent) river. It have a second meaning that is leg.
Cambre English (American)
Americanization of Kamper.
Cambria Italian
Denoted to someone from Cambria, Sicily, possibly of Arabic origin.
Camden English
From a place name perhaps derived from Old English camp meaning "enclosure" and denu meaning "valley".
Camen Romansh
Derived from Romansh casa "house" and, by extension, "household, family" and the given name Men.
Camenisch Romansh
Derived from Romansh casa "house" and, by extension, "household, family" and Menisch, itself derived from the given name Dumeni.
Camerano Italian
From the name of the town of Camerano near the city of Ancona in Marche, Italy.
Camerlengo Italian
From Italian camerlengo "chamberlain".
Camerons English
A form of the last name Cameron
Camichel Romansh
Derived from Romansh casa "house" and, by extension, "household, family" and the given name Michael.
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.
Caminada Romansh
Derived from Late Latin caminata, denoting a room provided with a fireplace.
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.
Camiu Romansh
Derived from Romansh casa "house" and, by extension, "household, family" and a short form of the given name Barclamiu.
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.
Camoranesi Italian
Originally indicated a person from Camerano, a small town near the city of Ancona in central Italy. A famous bearer of this name is the Argentine-born Italian former soccer player Mauro Camoranesi (1976-).
Camoys English
From a medieval nickname for someone with a snub nose (from Old French camus "snub nose").
Camp English
Cognate of Kemp.
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.
Cancer Various, Indonesian, Spanish
From Latin “Crab”. Mostly used in Indonesia.
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.
Cancrini Italian
Diminutive of Cancro.
Cancro Italian
Derived from Italian cancro "cancer". Probably an occupational name for a person who catches, cooks, sells crabs.
Candan Turkish
Means "sincere, wholehearted" in Turkish.
Candela Spanish, Italian, Sicilian, Catalan
Either an occupational name for a chandler (a candle maker or candle seller) or a nickname for a tall thin person, derived from candela meaning "candle" (from Latin candela).
Candelario Spanish
From the given name Candelario
Candeloro Italian
Italian cognate of 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.
Candreia Romansh
Derived from Romansh casa "house" and, by extension, "household, family" and the given name Andreia.
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.
Candy English
perhaps from Middle English candi "crystallized cane sugar" (via French from Persian qand "sugar") and used as a metonymic occupational name for a sugar merchant... [more]
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".
Cannarsa Italian
Possibly means "dry throat", a joking nickname for someone who drinks too much.
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.
Canner Jewish (Anglicized, Modern, Rare)
Anglicized (American) version of one of many Eastern European Ashkenazi surnames including Cahana, Cahane, Kahana, Kahane, etc. Cahana et al is a version of the common surname Cohen.
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]
Canosa Italian
It derives from the toponym Canosa di puglia.
Cañoto Galician
Galician cognate of Canhoto.
Canova Romansh
Derived from Romansh casa "house" and nova, the feminine form of the adjective nov "new".
Canoy Filipino
Possibly derived from Hokkien 橄欖孫 (ka-núi-sun) meaning "great-grandchild".
Canschutti Romansh (Archaic)
Derived from Romansh casa "house" and, by extension, "household, family" and the given name Anschutta.
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").
Cantagallo Italian
From the name of a town, or possibly a nickname meaning "singing rooster".
Cantalupi Italian
Denoting a person from Cantalupo, the name of several towns and counties near wooded areas where wolves could be heard. From Italian canta "singing" and lupo "wolf". ... [more]
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".
Cantieni Romansh
Derived from Romansh casa "house" and, by extension, "household, family" and the given name Antieni.
Cantin French
A territorial division or district.
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.
Cantore Italian
From cantore "cantor, singer", itself from Latin canto "sing; enchant, call forth by charms".
Cantwell Irish, English
A surname used in the South of England.... [more]
Canu Italian
From Sardinian canu "gray-haired, hoary-haired". Compare Canuto.
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.
Canuto Italian, Filipino, Spanish
From an Italian nickname derived from canuto meaning "white-haired".
Canzio Italian
From the given name Canzio
Cao Vietnamese
Vietnamese form of Gao from Sino-Vietnamese 高 (cao).
Caouette French (Quebec)
Altered form of French Cahouet, itself a regional form of chat-huant meaning "screech owl", hence a nickname referring to the bird.
Čáp Czech
Means "stork" in Czech.
Capadrutt Romansh
Derived from Romansh casa "house" and, by extension, "household, family" and the given name Padrutt.
Capal Filipino, Maranao
From Maranao kapal meaning "boat, ship".
Capaldo Italian
Probably a diminutive of Italian capo meaning "head", perhaps used as a nickname for a stubborn or hard-headed person.
Capangyarihan Filipino, Tagalog (Hispanicized)
Derived from Tagalog kapangyarihan meaning "power".
Capaul Romansh
Derived from Romansh casa "house" and, by extension, "household, family" and the given name Paul.
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
Derived from Romansh casa "house" and, by extension, "household, family" and the given name Peder.
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.
Capin Filipino, Cebuano
Means "excess, surplus, over" in Cebuano.
Caplan Jewish
Variant of Kaplan
Caplazi Romansh
Derived from Romansh casa "house" and, by extension, "household, family" and the given name Plazi.
Caplin English
Means "singer in a chantry chapel" (from Old Northern French capelain, a variant of standard Old French chapelain (cf. Chaplin)).
Capol Romansh
Derived from Romansh casa "house" and, by extension, "household, family" and the given name Pol.
Capone Italian
Augmentative of Italian capo meaning "head", used as a nickname for a big-headed or arrogant person.
Caporale Italian, Sicilian
From caporale, meaning "corporal"
Capote Italian (Tuscan)
Capote is a name for person who was the chief of the head from the Italian personal name Capo.
Capoy Filipino, Cebuano
From Cebuano kapoy meaning "tired, weary".
Cappellano Italian
From cappellano "chaplain".
Capra Italian
From the Latin word capra meaning "nanny goat." This was a name originally borne by shepherds / goat herders.
Capraro Italian
Occupational name for a goatherd, derived from Italian capra meaning "goat".
Capri Italian
habitational name for someone from Capri the island in the Bay of Naples.
Capriati Italian
From the name of the province in Campania Italy named "Capriati a Volturno".
Capricorne French
Derived from the Latin word (Capricornus) meaning "horned like a goat". Probably a nickname for an ambitious person.
Caprio Italian
from Latin caprae ‘goats’ or possibly from Greek kapros "(wild) boar" and so a metonymic occupational name for a goatherd or swineherd or a nickname for someone thought to resemble a goat or boar.
Capshaw English
Unexplained. Perhaps a habitational name from Cadshaw near Blackburn, Lancashire, although the surname is not found in England.
Capua Italian
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]
Capule Filipino, Tagalog
Meaning uncertain.
Capulet English
This is the last name of Juliet from William Shakepeare's tragedy, Romeo and Juliet.
Capulong Filipino, Tagalog (Hispanicized)
Possibly means "a companion in a meeting."
Caputo Italian
Derived from Latin caput meaning "head", used as a nickname for a big-headed or stubborn person.
Car Croatian, Serbian
Means "Tzar".
Caraballo Spanish
Occupational name for a knight or a knight's servant.
Carabantes Castilian
It indicates familial origin within the eponymous municipality.
Carabelli Italian
Common surname in the Lombardy region of Italy.
Carabeo Filipino
water buffalo
Carabuz Romanian
Carabuz is a combination betwen 2 Romanian words, ,,cărăbuș" the Romanian form of ,,beetle" and ,,autobuz" the Romanian form of ,,bus"
Caracciolo Italian
Famous bearer of this surname is Canadian-Italian singer Alessia Caracciolo (1996-).
Caradine English, German (Anglicized)
Americanized form of German Gardein, itself a Germanized spelling of French Jardin. It could also denote someone from the village and civil parish of Carden in Cheshire, England.
Carafa Italian
It could derive from toponyms such as Caraffa del Bianco in the province of Reggio Calabria or Caraffa in the province of Catanzaro.... [more]
Caramella Italian
Name given to a chalumeau player. Italian version of the French surname Caramelle.
Caramelle French
Name given to a chalumeau player, derived from the old French chalemel, calamel or chalemie, which in turn were derived from the Latin word calamus meaning "reed". Italian variations of the surname are: Caramella, Caramelli, Caramello (diminutive: Caramellino) and Caramelo.
Carandang Filipino, Tagalog
Occupational name for someone who dried things using fire, derived from Tagalog dangdang meaning "heating, toasting, drying through exposure to fire or glowing coals".
Caratsch Romansh
Derived from Romansh cuirass "armor".
Caraway English
Probably means "spice merchant" (from Middle English carewei "caraway").
Carbajal Spanish, Judeo-Spanish
Probably a habitational name denoting 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]
Carballeira Galician
From Galician meaning "oak grove".
Carbonaro Italian
From carbonaro "charcoal burner".
Carbonell English
From a medieval nickname for a dark-haired or swarthy person, from Anglo-Norman carbonel, literally "little charcoal".
Carbonero Spanish
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.
Carbrey Irish
Anglicized form of Irish Gaelic Ó Cairbre and Mac Cairbre meaning "descendant of Cairbre", a given name meaning "charioteer".
Cárcamo Basque (Hispanicized)
Castilianized form of Karkamu.
Carcan Lombard
It indicates familial origin within the eponymous frazione of the commune of Vila in the province of Còmm.
Carcani Albanian
Meaning unknown.
Carcelén Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Manchego municipality.
Card English
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]
Cardamone Italian
Occupational name for a spicer.
Cardei Romanian
Meaning unknown.
Cardella Italian
Habitational name from a place called Cardella in Sicily.
Cardelli Italian
Diminutive form of Cardello.
Cardellini Italian
From a diminutive of Cardelli. A famous bearer of this surname is the American actress Linda Cardellini (1975-).
Cardello Italian
Variant of Cardillo or a diminutive of Cardo.
Cardenal Spanish, Spanish (Latin American)
Spanish cognitive of Cardinal. This surname is common in Nicaragua.