Submitted Surnames Starting with C

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Caputo Italian
Derived from Latin caput meaning "head", used as a nickname for a big-headed or stubborn person.
Car Croatian, Serbian
Means "Tzar".
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-).
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.
Caraway English
Probably means "spice merchant" (from Middle English carewei "caraway").
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]
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.
Cárdenas Spanish
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 "thistle")... [more]
Cardenete Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Manchego municipality.
Cardillo Italian
Cardillo is a surname of Sicilian origin, derived from the word cardilla, meaning ''goldfinch''.
Carducci Italian
From Riccarduccio, 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.
Cardwell English
From the traditionally British surname, which is a variant of the British surname Caldwell, a from the Old English cald "cold" and well(a) "spring, stream".
Care English
Occupational name for a locksmith, Middle English keyere, kayer, an agent derivative of keye.
Careaga Basque (Hispanicized)
Castilianized form of Kareaga.
Cargill Scottish, English
Habitational name from a place so named in Scotland.
Cariglia Galician
The surname Cariglia comes from the autonomous region in the northwest Iberian peninsula.
Carilli Italian
Patronymic form of Carillo.
Carillo Spanish, Italian
From a diminutive of the given name Caro.
Carim Filipino, Maranao
From the given name Carim.
Caringal Filipino, Tagalog
Means "very beautiful, very handsome", from Tagalog dingal "beautiful, handsome".
Carino Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
From the given name Carino.
Carisbrook English
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.
Ĉaristo Esperanto
Occupational name for a charioteer, from ĉaro, meaning "a chariot, wagon, or cart", and -isto, a suffix used for professions.
Carlan Irish
Anglicized form of Irish O'Carlain or O'Caireallain, from the Irish carla meaning a "wool-comb" and an meaning "one who" which roughly translates as "one who combs wool"... [more]
Carlander Swedish
Combination of the given name Karl or Swedish karl "man" and ander, from classical Greek andros, "man".
Carlberg Swedish
Combination of the given name Carl or Swedish karl "man", and berg "mountain".
Carless English
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 care plus leas, meaning "free from" or "without", hence "free from care".
Carleton English
English: variant spelling of Carlton.
Carlin Irish (Anglicized), Scottish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Cairealláin (sometimes also anglicized as Carlton), meaning "descendant of Caireallán"... [more]
Carlin French
From a pet form of Charles.
Carlin Swedish (Rare)
Combination of the given name Karl, which is also a common place name prefix, and the common surname suffix -in (originally from Latin -inus "descendant of").
Carlin Italian
Derived from a pet form of the given name Carlo.
Carlin Jewish (Anglicized)
Americanized spelling of Karlin.
Carlin German
Habitational name from a place named Carlin in Germany.
Carling Swedish
From the personal name Karl, which is also a common place name prefix, and the common surname suffix -ing "belonging to".
Carling English (American)
Americanized form of German Garling or Gerling.
Carlo Italian
From the given name Carlo.
Carlos Spanish, Portuguese
From the given name Carlos
Carlotti Italian
From the given name Carlo.
Carlova Romanian
Meaning uncertain. It may be related to the name Karlov or Karlova. Another possible relative is the surname Korolev, originating from korol meaning "king"... [more]
Carlsberg German
Variant spelling of Karlsberg or derived from the name of a municipality in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany.
Carlyon Cornish
Cornish: habitational name from any of three places in Cornwall called Carlyon, in St. Minver and Kea parishes. The first element is Celtic ker ‘fort’; the second could represent the plural of Cornish legh ‘slab’.
Carmack English
Anyone with information about this last name please edit.
Carmical Scottish, English
Variant spelling of Carmichael.
Carmichael Scottish, English
From the name of a village in Scotland meaning "fort of Michael", from Welsh caer meaning "fortress" and the given name Michael.
Carmine Italian (Rare), English (Rare)
Derived from the given name Carmine, which in turn was derived from the color of a vivid form of red.
Carmona Spanish
Habitational name from any of various locations named Carmona, derived from Phonecian qʾrt-ḥmn meaning "city of Hammon" (the name of a Carthaginian deity).
Carnahan Irish
From the Irish Cearnaghan, meaning "victorious"
Carnegie Scottish
Habitational name from a place called Carnegie, near Carmyllie in Angus, from Gaelic cathair an eige "fort at the gap".
Carneiro Portuguese (Brazilian)
Originally from Portugal.
Carnell English
A crossbowman or archer who protected castles and fortresses.
Carner German, English
Americanized spelling of German Karner or Körner (see Koerner).... [more]
Carney Irish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Catharnaigh "descendant of Catharnach", a byname meaning "warlike".
Carniglia Italian
Italian: perhaps from Sicilian cirniglia, cirnigliu, an occupational name for a grain sifter or winnower.
Caroso English (American)
Surname of Panther Caroso from the Star Fox 64 series.
Carpenito Italian
This surname derives from a person who had worked as a "carpenter".
Carpintero Spanish
Means "carpenter" in Spanish
Carpus English (Rare, ?)
Possibly from the given name Carpus.
Carraway English (British)
The name Carraway belongs to the early history of Britain, and its origins lie with the Anglo-Saxons. It is a product of one having lived on a road near a field or piece of land that was triangular in shape... [more]
Carre French
French (Carré): from Old French carré "square", applied as a nickname for a squat, thickset man.
Carrel French
French: from Old French quar(r)el ‘bolt (for a crossbow)’, hence a metonymic occupational name for a maker of crossbow bolts or a nickname for a short, stout man. The word also meant ‘paving slab’, and so it could also have been a metonymic occupational name for a street layer... [more]
Carrell English
English: from Old French carrel, ‘pillow’, ‘bolster’, hence a metonymic occupational name for a maker of these. In some cases perhaps an altered spelling of Irish Carroll... [more]
Carrender English (American)
Probably from Scottish kerr meaning "rough, wet ground" combined with ender (possibly related to the end of something). It probably denoted someone who lived between rough, wet ground and normal ground.
Carreño Asturian
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous municipality.
Carrera Spanish, Italian
Spanish: topographic name for someone living by a main road, carrera ‘thoroughfare’, originally a road passable by vehicles as well as pedestrians (Late Latin carraria (via), a derivative of carrum ‘cart’), or a habitational name from any of various places named with this word.... [more]
Carrey Irish
Variant spelling of Carey. A famous bearer is Canadian-American actor and comedian Jim Carrey (1962-).
Carrick Scottish
The possible roots of the Carrick family name may be from the ancient Strathclyde people of the the Scottish/English Borderlands. Carrick may also be of local origin, referring to those who lived in or near the place called Carrick in Ayrshire... [more]
Carrier English
An occupational name meaning someone who transports goods.
Carrillo Spanish
Means "cheek, jaw" in Spanish, originally a nickname for a person with a distinctive cheek or jaw.
Carrington English, Scottish
English: habitational name from a place in Greater Manchester (formerly in Cheshire) called Carrington, probably named with an unattested Old English personal name Cara + -ing- denoting association + tun ‘settlement’.... [more]
Carrión Spanish
It comes from the knight Alonso Carreño, who distinguished himself in the conquest of the town of Carrión de los Condes (Palencia), where he founded his solar house.
Carrow English
English: habitational name from either of two places: Carrow in Norfolk or Carraw in Northumberland. The first is thought to be named from Old English carr ‘rock’ (a Celtic loan word) + hoh ‘spur of a hill’, while the last may be named either from an Old British plural of carr, or from carr + Old English raw ‘row’... [more]
Carruthers Scottish
This old Scottish surname was first used by Strathclyde-Briton people. The Carruthers family in the land of Carruthers in the parish of Middlebie, Dumfriesshire. In that are it is pronounced 'Cridders'.... [more]
Carstairs English (British)
From the manor or barony of the same name in the parish of Carstairs (= 1170 Casteltarres, 'Castle of Tarres').
Cartagena Spanish
From the name of the city of Cartagena in southeastern Spain, derived from Latin Carthāgō Nova meaning "New Carthage" (ultimately derived from Phonecian qrt-ḥdšt meaning "new city").
Cartan Irish
Variant of McCartan.
Carten Irish
Variant of McCartan.
Cartier French, Norman
Original Norman French form of Carter. A notable bearer was Breton-French explorer Jacques Cartier (1491-1557), who is known for discovering the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
Cartin Irish
Variant of McCartan.
Cartman Popular Culture
Means a man who pulls a cart. A famous bearer is Eric Cartman, Villain Protagonist of the adult cartoon South Park
Carton Irish
Variant of McCartan.
Carucci Italian
Derived from Medieval Latin names Carutius or Caruccius or from the Italian term caruccio composed by caro meaning "dear" with the endearment suffix -uccio.
Caruthers Scottish
Means "Rhydderch's fort" in Cumbric. This might refer to the king of Alt Clut, Rhydderch Hael.
Carville French, Irish
As a French location name it comes from a settlement in Normandy. As an Irish name it derives from a word for "warrior".
Casa Spanish, Portuguese, Italian
Means "house" in Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian.
Casabuena Spanish (Modern, Rare)
Means "Happy House" or "House of Happiness" in Spanish, with the Spanish word "Casa", which means "House" and Buena, meaning "Happy" or "Happiness".
Casaday Irish
Variant spelling of Irish Cassidy .
Casagrande Italian
Habitational name for someone from any of the various locations called Casagrande or Casa Grande, derived from Italian casa meaning "house" and grande meaning "big, large".
Casals Catalan, French
Plural form of Casal.
Casamitjana Catalan
It indicates familial origin within either of 3 farmhouses: the one in Castellnou de Bages, the one in l'Esquirol, or the one in Moià.
Casanabe French
CASANABE is a French name meaning New house.
Casanova Catalan, Italian
Catalan and Italian: topographic name from Latin casa ‘house’ + nova ‘new’, or a habitational name from any of the many places named with these words.
Casapiccola Italian
Habitational name for someone from any of the various locations called Casapiccola or Casa Piccola, derived from Italian casa meaning "house" and piccola meaning "small".
Casares Spanish, Galician
One who lived in several places named "Casares".
Casari Italian
Smarano, Italy... [more]
Cascalho Portuguese (?)
What I know about this surname is that it came from Alentejo, a region in Portugal countryside. The eldest Cascalho I know lived in Évora (city in this province) so I assume the name born there...
Case French
Case. A hut, a hovel.
Case English
From Anglo-Norman French cas(s)e "case, container" (from Latin capsa), hence a metonymic occupational name for a maker of boxes or chests.
Casella Italian
From casa "house" (Latin casa "hut, cottage, cabin"), perhaps originally denoting the occupier of the most distinguished house in a village. Italian chef Cesare Casella (1960 - ) is one such bearer of this name.
Casement Manx
Anglicized and reduced form of Manx Gaelic Mac Asmuint meaning "son of Ásmundr". A notable bearer was Sir Roger Casement (1864-1916), an Irish-born British consular official and rebel.
Cases Catalan
Catalan family name. Plural of 'casa' meaning 'house', possibly given to people who were given or built a manor or town house or had a slightly better than normal dwelling for their location/village etc..... [more]
Cash English
Variant of Case.
Cashion Irish
Anglicized form of either Mac Caisin or Ó Caisin meaning "descendant of Caisín" (see Cassidy).
Casilang Tagalog
Literally "One you are born with" in Tagalog.
Casillas Spanish
From any of various places called Casillas or Las Casillas, from the plural of casilla, a diminutive of Casa. ... [more]
Casperson English
Means "Son of Casper".
Cassar Maltese
Of debated origin and meaning. Theories include a derivation from the Italian given name Cesare (via the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies) and a Maltese adoption of the Sicilian surname Cassarà... [more]
Cassata Italian
Derived from the Italian word cassata, denoting a sweet cake made with cheese and candied fruit.
Cassatt French
Origin uncertain. This is not known as a surname in Britain. It may be an Americanized form of a French name such as Casault.
Cassatta Spanish (Latin American)
Spanish form of Cassata. Mostly used in Argentina.
Casse French
Means "oak" in Gallo-Roman
Cassel English, French, German
A surname derived from the Latin military term castellum "watchtower, fort". A variant spelling of the word castle. Denoted someone hailing from the commune of Cassel in the Nord départment in northern France or the city of Kassel (spelled Cassel until 1928) in Germany... [more]
Cassell English
Either (i) "person from Cassel", northern France, or "person from Kassel", Germany ("fort"); or (ii) a different form of Castle ("person who lives by or lives or works in a castle")... [more]
Cassey Scottish, Irish
This surname originated around ancient Scotland and Ireland. In its Gaelic form it is called, 'O Cathasaigh', which means 'the watchful one'.... [more]
Castaignède French
Stéphane Castaignède is a French rugby player and coach.... [more]
Castanati Italian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish Origins
Castañeda Spanish
Habitational name from any of various places called Castañeda, a Spanish word meaning "chesnut grove", itself derived from castaña meaning "chesnut".
Castanheira Portuguese
Portuguese cognate of Castañeda meaning "chestnut grove".
Castanho Portuguese
Portuguese cognate of Castaño meaning "chestnut tree".
Castaño Spanish, Galician
Means "chestnut tree" in Spanish and Galician.
Castellan Italian
This name is of Latin origin. It comes from "castellanus" meaning 'castellan, steward of a castle'.
Castellanos Spanish
Habitational name from any of various places called Castellanos, derived from Spanish castellano meaning "Castilian".
Castelli Italki (Italian Jew), Semitic, Italian, Spanish
Italian patronymic or plural form of Castello. ... [more]
Castello Catalan, Italian
Catalan variant of Castell or from Italian castello meaning "castle".
Castelo Branco Portuguese
Means “White Castle” in Portuguese.... [more]
Castiel Judeo-Christian Legend
The name of an angel of Thursday, travelling and guidance. Used in the show Supernatural for the character portrayed by Misha Collins
Castiglia Italian
A Regional name for someone from Castile in Spain. Castile was an independent kingdom between the 10th and 15th centuries, it formed the largest power in the Iberian peninsula. The name derives from the many castles in the region.
Castiglione Italian
Habitational name for someone from any of various places called Castiglione, derived from Italian castiglione meaning "castle, fortress".
Castillazuelo Aragonese
It indicates familial origin within the eponymous municipality.
Castille French
Regional name for someone from Castile in central Spain (see Castilla).
Castillon French
means "castle"
Casto Late Roman (Rare, ?)
From the Latin personal name Castus ‘chaste’. Also a nickname from casto ‘chaste’, ‘pure’.
Caston English
A habitational name from a place named Caston, which is from the unattested Old English personal name Catt or the Old Norse personal name Káti + Old English tūn meaning ‘farmstead, settlement’.
Castonguay French (Quebec)
From a combination of Gaston and Guay, the name of a 17th-century French immigrant to Quebec, Canada.
Castrejon Spanish (Mexican)
Found on Ancestry.com
Castrogiovanni Italian
Habitational name from Castrogiovanni, the name until 1927 of Enna in central Sicily.
Catacutan Filipino, Tagalog
Derived from Tagalog katakutan meaning "fear, fright".
Catapang Filipino, Tagalog
From Tagalog tapang meaning "bravery, courage".
Catarino Spanish, Portuguese, Greek
Meaning "pure".
Catchpole English
Meant "bailiff, especially (originally) one who could seize domestic animals in lieu of tax or debt" (from Anglo-Norman cachepol, from cacher "to chase" + pol "chicken").
Catello Italian
From the given name Catello
Catena Italian
This surname means "chain" in Italian.
Cater English
Comes from the English word "caterer".
Cates English
English patronymic from the Old Norse byname Káti (from káti ‘boy’).
Catesby English
Derived from a civil parish with the same name, located in Northamptonshire, England. An infamous bearer was Robert Catesby (1572-1605), the leader of a group of English Catholics who planned the failed Gunpowder Plot of 1605.
Cathcart Scottish
Habitational name from Cathcart near Glasgow.
Catlett American (South)
There are several towns in the American South named Catlett.
Catone Italian
Derived from the name of the Roman republican statesman Cato, used as a nickname.
Catrambone Italian
Unexplained.
Catt English
Variant of Cat.
Catt English
Nickname from the animal, Middle English catte "cat". The word is found in similar forms in most European languages from very early times (e.g. Gaelic cath, Slavic kotu). Domestic cats were unknown in Europe in classical times, when weasels fulfilled many of their functions, for example in hunting rodents... [more]
Cattell Anglo-Saxon, French, Ancient Scandinavian
Originated in Scandinavia as a patronym of the first name Thurkettle, a derivative of the Olde Norse name Arnkell, which is composed of arn meaning "eagle" and ketil meaning "a helmet" or "a helmeted warrior" as well as "cauldron", but helmet is the more likely translation... [more]
Cattley English
Means "person from Catley", Herefordshire and Lincolnshire ("glade frequented by cats"). It was borne by the British botanical patron William Cattley (1788-1835).
Cattrall English
This surname is of Old Scandinavian origin, is an English locational name from Catterall, near Garstang in Lancashire, which appeared as "Catrehala" in the Domesday Book of 1086, and "Caterhale" in the Book of Fees of 1212... [more]
Caulfield Irish
Comes from the Irish Gaelic Mac Cathmhaoil, which was Anglicized to McCawell and then morphed into Caulfield. Mac Cathmhaoil comes from a word meaning "chieftan".
Caune Latvian
Derived from the word cauna meaning "marten".
Cava Italian, Catalan, Spanish, Portuguese
From cava ‘cave’, ‘cellar’ (from Latin cavea), hence a metonymic occupational name for someone employed in the wine cellars of a great house, a topographic name for someone who lived in or near a cave, or a habitational name from any of numerous places named with this word.
Cavadov Azerbaijani
Means "son of Cavad".
Cavagnaro Italian
Means "basket-weaver."