Submitted Surnames Starting with C

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Cavallini Italian
The surname comes from the words "cavallaro," which means a horse dealer; or from "cavalieri," meaning a horseman, rider or knight.
Cavarai Indian, Tamil
Variant transcription of Kavarai.
Cave Norman, French, English
A name of various possible origins. As a Norman French name Cave can mean "bald" from cauf or it can mean "worker in a wine cellar" or "one who dwelt in or near a cave". As an English name Cave refers to a Yorkshire river whose fast current inspired the name meaning "swift".
Cavell English
Nickname for a bald man, from a diminutive of Anglo-Norman French cauf.
Caverly English
English surname, a variant of the English surname Calverley, itself derived from the Old English calf "calf" and leag "field, clearing".
Cavil English
Variant of Cavill
Cavill English
Derived from Cavil, a place located in the East Riding of Yorkshire, Northern England, named from Old English ca meaning "jackdaw" and feld meaning "open country".
Cawood English
Traditional English habitational surname meaning "jackdaw wood" from the Old English ca referring to 'jackdaw' (a member of the crow family), and wudu 'wood'.
Cawte Manx
Originates from a Manx nutcase.
Cawthorne English
Means "person from Cawthorn or Cawthorne", both in Yorkshire ("cold thorn bush").
Caxaro Maltese
One bearer is Maltese philosopher Pietru Caxaro.
Cayabyab Filipino, Tagalog
Derived from Tagalog yabyab meaning "pounding of rice grains".
Caylor English
Anglicized form of Kaylor.
Cayson English
Variant of Cason.
Cazacu Romanian
From the name of the Cazacu River which flows through Romania.
Cazaly English (Australian)
The meaning of this surname is unknown. This is a very important name in Australian Football culture, as it was the surname of a very prestigious Australian rules football player, Roy Cazaly. Mike Brady, from The Two Man Band, published a song called "Up There Cazaly", which is played every year at the AFL grand finals, thus making this surname is well-known by Australian Football fans.
Cazan Romanian
From Romanian meaning "cauldron".
Ceaușescu Romanian
Meaning unknown. A notable bearer of the surname is the infamous Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu.
Cebrail Turkish, Kurdish, Uyghur
From the given name Cebrail.
Cebreiro Jewish, Portuguese
Cebreiro is an olive tree.
Cebrián Spanish
From the given name Cebrián.
Çeçen Turkish, Chechen (Expatriate)
Means "Chechen" in Turkish, used by those of Chechen descent living in Turkey.
Cécire Norman
Derived from the feminine name Cécile.
Ceddia Italian (Modern)
Great grandparent from San Marco in Lamis, Province of Foggia, Apulia region of Italy.
Cedergren Swedish
Combination of Swedish ceder "cedar" and gren "branch".
Cederqvist Swedish
Combination of Swedish ceder "cedar" and kvist "twig, branch".
Ceesay Western African, Manding
Gambian surname of Mandinka origin, which originally indicated a descendant of a marabout, i.e. a West African Muslim teacher and religious leader.... [more]
Cegama Basque (Hispanicized)
Castilianized form of Zegama.
Ceja Spanish
From a common field name or a habitational name from any of various minor places called Ceja Yecla in Aragon.
Čekić Serbian, Bosnian
Derived from čekić (чекић), meaning "hammer".
Çela Albanian
Meaning Unknown.
Čelar Serbian, Croatian
Derived from čelar (челар), meaning "beekeeper".
Celda Spanish (Modern, Rare), Filipino (Modern, Rare)
The Spanish word for 'cell', as in prison cell.
Celedonio Spanish
From the given name Celedonio.
Célestin French
From the given name Célestin.
Celidonio Italian
my maiden name
Çelik Turkish
Means "steel" in Turkish.
Čelik Croatian, Serbian
Derived from Serbo-Croatian "čelik", ultimately from Turkish çelik, meaning "steel".
Čeliković Croatian, Serbian, Bosnian
Derived from Serbo-Croatian "čelik", ultimately from Turkish çelik, meaning "steel". The -ović suffix is a patronym.
Celino Italian, Spanish
From the given name Celino
Celio Italian, Spanish
From the given name Celio
Cellier French
Means "storeroom" in French.
Celmiņš Latvian
Derived from the word celms meaning "stump".
Celms Latvian
Means "stump".
Celsius Swedish (Archaic), History
Latinized form of Högen "the mound" (Latin: celsus), the name of a vicarage in Ovanåker parish, Sweden. Celsius is a unit of measurement for temperature named for Swedish astronomer Anders Celsius (1701–1744).
Celso Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
From the given name Celso
Cel Tradat Romanian (Rare)
'cel Tradat' translates to "the betrayed" in Romanian.... [more]
Cembrola Italian
My family is from St. Angelo, de Oliva, Naples, Italy
Cempaka Indonesian
Means "champak (a type of flower)" or "yellow gem" in Indonesian.
Cena English (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]
Cendejas Spanish
Cendejas is a city in Guadalahara. It is short for Cendejas de la Torre.
Cengiz Turkish
From the given name Cengiz.
Cenobio Spanish
From the given name Cenobio.
Centofante Italian
Variant form of Centofanti.
Centofanti Italian
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]
Cepeda Spanish
A nickname for someone from the region where they grow vineyards.
Cephas English
Transferred use of the given name Cephas.
Cephus English
Possibly a variation of Cephas
Cera Spanish, Italian, Catalan, Sicilian
Metonymic occupational name for a wax seller, derived from Latin cera meaning "wax".
Cerasuolo Italian
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]
Cerezo Spanish (European)
Surname, in general, of toponymic origin, frequent and distributed throughout Spain, from the noun -cerezo-, "fruit tree whose fruit is the cherry". The surname was derived from nicknames or through the many toponyms in Cerezo existing in Spain, names of populations such as Cerezo (Cáceres), Cerezo de Mohernando (Guadalajara), etc., whose name was taken by some individuals for be native from one of them, as was the custom in the Middle Ages.There were, therefore, different houses of the surname Cerezo unrelated to each other, the Castilian and Extremaduran being very old, whose branches passed to La Rioja, Andalusia, Valencia and Murcia.
Cerfbeer French, Jewish
Combination of the Medieval French and Jewish given names Cerf and Beer.
Çerkez Turkish
Means "Circassian" or "Adyghe" in Turkish, referring to an ethnic group native to the Caucasus.
Čerkez Croatian, Serbian
Derived from Turkish çerkez, meaning "Circassian".
Cerojano Filipino
Filipino form of the Spanish Cirujano.
Cerqueira Portuguese
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.
Cerrajero Spanish
Occupational name for a locksmith.
Certic Hungarian (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.
Certich Hungarian
This surname is found mostly in PA.
Cerva Portuguese, Italian
"Cerva" means deer.
Césaire French, Haitian Creole
From the given name Césaire. A notable bearer was Aimé Césaire (1913-2008), a Martiniquais politician and writer.
Češnjak Croatian (Rare)
Means ''garlic''.
Cespedes Spanish
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.
Cestare English (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]
Çetin Turkish
Means "hard, tough" in Turkish.
Çetinkaya Turkish
Means "hard rock" from Turkish çetin meaning "hard, tough" combined with kaya meaning "rock".
Çevik Turkish
Means "nimble, agile, quick" in Turkish.
Ceylan Turkish
Turkish surname meaning "gazelle" from Persian carān جران.
Cha Korean
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]
Chabashira Japanese (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]
Chabot French
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.
Chacon Spanish
Spanish (Chacón): nickname from chacón ‘gecko’.
Chad Indian
Hindu (Bhatia) name of unknown meaning.
Chada Indian
Variant of Chadha.
Chadburn English (Rare)
Form the wildcat brook
Chadha Indian
Based on the name of a clan in the Khatri community. Ramgarhia Sikhs also have a clan called Chadha.
Chadhari Indian, Gujarati
Variant transcription of Chaudhary.
Chadrick English
Possibly a variant of Chadwick.
Chae Korean
Korean for Cai.
Chaffey English
Possibly, Chaffcombe in Somerset or Chaffhay in Devon
Chage Japanese
From Japanese 茶下 (chage) meaning "giver of tea". A notable bearer is Japanese musician Shūji Shibata (1958-), whose stage name is Chage.
Chahine Arabic
Variant transcription of Shahin (chiefly Lebanese).
Chaichana Thai
From Thai ไชย (chai) meaning "victory" and ชนะ (chana) meaning "win, conquer, defeat".
Chaikham Thai
From Thai ไชย (chai) meaning "victory" and คำ (kham) meaning "gold" or "word, speech".
Chaimowitz Jewish
Germanised form of Yiddish Chaimovich, a spelling meaning "son of Chaim".
Chait Jewish
Jewish occupational name derived from the Hebrew word חייט‎ meaning "tailor".
Chaiwong Thai
From Thai ใจ (chai) meaning "heart, mind, spirit" or ไชย (chai) meaning "victory" and วงศ์ (wong) meaning "lineage, family, dynasty".
Chaiyasing Thai
From Thai ไชย (chai) meaning "victory" and สิงห์ (sing) meaning "lion".
Chakarov Bulgarian
Possibly means "son of Chakar".
Chakkiliyan Indian, Telugu
It is a Telugu name, denoting "cobblers" and "leatherworkers".
Chakraborty Indian, Bengali, Assamese
Eastern Indian form of Chakravarti.
Chakravarti Indian, Marathi, Hindi
Derived from Sanskrit चक्रवर्तिन् (chakravartin) meaning "world-ruler, emperor, monarch" (literally "wheel-turner" or "one who's wheels are turning"), from चक्र (chakra) meaning "wheel, circle" and वर्तिन् (vartin) meaning "abiding, moving, turning"... [more]
Chalaire American (South, Rare, ?)
Chalaire is a very rare surname, few people in the United States have the family name and might be raised in the United States. Around 99 people have been found who wears Chalaire as their family name... [more]
Chalamet French
Nickname for someone who played the reed or an occupational name for seller of torches, from a regional form of Old French chalemel meaning "reed" or "blowtorch". A notable bearer is American actor Timothée Chalamet (1995-).
Chalhoub Arabic
Variant transcription of Shalhoub.
Chalk English
English: from Old English cealc 'chalk', applied as a topographic name for someone who lived on a patch of chalk soil, or as a habitational name from any of the various places named with this word, as for example Chalk in Kent or Chalke in Wiltshire.
Challenger English
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).
Challoner French, 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.
Chalmers Scottish
Variant of Chambers. The -l- was originally an orthographic device to indicate the length of the vowel after assimilation of -mb- to -m(m)-.
Chalov Russian
From Russian чалый (chalyy) meaning "roan".
Chaluj Belarusian
Derived from Belarusian халуй (chaluj), a derogatory word meaning "lackey, groveller".
Chamanara Persian
Occupational name for a gardener, derived from Persian چمن (chaman) meaning "lawn, meadow" and آرا (ara) meaning "arrange, decorate".
Chamapiwa Shona
Chamapiwa means "that which you have been given". It is a call to appreciate that which you have from God
Chambon French
A very popular last name in France.
Champagne French
regional name for someone from Champagne, named in Latin as Campania (from campus 'plain', 'flat land'). This is also the name of various villages in France, and in some cases the family name may derive from one of these.
Champin French
It is the french form of Chapman
Champion English (Rare)
From an English and French surname.
Champlain French
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.
Champlin Belgian, English
Means Champion, was a family name in Belgium, a status and influence that was envied by the princes of the region.... [more]
Chan Khmer
Means "moon" in Khmer, ultimately from Sanskrit चन्द्र (chandra).
Chand Indian, Hindi, Punjabi, Bengali, Urdu
From Sanskrit चन्द्र (candrá) meaning "moon".
Chanda Indian, Hindi, Punjabi, Bengali, Urdu
Derived from Sanskrit चन्द्र (candrá) meaning "moon".
Chandia Punjabi
Surname rarely used in Pakistani Punjab. The origin of Chandia is Pali. Chandia is a variation of the name Chanda (English and Indian).
Chandio Sindhi, Balochi
From the given name Chand.
Chandra Indian, Hindi, Bengali, Telugu
From Sanskrit चन्द्र (chandra) meaning "moon".
Chandran Indian, Malayalam, Tamil
Derived from Sanskrit चन्द्र (candrá) meaning "glittering, shining" or "moon".
Chandrasekhar Indian
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.
Chang Korean
Variant romanization of Jang.
Chaniago Minangkabau
Derived from Malay niaga meaning "trade, business, commerce". This is the name of a Minangkabau suku (tribe).
Chanliongco Filipino
From the surnames Chan, Liong, and Ko.
Chantha Khmer, Thai, Lao
From the given name Chantha.
Chanthavong Lao
From Lao ຈັນທະ (chantha) meaning "moon" and ວົງ (vong) meaning "lineage, family".
Chantry English
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").
Chapdelaine French
Compound name derived from Old French chape meaning "hooded cloak, cape, hat" and de laine meaning "of wool", probably applied as a metonymic occupational name for a maker of such apparel, or as a nickname for someone who wore a distinctive cloak or hat.
Chapeaux Literature
From the French word 'chapeaux', which means 'hats'.
Chapel French
Occupational name for a maker of cloaks or a nickname for a person who wore a distinctive cloak, from a diminutive of Old French chape meaning "cape, cloak".
Chapin French, 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.
Chappell English
Name for someone who lived near a chapel, derived from Old French chapele meaning "chapel".
Chapulin Aztec, Nahuatl
From Nahuatl meaning grasshopper.
Chardin French
Meaning uncertain, possibly of Norman origin.
Charisse French
Of unknown meaning. It was used as a given name in honour of American actress and dancer Cyd Charisse (1921-2008).
Charleson English
Patronymic from the personal name Charles.
Charleston English
Means "son of Charles."
Charlesworth English
Derived from a village and civil parish with the same name near Glossop, Derbyshire, England.
Charlo Spanish
From the personal name Carlos
Charlotte French, English
From the feminine given name Charlotte.
Charlton English
An Extremely kind person
Charlton English
habitational name from any of the numerous places called Charlton, from Old English Ceorlatun meaning ‘settlement of the peasants’. With old English elements tun ‘settlement, yard, town’ and ceorl denoted originally a free peasant of the lowest rank, later (but probably already before the Norman conquest) a tenant in pure villeinage, a serf or bondsman... [more]
Charmian English, French
from the given name Charmian
Charnes American
History and origin unknown.
Charnock English (Rare)
The locational surname originates from two places, Charnock Richard and Heath Charnock, which are both located in Lancashire, England.... [more]
Charodeev Russian
Patronymic surname derived from Russian чародей (charodey) meaning "wizard, sorcerer, magician, enchanter".
Charoensuk Thai
From Thai เจริญ (charoen) meaning "prosper, flourish, increase" and สุข (suk) meaning "joy, delight".
Charretier French
French form of Carter.
Charrue French
French for "cartwright."
Chase French
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".
Chasen Jewish
From the Hebrew חזן "cantor".
Chasseur French
From French meaning "hunter".
Chastang French
Derived from Olde French castanh meaning "chestnut". Possibly a location or occupation name.
Chattopadhyay Bengali
From Chatta, the name of a village, and Sanskrit उपाध्याय (upadhyaya) meaning "teacher, instructor".
Chatwin English
Old English given name CEATTA combined with Old English (ge)wind "winding ascent".
Châu Vietnamese
Meaning "pearl, gem"
Chaucer English
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'.
Chaudari Indian, Telugu
Variant transcription of Chaudhary used in Southern India.
Chaudary Urdu
Variant transcription of Chaudhary.
Chaudhry Indian, Hindi, Urdu
Alternate transcription of Chaudhary.
Chaudron French
From french meaning "cauldron".
Chauhan Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Assamese, Punjabi, Gujarati
Meaning uncertain, possibly derived from Sanskrit चतुर् (chatur) meaning "four" or from the name of a legendary hero, Chahamana.
Chauncey American
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.
Chaux French
French / Switzerland.... [more]
Chavali Telugu
Brahmin last name of South India, Andhra Pradesh
Chavara Indian (Christian)
Form of Chavarría used by Christians in India.
Chavis English (Americanized)
A cognate of the Portuguese surname "Chaves"
Chawdhuri Indian, Bengali, Assamese
Variant transcription of Chaudhary.
Chawdhury Bengali
Variant transcription of Chaudhary.
Chawla Indian, Hindi, Punjabi, Indian (Sikh)
Derived from the name of a clan in the Arora community, which is apparently named with caw?l meaning "rice". Originating from the Punjab region of India and Pakistan, the name is also derived from Aror (now Rohri) a city in the Sukkur District, Sindh, Pakistan, and the community comprises both Hindus and Sikhs.
Chaykov Russian, Belarusian
Derived from Russian чайка (chayka) meaning "seagull".