Submitted Surnames Starting with C

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Cheema Punjabi
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.
Cheever English
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).
Chegwin Cornish
Means "person who lives in or by a white house" (from Cornish chy "house" + gwyn "white").
Chekhov Russian
This surname dates back to the ancient Russian name Chekh, or Chokh, which in turn relates to the verb “chikhat” – to sneeze. https://www.rbth.com/arts/2014/09/07/untitled_resource_38123
Chell French
Probably a respelling of the French habitational name Challe, from any of the various places so named from Late Latin cala ‘rock shelter’.
Chemso Adyghe (Russified)
From Adyghe чэмы (čămə) meaning "cow" and шъо (ŝo) meaning "skin, colour".
Chen Thai
Possibly a Name that Thai People with Chinese Descendants have. It has a Meaning of "Deserve".
Chenai Shona
Chenai means "Be clean, be hygienic or come out clean"
Chenery Medieval French, English (British, Anglicized, Modern)
Derived from the Old French "chesne" for oak tree, or "chesnai" for oak grove, from the medieval Latin "casnetum". As a topographical name, Cheyne denoted residence near a conspicuous oak tree, or in an oak forest.
Cheng Chinese
From Chinese 程 (chéng) referring to an area named Cheng that existed during the Shang dynasty in what is now Henan province. The name was adopted by the descendants of an official who was granted control of this area.
Cheng Chinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese romanization of Zheng.
Chengcuenca Filipino
From Cuenca de Cheng, "Cheng's basin" in Spanish
Chénier French
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]
Chenier French (Cajun)
A sandy or shelly beach. Derived from the French word for wood, “chêne,” meaning oak.
Cheon Korean
From Sino-Korean 天 (cheon) meaning "sky, heavens" or 千 (cheon) meaning "thousand, many".
Cheong Korean
Variant of Jeong.
Chergui Arabic (Maghrebi)
From Arabic شَرْقِيّ (šarqiyy) meaning "eastern, one from the east".
Chérif Arabic (Maghrebi), Western African
Form of Sharif used in North Africa and parts of French-influenced western Africa.
Cherifi Arabic (Maghrebi)
From the given name Sharif.
Cherkaoui Arabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from Arabic شَرْقِيّ (šarqiyy) meaning "eastern", denoting someone who comes from the east (chiefly Moroccan).
Cherkasskiy Ukrainian, Jewish
Derived from Ukrainian Черкас (Cherkas) meaning "Circassian".
Cherkassky Russian, Jewish
Name for someone from the city of Cherkasy (or Cherkassy) in Ukraine, which is of uncertain meaning.
Chernenko Ukrainian, Russian
From Ukrainian чорний (chorniy) or Russian черный (cherniy) both meaning "black".
Chernenkov Russian
From chernoi, meaning "black".
Cherneski Ukrainian
This surname means 'black', from the Slavic root word cherno or charno.
Chernin Czech
A habitational name for someone from Cernice or some other place named with this word.
Chernoff Russian, Jewish
Alternative spelling of Chernov, a patronymic from the byname Chernyj meaning ‘black’, denoting a black-haired or dark-skinned person.
Chernooky Russian
Derived from Russian черноокий (chernooky) meaning "black-eyed, having dark brown eyes". This surname has Polish, Ukrainian or Belarusian noble origin.
Chernov Russian
From Russian чёрный (chyorniy) meaning "black".
Chernova Russian
Derived from Russian чёрный (chyorniy) meaning "black". Feminine counterpart of Chernov.
Chernyavsky Russian
Derived from Russian чёрный (chyornyy) meaning "black".
Chernykh Russian
Derived from Russian черный (cherniy) meaning "black".
Cherro Medieval 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.
Cherry English
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]
Cherryman English
It is topographical or perhaps occupational and describes a person who lived or worked at a cherry orchard, or who lived by a house known by the sign of the cherry. In the days before house numbering, it was the tradition in almost all western countries to give the house a sign... [more]
Cherwin English
It means cherry friend.
Cheryazov Uzbek, Russian
Meaning unknown, possibly derived from Uzbek ... [more]
Chesney English (?)
Came from France and has been shortened.
Chestnut English
From Old French castan "chestnut tree" (Latin castanea), a name for someone who lived near a particular chestnut tree, or possibly a nickname for someone with chestnut-coloured hair (see Chastain).
Chestnutt English
"Chestnut." A notable bearer is Charles Waddel Chestnut, a novelist.
Chetcuti Maltese
Derived from Arabic كتكوت‎‎ (katkūt) meaning "(newborn) chick, young chicken".
Chetrit Judeo-Spanish
Alternate transcription of Shitrit.
Chettiar Indian, Tamil, Malayalam
Refers to a member of any of the various South Indian castes of traders, businessmen, and merchants. The name itself may be from the Tamil honorific எட்டி (eṭṭi) or from a Sanskrit word meaning "wealth".
Chevapravatdumrong Thai
Possibly from Thai ชีวประวัติ (chiwaprawat) meaning "biography" combined with ดำรง (damrong) meaning "uphold, sustain". A notable bearer is Cherry Chevapravatdumrong (1977-), an American screenwriter of Thai descent known for her work in the animated television series Family Guy.
Chew English
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’.
Chew Chinese (Hokkien), Chinese (Teochew)
Hokkien and Teochew romanization of Zhou.
Cheyo Tanzanian (Rare)
Italian and Spanish variation of Elisha. "God is my salvation"
Chhay Khmer
Khmer romanization of the Chinese surname Cai, which derives from the name of the ancient Cai state.
Chhetri Nepali, Indian, Bengali
Derived from Sanskrit क्षत्रिय (kṣatríya), the name of the Hindu social class consisting of warriors and rulers.
Chiaki Japanese (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]
Chiang Chinese
Alternate transcription of Jiang.
Chiang Chinese
Alternate transcription of Jiang 1.
Chiang Chinese
Alternate transcription of Jiang 2.
Chiara Italian
Chiara meaning clear
Chiaramonte Italian
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.
Chiavetta Italian
From Italian "chiavetta", deriving from chiave meaning key.
Chibana Japanese
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]
Chica Spanish
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.
Chichigov Chechen
Meaning unknown.
Chichigova Chechen
Feminine transcription of Chichigov.
Chiclana Spanish
This indicates familial origin within either of 2 eponymous Andalusian municipalities: Chiclana de la Frontera or Chiclana de Segura.
Chido Spanish
Likely given to someone who lived in a cold environment
Chien Taiwanese
Alternate romanization of Jian chiefly used in Taiwan.
Chiere French (Rare)
Possibly derived from the Old French chiere, from chier, meaning "dear, dearest".
Chiesa Italian
Means "church" in Italian, originally a topographic name for someone who lived near a church, a habitational name from any of various places named Chiesa or perhaps an occupational name for someone who worked in a church.
Chigusa Japanese
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]
Chihara Japanese
From Japanese 茅 (chi) meaning "thatch" or 千 (chi) meaning "thousand" combined with 原 (hara) meaning "field, plain". A notable bearer of this surname is Minori Chihara (茅原 実里), a Japanese voice-actress who is best known for voicing Yuki Nagato from the Haruhi Suzumiya series and Aya Natsume from Tenjō Tenge.
Chikafuji Japanese
Chika means "Near" and Fuji means "Wisteria".
Chikomborero Shona
CHIKOMBORERO means "a blessing".
Child English
Nickname from Middle English child meaning "child", "infant".
Childers English
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.
Childress Anglo-Saxon
The surname Childress may have been a nickname for an orphan, or an occupational name applied to someone who ran an orphanage. Further research showed the name was derived from the Old English word cildra-hus, which means "children's house" or "orphanage".
Childs English
patronymic from Child
Chillingworth English (Rare)
Notable as the surname of Hester Prynne's husband Roger Chillingworth in the 1850 novel 'The Scarlet Letter'
Chilver English (British)
Means "ewe lamb" , (a young female sheep).
Chilvers English
Means "son of Chilver" (probably from the Old English male personal name Cēolfrith, literally "ship-peace").
Chin Chinese (Hakka)
Hakka romanization of Chen.
Chinchilla Spanish
Originally denoted a person from the Spanish town of Chinchilla de Monte-Aragón in the province of Albacete. The place name is possibly of Arabic origin.
Chinchón Castilian
It indicates familial origin within the eponymous Madrileño municipality.
Ching Chinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese romanization of Cheng.
Chino Japanese (Rare)
Written with characters Chi ("Micanthus Reed") and No ("Feild").
Chi Nowydh Cornish
It means "new house".
Chippendale English
Derived from a place called "Chippingdale".
Chipperfield English
Derived from Hertfordshire Village of Chipperfield
Chips English (British)
Chips is a rare English (british) last name which is a nickname of Christopher and Charles
Chirico Italian
Surname of Italian surrealist artist, Giorgio de Chirico
Chiroto Shona
Meaning unknown.
Chisaka Japanese
Chi means "One Thousand" and Saka means "Slope,Hill".
Chishall English
The name comes from when they lived in Chishall, two parishes in the county of Essex.
Chiu Chinese
Alternate transcription of Qiu chiefly used in Taiwan.
Chiu Chinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese romanization of Zhao.
Chiura Japanese (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]
Chiweshe Shona
Meaning unknown.
Chloros Greek
Meaning "green" in Greek
Choate English, 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.
Chock English
From English Shock or German Schöck
Chodecki Polish
This indicates familial origin within the Kuyavian town of Chodecz.
Chohan Urdu, Indian, Hindi, Punjabi
Alternate transcription of Chauhan.
Choi Chinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese romanization of Cai.
Choice English
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."
Chokshi Indian
From Gujarati čoksi ‘jeweler’, ‘assayer of gold and silver’, from čokəs ‘precise’, ‘circumspect’, a compound of čo- ‘four’, ‘four-way’, ‘all-round’ (Sanskrit čatus- ‘four’) + kəs ‘assaying’ (Sanskrit kạsa ‘rubbing’, ‘touchstone’).
Cholerzyński Polish
This indicates familial origin within the Lesser Polish village of Cholerzyn.
Cholevas Greek
Feminine form is Choleva
Cholmely English
The Cholmely family lived in the township of Cholmondley in the parish of Malpas in Cheshire.
Cholmondeley English
An aristocratic surname derived from a place name in Cheshire which means "Ceolmund's grove" in Old English.
Chong Korean
Variant romanization of Jeong.
Choo Korean
Variant romanization of Chu.
Choo Chinese (Hokkien), Chinese (Teochew)
Hokkien and Teochew romanization of Zhu.
Chopin French
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]
Chopra Indian, Punjabi
Of unknown meaning.
Choquette French
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.
Choriev Tajik, Uzbek
Masculine form of Chorieva.
Chorieva Tajik, Uzbek
Feminine form of Choriev.
Chosokabe Japanese
Variant transcription of Chousokabe.
Choudhry Indian, Hindi, Urdu
Alternate transcription of Chaudhary.
Chouhan Indian, Assamese, Bengali, Hindi
Alternate transcription of Chauhan.
Choukri Arabic (Maghrebi)
Alternate transcription of Shukri chiefly used in Morocco.
Choules English (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]
Chouraqui Judeo-Spanish
Means "the one who comes from the east" from Arabic شَرْقِيّ (šarqiyy) meaning "eastern".
Chourey Hindi
chourey surname basically belongs to kurmi caste
Chousokabe Japanese
From Japanese 長 (chou) meaning "chief, head, leader", 宗 (so) meaning "religion", 我 (ka) meaning "ego" and 部 (be) meaning "section".
Chow Chinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese romanization of Zhou.
Chowdary Indian, Telugu, Tamil
Variant of Chaudhary used in Southern India.
Chowdhary Indian, Bengali
Alternate transcription of Chaudhary.
Chowdhry Indian, Hindi, Bengali
Alternate transcription of Chaudhary.
Choy Chinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese romanization of Cai.
Chrapko Belarusian
Belarusian Latin spelling of Khrapko.
Chraplewski Polish
This indicates familial origin within either of 3 Greater Polish villages named Chraplewo.
Chriqui Judeo-Spanish
Alternate transcription of Chouraqui.
Christ German
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".
Christenson English
Anglicized form of Christensen
Christie Scottish
Means "son of Christian" or "son of Christopher".
Christina English, Various
Derived from the name Christina
Christl German
Pet form of the given name Christian.
Christmas English
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.
Christodoulopoulos Greek
Means "descendant of Christ's servant" in Greek.
Christoffel Dutch
From the given name Christoffel.
Christou Greek
Means "son of Christos 1".
Christoyannopoulos Greek
Means "descendant of John and Christ" in Greek. A notable bearer of this surname is Alexandre Christoyannopoulos.
Chriswell English
Likely originated in England. Creswell seems to be the oldest spelling then gradually giving way to Criswell and Chriswell.
Chromczak Polish (Latinized, Rare, ?)
The meaning of the name is: Chromium approval throughput time might.
Chrome Various
From the English word "chrome"; "Another word for chromium when it is used in dyes or pigments". Borrowed from French chrome.
Chronis Greek
From a short form of Greek Polychronis. The word χρόνος (chrónos) itself means "time" in Greek.
Chronowski Polish
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.
Chrysanthe French
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.
Chrysler German, 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]
Chryssomallis Greek (Rare)
A known bearer is Yiannis Chryssomallis (1954-; also known as Yanni), a Greek-American musician.
Chrzanowski Polish
Originally denoted someone who came from a place called Chrzanów or Chrzanowo, both derived from Polish chrzan meaning "horseraddish".
Chua Chinese (Hokkien), Chinese (Teochew)
Hokkien and Teochew romanization of Cai.
Chuah Chinese (Hokkien), Chinese (Teochew)
Hokkien and Teochew romanization of Cai.
Chuckler Indian, 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.
Chugunov Russian
From Russian чугун (chugun) meaning "cast iron".
Chugunova Russian
Feminine form of Chugunov.
Chui Chinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese romanization of Xu 1.
Chuibekov Slavic (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]
Chukho Circassian (Russified)
Derived from Adyghe цу (c°) meaning "ox, bull, buffalo" and шъхьэ (ŝḥă) meaning "head".
Chung Chinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese romanization of Zhang.
Chuo Thai
Thai for Cai.
Churchill English
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.
Churlson English
Means “son of Charles”.
Chuzhakov Russian
Derived from Russian чужак (chuzhak) meaning "stranger".
Chviedarovič Belarusian (Rare)
Means "son of Chviedar". A notable bearer is Mikalaj Čarnuševič (1904-1981), the Belarusian poet, prose writer and translator better known by his nickname Mikola Chviedarovič.
Chyornykh Ukrainian
Ukrainian form of Chernykh.
Chytil Czech
Nickname from the past participle of chytit ‘have caught’.
Chyży Polish (Rare)
Derived from Old Polish adjective "chyży" which means "quick, swift"
Ciabattino Italian
Italian for "cobbler."
Ciahlo Belarusian (Rare)
Belarusian form of Tyahlo.
Cialieha Belarusian
Derived from цялега (cialieha) meaning "cart, telega".
Cianci Italian
The surname Cianci is a name for a person of small financial means. The surname Cianfari is derived from the Italian words cianfrone and cianferone, which referred to a type of medieval coin.
Čičak Croatian
Means ''burdock, thistle''.
Ciccone English
A diminutive of Francesco. A famous bearer is American singer Madonna Ciccone (1958-), better known as simply Madonna.
Çiçek Turkish
Means "flower, blossom" in Turkish.
Cicero Italian
From the Italian cicero "pea," "chickpea," or "lentil."
Cichy Polish, Slovak, Czech
Meaning "quiet" or "silent".
Cicvara Serbian
Derived from cicvara (цицвара), meaning "gruel", a type of food.
Ciepliński Polish
This indicates familial origin within either of 3 Kuyavian villages: Ciepliny-Budy, Cieplinki, or Ciepliny.
Cieszyński Polish
Habitational name for a person from the town Cieszyn in southern Poland, derived from a diminutive of the given name Ciechosław.
Çifligu Albanian (Rare)
This surname derives from the Albanian city Çiflig. The word Çiflig comes from the Turkish term for land management in the Ottoman Empire. Albania was under Ottoman rule for almost 500 years and has many cities and surnames that derive from Turkish terms.
Cifrino Italian
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".
Çiftçi Turkish
Means "farmer" in Turkish.