Submitted Surnames Starting with C

usage
Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
Castel French
Topographic name from a derivative of Late Latin castellum "castle" (a diminutive of Latin castrum "fort Roman walled city") or a habitational name from any of several places called (Le) Castel... [more]
Castellan Italian
This name is of Latin origin. It comes from "castellanus" meaning 'castellan, steward of a castle'.
Castellaneta Italian
Originated in an area of Italy, known as the Papal States.
Castellani Italian
Italian form of Castellano.
Castellanos Spanish
Habitational name from any of various places called Castellanos, derived from Spanish castellano meaning "Castilian".
Castellar Medieval Italian, Medieval Spanish
An Italian surname variant of or relating to Castello , Castelli, or Spanish Castella, among others, the Castellar family name signified that the original bearers "lived at or near a castle"... [more]
Castelli Judeo-Italian, Italian, Spanish
Italian patronymic or plural form of Castello. ... [more]
Castello Catalan, Italian
Catalan variant of Castell or from Italian castello meaning "castle".
Castelmur Romansh
Derived from Romansh castel "castle" and mür "wall".
Castelnuovo Italian, Judeo-Italian
From Italian castello "castle" and nuovo "new".
Castelo Branco Portuguese
Means “White Castle” in Portuguese.... [more]
Castiel Judeo-Christian-Islamic 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"
Castiñeira Galician
Means "chestnut tree" in Galician, ultimately from Latin castanea.
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
Habitational Name From Any Of Various Places Called Castrejón Especially In Valladolid Province Or A Topographic Name From A Diminutive Of Castro ‘Castle’ From Latin Castrum ‘Fort Roman Walled City’.
Castrischer Romansh
Derived from the place name Castrisch.
Castrogiovanni Italian
Habitational name from Castrogiovanni, the name until 1927 of Enna in central Sicily.
Casuco Filipino, Cebuano
From Cebuano kasuko meaning "anger, hostility, fury".
Casura Romansh
Derived from Romansh casa "house" and sura "above; upper".
Casutt Romansh
Derived from Romansh casa "house" and sut "below".
Caswell English
Habitational name from places in Dorset, Northamptonshire, and Somerset named Caswell, from Old English cærse '(water)cress' + well(a) 'spring', 'stream'.
Catacutan Filipino, Tagalog
Derived from Tagalog katakutan meaning "fear, fright".
Catagbo Filipino, Cebuano
From Cebuano katagbo meaning "someone one is meeting with".
Catanese Italian
One who came from Catania.
Catapang Filipino, Tagalog
From Tagalog tapang meaning "bravery, courage".
Catapano Italian
Means "catapan, governor of a catepanate", ultimately from Byzantine Greek κατεπάνω (katepánō) "the one placed at the top, or the topmost".
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").
Catellan Venetian
Possibly a Venetian form of Catalano.
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 attempted to assassinate King James VI and I in the failed Gunpowder Plot of 1605.
Cathcart Scottish
Habitational name from Cathcart near Glasgow.
Cathomas Romansh
Derived from Romansh casa "house" and, by extension, "household, family" and the given name Thomas.
Cathomen Romansh
Derived from Romansh casa "house" and, by extension, "household, family" and the given name Thoman.
Catindig Filipino, Tagalog
From Tagalog katindig meaning "upright, standing".
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.
Catregn Romansh
Derived from the given name Catregna.
Catschegn Romansh
Derived from Romansh casa "house" and, by extension, "household, family" and a short form of the given name Vincentius.
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]
Cattano Sicilian (Rare)
Meaning "captain," this name began as a nickname in the Medieval Ages, probably for someone who actually was a ship's captain, or perhaps for someone who acted in some way like a captain.
Cattell Anglo-Saxon, French, Old Norse
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]
Catterall English
Derived from a town in England named "Catterall".
Cattermole English
Found mainly in Norfolk and Suffolk. Meaning uncertain; possibly from an east Anglian term meaning “dweller at the dyke”, or from Old French quatre moles “four mills”.
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]
Cauchon French, Norman, Picard
Metonymic occupational name for a maker or seller of slippers, derived from French chausson literally meaning "slipper".
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".
Causinel Old Norman
Possibly an Old Norman form of Cassino, itself a diminutive of Cassio, the Italian variant of the Roman name Cassius... [more]
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.
Cavadenti Italian
From Italian cava ("to extract, to pull out") and denti ("teeth"), an occupational name for a dentist.
Cavadov Azerbaijani
Means "son of Cavad".
Cavagnaro Italian
Means "basket-weaver."
Cavalcanti Italian
Means "riding" in Italian. An occupational surname for people who worked with horses.
Cavaleiro Portuguese
From a nickname derived from Portuguese cavaleiro meaning "knight", a cognate of Galician Cabaleiro.
Cavalera Italian
A bearer of this name is Brazilian metal musician Max Cavalera, whose father was Italian.
Cavaleri Italian, Sicilian
occupational name from Sicilian cavaleri "rider mounted soldier knight". It was also used as a patrician title. See Cavaliere.
Cavalier French (Southern)
Variant of Chevalier (meaning "knight, rider").
Cavallaro Italian, Sicilian
either a variant under Spanish influence of Cavaliere or an occupational name for a keeper or dealer in horses Sicilian cavaddaru.
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.
Çavdar Turkish
Means "rye" in Turkish.
Çavdar Turkish
Means "rye" in Turkish.
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".
Cavegn Romansh
Derived from Romansh casa "house" and, by extension, "household, family" and the given name Vivengius, itself a variant of Viventius.
Cavell English
Nickname for a bald man, from a diminutive of Anglo-Norman French cauf.
Cavelti Romansh
The first element is derived from Romansh casa "house" and, by extension, "household, family". The second element is of debated origin and meaning; theories include an adoption of Swiss German Welti.
Caveng Romansh
Variant of Cavegn.
Caverly English
English surname, a variant of the English surname Calverley, itself derived from the Old English calf "calf" and leag "field, clearing".
Caviedes Cantabrian (Hispanicized)
Castilianized form of a surname that indicates familial origin within an eponymous locality in the municipality of Valdáliga.
Caviezel Romansh
Derived from Romansh casa "house" and, by extension, "household, family" and the given name Viezel, a Romansh form of Wetzel.
Cavigelli Romansh
Derived from Romansh casa "house" and, by extension, "household, family" and the given name Vigelli (see Vigeli).
Cavil English
Variant of Cavill
Cavill English
Derived from Cavil, a place located in the East Riding of Yorkshire in northern England, named from Old English ca meaning "jackdaw" and feld meaning "open country". It is borne by the British actor Henry Cavill (1983-).
Cawas Indian (Parsi), Persian, Indian, Arabic
Cawas is an Indian (Parsi) surname which means “Arch” in Persian and ultimately Arabic. John Cawas of Toofani Tarzan fame was a notable person with that surname.
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'.
Cawthorne English
Means "person from Cawthorn or Cawthorne", both in Yorkshire ("cold thorn bush").
Caxaro Maltese
One bearer is Maltese philosopher Pietru Caxaro.
Çay Turkish
Means "river, brook, creek" in Turkish.
Cayabyab Filipino, Tagalog
Derived from Tagalog yabyab meaning "pounding of rice grains".
Çayır Turkish
Means "meadow, pasture" in Turkish.
Caylar Medieval Occitan, Judeo-Provençal
Mediaeval Occitan word for ""Castle"". This lives on in the Occitanian commune "Le Caylar-en-Larzac"
Caylor English
Anglicized form of Kaylor.
Caylus French
Of debated origin and meaning; theories include a Southern French corruption of Latin castellum "castle, fort, citadel, fortress, stronghold".
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".
Ceasar African American, German (Americanized)
Possibly derived from the given name Ceasar (a variant of Caesar), or an Americanized form of German Zieser.
Ceaușescu Romanian (Rare)
Derived from Romanian ceauș "doorman, courier, usher" (ultimately derived from Ottoman Turkish çavuş "messenger, sergeant"). 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.
Cecalupo Italian
Possibly means "blind wolf".
Cecamore Italian
Possibly means "blind love".
Ceccoli Italian
Derived from the given name Cecco. Nicoletta Ceccoli is a noted bearer.
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.
Cehuanocatl Nahuatl
Meaning uncertain, possibly derived from Nahuatl cehua "to be cold, cold weather" or cehualli "shadow, shade cast by something", combined with the suffix -catl indicating affiliation.
Ceja Spanish
From a common field name or a habitational name from any of various minor places called Ceja Yecla in Aragon.
Čekas Lithuanian
Likely an ethnonym meaning "Czech". Also possibly from the Polish surnames Czak or Czech.
Čekić Serbian, Bosnian
Derived from čekić (чекић), meaning "hammer".
Çela Albanian
Meaning Unknown.
Çela Albanian
From an old nickname for a brother-in-law, derived from a shortened form of the Turkish title çelebi meaning "gentleman".
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.
Çelebi Turkish
From a title meaning "gentleman" in Turkish.
Celedon Spanish
Spanish (Celedón): From The Old Personal Name Celedón From Celedonio From Greek Chelidonios ‘Like A Swallow’ Through Latin Chelidonius.
Celedonio Spanish
From the given name Celedonio.
Célestin French
From the given name Célestin.
Celidonio Italian
my maiden name
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
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]
Celudrus Persian Mythology (Rare, Archaic, ?)
It is a mystical name of a fiction book by an author named Giselle Viatcheslav, meaning "DRAGON DIAMOND GUARDIAN OF EVIL". It emerged shortly after a millennium dragon gives birth to a child with vampire blood on the sacred celestial moon... [more]
Cembrola Italian
My family is from St. Angelo, de Oliva, Naples, Italy
Cen Chinese
From Chinese 岑 (cén) referring to the ancient fief of Cen, which existed during the Zhou dynasty in what is now Shaanxi province.
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]
Centore Italian
from cento ore "hundred gold pieces" hence probably a nickname for a wealthy person.
Centurión Spanish
Originally a nickname derived from Spanish centurión (ultimately from Late Latin centum) literally meaning "centurion". Historically, a centurion is a military officer who commanded one hundred men in an Ancient Roman army during the classical period.
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". A famous bearer of this surname is Canadian actor and musician Michael Cera (1988-).
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]
Ceretti Italian (Tuscan), Medieval Italian (Tuscan)
The surname Cerri is derived from the Italian word cerro, which means bitter or Turkey oak. Often Italian local surnames bore the prefix "di", which signifies emigration from one place to another.... [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.
Ćerimović Bosnian
means "son of Ćerim"
Cerise French, Italian
Italian habitational name from La Cerise or Torrent-La Cerise placenames in Valle d'Aosta from French cerise "cherry"; and French occupational name from cerise "cherry" (from Latin cerasus) applied as a metonymic occupational name for someone who grew or sold cherries.
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.
Cerri Italian
From cerro "oak tree, Turkey oak".
Cerrito Italian
Variant of Cerri, or directly from Sicilian cirritu "Turkey oak grove".
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.
Cervera Spanish
A name for someone coming from any one of many places called Cervera, coming from Late Latin cervaria, meaning "place of stags".
Césaire French (Caribbean), Haitian Creole
From the given name Césaire. A notable bearer was Aimé Césaire (1913-2008), a Martiniquais politician and writer.
Cesare Italian
From the given name Cesare.
Cesco Italian
Derived from the given name Francesco.