Submitted Surnames Starting with C

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Collet French
From a pet form of Colle.
Colley English
With variant Coley, can mean "dark" or "blackbird" or it can be a nickname for Nicholas. Colley was used as a surname for generations of students from the same family taught by a teacher over many years in James Hilton's sentimental novel "Goodbye, Mr... [more]
Collier English
This name is derived from Middle English cole, from Old English col meaning "coal", combined with the agent suffix (i)er, which denotes someone who does/works with something. Thus, the surname was originally used for a burner, gatherer or seller of coal.
Collin Swedish
Either a combination of an unknown first name element (possibly derived from a place name) and the common surname suffix -in, or a variant of German Colin.
Collines French
French for "hillbanks".
Collinsworth English
Variant spelling of Collingsworth, itself a variant of Collingwood.
Collis English
A variant of Collins, itself a patronymic of given names Collin or Colin, both ultimately nicknames for Nicholas.
Collison English
A variant of Collinson, which is a variant of Collins.
Collum Northern Irish
Reduced form of northern Irish Mccollum.
Colmenares Spanish
It literally means "apiaries", denoting someone who either worked at some or lived near some.
Colo Italian
From the personal name Colo, a short form of Nicolo (see Nicholas). (Colò) nickname from medieval Greek kolos ‘lame’, classical Greek kylos.
Cologne French
Habitational name from a place in France called Cologne.
Colombres Asturian
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous parish in Ribadeva.
Colon Spanish (Americanized), Filipino
Unaccented form of Colón primarily used in America and the Philippines.
Colonel American
From a French word for a military rank of an officer who led a column of regimental soldiers. Could be a nickname for someone with a military bearing or demeanor.
Colston English
Colston means “Coal town settlement.” It is also a variant of Colton.
Colter English
English occupational name for someone who looked after asses and horses, from an agent derivative of Colt. Compare Coulthard. Variant spelling of German Kolter.
Coltonson English
Means "Son of Colton".
Coltrane Irish (Anglicized)
Northern Irish Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Coltaráin.
Columbus English (Latinized)
Latinized version of Colombo.
Coman Romanian
Means "bent or crooked".
Combeferre Literature (?)
Combeferre is the surname of one of the strong, persuasive members of the ABC in Victor Hugo's novel Les Misérables. Meaning is unknown.
Comeau French, French (Acadian), Louisiana Creole
French: from a Gascon diminutive of Combe.
Comeaux French (Acadian), French Creole
Variant spelling of French Comeau.
Comim Italian
It mans waiter in italian.
Cominero Medieval Spanish (Latinized, Rare)
Means "gatherer of cumin" from the spanisgh word "comino".
Commander Anglo-Saxon, French
From Middle English comander, comandor and comandour and also from Old French comandeor, all meaning "commander", "leader" or "ruler". The first recorded use of the name is through a family seat held in Somerset.
Commegno Friulian
Imaginative, wealth, adventurer
Commons Breton
It's generally believed this name comes from a Breton personal name, derived from element "cam," meaning "bent," or "crooked;" or from the herb "cummin" (cumin). Or from the place name Comines, in Flanders, Northern France.... [more]
Competente Spanish (Philippines)
Means "competent" in Spanish.
Compton English
Habitational name from any of the numerous places throughout England (but especially in the south) named Compton, from Old English cumb meaning "short, straight valley" + tūn meaning "enclosure", "settlement".
Conahan Irish (Anglicized)
Irish reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Connachaín (see Cunningham).
Conant Ancient Celtic, Pictish
A patronym from the ancient Celtic personal name Conan, which derives from the Celtic kunovals meaning "high" and "mighty".... [more]
Conatser English (Anglicized)
A variant of the German last name Konitzer.
Conceição Portuguese
Portuguese cognate of Concepción.
Concepción Spanish
Means "conception'' in Spanish, in reference to the Immaculate Conception of Virgin Mary.
Concepcion Spanish (Filipinized)
Unaccented form of Concepción primarily used in the Philippines and America.
Conde Spanish
1 Spanish and Portuguese: “nickname from the title of rank conde ‘count’, a derivative of Latin comes, comitis ‘companion’.”... [more]
Condom French
Regional name for someone who lives in a French province named "Condom".
Condon Irish (Anglicized, Modern)
Anglicized form of Gaelic Condún, itself a Gaelicized form of the Anglo-Norman habitational name de Caunteton... [more]
Condrick Irish
Surname of an Irish immigrant who had snuck onto a ship and travelled to Australia during the early 1900's.
Cone Irish
Reduced form of McCone. Americanized spelling of North German Kohn or Köhn, or Kuhn.
Conejo Spanish
Spanish for rabbit from Latin "cuniculus". Given to someone who hunted rabbits.
Coney English
Means "seller of rabbits", or from a medieval nickname for someone thought to resemble a rabbit (in either case from Middle English cony "rabbit").
Cong Tang Ton Nu Vietnamese
Often written with the middle two words uncapitalized when with a full name; example: Con tang ton Nu Hue Hue. The first name is Hue Hue, and the surname is Cong tang ton Nu. It is a female royal Vietnamese surname created by the Nguyen Dynasty.
Coniglio Italian
Means rabbit in Italian from Latin "cuniculus" given to someone who hunted rabbits.
Conklin Irish, Dutch
Origin unidentified. Most likely of Dutch origin (the name is found in the 18th century in the Hudson Valley), or possibly a variant of Irish Coughlin.
Conlan Irish
Variant of Conlon.
Conley Irish
Variant of Connolly.
Conlin Irish
Variant of Conlon.
Conlon Irish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Conalláin or Ó Caoindealbháin.
Connick Yiddish
Variation on Koenig.
Connington English
This name means "The king's manor, the royal estate," from the Old Scandinavian word "konunger" + the Old English word "tun." It was listed twice in the Domesday Book of 1086, once as Coninctune and secondly as Cunitone.
Conquest English
Probably from a medieval nickname, perhaps applied to a domineering person. This surname is borne by the British poet, historian and critic Robert Conquest (1917-).
Conrad German
Americanized spelling of Konrad.
Conradi German, Danish (Rare), Norwegian (Rare)
Derived from a patronymic from the given name Konrad.
Conrado Spanish
From the given name Conrado
Conran Irish
The surname Conran is derived from 'O Conarain', and Conran is a more anglicized version.... [more]
Consiglio Italian
Meaning "counselor" or "one who gives good advice".
Constance English, French
From the given name Constance
Constant French, Dutch, English
From the given name Constant or from the word "constant"
Constantinides Greek (Cypriot)
Alternate transcription of Konstantinidis chiefly used in Cyprus.
Constantinou Greek (Cypriot)
Alternate transcription of Konstantinou chiefly used in Cyprus.
Conte Italian
Means "count (a title of nobility)" in Italian.
Contemplacion Spanish (Philippines, Rare)
Derived from Spanish contemplación meaning "contemplation." ... [more]
Contino Italian
Diminutive of Italian Conte or Conti.
Contractor Indian (Parsi)
Parsi occupational surname for a contractor, or someone who works on the basis of a contract. As the British rule of India demanded for all Parsees to adopt a surname, many adopted English vocabulary based on their occupation (i.e. Engineer or Merchant).
Converse English
Originally a nickname for a Jew converted to Christianity or an occupational name for someone converted to the religious way of life, a lay member of a convent, from Middle English and Old French convers "convert".
Conway Welsh, Scottish, Irish
As a Welsh surname, it comes from the name of a fortified town on the coast of North Wales (Conwy formerly Conway), taken from the name of the river on which it stands. The river name Conwy may mean "holy water" in Welsh.... [more]
Conwell English
Russell Cornwell Hoban was a children's book writer.
Coogan Irish
Anglicized form of the Gaelic name "MacCogadhain"; composed of the Gaelic prefix "mac," which means "son of," and the Gaelic personal name "Cuchogaidh", which means "Hound of War". The name is also found in Ireland as Cogan, Coggan, Coggen, Cogin, Coggon, Coogan and Goggin(s).
Cooglan Irish
Irish surname of unknown meaning. May be a variant of Coghlan.
Coogler German (Americanized)
Americanized form of Kugler.
Cookinham Jewish (Americanized)
This has the form of an English habitational name; however, there is no record of any such place name in the British Isles, and the surname does not appear in present-day records. It is probably an Americanized form of Jewish Guggenheim .
Cooley Irish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Giolla Chúille ‘son of the servant of (Saint) Mochúille’, a rare Clare name.
Coolidge English
Probably an occupational name for a college servant or someone with some other association with a university college, for example a tenant farmer who farmed one of the many farms in England known as College Farm, most of which are or were owned by university colleges.
Coonrod Dutch
Americanized spelling of Dutch Coenraet or Koenraadt or German Kühnrat (Konrad).
Cooter English
A Sussex, England surname of uncertain meaning. Could be a local pronunciation of Cotter, meaning "cottage dweller" for a serf in the feudal system allowed to live in a cottage in exchange for labor on the cottage owner's estate.
Cope Anglo-Saxon
Earliest origins of the Cope surname date from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain, for a person who habitually wore a long cloak or cape. The surname Cope is derived from the Old English word cope, which emerged about 1225 and comes from the Old English word cape, which refers to a cloak or cape.
Copeland English
Some sources say that Copeland is English: "one that is good at coping". Another says Copeland is Northern English and Scottish, from Cumberland and Northumberland meaning "bought land". Old Norse, kaupa-land for‘bought land’.
Coppenhaver German
Americanized spelling, probably originally spelled Kopenhaver or Koppenhaver. Means "owner of a hill".
Coppins English
From a reduced diminutive of Jacob.
Copus English
For full analysis of the origin for the name Copus/Copas I would refer you to my family website copusfamily.co.uk
Corbalán Aragonese
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous municipality.
Corbeddu Sardinian
Means "son of Corbu" in Sardinian.
Corbelli Emilian-Romagnol
May be mean 'raven-like' or 'basket maker'.
Corbett English, Scottish, Welsh
Nickname from Norman French corbet meaning 'little crow, raven'. This surname is thought to have originated in Shropshire. The surname was taken by bearers to Scotland in the 12th Century, and to Northern Ireland in the 17th Century.... [more]
Corbin English, French
Derived from French corbeau meaning "raven," originally denoting a person who had dark hair.
Corbyn English
Variant of Corbin, notably borne by current Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn (1949-).
Corcovado Spanish
Means "hunchback" in Spanish. It would denote a person with a curved spine.
Cord Northern Irish
Reduced form of Mccord.
Cordasco Italian
From the given name Corda or Cordio (a short form of Accord(i)o, literally "agreement") + the suffix -asco denoting kinship.
Corday French
Either from the French word corde meaning "cord/rope/string", or from the Latin word cor meaning "heart." This was the surname of Charlotte Corday, the assassin who killed Jacobin leader Jean-Paul Marat during the French revolution.
Cordeiro Portuguese, Galician
Means "young lamb" in Portuguese and Galician (Latin cordarius, a derivative of cordus "young", "new")... [more]
Corden English
Derives from Old French Cordon meaning "a seller of ribbon" or from Cordoan, a locational job description for a worker in fine kid leather. Originally associated with the city of Cordova in Spain... [more]
Corder French (Anglicized, Archaic), English (American)
Linked to both English, French and Spanish origin. Cordier, Cordero, Corder- one who makes cord. Can refer to both the act of making cords (rope), cores of fire wood, or actual location names.... [more]
Cordero Spanish
Means "lamb" in Spanish, either used as an occupational name for a shepherd or a religious name referring to Jesus as the Lamb of God.
Córdoba Spanish
Indicates someone who was originally from the city of Córdoba (Cordova) in Andalusia, Spain. The name itself is derived from Phonecian Qʾrtuba meaning "Juba’s city", itself from Phonecian qʾrt meaning "city" and juba referring to King Juba I of Numidia.
Cordonnier French
An occupational surname for a cordwainer or shoemaker, and derived from Old French cordouanier, literally meaning "cobbler".
Cordoveiru Asturian
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous parish of the municipality of Pravia.
Cordray English
From a medieval nickname for a proud man (from Old French cuer de roi "heart of a king").
Cords German
Derived from the first name Konrad.
Core English (American), German (Anglicized)
Core is the anglicized form of the German surname Kohr, also spelled Kürr. Alternately, it is an English name of Flemish origin.
Coreano Filipino, Spanish, Portuguese
Means "Korean" in Spanish and Portuguese, possibly an ethnic name or regional name for someone from Korea or who had connections with Korea.
Corio Italian
Variant of Coiro.
Cork English
Metonymic occupational name for a supplier of red or purple dye or for a dyer of cloth, Middle English cork (of Celtic origin; compare Corkery).
Corke English
Variant of Cork.
Corkery Irish (Anglicized)
Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Corcra "descendant of Corcra", a personal name derived from corcair "purple" (ultimately cognate with Latin purpur).
Corlett Manx
From Manx Gaelic Mac Thorliot "son of Thorliot", a male personal name derived from Old Norse Thórrljótr, literally "Thor-bright".
Corll German (Anglicized)
Americanized form of Karl.
Ćorluka Croatian
Derived from Turkish körlük, meaning "blindness".... [more]
Cormican Scottish
From a pet form of the Gaelic personal name Cormac (see McCormick).
Cormier French
French topographic name for someone who lived near a sorb or service tree, Old French cormier (from corme, the name of the fruit for which the tree was cultivated, apparently of Gaulish origin).
Cornacchia Italian
Nickname meaning "crow, jackdaw" in Italian, applied to someone who was talkative or thought to resemble a crow or jackdaw in some other way.
Cornwall Celtic
One who came from Cornwall, a county in the South West of England.
Cornwallis Scottish
Example: Lord Charles Cornwallis.
Cornwell English
Habitational name from Cornwell in Oxfordshire, named from Old English corn, a metathesized form of cron, cran ‘crane’ + well(a) ‘spring’, ‘stream’.variant of Cornwall.
Coronacion Spanish (Philippines)
Derived from Spanish coronación, meaning "coronation", referring to the idea that the Virgin Mother of God was physically crowned as Queen of Heaven after her Assumption.
Coronado Spanish (Latin American), American (Hispanic), Spanish (Philippines)
Means "crowned." This was possibly a nickname for one resembling a clergyman who has received the tonsure.
Corpus Anglo-Saxon
It was a name given to a dark-haired person. In Yorkshire and Suffolk, the surname Corpus is derived from the Old Norse word korpr, which means raven; in Oxfordshire, the surname is derived from the Old French word corp, which has the same meaning.
Corpuz Spanish (Philippines)
Variant of Corpus primarily used in the Philippines.
Corr Irish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Corra "descendant of CORRA".
Corradino Italian
From the given name Corradino.
Corrado Italian
From the personal name Corrado.
Corrales Spanish
Habitational name for someone originally from any of the various locations named Corrales in Spain, from Spanish corral meaning "coral, enclosure".
Corrao Italian
Reduced form Corrado.
Correa Portuguese, Spanish
From Spanish, meaning "leather garment."
Correia Portuguese
meaning "leather strap" or "belt", "rein", or "shoelace"; denoting a person who worked with leather products
Corrie English
Habitational name from places in Arran, Dumfries, and elsewhere, named Corrie, from Gaelic coire "cauldron", applied to a circular hanging valley on a mountain.
Corrie Scottish
Scottish spelling of Mccorry.
Corrigan English
Traditionally an Irish surname meaning "spear". From the Irish Gaelic corragán which is a double diminutive of corr 'pointed'.
Corrin Manx, Scottish
First documented in 1290, sources suggest prototypes to be of Norse and/or Irish origins or a Manx contraction of Mac Oran from Mac Odhrain.
Corsaut French
Possibly a variant of Cossart.
Corsi Italian
Patronymic or plural form of CORSO.
Corso Italian, English (American), Spanish (Latin American), Portuguese (Brazilian)
Either derived from the given name Bonaccorso or taken from Italian and Spanish corso, denoting someone who lived in Corsica.
Corson English
Nickname from Old French 'corson', a diminutive of curt ‘short’
Cort Polish, Russian, Jewish
Derived from the surname "Kutalczuk", "Kotelchik", "Cuttlechuck", or "Kuttlechuck"
Corte Spanish, Catalan, Italian, Portuguese
From corte ‘court', applied as an occupational name for someone who worked at a manorial court or a topographic name for someone who lived in or by one.
Cortès Catalan
Catalan form of Cortés.
Cortês Portuguese
Portuguese form of Cortés.
Cortright English
Habitational surname from the Dutch Kortrijk for a person from a place of this name in Flanders. Perhaps also a respelling of English Cartwright.
Corvin Hungarian (Americanized)
Shortened and Americanized form of Corvinus.
Corvino Italian, Spanish
From the given name Corvino
Corvinus Hungarian
dirived from Corvin, maning raven.
Corvo Italian, Portuguese
From the given name Corvo
Cosain Filipino, Maranao
From the given name Cosain.
Cosca Italian
Topographic name from the Calabrian dialect word c(u)oscu "oak", also "wood".
Cosco Italian
Masculinized form of Cosca.
Coscollola Catalan
This indicates familial origin within or within the vicinity of the eponymous farmhouse in the municipality of Lladurs.
Cosgrove English
Habitational name from Cosgrove in Northamptonshire, named with an Old English personal name Cof + Old English graf "grove", "thicket".
Cosgrove Irish
From the Gaelic name Ó Coscraigh "descendant of Coscrach."
Čosić Croatian
Variant spelling of Ćosić.
Cosmo Italian
From the given name Cosmo.
Coss English
English short form of Cossio.
Cossack Irish
Variant of Cusack
Cossart English, French
From French, referring to "a dealer of horses" (related to the English word "courser"). This surname was brought to England in the wake of the Norman Conquest of 1066, and became one of the many Anglo-Norman words that made up Middle English.
Cossiga Italian, Sardinian
Sardinian translation of the place name Corsica. A famous bearer of the name is Francesco Cossiga (1928-2010), Italian politician who served as Prime Minister (1979-1980) and as President (1985-1992).
Costabile Italian
Italian name.... [more]
Costache Romanian
From the given name Costache
Costantino Italian
From the given name Costantino
Costello Irish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Oisdealbhaigh meaning "son of Oisdealbhach". The given name Oisdealbhach is derived from Irish os meaning "deer, fawn" and dealbhach meaning "resembling, shapely".
Coster English
Metonymic occupational name for a grower or seller of costards (Anglo-Norman French, from coste 'rib'), a variety of large apples, so called for their prominent ribs.
Costiniu Romanian
Meaning unknown.
Cotoni Italian
means "cottons" in Italian
Cotter English
"A cottage dweller", a name in the feudal system for a serf allowed to live in a cottage in exchange for labor on the cottage owner's estate.
Cotter Irish
Reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Oitir "son of Oitir", a personal name borrowed from Old Norse Óttarr, composed of the elements ótti "fear, dread" and herr "army".
Cotton English, French
English: habitational name from any of numerous places named from Old English cotum (dative plural of cot) ‘at the cottages or huts’ (or sometimes possibly from a Middle English plural, coten)... [more]
Cottonwood English
The name of a person who lived among cottonwood trees.