Submitted Surnames Starting with C

Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
Chauré French (Quebec)
Either derived from Old French chaurer "to warm up; to stir up" or a variant of Chauray.
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"
Chavis Lumbee
The earliest possibly record of this is from 1728. The spelling at the time was possibly different. It was the surname of freed servant mulatto servant named Will Chaviss. In 1900 census of Robeson County, North Carolina the word was self-identified as a Lumbee last name.
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 Sanskrit तांडुल (cawal) 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.
Chay Khmer
Variant transcription of Chhay.
Chaykov Russian, Belarusian
Derived from Russian чайка (chayka) meaning "seagull".
Chaykovskaya Russian
Feminine transcription of Russian Чайковский (see Chaykovsky).
Che Chinese
From Chinese 车 (chē) meaning "(wheeled) vehicle".
Chea Chinese
Variant of Xie.
Chea Khmer
Khmer romanization of the Chinese surname Xie.
Cheah Chinese (Hokkien), Chinese (Teochew), Chinese (Hakka)
Hokkien, Teochew and Hakka romanization of Xie.
Cheam Khmer
Means "bowl, plate" in Khmer.
Cheam Chinese (Hokkien)
Hokkien romanization of Zhan.
Cheang Chinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese romanization of Zheng.
Chechenov Karachay-Balkar, Chechen
Means "son of a Chechen."
Chechensky Chechen
Refers to a region in Southwestern Russia named "Chechnya".
Chedder English (American)
this name comes from the name cheddar cheese
Chee Chinese (Hokkien)
Hokkien romanization of Xu 1.
Chee Navajo
From Navajo łichííʼ meaning "red".
Cheeks Popular Culture
This is the surname of Sandy a Cheeks from SpongeBob SquarePants.
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.
Cheeseman English
Occupational name for a maker or seller of cheese.
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).
Chegwidden Cornish
From the Cornish meaning "white house".
Chegwin Cornish
Means "person who lives in or by a white house" (from Cornish chy "house" + gwyn "white").
Cheim Khmer
Variant transcription of Choem.
Chekhov Russian
Possibly referred to someone from Czechia, or a derivative of the ancient Russian name Chekh or Chokh, which in turn relates to the verb chikhat "to sneeze"... [more]
Chekov Russian
This is the surname of the fictional Star Trek Character, Pavel Andreievich Chekov.
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"
Chene French
Means "oak" in French. Perhaps it's named for someone who lived by an oak tree.
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 Hmong
From the clan name Tsheej associated with the Chinese character 陳 (chén) (see Chen).
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.
Chentsov Russian
From chenets, meaning "monk".
Cheon Korean
From Sino-Korean 天 (cheon) meaning "sky, heavens" or 千 (cheon) meaning "thousand, many".
Cheong Korean
Variant of Jeong.
Cheong Chinese (Hakka), Chinese (Cantonese)
Hakka and Cantonese romanization of Zhang.
Chepchumba Kalenjin
Matronymic surname meaning "daughter of Chumba".
Cherchi Italian
Probably from the given name Ciriaco.
Chergui Arabic (Maghrebi)
From Arabic شَرْقِيّ (šarqiyy) meaning "eastern, one from the east".
Cherian Indian (Christian)
From the given name Cherian.
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.
Cheriyan Indian (Christian)
From the given name Cherian.
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".
Chernyy Ukrainian, Russian
Means "black", a nickname for a person with dark hair.
Cherrington English
Habitational Name From Any Of Various Places Called Cherington or Cherrington... [more]
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]
Cherubin French, Polish
nickname from Old French chérubin and polish cherubin ‘cherub’, from ecclesiastical Latin cherubin.
Cherubini Italian
Means "son of Cherubino".
Cherubino Italian
Italian cognitive of Cherubin, from the given name Cherubino or the nickname of the same word from Ecclesiastical Latin Cherubin.
Cherwin English
It means cherry friend.
Chery French
The name Chery is derived from the Anglo Norman French word, cherise, which means cherry, and was probably used to indicate a landmark, such as a cherry tree, which distinguished the location bearing the name.
Cheryazov Uzbek, Russian
Meaning unknown, possibly derived from Uzbek ... [more]
Chesbrough English
habitational name from Cheeseburn in Northumberland early recorded as Cheseburgh possibly from Old English cis "gravel" and burh "stronghold"... [more]
Chesney English (?)
Came from France and has been shortened.
Chessa Italian
Probably from Sardinian chersa "lentisk", a kind of tree.
Chesterton English
From the name of a parish in Cambridgeshire.
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".
Cheuk Chinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese romanization of Zhuo.
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.
Chevrier French
Occupational name for a goatherd from an agent derivative of chèvre "goat" (from Latin capra "nanny goat").
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.
Cheyne English
Locational or topographical surname derived from Old French chesne, chesnai "oak tree, oak grove", ultimately derived from medieval Latin casnetum.
Cheyo Tanzanian (Rare)
Italian and Spanish variation of Elisha. "God is my salvation"
Chhangte Mizo
Chhangte has an unknown meaning.
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.
Chi Chinese (Rare)
From 池 (Chí) means pool.
Chiacchiaretta Italian
From chiacchierare "to chat, to chatter, to gossip".
Chiacchio Italian
Possibly from Neapolitan chiachiello "all talk, not serious".
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]
Chiam Chinese (Hokkien)
Hokkien romanization of Zhan.
Chiama Igbo
Western Africa (Nigeria)... [more]
Chiang Chinese
Alternate transcription of Jiang.
Chiang Chinese
Alternate transcription of Jiang 1.
Chiang Chinese
Alternate transcription of Jiang 2.
Chiao Chinese
Alternate transcription of Chinese 焦 (see Jiao).
Chiapello Italian
Possibly connected to chiappare "to catch, to trap", a nickname for a hunter. Alternately, may be an elaborate form of Chiappa.
Chiappa Italian
Possibly chiappa "stone", indicating someone who lived in a stony area.
Chiappetta Italian
A nickname derived from chiappa, meaning "buttock, butt cheek". Alternately, may be a diminutive of Chiappa.
Chiappone Italian
From Sicilian chiappuni "fat, lazy man".
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.
Chiarella Italian
Diminutive of Chiara, itself from the given name Chiara.
Chiasson French, English
French surname originally denoting someone from the the municipality of Chiasso in Ticino, Switzerland, located along the Swiss/Italian border.... [more]
Chiavetta Italian
From Italian "chiavetta", deriving from chiave meaning key.
Chibana Japanese
千 (Chi) means "one thousand" and 花 (bana) is a variation of hana, meaning "blossom, flower".... [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.
Chicane Various
Unknown origins/meaning. Some sources claim it is a variation of the surname "Chick". Chicane is also a French word meaning "to cavil, to quibble".
Chichigov Chechen
Meaning unknown.
Chichigova Chechen
Feminine transcription of Chechen Чичигов (see 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
Chieco Spanish
derives from Franciscus (Frank) ... first searching for it, the SE thought I might actually have meant Chico
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.
Chigurh Literature, Popular Culture
Meaning unknown. It is intended to be "ethnically ambiguous", but one theory suggests that it may be derived from the Spanish verb seguir meaning "to follow, to continue". This name was invented by the American author Cormac McCarthy for the villain in his novel No Country for Old Men (2005)... [more]
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".
Chikahisa Japanese
Chika means "near" and hisa means "long time, long time ago, longevity".
Chikamatsu Japanese
From 近 (chika) meaning "close, near" and 松 (matsu) meaning "pine, fir tree".
Chikano Japanese
Chika means "near" and no means "field, rice paddy".
Chikomborero Shona
CHIKOMBORERO means "a blessing".
Chikuchishin Japanese (Rare)
Variant reading of Japanese Kanji 築地新 (see Tsukijishin).
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").
Chim Chinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese romanization of Zhan.
Chim Khmer
Variant transcription of Choem.
Chimalhua Nahuatl
Means "has a shield, possessor of shields" in Nahuatl.
Chimoto Japanese
Chi can mean "thousand" or "ground, soil" and moto means "source, origin, root".
Chin Chinese (Hakka)
Hakka romanization of Chen.
Chin English
Variant of Chinn.
Chinc Polish
Variant of Hinc.
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.
Chincoya Nahuatl
Meaning uncertain.
Chińcz Polish
Variant of Hinc.
Chincz Polish
Variant of Hinc.
Chindavong Lao
From Lao ຈິນດາ (chinda) meaning "imagination, meditation, reflection" and ວົງ (vong) meaning "lineage, family".
Ching Chinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese romanization of Cheng.
Chinji Japanese (Rare)
From Japanese 鎮寺 (Chinji), from 鎮寺門 (Chinjimon), a name of a group of several households in the Kadowari System that took place in the Edo Period in the former Japanese province of Satsuma in parts of present-day Kagoshima, Japan, as well as surrounding areas.
Chino Japanese (Rare)
Written with characters Chi ("Micanthus Reed") and No ("Feild").
Chino Japanese
From Japanese 千 (chi) meaning "thousand" and 野 (no) meaning "field, wilderness".
Chi Nowydh Cornish
It means "new house".
Chiodi Italian
From Italian chiodo "nail", probably given to someone who made or sold nails.
Chionidis Greek
From the Greek word for snow, 'χιόνι'. Descendant, son of the 'snowy one.'
Chiovaro Sicilian
Unknown meaning. Brought over to the United States from Sicilian immigrants, where the pronunciation changed from KEE-o-vah-row to SHIV-ahr-ow.
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
Chiravejsundornkul Thai (Sanskritized, Rare)
Sanskritized transcription of Thai จิรเวชสุนทรกุล (see Chirawetsunthonkun).
Chirawetsunthonkun Thai (Rare)
From Thai จิร (chira) meaning "long", เวช (wet) meaning "doctor; physician", สุนทร (sunthon) meaning "beautiful; nice; well", and กุล (kun) meaning "tribe, race, lineage".
Chirayangyuen Thai (Rare)
Means "to endure long", From Thai จิร (chira-) meaning "long; extended" and ยั่งยืน (yangyuen) meaning "to endure; to last".
Chirico Italian
Surname of Italian surrealist artist, Giorgio de Chirico
Chiroto Shona
Meaning unknown.
Chisaka Japanese
Chi means "thousand" and saka means "slope, hill".
Chisaki Japanese
Chi can mean "thousand" or "pond", and saki means "cape, promontory, peninsula".
Chishall English
The name comes from when they lived in Chishall, two parishes in the county of Essex.
Chishiya Japanese
From Japanese 千 (chi) meaning "thousand", 地 (chi) meaning "earth, land", 智 (chi) meaning "wisdom, intellect" 散 (chi) meaning "scatter", 梓 (shi) meaning "Japanese cherry birch", 塩 (shio) meaning "salt", 沙 (shi) meaning "sand", 司 (shi) meaning "to take charge of; to control; to manage", 史 (shi) meaning "history", 四 (shi) meaning "four", 士 (shi) meaning "samurai, warrior", 子 (shi) meaning "child", 市 (shi) meaning "market", 志 (shi) meaning "purpose, will, determination, aspiration, ambition", 氏 (shi) meaning "a family; a clan", 糸 (shi) meaning "thread", 紙 (shi) meaning "paper", 紫 (shi) meaning "purple; violet", 至 (shi) meaning "to reach; to arrive", 詩 (shi) meaning "poetry, poem", 資 (shi) meaning "money; fund; wealth; capital", 汐 (shi) meaning "evening tide; night tides; ebb", 心 (shi) meaning "heart, mind, soul" or 清 (shi) meaning "clear; limpid", and 也 (ya) meaning "also" or 哉 (ya), an exclamation... [more]
Chisholm Scottish
The name of a location in Roxburghshire, Scotland, which itself comes from cisil "gravel" and holm "islet".
Chishti Urdu
From the name of the town of Chisht in present-day Herat province, Afghanistan.
Chisuga Japanese
Chi means "thousand" and suga means "sedge".
Chitsawangdee Thai (Rare)
Variant transcription of Thai จิตต์สว่างดี (see Chitsawangdi).
Chitsawangdi Thai (Rare)
From Thai จิตต์ (chit) meaning "mind; heart; soul; spirit; mentality", สว่าง (sawang) meaning "bright; shining", and ดี (di) meaning "good".
Chittsawangdee Thai (Rare)
Variant transcription of Thai จิตต์สว่างดี (see Chitsawangdi).
Chiu Chinese
Alternate transcription of Qiu chiefly used in Taiwan.
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, meaning "know, wisdom" and 浦 (ho, ura) meaning "bay, beach, creek, gulf, inlet, seacoast."... [more]
Chivaaree Thai
From Thai ชีวะ (chiwa) meaning "life" and อารี (ari) meaning "tolerant, liberal, generous; magnanimous"
Chivton English (American)
Portmanteau of Chiovaro and Cranston. First known use in 2023.
Chiweshe Shona
Meaning unknown.
Chiya Japanese (Rare)
Means "bloody arrow; arrow of blood" in Japanese.
Chiyonofuji Japanese
It means "One thousand years of wisteria."
Chloros Greek
Meaning "green" in Greek