Submitted Surnames Starting with C

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Citarella Neapolitan
Occupational name for someone who made or played a guitar, derived from chitarra or catarra "guitar".
Citlalpopoca Aztec, Nahuatl
From Nahuatl meaning "smoking star" or "comet".
Citovič Belarusian
Belarusian Latin spelling of Tsitovich.
Citrine Jewish
An invented Jewish name based on Yiddish tsitrin "lemon tree".
Ciubotaru Romanian
Means "boot maker" in Romanian, the one that makes boots ("ciubota" (singular), regionalism for "cizma"/"gheata"). Not the same with "shoe maker" (or "Schumacher" in German) as the Romanian "Ciubotar" refers strictly to boots and not all kinds of shoes.
Ciuffi Italian
Probably from Italian ciuffo "tuft (of hair)".
Ciuffreda Italian
Possibly from the given name Godefrida.
Ciuraru Romanian
Derived from the Romanian word cioară meaning "crow".
Civelek Turkish
Means "lively, cheerful" in Turkish.
Čizmadija Croatian
Possibly derived from čizma, meaning "boot".
Claassen German
The name Claassen means "son of Klaus." It's primarily German, but it's also Dutch and Danish.
Claeson English
Means "Son of Claes". Possibly an English phonetic elaboration of Clayton, but also a Swedish variant of Claesson.
Clagett English
One who came from a town named "claygate".
Clague Manx
Shortened Anglicization of either Gaelic Mac Luathóg "son of Luathóg", itself derived from a diminutive of Gaelic luath, Manx leah "swift", or from Gaelic Mac Laoghóg "son of Laoghóg", which is derived from a diminutive of Gaelic laogh and Manx lheiy "calf".
Clah Navajo
From Navajo nitłʼa meaning "he is left-handed".
Claine Scottish, Irish
Anglicized form of the Gaelic Mac Gille Eathain, a patronymic name meaning "son of the servant of Saint John."
Clair French
From the given name Clair.
Clairmont English
Means "bright hill."
Clapp German
Variant of Klapp.
Clarence English
From the given name Clarence.
Clarey Irish
Anglicized form of Ó Cléirigh and variant of O'Clery and Cleary.
Clarks English
Variant of Clark.
Clason English (American)
Americanized spelling of Dutch Claasen.
Clattenburg English (?)
Most likely something to do with a fortress. Meaning currently unknown.
Claude French
From the first name Claude.
Claudel French
From the given name Claudel.
Claudio Italian, Spanish
From the given name Claudio
Clauss German, French
Derived from the given name Klaus.
Clavel Spanish
Metonymic occupational name for a spice trader or a nail maker, derived from Spanish clavel or Catalan clavell meaning "nail", later also "clove", itself a derivative of Latin clavellus "nail".
Clavel French
Metonymic occupational name for a nail maker, ultimately from Latin clavellus "nail", but in some cases possibly from the same word in the sense "smallpox, rash". A fictional bearer is Miss Clavel, a nun and teacher in Ludwig Bemelmans's 'Madeline' series of children's books (introduced in 1939).
Clavell French, Catalan
The first documented records of the surname Clavell appear in Catalunya between 1291 and 1327. The word clavell traces back to the Indo-European words "kleu", later "klawo" meaning a metal tool. In Latin "clavus", it eventually became a surname "Clavell".
Claver English, Catalan
occupational name from Old French clavier Catalan claver "keeper of the keys doorkeeper" (from Latin clavarius from clavis "key").
Clavero English, Catalan
1 English: occupational name from Old French clavier ‘doorkeeper’ (from Latin clavis ‘key’).... [more]
Claw English
The surname Claw is a very rare English surname.
Clawson English
Means "son of Claus"
Claxon Anglo-Saxon, Medieval English
Derived from the Old English elements clǽg, which denoted places with a clayey soil and tūn, usually meaning "dwellings" or an "enclosed space", but was used in relation to any kind of human habitation... [more]
Clayberg English
Meaning is unknown, but it most likely means "clay mountain", from surnames Clay "clay" and Berg "mountain".
Claypool English
Derived from Claypole, a village and civil parish in the South Kesteven district of Lincolnshire, England, named from Old English cl?g meaning "clay" and pol meaning "pool".
Clayson English
Patronymic from the personal name Classe, a short form of Nicholas.
Cleave English
From an English topographical name meaning "cliff".
Cleaveland English
Spelling variant of Cleveland.
Clebsch Germanic
Means "baker" in Old Prussian.
Cleburne English
Cleburne is a surname of Northern English and Southern Scottish Anglo-Saxon origin.
Cleese Scottish, Irish, English
Variant spelling of McCleese. A famous bearer is English actor and comedian John Cleese (1939-).
Clegg English
From Old Norse kleggi 'haystack'
Clein German
Variant of Klein.
Cleland Belgian, Scottish, Irish
Scottish and Irish reduced form of McClelland. ... [more]
Clelland Scots, Irish
Scottish and Irish topographical name meaning "clay land".
Clem English, Dutch
From the given name Clem.
Clemenceau French
Derived from the French given name Clément. A notable bearer was the French prime minister Georges Clemenceau (1841-1929), who successfully lead France through the end of World War I.
Clements English
Means "son of Clement".
Clemmons English
Derived from the Latin first name Clement, Clemmons means "merciful".
Clemo English
From a Cornish form of the personal name Clement.
Clemons English
Means "son of Clement". Variant of Clement.
Clemson English
Means "son of Clem".
Clerc French
Occupational or status name for a member of a minor religious order or for a scholar Old French clerc from Late Latin clericus from Greek klērikos a derivative of klēros "inheritance legacy" with reference to the priestly tribe of Levites (see Levy ) "whose inheritance was the Lord"... [more]
Clerico Italian
Occupational or status name for a member of a minor religious order or for a scholar from Late Latin clericus (see Clerc ). Italian cognitive of Clark.
Clerihew Scottish
A Scottish surname of unknown origin and meaning. A clerihew is a humorous or satirical verse consisting of two rhyming couplets in lines of irregular metre about someone who is named in the poem. It was invented by the British author Edmund Clerihew Bentley (1875-1956; Clerihew was his mother's maiden name)... [more]
Clerk English
Variant spelling of Clark.
Clester English (American)
Probably an Americanized form of Dutch Klooster .
Cleto Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
From the given name Cleto.
Cleveland English
English regional name from the district around Middlesbrough named Cleveland ‘the land of the cliffs’, from the genitive plural (clifa) of Old English clif ‘bank’, ‘slope’ + land ‘land’... [more]
Cleveland Norwegian (Anglicized)
Americanized spelling of Norwegian Kleiveland or Kleveland, habitational names from any of five farmsteads in Agder and Vestlandet named with Old Norse kleif "rocky ascent" or klefi "closet" (an allusion to a hollow land formation) and land "land".
Clevenger English, Anglo-Saxon
The surname is derived from the Old English word cleofan which means to cleave or split.
Cleverley English
Probably means "person from Cleveley", Lancashire ("woodland clearing by a cliff").
Cleverly English
From a nickname for an intelligent or quick-witted person.
Cliffe English (British)
After the village of Cliffe, Kent in England.
Clift English
Topographic name for someone who lived by a crevice in rock, derived from Middle English clift meaning "cleft". The American actor Montgomery Clift (1920-1966) was a famous bearer of this name.
Clinger English (American)
Americanized spelling of German Klinger.Possibly a variant of Clinker. an English occupational name for a maker or fixer of bolts and rivets.
Clinkenbeard Low German
Possibly an Americanized form of North German Klingebiel, a variant of Klingbeil.
Clinker English (British, ?)
Possibly a varient of Clinger.
Clisby English
Surname originating in the village of Cleasby in North Yorkshire's Richmondshire district.
Clitso Navajo
From Navajo łitso meaning "yellow".
Clive English
English surname meaning "cliff" in Old English, originally belonging to a person who lived near a cliff.
Clooney English, Irish
From Gaelic Ó Cluanaigh meaning "descendant of Cluanach". Cluanach was a given name derived from Irish clauna "deceitful, flattering, rogue".
Clopath Romansh
Derived from a diminutive form of the given name Clo.
Clopton English
Habitational name from any of various places, for example in Essex, Suffolk, and Warwickshire, named Clopton from Old English clopp(a) meaning "rock", "hill" + tūn meaning "settlement".
Clore English (American)
Americanized spelling of German Klor (from a short form of the medieval personal name Hilarius (see Hillary) or Klar).
Clores Spanish, Portuguese
Portuguese form of Flores
Closson Scottish
this name is of the noble family in Orkney islands known as the closson whom came to Orkney with the viking raiders in the early 900's and they founded the noble house of closson there of
Clotts English
Found in the United States, most likely either an English spelling of Klutz, meaning "awkward, clumsy," or as a plural form of the English surname Clot, meaning "cloth ."
Cloud English
Topographic name for someone who lived near an outcrop or hill, from Old English clud "rock" (only later used to denote vapor formations in the sky).
Cloud French
From the Germanic personal name Hlodald, composed of the elements hlod "famous, clear" and wald "rule", which was borne by a saint and bishop of the 6th century.
Clough English (British)
The distinguished surname Clough is of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin. It is derived from the Old English "cloh," meaning "ravine" or "steep-sided valley," and was first used to refer to a "dweller in the hollow."
Clow English
Variant of Clough.
Cloyd Welsh (Anglicized)
Anglicized form of Clwyd.
Clucas Manx
Contracted anglicised form of "Mac Lucas" meaning "Son of Lucas
Clue English
Variant of Clough, traditionally found in Devonshire.
Cluff English
Derived from pre 7th century word "cloh" meaning a ravine or steep-sided valley.
Clute Dutch
From kluit, meaning "lamp"
Clutterbuck English, Dutch (Anglicized, ?)
English surname of unknown origin, possibly a corrupted form of a Dutch surname derived from Dutch klateren "to clatter" and beek "brook". The original surname may have been brought to England by Flemish weavers whom Edward III brought to England in the 14th century to teach their techniques to the English, or by Huguenots who fled the Netherlands in the 16th century to escape religious persecution... [more]
Cluxton English
Altered form of English Claxton.
Clwyd Welsh
This indicates familial origin near the River Clwyd.
Cly Navajo
From Navajo tłʼaaí meaning ‎"lefty, left-handed one", from the verb nishtłʼa ‎"to be left-handed".
Clyde Scottish
A river in the south-west of Scotland, running through Inverclyde, Ayrshire, Dunbartonshire, Lanarkshire, and the city of Glasgow. The second longest in Scotland; and the eighth longest in the United Kingdom... [more]
Cmiel Polish
From the Polish noun 'trzmiel', which means "bumblebee."
Coach Irish
Origin uncertain. Most probably a reduced form of Irish McCoach, which is of uncertain derivation, perhaps a variant of McCaig.
Coach French
Possibly an altered spelling of French Coache, from the Norman and Picard term for a damson, probably applied as a metonymic occupational name for a grower or seller of plums.
Coady Irish
Coady or Cody originated in the Southern Counties of Ireland. The Norman family Odo le Ercedekne acquired land in Kilkenny, Ireland in early 1300's... [more]
Coakley Irish
From Irish Gaelic Mac Caochlaoich "son of Caochlaoch", a personal name meaning literally "blind warrior".
Coalla Asturian (Hispanicized)
Castilianized form of Cuaya.
Coard English, Northern Irish
Derived from Old French corde "string", a metonymic occupational name for a maker of cord or string, or a nickname for an habitual wearer of decorative ties and ribbons.
Coates English
Name for a cottager or a person who lived in a humble dwelling, derived from Old English cote meaning "cottage, hut". It could also be used as a habitational name for someone from any of numerous locations with this name.
Coath English
Derived from the Cornish word for smith, goff.
Coatney English
The initial bearer of this surname lived in a little cottage.
Cobain Scottish
This unusual surname is of Old Norse origin and is found particularly in Scotland. It derives from an Old Norse personal name Kobbi, itself from an element meaning large, and the Gaelic bain, denoting a fair person, with the diminutive ('little' or 'son of') form Cobbie.
Cobalt English
Name given to a person who mined cobalt.
Çoban Turkish
Means "shepherd" in Turkish.
Čoban Croatian, Serbian
From čoban meaning ''shepherd''. Cognate of Turkish Çoban.
Čobanac Croatian
From čoban meaning ''shepherd''.
Čobanić Croatian
From čoban meaning ''shepherd''.
Čobanković Croatian
From čoban meaning ''shepherd''.
Čobanov Croatian
From čoban meaning ''shepherd''.
Čobanović Croatian, Serbian
From čoban meaning ''shepherd''.
Čobanski Croatian (Rare)
From čoban meaning ''shepherd''.
Cobbold English
From the medieval male personal name Cubald (from Old English Cūthbeald, literally "famous-brave").
Cobbs English
Variant of Cobb.
Coberley English
Possibly from a village in England called Coberley
Coccia Italian
Meaning uncertain, possibly from Sicilian cocciu "grain, berry", denoting a kind of gruel; an occupational name for a farmer from Greek κόκκος (kokkos) "grain, seed"; or from Italian coccia "head, shell", referring to someone with a large head, or who was stubborn.
Coccimiglio Italian
From Sicilian cuccumeli, the name of several fruit-bearing deciduous trees or of the hackberry plant, itself borrowed from an Ancient Greek word; possibly κοκκύμηλον (kokkymelon) "plum", literally "cuckoo apple", or from κόκκος (kókkos) "grain, seed, kernel" and‎ μῆλον (mêlon) "apple, any fruit from a tree".
Cocco Italian
Possibly from Italian cocco, meaning "darling, favourite" or "hen's egg".
Cochet French
Either from cochet a diminutive of coq "rooster" used as a nickname for a vain conceited or womanizing individual. Or possibly also a habitational name from (Le) Cochet the name of several places in various parts of France.
Cocicova Russian
Feminine form of Cocicov.
Cociña Galician
It literally means "kitchen".
Cocke English
nickname from Middle English cok ‘cock’, ‘male bird or fowl’ (Old English cocc), given for a variety of possible reasons. Applied to a young lad who strutted proudly like a cock, it soon became a generic term for a youth and was attached with hypocoristic force to the short forms of many medieval personal names (e.g. Alcock, Hancock, Hiscock, Mycock)... [more]
Cocker English, German (Anglicized)
Originally a nickname for a bellicose person, from Middle English cock "to fight". Also an anglicized form of Köcher.
Coco Italian, Sicilian
occupational name for a cook a seller of cooked meats or a keeper of an eating house from southern Italian coco "cook" (from Latin cocus coquus).
Cocuzza Italian
From cocuzza "gourd", "pumpkin", applied either as an occupational name for a grower or seller of gourds or a nickname for a rotund individual.
Codey Irish
Based off of the given name Cody
Codino Italian
Means "pigtail, plait" in Italian, literally "tail's end". Ultimately from Latin cauda "tail (of an animal)". Perhaps given to someone who often wore their hair in such a style, possibly given to orphans or foundlings.
Codispoti Italian
A Calabrian surname from Greek οικοδεσπότης (oikodespótis) "host, master of the house".
Codorniz Spanish
Spanish word for quail. From Latin cōturnīx, cōturnīcis.
Codreanu Romanian, Moldovan
A common surname in Romania and Moldova.... [more]
Codrington English
Habitational name from Codrington in Gloucestershire.
Coe English
English (Essex and Suffolk): nickname from the jackdaw, Middle English co, Old English ca (see Kay). The jackdaw is noted for its sleek black color, raucous voice, and thievish nature, and any of these attributes could readily have given rise to the nickname.
Coens Medieval German
Variation of Coen. A diminutive of Konrad/Conrad, an old German Emperor's name (compare its Dutch form 'Coenraad')... [more]
Coffee Irish
Variant of Coffey.
Coffelt Irish, German (Anglicized)
From Irish Gaelic Mac Eachaidh meaning "son of Eochaidh". It could also be an Americanized spelling of German Kauffeld (see Caulfield).
Coffey Irish
Ireland County Cork
Coffie Irish
Variant of Coffey.
Coffield English
Derived from the town of Cockfield in Suffolk.
Coggeshall English
Habitational name from Coggeshall in Essex, England, which was derived from Cogg, an Old English personal name, and Old English halh meaning "nook, recess".
Coggill English
Recorded in several forms as shown below, this is a surname of two possible nationalities and origins. Firstly it may be of Scottish locational origins, from the lands of Cogle in the parish of Watten, in Caithness, or secondly English and also locational from a place called Cogges Hill in the county of Oxfordshire... [more]
Cogotti Italian
From Sardinian cogotto "cockerel, rooster".
Cohen Irish
Either a version of Cowan or Coyne, not related with the jewish surname.
Cohitmingao Filipino, Cebuano
From Cebuano kuhit meaning "pole (used to reach or hook something)" and mingaw meaning "deserted, lonely".
Coill Irish
Meaning, "hazel tree."
Coimbra Portuguese
Habitational name for someone from the city of Coimbra in Portugal.