Submitted Surnames Starting with C

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Coish Anglo-Saxon, English, English (Australian), English (American)
Derived from Old English cosche and cosshe (c.1490), meaning "small cottage" or "hut". The medieval Coish family held a seat in Cambridgeshire.
Coit Medieval Welsh, French, English
The surname Coit was first found in Carnarvonshire, a former country in Northwest Wales, anciently part of the Kingdom of Gwynedd, and currently is divided between the unitary authorities of Gwynedd and Conwy, where they held a family seat... [more]
Coito Medieval Italian (Tuscan, Latinized, ?)
That means a wedding or the nuptials.
Cojuangco Filipino
From Hokkien 許寰哥 (Khó͘ Hoân-ko), which was the nickname of Co Yu Hwan (許玉寰), a Chinese migrant who arrived in the Philippines in the 19th century. This is the name of a prominent political and business family in the Philippines.
Cokayne English
Medieval English nickname which meant "idle dreamer" from Cockaigne, the name of an imaginary land of luxury and idleness in medieval myth. The place may derive its name from Old French (pays de) cocaigne "(land of) plenty", ultimately from the Low German word kokenje, a diminutive of koke "cake" (since the houses in Cockaigne are made of cake).
Coker English
Variant of Cocker.
Çolak Turkish
Means "one-armed, crippled" in Turkish.
Čolak Bosnian
Bosnian form of Turkish surname Çolak.
Colasanti Italian
Derived from the name "Nicola or Nicholas".
Colbath English
Means "cold".
Colbourn English
English: variant spelling of Colburn .
Colburn English
Habitational name from a place near Catterick in North Yorkshire.
Colden English, Scottish
English: habitational name from a place in West Yorkshire named Colden, from Old English cald ‘cold’ col ‘charcoal’ + denu ‘valley’.... [more]
Coldman English
Probably a variant of Coleman with intrusive 'd'.
Colegio Spanish
Literally means "college" in Spanish.
Colella Italian
diminutive of personal name Cola, a short form of Nicola, an Italian equivalent of Nicholas... [more]
Coles English, Scottish, Irish, German (Anglicized), English (American)
English: from a Middle English pet form of Nicholas.... [more]
Coleson English
Means "son of Nicholas".
Coletta Italian
Derived from the given name Nicola 1. ... [more]
Coley English
With variant Colley can mean "dark" or "blackbird" or it can be a nickname for Nicholas.
Colfax English
From a medieval nickname for someone with dark or black hair, from Old English cola "charcoal" and feax "hair".
Colgate English
habitational name from Colgates in Kent named with Old English col "charcoal" and gaet "gate" indicating a gate leading into woodland where charcoal was burned... [more]
Coll Catalan
Topographic name from Catalan coll meaning "hill, mountain pass", ultimately from Latin collum.
Collabrusco Italian
From the region Calabria in southern Italy; widely moved to US.
Collado Spanish
Referred to someone who lived on a hill.
Collard English, French
English and French: from the personal name Coll + the pejorative suffix -ard.
Collen English
Variant of Colin.
Collet French, French (Huguenot), French (Swiss), Romansh
Derived from a diminutive of French Colle, itself a diminutive of Nicholas.
Collet Manx
Variant of Corlett.
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.
Collin French
From Collin a diminutive of Nicolas. Variant of 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.
Collu Italian
From a dialectical form of Italian collo, meaning "neck" or "parcel, package".
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.
Colomb French
from Old French colomb "pigeon" (from Latin columbus) applied as a metonymic occupational name for a keeper of pigeons or doves... [more]
Colomban French
From the given name Colomban.
Colombe French
Either from the given name Colombe or a habitational name from a place in France named La Colombe... [more]
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.
Colonna Italian
topographic name from colonna "column" (from Latin columna).
Colston English
Colston means “Coal town settlement.” It is also a variant of Colton.
Coltonson English
Means "Son of Colton".
Coltrane Irish (Anglicized)
Northern Irish Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Coltaráin.
Colussi Italian
Friulian and Venetian short form of Nicola 1. Compare Colucci.
Colville Scottish, English
Derived from the place Colleville in Normandy, France. With the Scandinavian name Koli and French ville "town, village".
Coman Romanian
Means "bent or crooked".
Combe French
Either a topographic name for someone living in or near a ravine from combe "narrow valley ravine" (from Latin cumba a word of Gaulish origin); or a habitational name from Combe the name of several places in the southern part of France of the same etymology.
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.
Combès French
Either a topographic name from combe "narrow valley ravine" (see Combe ) or a habitational name from any of various places in southern France for example in Hérault named Combes.
Comeau French, French (Acadian), Louisiana Creole
French: from a Gascon diminutive of Combe.
Comeaux French (Acadian), French Creole
Variant spelling of French Comeau.
Comer English
Occupational name for a maker or seller of combs, or to someone who used them to prepare wool or flax for spinning, derived from Middle English combere, an agent derivative of Old English camb meaning "comb"... [more]
Comim Italian
It mans waiter in italian.
Cominero Medieval Spanish (Latinized, Rare)
Means "gatherer of cumin" from the spanisgh word "comino".
Comish Manx
Manx: from Gaelic Mac Thómais ‘son of Thomas’. The main seat of the family in the Isle of Man was Ballacomish ‘Comish's (or Thomas's) farm’ (Arbory, IoM).
Comito Italian
From the medieval Latin comitus, meaning "count", or the medieval Greek form of this word, komitos, used as a nickname for someone who put on airs and graces or worked for a count.
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
Commisso Italian
Habitational name from the city Comiso.
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]
Čomor Bosnian (Rare), Bosnian
Čomor is a rare surname in the world and has (mostly) Herzegovenian origins. You can find most Čomors in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Only 400 people bare the surname. Čomor has two meanings; First meaning is 'buttercup' and the second one is 'a disease that comes from eating fatty (oily) foods, fever with a constant feeling of nausea and disgust'
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".
Comte French
Nickname for someone who worked for a count or for someone acting haughty from Old French conte cunte "count". French cognitive of Conte and variant of Lecomte.
Conahan Irish (Anglicized)
Irish reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Connachaín (see Cunningham).
Conant Old 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]
Condori Indigenous American, Aymara (Hispanicized), Quechua (Hispanicized)
Derived from Aymara and Quechua kunturi meaning "condor, vulture".
Condrau Romansh
Derived from the given name Cundrau.
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.
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").
Confalone Italian
from gonfalone "standard banner" from Old French gonfalon (of ancient Germanic origin) a metonymic occupational name for a standard bearer either in a military context or as the officer of a guild responsible for carrying the banner in religious processions... [more]
Congdon Irish, English
A variant of Irish "Condon". In English usage: a habitational name from a lost or unidentified place; probably Devon or Cornwall, where the modern surname is most frequent.
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
From coniglio "rabbit" (from Latin cuniculus ) applied as a nickname for a timid person or a metonymic occupational name for a dealer in rabbits. Italian cognitive of Coelho.
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.
Conlee Irish
Variant spelling of Conley
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, German (Swiss), Romansh
Derived from the given name Conrad.
Conradi German, Danish (Rare), Norwegian (Rare)
Derived from a patronymic from the given name Konrad.
Conradin Romansh
Derived from the given name Conradin.
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]
Consalvo Italian
From the given name Consalvo.
Considine Irish
Anglicisation of Irish Mac Consaidín meaning "son of Consaidín". The given name Consaidín is the Irish form of Constantine... [more]
Consiglio Italian
Meaning "counselor" or "one who gives good advice".
Consolo Italian
From Sicilian cùnzulu "consul".
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.
Contardo Italian, Spanish
From the given name Contardo.
Conte Italian
Means "count (a title of nobility)" in Italian.
Contemplacion Spanish (Philippines, Rare)
Derived from Spanish contemplación meaning "contemplation." ... [more]
Contestabile Italian
Means "debatable, questionable" in Italian, perhaps a nickname for an argumentative person, or for someone of dubious respectability.
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.
Conzett Romansh
Derived from Conz, a variant of the given name Kunz, in combination with the diminutive suffix -ett.
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.
Coon Scottish, Irish
Variant of Cunningham 1, Coonaghan and other names from the same family
Coonrod Dutch
Americanized spelling of Dutch Coenraet or Koenraadt or German Kühnrat (Konrad).
Coors German
Variant of Cords.
Coot English
“an early member was a person who seemed to exhibit some of the characteristics of birds.”
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’.
Copenhagen Jewish
From the name of the capital city of Denmark.
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
Corai Romansh
Variant of Coray.
Coray Romansh
Derived from the given name Conrad.
Corbalán Aragonese
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous municipality.
Corbeanu Romanian
Derived from Romanian corb, itself originally from the Latin corvus meaning "raven" (bird).
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]
Cordell English
Means "maker of cord" or "seller of cord" in Middle English.
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.
Cordett Romansh
Derived from the given name Conrad.
Cordier French
Given to someone who worked or made with cord and or strings from old French corde "string".
Cordisco Italian
Possibly from Italian cordesco "second-born lamb, butchered calf".
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".