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DESAI Indian, Marathi, Gujarati
From Sanskrit देश (deśá)
meaning "province, country, kingdom" combined with स्वामिन् (svāmin)
meaning "lord, master, owner".
DE SALVO Italian
Meaning of "De" is "From", or "Of", so probably "From Salvo".
DESANGES French (Rare)
Means "from the angels", possibly connected to the French title of the Virgin Mary Notre Dame des Anges
, meaning "Our Lady of the Angels". Bearers of this surname include Louis William Desanges (1822-1905), an English artist of French descent, and French historian Jehan Desanges (1929-).
DE SANTA Italian (Tuscan)
The surname De Santa was first found in Lucca, a city and comune in Tuscany, capital of the province of Lucca and where Bascilican type churches abound. The history commences in 218 B.C., and passed through many hands in the intervening centuries... [more]
DESCHAIN French, Literature
Of French origin. This is the last name of the character of the Gunslinger Roland in Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series.
"Chenes" is French for "oak tree". In French, "Des" means more than one. "Des"+ "Chenes"= Deschenes meaning "Many oak trees."
DESHMUKH Indian, Marathi
From the historical title देशमुख (deśmukh)
meaning "district head", derived from Sanskrit देश (deśá)
meaning "country, district" combined with मुख (múkha)
DESHPANDE Indian, Marathi
Means "district accountant", derived from Sanskrit देश (deśá)
meaning "country, kingdom, province" combined with पण्डित (paṇḍitá)
meaning "learned, wise man".
DESLAURIERS French (Quebec)
A topographic name for someone living among laurels, a combination of the fused preposition and plural definite article des ‘from the’ + the plural of Old French lorier ‘laurel’.
Habitational name for someone from any of various places named with Old French mareis, maresc ‘marsh’, as for example Les Marets, in Seine-et-Marne, Centre, Nord, and Picardy.
DESNOYERS French (Quebec)
Means "of the walnut trees", from French word "noyer", meaning walnut. "Des noyers" literally translates to "the walnuts".
DE SOUZA Portuguese
Means "of Sousa" in Portuguese, referring to the River Sousa flowing through northern Portugal. The word Sousa
itself is derived from the Latin saxa, saxum
meaning "stone, rock". The surname is more commonly used in Brazil and Portuguese-speaking African countries today.
DES ROCHES French
Either a topographic name for someone living among rocks or a habitational name from any of several places named with this word, meaning "from the rocks" in French.
Habitational name from the city of Dessau in Germany.
Derived from Estaing
, a commune in the Aveyron department in southern France.
DEVALL French, English
Devall (also DeVall) is a surname of Norman origin with both English and French ties.Its meaning is derived from French the town of Deville, Ardennes. It was first recorded in England in the Domesday Book.In France, the surname is derived from 'de Val' meaning 'of the valley.'
DE VIL Popular Culture
Cruella de Vil is fictional character appearing as the antagonist of the novel 'One Hundred and One Dalmatians' (1956) by Dodie Smith, as well as in the 1961 animated movie '101 Dalmatians' and the 1996 live-action movie with the same name... [more]
French surname meaning, 'The Village', from French De- 'the' and Ville- 'Village'.
Regional name for someone from the county of Devon. In origin, this is from an ancient British tribal name, Latin Dumnonii, perhaps meaning "worshipers of the god Dumnonos".
DEVON Jamaican Patois (Modern, Rare)
The name Devon is of English and Irish origin and means "Warrior of God". This name is also very common in the British West Indies, especially Jamaica.
French: variant of De Var
, a habitational name for someone from a place named Var, for example in Charente. Respelling of French Devors
, a habitational name, with the preposition de
, for someone from Vors in Aveyron.
Anglicized form of Gaelic surname Ó Dubhuidhe
‘descendant of Dubhuidhe
’, a name probably derived from dubh
"dark, black" and buidhe
DEWAN Indian, Pakistani
Status name for a treasurer or court official, from Arabic diwan
"royal court", "tribunal of justice", or "treasury". Under the Mughal administration in India the dewan was usually the highest official in a state.
DE WINTER Dutch
Nickname for a cold or gloomy man, from Middle Dutch winter 'winter' + the definite article de.
A nickname for one identified with the animal or from a place noted for a sign showing a picture of a wolf. Signs with easily understood pictographs communicated the names of locations in preliterate Europe.
DEY Indian, Bengali, Assamese, Odia
Either a variant or DEV
meaning "deity, god" (from the Sanskrit देव (devá)
) or derived from the Sanskrit deya
meaning "suitable for a gift".
DE ZEEUW Dutch
Nickname for someone from the Dutch provence Zeeland
DHAR Indian, Bengali
Most likely from Bengali ধার (dhāra)
meaning "credit"; ultimately from Sanskrit उद्धार (uddhara)
"deliverance, salvation, release".
Derived from Arabic ذِئْب (ḏiʾb)
Meaning Deacon. Notable bearer of this name is Athanasios Diakos (1786–1821), a Greek military commander during the Greek War of Independence and a national hero.
DIALLO Western African
A common name throughout West Africa, it is the French transcription of a surname of Fula origin.
"Diamonds" in Greek. One notable bearer of the surname is Marina Lambrini Diamandis, A Welsh/Greek Songwriter and Singer who preforms under the stage name of "Marina and the Diamonds"
DIAMANT Hebrew, Jewish
Jewish surname derived from French and German diamant
meaning "diamond", used to denote a jeweler.
Americanized form of a Jewish surname, spelled in various ways, derived from modern German Diamant
"diamond", or Yiddish dimet
, from the Middle High German diemant
(via Latin from Greek adamas ‘unconquerable’, genitive adamantos, a reference to the hardness of the stone)... [more]
Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Diamáin
"descendant of Diamán", earlier Díomá
, a diminutive of Díoma
, itself a pet form of DIARMAID
English variant of Dayman
). Forms with the excrescent d are not found before the 17th century; they are at least in part the result of folk etymology.
Means "son of Diasami
", from a Georgian given name of unknown meaning, perhaps meaning "master" or derived from Abkhaz дәаӡа (dwaʒa)
meaning "uncultivated land, virgin soil" (thus used to refer to someone who plowed land)... [more]
DI'BONARIA Sardinian (Rare)
(Our Lady of Bonaria) Also known as Blessed Virgin Mary located in Cagliari, Italy... Di meaning (of) and Bonaria meaning "Good Natured". Last name given to honor Our Lady of Bonaria.
DI CICCO Italian
Patronymic from a pet form of the personal name Francesco, from Latin Franciscus. The "Di" in the surname means the family of Cicco so about 100 before you had this name, it would be only Cicco.
DICKENSHEETS English (American)
Americanized spelling of German Dickenscheid, a habitational name from a place named Dickenschied in the Hunsrück region. The place name is from Middle High German dicke ‘thicket’, ‘woods’ + -scheid (often schied) ‘border area’ (i.e. ridge, watershed), ‘settler’s piece of cleared (wood)land’.
Either an occupational name for a digger of ditches or a builder of dikes, or a topographic name for someone who lived by a ditch or dike, derived from Middle English dike
From the given name Diel
, from Thilo
, a diminutive of given names beginning with Diet-
, as such as DIETRICH
DIELMANN German (Modern)
It was once spelled as "Dielhmann" and sometimes with one "n". The meaning is unknown, but when I used Google's translator "dielh" means "the" and "mann" was "man".
DIERINGER German (Americanized)
Americanized form of German Thüringer, regional name for someone from Thuringia, This was also used as a medieval personal name. Americanized form of German Tieringer, habitational name for someone from Tieringen in Württemberg.
From Old French Dieu la foy
meaning "God the faith". Famous bearers were the married couple of French archeologists Marcel Dieulafoy (1844-1920) and Jane Dieulafoy (1951-1916). A medical condition of the stomach causing gastric bleeding called "Dieulafoy's lesion" was named after Dr... [more]
Rare Italian surname that comes from the city of Isola di Fano, Presaro e Urbino, Italy
DI FRANCESCO Italian
Literally means "of Francis," and therefore may also mean "son of Francis."
DIKSHIT Indian, Hindi, Odia
From Sanskrit दीक्षित (dīkṣita)
meaning "one who is initiated", ultimately from दीक्षा (dīkṣā)
meaning "initiation, dedication". The term was historically used to refer to teachers and scholars of the Brahmin caste.
A surname historically used in southern Italy, possibly derived from the Italian "dell avvio" meaning "of the beginning."
Nickname from Middle English dell
Dillon is a surname of Irish origin but with Breton-Norman roots. It is first recorded in Ireland with the arrival of Sir Henry de Leon (c.1176 – 1244), of a cadet branch of Viscounty of Léon, Brittany... [more]
DIMAANO Filipino, Tagalog
Means "not touched, not injured" from Tagalog di
meaning "no, not" and maano
meaning "have something happen" or ano
meaning "how, what".
DIMAAPI Filipino, Tagalog
Means "cannot be oppressed" from Tagalog di-
meaning "no, not" and inaapi
DIMACUHA Filipino, Tagalog
Means "unobtainable" from Tagalog di
meaning "no, not" and makuha
meaning "to obtain, to get".
DI MAGGIO Italian
Came from a child who was born in the month of May. The surname Maggio is derived from the Italian word Maggio, which literally means the month of May.
DIMAGIBA Filipino, Tagalog
Means "indestructible" from Tagalog di
meaning "no, not" and giba
meaning "demolished, destroyed".
DIMAISIP Filipino, Tagalog
Means "unfathomable" from Tagalog di-
meaning "no, not" and isip
meaning "intellect, discernment".
DIMALANTA Filipino, Tagalog
Means "cannot be withered" from Tagalog di-
meaning "no, not" and malanta
meaning "fade, wither, wilt".
DIMALIWAT Filipino, Tagalog
Means "firm, stubborn" from Tagalog di
meaning "no, not" and liwat
meaning "to transfer (liquid from one container to another)".
DIMAPILIS Filipino, Tagalog
Means "cannot be dissuaded" (literally "cannot be twisted") from Tagalog di
meaning "no, not" and pili
meaning "twisted, contorted".
DIMARUCUT Filipino, Tagalog
Means "cannot be caught" from Tagalog di
meaning "no, not" and dukot
meaning "draw out, pull".
DIMASUPIL Filipino, Tagalog
Means "unconquerable" from Tagalog di-
meaning "no, not" and supil
meaning "controlled, repressed, subdued".
DIMATULAC Filipino, Tagalog
Means "stubborn" (literally "cannot be shoved") from Tagalog di
meaning "no, not" and tulak
meaning "push, shove".
DIMAUNAHAN Filipino, Tagalog
Means "champion" (literally "cannot be outdone") from Tagalog di
meaning "no, not" and unahan
meaning "front, head, first".
DIMAYACYAC Filipino, Tagalog
Means "cannot be crushed (in a fight)" from Tagalog di
meaning "no, not" and yakyak
meaning "crushed, trampled".
DIMER German (Brazilian)
Brazilian adaptation of the German surname Diemer; altered for easier comprehension by the Portuguese-speaking population of Brazil.
This is a German name which translates into English as diamond stone. It most likely belongs to a miner who mined diamonds or perhaps a jeweler.
DINEEN Irish (Anglicized)
Reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Duinnín
which meant "descendant of Duinnín". The byname Duinnín
was derived from a diminutive of Gaelic donn
meaning "brown" (i.e. "brown-haired man") or "chieftain".
DINGFELDER Medieval German (Rare, Archaic)
When surnames were finally adopted, family heads who originated from Thungfeld in the Steigerwald area of Mittelfranken, took the name of their traditional home area.
Dingli is a surname coming from the small village of Had-Dingli in Malta.
DINJER German (Rare)
Occupational surname that originated in the German dialect spoken in the Rhineland-Palatinate region. ... [more]
From a short form of the personal name Dinis, a variant of Dennis.
Means God in Italian. It was born as a stage name by Ronnie James Dio (July 10, 1942 – May 16, 2010), an American Heavy Metal Musician.
Meaning uncertain. It may be a habitational name from any of various locations called Dion or Dionne, derived from the Gaulish element divon-
meaning "(sacred) spring" or Celtic dēwos
meaning "god, deity"... [more]
DIOP Western African, Wolof
, the name of a Wolof clan, which is derived from a totemic word meaning "black craned swan" or "peacock".
DIPASUPIL Filipino, Tagalog
Means "cannot be suppressed" from Tagalog di-
meaning "no, not" and supil
meaning "subdued, suppressed".
DI PEGO Italian
the origin of di Pego is unknown, but translates to 'I caught', in Italian.... [more]
DISKIN Irish (Anglicized)
Reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Díscín "descendant of Díscín
", which may be derived from díosc
"barren". The place name Ballyeeskeen, now Ballydiscin, in County Sligo, is derived from the surname.
Means "hero of the country" or "leader of the country", derived from Sanskrit देश (deśá)
"region, place" or "country, kingdom" combined with नायक (nāyak)
DISTEL German, Low German, Dutch
Topographic name for someone who lived by a patch of ground overgrown with thistles, or perhaps a nickname for a "prickly" person, from Middle High German, Middle Low German, Middle Dutch distel
Topographic name for someone who lived in a place where thistles grew, from German Distel
"thistle" (see DISTEL
) and -er
, suffix denoting an inhabitant.
Derived from Sanskrit पण्डित (paṇḍitá)
meaning "scholar, teacher, learned man". It can also be considered a form of the Chinese surname DI
Variant of DITTMAR
. In eastern Germany, this form has been used for Dittmar since the 15th century.
From Hokkien 二孫 (di-sun)
or 二孙 (di-sun)
meaning "second grandson".
DJAZAIRI Arabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from Arabic الجزائر (al-Jazā’ir)
meaning "the islands", referring to the country of Algeria or referring to an Algerian person. This surname could be used to refer to someone from the city of Algiers, or just a general Algerian person.
from Togo Lome, Vogan in west Africa from the djokoto family.