Submitted Surnames Starting with D

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Doss German, German (Austrian), German (Swiss)
German: Habitational name for someone from Dosse in Altmark. Variant of Dose ... [more]
Dos Santos Portuguese, Galician
Means "of the saints" in Portuguese and Galician, originally given to a person born or baptized on All Saints' Day.
Dossat English, Scottish
Possibly from French origins (used predominantly in Louisiana in the United States).
Dossett English
Recorded in several forms including Dowsett, Dosset, and Dossit, this is an English surname. ... [more]
Doster German, Belgian
A German surname, which is from an agent derivative of the Middle High German words 'doste' and 'toste' (meaning ‘wild thyme’, ‘shrub’, ‘bouquet’). It is a topographic surname which was given to someone whose land abutted an uncultivated piece of land, or possibly an occupational name for someone who dealt herbs.... [more]
Dostoyevsky Belarusian, Russian
Habitational name from Dostoev in Belarus.
Dotani Japanese (Rare)
戸 (Do) means "door" or 藤 (do) means "wisteria". 谷 (Tani) means "valley".
Dotson English
Patronymic of the Middle English name Dodde. Originally derived from the Germanic root dodd meaning "something rounded", used to denote a short, rotund man.
Dötter German
From a Germanic personal name formed with theud ‘people’, ‘race’ + hard ‘hardy’, ‘strong’ or hari, heri ‘army’
Dou Chinese
From Chinese 窦 (dòu) meaning "hole, burrow".
Douangdara Lao
From Lao ດວງ (douang) meaning "ball, sphere, circle" and ດາລາ (dara) meaning "star".
Douangmala Lao
From Lao ດວງ (douang) meaning "circle" and ມາລາ (mala) meaning "bunch of flowers, garland".
Douangphachanh Lao
From the Lao classifier ດວງ (douang) for spherical objects and ພະຈັນ (phachanh) meaning "moon".
Douangphrachanh Lao
Alternate transcription of Lao ດວງພະຈັນ (see Douangphachanh).
Douangsavanh Lao
From Lao ດວງ (douang) meaning "circle, sphere" and ສະຫວັນ (savanh) meaning "heaven".
Doubleday English
Possibly from the nickname or byname do(u)bel meaning "the twin", or a combination of the given name Dobbel (a pet form of Robert) and Middle English day(e) meaning "servant".
Doubrava Czech
It means "forest".
Doucet French
Nickname for a gentle minded person from French doux "sweet" (from Latin dulcis).
Douchi Japanese
Possibly from 戸 (do) meaning "door" and 内 (uchi) meaning "inside".
Doucouré Western African, Soninke
Meaning uncertain.
Doud English, Irish
Variant of Dowd.
Dougenis Greek
Possibly from the elements doulos (δουλος)- "slave, servant" and genes (γενης)- "born".
Doughty English
Doughty. This interesting surname of English origin is a nickname for a powerful or brave man, especially a champion jouster, deriving from the Middle English "doughty", Olde English pre 7th Century dohtig dyhtig meaning "valiant" or "strong"... [more]
Douillard French
Nickname for a softie, possibly derived from Old French do(u)ille meaning "soft, tender".
Doukakis Greek
Means "son of the duke", from Greek Δούκας (doúkas) combined with the patronymic suffix ακης (akis).
Doukas Greek
From medieval Greek doukas "duke", "lord", from Latin dux. This was the name of a family of imperial rank in medieval Byzantium.
Dōune Japanese (Rare)
From Japanese 堂 () meaning "temple, shrine, hall" and 畝 (une) meaning "raised ridge of earth in a field; furrow", referring to possibly a place with a hall and a field.
Doune Japanese (Rare)
Variant transcription of Japanese Kanji 堂畝 (see Dōune).
Douune Japanese (Rare)
Variant transcription of Japanese Kanji 堂畝 (see Dōune).
Douwes Dutch, Frisian
From the given name Douwe, itself derived from Frisian dou meaning "dove, pigeon". A notable bearer was the Dutch writer Eduard Douwes Dekker (1820-1887), better known by his pen name Multatuli.
Doux French
From French meaning "sweet". Probably a nickname for someone who's gentle and kind-hearted.
Douyu Japanese (Rare)
Variant transcription of Japanese Kanji 堂湯 (see Dōyu).
Doval Galician
From 'do val' meaning 'of the valley. Galician origins.
Dovel English
A English name that originated from the french surname Duval in 1725 in England, the Dovels are historically farmers and are mostly found in the USA.
Dovzhenko Ukrainian
Derived from the word довгий, which means "long" in Ukrainian.
Dow Scottish, Irish, English, Dutch (Anglicized), German (Anglicized)
Scottish (also found in Ireland): reduced form of McDow. This surname is borne by a sept of the Buchanans.... [more]
Doward English, Welsh
Indicated that the bearer lived by two hills, from Old Welsh dou "two" and garth "hill"
Dowd Irish
From Irish Ó Dubhda meaning "descendant of Dubhda", where Dubhda is a byname derived from Irish dubh "black, black-haired".
Dowd English
Derived from the given name Doude.
Dowdall Irish
Of English origin
Dowell English, Scottish, Irish
Derived from the Gaelic name Dubhgall, composed of the elements dubh meaning "black" and gall, "stranger". This was used as a byname for Scandinavians, in particular to distinguish the dark-haired Danes from fair-haired Norwegians.
Dowler English
Occupational name for a maker of dowels and similar objects, from a derivative of Middle English “dowle”.
Down English
Derived from Old English dun meaning "down, low hill".
Downard English
Downard comes from England as a diminutive of Downhead in Somerset and Donhead in Wiltshire.
Downe English (British)
a Sloping Declivity or Tract of Low Hills
Downey Irish
Anglicization of Irish name Dounaigh, which is, in turn, an Gaelicization of a Norman name. Dates from the 11th c.
Downing Anglo-Saxon
from 'Dunning', a patronymic meaning 'Son of Dunn', 'Dunn' being a nickname for someone with brown coloring
Downs English
This surname is derived from the Old English element dun meaning "hill, mountain, moor." This denotes someone who lives in a down (in other words, a ridge of chalk hills or elevated rolling grassland).
Dowrick English
This name is found fairy widely in Cornwall, England.
Dowson English
Either a patronymic surname derived from the given name Dow, a medieval variant of Daw (which was a diminutive of David), or else a metronymic form of the medieval feminine name Dowce, literally "sweet, pleasant", from Old French dolz, dous (cf... [more]
Doyenarte Medieval Basque (Latinized, Rare, Archaic)
It means a place or site near the forest.
Doyne Irish
From the word donn meaning "brown".
Dōyu Japanese (Rare)
From Japanese 堂 () meaning "temple, shrine, hall" and 湯 (yu) meaning "hot water, bath; hot spring".
Doyu Japanese (Rare)
Variant transcription of Japanese Kanji 堂湯 (see Dōyu).
Dozier French
Meaning "lives near willow trees" or possibly someone who made goods, such as baskets, from willow wood.
Drab Thai (Sanskritized, Rare)
Sanskritized transcription of Thai ทรัพย์ (see Sap).
Drabkin Belarusian, Jewish
Jewish (from Belarus): metronymic from Yiddish drabke “loose woman”. Can also be from drabki (Belarusian) 'light cart' (+ the same suffix -in), an occupational name for a coachman (Alexander Beider).... [more]
Draby Thai (Sanskritized, Rare)
Sanskritized transcription of Thai ทรัพย (see Sap).
Drach Irish
Variant of Drake.
Drach Jewish
Ornamental surname derived from German Drache "dragon" (ultimately from Middle High German trache).
Dracula Romanian
The Wallachian name for dragon was "Drac" or "Dracul". Vlad II of Wallachia joined a semi-secret order known as The Order of the Dragon and took the name Vlad Dracul. The word "Drac" can also mean "devil" or "evil spirit"... [more]
Drag Norwegian (Rare)
Habitational name from any of several farms named Drag. The place name is related to Old Norse draga "to pull" (compare modern Norwegian dra with the same meaning) and originally denoted a place where boats were pulled along a river or across an isthmus.
Drag Polish
Nickname for a tall, thin person.
Dragan Romanian
Possibly from the given name Dragan or a form of Draganov.
Dragavei Romanian (Rare)
"It is a wild plant that consists in big curly leaves.It is called curly dock in english."
Dragomir Romanian
From the given name Dragomir.
Dragomirović Serbian
Means "son of Dragomir" in Serbian.
Dragon French, English
Nickname or occupational name for someone who carried a standard in battle or else in a pageant or procession, from Middle English, Old French dragon "snake, monster" (Latin draco, genitive draconis, from Greek drakōn, ultimately from derkesthai "to flash")... [more]
Dragonetti Italian
Diminutive of drago or dragone "dragon".
Dragoo American, French (Huguenot)
Americanized form of Dragaud, a French (Huguenot) surname derived from the Germanic given name Dragwald, itself derived from the elements drag- meaning "to carry" and wald "power, rule".
Drakeford English
The first element of this locational surname is probably derived from the personal name Draca or Draki (see Drake), while the second element is derived from Old English ford meaning "ford"... [more]
Drakopoulos Greek
Descendant or son of the dragon.
Drakos Greek
From the Greek name Δρακων (Drakon) which means "dragon, serpent"
Dramis Italian, Spanish (Latin American)
Not just a surname in Italy; it can also be found in Argentina and Brazil.... [more]
Dransfield English
Means "Drains the fields".
Drapkin Belarusian, Jewish
Phonetic spelling in Belarus of Drabkin... [more]
Draxler German
Derived from the Middle High German "Drehseler," meaning "turner," and was most likely initially borne by a turner or lathe worker.
Dray English
From Middle English dregh, probably as a nickname from any of its several senses: "lasting", "patient", "slow", "tedious", "doughty". Alternatively, in some cases, the name may derive from Old English drýge "dry, withered", also applied as a nickname.
Drażba Polish
Polish occupational name from dražba "auction".
Dražeta Serbian
Derived from the name Dražen.
Dražić Croatian, Serbian
Patronymic, meaning "son of Draža".
Dreamer English
The word dreamer (or surname) comes from the word dream with an added -er at the end indicating someone is dreaming. The word dream comes from the Dutch phrase droom and the German phrase Traum.
Dreik French
Derived from the Old Norse given name Draki or the Old English given name Draca both meaning "dragon".
Drennan Irish (Anglicized), Scottish
From Gaelic Ó Draighneáin meaning "descendant of Draighneán", a byname meaning "blackthorn".
Drepanis Greek
From the Greek word for scythe: drepani (δρεπάνι).
Drescher Yiddish, German
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): occupational name for a thresher, German Drescher, Yiddish dresher, agent derivatives of Middle High German dreschen, Yiddish dresh(e)n 'to thresh'.... [more]
Drešević Montenegrin
Habitational name for someone from Drešaj, Montenegro.
Dressel Italian
Italian form of Dressler
Drewery English
Variant of Drury.
Drewitt English, French
English (Wiltshire Berkshire and Surrey): of Norman origin from the Old French personal name Druet a diminutive of Drue Dreu (from ancient Germanic Drogo); see Drew Alternatively the name may be from a diminutive of Old French dru ‘lover’
Drewry English
Variant of Drury.
Drexel German, Jewish
It originates from the pre 7th century word 'dreseler' meaning 'to turn', a verb which in medieval times had a wide range of meanings.
Dreyfus French, German, Jewish
French-influenced variant of Dreyfuss, popular amongst people of Alsatian Jewish descent.
Dreyfuss German, Jewish
Means "three feet" in German. This surname originates from the German city of Trier. The Latin name for the city was "Treveris," whose pronunciation eventually developed into Dreyfuss. The spelling variants tend to correspond to the country the family was living in at the time the spelling was standardized: the use of one "s" tends to be more common among people of French origin, while the use of two tends to be found among those of German descent
Dridi Arabic (Maghrebi)
Meaning unknown (chiefly Tunisian and Algerian).
Drielsma Dutch, Jewish
Derived from the Frisian town IJlst. IJlst in Frisian is Drylts > Dryls > Driels combined with the Frisian surname suffix -(s)ma, which is most likely derived from Old Frisian monna meaning "men". Drielsma has Frisian Jewish origins.... [more]
Driggers American
Corruption of the Spanish surname Rodriguez. Originated in 17th century Virginia as a former slave by that surname was integrated into free society.
Dring English
Means "young man" (from Old Norse drengr).
Driver English
Occupational name for a driver of horses or oxen attached to a cart or plow, or of loose cattle, from a Middle English agent derivative of Old English drīfan ‘to drive’.
Drobnjak Serbian, Montenegrin, Croatian
Drobnjaci are a historical tribe and region in Montenegro.
Dromgoole Irish
An Anglicized from the Irish Gaelic place name Droim Gabhail in County Louth, Ireland meaning "ridge of the forking stream." Dromgoolestown in County Louth is believed to be named after this surname... [more]
Dropkin Jewish, Belarusian
Jewish (from Belarus): nickname from Belorussian drobka ‘crumb’+ the eastern Slavic patronymic suffix -in.... [more]
Drost Dutch, German, Danish
Occupational name for a steward or head servant.
Drouillard French
Probably a derogatory nickname, from a derivative of the regional term drouiller "to defecate", which also has various figurative senses.
Drouin French (Quebec), French
From the Old French given name Drouin, of Frankish origins.
Drown English
Derived from drone meaning "honey bee"
Drowne English
Variant of Drown
Drozdowski Polish
Habitational name for someone from any of various places called Drozdowo or Drozdów, for example.
Druery English
Variant of Drury.
Druimeanach Scottish Gaelic
Scottish Gaelic form of Drummond.
Drum Scottish
Habitational name from a place and castle in Aberdeenshire named from Gaelic druim "ridge".
Drummer English
Locational name from a place called Drummer, near Chadderton in Lancashire. The meaning is possibly from the pre 7th century Olde English 'drum' meaning "a ridge".
Drummonds Scottish
Variant of Scottish Drummond.
Drumpf German
The surname "Drumpf" is of German origin and dates back to the 16th century¹. It is most commonly known as the likely predecessor to the family name of Donald Trump, the businessman and 45th president of the United States¹... [more]
Drury English, French, Irish
Originally a Norman French nickname, derived from druerie "love, friendship" (itself a derivative of dru "lover, favourite, friend" - originally an adjective, apparently from a Gaulish word meaning "strong, vigourous, lively", but influenced by the sense of the Old High German element trut, drut "dear, beloved").... [more]
Drux German
Variant of Trux, which itself is a contracted form of Truxes and derived from the German word Truchsess, ultimately from Middle High German truhsaeze and Old High German truhtsazzo (from truht "band; cohort; regiment" and saza "seat; chair").... [more]
Dryden English
Possibly from an English place name meaning "dry valley" from the Old English elements drȳġe "dry" and denu "valley". A notable bearer was the English poet, literary critic, translator and playwright John Dryden (1631-1700).
Drye English
Variant of Dryer.
Dryer English
From an agent derivative of Old English dr̄gean "to dry"; possibly an occupational name for a drier of cloth. In the Middle Ages, after cloth had been dyed and fulled, it was stretched out in tenterfields to dry.
D'Sa Indian (Christian)
Form of De Sá more common among Christians from India.
Đščić Serbo-Croatian
Lol totally a made up name
D'Silva Indian (Christian)
Variant of Silva more common among Christians from India.
D'Souza Indian (Christian)
Form of De Souza used by Christians in India.
Du Aimé French
The Duaime surname comes from an Old French word "hamel," which meant "homestead." It was likely first used as a name to describe someone who lived at a farm on the outskirts of a main town, or for someone that lived in a small village.
Dual Romansh
Derived from the preposition de "of" and Romansh ual "brook, creek".
Dualeh Somali
Meaning unknown.
Duan Chinese
From Chinese 段 (duàn) meaning "section, piece, division". According to legend, the name was adopted by the descendants of Shu Duan, a son of a Zheng duke who unsuccessfully tried to overthrow his elder brother.
Dubach German (Swiss)
A surname describing a person from the town of Tübach in St. Gallen, Switzerland.
Dube Ndebele, Zulu
It means Zebra. It is usually a surname instead of a person's name used by Zimbabwean Ndebele people and South African Zulu people.... [more]
Dubé French (Quebec)
Probably a variation of Dubec.
Dubec Slovak
Very old word for oak
Dubec French
Geographical du bec "from the stream". Bec (from Germanic baki) is a regional term in Normandy for a stream.
Dubhagáinn Irish
Derived from the given name Dubhagáin.
Dubljević Montenegrin
Derived from dublje (дубље), meaning "deeper".
Duboi French
Variant of Dubois.
Dubosque French
DuBosque means 'of the forest' in french and was a surname given typically to someone from a rural treed area.
Dubov Russian
Meaning "oak tree".
Dubreuil French
Topographic name derived from Old French breuil meaning "marshy woodland" (also derived from Late Latin brogilum, of Gaulish origin). In French the term later came to mean "enclosed woodland" and then "cleared woodland", and both these senses may also be reflected in the surname.
Dubuisson French
A topographic name for someone who lived in an area of scrub land or by a prominent clump of bushes, derived from Old French buisson meaning "small tree, bush, scrub".
Đức Vietnamese
From the given name Đức.
Duca Romansh
Derived from Romansh duca "duke, prince".
Duca Romanian
Derived from the old Romanian title duca "vaivode duke".
Duca Italian
from the title of rank duca "duke" (from Latin dux genitive ducis "leader") an occupational name for someone who lived or worked in the household of a duke or a nickname for someone who gave himself airs and graces like a duke... [more]
Ducasse French
French: topographic name for someone who lived by an oak tree, from Old French casse ‘oak (tree)’ (Late Latin cassanos, a word of Celtic origin), with the fused preposition and article du ‘from the’... [more]
Duch Slovak, Czech
Means "ghost" in Slovak.
Duchek Czech
Duchek is short form of name Duchoslav.
Duchemin French
Either a topographic name with fused preposition and definite article du "from the" for someone who lived beside a path from chemin "path way" (from Late Latin caminus a word of Gaulish origin); or a habitational name for someone from Le Chemin the name of several places in various parts of France.
Duchêne French
Means "from the oak (tree)" in French, used to denote a person who lived near an oak tree or an oak forest.
Duchovny Russian, Ukrainian, Jewish
Russian and Ukrainian cognate of Duchowny. It is borne by the American actor David Duchovny (1960-).
Duchowny Polish, Jewish
Means "clergyman" in Polish.
Dück Low German, German
North German nickname for a coward, from Low German duken ‘to duck or dive’. ... [more]
Duck English, Irish
English from Middle English doke "duck", hence a nickname for someone with some fancied resemblance to a duck, or an occupational name for someone who kept or hunted ducks. Alternatively, a variant form of Duke... [more]
Duck Dutch
Dutch variant of Duyck. In a German-speaking environment, this is also a variant of van Dyck and Dyck.
Duckadam Banat Swabian
Best known as the surname of a certain Helmuth.
Duckstein English (British)
From Audrey Duckstein, who was a fourth-grade girl in SRES>
Ducksworth English
Variant spelling of Duckworth.
Duckworth English
Habitational name from Duckworth Fold, in the borough of Bury, Lancashire, which is named from Old English fuce "duck" and wor{dh} "enclosure".
Duclos French
du 'from the' from Old French clos 'enclosure' (see Clos ) or a habitational name for someone from Le Clos the name of several places in various parts of France so it means "from the enclosure"
Duda Portuguese
Perhaps a transferred use of the given name, Duda
Dudaev Chechen, Ossetian (Russified)
Variant transcription of Dudayev.
Dudarov Ossetian (Russified)
Russified Ossetian name of unknown meaning, possibly of Turkic origin.
Dudayev Chechen, Ossetian (Russified)
Russified form of a Chechen and Ossetian family name of disputed meaning; the name may be derived from Ossetian дудахъхъ (dudaqq) meaning "bustard", from Ingush тат (tat) meaning "Mountain Jew", or from Circassian дадэ (dade) meaning "grandfather" or "king, head, chief"... [more]
Dudayeva Chechen, Ossetian (Russified)
Feminine transcription of Chechen Дудаев, ДудагӀеран and Ossetian Дудайты (see Dudayev).
Duddridge English
It is locational from a "lost" medieval village probably called Doderige, since that is the spelling in the first name recording (see below). It is estimated that some three thousand villages and hamlets have disappeared from the maps of Britain over the past thousand years... [more]
Dude English
Derived from Old English word doughty which meant "manly".
Dudin Russian
Derived from Russian дудка (dudka), which denotes a wind-blown instrument similar to a flute or pipe. It was probably used to denote a musician or shepherd who played the flute or pipe, as well as someone who made pipes... [more]
Dudkin Russian
Derived from Russian дудка (dudka) meaning "fife, pipe", referring to a folk instrument played by shepherds. Thus, it was used to denote someone who made pipes or a shepherd who played pipes.
Dudzai Shona
Dudzai means "Speak it out, confess it".
Dudziak Polish
Nickname for a person who played the bagpipes or perhaps sold them, derived from Polish duda meaning "bagpipe".
Dudziński Polish
Habitational name from Dudyńce or from the surname Duda suffixed with -iński based on habitational surnames.
Duerre German
Topographic name for a person who lived on a dry, barren land, derived from Old German durri and German dürre meaning "barren, infertile". It could also be a variant of Dürr.
Duesler Upper German
Andrew & brother Jacob were the Progenitors of Duesler, Duessler, Dueßler from 1752 Germany to America. ... [more]
Duesterwald German
Variant spelling of Düsterwald.
Dufau French
The name DUFAU come from two French words DU which means « of the » and FAU which is old French for a beech tree. Surnames in France were given later so the person with this name meant he/she had a beech tree in his property... [more]
Dufault French
Alternate spelling of Dufau, meaning "of the beech tree."
Duff Romansh
Derived from the given name Duff, itself a diminutive of Rudolf.
Duffield English
The meaning is dove field or open country. It's origin is the Yorkshire area named after a few places there.... [more]