Submitted Surnames Starting with J
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JABŁONOWSKI Polish, Jewish
Habitational name for someone from a place called Jabłonowo or Jabłonow; both place names are from jabłoń meaning "apple tree".
JABLONSKI Polish, Jewish
Habitational name for someone from Jablonka, Jablonna, or Jablonica, all places named with jablon
"apple tree", or the diminutive form jablonka.
Possibly derived as a diminutive of the given name Jack
. A famous bearer is Canadian singer-songwriter Terry Jacks, best known for his 1974 single 'Seasons in the Sun.'
JACOBI Jewish, English, Dutch, German
From the Latin genitive Jacobi ‘(son) of Jacob’, Latinized form of English Jacobs and Jacobson or North German Jakobs(en) and Jacobs(en).
Means son of the "Master-Hunter". Originally given to the son of the master-hunter in hunting camps.
English (West Yorkshire): occupational name from Middle English jagger ‘carter’, ‘peddler’, an agent derivative of Middle English jag ‘pack’, ‘load’ (of unknown origin). ... [more]
A patronym, Jago is the Cornish for James but is most commonly found as a surname. It dates back to the early 13th Century.
JAGODZIŃSKI Polish, Jewish
Habitational name for someone from a place called Jagodziny, Jagodzinek, or Jagodziniec, all named with jagoda meaning "berry".
Jágr is a Czech-language surname. It is related to the German surname Jäger which means "hunter" in German. It is used by the Ice Hockey player Jaromír Jágr.
Means "cow herd, cowman" from Kabardian жэм (žăm)
meaning "cow" combined with хъу (χ°)
meaning "male, man". It traditionally indicated someone who was wealthy because they possessed a large herd of bovine.
Jalakas is an Estonian surname meaning "wych elm" (Ulmus glabra).
The name Jankowski is of habitation origin and may be traced to numerous localities bearing the names Jankok or Jankowo throughout Poland.
Famous bearer of this surname is Dutch footballer Daryl Janmaat.
Habitational name for someone from Januszewo or Januszewice, both named with the personal name Janusz
Means son of Jap " Yap" related to Jacobson in the Netherlands
Habitational name any of the various places in southern Spain named Jara or La Jara, from jara meaning "rockrose", "cistus".
Spanish habitational name from either of two places in the Burgos province: Jaramillo de la Fuente or Jaramillo Quemada.
Habitational name for someone from Jaroszewo or Jaroszowce, places named with the personal name Jarosz.
Are you near extinct or possibly extend last name, referring to the opening part of a jar.
Järve is an Estonian surname, derived from "järv", meaning "lake".
Järvet is an Estonian surname derived from "järv", meaning "lake".
A Polish surname meaning "Grouse". A nickname for someone thought to resemble the bird.
Variant spelling of Jarząbek
, from jarząbek meaning "grouse", presumably a nickname for someone thought to resemble the bird.
Probably a patronymic from James
or any of various other personal names beginning with J-
Jaunzeme is compound from two words first jauns
meaning "new" and second zeme
meaning "land". Jaunzeme is femenine form of surname, the masculine form of surname is Jaunzems. Most famous persons with this surname are:... [more]
The name of the policeman in Victor Hugo's "Les Misérables." His name was taken from the word Javert, which means "to pursue relentlessly."... [more]
Habitational name for someone from any of numerous places named Jawory or Jaworze, named with Polish jawor 'maple', 'sycamore'.
JAWORSKI Polish, Jewish
Habitational name for someone from any of numerous places named Jawory or Jaworze, named with Polish jawor meaning "maple", "sycamore".
JAY English, French
Nickname from Middle English, Old French jay(e)
"jay (the bird)", probably referring to an idle chatterer or a showy person, although the jay was also noted for its thieving habits.
From Sanskrit जय (jayá)
meaning "victory, triumph, winning" combined with रत्न (rátna)
meaning "jewel, gem, treasure".
From Sanskrit जय (jayá)
meaning "conquest, victory, triumph, winning" combined with सिंह (siṃhá)
From Sanskrit जय (jayá)
meaning "conquest, victory, triumph, winning" combined with सुंदर (sundara)
meaning "beautiful, handsome, lovely, charming".
Derived from Persian جزایر (jazâyir)
meaning "islands", of Arabic origin.
From a Norman personal name that appears in Middle English as Geffrey
and in Old French as Je(u)froi
. Some authorities regard this as no more than a palatalized form of Godfrey
, but early forms such as Galfridus
point to a first element from Germanic gala
"to sing" or gawi
"region, territory"... [more]
Jehle-Romanov surname was given name of monarchical leaders over the areas of eastern Eurasia known as Russia and all Russia's yet upon revolution family erroneously reported all dead. Most family of Alexander died while remaining in Russia, while those whom escaped circa 1880 survived... [more]
JELAVIĆ Serbian, Bosnian
derived from the place name Jelav
, one of the places in Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The first ever appearance recorded to this date was even before the Turkish men (Ottoman) broke into the Kingdom of Croatia (around 13. century).... [more]
JENDOUBI Arabic (Maghrebi)
From Jendouba, the name of a large city in northwestern Tunisia. The name itself is derived from Berber (Tamazight) jen
meaning "market" and douba
JENKS Engish, Welsh
English (also found in Wales) patronymic from the Middle English personal name Jenk
, a back-formation from Jenkin
with the removal of the supposed Anglo-Norman French diminutive suffix -in
English surname, a patronymic from the Middle English personal name Jan
From a pet-form of Jessop
(a medieval male personal name - a different form of Joseph
). A literary bearer is Miss Jessel, the governess who has charge of the two troubled and enigmatic children in Henry James's ghost story 'The Turn of the Screw' (1898).
JETER French (Huguenot), German
Jeter is a French and German surname. It is the last name of former New York Yankees baseball player, Derek Jeter. It's also the last name of Carmelita Jeter, an American sprinter who specializes in the 100 meter sprint.
Ethnic name for a Jew, from Middle English jeu meaning "Jew" from Old French giu.
Habitational name for someone from Jezioro, Jeziory, Jeziora, or Jezierzyce, all places named with jezioro meaning "lake".
JHALA Indian, Gujarati
Gujarati clan name with an unknown meaning, possibly from Jhalawar
, the name of a former princely state and current city in India or from the Hindi झाला (jhala)
, a term in classical Hindustani music.
From the Japanese 陣 (jin
) "camp" and 内 (uchi
) "inside." The grammatical and phonetic particle ノ or 之 (no
) is sometimes written between the other two characters.
JLASSI Arabic (Maghrebi), Berber
From the name of an Tamazight (Berber) tribal confederation in Tunisia; the name could be from Arabic إِخْلَاص (ʾiḵlāṣ)
meaning "sincerity, devotion, loyalty" or of unknown Berber meaning.
JOB English, French, German, Hungarian
English, French, German, and Hungarian from the personal name Iyov
, borne by a Biblical character, the central figure in the Book of Job, who was tormented by God and yet refused to forswear Him... [more]
Another of the names brought to England in the eleventh century by the Normans, and mentioned in the Domesday Book. Originally a masculine name only.
Jõeäär is an Estonian surname, derived from "jõeäärne", meaning "riverside".
Jõeorg is an Estonian surname meaning "wash, or fluvial valley".
Jõerüüt is an Estonian surname meaning "river plover" (Pluvialis).
Jõgi is an Estonian word and surname meaning "river".
From the given name John. A famous bearer is Elton John.
While the ancestors of the bearers of Joines came from ancient Welsh-Celtic origins, the name itself has its roots in Christianity. This surname comes from the personal name John, which is derived from the Latin Johannes... [more]
17th- century Quebecois explorer Louis Jolliet. He and Father Jacques Marquette were the first to map the Mississippi River. Later, Jolliet's name was misspelled as Joliet, most likely due to the influence of the French word joli
, "handsome/pretty"... [more]
The surname Joof (English spelling in Gambia) whit its derivatives Juuf / Juf (Seereer proper) or Diouf (French spelling in Senegal and Mauritania) is a Senegambian surname found amongst the Seereer people of Senegal, the Gambia and Mauritania... [more]
Joonas is an Estonian surname (and masculine given name); a variant of the name "Jonas".
Joost is an Estonian surname, derived from the masculine given name "Joost"; ultimately from St. Judoc.
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Andalusian municipality.
JOSEPH Hebrew, English, Dutch, Yiddish
From Ioseph, the Latin form of Greek Ιωσηφ (Ioseph), which was from the Hebrew name יוֹסֵף (Yosef) meaning "he will add". In the Old Testament, Joseph is the eleventh son of Jacob. Because he was the favourite of his father, his older brothers sent him to Egypt and told their father that he had died... [more]
JOST Dutch, German
Dutch and German: from a personal name, a derivative of the Breton personal name Iodoc
), or from the personal name Just
Jõulu is an Estonian surname meaning "Christmas" (Estonian: "Jõulud").
From the medieval male personal name Jowet
or the female personal name Jowette
, both literally "little Jowe
", a pet-form of Julian
. This was borne was British theologian and classical scholar Benjamin Jowett (1817-1893).
JOY French (Latinized)
Joy \joy\ as a girl's name is pronounced joy. It is of Old French and Latin origin, and the meaning of Joy is "joy". Used in the Middle Ages, and made popular in the 17th century under the influence of the Puritans, to whom being "joyful in the Lord" was an important duty... [more]
Meaning unknown. This was the original surname of Joseph Stalin (aka Ioseb Jughashvili).
JÜNGER German, Jewish
) distinguishing name, from Middle High German jünger
‘younger’, for the younger of two bearers of the same personal name, usually a son who bore the same name as his father... [more]
Junko can be written using different kanji characters and can mean any of the following:... [more]