Submitted Surnames Starting with K

Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
Kandil Arabic
Means "lamp, candle, lantern" in Arabic.
Kandimaa Estonian
Kandimaa is an Estonian surname derived from "kandis" ("neck of the woods") and "land".
Kandt German
Probably from Middle High German kant meaning "jug" (from Latin olla cannata meaning "pot with one spout") and hence an occupational name for a maker or seller of jugs.
Kane Irish, Norwegian
From the anglicized Irish surname Cathan, meaning "warlike." In Norway, it's used as a noble name.
Kaneda Japanese
From Japanese 金 (kane) meaning "metal" and 田 (ta) meaning "field".
Kanedakara Japanese
Combination Kanji Character "金" meaning "Gold", with "宝" meaning "Treasure".
Kaneki Japanese
This surname is used as 金城, 金木, 金気, 金喜, 兼城, 兼木 or 鹿子木 with 金 (kin, kon, gon, kana-, kane, -gane) meaning "gold," 兼 (ken, ka.neru, -ka.neru) meaning "and, concurrently," 城 (jou, shiro, ki) meaning "castle," 木 (boku, moku, ki, ko-) meaning "tree, wood," 気 (ki, ke, iki) meaning "air, atmosphere, mood, mind, spirit," 喜 (ki, yoroko.basu, yoroko.bu) meaning "rejoice, take pleasure in," 鹿 (roku, ka, shika) meaning "deer" and 子 (shi, su, tsu, ko, -ko, -ne) meaning "child, sign of the rat (1st sign of the Chinese zodiac)."
Kanellopoulos Greek
Feminine version is Kanellopoulou
Kanemaru Japanese
From Japanese 金 (kane) meaning "gold, metal" and 丸 (maru) meaning "circle, round, whole".
Kanemoto Japanese
Topographic name meaning ‘(one who lives) near where gold (or any metal) is found’. Found in the island of Okinawa, where it is variously written. ... [more]
Kaneshiro Japanese
From Japanese 金 (kane) meaning "gold, metal, money" and 城 (shiro) meaning "castle".
Kangas Estonian
Kangas is an Estonian surname meaning "fabric" and "weft" and "piece goods". Associated with weavers.
Kangas Finnish
Derived from Finnish kangas, denoting a type of soil and the type of forest (known as boreal forest or taiga) that grows in such soil.
Kangjeong Korean (Archaic)
Meaning unknown. Surname for 50 koreans, very archaic.
Kangro Estonian
Kangro is an Estonian surname derived from "kangur", meaning "weaver".
Kangur Estonian
Kangur is an Estonian language surname meaning "weaver".
Kann Estonian
Kann is an Estonian surname meaning "jug" and "pitcher".
Kannan Indian, Tamil
From the given name Kannan, the Tamil variant of Krishna.
Kannel Estonian
Kannel is an Estonian surname, taken from the word "kannel"; an Estonian plucked string instrument.
Känngård Swedish (Rare)
Derived from a place named Kännavallen (now known as Tjännavallen) outside Enånger, Hälsingland, Sweden.
Kannike Estonian
Kannike is an Estonian surname meaning "violet".
Kanniste Estonian
Kanniste is an Estonian surname derived from "kann" meaning "jug" and "pitcher".
Kanno Japanese
From the Japanese 菅 (kan or suga) "sedge" and 野 (no) "field," "area." This name can also be read as Sugano.
Kannus Estonian
Kannus is an Estonian surname meaning "spur" and "rowel".
Kanpistegi Basque
It indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of the commune of Ezterenzubi in the arrondissement of Baiona.
Kanroji Japanese
Fron Japanese 甘 (kan) meaning "sweet", 露 (ro) meaning "dew" and 寺 (ji) meaning "temple".
Kanssen Dutch, Flemish
Son of Kant
Kanteros ?
Means one from Kanter Plains.
Käo Estonian
Käo is an Estonian surname meaning "cuckoo".
Käos Estonian
Käos is an Estonian surname derived from "käosulane", meaning "warbler" (Hippolais).
Käosaar Estonian
Käosaar is an Estonian surname possibly derived from "käokann" ("campion"), "käoking" ("Aconitum"), or "käoline" ("cuckoo"), and "saar" ("island").
Kapadia Indian, Gujarati
Occupational name for a cloth maker from Gujarati કાપડ (kāpaḍ) meaning "cloth, fabric".
Kapetanović Croatian, Bosnian
Occupational surname derived from kapetan meaning "captain".
Kapić Bosnian
Derived from kapa, meaning "hat, cap".
Kapity English
Meaning unknown.
Kaplan Jewish, Turkish
Means "tiger" in Turkish. This common Jewish surname has a spelling variation: Caplan. For an unknown reason, Jewish immigrants who passed through the port at Baltimore had their names changed to Caplan, while the Jewish immigrants who passed through Ellis Island retained the original K spelling.
Kaplan Jewish
Surname used as a translation of Cohen, from German Kaplan or Polish kapłan "chaplain, curate".
Kapoor Indian, Hindi, Punjabi
From Sanskrit कर्पूर (karpura) meaning "camphor".
Käpp Estonian
Käpp is an Estonian surname meaning both "orchid" and "paw".
Kapu Indian, Telugu
It is a Telugu name, denoting an "agricultural worker".
Kapur Indian, Hindi, Punjabi
Alternate transcription of Kapoor.
Kapuściński Polish
Habitational name for someone from the town of Kapuścin or Kapuścino, both named from Polish kapusta meaning "cabbage".
Kapustin Russian
From kapusta, meaning "cabbage".
Karaca Turkish
Means "roe deer" in Turkish.
Karaçam Turkish
Means larch.
Karadeniz Turkish
Means "black sea" in Turkish.
Karađić Serbian
Variant of Karadžić, and often its misspelling.
Karađorđević Serbian
Derived from the nickname Karađorđe.
Karadžić Montenegrin, Serbian
Derived from Turkish karaca, meaning "roe deer".
Karagiannis Greek
Means "black John" from Greek καρα (kara) meaning "black" (of Turkish origin) and the given name Giannis.
Karakas Hungarian
Means "maker of wheels".
Karakaş Turkish
Means "black eyebrow" from Turkish kara meaning "black, dark" and kaş meaning "eyebrow".
Karakaya Turkish
Means "black rock" in Turkish.
Karal Indian, Bengali
This Surname was given in honour by the Britishers to Nikhil Chandra Banerjee to recognize his efforts in constructing The Karali Kali temple in Dhaka,now the capital of Bangladesh. It was a very expensive construction and still attracts tourists every year... [more]
Karamatsu Japanese
Kara means "Larch" (green needles poking from a tree) and Matsu means "Pine/Fur Tree".
Karanci Turkish
Means "merchant","someone who deals with transport"
Karapetian Armenian
Alternate transcription of Karapetyan.
Karapetyan Armenian
Means "son of Karapet".
Kara-Sal Tuvan
Means "black beard", derived from Tuvan кара (kara) meaning "black" combined with сал (sal) meaning "beard, moustache".
Karask Estonian
Karask is an Estonian surname meaning "barley bread".
Kárason Icelandic
Means "son of Kári" in Icelandic.
Karasu Japanese (Rare)
This surname is used as 烏 (u, o, izukunzo, karazu, nanzo) meaning "crow, raven" or 鴉, which is an outdated variant of 烏.... [more]
Karasu Turkish
Means "black water" derived from Turkish kara meaning "black, dark" combined with su "water".
Karayusuf Turkish
Yusuf is a name for men and Karayusuf means Dark Yusuf.
Karbowski Polish
Habitational name for someone from Karbowo in Torun voivodeship, a place so named from Polish karbowy "overseer (of farm laborers)", from karbowac "to make notches", i.e. to keep records.
Karch Jewish
1 Jewish (Ashkenazic): Americanized spelling of Karcz .... [more]
Karczewski Polish
habitational name for someone from Karczew, named with Polish karcz ‘stump’.
Kardashian Armenian
Alternate transcription of Kardashyan. This is the name of an Armenian-American family of socialites.
Kardashyan Armenian
Western Armenian transcription of Kartashyan.
Kareaga Basque
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of the municipality of Barakaldo.
Karélin Russian
Altered spelling of Russian Karélin, ethnic name for someone from Karelia (see Karjala).
Kareluša Serbian
Famous bearer of this surname is Serbian singer Jelena Kareluša (1978-)
Karen Czech
From a diminutive of the given name Karel.
Karenin Russian
Masculine form of the surname Karenina.
Karenina Literature
In Leo Tolstoy's novel 'Anna Karenina' (1877), this is the title character's surname, the feminine form of her husband's surname, Karenin.
Kärg Estonian
Kärg is an Estonian surname meaning "honeycomb".
Kargaja Estonian
Kargaja is an Estonian surname meaning "jumper" and "springer".
Karhu Finnish
Means "bear" (the animal) in Finnish.
Kari Finnish, German (Austrian), Slovene (?), Hungarian, Indian, Marathi
As a Finnish name, it is a topographic and ornamental name from kari "small island", "stony rapids", "sandbar", or "rocky place in a field". This name is found throughout Finland.... [more]
Kari Estonian
Kari is an Estonian surname meaning both "reef" and "herd".
Kariatsumari Japanese (Rare)
Combination of 狩り (kari) meaning "hunt(ing)" and 集まり (atsumari) meaning "gathering, meeting, assembly," mainly concentrated in Kagoshima prefecture in southern Japan.... [more]
Kərimov Azerbaijani
Means "son of Kərim".
Karimov Uzbek, Azerbaijani, Kazakh, Tajik, Kyrgyz, Tatar, Bashkir
Means "son of Karim", also used as an alternate transcription of Azerbaijani Kərimov.
Karineeme Estonian
Karineeme is an Estonian surname meaning "reef cape". It is also the name of several locations in Estonia.
Kariv Hebrew
Means "battle, fight, war" in Hebrew.
Karja Estonian
Karja is an Estonian surname meaning "herding".
Karjahärm Estonian
Karjahärm is an Estonian surname, possibly derived from "pasture (karjamaa) frost (härmatis)".
Karjala Finnish
Finnish from karja ‘cattle’ + the local suffix -la, or possibly from a word of Germanic origin, harja- ‘host’, ‘crowd’, Old Swedish haer. Historic records suggest that the Germanic inhabitants of the area around Lake Ladoga (in present-day Russia) used this term to refer to the Finns who once lived there.
Karjamaa Estonian
Karjamaa is an Estonian surname meaning "pastureland".
Karjane Estonian
Karjane is an Estonian surname meaning "herdsman".
Kark Estonian
Kark is an Estonian surname meaning "stilt" (Himantopus himantopus).
Karkamu Basque
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of the municipality of Gaubea, Province of Araba.
Karkavandian Armenian, Iranian
Those belonging to the Karkevand/Garkevand district of Iran who are most likely of Armenian origin. Typical modern Armenian last names end with the originally patronymic suffix -յան or -եան, transliterated as -yan, -ian, or less often '-jan'... [more]
Kārkliņš Latvian
Derived from kārkls meaning "osier".
Karkus English
Anyone with information about this last name please edit.
Karla Czech
Karla, from English - carla
Karlgren Swedish
Combination of the given name Karl and Swedish gren "branch".
Kärlin German
German surname from the personal name Karl. Also an altered spelling of German Gerling.
Karlin Jewish
Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic) habitational name for someone from Karlin, a suburb of Pinsk in Belarus, in which the Jews formed the majority of the population until the Holocaust. A well-known Hasidic sect originated in Karlin and at one time it attracted so many followers that a (now obsolete) Russian word for ‘Hasid’ was Karliner (of Yiddish origin)... [more]
Karlin Swedish (Rare)
Variant spelling of Carlin 3.
Karlin Polish
Polish habitational name from a village in Poland.
Karling German
A habitational name from Karling in Bavaria.
Karlov Russian
Means "son of Karl".
Karlsberg German
Means "Carl's Mountain" in German language, it is also used in other Germanic languages
Karlson English
Means "Son of Karl".
Karm Estonian
Karm is an Estonian surname meaning "strict" and "austere".
Karmakar Indian, Bengali, Assamese
Perhaps derived from Sanskrit कर्म (kárma) meaning "action, performance, deed". This is the name of a Bengali Hindu caste of blacksmiths.
Kärmas Estonian
Kärmas is an Estonian surname meaning "smart", "ready", "swift" and "brisk".
Karmazinas Lithuanian
Perhaps a habitational name taken from the Lithuanian village Karmazinai. The name of the village is allegedly derived from Polish karmazyn "crimson". See also Karmazsin, a Hungarian occupational name for a dyer or for someone making dyestuff (taken directly from Hungarian karmazsin "crimson").
Karner Estonian
Kärner is a common Estonian surname (meaning "gardener").
Károly Hungarian
From the given name Károly.
Karotamm Estonian
Karotamm is an Estonian surname, possibly derived from "karu" (bear) and "tamm" (oak).
Kärp Estonian
Kärp is an Estonian surname meaning "stoat" or "ermine".
Karp English
From the given name Karp.
Karpiak Ukrainian
Possibly a patronym from the given name Karp.
Karpov Russian
Means "son of Karp".
Karrantza Basque
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous municipality in the Basque Country.
Karras Greek
Means "dark" in Greek. Feminine form is Karra.
Kartallozi Albanian
Meaning unknown.
Kartashov Russian
Meaning uncertain.
Kartashyan Armenian
Means "son of the stonemason" from Armenian քարտաշ (kʿartaš) meaning "stonecutter, stonemason".
Karter Breton
Breton form of Carter. This was the birth surname of Breton-French explorer Jacques Cartier (1491-1557), who is known for discovering the gulf of St. Lawrence.
Karu Estonian
Karu is an Estonian surname meaning "bear".
Karunanayake Sinhalese
From Sanskrit करुणा (karuna) meaning "compassion, kindness, mercy" and नायक (nayaka) meaning "hero, leader".
Karunaratne Sinhalese
From Sanskrit करुणा (karuna) meaning "compassion, kindness, mercy" and रत्न (ratna) meaning "jewel, treasure".
Karyakin Russian
Meaning uncertain.
Kasabyan Armenian
Alternate transcription of Armenian Ղասաբյան (see Ghasabyan)
Kasai Japanese
It means fire in Japanese
Kašćelan Montenegrin
Derived from Italian castello, meaning "castle".
Kasei Japanese
From Japanese 火星 (kasei) meaning "Mars".
Kasekivi Estonian
Kasekivi is an Estonian surname meaning "birch stone".
Kaselaid Estonian
Kaselaid is an Estonian surname meaning "birch islet".
Kasemaa Estonian
Kasemaa is an Estonian surname meaning "birch land".
Kasemets Estonian
Kasemets is an Estonian surname meaning "birch forest".
Kasenurm Estonian
Kasenurm is an Estonian surname meaning "birch meadow".
Kaseorg Estonian
Kaseorg is an Estonian surname meaning "birch valley".
Kasepõld Estonian
Kasepõld is an Estonian surname meaning "birch field".
Kasepuu Estonian
Kasepuu is an Estonian surname meaning "birch tree".
Kasesalu Estonian
Kasesalu is an Estonian surname meaning "birch grove".
Kasetalu Estonian
Kasetalu is an Estonian surname meaning "birch farmstead".
Kashevarov Russian
Derived from Russian кашевар (kashevar) meaning "cook (in military unit or team of workers)".
Kashgari Uyghur, Arabic
Originally denoted someone who came from the city of Kashgar, located in the Xinjiang region of western China. The city's name is of Persian origin probably meaning "rock mountain".
Kashif Arabic, Urdu
From the given name Kashif.
Kashiwa Japanese
This surname is used as 柏 (haku, hyaku, byaku, kashiwa) meaning "oak."... [more]
Kashiwabara Japanese
Kashiwa ("Oak") + Bara from Hara ,("Plain").
Kashiwada Japanese (Rare)
Kashiwa ("Oak") + Da ("Rice Field/Patty"). Takashi Kashiwada is a retired Professional baseball player.
Kashiwade Japanese (Rare)
This family name made of two symbols literally means "Chef". It sounds a lot like Kashiwada, but nothing alike kanji wise.
Kashiwado Japanese (Rare)
The kanji used is Kashiwa ("Oak") + Do ("Door"). Kashiwado Tsuyoshi was a Japanese sumo wrestler.
Kashiwaeda Japanese
柏 (Kashiwa) refers to the Japanese "emperor/ daimyo oak tree" and 枝 (Eda) means "Bough, Twig, Limb, Knot, Branch, Twig".
Kashiwagi Japanese
From 柏 (kashiwa), which specifically refers the Japanese Emperor Oak/Daimyo oak (Quercus dentata), and 木 (ki), meaning "tree".
Kashmanian Armenian
this name is believed to be a version of the name of a city called kashman
Kashyap Indian, Hindi, Punjabi
From the given name Kashyapa.
Kaşıkçı Turkish
Means "spoonmaker" from Turkish kaşık meaning "spoon".
Kasim Arabic, Filipino, Maguindanao, Tausug
From the given name Qasim.
Kasimov Russian
From the city of Kasimov, located in Ryazan district, Russia.
Kasmi Arabic (Maghrebi)
Variant of Kissami, used more frequently in modern times.
Kasongo Central African
A Congolese surname derived from the town with the same name, located in the Maniema Province in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Kasparian Armenian (Expatriate)
Variant of Gasparyan used by Armenians living outside Armenia.
Kasparov Armenian (Russified)
Russified form of Gasparyan. A notable bearer is Garry Kasparov (1963-), a Russian chess grandmaster.
Kaspbrak Polish (Anglicized)
Anglicized form of Kasprzak.
Käsper Estonian
Käsper is an Estonian surname derived from the masculine given name "Kasper".
Kasper German, Czech
From the given name Kasper.
Kasperovich Belarusian
The last name taken literally is Kasper's son with -vich being a common patronymic suffix in Belarus and other slavic countries. The Kasper likey refers to an unknown Kasper in the family. However some stories tie the name to one of the wise men who visited Jesus after his birth - not named in the Bible but later referred to as Gaspar or Caspar/Kaspar in Eastern European traditions.
Kasperson English
Means "Son of Kasper".
Kass Estonian
From the Estonian word kass, meaning "cat".
Kass German (East Prussian)
Derived from Czech kos "blackbird".
Kasselmann German
Combination of the German place name Kassel (or Cassel) and German Mann "man".
Kassem Arabic
From the given name Kassem, a form of Qasim.
Kastelic Slovene
Means "from a castle".
Kastepõld Estonian
Kastepõld is an Estonian surname meaning "dew field".
Kastl German
From a pet form of the saint's name Castulus, itself a diminutive of the Latin adjective castus 'chaste'.
Kastrati Albanian
Derived from the name of the Kastrati tribe inhabiting the region of Malësia in northern Albania.
Kasunić Croatian
Possibly derived from the old Slavic word kazati, meaning "to order, to command".
Kasvand Estonian
Kasvand is an Estonian surname possibly derived from "kavand" meaning "layout", "design" and "outline".
Kat Dutch, Frisian, Afrikaans, Jewish
Means "Cat" in Dutch, Frisian, and Afrikaans, perhaps originally a nickname for someone who owned a cat or somehow resembled a cat.
Katagiri Japanese
From the Japanese 片 (kata) "single-" and 桐 (giri) "foxglove tree."
Kataja Finnish
Finnish for common juniper. Originally given to people living near juniper trees.
Katalinić Croatian
Means "son of Katalin" in Croatian.
Kataoka Japanese
From Japanese 片 (kata) meaning "partial, one-sided" and 岡 (oka) meaning "hill, ridge".
Katayama Japanese
From Japanese 片 (kata) meaning "partial, one-sided" and 山 (yama) meaning "mountain".
Kate English
Derived from the given name Kate.
Kateb Arabic
From Arabic كَاتِب (kātib) meaning "writer, scribe, clerk".
Katherine English
Derived form the given name Katherine.
Kathriner German (Swiss, Rare)
From the given name Kathrin + er meaning "of, from."
Katin Russian
Matronymic surname derived from a diminutive Katya of the Russian given name Yekaterina.
Katopodis Greek
It cames only from the greek island lefkada, its by the word meaning is "Downfoot" nut actually it means The guy who run away
Katsu Japanese
Katsura Japanese
This surname is used as 桂, 勝占, 勝羅, 勝良, 曽良 or 葛良 with 桂 (kei, katsura) meaning "cinnamon tree, Japanese Judas-tree", 勝 (shou, ka.tsu, katsu, -ga.chi, sugu.reru, meaning "excel, prevail, victory, win", 曽 (so, sou, zou, katsu, katsute, sunawachi) meaning "before, ever, formerly, never, once", 葛 (kachi, katsu, kuzu, tsudzura, katsura) meaning "arrowroot, kudzu", 占 (sen, urana.u, shi.meru) meaning "divining, forecasting, fortune-telling, get, have, hold, occupy, take", 羅 (ra, usumono) meaning "gauze, Rome, thin silk" and 良 (ryou, i.i, yo.i, ra) meaning "good, pleasing, skilled."... [more]
Kattel Estonian
Kattel is an Estonian derived from "katel", meaning "kettle" or "pot".
Katz Jewish
An abbreviation of the phrase kohen tsedek "righteous priest".
Katzenberg Jewish
Elaboration of Katz with the old German word berg meaning "mountain".
Katzin Jewish
Jewish: nickname from Hebrew katsin ‘rich man’. ... [more]
Katzman Slavic
Slavic form of Katz. Means "high priest, king."
Kau German
From Middle High German gehau "(mountain) clearing" hence a topographic name for a mountain dweller or possibly an occupational name for a logger.
Kau German
Topographic name for someone who lived by a mineshaft, from Middle High German kouw(e) "mining hut".
Kauge Estonian
Kauge is an Estonian surname meaning "far/far off".
Kauhane Hawaiian
Literally, "the spirit". Ka being "the" and Uhane being "spirit".