Submitted Surnames Starting with K

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Kaulitz German (East Prussian)
Famous bearers of this surname are Bill Kaulitz (German singer, songwriter, voice actor, designer, and model) and his twin brother Tom Kaulitz (German singer, songwriter, voice actor, designer, and model) are both in the German pop-rock / alternative rock band, Tokio Hotel.
Kaun Estonian
Kaun is an Estonian surname meaning "pod" or "legume".
Kaunas Lithuanian
From Kaunas, the name of a city in Lithuania, itself most likely derived from a given name.
Kaunis Estonian
Kaunis is an Estonian surname meaning "beautiful".
Kaunissaare Estonian
Kaunissaare is an Estonian surname meaning "beautiful/fair island".
Kaup Estonian
Kaup is an Estonian surname meaning "merchandise" or "goods".
Kaupmees Estonian
Kaupmees is an Estonian surname meaning "shopkeeper".
Kaur Estonian
Kaur is an Estonian surname (and masculine given name) derived from the given name "Kaur" (loon: Gavia).
Kaus German
From a regional (Hessian) variant of the habitational name Kues, from a place on the Mosel river, probably so named from Late Latin covis "field barn", "rack" and earlier recorded as Couese, Cobesa.
Kausch German
Pet name derived from the Old High German personal name Gozwin, of uncertain origin.
Kausch German
From a medieval form of the Old High German personal name Chuzo.
Kauss Estonian
Kauss is an Estonian surname meaning "dish" and "bowl".
Kaut German
Netonymic occupational name for a flax grower or dealer, from Middle High German kute, from Kaut(e) "male dove", hence a metonymic occupational name for the owner or keeper of a dovecote.
Kaut German
Topographic name from the Franconian dialect word Kaut(e) "hollow", "pit", "den".
Kauten Hungarian
Nickolas Kauten was born July 15, 1890, in Austria - Hungary, ... [more]
Kautz German
Nickname for a shy or strange person, from Middle High German kuz "screech owl".
Kautzmann German
Variant of Kautz, with the addition of Middle High German -man "man".
Kavakami Japanese (Russified)
Alternate transcription of Kawakami more commonly used by ethnic Japanese living in parts of the former Soviet Union and Sakhalin Japanese residing on Sakhalin Island in Russia.
Kavarai Indian, Tamil
It is a Tamil name, meaning "landowner".
Kavasaki Japanese (Russified)
Alternate transcription of Kawasaki more commonly used by ethnic Japanese living in parts of the former Soviet Union and Sakhalin Japanese residing on Sakhalin Island in Russia.
Kawa Japanese
"River, Stream".
Kawabata Japanese
'Side or bank of the river'; written two ways, with two different characters for kawa ‘river’. One family is descended from the northern Fujiwara through the Saionji family; the other from the Sasaki family... [more]
Kawada Japanese
From Japanese 川 (kawa) meaning "river, stream" and 田 (ta) meaning "field, rice paddy".
Kawahara Japanese
From Japanese 川 or 河 (kawa) meaning "river" and 原 (hara) meaning "field, plain".
Kawai Japanese
From Japanese 川 (kawa) meaning "river, stream" and 井 (i) meaning "well, mine shaft, pit".
Kawakita Japanese
川 (Kawa) means "River" and 北 (Kita) means "North".
Kawamoto Japanese
From Japanese 川 (kawa) meaning "river, stream" and 本 (moto) meaning "base, root, origin".
Kawamura Japanese
From Japanese 川 or 河 (kawa) meaning "river, stream" and 村 (mura) meaning "town, village".
Kawanaka Japanese
From Japanese 川 (kawa) meaning "river, stream" and 中 (naka) meaning "middle".
Kawanishi Japanese
Nishikawa backwards, Kawa means "River, Stream" and Nishi means "West".
Kawano Japanese
From the Japanese 川 or 河 (kawa or gawa) and 野 (no) "field," "area."
Kawashima Japanese
From Japanese 川 (kawa) meaning "river, stream, brook" and 島 (shima) or 嶋 (shima) both meaning "island".
Kawashita Japanese
Kawa means "River, Stream" and Shita means "Under, Below".
Kawata Japanese
Variant transcription of Kawada.
Kawauchi Japanese
From Japanese 河 (kawa) or 川 (kawa) meaning "river" combined with 内 (uchi) meaning "inside".
Kawaye Japanese (Americanized)
Americanized form of Kawai.
Kawazu Japanese (Rare)
Kawa (川, 河) means "river", tsu (津) means "port". Tsu changes to zu/dzu because of rendaku
Kay Chinese
From Chinese 凯 (kǎi) meaning "triumphant, victorious, triumphal".
Kaya Turkish
From the given name Kaya.
Kayano Japanese (Rare), Brazilian
Kaya means "yew tree",and No means "field,meadow,wilderness".People with this last name are Kayano Gonbei (a samurai),Ai Kayano(a voice actress of MANY characters /more than 30),and Shigeru Kayano(an Ainu politician who lived well up to 2006)... [more]
Kaye English
From the first name Kaye.
Kaygisiz Turkish
Derived from the Turkish word for “carefree, relaxed”.
Kayler English
Variant of Kaylor.
Kaylor Scottish, German
Variant of Scottish Keillor.... [more]
Kayser German
Variant of Kaiser.
Kaz Jewish
Variant of Katz.
Kazacov Russian
Variant spelling of Kazakov.
Kazak Russian
Unisex Russian surname, meaning the word "Cossack"
Kazakh Kazakh
Derived from a geographical locality. 'of Kazakhstan.'
Kazakov Russian
From Russian казак (kazak) meaning "Cossack".
Kazami Japanese
From Japanese 風 (kaza) meaning "wind, style" and 見 (mi) meaning "looking, viewing".
Kazan Jewish
From Hebew chazan, which is an occupational name for a cantor in a synagogue.
Kazan Ukrainian, Belarusian, Jewish
From Turkish kazan meaning "kettle, boiler, furnace".
Kazan Greek
Reduced form of Kazandis which is an occupational surname for a maker of cauldrons or someone who uses a cauldron for the distillation of ouzo or raki... [more]
Kazan Turkish
From Turkish meaning "cauldron".
Kazanov Russian
Means "of Kazan", either referring to the city of Kazan in Tatarstan, Russia, or from a given name. The name is most likely of Turkic origin, possibly from Bulgar qazan meaning "cauldron, pot", which would have been used to denote someone who made pots.
Kazehaya Japanese
Kaze means "wind" and haya means "fast".
Kazetani Japanese (Rare)
From Japanese 風 (kaze) meaning "wind, style" and 谷 (tani) meaning "valley".
Kazim Urdu, Punjabi, Arabic
From the given name Kazim.
Kazimirov Russian
Means "son of Kazimir".
Kazımov Azerbaijani
Means "son of Kazım".
Kázmér Hungarian
From the given name Kázmér.
Kaźmierczak Polish
Derived from the given name Kazimierz.
Keahi Hawaiian
From the given name Keahi.
Keala Hawaiian
From the given name Keala.
Kealoha Hawaiian
From the given name Kealoha.
Keane Irish (Modern)
A nickname for a "brave" or "proud" person deriving from Middle English given name Kene
Kearns Irish (Anglicized)
Irish anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Céirín ‘descendant of Céirín’, a personal name from a diminutive of ciar ‘dark’, ‘black’... [more]
Kearny Irish
Variant of Kearney.
Kearse Irish
Variant of Keirsey.
Kearsley English
Derived from any of the English settlements called Kearsley
Keate English
Variant of KEAT.
Keaton English
Variant of Keeton.
Kedem Hebrew
Either means "east" or "ancient" in Hebrew.
Keder Estonian
Keder is an Estonian surname meaning "wheel".
Keedus Estonian
Keedus is an Estonian surname meaning "brew".
Keel English
English habitational name from Keele in Staffordshire, named from Old English cy ‘cows’ + hyll ‘hill’, or from East and West Keal in Lincolnshire, which are named from Old Norse kjolr ‘ridge’... [more]
Keel Irish
Irish reduced form of McKeel.
Keel German (Swiss)
Swiss German variant of Kehl.
Keel German (Anglicized)
Americanized spelling of German Kühl (see Kuhl), Kiehl, or Kiel.
Keel Estonian
Keel is an Estonian surname meaning "language/speech" and also "reed".
Keeler English
English: occupational name for a boatman or boatbuilder, from an agent derivative of Middle English kele ‘ship’, ‘barge’ (from Middle Dutch kiel). Americanized spelling of German Kühler, from a variant of an old personal name (see Keeling) or a variant of Kuhl.
Keeling Irish, English
Irish: see Keeley. ... [more]
Keenan Irish
Variant of O'Keenan.
Keene English
Variant of Keen.
Keener English
Anglicized form of Kiener or Kühner.
Keerd Estonian
Keerd is an Estonian surname meaning "winding", "turn" and "spin".
Keerles Estonian
Keerles is an Estonian surname derived from "keerlema" meaning to "whirl" and "spin".
Keeton English
Habitational name from a place called Ketton in Durham or one in Rutland or from Keaton in Ermington, Devon. The first is named from the Old English personal name Catta or the Old Norse personal name Káti and Old English tūn "settlement"; the second is probably from an old river name or tribal name Cētan (possibly a derivative of Celtic cēd "wood") and Old English ēa "river"; and the last possibly from Cornish kee "hedge, bank" and Old English tūn.
Keevallik Estonian
Keevallik is an Estonian surname meaning "hot spring".
Keever Celtic
From McKeever, a form of McIver, meaning "son of Ivor".
Kegler German
Nickname for a skilled or enthusiastic skittles player, from an agent derivative of Middle High German kegel meaning "skittle", "pin".
Kego Scottish
Scottish - Eaglesham, Renfrewshire Scotland
Keheley Irish (Anglicized)
americanized version of an irish clan name
Kehler German
Habitational name from various places called Kehl, notably the town across the Rhine from Strasbourg. In some cases it may be a variant of Köhler.
Keidar Hebrew
Keidar is an ancient nickname given to the descendants of Ishmael.
Keillor Scottish
Habitational name from a place in Angus called Keilor.
Keim German
Keinath German
Possibly a variant of Keinrath, from the personal name Konrad. ... [more]
Keiner German
Reduced form of the personal name Kagenher, from Old High German gagan 'against' + heri 'army'.
Keiper German
Similar to the origins of Kuiper (Dutch) and Cooper (English), Keiper was an occupation which means "cooper" or "barrelmaker".
Keirnan Irish
Gaelic form of Keirnan is Mac Thighearnain, which is derived from the word tighearna, meaning "lord." First found in County Cavan, Ireland.
Keirsey Irish
Topographic name of Norman origin name dating back to the 13th century.
Kekoa Hawaiian
From the given name Kekoa.
Kelava Croatian
Possibly derived from Turkish kel, meaning "bald".... [more]
Kelch German
nickname from Middle High German kelch "double chin", "goiter". from another meaning of Middle High German kelch "glass", "chalice", hence a metonymic occupational name for a chalice maker or a habitational name for someone living at a house distinguished by the sign of a chalice.
Kelder Estonian
Kelder is an Estonian surname meaning "cellar".
Kelekolio Hawaiian
From the given name Kelekolio.
Kelham English
Derived from the village of Kelham, near Newark-upon-Trent, Nottingham.
Kell Estonian
Kell is an Estonian surname meaning "clock".
Kelleher Irish
From Gaelic Ó Céileachair meaning "son of Céileachar". The Irish given name Céileachar means "companion-dear", i.e., "lover of company".
Kellen German
From the name of a place in Rhineland, which is derived from Middle Low German kel (a field name denoting swampy land) or from the dialect word kelle meaning "steep path, ravine".
Kello Estonian
Kello is an Estonian surname possibly derived from "kell" meaning "clock", or "kellu" meaning "trowel".
Kellogg Irish
Anglicised form of Ó Ceallaigh
Kelm German
Germanized form of Polish Chelm ‘peak’, ‘hill’, a topographic name for someone who lived by a hill with a pointed summit, or habitational name from a city in eastern Poland or any of various other places named with this word.
Kelner German, English, Vilamovian
Means "waiter" in German.
Kelsch German (Anglicized)
Partly Americanized form of German Koelsch.
Kelshaw English
Derived from the villages of North or South Kelsey in Lincolnshire.
Kelso Scottish
Habitational name from Kelso on the river Tweed in Roxburghshire, perhaps so named from Old English cealc "chalk" + hoh "ridge", "spur".
Kelson English
Means "son of Kel"
Kelton Scottish
Scottish habitational name from the village of Kelton in the parish of the same name in Kirkcudbrightshire.
Kelty Scottish
From the name of a village in Fife, Scotland, which was derived from Scottish Gaelic coillte "wooded area, grove".
Kemelov Kazakh
Means "son of Kemel".
Kemerer German
From the Old German word "kämmerer," which means "chamberlain." A chamberlain was the person in charge of the noble household; to him would fall the duty of ensuring that the castle and court of the noble ran smoothly.
Ķemeris Latvian
Derived from the place name Ķemeri.
Kempe Swedish
Variant of Kämpe.
Kemper German, Dutch
German: status name denoting a peasant farmer or serf, an agent noun derivative of Kamp ... [more]
Kempton English
From the name of a place in Shropshire meaning "Cempa's town" or "warrior town", from a combination of either the Old English word cempa "warrior" or the byname derived from it and tun "farmstead, settlement".
Kenapea Estonian
Kenapea is an Estonian surname meaning "beautiful head".
Kendo Japanese
From Japanese 拳 (ken) meaning "fist" and 藤 (do, dou, dō) meaning "wisteria"
Kendrew English
Variant of Andrew, possibly influenced by Mcandrew. Notable namesake is Nobel Prize winning chemist John Kendrew (1917-1997).
Kenma Japanese
Japanese surname meaning "to see enough".
Kennaway English
From the medieval personal name Kenewi, from Old English Cynewīg, literally "royal war", or Cēnwīg, literally "bold war".
Kenneally Irish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Cionnfhaolaidh ‘descendant of Cionnfhaoladh’, a personal name derived from ceann ‘head’ + faol ‘wolf’.
Kennebrew Scottish (Americanized, ?)
Americanized form of the Scottish surname Kinniburgh, which is derived from the feminine given name Kinborough... [more]
Kennelly Irish
Variant spelling of Kenneally.
Kenneth English
Derived from the given name Kenneth.
Kennethson English
Means “Son Of Kenneth.”
Kenney English
Variant of Kenny
Kenny English, Irish, Scottish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Coinnigh "descendant of Coinneach" or Ó Cionaodha "descendant of Cionaodh".
Kenobi Popular Culture
Obi-Wan Kenobi is a fictional character in the 'Star Wars' saga, created by George Lucas. The meaning of the name is not known, but as Lucas was very much influenced by Japanese samurai movies, it is possible that the name is a combination of Japanese 剣 (ken) "sword" and 帯 (obi) "belt".
Kensington English
English surname meaning "Cynesige's town", from the Old English personal name Cynesige and ton 'town'.
Kensit English
A surname of Old English, pre-7th-century origins. It derives from a locality, probably either Kingsettle in Somerset, which translates as "the seat of the King", and is believed to relate to Alfred the Great, or possibly Kingside in Cumberland, or to some now lost village or town with a similar spelling.
Kensley English
This surname might derive from the surname Kinsley or from the locational surname Kelsey (denoting someone who is from either North or South Kelsey in Lincolnshire).
Kent English (?)
Region in England
Kentel Estonian
Kentel is an Estonian surname meaning "pendant".
Kentie Scottish, English, Dutch
Origin and meaning unknown. The name Kentie was spread in the Netherlands when a Scottish soldier, Alexander Kenti, settled at Woudrichem, the Netherlands around 1650. Alexander Kenti was born and raised in the Scottish highlands... [more]
Kenttä Finnish
Means "field" in Finnish.
Kenwood English
From the settlement of Kenwood in the parish of Kenton, county of Devon, England. ... [more]
Kenworthy English (British, Anglicized, Rare)
his interesting surname of English origin is a locational name from a place so called in Cheshire, deriving from the Old English pre 7th Century personal name Cyna, a short from of the various compound names with the first element "cyne" meaning "Royal", or, Cena, a byname meaning "Keon", "Bold" or a short form of various compound personal names with this first element plus the Old English pre 7th Century "worthing" "enclosure"... [more]
Kenwyn Cornish (Rare)
This surname is derived from the name of a town and river in Cornwall, England (called Keynwynn in Cornish). It is said that the name is derived from Cornish keyn meaning "back, keel, ridge" and gwynn meaning "white, fair, blessed."
Kenyon English, Welsh
Kenyon is a surname from Wales meaning "a person from Ennion's Mound"
Kenza Arabic (Maghrebi)
From the given name Kenza.
Keogh Irish (Anglicized)
Variant of Keough, which is a shortened form of McKeough, itself an anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Eochadha meaning "son of Eochaidh"... [more]
Keough Irish, Scottish
Anglicized, reduced form of Mac Eochaidh meaning "son of Eochaidh".
Kepler German
From Middle High German kappe meaning "hooded cloak". This was an occupational name for someone who made these kind of garments. A notable bearer was German astronomer and mathematician Johannes Kepler (1571–1630).
Keränen Finnish
Possibly from Keräpää, a nickname for a bald person or someone with a round head and/or with closely cropped hair, combined with the common surname suffix -nen. In eastern Finland the name dates back to the 16th century.
Kerbel English, German, Russian (Rare)
Means "chervil" in German, a parsley-related herb. The surname probably came into England via Germanic relations between the two languages, hence it being most common in German & English countries.
Kerbow French
Possibly derived from the French word 'corbeau', meaning "raven".
Kercher German
1 Southern German variant of Karcher .... [more]
Keren Hebrew (Modern)
From the given name Keren.
Keres Estonian
Keres is an Estonian surname derived from "kere", meaning both "hull" and "coach work".
Kerge Estonian
Kerge is an Estonian surname meaning both "slight" and "easy".
Kergoat Breton, French
From Breton ker "Village" or "Area" and koad "Woods".
Kerhervé Breton
From Breton ker "Village" or "Area" and the name Hervé.
Kerin Irish (Latinized, Rare)
Irish variation of Kieran. ... [more]
Kerjean Breton
Possibly derived from a Breton place name, apparently composed of Breton kêr "city" and the name Jean.
Kermani Persian
Indicated a person from the city of Kerman in Iran, derived from Middle Persian klmʾn of uncertain meaning.
Kershaw English
It indicates familial origin within either of 3 places named Kirkshaw: 1 in Lancashire and 2 in the West Riding of Yorkshire.
Kerstein German
Derived from -kirsch "cherry" and -stein "stone", variant of Kirstein.
Kerwin Irish
Variant of Kirwan.
Kesa Estonian
Kesa is an Estonian surname meaning "fallow".
Kesaväli Estonian
Kesaväli is an Estonian surname meaning "fallow field".
Keshet Hebrew (Modern)
From the given name Keshet which means "rainbow" in Hebrew, it is used more as a surname than a given name.
Keskin Turkish
Means "sharp, bitter" in Turkish.
Kesküla Estonian
Kesküla is an Estonian name, derived from "kesk" ("central") and "küla" ("village").
Kesler German, Dutch, Jewish
It is an occupational name that means coppersmith. In alpine countries the name derived from the definition: the one living in the basin of a valley.
Kess German (Anglicized)
Anglicized form of Keß.
Kessel German
Occupational name for a maker of cooking vessels from Middle High German kezzel meaning "kettle, cauldron, boiler".
Kessel Dutch
Habitational name for someone originally from any of the various locations in the Netherlands named Kessel.
Kessenich German
Habitational name from Kessenich near Bonn.
Kessler German, Jewish
Denotes a coppersmith or maker of copper cooking vessels, derived from Middle High German kezzel meaning “kettle, cauldron”.
Kestel English
Habitational name from Kestle, a place in Cornwall, so named from Cornish castell "castle, village, rock".
Kesteloot Belgian (Modern)
No idea whatsoever as to the origin of the surname other than it is of Belgian origin.
Keta Albanian
Meaning as of yet unknown. Known Albanian bearers of this surname include the colonel Myslym Keta (1925-1966) and the politician Roland Keta (b. 1971).
Ketcham English
Reduced form of Kitchenham
Ketchell English
Indicates familial origin from Kestell in Cornwall
Ketchell English
Derived from the Ancient Scandinavian name Ketill