Submitted Surnames Starting with K

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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
Ketley English
Means "person from Ketley", Shropshire ("glade frequented by cats").
Ketts English (British)
The proud Norman name of Ketts was developed in England soon after the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. It was a name for a person who has a fancied resemblance to a cat. The name stems from the Old Northern French cat, of the same meaning, which occurs in many languages in the same form from a very early period.
Keuch German
Variation of Kuch.
Keurig Dutch
Keurig is "derived from" a Dutch word meaning "excellence." A more accurate translation from the Dutch is "neat" or "tidy."
Kevade Estonian
Kevade is an Estonian surname meaning "Spring (season)".
Kevin Various
From the given name Kevin.
Kevinsen Scandinavian
Scandinavian variant of Kevinson.
Keyn Norwegian (Rare)
Derived from the Norwegian word for "strong pillar".
Khabibullin Tatar, Bashkir
From the given name Habibullah.
Khachukaev Chechen
Meaning uncertain.
Khaimov Uzbek, Jewish
Means "son of Chayyim". This surname is used by Bukharan Jews of Uzbekistan.
Khajimba Abkhaz
Of unknown meaning. A notable bearer is Raul Khajimba (1958-), the current President of Abkhazia.
Khalaf Arabic
Means "successor, descendant" in Arabic.
Khaled Arabic, Bengali
From the given name Khalid.
Khaleel Arabic, Urdu, Dhivehi
From the given name Khalil.
Khalid Arabic, Urdu, Dhivehi
From the given name Khalid.
Khalidi Arabic
From the given name Khalid.
Khalif Somali
Somali form of Khalifa.
Khalifa Arabic
From the given name Khalifa.
Khalife Lebanese (Gallicized)
French version of the Arabic name Khalifa which means “successor of Mohammed” used by Lebanese Christians ever since the French occupation of Lebanon.
Khalil Arabic, Bengali, Urdu
From the given name Khalil.
Khalili Persian, Arabic
From the given name Khalil.
Khalsa Indian (Sikh), Punjabi
Derived from Arabic خلص (khalasa) meaning "pure, clear". This is also the term used to refer to initiated Sikhs.
Kham Thai, Lao
From Thai คำ (kham) meaning "gold" or "word, speech" or Lao ຄຳ (kham) meaning "gold".
Khamdamov Uzbek, Tajik
Means "son of Khamdam".
Khamidov Uzbek, Tajik, Chechen
Means "son of Khamid".
Khamkaeo Thai
From Thai คำ (kham) meaning "gold" or "word, speech" and แก้ว (kaeo) meaning "crystal, glass, diamond".
Khamlichi Moroccan
Meaning unknown. A famous bearer is actress Asmaa Khamlichi.
Khamwaen Thai
From Thai คำ (kham) meaning "gold" and แหวน (waen) meaning "ring".
Khamzin Tatar, Bashkir, Kazakh
From the given name Khamza.
Khánh Vietnamese
From Sino-Vietnamese 慶 (khánh) meaning "congratulate, celebrate".
Khanh Vietnamese
Means "precious stone" in Vietnamese. It is also a simplified variant of Khánh.
Khanov Turkmen, Uzbek, Kazakh
Means "son of Khan".
Khansari Persian
Actual meaning is unknown; originated in the Iranian tribe the Kurds.
Kharazia Abkhaz
There are several theories on the origin of the name. It could be derived from Arabic حَارِس (ḥāris) meaning "guard, guardian, defender", from a contraction of a Hebrew term, or from the Abkhaz word ҳара (ḥārā́) meaning "we, ours" combined with the Abkhaz suffix -ya or -ia denoting descent.
Khare Indian, Marathi, Hindi
Means "pure, true" in Hindi and Marathi.
Kharebaty Ossetian
Derived from Georgian ხარება (xareba) meaning "annunciation".
Khashba Abkhaz
Either derived from Abkhaz ахацə (āxācə) meaning "stone" or алашара (ālāšārā) "light".
Khashoggi Arabic
Arabized form of the Turkish surname Kaşıkçı.
Khat Khmer
From Chinese 凯 meaning "triumphant","victorious"
Khateeb Arabic, Urdu
Arabic alternate transcription of Khatib as well as the Urdu form.
Khatib Arabic
Means "speaker, orator" in Arabic. In Islam this is the name of the person who delivers sermons (khutbah) during Friday and Eid prayers.
Khatiwada Nepali
From the name of a village in the Doti District of Nepal.
Khaton Indian, Hindi, Assamese, Persian, Urdu, Bengali, Pashto, Odia, Punjabi
Alternate transcription of Khatun.
Khatri Indian, Gujarati, Marathi, Hindi, Punjabi, Nepali
Name for a member of the Kshatriya caste, derived from Sanskrit क्षत्रिय (kshatriya) referring to the Hindu caste consisting of kings, warriors and soldiers, ultimately from क्षत्र (kshatra) meaning "power, might, dominion".
Khatun Bengali, Indian, Hindi, Assamese, Odia, Nepali
From the Persian title خاتون‎ (khatun) meaning "lady, noblewoman", the feminine counterpart to Khan.
Khavaza Dungan
Derived from the second part of the Arabic given name Muhammad, -ha-.
Khawaja Urdu, Arabic, Bengali
From the Persian title خواجه (xâje) meaning "lord, master, owner".
Khayasi Japanese (Russified)
Alternate transcription of Hayashi more commonly used by ethnic Japanese living in parts of the former Soviet Union and Sakhalin Japanese residing on Sakhalin Island in Russia.
Khaybulaev Avar, Crimean Tatar
Means "son of Khaybulla", from a given name derived from Arabic حَيّ (ḥayy) meaning "alive" combined with الله (allāh) meaning "Allah, God".
Khemkhaeng Thai
Means "strong" in Thai.
Khemson Thai (Rare)
Means "pine needle" in Thai.
Khen Hebrew (Modern)
From the given name Hen or Chen 2 which both means "beauty", "grace", "charm" in Hebrew.
Khertek Tuvan
Meaning uncertain.
Khieu Khmer
Means "to be blue (in colour)" in Khmer.
Khiev Khmer
From Khmer ខៀវ (khiev) meaning "blue".
Khil Russian
Russian spelling of Hill. A notable bearer was Russian baritone singer Eduard Khil (1934-2012).
Khirin Russian
Possibly derived from dialectal Russian хиря (khirya) meaning "illness".
Khirlig-ool Tuvan (Rare)
Means "dirty boy" in Tuvan, from Tuvan хирлиг (khirlig) "dirty" and оол (ool) "son, boy".
Khismatullin Tatar, Bashkir
From the given name Ismatullah.
Khizriev Chechen
Means "son of Khizir".
Khizrieva Chechen
Feminine transcription of Khizriev.
Khlebnikov Russian
This surname means a baker who makes bread.
Khmyz Russian
Derived from dialectal Russian хмыз (khmyz) meaning "bush, thicket".
Khnanisho Assyrian
Means "mercy of Jesus" from Syriac ܚܢܢܐ (ḥənānā) meaning "mercy, grace, favour" and ܝܫܘܥ (Išōʿ) meaning "Jesus".
Khoang Vietnamese (Russified)
Russifed form of Hoàng used by ethnic Vietnamese living in parts of the former Soviet Union.
Khokhlov Russian
Derived from Russian хохол (khokhol) meaning "topknot". Khokhol is also a derogatory word often used to describe Ukrainians.
Kholodov Russian
Derived from Russian холод (kholod) meaning "cold".
Khoo Chinese (Hokkien), Chinese (Teochew)
Hokkien and Teochew romanization of Qiu.
Khor Chinese (Hokkien)
Hokkien romanization of Xu.
Khorinyak Russian
Uncertain meaning.
Khosravi Persian
From the given name Khusraw.
Khouri Arabic
Alternate transcription of Khoury.
Khoury Arabic
Means "priest" in Arabic, ultimately from Latin curia meaning "court". It is mostly used by Arabic-speaking Christians.
Khrapko Ukrainian, Russian, Belarusian (Rare)
Derived from East Slavic храп (khrap) meaning "snore".
Khrupkin Belarusian, Russian
From Russian and Belarusian хрупкий (khrupkiy) meaning "fragile".
Khrushchev Russian
Derived from Russian хрущ (khrushch) meaning "cockchafer" or "May beetle".
Khrushcheva Russian
Feminine counterpart of Khrushchev.
Khuan Chinese (Russified)
Russified form of Huang used by ethnic Chinese living in parts of the former Soviet Union.
Khúc Vietnamese
Vietnamese form of Qu, from Sino-Vietnamese 曲 (khúc).
Khuin Vietnamese (Russified)
Alternate transcription of Khyuin.
Khumalo Zulu, Ndebele, South African
Zulu and Ndebele clan name meaning "descendant of the fish tribe".
Khurana Indian, Punjabi, Hindi
Meaning uncertain.
Khuren-ool Tuvan (Rare)
Means "brown boy" in Tuvan, from Tuvan хүрең (khüreñ) meaning "brown" combined with оол (ool) "son, boy".
Khurshid Persian, Urdu
From the given name Khurshid
Khvan Korean (Russified)
Russified form of Hwang used by ethnic Koreans living in former Soviet territories.
Khyuin Vietnamese (Russified)
Russified form of Huỳnh used by ethnic Vietnamese living in parts of the former Soviet Union.
Kibus Estonian
Kibus is an Estonian surname meaning "piggin" (a small wooden pail with one stave extended upward as a handle).
Kibuspuu Estonian
Kibuspuu is an Estonian surname meaning "piggin wood".
Kichida Japanese
It is the same as Yoshida, it means "Lucky, Fortunate Rice Paddy/ Field". This seems to be less common than Yoshida.
Kicklighter American
Americanized spelling of German Kückleiter, literally ‘chicken ladder’, probably a nickname for a chicken farmer.
Kida Japanese
From Japanese 木 (ki) meaning "tree, wood" and 田 (ta) meaning "field, rice paddy".
Kidamura Japanese
This surname could be made up of 木 (Ki) meaning "Tree, Wood", 貴 (Ki) meaning "Valuabele", or 喜 (Ki) meaning "Rejoice", with 田 (Da) meaning "Rice Paddy, Field", and 村 (Mura) means "Hamlet, Village"... [more]
Kidder English
English: possibly an occupational name from early modern English kidd(i)er ‘badger’, a licensed middleman who bought provisions from farmers and took them to market for resale at a profit, or alternatively a variant of Kidman... [more]
Kidman English
English: occupational name, probably for a goatherd (from Middle English kid(e) ‘young goat’ + man ‘man’), but possibly also for a cutter of wood used for fuel. (from Middle English kidde ‘faggot’ (an archaic English unit for a bundle of sticks)).
Kidney Irish
Surname translated from Irish surname Duane to English Kidney Mainly found in County Cork. Original Irish clan name is Ó Dubháin.
Kidwell Welsh, English
The origins of this surname are uncertain, but it may be derived from Middle English kidel "fish weir", denoting a person who lived by a fish weir or made his living from it, or from an English place called Kiddal, probably meaning "Cydda's corner of land" from the Old English given name Cydda and halh "nook or corner of land".
Kiebler German
Comes from the Middle High German word "kübel" meaning a "vat," or "barrel." As such it was an occupational name for a cooper, or barrel maker.
Kiehl Medieval Low German
From Middle Low German kil ‘wedge’, applied as a metonymic occupational name or as a pejorative nickname for a ruffian. Possibly a habitational name from Kiel in Schleswig-Holstein, from Dutch and Frisian kil ‘stagnant water’ (see Kiel)... [more]
Kiel German
German surname of several possible origins and meanings.... [more]
Kiel Dutch
Dutch from Middle Dutch kidel, kedel ‘smock’, hence a metonymic occupational name for someone who make such garments or perhaps a nickname for someone who habitually wore one. Also a dutch habitational name from a place so named in Antwerp or from the German city Kiel in Schleswig-Holstein.
Kiel Jewish
Jewish (Ashkenazic) variant of Kil.
Kiel Polish
Polish from kiel ‘tooth’, ‘fang’, hence a nickname for someone with bad or protruding teeth.
Kielland Norwegian
Alexander Kielland was a Norwegian writer (1849–1906).
Kiener German (Swiss)
Nickname derived from the dialect verb chienen 'to whimper'.
Kienlien German (East Prussian)
Julie Lienlien, Spouse Eduard Lehmann, Mother of Anna Katharina Lehmann (b. 1858)
Kieran Irish (Anglicized)
Irish anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Ciaráin ‘descendant of Ciarán’, a byname from a diminutive of ciar ‘dark’, ‘black-haired’... [more]
Kierkegaard Danish
Means "farm near the church" from elements kirke meaning "church" and gaard meaning "farm." A famous bearer is Søren Aabye Kierkegaard, a Danish philosopher, theologian, poet, social critic and religious author who is widely considered to be the first existentialist philosopher.
Kiernan Irish
Anglicized form of Mac Thighearnáin, which means "son of Tighearnán."
Kiestler German
Possibly a form of Kistler an occupation name for a joiner or cabinet maker.
Kiều Vietnamese
Vietnamese form of Jiao, from Sino-Vietnamese 矯 (kiểu).
Kiff English
the origin of the name KIFF could have come from a variation of KITH as in "kith and kin". The O.E.D. definition of the word KITH is that of a native land, familiar place or home so "kith and kin" meant your home and your relations... [more]
Kiff German
Topographic name from a Westphalian dialect Kiff "outhouse, tied cottage, shack".
Kihlberg Swedish
Combination of Swedish kil "wedge" and berg "mountain".
Kihu Estonian
Kihu is an Estonian surname meaning "impulse" and "urge".
Kihulane Estonian
Kihulane is an Estonian surname meaning "midge".
Kiidemaa Estonian
Kiidemaa is an Estonian surname meaning "praised land".
Kiigemägi Estonian
Kiigemägi is an Estonian surname meaning "swaying mountain".
Kiiker Estonian
Kiiker is an Estonian surname meaning "spyglass" and "telescope"; may also relate to "kiik", meaning "swing".
Kiil Estonian
Kiil is an Estonian surname meaning "keel", "wedge (tool)", and "frog".
Kiin Estonian
Kiin is an Estonian surname meaning both "gadfly" and "cleaver".
Kiirend Estonian
Kiirend is an Estonian surname derived from "kiirendi" meaning "accelerator/accelerant" and "catalyst".
Kiiroja Estonian
Kiiroja is an Estonian surname meaning "fast (flowing) creek".
Kiisk Estonian
Kiisk is an Estonian name meaning "ruffe" (a freshwater fish: Gymnocephalus cernua).
Kiiver Estonian
Kiiver is an Estonian surname meaning "helmut".
Kiivit Estonian
Kiivit is an Estonian surname meaning "peewit/lapwing" (bird species: "Vanellus vanellus").
Kikerpill Estonian
Kikerpill is an Estonian surname meaning "cicer instrument".
Kikerpuu Estonian
Kikerpuu is an Estonian surname meaning "cicer wood".
Kikidis Greek
(Greek background) not very common surname and comes from Greece
Kikkamägi Estonian
Kikkamägi is an Estonian surname meaning "spindle (tree: Euonymus) mountain".
Kikkas Estonian
Kikkas is an Estonian surname, derived from "kikas", meaning "rooster".
Kikuchi Japanese
From Japanese 菊 (kiku) meaning "chrysanthemum" and 池 (chi) meaning "pool, pond" or 地 (chi) meaning "earth, land, ground".
Kikuhara Japanese (Rare)
Kiku (菊) means "chrysanthemum", hara (原) means "plain/field/meadow"
Kikuya Japanese
"Chrysanthemum valley."
Kikyo Japanese
This surname is used as 桔梗, 喜京, 木京 or 鬼京 with 桔 (kitsu, ketsu, ki), which is used in plant names, 梗 (kyou, kou, oomune, fusagu, yamanire) meaning "close up, flower stem, for the most part", 喜 (ki, yoroko.basu, yoroko.bu) meaning "rejoice, take pleasure in", 木 (boku, moku, ki, ko-) meaning "tree, wood", 鬼 (ki, oni, oni-) meaning "devil, ghost" and 京 (kyou, kin, kei, miyako) meaning "capital."... [more]
Kil Jewish
Jewish (Ashkenazic) of uncertain origin; perhaps a nickname from Yiddish kil ‘cool’.
Kil Korean
There is one Chinese character for the Kil surname. In the 1930 census, there was a significantly larger number of Kils living in Korea; it was the 62nd most common name in Korea. In a census taken after the Korean War, however, it had dropped to 72nd... [more]
Kilbride Irish, Scottish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Giolla Bhrighde "son of the devotee of Saint Brigid" (cf... [more]
Kilburg German, Luxembourgish
"Kyll castle," from German burg (castle) near the Kyll river in Germany. Also "wedge mountain" in Swedish: kil (wedge) and berg (mountain).
Kilcommon Irish
Indicated a person who was from Kilcommon, Erris, County Mayo in Ireland. The place name Kilcommon derives from the Gaeltacht phrase Cill Chomáin, meaning "church of St. Comán."
Kiley Irish, English
Anglicized form of the Old Gaelic "O' Cadhla" meaning "son of Cadhla". Cadhla means meaning graceful or beautiful; hence, "descendant(s) of 'the graceful one'".
Kilgi Estonian
Kilgi is an Estonian surname possibly derived from "kilgendama", meaning "sparkle" and "shine".
Kilgore Scottish
Habitational name for someone from Kilgour in Fife, named with the Gaelic coille "wood" and gobhar, gabhar "goat".
Kilian German, Dutch, Polish, Czech
from the Irish personal name Cillín (see Killeen).
Kılıç Turkish
Means "sword" in Turkish.
Kılık Turkish
Means "appearance, attire, dress" in Turkish.
Kılınç Turkish
Variant spelling of Kılıç.
Kill German (Rare), Dutch (Rare)
Perhaps derived from Kilian.
Kill German (Rare)
A habitational name for someone from a place named Kill.
Kill Jewish
Maybe a nickname derived from Yiddish kil "cool".
Killeen Irish
From the Gaelic name Ó Cillín meaning "descendant of Cillín".
Killian Irish (Anglicized, Modern), German
Meaning "little church". From cill (Irish for "church") and -ín, a Gaelic diminutive.
Killilea Irish
Irish - originally MacGiolla Leith from Gallway
Kilmester German
Kilmester is attested as a surname near Rostock in the 13th century.
Kilp Estonian
Kilp is an Estonian surname meaning both "shield" and "shell".
Kilpatrick Scottish
Scottish: habitational name from Gaelic cill Padraig "church of (Saint) Patrick".
Kilvert English
Probably from an Old Norse personal name Ketilfrith, literally "cauldron peace". The surname was borne by British clergyman and diarist Francis Kilvert (1840-1879).
Kim Khmer
Khmer variation of the chinese name "Jin"
Kimmel German, Jewish
Derived from Middle High German kumin and German kümmel meaning "caraway" (related to Latin cuminum, a word of Oriental origin, like the plant itself), hence a metonymic occupational name for a spicer, literally a supplier of caraway seeds... [more]
Kimmich German
The surname hence a metonymic occupational name for a spicer.
Kin Dutch
Nickname for someone with a pointed or jutting chin.
Kincaid Scottish
Scottish habitational name from a place near Lennoxtown, north of Glasgow, which is first recorded in 1238 as Kincaith and in 1250 as Kincathe... [more]
Kind English, German, Jewish, Dutch
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic) from Middle High German kint, German Kind ‘child’, hence a nickname for someone with a childish or naive disposition, or an epithet used to distinguish between a father and his son... [more]
Kindem English
1 English: habitational name from a place in Derbyshire, of unknown etymology (probably a pre-English hill name, but the form is obscure).... [more]
Kinder English, German
Habitational name derived from a place in Derbyshire, of unknown etymology. As a German surname, it is derived from German kind meaning "child", possibly denoting someone who had a lot of children.
Kinderknecht German
Occupational name for a servant in charge of the children at a manor, derived from kinder (plural of kind) meaning "child" and knecht meaning "servant".
Kindleberger German
One who lights bergs
Kindness English (Puritan)
Simply from the English abstract noun
Kindred English
From the Anglo-Saxon given name Cenered meaning "bold counsel" from the elements cene, cen (later kene) meaning "bold, brave, proud" and raed meaning "counsel".
Kingsbury English
Habitational surname derived from several places in England with the same name, for example in northwest London (formerly Middlesex), Somerset, and Warwickshire. These are mostly named in Old English as cyninges burh meaning "the king’s stronghold", but the last mentioned is cynesburh meaning "stronghold of Cyne" (cyne is a short form of any of various compound names with cyne- meaning "royal" as the first element).
Kingsepp Estonian
Kingsepp is an Estonian surname meaning "shoemaker".
Kingsford English
English habitational name from any of various places named Kingsford, for example in Essex, Devon, Warwickshire, and Worcestershire. The name ostensibly means ‘the king’s ford’, but the one in Worcestershire is named as Ceningaford ‘ford of Cena’s people’.
Kingsleigh English
It is a variant of KINGSLEY.
Kingsmore English
Derived from several places named Kingsmoor or King’s Moor, in Somerset, Sussex, and Essex, England.
Kingsolver English (American)
Altered form of English Consolver, which is unexplained. Compare Kinsolving.
Kingswell English
An English surname meaning "Lives by the King's spring"
Kingswood English
Means “King’s wood.”
Kinjo Japanese
From the Japanese 金 (kin or kane) "gold," "money" and 城 (jo or shiro) "castle."
Kink Estonian
Kink is an Estonian surname meaning "bestowal" or "gift".
Kinkade Scottish
Habitation name, from the lands of Kincaid in Scotland.
Kinkle German
Derived from the Middle High German word "kunkel," which meant "spindle." It is thus supposed that the first bearers of this surname were spindle makers in occupation.
Kinne German, Dutch
German: From the female given name Kinne, a Silesian diminutive of Kunigunde.... [more]
Kinney Scottish
Reduced form of McKinney.
Kinnunen Finnish
Uncertain origin. The first part, kinnu, is possibly derived from Swedish skinn "(animal) skin". -nen is a common surname suffix in Finland.
Kino Japanese
Of unknown meaning. A notable name bearer is a fictional character "Makoto Kino" in the "Sailor Moon" anime.
Kinoshita Japanese
From Japanese 木 (ki) meaning "tree, wood", an unwritten possessive marker 之 (no), and 下 (shita) meaning "under, below".
Kinsella Irish
From Gaelic Uí Ceinnsealaigh meaning "descendant of Cinnsealach", a given name probably meaning "chief warrior".
Kinsey English
Kinsolving English
Altered form of English Consolver
Kinugasa Japanese
From Japanese 衣 (kinu) meaning "clothing, clothes" and 笠 (kasa) meaning "bamboo hat".
Kinukawa Japanese
"Silk river".
Kiplin English
A locational surname that takes its name from the hamlet of Kiplin in the English county of North Yorkshire. In turn, the hamlet is said to derive its name from Old English Cyppelingas, which means "the people of Cyppel", as it consists of the Old English personal name Cyppel with the Old English word ingas meaning "people".
Kipp Estonian
Kipp is an Estonian surname derived from "kippama" meaning to "tilt", "rock" and "topple".