Submitted Surnames Starting with K

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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".
Kippasto Estonian
Kippasto is an Estonian surname derived from "kippama" meaning to "tilt", "rock" and "topple".
Kippenberger German, French, Scottish
Mainly means "Shepard".
Kipping German
German: habitational name from a place named with Middle High German kip ‘point’, ‘peak’ or from Kippingen in the Rhineland.
Kipps German
Topographical name for someone living on a hill, from Kippe 'edge', 'brink'.
Kipps English
From Middle English Kipp, perhaps a byname for a fat man, from an unattested Old English form Cyppe, which according to Reaney is from the Germanic root kupp 'to swell'.
Kirakosyan Armenian
Means "son of Kirakos".
Kıral Turkish
Means "supreme leader" in Turkish
Kiran Indian, Telugu, Hindi
From the given name Kiran.
Kirchhoff German
An old Norse origin surname. Combination of Norse word Kirkr and Hoff means 'garden'.
Kirchofer German
German topographic name for someone living near a churchyard, or habitational name for the proprietor or tenant of a farm named as "Church Farm", from Middle High German kirche "church" + hof "farmstead", "manor farm".
Kirichenko Ukrainian
Alternate transcription of Kyrychenko.
Kirigaya Japanese
From 桐 (kiri), referring to the tree known commonly as the empress or foxglove tree, combined with 谷 (ya) meaning "valley," sometimes with the infixation of the historical possessive particle が (ga) (written as ヶ) that is most often used in place names and surnames... [more]
Kirigiri Popular Culture
This surname is used as 霧切 with 霧 (bu, bou, mu, kiri) meaning "fog, mist" and 切 (sai, setsu, ki.ri, -ki.ri,,,,, ki.reru, -ki.reru, -gi.ri, meaning "be sharp, cut(off)."... [more]
Kirilov Russian
Means "son of Kirill".
Kirima Japanese (Rare)
Kiri (桐 or 霧) means "paulownia/foxglove tree" or "mist" respectively, ma (間), means "space".
Kirimura Japanese
Kiri means "Paulownia" and Mura means "Village".
Kirishima Japanese (Rare)
From 桐 (kiri), referring to the tree known commonly as the empress or foxglove tree, 霧 (kiri) meaning "fog, mist" or 切 (kiri) meaning "end, finish; bounds, limits" combined with 島/嶋 (shima) meaning "island."
Kiriya Japanese
Kiri means "Paulownia Tree" and Ya means "Valley). There are many ways to pronounce the Japanese word for valley, such as Tani, Gaya, etc. This depends on the region.
Kiriyama Japanese
Kiri (桐) means "Paulownia/foxglove tree", yama (山) means "mountain". Notable bearers of this surname are Kouji Kiriyama (桐山光侍), a Japanese manga author, Kazuo Kiriyama (桐山和雄) from Battle Royale, and Rei Kiriyama (桐山零), the main character of 3-gatsu no lion.
Kirja Estonian
Kirja is an Estonian surname meaning "epistolary" (relating to the writing of letters).
Kirkby English
Variant of Kirby.
Kirkland English, Scottish
Derived from the Scottish 'kirk', meaning church, and land. This name denoted one who lived near or tended to the land belonging to or surrounding a church. A famous /fictional/ bearer is Arthur Kirkland, a main character in the highly popular anime/webmanga Axis Powers Hetalia... [more]
Kirkman English
A name originally found in both Scotland and England. From Kirk- meaning "church" and -man for someone who lived near or worked at a church.
Kirkpatrick English, Scottish, Northern Irish
Habitational name from various places so called from the dedication of their church to St. Patrick. See Kirk.
Kirksey English
English: probably a habitational name from a lost or unidentified place. This surname is also common in the American South.
Kirsch German
Means 'cherry' in German, short form of Kirschstein or other surnames starting with Kirsch.
Kirschenbaum German
From German means "cherry tree".
Kirschner German (Silesian)
From the German word "kirchenære." The other occupation is that of a furrier and, in this case, the name is derived from the word "kuerschner."
Kirschstein German
German surname meaning "cherry stone".
Kirshenbaum German
Means "cherry tree".
Kirsimaa Estonian
Kirsimaa is an Estonian surname meaning "cherry land".
Kirsimäe Estonian
Kirsimäe is an Estonian surname meaning "cherry hill".
Kirsipuu Estonian
Common Estonian surname, taken from the word kirsipuu, meaning "cherrytree".
Kirss Estonian
Kirss is an Estonian surname meaning "cherry".
Kirstein German
Derivative of the Latin personal name Christianus, also an Americanized spelling of Kirschstein.
Kirsten English
English and modernized version of Kirstein
Kirt Estonian
Kirt is an Estonian surname derived from "kirtsus" meaning "wrinkled" and "furrowed".
Kirton English
habitational name from any of various places, for example in Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, and Staffordshire, named with Old English cirice or Old Norse kirkja 'church' + Old English tun 'enclosure', 'settlement'.
Kirves Estonian
Kirves is an Estonian surname meaning "axe".
Kirwan Irish
From Gaelic Ó Ciardhubháin meaning "descendant of Ciardhubhán", a given name composed of the elements ciar "dark" and dubh "black" combined with a diminutive suffix.
Kirwin Irish
Variant of Kirwan
Kiš Serbian, Croatian
Possibly derived from Turkish kış, meaning "winter", or Hungarian kis, meaning "small".
Kisaragi Japanese (Rare)
Old way to say February.
Kiser German
Variant of Kaiser.
Kish English
A name for a person who worked as a maker of leather armor for the knight's legs.
Kishi Japanese
From Japanese 岸 (kishi) meaning "bank, shore".
Kishida Japanese
From Japanese 岸 (kishi) meaning "beach, shore, bank" and 田 (ta) meaning "field, rice paddy".
Kishino Japanese
From Japanese 岸 (kishi) meaning "beach, shore, bank" and 野 (no) meaning "field, wilderness".
Kishka Ukrainian
Means "Cat" in Ukrainian.
Kishlansky Russian (?)
Mark Kishlansky was a historian.
Kishor Indian, Hindi
From the given name Kishor.
Kishore Hindi, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu
From the given name Kishor.
Kiskadden Scottish
From the place name Garscadden, which is in modern day Glasgow, Scotland.
Kislitsyn Russian
Derived from Russian кислица (kislitsa) meaning "mope, a dull, spiritless person".
Kisly Russian, Belarusian
Derived from Russian кислый (kisly) meaning "acid, acidic, sour".
Kissami Arabic (Maghrebi)
Means "descendants of Qasim" in Arabic. This was the name of a Moroccan family descended from the Idrisid dynasty.
Kissel German
From a pet form of the Germanic personal name Gisulf.
Kissinger German The Kissinger surname derives from the Old High German word "kisil," meaning "pebble," or "gravel." The name may have been a topographic name for someone who lived in an area of pebbles or gravel; or it may have evolved from any of several places named with this word.
Kitabayashi Japanese
From the Japanese 北 (kita) "North" and 林 (bayashi or hayashi) "forest," "woods."
Kitahara Japanese
Kita means "North" and Hara means "Plain, Field, Wilderness."
Kitajima Japanese
From Japanese 北 (kita) meaning "north" and 島 (shima) meaning "island".
Kitamura Japanese
From Japanese 北 (kita) meaning "north" and 村 (mura) meaning "town, village".
Kitani Japanese
From the Japanese 木 (ki or moku) "tree," "wood" and 谷 (tani or ya) "valley."
Kitano Japanese
From Japanese 北 (kita) meaning "north" and 野 (no) meaning "field, wilderness".
Kitanokouji Japanese (Rare)
Kitanokouji (北小路) comes from kita (北) means "North", Kouji (小路) means "Alley". This is one of the kuge surnames and this surname is very rare. No notable people or fictional characters bear this surname.
Kitao Japanese
Kita means "North" and O means "Tail".
Kitaoka Japanese
From Japanese 北 (kita) meaning "north" and 岡 (oka) meaning "hill, ridge".
Kitashirakawa Japanese
From Japanese 北 (kita) meaning "north", 白 (shira) meaning "white" and 川 (kawa) meaning "river, stream".
Kitayama Japanese
From Japanese 北 (kita) meaning "north" and 山 (yama) meaning "mountain, hill".
Kitazawa Japanese
Kita (北) means "North", zawa/sawa (沢 or 澤) means "swamp". Sawa changes to zawa because of rendaku.
Kitchener English
Variant spelling of Kitchen. A famous bearer was senior British Army officer and colonial administrator, Herbert Kitchener, 1st Earl Kitchener (1850-1916).
Kitchenham English
Occupational surname for a person who was in charge of the kitchen in a royal or noble house, or a monastery. From the Anglo Saxon cycene (German: Küche Dutch: kjøkken Latin: cocina Italian: cucina)
Kitcher English (British)
This name derives from the Old English word "Cyta", and describes 'the cat' or perhaps more specifically a wild cat. This name may also refer to someone who worked in a Kitchen.
Kitley English
Derived from a place name in Devonshire, England, and was first recorded in the form of Kitelhey in 1305.... [more]
Kits Estonian
Kits is an Estonian surname meaning "goat".
Kitsas Estonian
Kitsas is an Estonian surname meaning "strait".
Kitson Scottish, English
Patronymic form of Kit.
Kittell German (Anglicized), English
English: variant of Kettle. ... [more]
Kittredge English
Derived from the given name Keterych.
Kittridge English
Variant form of Kittredge.
Kitzmiller English (American)
Americanized form of German Kitzmüller, literally ‘kid miller’ ( see Kitz + Muller ), a nickname for a miller who kept goats; alternatively, the first element may be from a personal name formed with the Germanic element Gid-, cognate with Old English gidd ‘song’.
Kiur Estonian
Kiur is an Estonian surname meaning "pipit" (Anthus).
Kiuru Finnish, Karelian
"lark (bird)"
Kivi Estonian
From the word kivi, meaning "stone".
Kivik Estonian
Kivik is an Estonian surname relating to "stone".
Kivikas Estonian
Kivikas is an Estonian surname derived from "kivikamakas" meaning "rock".
Kivilaan Estonian
Kivilaan is an Estonian surname meaning "stone wintergreen".
Kiviloo Estonian
Kiviloo is an Estonian surname meaning "stone swathe".
Kivimägi Estonian
Kivimägi is an Estonian name meaning "stone mountain/hill".
Kivimäki Finnish
"Combined of Finnish words kivi (stone) and mäki (hill)"
Kivimurd Estonian
Kivimurd is an Estonian surname meaning "stone break/fracture".
Kivinukk Estonian
Kivinukk is an Estonian surname meaning "stone doll".
Kivipalu Estonian
Kivipalu is an Estonian surname meaning "stone sandy heath/heath woodland".
Kivirähk Estonian
Kivirähk is an Estonian surname meaning "stone scree".
Kivirist Estonian
Kivirist is an Estonian surname meaning "stone cross".
Kivirüüt Estonian
Kivirüüt is an Estonian surname meaning "stone plover".
Kivisaar Estonian
Kivisaar is an Estonian surname meaning "stone island".
Kiviselg Estonian
Kiviselg is an Estonian surname meaning the "back (of) stone" (literally, "stone back").
Kivisild Estonian
Kivisild is an Estonian surname meaning "stone bridge".
Kivisilla Estonian
Kivisilla is an Estonian surname meaning "stone bridges".
Kiviste Estonian
Kiviste is an Estonian surname derived from "kivi" meaning "stone".
Kivistik Estonian
Kivistik is an Estonian surname meaning "stone grove".
Kivistö Finnish
A combination of Finnish kivi "stone, rock" and the suffix -stö.
Kix English (Rare)
Location name from one of two rivers in West Yorkshire called Kex.
Kiya Japanese
Means "tree valley" in Japanese, from 木 (ki) "tree" and 谷 (ya) "valley".
Kiyoko Japanese
Surname of American-Japanese singer, songwriter, actress, dancer, and director Hayley Kiyoko.
Kiyomizu Japanese
A variation of the popular surname Shimizu. 清 (Kiyo) means "Pure, Clean" and 水 (Mizu) means "Water".
Kiyota Japanese
From the Japanese 清 (kiyo) "clearly," "brightly," "cleanly" and 田 (ta or da) "rice paddy."
Kiyoura Japanese
Combination of the Kanji 清 (kiyo, "clear, pure, refreshing, clean") and 浦 (ura, "bay, inlet"). A famous bearer of this surname was Japanese Prime Minister Kiyoura Keigo (清浦 奎吾; 1850–1942).
Kjartansdóttir Icelandic
Means "daughter of Kjartan". Used exclusively by women.
Kjartansson Icelandic
Means "son of Kjartan". Used exclusively by men.
Kjella Norwegian (?)
Meaning unknown, but it might be related to the given name Kjell.
Kjellberg Swedish, Norwegian (Rare)
Combination of Old Norse kelda or Swedish källa both meaning "spring, source (of water)", and berg "mountain".
Kjellsen Norwegian
Means "son of Kjell"
Kjuka Macedonian
Kjuka has its highest incidence in North Macedonia.
Klaar Estonian
Klaar is an Estonian surname meaning "clear" or "ready". Ultimately, from the German word "klar", meaning "clear".
Klaarwater German
"Clear water."
Klaas Estonian
Klaas is an Estonian surname meaning "glass".
Klaassepp Estonian
Klaassepp is an Estonian surname meaning "glass smith".
Klaes Frisian
From the given name Klaes.
Klanac Croatian
Means ''gorge, ravine, narrow pass''.
Klapp German
Nickname for a gossip or a slanderer, derived from Middle High German klapf and klaff meaning "prattle, malicious gossip".
Klarerstein German
German surname meaning "Clear stone".
Klarić Croatian, Slovene
From the given name Klara
Klarich English
English spelling of Klarić.
Klarwasser German
"Clear water."
Klass German
The name is patronymic and it comes from the German first name "Clausen" which is a variant of the name "Nicholas".
Kļaviņš Latvian
Derived from the word kļava meaning "maple".
Klayn Jewish
Variant of Klein
Kleehammer German
Means "Cloverleaf hammer"
Kleffner German
Topographic name from Middle Low German clef, cleff "cliff", "precipice".
Kleffner German
Nickname for a prattler or gossip, from Middle High German, Middle Low German kleffer(er).
Kleinfeld German
Means "small field" in German
Kleinknecht German
A combining of the German word klein "small" and knecht "servant", originally an occupational name for a secondary hired hand. A famous historic figure who bore this surname was Jakob Friedrich Kleinknecht (8 April 1722 in Ulm - 11 August 1794 in Ansbach), a German composer of many works of chamber music and symphonies, flutist and Kapellmeister (chapel master).
Kleinman German
Nickname meaning Small Man.
Kleinschmidt German
Occupational surname which means "small smith", that is, a maker of small forged items and metal hand tools.
Kleinstein Jewish, Hebrew, German
Meaning "Little Stone".
Klemenčič Slovene
Means "son of Klemen".
Kleynen Flemish
Comes from the town in Belgium. Originally Van Klijnen
Kliebert German
Occupational name for a woodsman or woodworker, from an agent derivative of Middle High German klieben meaning "to cleave or split".
Kliem Maltese
Kliem is a Maltese word that means "words."
Kliewer German, German (West Prussian), Mennonite
Germanized form of Dutch Kluiver, an occupational name for a court official, originally a hangman or torturer.
Klimaszewski Polish
Name for someone from a place called Klimaszewnica or Klimasze, both derived from Klimasz, a pet form of the given name Klemens.
Klimenko Ukrainian
Alternate transcription of Klymenko.
Klimentov Russian
Means "son of Kliment."
Klimov Russian
Means "son of Klim".
Klimt German (Austrian)
Derived from the given name Kliment.... [more]
Klin Slovene
Slovenian: nickname for someone with a beak-shaped nose, from kljun ‘beak’, ‘bill’ (old spelling klun).
Kline American
Kline is one of the smaller groups of anglicized forms of the German surname Klein.... [more]
Klingbeil German
From Middle High German klingen "to ring or sound" and bīl "axe", literally "sound the axe", an occupational nickname for a journeyman, carpenter, shipwright (or any occupation involving the use of an axe)... [more]
Klingemann German
Occupational surname for a knife maker, literally meaning "knife maker, weapons smith". It is derived from German klinge meaning "blade".
Klinger German
Klinger is a German surname meaning ravine or gorge in Old German. The English variant of Klinger is Clinger.
Klintsen Norwegian, Danish
Means "son of Klint".
Klooster Estonian
Klooster is an Estonian surname meaning "cloister" and "abbey". Borrowed from Middle Low German "klôster"; ultimately from Medieval Latin "claustrum".
Klopfenstein German
It means striking stones
Klopp German, Dutch
Habitational name from a place called Kloppe.
Klor German (Austrian)
The Klor surname may have evolved from the feminine personal name Klara. Or it may have come from the Middle High German and Middle Low German "Klar," meaning "Pure" or "Beautiful".
Kloss English (British)
Surname from the model, Karlie Kloss (1992-)
Klostermann German
Combination of "kloster" meaning "monastery," and common German suffix Mann.
Klug German (Austrian)
First recorded in the early 14th century in present-day Austria (southeastern region of the Holy Roman Empire at that time). The surname was derived from the ancient Germanic word kluoc meaning "noble" or "refined".... [more]
Kluge German
Variant of Klug
Klutz German
The ancient and distinguished German surname Klutz is derived from the old Germanic term "Klotz," meaning "awkward, clumsy." The name was most likely initially bestowed as a nickname, either on someone who was clumsy or in an ironic way on someone who was exceptionally graceful.
Klymenko Ukrainian
Derived from the given name Klim.
Kmet Slovene, Serbian, Croatian, Slovak
Slovenian, Serbian, Croatian, and Slovak status name for a type of peasant. In Slovenia this denoted a peasant who had his own landed property. In Serbia and elsewhere it was a status name for a feudal peasant farmer who cultivated the land of his lord instead of paying rent or doing military service... [more]
Knab German
Variant of Knabe.
Knabe German
German status name for a young man or a page, from Middle High German knabe (English knave). In aristocratic circles this term denoted a page or squire (a youth destined to become a knight), while among artisans it referred to a journeyman’s assistant or (as a short form of Lehrknabe) ‘apprentice’... [more]
Knape German
Variant of Knapp.
Knapp German
Occupational name from the German word Knapp or Knappe, a variant of Knabe "young unmarried man". In the 15th century this spelling acquired the separate, specialized meanings "servant", "apprentice", or "miner"... [more]
Knapp English
Topographic name for someone who lived by a hillock, Middle English "nappe, Old English cnæpp, or habitational name from any of the several minor places named with the word, in particular Knapp in Hampshire and Knepp in Sussex.
Knappe German
German variant of Knapp.
Knauer German (Silesian)
Nickname for a gnarled person, from Middle High German knur(e) 'knot', 'gnarl'. habitational name for someone from either of two places in Thuringia called Knau.
Knaus German
Comes from Middle High German knuz ‘proud’, ‘arrogant’, ‘daring’, hence a nickname for a haughty person. In Württemberg knaus (and in Switzerland knus) also meant ‘gnarl’, hence a nickname for a short, fat, gnarled person; topographic name for someone living on a hillock, from knaus ‘hillock’ in the Swabian and Alemannic dialects of German
Knauss German
A variant of Knaus.
Knavs Slovene
Slovenian form of Knaus, this was the maiden name of Donald Trump's wife, and current First Lady of the United States, Melania Trump.
Kneen Manx
Manx cognate of the Gaelic surname Mac Niadháin, itself derived from the Gaelic personal name Nia meaning "champion." It may also be a corruption of the surname McNiven (Anglicized form of Mac Cnáimhín).
Knez Slovene, Croatian
Derived from knez, meaning "prince".
Knickerbocker Dutch (Anglicized)
Americanized spelling of the Dutch occupational name Knickerbacker "marble baker", i.e., a baker of children's clay marbles. This lowly occupation became synonymous with the patrician class in NYC through Washington Irving's attribution of his History of New York (1809) to a fictitious author named Diedrich Knickerbocker... [more]
Knie Swiss
A famous bearer is the Knie family, a Swiss circus dynasty that founded it in 1803. Today the circus is an enterprise with about 200 employees, operated by Frédy and Franco Knie and it is famous worldwide.
Knighton English
English surname which was derived from a place name composed of the Old English elements cnihta meaning "servant, retainer" (genitive plural of cniht) and tun "enclosure, settlement".
Knipe English
The lineage of the name Knipe begins with the Anglo-Saxon tribes in Britain. It is a result of when they lived on the peak of a hill or highland. The surname Knipe is primarily familiar in the regions of Lancashire and Westmoreland.... [more]
Knitts English
Derived from the given name Knut.
Knock English
Topographic name for someone living by a hill, from Middle English knocke "hill" (Old English cnoc).
Knodel German
dweller near a hilltop; descendant of Knut (hill, or white-haired); a lumpish, thickset person.
Knoedler German
Occupational name, probably for someone who made dumplings, from an agent derivative of Middle High German knödel.
Knoll English, German, Jewish
English and German topographic name for someone living near a hilltop or mountain peak, from Middle English knolle ‘hilltop’, ‘hillock’ (Old English cnoll), Middle High German knol ‘peak’... [more]
Knopfler English, German
Derived from Knopf (German for "button"), this surname was originally given to button makers or button sellers. A famous bearer of this surname is English musician Mark Knopfler (1949-).
Knorr German (Rare)
The name 'Knorr' was used by a collection of knights during the feudal period in Germanic History. Originally laborers to an existing feudal Lord, they gained their freedom and knight status after sucessfully protecting their master's land from invasion... [more]
Knös Swedish (Rare)
Derived from the name of a farm named Knorren or Knörren in Sweden whose name is unexplained but possibly taken from Swedish knusa "to crush, to crumble". Knös coincides with the Swedish word knös meaning "rich person", but the surname existed before the vocabulary word appeared in the Swedish language.
Knott English
Either from the Middle English personal name Knut, or denoting a person who lived "at the knot", which is the summit of a rocky hill.
Knotts English
Variant of Knott
Knowles Irish
As an Irish surname it is an anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Tnúthghail meaning "descendant of Tnúthgal", a given name composed of the elements tnúth "desire, envy" and gal "valor".
Knowlton English
Habitational name from either of two places so named, one in Dorset and the other in Kent.
Knox English (Modern), Scottish, Northern Irish
Topographic name derived from Old English cnocc "round hill" referring to someone living on or near a hill top.
Knuckles English
Possibly a nickname for someone with prominent knuckles.
Knutz German
Variant of Kuntz
Ko Korean
There is only one Chinese character for the surname Ko. There are ten different Ko clans, but they are all descended from the Ko clan of Cheju Island. There is no historical information regarding the founder of this clan, but there is a legend which tells of three men who appeared from a cave on the north side of Cheju Island’s Halla Mountain... [more]
Kobashi Japanese
Ko ("Small") + Bashi from Hashi ("Bridge").
Kobasigawa Japanese (Anglicized)
The more common form of Kobashigawa in the Western world.
Kobe Japanese
From the Japanese city of Kobe.
Kobela Hungarian
May come from the slavic word kobila, meaning mare.