Submitted Surnames Starting with K

Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
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.
Kerk Chinese (Hokkien)
Hokkien romanization of Guo.
Kermani Persian
Indicated a person from the city of Kerman in Iran, derived from Middle Persian klmʾn of uncertain meaning.
Kern German, Dutch, Jewish
from Middle High German kerne "kernel, seed pip"; Middle Dutch kern(e) keerne; German Kern or Yiddish kern "grain" hence a metonymic occupational name for a farmer or a nickname for a physically small person... [more]
Kerouac French (Quebec)
Variant form of Kirouac. This name was borne by the American novelist and poet Jack Kerouac (1922-1969), who was a pioneer of the Beat Generation, alongside William S. Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg.
Kershaw English
It indicates familial origin within either of 3 places named Kirkshaw: 1 in Lancashire and 2 in the West Riding of Yorkshire.
Kerslake English
Topographic name for someone who lived by a stream where cress grew, derived from Old English cærse meaning "watercress" and lacu meaning "stream".
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".
Keshavarz Persian
Means "farmer" in Persian.
Keshavarzi Persian
Means "farmer" in Persian.
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.
Kesler Jewish
Variant of Kessler.
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.
Kesselberg German
Habitational name for someone from any of various places in Rhineland, Bavaria and Baden called Kesselberg.
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.
Kestenbaum German, Jewish
from German dialect Kästenbaum (from Latin Castanea) a topographic name for someone living near a horse-chestnut tree... [more]
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).
Ketay English (British)
It was first used by the great kin Richard skinner-ketay.He ruled over his land fairly and was well respected by his subjects.
Ketay English (British)
It was first used by the great king Richard skinner-ketay wh ruled over his land fairly and wisely and his subjects respected and loved him.
Ketcham English
Contracted 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").
Ketsuge Japanese (Rare)
Variant reading of Japanese Kanji 結解 (see Kekke 1 or Kekke 2).
Kettay English (British)
this name originated from Richard skinner a 20th century king.It was first used by his father Steve ketay.
Ketterley English
Meaning unknown. It is used in C.S. Lewis' novel, the Magician's Nephew, as the surname of Andrew and Letty Ketterley.
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.
Kettunen Finnish
Derived from Finnish kettu "fox".
Keuch German
Variation of Kuch.
Keung Chinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese romanization of Jiang 2.
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)".
Kevichüsa Angami, Naga
Best known as the surname of a certain Andrea.
Keville English
Denoted someone from Keevil (recorded in the Domesday book as Chivele), a village and civil parish in Wiltshire, England, probably derived from Old English c¯f meaning "hollow" and leah meaning "woodland clearing".
Kevin Irish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Caoimhín "descendant of Caoimhín" (the personal name Kevin) a name derived from gein "birth" although now regarded as a diminutive of Gaelic cóem "dear, beloved".
Kevinsen Scandinavian
Scandinavian variant of Kevinson.
Kewish Scottish, Manx
The surname Kewish was first found in on the Isle of Uist, in the Hebrides in Scotland, which is named for the Irish King, Colla Uais who was deposed in Ireland by Muedach Tireach and was banished with 300 of their principal chiefs to the Hebrides in 327 A.D. They became known as the kingdom of Ailech and gave birth to the kindred of St... [more]
Keyn Norwegian (Rare)
Derived from the Norwegian word for "strong pillar".
Keyworth English
habitational name from Keyworth in Nottinghamshire... [more]
Khabibullin Tatar, Bashkir
From the given name Habibullah.
Khachatrian Armenian
Alternate transcription of Armenian Խաչատրյան (see Khachatryan).
Khachukaev Chechen
Meaning uncertain.
Khachukaeva Chechen
Feminine transcription of Chechen Хачукаев (see Khachukaev).
Khader Arabic
From the given name Khidr.
Khaibri Kashmiri (Rare)
Hindus who were sent to the Khyber region by the Afghans
Khaimov Uzbek, Jewish
Means "son of Chayyim". This surname is used by Bukharan Jews of Uzbekistan.
Khairy Arabic
Derived from the given name Khayri.
Khajimba Abkhaz
Of unknown meaning. A notable bearer is Raul Khajimba (1958-), the current President of Abkhazia.
Khalaf Arabic
Means "successor, descendant" in Arabic.
Khalaji Persian
From the name of the Khalaj people who primarily reside in Iran. The name itself is said to be derived from Turkic kal aç meaning "stay hungry".
Khaldi Arabic
From the given name Khalid.
Khaled Arabic, Bengali
From the given name Khalid.
Khaleel Arabic, Urdu, Dhivehi
From the given name Khalil.
Khaleghi Persian
Derived from Persian خالق (khaleq) meaning "creator (an epithet for God)".
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.
Khalilzadeh Persian
Means "offspring of Khalil" in Persian.
Khalimbekov Kazakh
This surname is derived from the Kazakh given name Khalimbek, which combines the elements Khalim ("generous") and Bek ("ruler" or "leader"). Therefore, Халимбеков (Khalimbekov) would roughly mean "descendant of Khalimbek" or "belonging to the family of Khalimbek".
Khaliq Arabic, Urdu
Derived from the given name Khaliq.
Khalji Afghan, Iranian
Meaning ‘From the city of Khalaj’, in Khalaj, a Common Turkic Language.
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".
Khamis Arabic
Derived from the given name Khamis.
Khamkaeo Thai
From Thai คำ (kham) meaning "gold" or "word, speech" and แก้ว (kaeo) meaning "crystal, glass, diamond".
Khamkaew Thai
Alternate transcription of Thai คำแก้ว (see Khamkaeo).
Khamlichi Moroccan
Meaning unknown. A famous bearer is actress Asmaa Khamlichi.
Khamvongsa Lao
From Lao ຄຳ (kham) meaning "gold" and ວົງສາ (vongsa) meaning "family line".
Khamwaen Thai
From Thai คำ (kham) meaning "gold" and แหวน (waen) meaning "ring".
Khamzin Tatar, Bashkir, Kazakh
From the given name Khamza.
Khanam Bengali
Variant of Khanum.
Khandakar Bengali
Means "teacher, scholar" (literally "one who reads"), derived from Persian خواندن (khandan) meaning "to read, to study" and the occupational suffix گار (kar).
Khandaker Bengali
Alternate transcription of Bengali খন্দকার (see Khandakar).
Khandkar Bengali
Alternate transcription of Bengali খন্দকার (see Khandakar).
Khandker Bengali
Alternate transcription of Bengali খন্দকার (see Khandakar).
Khang Hmong
From the clan name Kha, Khab or Khaab all associated with the Chinese character 康 (kāng) (see Kang).
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.
Khanom Bengali
Alternate transcription of Bengali খানম (see Khanum).
Khanov Turkmen, Uzbek, Kazakh
Means "son of Khan".
Khansari Persian
Actual meaning is unknown; originated in the Iranian tribe the Kurds.
Khanthawong Thai
From Thai คันธ (khantha) meaning "smell, scent, fragrance" and วงศ์ (wong) meaning "lineage, family, dynasty".
Khanum Bengali, Urdu
From an aristocratic title traditionally used as an honorific for Muslim women in the Middle East and South Asia. It is derived from a feminine form of the title khan meaning "king, ruler", which is probably of Mongolian origin.
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.
Khaskheli Urdu, Sindhi
Referred to a person belonging to the Khaskheli tribe in the Pakistani provinces of Sindh and Balochistan. It is perhaps derived from the Urdu words خاص (khas) meaning "proper" and خالی (khali) meaning "performer"... [more]
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.
Khatoon Indian, Hindi, Urdu, Bengali
Alternate transcription of Hindi ख़ातून, Urdu خاتون or Bengali খাতুন (see 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
Derived from the Persian title خواجه (khajeh) 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".
Khelifa Arabic (Maghrebi)
From the given name Khelifa.
Khelil Arabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from the given name Khalil.
Khem Khmer
Meaning uncertain.
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.
Khidirbegishvili Georgian
Meaning unknown.
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).
Khim Khmer
Means "zither, harp" in Khmer, referring to a type of traditional stringed instrument.
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 Chechen Хизриев (see 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.
Kholodinin Russian
From kholodnii, meaning "cold".
Kholodov Russian
Derived from Russian холод (kholod) meaning "cold".
Khondakar Bengali
Alternate transcription of Bengali খন্দকার (see Khandakar).
Khondaker Bengali
Alternate transcription of Bengali খন্দকার (see Khandakar).
Khondkar Bengali
Alternate transcription of Bengali খন্দকার (see Khandakar).
Khondker Bengali
Alternate transcription of Bengali খন্দকার (see Khandakar).
Khondokar Bengali
Alternate transcription of Bengali খন্দকার (see Khandakar).
Khondoker Bengali
Alternate transcription of Bengali খন্দকার (see Khandakar).
Khoo Chinese (Hokkien), Chinese (Teochew)
Hokkien and Teochew romanization of Qiu.
Khor Chinese (Hokkien)
Hokkien romanization of Xu 2.
Khorchidian Armenian
Variant transcription of Khorchidyan.
Khorinyak Russian
Uncertain meaning.
Khorsandi Persian
Derived from Persian خرسند (khorsand) meaning "happy, content, satisfied".
Khorshidian Armenian
Means "son of Khorshid" in Armenian.
Khosla Indian, Punjabi
Meaning uncertain.
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.
Khouw Chinese (Hokkien)
Hokkien romanization of Xu 2 based on Dutch orthography. It is more commonly used in Indonesia.
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.
Khrushchyov Russian
Alternative transcription of Khrushchev.
Khuan Chinese (Russified)
Russified form of Huang used by ethnic Chinese living in parts of the former Soviet Union.
Khuất Vietnamese
Vietnamese form of Qu, from Sino-Vietnamese 屈 (khuất).
Khuat Vietnamese
Simplified variant of Khuất.
Khúc Vietnamese
Vietnamese form of Qu, from Sino-Vietnamese 曲 (khúc).
Khuc Vietnamese
Simplified variant of Khúc.
Khuin Vietnamese (Russified)
Alternate transcription of Khyuin.
Khumalo Zulu, Ndebele, South African
Zulu and Ndebele clan name meaning "descendant of the fish tribe".
Khumpiraphan Thai
From Thai คัมภีร (khampira) meaning "deep; profound" and พันธุ์ (phan) meaning "breed; species; lineage".
Khuon Khmer
Meaning uncertain.
Khương Vietnamese
Vietnamese form of Jiang 2, from Sino-Vietnamese 姜 (khương).
Khuong Vietnamese
Simplified variant of Khương.
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.
Khwaja Dari Persian
Derived from the given name Khwaja.
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
A variant pronunciation of Yoshida.
Kichiyasu Japanese
Variant reading of Japanese Kanji 吉安 (see Yoshiyasu).
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]
Kidate Japanese (Rare)
From Japanese 木 (ki) meaning "tree" and 建 (date), the joining continuative form of 建てる (tateru) meaning "to build; to construct".
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.
Kido Japanese
From Japanese 木 (ki) meaning "tree, wood" and 戸 (to) meaning "door".
Kido Japanese
From Japanese 城 (ki) meaning "castle" and 戸 (to) meaning "door".
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).
Kienbaum German, Jewish
from Low German kienbaum "Scots pine" originally denoting any species or variety of pine tree. Derived from kien "pine tree" and boum "tree".
Kiener German (Swiss)
Nickname derived from the dialect verb chienen 'to whimper'.
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.