Submitted Surnames Starting with K

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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."
Kiesler German
Topographic name for someone who lived on a patch of gravelly land, derived from Middle High German kisel or Old High German kisil meaning "pebble, gravel".
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).
Kieu Vietnamese
Simplified variant of Kiều.
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".
Kihara Japanese
From Japanese 木 (ki) meaning "tree, wood" and 原 (hara) meaning "field, plain".
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".
Kiire Japanese (Rare)
From Japanese 喜入 (Kiire) meaning "Kiire", a former village in the former district of Kiire in the former Japanese province of Satsuma in parts of present-day Kagoshima, Japan, or it being a variant spelling of 給黎 (Kiire) meaning "Kiire", the name of the district which the village was located in.
Kiirend Estonian
Kiirend is an Estonian surname derived from "kiirendi" meaning "accelerator/accelerant" and "catalyst".
Kiiri Japanese (Rare)
Variant reading of Japanese Kanji 喜入 (see Kiire).
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").
Kikawa Japanese
From 木 (ki) meaning "tree, wood" and 川 (kawa) meaning "stream, river".
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".
Kiku Japanese (Rare)
Variant reading of Japanese 鞠 (see Mari).
Kikuchi Japanese
From Japanese 菊 (kiku) meaning "chrysanthemum" and 池 (chi) meaning "pool, pond" or 地 (chi) meaning "earth, land, ground".
Kikuda Japanese
Kiku means "chrysanthemum" and da means "field, rice paddy".
Kikuhara Japanese (Rare)
Kiku (菊) means "chrysanthemum", hara (原) means "plain/field/meadow"
Kikumori Japanese
Kiku means "chrysanthemum" and mori means "forest".
Kikuta Japanese
From Japanese 菊 (kiku) meaning "chrysanthemum" and 田 (ta) meaning "field, rice paddy".
Kikutani Japanese
Kiku means "chrysanthemum" and tani means "valley".
Kikutani Japanese
Variant reading of Japanese Kanji 麹谷 (see Kōjiya).
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."
Kilcoyne Irish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Giolla Chaoine "son of the servant (i.e. devotee) of Saint Caoin" or from Mac Giolla Chaoin "son of the gentle lad"... [more]
Kile English (American)
Americanized form of Keil.
Kile Norwegian (Rare)
Habitational name from any of thirteen farmsteads named Kile from, ultimately derived from Old Norse kíll "wedge" and, by extension, "narrow bay inlet".
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'".
Kilgallen Irish
Kilgallen comes from the Irish name Mac Giolla Chaillin, meaning the son of a servant or devotee of St. Caillin.
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
Killip Manx
"Philip's Son" ... [more]
Killmonger African
The name (last name) of the villain in Black Panther, played by Michael B. Jordan.
Kilmester German
Kilmester is attested as a surname near Rostock in the 13th century.
Kilonzo Eastern African
Meaning unknown.
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".
Kilroy English
"Kilroy was here" was a phrase widely written up on walls by American service personnel in the UK during World War II. The identity of the probably mythical Kilroy has been much debated (one theory is that he was a shipyard inspector of Quincy, Massachusetts, who chalked the phrase on material he had checked).
Kilroy Irish, Irish (Anglicized)
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Giolla Ruaidh "son of Giolla Rua or Gilroy".
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"
Kim Korean (Americanized, Rare)
Surname of North Korean leaders and also means rock
Kimata Japanese
From Japanese 木 (ki) meaning "tree, wood" and 俣 (mata) meaning "fork, crotch".
Kimba Luba
Best known as the international given name of a certain Tezuka character.
Kimi Japanese (Rare)
Abbreviated form of Kimigafukuro or Kimigabukuro and written 君.
Kimigabukuro Japanese (Rare)
Variant reading of Japanese Kanji 君ケ袋 (see Kimigafukuro).
Kimigafukuro Japanese (Rare)
From Japanese 君ケ袋 (Kimigafukuro) meaning "Kimigafukuro", a former large village in the district of Kami in the former Japanese province of Rikuzen in parts of present-day Miyagi, Japan and Iwate, Japan.
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.
Kimoto Japanese
Ki means "tree, wood" and moto means "source, origin, root".
Kimoto Japanese
From Japanese 木 (ki) meaning "tree, wood" and 本 (moto) meaning "base, root, origin".
Kimpo Japanese (Rare)
Variant transcription of Japanese Kanji 金宝 (see Kimpō).
Kimpō Japanese (Rare)
From Japanese 金 (kin) meaning "gold, metal" and 宝 (), the joining form of 宝 () meaning "treasure", possibly referring to someone who manufactured precious metals.
Kimpoh Japanese (Rare)
Variant transcription of Japanese Kanji 金宝 (see Kimpō).
Kimpou Japanese (Rare)
Variant transcription of Japanese Kanji 金宝 (see Kimpō).
Kin Dutch
Nickname for someone with a pointed or jutting chin.
Kinami Japanese (Rare)
Variant reading of Japanese Kanji 斯波 (see Shiba 2).
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
Habitational name derived from a place in Derbyshire, of unknown etymology.
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".
Kindermann German, Jewish
occupational name for a schoolteacher literally "children man", from the elements kind "child" and man "man".
Kindiki Meru, Eastern African
Kindiki has no known meaning.
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".
Kindy English
"From Kinder".
Kingdom English
Either a variant of Kingdon or from Old English cyningdom "kingdom" derived from cyning "king" or cyne "royal" and dom "authority".
Kingdon English
Habitational name from Higher Kingdon in Alverdiscott or from Kendon in North Bovey both in Devon... [more]
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.”
Kington English
Variant of Kingston meaning "King's Town".
Kinjo Japanese
From the Japanese 金 (kin or kane) "gold," "money" and 城 (jo or shiro) "castle."
Kinjo Japanese
Alternate transcription of Japanese Kanji 金城 (see Kinjō).
Kinjō Japanese
From Japanese 金 (kin) meaning "gold, money, metal" and 城 (jō) meaning "castle".
Kink Estonian
Kink is an Estonian surname meaning "bestowal" or "gift".
Kinkade Scottish
Habitation name, from the lands of Kincaid in Scotland.
Kīnkamäg Livonian
Probably coming from the Livonian coast.
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.
Kino Japanese
Of unknown meaning. A notable name bearer is a fictional character "Makoto Kino" in the "Sailor Moon" anime.
Kinose Japanese
Ki means "tree, wood", no could be a possessive particle or it could mean "field, wilderness", and se means "current, ripple".
Kinoshita Japanese
From Japanese 木 (ki) meaning "tree, wood", an unwritten possessive marker 之 (no), and 下 (shita) meaning "under, below".
Kinpo Japanese (Rare)
Variant transcription of Japanese Kanji 金宝 (see Kimpō).
Kinpō Japanese (Rare)
Variant transcription of Japanese Kanji 金宝 (see Kimpō).
Kinpoh Japanese (Rare)
Variant transcription of Japanese Kanji 金宝 (see Kimpō).
Kinpou Japanese (Rare)
Variant transcription of Japanese Kanji 金宝 (see Kimpō).
Kinsella Irish
From Gaelic Uí Ceinnsealaigh meaning "descendant of Cinnsealach", a given name probably meaning "chief warrior".
Kinslow English
habitational name from Kingslow in Worfield (Shropshire). The placename means "king's tumulus" from Old English cyning "king" (genitive cyninges) and hlaw "tumulus burial mound hill".
Kinsolving English
Altered form of English Consolver
Kinugasa Japanese
From Japanese 衣 (kinu) meaning "clothing, clothes" and 笠 (kasa) meaning "bamboo hat".
Kinukawa Japanese
Kinu means "silk" and kawa means "stream, river".
Kinutani Japanese
Kinu means "silk" and tani means "valley".
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
Kıran Turkish
Means "pestilence, murrain" or "breaker, crusher" in Turkish.
Kiran Indian, Telugu, Hindi
From the given name Kiran.
Kircher German
from Middle High German kirchner "minister, sexton patron" hence an occupational name for a priest or a church assistant.
Kirchhoff German
An old Norse origin surname. Combination of Norse word Kirkr and Hoff means 'garden'.
Kirchmann German
From Middle High German kirihha "church" and man "man" hence an occupational name for someone working in the service of the church or possibly a topographic name for someone living near a church... [more]
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".
Kirdpan Thai
From Thai เกิด (koet) meaning "to become" and พันธุ์ (phan) meaning "breed; species; lineage".
Kirichenko Ukrainian
Alternate transcription of Kyrychenko.
Kirida Japanese
Kiri means "paulownia" and da means "field, rice paddy".
Kirieda Japanese
"Paulownia tree branch".
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.ru, -ki.ru, ki.re, -ki.re, ki.reru, -ki.reru, -gi.ri, -gi.re) meaning "be sharp, cut(off)."... [more]
Kirihara Japanese
From Japanese 桐 (kiri) meaning "paulownia" and 原 (hara) meaning "field, plain".
Kirillov Russian
Means "son of Kirill"
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 "hamlet, village".
Kirino Japanese
Kiri means "paulownia" and no means "field, wilderness, plain".
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."
Kiritani Japanese
Kiri means "paulownia" and tani means "valley".
Kiriya Japanese
A variant of Kiritani.
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.
Kirouac French (Quebec)
From an unidentified place name in Brittany, France, derived from Breton kaer, caer, ker meaning "fortified settlement" and an unknown given name.