Submitted Surnames Starting with M

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Melissenos Greek
Surname associated with the greek word melissa (μέλισσα), which means bee, perhaps a beekeeper.
Melker Dutch, Swedish (Rare), Afrikaans
Derived from Dutch melker "milker (one who milks)". In some cases, however, it can also be derived from the given name Melchior.
Melkersson Swedish
Means "son of Melker".
Melkonyan Armenian
Means "son of Melkon".
Mellali Moroccan
Habitational name from the city of Beni Mellal
Mellali Moroccan
Habitational name from the city of Beni Mellal.
Mellark Popular Culture
The surname of the deuteragonist of the Hunger Games Trilogy, Peeta Mellark.
Mellenthin German
Habitational name from places so called near Berlin and on the island of Usedom.
Mellet French
Variant of Mollet.
Mellody Irish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Maoiléidigh ‘descendant of Maoléidigh’, a byname composed of the elements maol ‘chief’ + éidigh ‘ugly’.
Mellor English
Parishes in Derbyshire, and Lancashire, meaning the mill bank. ... [more]
Melloy English
Variant of Molloy.
Melmoth English
From middle english milde, meaning "mild, gentle, friendly" and mouth. The development of the surname may have been influenced by association with Middle English mele-mouth, meaning "mealy-mouthed, reticent, ingratiating, hypocritical".
Melnichuk Russian, Ukrainian (Russified)
Means "son of the miller".
Melnikov Russian
Patronymic from Russian мельник (melnik) meaning "miller"
Melnikova Russian
Feminine form of Melnikov.
Melnychuk Ukrainian
Means "son of the miller".
Meloni Italian
From Italian mela ("apple", from Latin malum) or melone ("melon", from Latin melopepo), both ultimately from Ancient Greek μῆλον (mêlon), meaning "apple", "fruit from a tree"... [more]
Melquíades Spanish
From the given name Melquíades.
Meltzer German
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): occupational name for a maltster, a brewer who used malt, from German Meltzer (an agent derivative of Middle High German malt ‘malt’, ‘germinated barley’), Yiddish meltser ‘maltster’... [more]
Mely French (Rare)
Of debated origin and meaning.
Melyn Welsh
Means "yellow" in Welsh.
Memetov Crimean Tatar
Means "son of Memet".
Memon Urdu
From the name of the Memon people who inhabit parts of India and Pakistan. The name itself is derived from Arabic مؤمن (mu'min) meaning "believer".
Ménard French
From the Old German given name Meginhard, making it a cognate of Maynard. A notable bearer was André Ménard, Governor General in the French colonial empire.
Menard English, French
Unaccented form of Ménard.
Mencia Spanish
Derived from the female personal name Mencía Mencia a cognate of the male name Matías.
Mencke German
Variant of Menke
Mendarozketa Basque
It indicates familial origin within the eponymous council of the municipality of Zigoitia.
Mendarte Basque
This is a (nearly extinct) Basque surname of Gipuzkoan origin. It is a topographic name for someone who lived near a mountain. (Basque mendi = Mountain, arteko = near/in between)... [more]
Mendeleev Russian
Meaning uncertain. A famous bearer was Dimitri Mendeleev (1834-1907), a Russian chemist who developed an early model of the periodic table.
Mendeleyev Russian
Variant transcription of Mendeleev.
Mendenhall English
It indicates familial origin within the eponymous place in Wiltshire.
Mendès French
French form of Mendes.
Mendez Spanish (Americanized), Filipino
Unaccented form of Méndez primarily used in America and the Philippines.
Mendicino Italian (Swiss)
Meaning "Baggar" in Italian.
Mendieta Basque
This indicates familial origin within any of 3 eponymous neighborhoods: the one in the municipality of Ajangiz, the one in the municipality of Lemoa, or the one in the municipality of Artziniega.
Mendiguren Basque
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of the municipality of Gasteiz.
Mendinueta Basque
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of Itzagaondoa.
Mendiola Basque
Derived from given masculine names Menendo and Andrea
Mendis Sinhalese
Sinhalese form of Mendes.
Mendizabal Basque
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of Arratzua-Ubarrundia that the falangists demolished in 1959 to make way for a reservoir.
Mendler German
Occupational name for a maker of coats from an agent derivative of Middle High German mantel, mandel, mendel "coat".
Mendlsan Yiddish
Yiddish form of Mendelssohn.
Mendola Italian
topographic name for someone who lived by an almond tree or trees or a habitational name from any of the places called with the dialect term amendola mendula "almond almond tree" (see Amendola ). Compare Lamendola.
Mendonça Portuguese
Portuguese form of Mendoza.
Mendosa Spanish
Variant spelling of Mendoza.
Menduri Romansh
Transferred use of the given name Menduri.
Menear Cornish, English (British)
English (Devon; of Cornish origin): topographic name for someone who lived by a menhir, i.e. a tall standing stone erected in prehistoric times (Cornish men ‘stone’ + hir ‘long’). In the United States, it is a common surname in Pennsylvania & West Virginia.
Méneguin Frainc-Comtou (Parisianized)
Parisianized form of an unknown Frainc-Comtou surname.
Menendez Spanish (Americanized), Filipino
Unaccented form of Menéndez primarily used in America and the Philippines.
Meneses Spanish (Caribbean)
Meneses is my maternal grandfather's surname. He was born in Cuba in 1888 but his family came from Spain in the 1800's... [more]
Meneses Spanish, Portuguese
Meaning uncertain. It was likely a habitational name from either the municipality of Meneses de Campos in Palencia or the municipality of Valle de Mena in Burgos.
Menez Breton
Menez means mount or mountain in Breton.
Menezes Portuguese
Portuguese form of Meneses.
Meng Chinese
From Chinese 孟 (mèng) meaning "eldest brother". It was also adopted by descendants of Meng Sun, a prince from the state of Lu that existed during the Zhou dynasty.
Mengele German
Doctor Josef Mengele (Born on March 16, 1911 - Died on February 7, 1979), also known as the Angel of Death, was a German Schutzstaffel (SS) Officer and physician during World War II. He is mainly remembered for his actions at the Auschwitz concentration camp, where he performed deadly experiments on prisoners, was a member of the team of doctors who selected victims to be killed in the gas chambers and was one of the doctors who administered the gas.
Mengíbar Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Andalusian municipality.
Mengin French
Variant of Mangin.
Menhenot Cornish (Rare, Archaic)
It is derived from the placename "Menheniot" in Cornwall.
Menier French
Variant of Meunier.
Menke German
Derived as a diminutive of several Germanic given names whose first element was derived from Germanic *magin- and *megin- "strength; force; power".
Menna Italian
Derives from the given name Mena 5.
Menon Malayalam
Means "accountant" in Malayalam, itself derived from the title മേലവൻ (melavan) meaning "overseer, boss, exalted one", from മേല (mel) meaning "top, above, high" and the third person pronoun അവൻ (avan) meaning "he".
Menotti Italian
From the medieval given name Menotto, a diminutive of Domenico via its short form Menico.
Mensah Western African, Akan
Means "third-born son" in Akan.
Mentis Greek
From the ancient greek name Mentios.
Mentzer German
Habitational name with the agent suffix -er, either from Mainz, earlier Mentz, derived from the medieval Latin name Mogontia (Latin Mogontiacum, probably from the Celtic personal name Mogontios), or from Menz in Brandenburg and Saxony.
Menu French
From French meaning "petite".
Menzel German, English
Derived from a short form of MENZ, Clemens or Hermann.
Menzer German
Variant of Mentzer.
Menzie Scottish
Menzie (originally spelled Menȝie) derives from the surname Menzies, which in turn derives from the Norman commune Mesnières (known as Maneria in the 1300s)... [more]
Merabet Arabic (Maghrebi)
Mainly found in Algeria.
Merage Persian
Likely from Arabic Miraj, meaning ‘ascension’. A famous bearer of the surname is the co-founder of Hot Pockets, Paul Merage.
Meràs Occitan
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Languedocien commune.
Mercado Spanish
Topographic name for someone living by a market or metonymic occupational name for a market trader, from Spanish mercado meaning "market".
Mercante Italian
An occupational name meaning "merchant, trader" in Italian, from Latin mercans "trading".
Mercedes Spanish (Caribbean)
Means "mercies," from the Spanish title of the Virgin Mary, María de las Mercedes, meaning "Mary of Mercies."
Mercey French
Derived from the name of the commune in the Eure department in Normandy in northern France.
Merch English
A variant of the surname March
Mercure French (Quebec), Mauritian Creole, Haitian Creole
From the given name Mercure, making it a cognate of Mercurio. A known bearer was Canadian actress Monique Mercure (1930-2020).
Mercurio Italian
From the given name Mercurio.
Mercury English
In some cases this may represent an anglicized form of French Mercure or Italian Mercuri, Mercurio or Di Mercurio... [more]
Mereäär Estonian
Mereäär is an Estonian surname meaning "waterside".
Meredith Welsh
From the personal name Maredudd. In Welsh the stress is on the second syllable. The Old Welsh form is Morgetiud, of which the first element may mean "pomp, splendor" and the second is iudd "lord".
Meremäe Estonian
Meremäe is an Estonian surname meaning "sea hill".
Merendino Italian
Diminutive of Merenda.
Mergenthaler German
Habitational name for someone from a place called Mergenthal in Saxony or Bohemia.
Meri Estonian
Meri is both an Estonian and Finnish surname, meaning "sea".
Merical American (Rare)
Altered form of French Marécal.
Merick Welsh
Derived from the Welsh given name Meuric.
Mérida Spanish
habitational name from the city of Mérida in Badajoz province... [more]
Merikanto Finnish
From Finnish meri "sea" and Kanto, an estate in Finland.... [more]
Meriloo Estonian
Meriloo is an Estonia surname derived from "meri" (sea) and "loo", one of several named locations in Estonia.
Merimaa Estonian
Merimaa is an Estonian surname meaning "sea land".
Merisaar Estonian
Merisaar is an Estonian surname meaning "sea island".
Merisalu Estonian
Merisalu is an Estonian surname meaning "sea grove".
Meritee Estonian
Meritee is an Estonian surname meaning "sea road/causeway".
Merivale English
The surname Merivale was first found in Cornwall and Devon, where this prominent family flourished. Walter Merifild was recorded in Devon in 1200 but it is believed the family had established itself earlier in St... [more]
Meriwether English
Means "happy weather" in Middle English, originally belonging to a cheery person.
Merkh German (Anglicized, ?)
Anglicized form of the name Märkh, a German name that existed in southern Germany with Arabic roots tied to the village of al-Märkh in Qatar; the name became Anglicized in the early 17th century. It is one of those surnames where anyone who possesses it is related to everyone else who possesses the name.
Merkouris Greek
Possibly a Greek cognate of Italian Mercurio, which is ultimately derived from Latin Mercurius.
Merl Jewish
Jewish (Ashkenazic) metronymic from the Yiddish female personal name Merl, a pet form of Hebrew Miryam (see Mirkin).
Merlette French
Feminine diminutive of French merle "blackbird", this name was given as a nickname to a cheerful person or to someone who liked to sing.
Merlin English, French, German
From the given name Merlin as well as referred to the blackbird, that is named merle in French and merlo in Italian and Spanish... [more]
Merlino Italian
Either from the given name Merlino the Italian form of Merlin, a diminutive of Merlo, or for someone who came from Merlino in the Milano province.
Mernissi Arabic (Maghrebi)
Possibly a variant of Marnissi. A famous bearer was Moroccan feminist writer and sociologist Fatima Mernissi (1940-2015).
Merriam Welsh
Derived from either the personal name Meuric, which is the Welsh form of Maurice, or ultimately from the Latin personal name Mauritius, which means "dark".
Merridew English
A different form of Meredith (from the Welsh personal name Meredydd, perhaps literally "lord of splendour"). It occurs in Wilkie Collins' 'The Moonstone' (1868) belonging to Mrs Merridew, widowed sister to Sir John Verinder.
Merrifield English
English habitational name from any of various places, such as Merryfield in Devon and Cornwall or Mirfield in West Yorkshire, all named with the Old English elements myrige 'pleasant' + feld 'pasture', 'open country.' See also Merivale.
Merrigan Irish
Irish: Anglicized Form Of Gaelic Ó Muireagáin ‘Descendant Of Muireagán’-'The son of the descendant of Mary'/or/ A Personal Name Derived From Muir ‘Sea’.
Merriman English, Irish
1. English: nickname, an elaborated form of Merry.... [more]
Merrimen Norman
An ancient Norman name, that would have been used in Britain soon after the Conquest of the island in 1066. This name was given to a person who was a person who was a mischievous child, or who liked to play tricks and make jokes.
Merriott English
Either a habitational name from Merriott in Somerset. The placename may derive from Old English mere miere "mare" mere "pool" or gemære "boundary" and gaet "gate gap"... [more]
Merriweather English
From a medieval nickname for someone of a cheerful disposition (cf. Meriwether).
Merrix Welsh
Variant of Merricks.
Merson Jewish
Means "son of Meyer."
Mert Turkish
From the given name Mert.
Mertesacker German
Means "Merten's field" in German, derived from the given name Merten and Middle High German acker meaning "field". A famous bearer is the retired German soccer player Per Mertesacker (1984-).
Merton English
From a place name meaning "town on a lake" in Old English.
Mervin Welsh, English
From the given name Mervin
Mervyn English
(i) from the medieval personal name Merewine, literally "fame-friend"; (ii) from the Old English personal names Mǣrwynn, literally "famous joy", and Merefinn, from Old Norse Mora-Finnr; (iii) from the Welsh personal name Merfyn, literally probably "marrow-eminent"
Merzouk Arabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from the given name Marzuq.
Mesa Spanish
Habitational name for someone from any of the various locations in Spain called Mesa meaning "table" or "mesa" in Spanish (referring to a flat area of land).
Mesarić Croatian
Derived from mesar, meaning "butcher".
Mesaroš Serbian
Serbian variant of Mészáros, meaning "butcher".
Mesbah Arabic (Maghrebi), Arabic (Egyptian)
Derived from Arabic مِصْبَاح (miṣbāḥ) meaning "lamp, light, luminary".
Mescall Irish
Variant of Mescal.
Meşe Turkish
Means "oak" in Turkish.
Meseta Spanish (Mexican)
Meaning "plateau" in Spanish. Primarily used mostly in Mexico.
Mesías Spanish, Spanish (Latin American)
Spanish, meaning Messiah.
Mesikäpp Estonian
Mesikäpp is an Estonian surname meaning "honey cupboard".
Mesila Estonian
Mesila is an Estonian surname meaning "apiary" and "bee garden".
Mesina Italian
From Sardinian mesina "keg, small barrel", probably given as a nickname to someone with a round or fat build.
Mesipuu Estonian
Mesipuu is an Estonian surname meaning "beehive" (literally, "honey tree").
Mesly French
Variant of Mesley.
Mesmer German
Occupational name for a maker of knives from Middle High German messer meaning "knife". A famous bearer was Franz Mesmer (1734-1815), a German doctor known for his theory of "animal magnetism", which was eventually incorporated into the field of hypnosis.
Mesquita Portuguese
Means "mosque" in Portuguese, used as a topographic name for someone who lived near a mosque.
Messam English (British)
originates from a place called Measham in the county of Leicestershire. The placename is first recorded in the famous Domesday Book of 1086, as Messeham, and in the Pipe Rolls of the county of 1182 as Meisham... [more]
Messaoudi Arabic (Maghrebi)
From the given name Mas'ud.
Messer German
Occupational name for an official in charge of measuring the dues paid in kind by tenants, from an agent derivative of Middle High German mezzen "to measure".
Messer Scottish
Occupational name for someone who kept watch over harvested crops, Middle English, Older Scots mess(i)er, from Old French messier (see Messier).
Messerschmidt German
Name given to a knife smith. From German "messer" meaning knife, and "schmidt" meaning smith.
Messi African, Arabic, Italian
Famous bearer of this surname is Lionel Messi (born 1987-), an Argentinian footballer of Italian descent.
Messiaen Dutch, French
Derived from Messiaen, the (archaic) Dutch form of the latinate first name Messianus, which itself is ultimately derived from the Roman praenomen Messus. The meaning of Messus is not wholly certain; it may be derived from the Latin verb meto "to reap, to harvest, to cut, to sever", or from the latinized form of Greek mesos or messos "(the) middle, (the) middle one"... [more]
Messias Portuguese (Brazilian)
Derived from the given name Messias
Messier French
Occupational name for someone who kept watch over harvested crops, Old French messier 'harvest master' (Late Latin messicarius, agent derivative of messis 'harvest').
Messing German, Jewish
Derived from Middle High German messinc meaning "brass", referring to a person who makes or repairs brass objects. A famous bearer is American actress Debra Messing (1968-).
Messoud Western African
From the given name Mas'ud; used in Mauritania.
Mestanza Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Manchego municipality.
Meštrović Croatian
Derived from the Croatian word meštar, a rare form of "master".
Mesutoğlu Turkish
Means "son of Mesut".
Metallo Italian
From the Greek vocabulary word metallo "metal", used as a nickname for a miner or for someone with a clear or metallic tone of voice.
Metcalfe English
An occupational name from Northern England, from Old English mete, 'food' and calf, 'calf', i.e calfs being fattened for consumption in late summer. Thus, making this surname an occupational name for either a slaughterer or herdsman... [more]
Mete Turkish
From the given name Mete.
Metheny English
Originated from the village name of Methley in Yorkshire.
Metin Turkish
From the given name Metin.
Metla Russian
Derived from Russian метла (metla) meaning "broom, besom".
Metrejon Louisiana Creole (?), French (?)
Maiden surname of Constance Leto (nee Metrejon). She was born in Louisiana and has Cajun(French) ancestry. The Metrejon line is traced back to Joseph Marie Maitrejean, who was born c. 1778, in Belle-Île-en-Mer, France, an island off the coast of Brittany.
Mētriņš Latvian
The name is a combination of "mētra", the Latvian word for mint and -iņš, a suffix commonly used for Latvian male surnames.
Mets Estonian
Mets is an Estonian surname meaning "forest".