Submitted Surnames Starting with M

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Morrissey Irish
Morrissey is an Irish name meaning "choice of the sea".
Morrow Irish (Anglicized), Scottish
Shortened Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Murchadha (see Mcmorrow).
Mort English
Perhaps from a Norman nickname based on Old French mort "dead", possibly referring to someone with a deathly pallor or otherwise sepulchral appearance.
Mortazavi Persian
From the given name Mortaza.
Mortenson English
Means "Son of Morten".
Morticelli Italian
Means "died small" in Italian.
Mortonson English
Means "Son of Morton".
Mosa Arabic, Persian, Urdu, Bengali, Sindhi, Dhivehi
From the given name Musa.
Mosbrucker German
Topographic name for someone who lived by a bridge over a swamp, from Middle High German mos meaning "bog", "swamp" + brucke meaning "bridge".
Moscatelli Italian
The name Moscatelli has its origins in a type of grape called Moscatel. This grape has its origin in ancient Egypt or Greece, but it was in Italy that it became famous. Here the farmers that planted the grape became known as the Moscatelli.
Moscati Italian
Possibly a variant of Moscato.
Moscato Italian
Variant of the personal name Muscato, also Americanized spelling of Greek Moskatos, a metonymic occupational name for a grower of muscat grapes.
Moscow English (American, Rare)
From the city of Moscow in Russia.
Moseid Norwegian (Modern, Rare)
From Moseid Farm in southern Norway.
Mosele Italian, German (Austrian)
This surname is to be found in north-eastern Italy, more specifically in the Vicenza and Verona provinces. Families with this name are certain to be originally from the mountain town of Asiago, situated on a plateau north of Vicenza and now a well-known skiing resort... [more]
Mosharraf Bengali
Bengali form of Musharraf.
Moshe Hebrew
From the given name Moshe.
Moskowitz Jewish
Germanized form of a patronymic surname formed by adding the Slavic suffix "-ovic" meaning "son of" to a Yiddish transformation (Moshke) of the biblical Hebrew personal Moses ("Mosko" was a Polish pet form of the personal name Moses).
Moskva Russian
Derived from the Russian word Москва meaning "Moscow".
Moskwa Polish
Polish form of Moskva.
Moslavac Croatian
Habitational name for someone from Moslavina, a region in Croatia.
Mosley English
Habitational name from any of several places called Mos(e)ley in central, western, and northwestern England. The obvious derivation is from Old English mos ‘peat bog’ + leah ‘woodland clearing’, but the one in southern Birmingham (Museleie in Domesday Book) had as its first element Old English mus ‘mouse’, while one in Staffordshire (Molesleie in Domesday Book) had the genitive case of the Old English byname Moll.
Mossberg Swedish
Combination of Swedish mosse "bog" and berg "mountain".
Mossberg Jewish
Combination of Moses and German berg "mountain, hill".
Mossing Norwegian
Habitational name from a farm name in Trøndelag, probably named with mose meaning "moss" + vin meaning "meadow".
Mossman English
This interesting name is a variant of the surname Moss which is either topographical for someone who lived by a peat bog, from the Old English pre 7th Century 'mos' or a habitational name from a place named with this word, for example Mosedale in Cumbria or Moseley in West Yorkshire.
Most German
Metonymic occupational name for a producer or seller of must, i.e. unfermented grape juice, from Middle High German most, ultimately derived from Latin mustum vinum meaning "young (i.e. fresh) wine"... [more]
Most Dutch
Topographic name for someone who lived in a place where moss grew.
Most Polish, Jewish
Topographic name from Slavic most meaning "bridge", or a habitational name from any of several places named with this word.
Mostafa Arabic, Bengali
Variant transcription of Mustafa.
Mostafavi Persian
From the given name Mostafa.
Mostefaï Arabic (Maghrebi)
From the given name Mostefa (chiefly Algerian).
Mostefaoui Arabic (Maghrebi)
Means "relating to Mustafa" in Arabic (chiefly Algerian).
Mota American
Surname of YouTuber and Dancing with the Stars competitor Bethany Mota.
Mota Spanish, Portuguese
Topographic name for someone who lived by a fortified stronghold.
Moteki Japanese
From the Japanese 茂 (mote) "overgrown," "to grow thick" and 木 (ki, moku or boku) "tree."
Motel French
Topographic name from a derivative of Old French motte ‘fortified stronghold’.
Motherwell Scottish
Means "person from Motherwell", North Lanarkshire ("Our Lady's well"). American artist Robert Motherwell (1915-1991) was a known bearer.
Motion Scottish
A Scottish name of uncertain origin. British poet Andrew Motion (1952-) is a known bearer.
Motley English
This surname may come from a nickname for someone wearing parti-coloured clothes (from Anglo-French motteley, which may come from Old English mot meaning "speck").
Motohashi Japanese
This is literally Hashimoto backwards, although this is less common in Japan. This means "Origin Bridge" in Japanese. A notable bearer with the surname is Akiyasu Motohashi... [more]
Motome Japanese (Rare)
This surname is used as 求, 元目 or 求馬 with 求 (kyuu, gu, moto.meru) meaning "demand, request, require, want, wish for", 元 (gan, gen, moto) meaning "beginning, former time, origin", 目 (boku, moku, ma, me, -me) meaning "care, class, experience, eye, favour, insight, look" and 馬 (ba, uma, uma-, ma, me) meaning "horse."... [more]
Motoyama Japanese
Combination of Kanji Characters "本" meaning "Book", and "山" meaning "Mountain".
Motozawa Japanese
From the Japanese 本 (moto) "base" or 元 (moto) "original" and 沢 or 澤 (zawa or sawa) "swamp."
Mõttus Estonian
Mõttus is an Estonian name derived from "Mõtus", meaning "grouse".
Motz German
Meaning "dirty" or "grubby".
Mou Chinese
From Chinese 牟 (móu) referring to the ancient state of Mou that existed during the Zhou dynasty (1122–221 BC).
Moujahid Arabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from Arabic مُجَاهِد (mujāhid) meaning "one who is labouring, one who is in distress", also used to refer to a member of a liberation army in Muslim countries (chiefly Moroccan).
Mouloud Arabic (Maghrebi)
From the given name Mouloud.
Mouloudi Arabic (Maghrebi)
From the given name Mouloud.
Moulton English
Derived from various places with the same name, for example in the English counties of Cheshire, Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Northamptonshire, Suffolk, and North Yorkshire. For the most part these were named in Old English as "Mula’s settlement", derived from the Old English given name or byname Mula meaning "mule" and tun meaning "enclosure, settlement", but in some cases they may have been originally farms where mules were reared or kept... [more]
Mount English
Mount is often used as part of the name of specific mountains.
Mountain English
Topographic name from Old French montagne "mountain" (see Montagne).
Mountjoy English
Habitational surname for a person from Montjoie in La Manche, France, named with Old French mont "hill", "mountain" + joie "joy".
Mountstuart English
Possibly derived from the mountain in the Cascade Range, in the state of Washington, United States.
Moura Portuguese
Derived from the Portuguese word "Mouro", which refers to an individual from the Moor people. This is the feminine form of the word, often used in legends of enchanted moor women, which very common in Portugal... [more]
Mousa Arabic
From the given name Musa.
Mousavi Persian
From the given name Musa.
Mousel German (Austrian, Anglicized), English
Anglicisation of the German Mäusl, from the German word maus - "mouse" combined with a diminutive suffix, literally meaning "little mouse"... [more]
Moussaoui Arabic (Maghrebi)
From the given name Musa.
Moustafa Arabic (Egyptian)
From the given name Mustafa.
Mowat Scottish
From medieval female given name, Mohaut, a variant of Maud.
Mowbray English
Ultimately from the name of a place in Normandy meaning "mud hill" in Old French.
Mowers Scottish, English
English: variant of Mower
Moxley English, Irish, Welsh, Scottish
From the name of a minor place in the West Midlands.
Moxon English
Means "son of Magge", a pet-form of Margaret, a female personal name which came into English via French from Late Latin Margarita, literally "pearl".
Moya Spanish
Habitational name from any of various locations called Moya.
Moyano Spanish
Habitational name for someone from Moya, from an adjectival form of the place name.
Moyes English
From the medieval personal name Moise, a vernacular variant of Moses (the biblical name of the Hebrew prophet who led the Children of Israel out of captivity).
Moyle Cornish, Welsh
Cornish and Welsh: descriptive nickname meaning ‘bald’, from Cornish moyl, Welsh moel.
Moyo Shona
Meaning unknown.
Mozart German
The surname was first recorded in the 14th century as Mozahrt, and later as Motzhardt in Germany. It is a compound word, the first part of which is Middle High German mos, also spelt mosz, and meaning “bog, marsh” in southern dialects (compare modern German Moos)... [more]
Mráz Czech
Mráz means "frost".
Mrázek Czech
Means "little frost".
Mroczkowski Polish
Name for someone from any of various places called Mroczkowa, Mroczków or Mroczkowice, all derived from Polish mroczek meaning "house bat".
Mróz Polish
From a nickname for a white-haired man or alternatively for one of an icy and unsociable disposition, from Polish mróz "frost". Also can be from a short form of the personal name Ambroży
Mroziński Polish
Habitational name for someone from any of several places called Mrozy.
Mrozowski Polish
Habitational name for someone from Mrozowo in Bydgoszcz voivodeship, or from any of several places called Mrozy.
Mrtvá Czech
Means "Dead".
Mrtvý Czech, Slovak
Mrtvý means "Dead".
Mu Chinese
Chinese : in the state of Song during the Spring and Autumn period (722–481 bc) there existed a leader who was posthumously given the name of the duke of Mu. His descendants adopted Mu as their surname... [more]
Mubarak Arabic, Arabic (Egyptian)
From Arabic مُبَارَك (mubārak) meaning "lucky, blessed".
Mucciarone Italian
From an augmentative form of the dimunitive suffix -muccio short form of pet names ending in -muccio such as Anselmuccio or Giacomuccio.
Muccio Italian
Short form of pet names ending in -muccio such as Anselmuccio or Giacomuccio.
Mucenieks Latvian
Means "cooper".
Mucha Polish, Slovak, Czech, Ukrainian
Nickname for an irritating person or someone considered of no importance, from mucha "fly".
Muchnik Russian, Jewish
Jewish name, from the Russian, meaning "flour merchant".
Mudaliar Tamil
"Mudaliar" is a combination of a Tamil word "Mudali" which means "First" and "yar" which is an honorific suffix. So the surname means "First People" or "Elite People" in Tamil.
Mudd English
Either (i) "person who lives in a muddy area"; (ii) from the medieval female personal name Mudd, a variant of Maud (variously Mahalt, Mauld, Malt, vernacular versions of Anglo-Norman Matilda); or (iii) from the Old English personal name Mōd or Mōda, a shortened form of various compound names beginning with mōd "courage".
Mudge English
A location surname for someone who lives or dwells near the swamps. A famous bearer of this surname is Angela Mudge, a champion fell runner and trail runner from Scotland.
Mudie English
Possibly from Old English 'modig', meaning "brave", or "reckless".
Mudry Slavic
Meaning "wise".
Mudzuri Shona
Meaning unknown.
Mufaro Shona
Mufaro means "Joy, happiness". It is a name of rejoicing
Muffett Scottish
A different form of Moffatt. 'Little Miss Muffett' is a traditional nursery rhyme: Little Miss Muffett / Sat on a tuffet, / Eating her curds and whey; / There came a big spider, / Who sat down beside her / And frightened Miss Muffet away. It has been speculated that 'Miss Muffett' is Patience Muffet, the daughter of the physician and entomologist Dr Thomas Muffet (1553-1604).
Mugamäe Estonian
Mugamäe is an Estonian surname meaning "comfortable hill/mountain".
Muggah Scottish
From the Gaelic word mùgach meaning "surly"
Múgica Basque (Hispanicized)
Castilianized form of Muxika.
Muhamadov Avar
Means "son of Muhamad".
Muhammed Arabic
From the given name Muhammad.
Mühlfeld German
Variant form of Muhlfeld.
Muhsen Arabic
From the given name Muhsin
Muhsin Arabic, Turkish
From the given name Muhsin
Muinasmaa Estonian
Muinasmaa is an Estonian surname meaning "ancient land".
Muir Scottish
Topographic name for someone who lived on a moor, from a Scots form of Middle English more moor, fen.
Muirhead Scottish
Derived from many places in southern Scotland with the same name, from northern Middle English muir meaning "moor" and heid meaning "head, end".
Mujić Bosnian
Means "son of Mujo".
Mujović Bosnian
Means "son of mujo"
Mujtaba Arabic
From the given name Mujtaba.
Mujushi Albanian
Meaning unknown.
Mukai Japanese
From Japanese 向 (muka) meaning "facing, toward" and 井 (i) meaning "well, mine shaft, pit".
Mukerjee Bengali
Variant transcription of Mukherjee.
Mukhamedov Kazakh
Means "son of Mukhamed".
Mukherjee Bengali
Variant of Mukhopadhyay. A notable bearer was Pranab Mukherjee (1935-2020), the 13th president of India.
Mukhin Russian
From Russian муха (mukha) meaning "fly".
Mukhopadhyay Bengali
From Sanskrit मुख्य (mukhya) meaning "chief" and उपाध्याय (upadhyaya) meaning "teacher, instructor, priest".
Mulberry English
From the name of the fruit.
Mulcaster English (Modern)
The surname Mulcaster was first found in Cumberland where they trace their lineage back to the place name Muncaster, home of Muncaster Castle, a privately owned castle overlooking the Esk river, near the west-coastal town of Ravenglass in Cumbria which dates back at least 800 years. 
Mulchandani Hindi
Means “descendant of Mulchand”.
Muld Estonian
Muld is an Estonian surname meaning "soil" or "dirt".
Muldoon Irish
From Irish Gaelic Ó Maoldúin "descendant of Maoldún", a personal name meaning literally "chief fortress".
Mulfall Irish
Anglicized form Gaelic Ó Maol Fábhail meaning "descendent of Maolfábhail".
Mulholland Irish
Anglicized from Gaelic Ó Maolchalann "descendant of Maolchalann".
Mulkerin Irish
The Irish surname Mulkerin is an anglicied rendering of the Gaelic surname O'Maoilchiarain which means ,literally, "descendant of a follower of Saint Ciaran", the Irish saint who founded the great monastery at Clonmacnois... [more]
Mull Scottish
Scottish, Irish, or English: Probably comes from the Scots language, as the Scots word for "headland" or comes from the geographical term, which is an Anglicization of the Gaelic Maol, a term for a rounded hill, summit, or mountain bare of trees... [more]
Mullarkey Irish
From Irish Gaelic Ó Maoilearca "descendent of the follower of (St) Earc", a personal name meaning literally either "speckled one" or "salmon".
Mullee Irish
Possible variant of Malley or Molloy
Mullery Irish (Rare)
From Irish Gaelic Ó Maolmhuire "descendant of Maolmhuire", a personal name meaning literally "servant of (the Virgin) Mary".
Mullin Irish
From O'maelin
Mullinix French
A locational name "of de Moloneaux" probably from the noble family who trace their descent from William the Conqueror, from Molineaux-sur-Seine, near Rouen. The name came to England during the wake of the Norman Conquest... [more]
Mullis English
As either Mulles and Mullis, the surname first found in Parish Registers in Cornwall Co. by 1548 in Michaelstow. Manorial tenement rolls trace that particular family to 1483. Between 1337 and 1453 random tenants were recorded between Tintagel and Altarnun as Molys and Mollys... [more]
Mulvey Irish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Maoilmhiadhaigh "descendant of Maoilmhiadhach", a personal name meaning "honorable chief".
Mulvihill Irish
Anglicized from Gaelic Ó Maoil Mhichíl meaning "descendant of Maoilmhichil", Maoilmhichil being a personal name meaning "devotee of (Saint) Michael", referring to the archangel.
Mumford English (?)
No available.
Muminović Bosnian
Means "son of Mumin".
Mumphery English
Variant spelling of Mumphrey.
Mumphrey English
Variant spelling of the surname Humphrey.
Mumuza Dungan
From the first part of the given name Muhammad and Chinese 娃子 (wázi), a dialectal term meaning "(small) child".
Munch Danish, French, Norwegian (Rare)
Either a variant of Münch or Munk, both meaning "monk". A notable bearer was Norwegian painter Edvard Munch (1863-1944), whose best known work is 'The Scream'.
Mundaca Basque (Hispanicized)
Castilianized form of Mundaka.
Mundaka Basque
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous municipality.
Muñecas Spanish
It literally means "dolls" or "wrists".
Muneer Arabic
From the given name Munir
Munekawa Japanese
宗 (Mune) means "Origin, Religion, Sect" and 川 (Kawa) means "Stream, River".
Munger English
Variant of Monger.
Mungia Basque
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous municipality.
Munguía Basque (Hispanicized)
Castilianized form of Mungia.
Munir Arabic
From the given name Munir
Munisi Eastern African
Found in Tanzania.
Muñiz Spanish
Variant of Muñoz.
Munkdahl Swedish (Rare)
Perhaps derived from the name of the municipality and locality Munkedal in Västra Götaland County, Sweden. If that's the case, then the first element is Swedish munk "monk" and the second element is dal "valley"... [more]
Münt Estonian
Münt is an Estonian surname meaning "coin".
Munteanu Romanian
From Romanian muntean meaning "mountaineer" or "of the mountains".
Munua Medieval Spanish (Latinized, Archaic)
Its meaning is Son of Muno.
Mura Japanese
"Village, Hamlet", an element usually accompanied with other elements such as Yukimura, Nishimura, etc.
Murad Arabic, Urdu, Bengali
From the given name Murad.
Murahama Japanese
Mura means "Hamlet, Village" and Hama means "Seashore, Beach".
Murahashi Japanese
Mura means "Village, Hamlet" and Hashi means "Bridge".
Murai Japanese
From Japanese 村 (mura) meaning "town, village" and 井 (i) meaning "well, mine shaft, pit".
Murakami Japanese
From the Japanese 村, 邑 or 邨 (mura) "village" and 上 (kami, kan or ue) "upper," "above," 神 (kami, kan or shin) "god" or 守 (kami or mori) "guard," "protect," "defend."
Murakawa Japanese
Mura ("Village") + Kawa ("River"). This means "Village River", it is basically Kawamura backwards.
Murakita Japanese
村 (Mura) means "Village, Hamlet", and 北 (Kita) means "North". This is Kitamura backwards, and is also less popular than it's counterpart.
Muramatsu Japanese
From Japanese 村 (mura) meaning "town, village" and 松 (matsu) meaning "pine tree, fir tree".
Muranaka Japanese
From Japanese 村 (mura) meaning "village" combined with 中 (naka) meaning "inside, middle".
Muraoka Japanese
村 (Mura) means "Village, Hamlet" and 岡 (Oka) means "Hill, Ridge".
Murase Japanese
"Mura" (村) meaning village, and "se" (瀬) meaning rapids or fast moving water
Murashima Japanese
This is Shimamura backwards, it means "Island Hamlet/ Village".
Murata Japanese
From Japanese 村 (mura) meaning "town, village" and 田 (ta) meaning "field, rice paddy".
Muratagi Japanese
From Japanese "村" (mura) meaning village, "田" (ta) rice field and "義" (gi) meaning righteousness
Muravez Hungarian
Most likely a corruption of the surname Moravec.
Muravyov Russian
Means 'son of Ant'.
Murav'yov Amursky Russian (Rare)
Combination of surname Murav'yov and Amursky. The famous bearer of this surname is Nikolay Myravy'ov Amursky, who played a major role in the expansion of the Russian Empire into the Amur River basin and to the shores of the Sea of Japan.
Murawski Polish
Name for someone from placed called Murawa or Murawy, both derived from Polish murawa meaning "lawn, green, sward".
Murayama Japanese
From Japanese 村 (mura) meaning "town, village" and 山 (yama) meaning "mountain, hill".