Submitted Surnames Starting with M

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Morpurgo Hebrew
Morpurgo (Hebrew: מורפורגו‎) is an Italian surname of Jewish origin. Originally Marpurg, from the Austrian city Marburg an der Drau (today Maribor in Slovenia). Key ancestor was Moises Jacob, father of Petachia, in Bad-Rackersburg, Austria... [more]
Morquecho Spanish
Castilianized Form Of Morketxo. Unexplained.
Morreale Italian
Habitational name from the town of Monreale in Sicily, derived from Italian monte regale meaning "royal mountain".
Morrell English
Anglicization of Morel, related to Morell.
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).
Morshed Arabic, Bengali
Derived from the given name Morshed.
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.
Mortaz Persian
Mortaz is a family with Persian roots that means suffered or has suffered
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".
Mosca Romansh
Younger form of Muos-cha which was derived from Romansh muos-cha "fly (animal)".
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.
Mosher English
It is one of several variants of the name Mauger, also spelt Moger and Major, which itself comes from the Old French Maugier and Old German Malger, a compound name meaning "council-spear"... [more]
Moskow Jewish
Shortened form of Moskowitz.
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 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.
Mostafaei Persian
From the given name Mostafa.
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).
Mostofa Bengali
From the given name Mustafa.
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’.
Mothersbaugh English
Anglicized form of Muttersbach.
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
Moto means "origin" and hashi means "bridge". ... [more]
Motohashi Japanese
From Japanese 本 (moto) meaning "base, root, origin" and 橋 (hashi) meaning "bridge".
Motoki Japanese
Moto means "root, source, origin" and ki means "tree, wood".
Motokura Japanese
Moto means "origin" and kura means "storehouse".
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]
Motono Japanese
Moto means "source, origin, root" and no means "field, wilderness".
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."
Mott English
The surname Mott was first found in Essex, where the family held a family seat from very early times, having been granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D. Moate (Irish: An Móta) is a town in County Westmeath, Ireland... [more]
Motte French, Walloon, Flemish, German
from old French motte "motte" a word of Gaulish origin denoting a man-made protective mound or moat surrounding a castle or other fortified strongholds; or a habitational name from any of the various places in France and in Belgium named with this word.... [more]
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).
Moua Hmong
From the Hmong clan name Muas associated with Chinese 馬 () meaning "horse" (see Ma).
Mouchtaris Greek
Greek form of Mukhtar, from Arabic mukhtar (مختار) meaning "the chosen".
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 counties of Cheshire, Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Northamptonshire, Suffolk and North Yorkshire in England. It is either derived from the Old English given name Mūla, the Old Norse name Múli or Old English mūl meaning "mule" and tun meaning "enclosure, yard, town".
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]
Mourouzis Greek
Belonged to an important Greek family of Pontic origin.
Mousa Arabic
From the given name Musa.
Mousall English
The surname Mousall was first found in Lancashire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066.
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.
Moustaki Greek
Derived from the Greek word for ‘moustache’, μουστάκι.
Moustapha Western African
From the given name Moustapha.
Mouton French
Nickname from Old French mouton "sheep" used for a docile mild-mannered person for someone easily led or perhaps for a curly-haired man. Original French cognitive of Mutton.
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".
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]
Mozer German
South German (Swabia): Variant Of Moser.
Mpungu Kongo
Means ‘gorilla’ in Yombe and ‘creator’ in its relative Ntandu.
Mráz Czech
Mráz means "frost".
Mrázek Czech
Means "little frost".
Mridhani Persian
People from Mridhan, Gilan Province, North Iran, Iran
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".
Mstishyn Ukrainian
It indicates familial origin within the eponymous village.
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]
Mu Hui
From the Arabic name Muhammad.
Mu Chinese
From Chinese 穆 (mù) meaning "pure, solemn, honest".
Muas Hmong
Original Hmong form of Moua.
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".
Muchtar Hebrew
Means "crowned" from Hebrew כֶּתֶר keter meaning "crown".
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.
Mudgett English
Derived from a pet form of Mudge.
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
Muffet English
Variant of Moffat.
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".
Mughal Urdu
Means "Mughal, Moghul" in Urdu, derived from Persian مغول‎ (moghul) meaning "Mongol". This was the name of the dynasty (of Mongol origin) that ruled much of South Asia from the 16th to 19th centuries.
Múgica Basque (Hispanicized)
Castilianized form of Muxika.
Muha Czech
Form of Mucha, from Czech "Moucha," meaning housefly.
Muhamad Arabic
Derived from the given name Muhamad.
Muhamadov Avar
Means "son of Muhamad".
Muhamed Arabic
Derived from the given name Muhammad.
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".
Muis Dutch, Indonesian
From Dutch muis meaning "mouse". Common in Indonesia.
Mujahid Arabic
From the given name Mujahid.
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".
Mukhtar Arabic
From the given name Mukhtar.
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".
Mulè Italian
From Arabic مولى (mawlan) "guide, chief, lord, master".
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
Mullens Flemish
A name referring to someone who lived at or by a mill.
Müllerleile German
Derived from Middle High German mülnære, müller meaning "miller" (see Müller), and the German given names Lawlin, Lauwelin and Lawelin, medieval diminutives of Nikolaus.
Mullery Irish (Rare)
From Irish Gaelic Ó Maolmhuire "descendant of Maolmhuire", a personal name meaning literally "servant of (the Virgin) Mary".