Submitted Surnames Starting with M

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Mokri Persian
This is a Persian surname.... [more]
Mol Dutch
Habitational name for someone from Mol in the Antwerp province, Belgium.
Molaison American
Unexplained meaning.
Molchan Russian, Ukrainian
From the Russian word молчан meaning "silent" it was often used as a nickname for someone who was soft-spoken and as a given name following Baptism
Mölder Estonian
Mölder is an Estonian surname meaning "miller".
Moldovsky Russian
One who came from Moldova.
Mole English
Mole is (in some but not all cases) the English form of the German Möhl meaning mill.
Molena Venetian
From Venetian mołéna "crumb", perhaps a nickname based on the bearer's size.
Molenaar Dutch
Derived from Dutch molenaar "miller".
Moleski Polish
A variation of Molski, originated from the many places in Poland called "Mole".
Molière French, Haitian Creole
habitational name from La Molière the name of several places in various parts of France.
Molin Swedish
Combination of Swedish mo "sandy heath" and the common surname suffix -in.
Molinaro Italian
Occupational name for a miller, derived from Italian mulino meaning "mill".
Molinarolo Italian
Probably from a person's occupation, with molino/mulino meaning "mill" in Italian. The second part may come from rullo, meaning "a roller" or "I roll."
Molinero Spanish
An occupational surname from molinero (“miller”).
Molitvenik Ukrainian (Ukrainianized, Rare)
The meaning is "prayer warrior" or "someone who prays"
Molla Bengali
Means "mullah (an Islamic religious scholar)" in Bengali, ultimately from from Persian ملا (molla).
Mollet French
Topographic name for someone who lived in a muddy or boggy place from a diminutive of mol "marsh, bog".
Mollison English, Scottish
Derived from the female given name Molly, wich is diminutive of Mary.
Molnar Dutch
Variant of Molenaar.
Molone Irish
Variant of Malone.
Molony Irish
Variant of Moloney.
Molotov Russian
From Russian молот (molot) meaning "hammer", indicating someone who worked with hammers.
Molotova Russian
Feminine transcription of Russian Молотов (see Molotov).
Molten English
The surname Molten refers to one who melts lead.
Molyneux French
Possibly a habitational name from Moulineux, meaning "mill of the waters", or derives from the Old French name De Molines or De Moulins, meaning "mill". The surname has been linked to a large French family that settled in Lancashire from France.
Mom Khmer
Means "angle, corner" or "dear, beloved, darling" in Khmer.
Mombeshora Shona
Meaning unknown.
Mo'minov Uzbek
Means "son of Mo'min".
Momoi Japanese
From Japanese 桃 (momo) meaning "peach" and 井 (i) meaning "well, mine shaft, pit".
Momomiya Popular Culture
Surname of several characters from the anime series 'Tokyo Mew Mew'.
Momonoe Japanese (Rare)
Combination of 桃 (momo) meaning "peach" and 枝 (e), shortened from eda meaning "branch, bough," sandwiched by the genitive particle の (no) which is not shown in this instance.... [more]
Momosaki Japanese
Momo can mean "peach" or "hundred" and saki means "cape, promontory, peninsula".
Momose Japanese
From Japanese 百 (momo) meaning "hundred" and 瀬 (se) meaning "rapids, current".
Momota Japanese
momota means "a hundred rice fields". the kanji used are 百(momo) meaning " hundred" and 田(ta) meaning "rice field".
Momotari Japanese (Rare)
Variant reading of Mukade.
Momozaki Japanese
From Japanese 桃 (momo) meaning "peach" combined with 崎 (zaki) meaning "cape, peninsula".
Mon Japanese
Mon means "Gate".
Monaco Italian
Nickname for someone of monkish habits or appearance, or an occupational name for a servant employed at a monastery, from Italian monaco "monk" (from Greek monachos "monk", "solitary").
Monarch English
Origin unidentified. Perhaps a translation of French Monarque, Monarc, a nickname for a high-handed or haughty person, from Old French monarque 'monarch'.
Monarrez Spanish
Hispanic (Mexico; Monárrez): Altered Form Of Basque Munárriz Itself A Castilianized Form Of A Habitational Name From Munarritz (Also Amunarritz In Castilian Munárriz) A Town In Navarre.
Moncada Spanish
A habitational surname, from Catalan Montcada, ultimately from monte "mountain" and an older variant of Catalonia.
Moncayo Aragonese
This indicates familial origin near the eponymous mountain massif.
Mönch German
Derived from German Mönch "monk" (ultimately via Middle High German münch and Old High German munih from Latin monicus. Compare Monk).
Monckton English
Possibly meaning "estate of monks"
Moncrief Scottish
Scottish: habitational name from Moncreiff Hill near Perth, so called from Gaelic monadh ‘hill’ + craoibhe, genitive of craobh ‘tree’.
Moncrieffe Scottish
Clan Moncreiffe is a Scottish clan. The name is derived from the Scottish Gaelic Monadh croibhe which means "Hill of the sacred bough". The plant badge of Clan Moncreiffe is the oak, this presumably comes from the sacred tree.... [more]
Mond German
Either from a short form of an ancient Germanic personal name formed with munt "protection guardianship" making it a cognate of Monday 1 or probably also a topographic or habitational name referring to a house with the sign of a moon from Middle High German mane mone "moon".
Mondal Indian, Bengali, Assamese
Bengali and Assamese form of Mandal.
Mondejar Spanish
Habitational name from a place called Mondéjar in Guadalajara province.
Mondithoka Telugu (Modern)
they are honest people and having helping nature. at history one person has bull cart some time it was went into dig then all people was trying and trying for lift the cart. but no use from those,after that people were shouting as a bigger like come on 'mondithoka' this word not surname of farmer his bull has short tail... [more]
Mondol Bengali
Bengali variant of Mandal.
Mondragón Spanish
From the name of a town in Basque County, Spain, which is derived from Latin mons draconis meaning "dragon mountain".
Mondragon Spanish (Americanized), Filipino
Unaccented form of Mondragón chiefly used in America and the Philippines.
Mondschein German, Jewish
topographic or habitational name referring to a house name meaning "moonshine" or a nickname for someone who was bald from the same word Middle High German mōne mān(d)e "moon" and schīn "shine".
Moneer Arabic
From the given name Munir
Moneta Italian
Possibly originating from a nickname given to those who lived near a temple dedicated to Juno Moneta. A famous bearer of this surname is Nobel Prize for Peace recipient Ernesto Teodoro Moneta (1833–1918).
Moneta Italian
from moneta "money" probably applied as either a nickname for a rich man or as a metonymic occupational name for a moneyer or money lender.
Moneymaker English (American)
Translated form of German Geldmacher or Geldschläger, occupational names for a coiner.
Moneypenny English
Probably from a medieval nickname for a rich person or a miser. A fictional bearer is Miss Moneypenny, secretary to M (the head of MI6) in the James Bond novels of Ian Fleming and in the films based on them.
Monfils French
Monfils is a surname of French origin, meaning "my son."
Monge French
Southern French variant of Moine.
Monge French
Truncated form of Demonge, a regional variant of the given name Dominique (compare Dimanche).
Monger English
Name for a retail trader or a stallholder in a market, Middle English monger, manger.
Mongush Tuvan
Theorised to be derived from Tuvan moon meaning "cohesive, powerful" combined with kush "force". It is also believed to have been Mongolified and Turkified during the reign of Chinggis Khan in the 13th century.
Monier French, English, French (Huguenot)
French variant of Monnier and occupational name for a moneyer from Middle English monier "moneyer" (Old French monier) or for a miller from Old French monier "miller".
Monique French
A notable bearer is Kylie Monique, a singer.
Monir Arabic
From the given name Munir
Monir Arabic (Egyptian), Bengali
Derived from the given name Munir.
Moniz Portuguese
From the medieval Portuguese first name Muhno.... [more]
Moniz Portuguese
Means "son of Munho".
Monkey Popular Culture
This is the surname of a few characters in the manga One Piece written by mangaka Eiichiro Oda including the main character. The main character Monkey D. Luffy is the founding father and captain of the pirate Straw Hats who, as of this writing, seeks the treasure the One Piece and desires to be the Pirate King... [more]
Monma Japanese
From Japanese 門 (mon) meaning "gate, door" and 馬 (ma) meaning "horse".
Monn Romansh
Derived from the given name Armon.
Monoma Japanese
From Japanese 物 (mono) meaning "object" and 間 (ma) meaning "gap" or 物間 (monoma) meaning "among things"
Monomachos Greek
Meaning gladiator or 'the one that fights alone.' A surname of a Byzantine family from Nicomedia (Izmit).
Monopoli Italian
Italian: habitational name from a place called Monopoli in Bari province from Greek monē polis ‘single town’.
Monreal Spanish
Habitational name from any of the places called Monreal for example in Cuenca Teruel and Zaragoza provinces.
Monsch German (Swiss), Romansh
Romansh form and Alemannic variant of Mönch.
Monsivais Spanish
Hispanic (Mexico; Monsiváis): Perhaps A Topographic Name Derived From Latin Mons Silvaticus ‘Wooded Mountain’ Or A Habitational Name From Monsivalls A Hill In Ribagorza In Huesca Province (Spain) Named From Latin Monte Ipsa Vallis ‘Mount Of The Valley’.
Monstein Romansh
Derived from the place name Monstein, a village in the Swiss canton of Graubünden.
Mont French, Catalan, English
topographic name for a mountain dweller from Catalan and Old French mont "mountain" (from Latin mons genitive montis)... [more]
Montag German
It means Monday in German.
Montagnet French, Basque
Meaning "mountains," this name is commonly found in the Basque Pyrenees.
Montaigu French
French form of Montague.
Montalban Spanish
Spanish (Montalbán): habitational name from Montalbán de Córdoba from Latin montem albanum 'white mountain'.
Montalbano Italian
Habitational name from Montalbano di Elicona in northeastern Sicily (earlier simply Montalbano), Montalbano Jonico (Matera province), or the district of Montalbano in Fasano, Brindisi.
Montale Italian
From Latin mons ("mountain"), this surname was originally given as a nickname to people who lived on hills and mountains. A famous bearer of this surname is Italian poet and writer Eugenio Montale (1896-1981), winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1975.
Montalto Italian, Portuguese
Habitational name from any of various places called Montalto or Montaldo especially Montalto Uffugo in Cosenza province in Italy or from a place in Portugal called Montalto from monte "hill" and alto "high" (from Latin altus).
Montalvo Portuguese, Spanish, Italian
Montalvo is a habitational Portuguese and Spanish surname that originated in the medieval period. It comes from the Spanish words monte, meaning "mount", and albo, meaning "white". The name was often given to families who lived near or on a white mountain or hill, and can be interpreted as "white mountain".
Montaperto Italian
My father tells me this name means "open mountain." It seems to have come from a small area around Agrigento in Sicily, Italy.
Monteagudo Spanish
Habitational name from any of numerous places called Monteagudo (‘pointed mountain’) from monte ‘mountain’ + agudo ‘sharp pointed’ (from Latin acutus from acus ‘needle’) for example in the provinces of Murcia Teruel A Coruña and Navarre.
Monteblanco French, Spanish
Originally from France "Mont Blanc" but translated when arrived in Spain.
Montecalvo Italian
Habitational name from any of various places called Montecalvo ("bald mountain") especially Montecalvo Irpino in Avellino province, from the elements monte "mountain" and calvo "bald".
Montecchi Italian
Italian form of Montague.
Montefiore Italian, Jewish
Derived from Montefiore, which is the name of several places in Italy. For example, there is Castle Montefiore in the town of Recanati (province of Macerata), the municipality of Montefiore Conca (province of Rimini) and the municipality of Montefiore dell'Aso (province of Ascoli Piceno)... [more]
Montehermoso Spanish (Philippines)
Denoted someone from the municipality of Montehermoso in the province of Cáceres, Extremadura, Spain.
Monteith Scottish
From the name of the district of Menteith in south Perthshire, Scotland, derived from Gaelic monadh meaning "hill pasture" combined with the Scottish river name Teith. A famous bearer was the Canadian actor and musician Cory Monteith (1982-2013), who played Finn Hudson on the American television series Glee (2009-2015).
Montejano Spanish
Habitational name for someone from a place called Montejo
Monteleone Italian
From various place names, meaning "mountain lion", or "mountain of the lion".
Montemayor Spanish
Habitational name from any of several places called Montemayor, from monte meaning "mountain" + mayor meaning "main", "larger", "greater", in particular in the provinces of Cordova, Salamanca, and Valladolid.
Montenegro Spanish, Portuguese
Habitational name for someone originally from any of the various locations in Spain and Portugal named Montenegro, from Spanish and Portuguese monte meaning "mountain, hill" and negro meaning "black".
Monterd Aragonese
It indicates familial origin within either of 2 municipalities: Monterd d’Albarrazín or Monterd.
Monterosa Spanish (Latin American)
From Spanish monte meaning "mountain", and rosa meaning "pink, rose".
Monterroso Galician
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous municipality.
Monterrubio Spanish
Habitational name from any of the places called Monterrubio ‘red mountain’.
Montesano Italian
From Italian monte meaning "mountain" and sano meaning "healthy".
Montes De Oca Spanish
Spanish surname meaning "mounts of goose".
Montesinos Spanish
Topographic name for someone who lived on a mountain from a derivative of monte 'mountain' (from Latin mons gentive montis).
Montesquieu French
From French montagne, meaning "mountain" and possibly also from queue, meaning "line". Charles Montesquieu was a 17th-century French aristocrat, philosopher and politician.
Monteverde Galician
Habitational name from Monteverde in Ourense province, Galicia.
Monteverde Italian
Habitational name from any of various places called Monteverde, for example in Avellino province, from monte meaning "mountain" + verde meaning "green".
Monteverdi Italian
Derived from Italian monte meaning "mountain" and verdi meaning "green"; literally means "green mountain".
Montevirgen Spanish (Philippines)
From the Spanish title of the Virgin Mary, Nuestra Señora de Montevirgen, meaning "Our Lady of Mount Virgin," dedicated at the Convento de Montevirgen (Convent of Mount Virgin) in the municipality of Villalba de los Barros, located in Extremadura's Badajoz province in western Spain.
Montezuma Spanish (Latin American)
Derived from the word monte meaning "hill". Most frequently used in Panama.
Montford English
As a Shropshire name believed to mean "from a communal ford or water crossing" while the Norfolk origin is "from Munda's ford," Munda being an old English personal name meaning "protector, guardian," as seen in names such as Edmund.
Montgomerie Scottish, English
Variation of Montgomery. A famous bearer was Margaret Montgomerie Boswell (1738 to 1789), wife of author James Boswell.
Montiel Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Manchego municipality.
Montigny French
habitational name from (Le) Montigny the name of several places in various parts of France (from a Gallo-Roman estate name Montiniacum formed either from a personal name or from a derivative of mons "mountain" and the locative suffix acum)... [more]
Montilla Spanish
Habitational name from Montilla a place in Córdoba province.
Montisci Italian
Originated in Sardinia, Italy in the 17th century given to fishermen
Montiverdi Italian
Green Mountain
Montixi Italian
Means "small mountain, hill".
Montone Italian
nickname from montone "ram" (from Medieval Latin multo genitive multonis). Or a habitational name from any of numerous places called Montone ("big mountain").
Montoro Spanish, Italian
A Spanish habitational name from any of the places called Montoro in particular those in Córdoba or Teruel provinces. Italian habitational name from any of the places called Montoro in particular Montoro Inferiore and Montoro Superiore in Avellino province.
Montpelier English, French
English and French variant of Montpellier. This is the name of several places in the United States, for example the capital city of the state of Vermont, which was named after the French city of Montpellier.
Montpellier French
Means "woad mountain", derived from French mont (itself from Latin mōns) meaning "mountain" and pastel (Latin pastellus, pestellus) meaning "woad, dye", referring to someone who lived near a mountain that was covered with woad (a plant that produces a blue dye)... [more]
Montville French
"Mountain town".
Monty French, English
Topographic name for a mountain dweller, from Old French mont 'mountain' (Latin mons, montis).
Monvoisin French
Married surname of a infamous 17th century fortune teller and poisoner, Catherine Monvoisin nee Deshayes, known as La Voisin. Executed for witchcraft in 1680 in the affair of the poisons. Her clients included the elite of Paris including a mistress of Louis XIV.
Monzo Italian
Possibly a variant of Monsu, which may be an occupational name for a cook, Calabrian munsu, or a nickname or title from Milanese monsu ‘sir’, ‘lord’, ‘gentleman’.
Monzó Catalan
variant of Montsó, habitational name from a place in Aragon (see Monzon).
Monzon Spanish
Habitational name from Monzón, a place in Uesca province, which is probably named from Latin montione ‘big mountain’.
Moodie Scottish
The history of the name Moodie originates from the time of the Anglo-Saxon tribes in Brittain.... [more]
Moody English, Irish
Either from Middle English modie "angry, haughty, impetuous", or Old English modig "brave, proud".
Moodysson Swedish (Modern, Rare)
Means "son of Moody". A notable bearer is Swedish director Lukas Moodysson (b. 1969).
Mõõk Estonian
Mõõk is an Estonian surname meaning "sword".
Mook German
This surname means 'flying insect' from a German word that is mauke. (I think it is mauke, I am SO not sure.)
Mookhey Indian
Meaning unknown.
Mööl Estonian
Mööl is an Estonian surname possibly derived from "möll" meaning "tumult" and "turbulence".
Moonasinghe Sinhalese
Alternate transcription of Sinhala මුණසිංහ (see Munasinghe).
Moonesinghe Sinhalese
Alternate transcription of Sinhala මුණසිංහ (see Munasinghe).
Moorcock English
From a medieval nickname for someone thought to resemble a moorcock (the male of the red grouse). It is borne by British author Michael Moorcock (1939-).
Moorehouse English
Variant spelling of Morehouse.
Moorhouse English (British)
This derives from the surname Morehouse, with Old English mōr meaning "marsh", "fen" + hūs meaning "house".... [more]
Mooring Low German (Modern)
habitational name from möringen or möhringen of northern germany.
Moosa Arabic, Urdu, Dhivehi
From the given name Musa.
Moosajee Indian (Muslim)
From the Arabic given name Musa. A variant of Musaji.
Moosavi Persian
Variant transcription of Mousavi.
Mopantokobogo Zulu
From Zulu meaning "big man".
Mor Hebrew (Modern)
From the given name Mor, means "myrrh" in Hebrew.
Morabito Italian
Ultimately from Arabic مُرَابِط (murabit) "holy man, one who preaches in the street; soldier stationed in an outpost", from which comes Sicilian murabitu "moderate, sober" and murabbiu "teetotal".
Morača Serbian
Morača is a historical region in Montenegro.
Moraczewski Polish
This indicates familial origin within either of 2 Greater Polish villages named Moraczewo.
Morad Arabic, Persian
Derived from the given name Morad.
Moradi Persian
From the given name Morad.
Moradian Persian
From the given name Morad.
Moraes Portuguese
From the Portuguese form of Spanish Morales.
Morag Hebrew
Means "threshing sledge", "flail" in Hebrew. Morag is a hand-held threshing tool.
Moralee English, French
First found in Norfolk where they were seated from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings.
Moralis Greek
Meaning unknown, possibly a Greek form of the Spanish surname Morales.
Moran Irish
The surname Moran, originating in counties Mayo and Sligo of Connaught, is the shortened version of O'Moran, Anglicized form of the older O'Morain "grandson of the great one" with the Old Irish root mor 'great, big' (denoting stature and/or character).
Moran Hebrew (Modern, Rare)
From the given name Moran.
Morand French, French (Swiss)
from the medieval Latin personal name Maurandus Morandus derived from Maurus "Mauritanian Moor" and the suffix -andus (following the pattern of names formed from a verbal noun such as Amandus) or shortened from Moderandus which appears to be Latin for "he who is (able) to be guided"... [more]
Morant English, French
From the Old French personal name Morant, perhaps from a nickname meaning "steadfast", or alternatively of Germanic origin and meaning literally "courage-raven". A known bearer was the British-born Australian soldier and poet Breaker Morant, original name Edwin Henry Murrant (?1864-1902).
Moranville French
Habitational name from Moranville, probably derived from the personal name Morand + Old French word ville "settlement".
Moratalla Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Murcian municipality.
Morávek Czech, Slovak
Means "Moravian".
Morceli Arabic (Maghrebi)
Possibly from Arabic مُرْسِل (mursil) meaning "sender, dispatcher" or "sent, transmitted" from أَرْسَلَ (ʾarsala) "to send, to dispatch".
Mordaunt English
Recorded as Mordant, Mordaunt (English), Mordagne, Mordant (French) and apparently Mordanti in Italy, this is a surname of French origins. According to the famous Victorian etymologist Canon Charles Bardsley writing in the year 1880, the name was originally Norman, and was brought to England by a follower of Duke William of Normandy, when he conquered England in 1066... [more]
Mordecai English
From the given name Mordecai
Mordechai Hebrew
From the given name Mordechai.
Morden English
Parish in Surrey; one mile from Mitcham. "Moor Hollow" in Old English.
Mordomo Portuguese
Means "butler" in Portuguese.
More English, Scottish
Variant of Moore 3. A famous bearer was the English lawyer, humanist, and martyr Saint Thomas More (1478-1535).
More French
nickname for a dark-skinned man from Old French more "Moor" (from Latin Maurus). French cognitive of Moore 3.
More Indian, Marathi
Derived from Marathi मोर (mor) meaning "peacock", ultimately from Sanskrit मयूर (mayura).
Moredock English
From the fact that boats get moored at a dock.
Morehouse English
Habitational name from any of various places, for example Moorhouse in West Yorkshire, named from Old English mōr meaning "marsh", "fen" + hūs meaning "house".