Submitted Surnames Starting with M

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Maides English
Maides is an almost extinct surname which has decreased significantly in popularity since the 19th century, though has always been relatively uncommon. The surname is today most popular in Leicestershire but the family bearing the surname from that area seem to have originated from the south of Warwickshire... [more]
Maidment English
Occupational name for a servant of maidens (such as nuns), from Middle English maiden (ultimately from Old English mægden) meaning "young girl, virgin, maiden" and man ending with an excrescent -t.
Maidre Estonian
Maidre is an Estonian surname possibly derived from "maidel" meaning "gudgeon" (a type of fish)".
Maimeri Italian
Surname of italian painter and entrepreneur Giovanni (Gianni) Maimeri.
Maimets Estonian
Maimets is an Estonian surname meaning "May forest".
Main Scottish, English, French, Norman
Various origins explained include:... [more]
Maine French
French topographic name from Old French maine ‘dwelling’, ‘residence’, ‘abode’, or a habitational name from any of numerous places so named.
Maine Scottish, English
Scottish and English variant spelling of Main.
Mainé Catalan
Variant of Mainer.
Mainer English
Variant of Mayner.
Maioni Italian
Variant of Maione.
Maiorana Italian
From Sicilian maiurana, "marjoram (herb)".
Mair Scottish
A steward, bailiff, or warden.
Mair Welsh
From the given name Mair
Maire French (Swiss)
French Swiss surname ... [more]
Mairena Spanish
From place name Mairena.
Maisel Yiddish, German, French
Predominantly seems to be a matronymic surname from the Yiddish feminine name Mayzl. Although it is believed that it derived from the Hebrew name Meïser, which means “representative of God”... [more]
Maison French, Walloon
Derived from Old French maison "residence", this name used to be given to someone who lived by an important house.
Maison English
Variant of Mayson.
Maison English
Variant spelling of Mason.
Maisonneuve French
Means "new house" in French.
Maiti Indian, Bengali
Alternate transcription of Bengali মাইতি or মাইটি (see Maity).
Maitland English, Scottish
Possibly from Mautalant, the name of a place in Pontorson, France meaning "inhospitable" or "bad temper" in Norman French (ultimately from Late Latin malum "bad" and talentum "inclination, disposition"), which was so named because of its unproductive soil; or perhaps it was originally a nickname for an ungracious individual, derived from the same source.
Maitlis Jewish
Means "son of Meytl", a Yiddish female personal name, literally "little Meyte", a Yiddish female personal name derived from Middle High German maget "maid".
Maitra Bengali
Habitational name from either the village of Maitreya or Mohit (present-day locations unknown).
Maître French
occupational name for the head of a craft or trade guild from Old French maistre "master" (from Latin magister)... [more]
Maitre French
occupational name for one who was the head of a craft or trade guild, from Old French maistre ‘master’ (Latin magister).
Maivel Estonian
Maivel is an Estonian surname possibly derived from "maidel" meaning "gudgeon" (a type of freshwater fish).
Maizles Polish
A polish-jewish name with german origins.... [more]
Maizono Japanese
maizono means "dance park". the kanji used are 舞(mai) meaning "dance" and 園 (sono) meaning "park".... [more]
Maiztegi Basque
It indicates familial origin within the eponymous locality in Bizkaia.
Maj Polish, Jewish
Surname adopted with reference to the month of May, Polish maj. Surnames referring to months were sometimes adopted by Jewish converts to Christianity, with reference to the month in which they were baptized or in which the surname was registered.
Majange Shona
Meaning unknown.
Majdi Arabic
Derived from the given name Majdi.
Majed Arabic
From the given name Majid.
Majeed Arabic, Urdu, Dhivehi
From the given name Majid.
Majerle Slovene
Slovene surname Majerle, a variant of the Polish, Czech, and Slovak Majer, which was a status name for "steward, bailiff, tenant farmer, or village headman", from the German Meyer.
Majhi Indian, Odia, Bengali, Hindi, Assamese
Possibly from the Bengali মাঝি (mājhi) meaning "boatman, oarsman, waterman".
Majid Arabic, Urdu, Bengali
From the given name Majid.
Majidi Persian
From the given name Majid.
Majidov Dagestani, Uzbek, Tajik
Means "son of Majid".
Majilom Visayan
Literally "quiet" in Cebuano
Majima Japanese (Rare)
Ma means "Real,Genuine" (this is used most likely,anyway) and Jima means "Island".
Majnaric Croatian
This name dates back prior to 1773 in the town of Delnice, in what is now modern day Croatia.
Majors Norman
Based on the Norman given name Mauger. The name indicates one who is the son of Maugier, an Old French personal name, which is derived from the Old Germanic name Malger, which means council spear.
Majstorović Serbo-Croatian (Rare)
Comes from word majstor meaning master.
Majumdar Bengali
Means "record keeper, archivist" in Bengali, ultimately of Arabic and Persian origin.
Mak Chinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese romanization of Mai.
Maka Japanese (Rare)
From Japanese 真 (ma) meaning "true" and 賀 (ka) meaning "congratulation".
Makar Russian
From the given name Makar.
Makarova Russian
Feminine form of Makarov.
Makélélé Central African, Lingala (Gallicized)
Gallicized form of Makelele. A notable bearer is the French former soccer player Claude Makélélé (1973-).
Makelele Central African, Lingala
Means "noises" in Lingala, possibly a nickname for a noisy person.
Makepeace English
From a medieval nickname for a skilled conciliator. It was borne by English cricketer Harry Makepeace (1881-1952).
Maker Dutch
From Dutch maken "to make or mend".
Makhachev Avar, Lak
Means "son of Makhach".
Makhlouf Arabic
From the given name Makhlouf.
Makhluf Arabic
Derived from the given name Makhluf.
Makhov Circassian (Russified)
Russified form of a Circassian surname derived from Kabardian махуэ (māx°ă) meaning "day".
Mäki Finnish
Finnish surname from the word mäki meaning "hill".
Makice American (Modern, Rare)
Taken as a new common familyname by Kevin McGrew Isbister and Amy Elizabeth Clendening. They scrambled their initials (KMI and AEC), and came up with “Makice” as their family name.
Makiguchi Japanese
From Japanese 牧 (maki) meaning "shepard" and 口 (guchi) meaning "mouth, opening".
Makihara Japanese
From Japanese 槙 (maki) meaning "evergreen tree" and 原 (hara) meaning "field, plain".
Makimura Japanese
Maki can mean (牧) "shepherd" and mura can be spelled like this (村) meaning "hamlet, village".
Makino Japanese
Makino means "shepherd" and no means "wilderness, field".
Makino Japanese
From Japanese 牧 (maki) meaning "shepherd, tend cattle" and 野 (no) meaning "field, wilderness".
Makinson English
Means "son of Makin", Makin or Maykin being a medieval diminutive of Matthew... [more]
Makioka Japanese
Maki means "shepherd" and oka means "hill, mound".
Makishima Japanese
From Japanese 牧 (maki) meaning "shepard" and 島 (shima) meaning "island".
Makita Japanese
I'm not sure how the surname is usually written, but 真 (Ma) means "Genuine, Real, Sincere" and 北 (Kita) means "North". On the other hand, 牧 (Maki) means "Shepard, Tend cattle" and 田 (Ta) means "Rice Field, Rice Paddy"... [more]
Makka Japanese (Rare)
Variant reading of Japanese Kanji 真賀 (see Maka).
Makkar Polish
Polish and Ukrainian: from the personal name Makary (Polish), Makar (Ukrainian), vernacular forms of the Greek ecclesiastical name Makarios meaning ‘blessed’.
Makó Hungarian
From a pet form of the given name Makár or Mátyás.
Makonnen Eastern African, Amharic
Derived from the given name Makonnen.
Makovoza Baltic (Latinized, Rare), German (Latinized, Rare), Russian (Rare)
There is no history of the name just a family name I on't know if some people have it as a first name too.
Makowski Polish
Name for someone from any of various places called Maków, Makowa or Makowo, all derived from Polish mak meaning "poppy".
Makram Arabic
Derived from the given name Makram.
Makri Greek
Female equivalent of Makris.
Makris Greek
Means 'long' in Greek.
Makriyannis Greek
Notable bearer of this name is General Yannis Makriyannis (1797-1864), was a Greek merchant, military officer, politician and author.
Maksatov Kazakh, Kyrgyz
Means "son of Maksat".
Maksimova Russian
Feminine transcription of Russian Максимов (see Maksimov).
Maksimović Serbian
Means "son of Maksim".
Maksimowicz Polish
Means "son of Maksim".
Maksutaj Albanian
Means "descendant of Maksut" in Albanian.
Maksuti Albanian
Derived from the given name Maksut.
Maksym Ukrainian, Polish
From the given name Maksym.
Maksymov Ukrainian
Ukrainian transcription of Максимов (see Maksimov), meaning "son of Maksym".
Maksymova Ukrainian
Feminine transcription of Ukrainian Максимов (see Maksymov).
Maksymowicz Polish
Means "son of Maksym".
Maktory Manx
Alternate form of MacTorin
Mala Filipino, Maranao
Either from Maranao mala meaning "timid, shy" or mala', a title of nobility meaning "big, great".
Malabanan Filipino, Tagalog
Means "resist, fight against" in Tagalog.
Malacad Filipino, Cebuano
From Cebuano malakad meaning "walkable (distance)".
Malachi Hebrew
From the given name Malachi.
Małachowski Polish
Habitational name for someone from places called Małachowo, Małachów, or Małachowice.
Malaeb Arabic
Lebanese Druze name possibly derived from Arabic مَلْعَب (malʿab) meaning "scene, theatre, sport".
Málaga Spanish
Habitational name for someone from Málaga, capital of the province of the same name in Andalusia.
Malak Arabic
Derived from the given name Malak.
Malakar Indian, Bengali, Assamese
Means "florist, maker of flower garlands" in Bengali and "gardener" in Assamese.
Malalis Filipino, Cebuano
Means "arguable, questionable" in Cebuano.
Malaluan Filipino, Tagalog
Means "surpass, exceed" in Tagalog.
Malandra Italian
Possibly related to Italian malandrino "dishonest, mischievous; rascal".
Malanowski Polish
Habitational name for someone from places called Malanowo or Malanów.
Malaque Filipino, Tagalog (Hispanicized)
Derived from Tagalog malaki meaning "big, large, great."
Malasenco Ukrainian
This surname is a moderately common Ukrainian name and was formed from the Hebrew name MALACHI. After 988 A.D., every Slav, having been baptized, would undergo a ceremony, conducted by a priest, to receive a Christian name... [more]
Malashenko Ukrainian
Patronymic derived from a Ukrainian form of Hebrew Malachi.
Malatesta Italian
Means "bad head" in Italian, a nickname for a stubborn or perhaps malicious person. It could have also indicated the bearer had a misshapen head. ... [more]
Malatestas Greek
Means "bad head" in Italian, from the Italian surname Malatesta, also found in Greece.
Malawani Filipino, Maranao
Means "daring, harsh" in Maranao.
Malaya Russian, Ukrainian
From Russian малый (maliy) or Ukrainian малий (malyy) both meaning "small, little", used as a nickname for a small child or a person who was thin or short in stature. Alternately, it may have come from Tatar малай (malay) meaning "boy, son" or "apprentice".
Malcolm English
From the given name Malcolm.
Malcolmson English
This surname means “son of Malcolm”.
Malczewski Polish
Habitational name for someone from a place called Malczewo in Poznań voivodeship, or Malczew in Radom voivodeship.
Maldini Italian
Possibly derived from an apheresis of the surname Grimaldi.
Male English
Nickname for a virile man, from Middle English male meaning "masculine".
Malec Polish, Czech, Croatian, Slovene
a nickname derived from slavic word "maly", meaning small
Malecki Polish
Habitational name for someone from places called Malki in the voivodeships of Ostroleka and Torun.
Malecuit French
Means "doughy," "soggy," or "undercooked" in French.
Malefeijt Dutch
A variant spelling of Malefeyt. This is also actually an archaic spelling (as the sound written as -eijt will be always be written as -eit or -ijt in modern times), but it has (barely) managed to survive into modern times... [more]
Malefeyt Dutch (Archaic)
Archaic Dutch surname that is now no longer in use (not in this exact spelling, that is): the spelling reflects the surname's origin from older times (as -eyt is an exclusively archaic spelling that has not survived into modern times like its counterparts -eit and -ijt did)... [more]
Malefijt Dutch
Modern form of Malefeyt, which is also the most common form of the surname. In The Netherlands, there were 24 bearers of the surname in 2007.
Malek Arabic, Persian, Bengali
Alternate transcription of Malik.
Maleki Persian
From the given name Malek.
Malekpour Persian
Means "son of Malek" in Persian.
Malenkov Russian
Patronymic derived from Russian маленький (malen'kiy) meaning "little, small". The Soviet leader Georgy Malenkov (1902-1988) was a notable bearer of this name.
Malenkova Russian
Feminine transcription of Russian Маленков (see Malenkov).
Malešev Serbian (Rare)
It is believed that the name derives from the name of a mountain.
Maletz German (Silesian)
German-Silesian variant of Slavic surname Malec.
Malewski Polish
Habitational name for someone from any of the places called Malewo in Masovian, Łódź, Pomeranian and Greater Poland voivodeships, or Malewice in Podlaskie Voivodeship. Both place names are named with the personal name Mal, a short form of Old Polish Małomir, based on Old Slavic malъ ‘small, little’.
Maley Irish
Variant of Malley.
Malfa Italian, Sicilian
habitational name from Malfa on the island of Salina (Messina). Variant of Lamalfa.
Malfait French
Derived from French mal fait, which literally means "poorly done, badly done". In the context of the surname, it refers to the first bearer being "malformed" or "deformed" (as it was in the eyes of people from older times), which means that he either was physically disabled or able-bodied but with a physical trait that deviated from the norm.
Malfatto Italian
Means "badly made, shoddy; deformed" in Italian, possibly originating with the nickname Malefactus "ugly, injured". Cognate to French Malfait.
Malfeyt Dutch, Flemish
Generally a Dutch form (or "dutchization", if you will) of Malfait, with the spelling reflecting the surname's origin from older times (as -eyt is an exclusively archaic spelling that has not survived into modern times like its counterparts -eit and -ijt did)... [more]
Malfitano Italian
Altered form of Amalfitano.
Malfoi French
Variant of Malfoy.
Malfois French
Variant of Malfoy.
Malfoy French
Malfoy is a French name roughly translating to "bad faith"
Malgiaritta Romansh
Derived from the given name Malgiaritta.
Malham English
From a town in the West Riding of Yorkshire.
Mali Indian, Marathi, Hindi, Bengali, Assamese, Odia, Gujarati
Occupational name for a gardener or florist, derived from Sanskrit माला (mala) meaning "garland, wreath".
Malia Irish
Originated in Ireland from O'Malia (pronounced Oh-MAH-lee-uh) Most likely usually changed to Malia upon entry.
Malick Indian, Bengali, Pakistani, Western African
From the Arabic ملك (malik) meaning "king, sovereign, monarch" (see Malik 1), used by Indian Hindus and Muslims.
Malicsi Filipino, Tagalog
From Tagalog maliksi meaning "quick, agile, alert".
Maligaya Filipino, Tagalog
Means "happy, pleasant" in Tagalog.
Malig-on Filipino, Cebuano
Means "strong, resilient, sturdy" in Cebuano.
Malik Arabic, Urdu, Bengali
From the given name Malik 1.
Məlikov Azerbaijani
Means "son of Məlik".
Malikov Uzbek, Tatar, Azerbaijani, Kazakh, Tajik, Kyrgyz
Means "son of Malik 1" as well as an alternate transcription of Azerbaijani Məlikov.
Malikzai Pashto
Means "son of Malik 1" in Pashto.
Malin English, French, Dutch
From the given name Malin (English), and from the given name Madalin composed of the Germanic element madal meaning "council" (French, Dutch).
Malin Serbian, Croatian (Rare)
From the Serbian word мали meaning "small".
Malina Czech
Means "raspberry".
Malinao Filipino, Cebuano
Derived from Cebuano malinaw meaning "calm, peaceful, serene".
Malinconico Italian
Means "gloomy, melancholy" in Italian.
Malinis Filipino, Tagalog
Means "clean" in Tagalog.
Malinov Bulgarian, Russian
From Bulgarian and Russian малина (malina) meaning "raspberry", probably indicating a person who lived near a raspberry bush.
Malinovskyi Russian
Variant transcription of Malinovsky.
Malinowska Polish
Feminine form of Malinowski.
Maliqi Albanian
Derived from the given name Maliq.
Maliwanag Filipino, Tagalog
Means "bright, clear" in Tagalog.
Malizia Italian
Italian. Literal translation is the english noun: "Malice".... [more]
Malka Hebrew
Means "queen" in Hebrew.
Malkawi Arabic (Arabized)
The surname 'Malkawi' deprives from the town of Malka, a small village in Jordan bordering Syria.
Malkovich Ukrainian
Possibly the Ukrainian version of Milošević
Mäll Estonian
Mäll is an Estonian surname possibly derived from "mälu", meaning "memory".
Mallahi Persian
From Persian ملاح (mallah) meaning "sailor", ultimately of Arabic origin.
Mallard English
Either (i) from the Old French male personal name Malhard, brought into England by the Normans but ultimately of Germanic origin and meaning literally "council-brave"; or (ii) from a medieval nickname for someone thought to resemble a male wild duck.
Mallari Filipino, Pampangan
Derived from Kapampangan malyari meaning "possible".
Maller German
An occupational name given to a painter of stained glass.
Mallery English
1 English: see Mallory .... [more]
Mallet Anglo-Norman, Medieval English, French, Catalan
Originated in Norman France and spread to England following the Norman conquest of 1066. The surname comes from the given name Malle, an Old English diminutive of Mary or from the given name Malo, a popular form of the name of Saint Maclovius, a 6th-century Welsh monk who the church of Saint Maclou in Rouen is named for.... [more]
Mallett English
possible origins Malet a medieval diminutive of "Mal(le) being a pet form of and name Mary, could also be of Norman origin from the Old French personal name Malhard
Mallick Indian, Bengali, Odia, Urdu
Variant transcription of Malick.
Mällo Estonian
Mällo is an Estonian surname possibly derived from "mälu" meaning "memory".
Malloch Scottish
Reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic MacIain Mhalaich "son of Ian of the bushy eyebrows", which was the family name of the MacGregors of Balhaldie. The Ian from whom the name is derived died in the early 16th century.
Mallow German
Variant spelling of Malow, a habitational name from Malow in Mecklenburg.
Mallows English
From Anglo-Saxon origins, meaning "The cross or mark on the hill". This surname is taken from the location 'Mallows Green' in England.
Malm Swedish, Finnish, Norwegian, Danish
Means "ore" in the Scandinavian languages.
Malmberg Swedish
Combination of Swedish malm "ore" and berg "mountain".
Malmre Estonian
Derived from "malm", meaning "cast iron".
Malmsten Swedish
Ornamental name derived from Swedish malm meaning "ore" and sten (Old Norse steinn) meaning "stone".
Malmström Swedish
Combination of Swedish malm "ore" and ström "stream".
Malo Italian
Possibly from Italian mano "hand", a nickname for a skillful person, or a short form of a given name such as Romano.
Maloan Irish (Anglicized, Rare)
A rare variant of Malone, the anglicized version of Ó Maoil Eoin.
Maloloy-on Filipino, Cebuano
From Cebuano maluloy-on meaning "kind, merciful, compassionate".
Maloney Irish
Variant of Moloney.
Malony Irish
Variant of Moloney.
Maloret French
This surname comes from the French and means 'unfortunate' or 'luckless'.
Malov Russian
From malo, meaning "small".
Malpass English, Scottish, French
Habitational name from any of various places named Malpas, because of the difficulty of the terrain, from Old French mal pas "bad passage" (Latin malus passus). It is a common French minor place name, and places in Cheshire, Cornwall, Gwent, and elsewhere in England were given this name by Norman settlers... [more]
Malsagnaqan Ingush
Original Ingush form of Malsagov.
Malsagov Ingush (Russified)
Russified form of the Ingush clan name Малсагнаькъан (Malsagnaqan) meaning "tribe of Malsag", from a given name derived from Ingush малх (malkh) meaning "sun, solar" and саг (sag) meaning "person, man".
Malsroos Estonian
Malsroos is an Estonian surname possibly derived from "malts" ("orach") "roos" ("rose").
Malta Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
habitational or ethnic name for someone from the Mediterranean island of Malta (from Latin Melita Greek Melitē).