Submitted Surnames Starting with M

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Masood Arabic, Persian
From the given name Mas'ud
Masri Arabic
Means "Egyptian (person)" in Arabic.
Masry Arabic (Egyptian)
Egyptian transcription of Masri.
Massa Italian
A habitational name from any of the various places named Massa (for example, Massa Lubrense or Massa di Somma, both in the Metropolitan City of Naples, or Massa d’Albe in the Province of L'Aquila), which were all named from the medieval Latin word massa, meaning ‘holding’ or ‘estate’.
Massacre African American
This surname comes from the English word massacre.
Massara Italian, Greek
Either a feminine form of Massaro or from the equivalent occupational or status name in medieval Greek, (massaras meaning ‘peasant’ or ‘share cropper’) which is from the word massaria meaning ‘small farm’.
Massaro Italian
Regional or archaic form of Italian massaio meaning "tenant farmer, share cropper".
Masse English, French, Dutch
English: variant of Mace ... [more]
Masseter English
Perhaps means "brewery worker" (from Middle English mash "fermentable mixture of hot water and grain" + rudder "rudder-shaped stirrer").
Massie English
Variant of Massey.
Massimino Italian
From the given name Massimino
Massimo Italian
From the given name Massimo
Massingberd English
Perhaps from a medieval nickname for someone with an auburn or reddish beard (from Middle English massing "brass" + berd "beard").
Massingham English
The name is tribal and probably Anglo-Saxon, and translates as the 'hamm' (place or village) of the Maessa (Mass) tribe. These people are also recorded in Lincoln, as 'Massingberd', the castle (berg) of the Maessa tribe.
Massy English
Variant of Massey.
Mast Dutch
Nickname for a tall, lanky man, from Middle Dutch mast "(ship's) mast".
Mast German
Nickname from Middle High German mast "fat", "stout".
Mast Dutch
Occupational name for a swineherd, from Middle Dutch mast "swine fodder", or a topographic name for someone from a place rich in animal fodder, for example acorns.
Mastour Arabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from Arabic مسْتُور (mastur) meaning "hidden, covered".
Mastromonico Italian
The meaning is Mastro-"master" of the- monico"-monastery."
Mastrorilli Italian
Mastrorilli is an Italian surname.
Masuda Japanese
From Japanese 増 (masu) meaning "increase", 益 (masu) meaning "benefit", 舛 (masu) meaning "oppose, to go against" (kun reading), 桝 (masu) meaning "box seat, measure" or 升 (masu) meaning "box" and 田 (ta) meaning "field, rice paddy".
Masudov Uzbek
Means "son of Masud".
Masuyama Japanese
From the Japanese 増 (masu) "increase," 益 (masu) "benefit," 桝 (masu) "box seat," "measure" or 升 (masu) "box" and 山 (yama) "mountain."
Matamala Catalan
Town of the Capcir district, in the Northern Catalonia, now part of the Pyrénées-Orientales department in France.
Matamoros Spanish
Given to the Apostle James, who according to tradition helped Christians to fight against the Moors.
Matan Hebrew (Modern, Rare)
From the given name Matan which means "gift" or "to give" in Hebrew.
Matana Hebrew
Literally means "gift" in Hebrew.
Mataplana Catalan
It indicates familial origin within the eponymous farmhouse in the municipality of La Coma i la Pedra.
Matarazzo Italian
From Sicilian matarazzu meaning "mattress".
Matarrita Spanish (Latin American)
Mostly used in Costa Rica.
Mätas Estonian
Mätas is an Estonian surname meaning "sod" or "turf".
Matassa Italian
Occupational name for a producer of silk, from Sicilian matassa "hank", "skein", also the name of a type of silk (cf. Metaxas).
Maté Hungarian
Hungarian (Máté): from the ecclesiastical personal name Máté, Hungarian form of Matthew.
Matejka Slovak
Derived from the given name Matej.
Matek Croatian
From the given name Matek.
Matera Italian
Habitational name from Matera in Basilicata region.
Matharu Indian (Sikh, Modern)
Matharus were fierce warriors especially during, the time when the Matharu tribe, had converted to Sikhism; they fought numbers of wars for Guru Gobind Singh, Banda Singh Bahadur and Jassa Singh Ramgarhia.... [more]
Matheas Indonesian
From the given name Matheas, a variant of Matthias. This surname is found among Indonesian populations.
Mathema Shona
Meaning unknown.
Mathema Ndebele
The Mathema people mostly inhabit the Northern Matebeleland in Zimbabwe, however their clan names are linked and related of those other Nguni clans. These are as follows: ... [more]
Matheny French (Anglicized)
Of French origin. According to Matheny family tradition, this surname comes from the name of a village in France named Mathenay. This may also have been a French Huguenot surname.
Matheos Indonesian
From the given name Matheos, a variant of Matthias. This surname is found among Indonesian populations.
Mathias French, Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese
French, Dutch: from the personal name Mathias (see Matthew).... [more]
Mathíassdóttir Icelandic
Means "daughter of Mathías" in Icelandic.
Mathíasson Icelandic
Means "son of Mathías" in Icelandic.
Mathis German, French
From the given name Mathis.
Mathson Scottish
Means "son of Matthew".
Mathur Indian
Indian surname meaning, 'of Mathura'
Matias Filipino, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Czech (Americanized)
Spanish (Matías), Portuguese, and Dutch: from the personal name (see Matthew).... [more]
Matko Croatian
From the given name Matko.
Matković Croatian, Serbian
Means ''son of Matko''.
Mätlik Estonian
Mätlik is an Estonian surname meaning "tufted".
Matlock English
Derived from a place name (Matlock in Derbyshire) meaning ‘meeting-place oak’ from Old English mæthel ‘meeting’, ‘gathering’, ‘council’ and ac ‘oak’.
Matonti English
My grandfathers last name from Italy . He grew up in Naples but the name is from a small country village by Tuscany named Matonti. That's all we know so far.
Matoš Croatian
Means "son of Mato".
Matošević Croatian
Means "son of Mato".
Matovic Montenegrin, Serbian
Patronymic last name - descendants of Mato. Originally from Kotor, Montenegro.
Matovski Macedonian
Means "son of Mato".
Matracia Sicilian
Family from Termini-Imerese, Sicily.
Matsen English
Variant of Matson, Mattsen, etc.
Matskevich Belarusian
From the given name Maciek, a variant of Maciej, which is the Polish variant of Matthias.
Matson English
Means "son of Matthew".
Matsoo Estonian
Matsoo is an Estonian surname possibly derived from the Danish/Germanic surname "Madsen" or "Matsen".
Matsouka Greek (Cypriot)
Means "Bat" from Latin maxuca.
Matsu Japanese
From Japanese 松 (matsu) meaning "pine tree, fir tree".
Matsubayashi Japanese
Matsu means "Pine Tree" and Bayashi is a variant pronunciation of "Hayashi" meaning "Forest". This surname means "Pine Tree Forest". Matsubayashi-ryu is a kind of martial arts.
Matsudaira Japanese
From Japanese 松 (matsu) meaning "pine tree" and 平 (daira) meaning "flat, calm".
Matsuhashi Japanese
松 (Matsu) means "Pine tree" and 橋 (Hashi) means "Bridge".
Matsui Japanese
This was considered one of the top 100 used family names in Japan. Matsu ("Pine {tree}") + I ("Well, Mineshaft, Pit")
Matsukata Japanese
From Japanese 松 (matsu) meaning "pine" and 方 (kata) meaning "direction".
Matsukawa Japanese
From Japanese 松 (matsu) meaning "pine tree, fir tree" and 川 (kawa) meaning "river, stream".
Matsukaze Japanese
From Japanese 松 (matsu) meaning "pine" and 風 (kaze) meaning "wind". A notable bearer of this surname is Japanese actor Masaya Matsukaze (松風 雅也).
Matsuki Japanese
From Japanese 松 (matsu) meaning "pine tree, fir tree" and 木 (ki) meaning "tree, wood".
Matsumae Japanese
松 (Matsu) means "Pine Tree" and 前 (Mae) means "Front".
Matsunaga Japanese
From Japanese 松 (matsu) meaning "pine tree, fir tree" and 永 (naga) meaning "eternity".
Matsunawa Japanese
Source in the notes.
Matsuno Japanese
From Japanese 松 (matsu) meaning "pine tree, fir tree" and 野 (no) meaning "field, wilderness".
Matsuo Japanese
From Japanese 松 (matsu) meaning "pine tree, fir tree" and 尾 (o) meaning "tail, end".
Matsupa Ukrainian (Anglicized, ?)
Ukrainian; although may also have found in other forms in other countries such as Galicia (Western Ukraine), Poland and Hungary; due to the changing borders and occupation of land at various points in history.
Matsushima Japanese
From Japanese 松 (matsu) meaning "pine tree, fir tree" and 島 or 嶋 (shima) meaning "island".
Matsuura Japanese
From Japanese 松 (matsu) meaning "pine tree, fir tree" and 浦 (ura) meaning "bay, inlet".
Matsuyama Japanese
From Japanese 松 (matsu) meaning "pine tree, fir tree" and 山 (yama) meaning "mountain, hill".
Matsuyuki Japanese
Matsu (松)"Pine" and Yuki (雪) "Snow". Yasuko Matsuyuki is a Japanese voice actress and singer.
Matsuzaki Japanese
Japanese: ‘pine tree cape’. This name is found mostly in both the Tōkyō area and on the island of Kyūshū, where it is pronounced Matsusaki.
Matta Italian
From a feminine form of MATTO.
Matta Slovak
Derived from the personal name Matúš.
Mattei Italian
Patronymic or plural form Matteo. The Mattei family was a powerful noble family in Rome during the Middle Ages.
Matteo Italian
From the given name Matteo.
Matteusen Norwegian
Means "son of Matteus" in Norwegian.
Matteussdóttir Icelandic
Means "daughter of Matteus" in Icelandic.
Matteusson Swedish (Rare)
Means "son of Matteus" in Swedish.
Matthäus German
From the given name Matthäus.
Mattheou Greek
Means "son of Matthaios".
Matthes German
From German given name Matthias.
Matthew English, Scottish
Derived from the given name Matthew.
Matthias German, Dutch, English, Welsh, Greek
German and Dutch: from the personal name Matthias (see Matthew).... [more]
Matthíassdóttir Icelandic
Means "daughter of Matthías" in Icelandic.
Matthíasson Icelandic
Means "son of Matthías" in Icelandic.
Matthieu French
From the given name Matthieu.
Matthiou Greek
Means "son of Matthias".
Mattíassdóttir Icelandic
Means "daughter of Mattías" in Icelandic.
Mattíasson Icelandic
Means "son of Mattías" in Icelandic.
Mättik Estonian
Mättik is an Estonian surname derived from "mätas" meaning "sod". Could also derive from "mätlik" meaning "tufted", or the German surname "Mättig".
Mattila Finnish
Means "Matti's farm". A combination of Matti and the suffix -la "farm, place".
Mattingly English (British)
This name dates all the way back to the 1200s and research shows that Mattingly families began immigrating to the United States in the 1600s and continued until the 1900s. However, the place name (Mattingley, England) dates back to the year 1086, but spelled as Matingelege... [more]
Mattioli Italian
From the given name Mattia.
Mattison English
Means son of "Matthew"
Mattocks English
An occupation name for a digger or pryer.
Mattsen English
Variant of Matson.
Mattson English
Anglicized form of Mattsson or a variant of Matson.
Matulac Filipino, Tagalog (Hispanicized)
Means "pushful" in Tagalog.
Matunec Croatian
Meaning - "mason" from Croatian màtūn, from Italian mattone meaning brick + agent noun -ec
Maturana Basque
It indicates familial origin within the eponymous council of the municipality of Barrundia.
Maturin French
From the French male personal name Maturin, from Latin Mātūrīnus, a derivative of Mātūrus, literally "timely". It was borne by the Irish "Gothic" novelist Charles Maturin (1782-1824).
Matusiak Polish
Derived from "Son of Matus (Matthew)."
Matvejs Latvian
From the given name Matvejs.
Matveyev Russian
Variant transcription of Matveev.
Mátyás Hungarian
From the given name Mátyás.
Matzerath Polish
This was used in The Tin Drum, a 1959 novel originally published as Die Blechtrommel in Germany, written by Günter Grass. The main character was Oskar Matzerath.
Maudling English
From the medieval female personal name Maudeleyn, the English form of Greek Magdalēnē, the sobriquet in the New Testament of the woman Mary who was cured of evil spirits by Jesus... [more]
Mauer German
Variant of Maurer.
Mauer German, Jewish
Topographic name for someone who lived near a wall, Middle High German mure "wall".
Maughan Irish, English
Anglicized from the original Irish Gaelic form Ò Mocháin meaning 'descendant of Mochain'. This name was one of the earliest known Irish surnames brought to England and remains a fairly common surname in the North East of the country.
Mauk Czech, Russian
The word Mauk is the Eastern European meaning for night. In the early ages a small group of people in the area now known to be in or around Russia and the czech republic founded this word and made it their name... [more]
Mauleon Spanish (Archaic)
All I know is that there is a place in spain "Basque Country" that their town, apartments, holtes are named Mauleon. The language spoken is Basque a form of "Spanish and French"
Maung Burmese
Means "darling, honey" in Burmese.
Mauri Italian, Catalan
From the given name Mauro.
Maurice English, French
This surname is taken from a given name which is derived from the Roman name Mauritius, a derivative of Maurus.
Mauricio Spanish
From the given name Mauricio
Mauris English
This surname may be a variant of Maurice.
Mauritzson Swedish
Means "son of Mauritz".
Maurizio Italian
From the given name Maurizio
Mauro Italian
From the given name Mauro.
Maurović Croatian
Patronymic, meaning "son of Mauro".
Maury French, Occitan, English
As a French name, it derives from a short form of the given name Amaury (see Emery)... [more]
Mauser German
Occupational name for a mouse catcher.
Maust German
Possibly an altered form Mast.
Mautasch Czech
Mautz German
Meaning "to gripe", or "to complain" in Swabian German.
Maverick English (Rare)
Surname notably borne by Texas lawyer, politician and land baron Samuel Maverick (1803-1870) to whom the word maverick was coined.
Mavrogiannis Greek
Literally means "black Giannis", derived from Greek μαύρος (mavros) "black, Moorish" and Giannis.
Mavros English (American)
Means "Black" in Greek.
Mawar Indonesian
Means "rose" in Indonesian.
Mawatari Japanese
From the Japanese 馬 (ma, uma or ba) "horse" and 渡 (watari or wata) "ferry" or ferryboat."
Mawere Shona
Meaning unknown.
Maxamed Somali
Somali form of Muhammad.
Maxfield English
Habitational name from places so named in England.
Maxilom Visayan
An archaic Hispanicization of "mahilom", "quiet."
Maxim Romanian
From the given name Maxim.
Maxime French
From the French given name Maxime.
Maximin French
From the given name Maxime.
Maximoff Russian
Variant transcription of Maksimov.
Maximov Russian
Alternate transcription of Maksimov.
Maximova Russian
Variant transcription of Maksimova.
Maximovich Russian
Means "son of Maxim".
Maxon English
Variants of Mackson or Maxson.
Maxson Popular Culture, English
Means son of Max. This is the surname of the hereditary leaders of the Brotherhood of Steel in the popular Fallout game. The first bearer of the name was Captain Roger Maxson, who founded the BOS, with the most recent bearer being Arthur Maxson, the current leader of the BOS in Fallout 4.
Maxton English
From a place name meaning "Maccus' settlement".
Mayberry English, Irish
Of uncertain origin, probably an altered form of Mowbray. Possibly it is derived from an English place name.
Maybree English
Variant of Mabry.
Maye English
English variant spelling of May.
Mayerhofer German (Austrian)
Denoted a person from the municipality of Mayrhof in the Austrian state of Upper Austria.
Mayfair English
Locational surname based off Mayfair, a district in the City of Westminster in London, England.
Mayfield English
From the surname but also a given name that reminds some of Springtime
Mayfleet English
Used in The City of Ember as the main character's (Lina Mayfleet) last name.
Mayhew English
Mayhew is an Old French variant of Matthew and means "gift of God."
Mayne Scottish, English
Scottish and English variant spelling of Main.
Mayne Irish
Irish, of Norman English origin but in County Fermanagh used sometimes to represent McManus.
Mayne French
French variant of Maine.
Mayo Irish
a county in Ireland
Mayonaka Japanese
Means "Midnight" in Japanese
Mayorga Spanish
habitational name, taken on from the place name Mayorga in Valladolid province of Castile.
Mayr Czech
Variant of Meyer.
Mayrbekov Chechen
Means "son of Mayrbek".
Mayson English
Variant of Mason.
Maysonet Provençal
Mason,Mason "Deriving from the Old French word machun, which meant 'stone cutter.' Inferring the original bearer of the name worked in stone or mason."
Maytwayashing Ojibwe
Unknown meaning, most commonly found in Anishinaabe communities in Manitoba. A notable bearer is Clifford Maytwayashing, a legendary fiddle player.
Mazáč Czech, Slovak
From workers on a buildings, who were gluing bricks to each other
Mazaki Japanese
A surname of Japanese origin meaning "cape of truth" which comes from combing 真 (ma) meaning "true, genuine" with 崎 (zaki) meaning "cape, peninsula". A notable bearer of this surname is Anzu Mazaki/Téa Gardner from Yu-Gi-Oh!
Mazarin French
French form of Italian Mazzarino.
Mazigh Arabic (Maghrebi), Berber
Derived from Arabic أَمَازِيغ (ʾamāzīḡ) the Arabic designation for the Berber (Amazigh) people of North Africa. The word itself is ultimately of Tamazight origin, from Central Atlas Tamazight ⴰⵎⴰⵣⵉⵖ (Amaziɣ) of disputed meaning; in modern Central Atlas Tamazight, it means “free-man”.
Mazini Arabic (Maghrebi)
Possibly from Arabic مَزِين (mazīn) meaning “decorated, adorned” or مازن (mazin) meaning “rain cloud” (see Mazin; chiefly Moroccan).
Mažuranić Croatian
Derived from mažuran, meaning "marjoram", a type of plant.
Mazzarino Italian
A diminutive of Mazzaro, an Italian surname meaning "mace-bearer".
Mazzola Italian
From a diminutive of Italian mazza meaning "maul, mallet".
Mbabazi Eastern African
A Bantu Uganda surname meaning 'grace' or 'kindness'.