Submitted Surnames Starting with M

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Marquis French, English, Scottish
for someone who behaved like a marquis or an occupational name for a servant in the household of a marquis, from Old Northern French marquis. The title originally referred to the governor of a border territory (from a Germanic word; compare March1 and Mark2)... [more]
Marrakchi Arabic (Maghrebi)
Habitational name for someone originally from the city of Marrakesh in Morocco.
Marrero Italian, Spanish
Maker of spades or hoes. Marra spade
Marriott English, French
Derived from Mary.
Marron Spanish
Derived from the French word marron meaning "chestnut", which now means "brown" in Spanish.
Marroquin Spanish
Spanish or Portuguese
Mars English
From the given name Mars
Marschall Ancient Germanic
Meanting Horse Servant
Marselli Catalan
Catalan family that appears in the feudal list of 1355 with a Francis, lord of Chia.
Marsland English
Probably derived from some place named as being a boggy place, from Old English mersc meaning "marsh" and land meaning "land". Alternatively, it may be a variant of Markland.
Marsman Dutch
Derived from Middle Dutch marsch, mersch (Southern Dutch meers), meaning "marsh". In some cases, however, it can also be a variant of Meersman.
Marsteller German
Occupational name for a stable boy in or for the supervisor of the stables on a noble estate, from Middle High German mar(c) 'noble horse' stall 'stable' + the agent suffix -er.
Marsz Polish
Polish cognate of Mars.
Marta Ancient Celtic (Latinized, Archaic)
It is a small animal from the variety of mammals living in Spain and is prized for its skin has great finesse. Also known like Beech Marten (Stone Marten or White Breasted Marten).
Martain German (Rare)
Possibly a Germanized form of Dutch Martijn.
Marte Spanish, Italian
From the given name Marte 2.
Martelle English, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese
English and German: from a medieval personal name, a pet form of Martin or Marta.... [more]
Martello Italian
Southern Italian: nickname for someone with a forceful personality, from Italian martèllo ‘hammer’ (Late Latin martellus), or a metonymic occupational name for someone who used a hammer in their work.
Martes Spanish
Pet form of Marte.
Martial French
Derived from the given name Martial.
Martignetti Italian
Patronymic derived from Martignetto, itself a pet form of Martino.
Martillo Spanish
From the Spanish word "martillo" which means hammer. Occupational name for a user or maker of hammers.
Martin Irish
Anglicized form of Irish Gaelic Mac Giolla Mhartain
Martinčević Croatian
Patronymic, means son of Martin.
Martineau French
Diminutive of Martin.
Martines Portuguese
Means "Son of Martin." Portuguese form of Martínez.
Martinet French
From a pet form of the personal name Martin.
Martinho Portuguese
From the given name Martinho
Martinien Spanish (Latin American)
A rare Latin American form of Martinez or Martin, meaning "Warring" or "At war"
Martinique French, Antillean Creole, French (Caribbean)
From the French department named Martinique.
Martino Italian
From the personal name Martino (see Martin).
Martinos Greek
Derived from the given name Martinos which is Martin in English.
Martinova Bulgarian
Means "daughter of Martin".
Martinovich Russian
Means "Son of Martin".
Martirano Italian
Likely a habitational surname from a place in Catanzaro province in the Calabria region of Italy.
Martowicz Polish
Derived from the given name Marta
Marttinen Finnish
Derived from the given name Martti and the name suffix -nen, which is sometimes patronymic. John Morton (1725-1777), Pennsylvania/American politician and signer of the Declaration of Independence, was descended from a Marttinen family whose name had been anglicized as Morton.
Martynenko Ukrainian
Patronymic derived from the given name Martyn.
Martyniuk Polish
Polish patronymic from the name Martyn
Marui Japanese
"Round well".
Maruri Basque
It indicates familial origin within the eponymous municipality.
Marušič Slovene
Slovene form of Marušić.
Maruyama Japanese
From Japanese 丸 or 圓 (maru) meaning "round, full" and 山 (yama) meaning "mountain".
Marvel English
Either (i) from a medieval nickname (often ironic) for someone regarded as a prodigy; or (ii) "person from Merville", the name of two places in northern France ("smaller settlement" and "settlement belonging to a man with a Germanic name beginning with Meri-, literally 'famous'")... [more]
Marwood English
From the name of two places named Marwood in England, or a nickname for a person who "casts an evil eye", derived from Norman French malreward meaning "evil eye, glance".
Marx German
From a short form of the given name Markus. A famous bearer was Karl Marx (1818-1883), a German philosopher known for his work in socioeconomic theory.
Mary French
Habitational name from places in Saône-et-Loire, Seine-et-Marne, and Nièvre, named in Latin as Mariacum meaning "estate of Marius".
Marye English
Derived from Old French marais "a marsh". It may have arisen as a surname from the place name (Le) Marais in Calvados, Normandy.
Marynowicz Polish
Possibly meaning "son of Mary" or "son of Marius".
März German
März means 'March' in German.
Marziale Italian, Corsican
From the given name Marziale
Marzon Spanish
Is a portmanteau of the words mar, meaning sea, and corazon, meaning heart.
Marzouk Arabic
From the given name Marzouq.
Marzouki Arabic (Maghrebi)
From the given name Marzouq (chiefly Tunisian and Moroccan). A notable bearer is Moncef Marzouki (1945-), who was the fourth President of Tunisia from 2011 to 2014.
Marzouq Arabic
From the given name Marzouq.
Masaki Japanese
Surname of Japanese origin meaning "true blossoms" which comes from combing 真 (ma) meaning "true, genuine" with 咲 (saki) meaning "blossom".
Masalis Greek (Cypriot)
Cypriot surname, often used in rural parts of Cyprus. Died out in Greece, there are no more living people with it anymore.
Masangkay Filipino, Tagalog
Meaning uncertain.
Masch Polish
Possibly a rough translation of marsh, given to people who lived near marshes.
Mašek Czech
Derived from the given names Matěj, Matúš and Mattiáš.
Masel German
German from a pet form of a short form of Thomas.
Maserati Italian
Most notably the Italian luxury car manufacturer Maserati, founded in Bologna, Italy all the way back in December 1914.
Masey English, Scottish, French, Norman
English and Scottish (of Norman origin) and French: habitational name from any of various places in northern France which get their names from the Gallo-Roman personal name Maccius + the locative suffix -acum.... [more]
Måsga Chamorro (Modern)
Chamorro for "Had enough off or satiated".
Masharipov Uzbek
Means "son of Masharip".
Masharipova Uzbek
Feminine transcription of Masharipov.
Mashimo Japanese
From the Japanese 真 (ma) "real" and 下 (shimo or shita) "down," "bottom."
Mashin Russian
Matronymic surname derived from a diminutive Masha of the Russian given name Mariya.
Mashreque Muslim
Name for someone who came from the Mashreq region in the Middle East (modern Israel, Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq).
Masih Urdu, Indian (Christian), Hindi
From Urdu مسیح (masih) or Hindi मसीह (masih) referring to the Christian messiah (Jesus Christ), both ultimately from Arabic مسيح (masih). This name is common among Pakistani and North Indian Christians.
Məsimov Azerbaijani
Means "son of Məsim".
Masing Estonian
Masing is an Estonian surname derived from "masin" meaning "machine"; ultimately of German origin.
Masiye Chewa
Means "orphan" in Chewa language.
Maskhadov Chechen
Possibly from the given name Maskhad. A notable bearer was Chechen politician Aslan Maskhadov (1951-2005).
Maslov Russian, Jewish
Derived from Russian масло (maslo) meaning "butter", originally used as an occupational name for someone who worked as a dairyman or sold dairy products.
Masnick Ukrainian
I believe it is Ukranian. I have been told it was spelled a little different and could be of Russian Jewish origin
Masondo Southern African, Zulu
Derived from Zulu amasondo meaning "wheels".
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’.
Massard French
French form of Massaro.
Massaro Italian
Regional or archaic form of Italian massaio meaning "tenant farmer, share cropper".
Masse Dutch
Derived from Middle Dutch masse "clog; cudgel", this name might have been a metonymic occupational name for someone who wielded a club. In some cases, however, it may also have been a patronymic of Maas.
Masse English, French
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
Derived from Middle Dutch mast "(ship's) mast; pole", this was a nickname for a tall, lanky man.
Mast German, Dutch
Derived from Middle High German and Middle Dutch mast "mast (fodder made of acorns and beechnuts); the process of fattening livestock", this used to be an occupational name for a pig farmer or a swineherd... [more]
Masten English
This surname came from when a family lived in the settlements named Marsden in Lancashire and the West Riding of Yorkshire.
Mastin English
Variant of Maston.
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".
Masui Japanese
Notably carried by the Japanese baseball player Hirotoshi Masui.
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.
Mateer Northern Irish (Anglicized)
A variant of Mcateer used chiefly by Northern Irish Protestants. The change in spelling of the element Mac or Mc, meaning "son" in Irish, removed its bearers' connections to Irish-speaking Catholics during a time when it would have been socially beneficial to be seen as Protestant Unionists.
Matejka Slovak
Derived from the given name Matej.
Matek Croatian
From the given name Matek.
Matela Finnish
Possibly based on the Finnish given name Mattias.
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.
Mathew Indian (Christian)
Named based of off a Biblical character named St. Matthew. The way the name is pronounced as a first name in the native language is different. However, the last name "Mathew" is pronounced the same.
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.
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".
Matsueda Japanese
"Pine tree branch."
Matsugawa Japanese
Variant of Matsukawa, meaning "pine tree river".
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".
Matsukura Japanese
Matsu means "pine tree" and kura means "storehouse".
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.