Submitted Surnames Starting with M

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Massad Arabic
From a dialectal variant of the given name Mus'ad.
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").
Massidda Italian
From Sardinian massidda "jaw, jawbone".
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 Anglo-Saxon, 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.
Massip Catalan
Derived from Latin mancipium, meaning "(purchased) slave".
Massoud Arabic
Derived from the given name Mas'ud.
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.
Masterman English
occupational name meaning "servant of the master" from Middle English maister "master" (Latin magister "teacher, master, leader") and mann "man".
Masterton Scottish (Rare)
From English Masterton, an area in the city of Dunfermline in the council area of Fife in Scotland.
Mastin English
Variant of Maston.
Mastin French, Flemish, Walloon
occupational name for a household servant or guard from Old French mastin "watchdog, manservant" (from Latin mansuetudinus "domestic"). The Old French word had the further sense of a bad-tempered dog and was used as an adjective in the sense of "bad cruel".
Mastour Arabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from Arabic مسْتُور (mastur) meaning "hidden, covered".
Mastrangelo Italian
From Italian mastro "master, expert craftsman" combined with the given name Angelo.
Mastrantonio Italian
From the Italian title mastro meaning "master craftsman", combined with the given name Antonio. A famous bearer is American actress and singer Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio (1958-).
Mastromonico Italian
The meaning is Mastro-"master" of the- monico"-monastery."
Mastropasqua Italian
Combination of Mastro and Pasqua
Mastrorilli Italian
Mastrorilli is an Italian surname.
Masud Arabic, Bengali, Urdu
From the given name Mas'ud.
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".
Masuda Japanese
From Japanese 増 (masu) meaning "increase" and 田 (ta) meaning "field, rice paddy".
Masuda Japanese
From Japanese 益 (masu) meaning "profit, benefit" and 田 (ta) meaning "field, rice paddy".
Masudov Uzbek
Means "son of Masud".
Masui Japanese
Notably carried by the Japanese baseball player Hirotoshi Masui.
Masui Japanese
From Japanese 増 (masu) meaning "increase" and 井 (i) meaning "well, mine shaft, pit".
Masuko Japanese
From 益 (masu) meaning "profit, benefit" and 子 (ko) meaning "child, sign of the rat".
Masumoto Japanese
From Japanese 増 (masu) meaning "increase" and 本 (moto) meaning "base, root, origin".
Masuyama Japanese
From the Japanese 増 (masu) "increase," 益 (masu) "benefit," 桝 (masu) "box seat," "measure" or 升 (masu) "box" and 山 (yama) "mountain."
Masvidal Spanish
surname formed by the union of the word, mas, meaning a house from rural zones that is appart from the village and is surrounded by farming land and forests; and another word relating to the owner of the mas.
Matake Japanese
Ma means "genuine" and take means "bamboo".
Matalka Arabic (Mashriqi)
Jordanian surname of uncertain meaning.
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.
Matar Various
Means "rain" in Hebrew and Arabic.
Matarazzo Italian
From Sicilian matarazzu meaning "mattress".
Matarese Italian
habitational name for someone from Matera (see Matera ) from materräisë a local adjectival form of the placename (in standard Italian materano).
Matarranz Spanish
Originated in northern Spain, probably from mat- which means to kill and the surname Arranz. It is currently a very rare surname and is found mainly in the province of Segovia.
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.
Mateas Romanian
Romanian cognate of Matthias.
Mateen Arabic, Urdu
Derived from the given name Matin.
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.
Matejić Serbian
Means "son of Mateja 2".
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.
Mateos Spanish
Variant of Mateo.
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, German (Swiss), Flemish, Alsatian, English
Derived from the given name Matthias.
Mathiuet Romansh
Derived from the given name Mathiu in combination with a diminutive suffix.
Mathrafal Medieval Welsh
Named for Castle Mathrafal (Castell-Mathrafal) in Powys, Mid Wales. The House of Mathrafal ruled over Powys for much of the Mediaeval period. Notable members of the family included Owain Glyn Dŵr, who led a rebellion against English rule in 1400.
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]
Matibag Filipino, Tagalog
Means "cave in, fall, collapse" in Tagalog.
Matin Arabic, Bengali, Persian
Derived from the given name Matin.
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’.
Matoba Japanese
From Japanese 的 (mato) meaning "target, mark" and 場 (ba) meaning "place, situation, circumstances".
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
Matsu means "pine" and eda means "twig, branch".
Matsugawa Japanese
Variant of Matsukawa, meaning "pine tree river".
Matsugi Japanese
From Japanese 真 (ma) meaning "real, genuine" and 継 (tsugi) meaning "inherit, acquire, succeed, continue".
Matsuhashi Japanese
松 (Matsu) means "pine" and 橋 (hashi) means "bridge".
Matsuhashi Japanese
From Japanese 松 (matsu) meaning "pine tree, fir tree" and 橋 (hashi) meaning "bridge".
Matsui Japanese
Matsu means "pine" and i means "well, mineshaft, pit".
Matsui Japanese
From Japanese 松 (matsu) meaning "pine tree, fir tree" and 井 (i) meaning "well, mine shaft, 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" and 前 (mae) means "forward, front".
Matsumori Japanese
Matsu means "pine" and mori means "forest".
Matsunaga Japanese
From Japanese 松 (matsu) meaning "pine tree, fir tree" and 永 (naga) meaning "eternity".
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) means "pine" and yuki (雪) means "snow". ... [more]
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.
Matsuzaki Japanese
From Japanese 松 (matsu) meaning "pine tree, fir tree" and 崎 (saki) meaning "cape, peninsula".
Matsuzawa Japanese
From Japanese 松 (matsu) meaning "pine tree, fir tree" and 沢 or 澤 (sawa) meaning "marsh".
Matta Italian
From a feminine form of MATTO.
Matta Slovak
Derived from the personal name Matúš.
Mattana Italian
From Sardinian mattana "madness, annoyance".
Mattei Italian
Patronymic or plural form Matteo. The Mattei family was a powerful noble family in Rome during the Middle Ages.
Matten Flemish
One possibility of origin is of the French word motte which means a hill or mound. to this were added several tiny suffix of -et, and -ot, to give motet or motton meaning "small motte" or "son of motte" or to describe one who lived for a place- mottier.
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.
Matthaiou Greek
Means "son of Matthaios".
Matthau German
Derived from the given name Matthias. This name was borne by the American actor Walter Matthau (1920-2000).
Matthäus German
From the given name Matthäus.
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.
Matthijs Dutch
From the given name Matthijs.
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"
Mattli German (Swiss), Romansh
Derived from a diminutive of the given name Matthias.
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.
Matviyenko Ukrainian (Russified), Ukrainian
Derived from the given name Matviy.
Mátyás Hungarian
From the given name Mátyás.
Matz German
From A Pet Form Of The Personal Names Matthäus Or Matthias (See Matthew).
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.
Matzeu Italian
Variant of Mazzeo.
Mâu Vietnamese
Vietnamese form of Mou, from Sino-Vietnamese 牟 (mâu).
Mau Khmer
From Chinese 毛 (máo) meaning "Mao", an ancient region in parts of present-day Henan, China, during the Zhou Dynasty.
Maudling English
From the medieval female personal name Maudeleyn, the English form of Greek Magdalene, 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".
Mauger French, Guernésiais, Jèrriais
From the given name Mauger, the Norman French form of Malger. It is a cognate of Major.
Maugeri Sicilian, Italian
From Sicilian maugeri "herdsman".
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]
Maulenov m Kazakh
Means "son of Maulen".
Maulenova f Kazakh
Feminine form of Maulenov.
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.
Maurício Portuguese
From the given name Maurício.
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.
Mauvais French
Means "unfortunate" in French derived from Latin malus "bad" and fatum "fate".