Submitted Surnames Starting with M

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Mead English
topographic name for someone who lived by a meadow, from Middle English mede ‘meadow’ (Old English m?d). metonymic occupational name for a brewer or seller of mead (Old English meodu), an alcoholic beverage made by fermenting honey
Meader English
Topographic name for someone who lived by a meadow, from Mead 1 + the suffix -er, denoting an inhabitant.
Meades English
The name Meades is a plural variation of the name Meade, Mead, Mede, etc., the spelling being rather arbitrary and phonetic in the middle ages (even among the very few scribes, clerics and high-born persons who were literate) and without due consideration of standarized form, hence the various spellings of the name today... [more]
Meadow English
A topographic name for someone who lived near a meadow. The form meadow derives from mǣdwe, the dative case of Old English mǣd.
Mean Khmer
Means "rich" in Khmer.
Meaño Galician
It indicates familial origin within the eponymous municipality.
Means Irish
Sept of Menzies
Meanswell Popular Culture
Simply the English words "means well". This is the surname of the main protagonist of LazyTown, Stephanie Meanswell, as well as her uncle, Mayor Milford Meanswell.
Meas Khmer
Means "gold" in Khmer.
Meas Khmer
Means "gold" in Khmer.
Meath Irish
Denotes a person from County Meath, Ireland (see Mcnamee).
Meaux French
Habitational name from a place in Seine-et-Marne, so named from the Gaulish tribal name Meldi, or from Meaux-la-Montagne in Rhône.
Mebarki Arabic (Maghrebi)
From the given name Mebarek.
Mecklenburg German, Jewish
Regional name for someone from this province in northern Germany. Derived from Old Saxon mikil "big, great" and burg "castle".
Mecone Italian (Modern, Rare)
Giuseppe Meconi (Febuary 1860-April 21,1921) was born in San Massimo, Campbasso Province, Italy. Giuseppe arrived in Pennsylvania, United States in the late 1880s and married Elizabeth Magyar in 1885... [more]
Medcalf English (British)
Variant spelling of Metcalfe.
Medd English
Dweller at the meadow.
Medellin Spanish
Habitational name from a place so named in Badajoz province Latin (Caecilia) Metellina derived from the name of a 1st-century Roman proconsul in Spain Cecilio Metello Pio.
Medenica Montenegrin
Derived from medenica, meaning "mead".
Medhat Arabic
Derived from the given name Midhat.
Medici Italian
Patronymic or plural form of Medico. Medici is the family name of one of Italy's most powerful families.
Medico Italian
Occupational name for a physician, Italian medico (Latin medicus, from medere "to heal").
Medley English
Habitational name, either a variant of Madeley (a name common to several places, including one in Shropshire and two in Staffordshire), named in Old English as ‘Mada’s clearing’, from an unattested byname, Mada (probably a derivative of mad ‘foolish’) + leah ‘woodland clearing’; or from Medley on the Thames in Oxfordshire, named in Old English with middel ‘middle’ + eg ‘island’... [more]
Medlicott English
Derivative from a location in Shropshire, England
Mednis Latvian
Means "wood grouse".
Medo Croatian
Derived from medo meaning ''bear''.
Medrano Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Riojan municipality.
Medvedev Russian
From Russian медведь (medved) meaning "bear".
Medvedeva Russian
Feminine form of Medvedev.
Mée French
French habitational name from places called (Le) Mée in Mayenne, Eure-et-Loir, and Seine-et-Marne, derived from Old French me(i)s ‘farmstead’ (Latin mansus).
Mee Irish (Anglicized, Archaic)
Irish reduced form of Mcnamee or Meehan. Irish anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Miadhaigh ‘descendant of Miadhach’, a byname meaning ‘honorable’.
Mee Estonian
Mee is an Estonian surname derived from "mees" meaning "man".
Meed English
Dweller at the meadow.
Meeder Estonian
Meeder is an Estonian surname derived from "meede (measure, arrangement)".
Meehan English
Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Miadhacháin 'descendant of Miadhacháin', a diminutive of Miadhach, a byname meaning 'honorable'... [more]
Meeks Scottish
In Scotland, the names were spelled according to sound so there are many variations of the spelling including Meek, Meeke, Meik, Meech, Mekie and other spellings. After hard times in Scotland, many Meeks' left for Australia Ireland, and North America.
Meel Estonian
Meel is an Estonian surname meaning "sense" or "countenance".
Meema Estonian
Meema is an Estonian surname derived from "mesi/mee" meaning "honey".
Meer German (Swiss), Romansh
Derived from Late Latin maior domus "mayor of a palace" (compare Meyer 1).
Meeru Estonian
Meeru is an Estonian surname derived from "meer" meaning "mayor".
Meester Dutch, Flemish, German
Occupational name for a teacher, lecturer or a master craftsman, or a nickname for someone who had a bossy demeanor, derived from Dutch meester meaning "master". A famous bearer of this surname is the American actress, singer and model Leighton Meester (1986-).
Mefford English
It is the Old English name given to a point where two streams cross each other.... [more]
Megan Irish
Anglicized form of Irish-Gaelic Mag Annaidh
Megarry Irish, English
From the Irish 'Mag Fhearadhaigh', meaning "descendant of the fearless one"
Megas Greek
It means great in Greek.
Meggyes Hungarian
Means "cherry" in Hungarian.
Meghnagi Jewish, Northern African
Sephardic Jewish, originating from the Libyan Jewish community. Most were from Tripoli, with a much smaller contingent from Benghazi.
Megrelishvili Georgian
Means "son of the Mingrelian", derived from Georgian მეგრელი (megreli) meaning "Mingrelian".
Megson Scottish
Means "son of Meg", a diminutive of Margaret.
Meguri Japanese (Rare)
From Japanese 巡 (Meguri), a clipping of 巡谷 (Meguriya) meaning "Meguriya", a division in the division of Nakada in the area of Aiga in the city of Sumoto in the prefecture of Hyōgo in Japan.
Meguri Japanese (Rare)
From Japanese 廻 (meguri), from 廻り (meguri) meaning "transport route, regular visit".
Meguri Japanese (Rare)
From Japanese 廻 (Meguri) meaning "Meguri", a former village in the district of Aira in the former Japanese province of Ōsumi in parts of present-day Kagoshima, Japan.
Meguro Japanese
From Japanese 目 (me) meaning "eye, look, appearance" and 黒 (kuro) meaning "black".
Mehamedov Lezgin
Lezgin form of Magomedov.
Mehdi Arabic, Persian, Urdu
Derived from the given name Mehdi.
Mehdiyev Azerbaijani
Means "son of Mehdi".
Mehendale Indian (Rare), Marathi (Rare)
An Indian Brahmin surname of unknown meaning from the Indian state of Maharashtra.
Mehine Estonian
Mehine is an Estonian surname meaning "manly" and "virile".
Mehmet Turkish, Uyghur
From the given name Mehmet.
Mehmetaj Albanian
Means "descendant of Mehmet" in Albanian.
Mehmeti Albanian
From the given name Mehmet.
Mehmood Urdu
From the given name Mehmood.
Mehoff Bulgarian, English (American)
Variant transcription of Mehov.
Mehov Bulgarian
Variant of Mihov.
Mehra Indian, Hindi, Punjabi
Either derived from Middle Persian mihr meaning "friendship, sun" or from a Punjabi word meaning "chief, master".
Mehrabani Persian
Originally denoted someone who came from the city of Mehraban, located in the East Azerbaijan province of Iran.
Mehrabi Persian
From the given name Mehrab.
Mehta Indian, Marathi, Hindi, Gujarati, Punjabi
Derived from Sanskrit महित (mahita) meaning "honoured, worshipped, esteemed".
Meichin Japanese (Rare)
Variant reading of Japanese Kanji 明珍 or 明珎 (see Myōchin).
Meiesaar Estonian
Meiesaar is an Estonian surname meaning "our island".
Meievee Estonian
Meievee is an Estonian surname meaning "our water".
Meighan Irish
Variant of Meehan.
Meighen Irish
Variant of Meighan.
Meikäläinen Finnish
Meaning "our" in Finnish.
Meiklejohn Scottish
A Scottish distinguishing name for identifying the larger or eldest (Older Scots meikle "large") or elder of two men called John. (See also Mickle).
Meiler Romansh
Derived from the place name Meils (present-day Mels in the canton of St. Gallen, Switzerland).
Meinhard German
From the given name Meinhard
Meinhart German
From the given name Meinhard
Mèinnearach Scottish Gaelic
Scottish Gaelic form of Menzies.
Meiron Hebrew
From the given name Miron 2.
Meister German
Means "Master" in German.
Meizys Lithuanian
It means barley or wheat farmer
Mejia Spanish
Spanish (Mejía): probably from a religious byname (possibly under Jewish influence), from a vernacular form of Latin, Greek Messias ‘Messiah’, from Hebrew māšīaḥ ‘anointed’.
Mejia Galician
A very ancient surname, infrequent and widely spread across Spain, mostly in Madrid, Barcelona, Ciudad Real, Valencia, Cuenca, Sevilla and Toledo; and also in Pontevedra, Lugo, Guadalajara, Almería, Granada, Alicante and Málaga.... [more]
Mekhovoy Russian
Means "fur" or "furry" in Russian.
Mekky Arabic (Egyptian)
Refers to the city of Mecca or Makka (مكة) in Saudi Arabia, considered the most holy city in Islam.
Melaku Ethiopian, Amharic
From the given name Melaku, meaning "the angel" in Amharic. It is possibly related to Arabic/Hebrew Malak and Turkish Melek 2, also meaning "angel".
Melanay Filipino (Latinized, Modern, Rare)
From Bicol region in the Philippines, the most population name in Naga City.
Melanchthon History
Means "black earth", derived from Greek μελανός (melanos), the genitive of the adjective μέλας (melas) meaning "black, dark", and χθών (chthon) meaning "land, earth, soil"... [more]
Mélançon French
Nickname from a dialect word meaning 'melancholic'.
Melander Swedish
Combination of the element Mel-, which is unexplained but probably derived from a place name, and the common surname suffix -ander (a combination of land "land" and the habitational suffix -er)... [more]
Melas Greek
Possibly from the names of several characters in Greek mythology, including a son of Poseidon who the Nile River was originally named after.
Melby Norwegian
Modern form of Meðalbýr meaning "middle farm", a combination of Old Norse meðal "middle" and býr "farm".
Melcher Romansh
Derived from the given name Melchior.
Melchior Dutch, German
Derived from the given name Melchior.
Melchiorre Italian
From the given name Melchiorre.
Melchor Spanish
Derived from the given name Melchor.
Melendez Spanish (Americanized), Filipino
Unaccented form of Meléndez primarily used in America and the Philippines.
Melero Spanish
Occupational name for a collector or seller of honey, melero (Late Latin mellarius, an agent derivative of mel, genitive mellis, ‘honey’).
Melgar Spanish
Topographical name for someone who lived by a field of lucerne, Spanish melgar (a collective derivative of mielga 'lucerne', Late Latin melica, for classical Latin Medica (herba) 'plant' from Media).
Melgosa Spanish
This indicates familial origin within either of 2 Castilian municipalities, Melgosa de Burgos or Melgosa de Villadiego. It could also indicate familial origin within the Manchego municipality La Melgosa.
Meli Romansh
Derived from the given name Bartholomäus.
Melican Irish
Anglicized form of Irish Gaelic Ó Maoileacháin.
Melikuziev Uzbek
Alternate transcription of Melikov.
Melikyan Armenian
Means "son of Melik".
Melillo Spanish, Italian
describing someone who worked on an apple orchard,harvesting and selling apples from the italian mela
Melinydd Welsh (Archaic)
A byname meaning "miller."
Melis Sardinian
Derived from Sardinian mele or meli meaning "honey".
Melissenos Greek
Surname associated with the greek word melissa (μέλισσα), which means bee, perhaps a beekeeper.
Melker Dutch, Swedish (Rare), Afrikaans
Derived from Dutch melker "milker (one who milks)". In some cases, however, it can also be derived from the given name Melchior.
Melkersson Swedish
Means "son of Melker".
Melkonyan Armenian
Means "son of Melkon".
Mellali Moroccan
Habitational name from the city of Beni Mellal
Mellali Moroccan
Habitational name from the city of Beni Mellal.
Mellark Popular Culture
The surname of the deuteragonist of the Hunger Games Trilogy, Peeta Mellark.
Mellenthin German
Habitational name from places so called near Berlin and on the island of Usedom.
Mellet French
Variant of Mollet.
Mellody Irish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Maoiléidigh ‘descendant of Maoléidigh’, a byname composed of the elements maol ‘chief’ + éidigh ‘ugly’.
Mellor English
Parishes in Derbyshire, and Lancashire, meaning the mill bank. ... [more]
Melloy English
Variant of Molloy.
Melnikov Russian
Patronymic from Russian мельник (melnik) meaning "miller"
Melnikova Russian
Feminine form of Melnikov.
Meloni Italian
From Italian mela ("apple", from Latin malum) or melone ("melon", from Latin melopepo), both ultimately from Ancient Greek μῆλον (mêlon), meaning "apple", "fruit from a tree"... [more]
Melquíades Spanish
From the given name Melquíades.
Meltzer German
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): occupational name for a maltster, a brewer who used malt, from German Meltzer (an agent derivative of Middle High German malt ‘malt’, ‘germinated barley’), Yiddish meltser ‘maltster’... [more]
Mely French (Rare)
Of debated origin and meaning.
Melyn Welsh
Means "yellow" in Welsh.
Memetov Crimean Tatar
Means "son of Memet".
Memon Urdu
From the name of the Memon people who inhabit parts of India and Pakistan. The name itself is derived from Arabic مؤمن (mu'min) meaning "believer".
Ménard French
Ménard is a French surname. Notable people with the surname include: André Ménard, Governor General in the French colonial empire.
Mencia Spanish
Derived from the female personal name Mencía Mencia a cognate of the male name Matías.
Mencke German
Variant of Menke
Mendarozketa Basque
It indicates familial origin within the eponymous council of the municipality of Zigoitia.
Mendarte Basque
This is a (nearly extinct) Basque surname of Gipuzkoan origin. It is a topographic name for someone who lived near a mountain. (Basque mendi = Mountain, arteko = near/in between)... [more]
Mendeleev Russian
Meaning uncertain. A famous bearer was Dimitri Mendeleev (1834-1907), a Russian chemist who developed an early model of the periodic table.
Mendeleyev Russian
Variant transcription of Mendeleev.
Mendenhall English
It indicates familial origin within the eponymous place in Wiltshire.
Mendès French
French form of Mendes.
Mendez Spanish (Americanized), Filipino
Unaccented form of Méndez primarily used in America and the Philippines.
Mendicino Italian (Swiss)
Meaning "Baggar" in Italian.
Mendieta Basque
This indicates familial origin within any of 3 eponymous neighborhoods: the one in the municipality of Ajangiz, the one in the municipality of Lemoa, or the one in the municipality of Artziniega.
Mendiguren Basque
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of the municipality of Gasteiz.
Mendinueta Basque
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of Itzagaondoa.
Mendiola Basque
Derived from given masculine names Menendo and Andrea
Mendis Sinhalese
Sinhalese form of Mendes.
Mendizabal Basque
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of Arratzua-Ubarrundia that the falangists demolished in 1959 to make way for a reservoir.
Mendler German
Occupational name for a maker of coats from an agent derivative of Middle High German mantel mandel mendel "coat".
Mendlsan Yiddish
Yiddish form of Mendelssohn.
Mendola Italian
topographic name for someone who lived by an almond tree or trees or a habitational name from any of the places called with the dialect term amendola mendula "almond almond tree" (see Amendola ). Compare Lamendola.
Mendonça Portuguese
Portuguese form of Mendoza.
Mendosa Spanish
Variant spelling of Mendoza.
Menduri Romansh
Transferred use of the given name Menduri.
Menear Cornish, English (British)
English (Devon; of Cornish origin): topographic name for someone who lived by a menhir, i.e. a tall standing stone erected in prehistoric times (Cornish men ‘stone’ + hir ‘long’). In the United States, it is a common surname in Pennsylvania & West Virginia.
Méneguin Frainc-Comtou (Parisianized)
Parisianized form of an unknown Frainc-Comtou surname.
Menendez Spanish (Americanized), Filipino
Unaccented form of Menéndez primarily used in America and the Philippines.
Meneses Spanish (Caribbean)
Meneses is my maternal grandfather's surname. He was born in Cuba in 1888 but his family came from Spain in the 1800's... [more]
Menez Breton
Menez means mount or mountain in Breton.
Menezes Portuguese
Portuguese form of Meneses.
Meng Chinese
From Chinese 孟 (mèng) meaning "eldest brother". It was also adopted by descendants of Meng Sun, a prince from the state of Lu that existed during the Zhou dynasty.
Mengele German
Doctor Josef Mengele (Born on March 16, 1911 - Died on February 7, 1979), also known as the Angel of Death, was a German Schutzstaffel (SS) Officer and physician during World War II. He is mainly remembered for his actions at the Auschwitz concentration camp, where he performed deadly experiments on prisoners, was a member of the team of doctors who selected victims to be killed in the gas chambers and was one of the doctors who administered the gas.
Mengíbar Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Andalusian municipality.
Mengin French
Variant of Mangin.
Menhenot Cornish (Rare, Archaic)
It is derived from the placename "Menheniot" in Cornwall.
Menier French
Variant of Meunier.
Menke German
Derived as a diminutive of several Germanic given names whose first element was derived from Germanic *magin- and *megin- "strength; force; power".
Menna Italian
Derives from the given name Mena 5.
Menon Malayalam
Means "accountant" in Malayalam, itself derived from the title മേലവൻ (melavan) meaning "overseer, boss, exalted one", from മേല (mel) meaning "top, above, high" and the third person pronoun അവൻ (avan) meaning "he".
Menotti Italian
From the medieval given name Menotto, a diminutive of Domenico via its short form Menico.
Mensah Western African, Akan
Means "third-born son" in Akan.
Mentis Greek
From the ancient greek name Mentios.
Mentzer German
Habitational name with the agent suffix -er, either from Mainz, earlier Mentz, derived from the medieval Latin name Mogontia (Latin Mogontiacum, probably from the Celtic personal name Mogontios), or from Menz in Brandenburg and Saxony.
Menu French
From French meaning "petite".
Menzel German, English
Derived from a short form of MENZ, Clemens or Hermann.