Submitted Surnames Starting with N

Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
Na Korean
There is only one Chinese character for the Na surname. Some sources indicate that there are 46 different Na clans, but only two of them can be documented, and it is believed that these two sprang from a common founding ancestor... [more]
Näär Estonian
Näär is an Estonian surname meaning "burnet-saxifrage (a plant: Pimpinella saxifraga)" and "jay".
Naarits Estonian
Naarits is an Estonian surname meaning "mink".
Nabaskoze Basque
It indicates familial origin within the eponymous Navarrese municipality.
Nabil Arabic
From the given name Nabil.
Nabita Jamaican Patois (Rare)
The name of a jamaican girl who is unaware of the real historical background of the name "Nabita". But was given the name any way,it is said by many that it has an African pronounciation and persons would think that its origin is from Africa.
Nəbiyev Azerbaijani
Means "son of Nəbi".
Nabiyev Azerbaijani, Uzbek
Means "son of Nabi".
Nabrotzky German
Supposedly means "lived near water". Originated from Prussia.
Nabrotzky German (East Prussian)
The story I was told was:... [more]
Nacht German, Jewish
From middle German naht meaning "night".
Nachtigall German, Jewish
Nickname from Middle High German nachtegal "nightingale" from Old High German galan "to sing". Cognate to Nightingale.
Nachtrieb German
It possibly comes from the German name of a nachtrab, which is a "night bird like the owl". Another possible meaning is "night tribe".
Naciri Arabic (Maghrebi)
From the given name Nacir (see Nasir), predominantly used in Morocco.
Nacrour Arabic
The name of a family of Lebanese goldsmiths descended from the Ottoman Prince Hanna, the name itself refers to the actual sound the hammer makes as it hits the gold. This is the French spelling but the original Arabic spelling is äÞÑæÑ ; other spellings in the Latin alphabet include Nakrour and Nacrur.
Nađ Serbian, Croatian
Serbian and Croatian variant of Nagy.
Nadal Catalan, Occitan
From the personal name Nadal, from nadal "Christmas" (from Latin natalis "birthday"). Compare Noel.
Nadeau French
Variant of Nadal, which can be a name or the meaning "Christmas".... [more]
Nadeem Arabic, Urdu
From the given name Nadim.
Nadein Russian
Means "son of Nadei".
Nadel German, Jewish
Metonymic occupational name for a maker of needles, or in some cases for a tailor, from Middle High German nadel(e), German Nadel "needle".
Nader Arabic
From the given name Nadir.
Nadezhkin Russian
Derived from Russian надежда (nadezhda) meaning "hope".
Nadezhkina Russian
Feminine transcription of Russian Надежкин (see Nadezhkin).
Nadir Arabic, Urdu
From the given name Nadir.
Nadolny Polish, Jewish, Sorbian
Topographic name from Polish nadól, Sorbian nadol "downwards", denoting someone who lived lower down in a village on a slope, or on relatively low-lying ground.
Nadori Moroccan
Habitational name from the Rifian city or province of Nador. A famous bearer is singer Rachid Nadori.
Nadyozhkin Russian
Derived from Russian надёжа (nadyozha) meaning "hope".
Nadyozhkina Russian
Feminine transcription of Russian Надёжкин (see Nadyozhkin).
Naeem Arabic, Urdu, Bengali, Dhivehi
From the given name Na'im.
Naegele German
Variant of Nagel.
Naegi Japanese (Rare)
This surname is used as 苗木 with 苗 (byou, myou, nae, nawa-) meaning "sapling, seedling, shoot" and 木 (boku, moku, ki, ko-) meaning "tree, wood."... [more]
Nael Estonian
Nael is an Estonian surname meaning "nail".
Naeshiro Japanese
The meaning of Naeshiro/苗代 equals to "Seedling Substitute"
Nagai Japanese
From Japanese 長 (naga) meaning "long" or 永 (naga) meaning "eternity" and 井 (i) meaning "well, mine shaft, pit".
Nagamatsu Japanese
This surname is used as 永松, 長松 or 永末 with 永 (ei, naga.i) meaning "eternity, lengthy, long," 長 (chou, osa, naga.i) meaning "leader, long," 松 (shou, matsu) meaning "pine tree" and 末 (batsu, matsu, sue) meaning "close, end, posterity, powder, tip."
Nagano Japanese
From Japanese 長 (naga) meaning "long" or 永 (naga) meaning "eternity" and 野 (no) meaning "field, wilderness".
Nagao Japanese
Naga means "Chief, Head, Leader" and O means "Tail".
Nagaoka Japanese
From Japanese 長 (naga) meaning "long" and 岡 (oka) meaning "hill, ridge".
Nagarajan Indian
From "Naga" meaning cobra and "Raja" meaning king.
Nagasawa Japanese
From Japanese 長 (naga) meaning "long" and 沢 or 澤 (sawa) meaning "marsh".
Nagashima Japanese
This is a Japanese surname, Famous bearers of this surname are Shinji Nagashima (Born as Shin'ichi Nagashima, Is Japanese a manga artist).
Nagasu Japanese
From Japanese 長 (naga) meaning "long" and 洲 (su) meaning "continent".
Nagata Japanese
From Japanese 長 (naga) meaning "long" or 永 (naga) meaning "eternity" and 田 (ta) meaning "field".
Nagato Japanese (Rare)
There might be different readings, but one is Naga ("Cheif") + To ("Gate"). This is the case for Yuki Nagato, from "The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya".
Nagatomo Japanese
From Japanese 長 (naga) meaning "long, eternity" and 友 (tomo) meaning "friend".
Nagayama Japanese
From Japanese 永 (nagai) meaning "eternity, long, lengthy" or 長 (nagai) meaning "chief, head, leader" combined with 山 (yama) meaning "mountain".
Nagelschmidt German
Means "nail smith" in German
Nagler German
Form Middle High German nagel "nail".
Nagórny Russian, Polish, Ukrainian
Place name for someone from multiple cites of Russia named Nagornoye and Nagorny, itself derived from the The prefix Nagorno- that derives from the Russian attributive adjective nagorny (нагорный), which means "highland".
Nagoy Russian
Derived from Russian нагой (nagoy) meaning "nude, naked, bare".
Naguib Arabic (Egyptian)
From the given name Najib. Mohamed Naguib (1901-1984) was the first president of Egypt.
Nagy Arabic (Egyptian)
Alternate transcription of Naaji chiefly used in Egypt.
Nahasapeemapetilon Popular Culture
Borne by Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, a fictional character from the television series 'The Simpsons' (1989-). According to the show's sources, the character is meant to be of Bengali Indian origin.
Nahksep Estonian
A surname drived from an occupational name meaning, "leatherworker".
Nahkur Estonian
Nahkur is an Estonian surname meaning "tanner".
Nahum Jewish
From the given name Nahum.
Nai Indian, Muslim
Means "barber".
Naidoo South African, Indian (Expatriate)
Variant of Naidu used by South Africans of Indian descent.
Naidu Indian
The surname Naidu occurs in communities of Andhra Pradesh. It is composed of a stem word ‘naya’, which means leader or chief. The suffix ‘du’ is a third person masculine suffix in Telegu.
Naifeh Arabic
From a personal name based on Arabic nāfi meaning‘beneficial’, ‘profitable’.This surname is commonly found in America than Arabic speaking countries.
Naiman Ukrainian, Jewish
Before Genghis Khan conquered the world, he conquered his neighbors, and his last great victory, in 1204, was over a tribe of Turkic Christians called the Naiman. (Some Naimans today are Christian but most are Jewish.)... [more]
Nair Indian, Malayalam
From Nair, the name of a group of Hindu castes concentrated in the Indian state of Kerala. The origin of the word itself is somewhat disputed. Some believe it is derived from nayaka, an honorific meaning "leader of the people", while another theory suggests that is is derived from the Sanskrit नाग (nāgá) "snake, serpent" (a reference to the practice of snake worship)... [more]
Nairn Scottish
Means "person from Nairn", Highland region ("(place at the mouth of the river) Nairn", a Celtic river-name perhaps meaning "penetrating one").
Naismith English
Means either "nail-maker" (from Old English nægelsmith) or "knife-maker" (from Old English cnīfsmith).
Naito Japanese
内 (Nai) means "Inside" and 藤 (To) means "Wisteria". This surname means "Inside Wisteria". This might have variations in different regions.
Najada Arabic
Najd, location in KSA
Najarian Armenian
Alternate transcription of Najaryan.
Najaryan Armenian
Means "son of the carpenter" from dialectal Armenian նաջար (naǰar) meaning "carpenter" (of Arabic origin).
Najeeb Arabic, Urdu, Dhivehi
From the given name Najib.
Nájera Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Riojan municipality.
Naka Japanese
It means "middle". A notable bearer is Yuji Naka, a video game designer and programmer.
Nakabayashi Japanese
From Japanese 中 (naka) meaning "middle" and 林 (hayashi) meaning "forest".
Nakada Japanese
From Japanese 中 (naka) meaning "middle" and 田 (ta) meaning "field".
Nakafuji Japanese
Naka means "Middle" and Fuji means "Wisteria".
Nakagame Japanese
仲 (Naka) means "Relation" and Game is a variation of 亀 (Kame), which means "Turtle, Tortoise".
Nakagawa Japanese
From Japanese 中 (naka) meaning "middle" and 川 (kawa) meaning "river, stream".
Nakai Punjabi
This surname originates from the Punjab. It is a sub-cast of Sandhu Jats and are descendants of Nakai Misl, a principality of the Sikh Empire from 1748 to 1810.
Nakai Navajo
Nakai means 'The one who wanders.' In Hebrew its meaning is "pure, clean " but i personally like the first one more.
Nakamatsu Japanese
This surname combines 中 (chuu,, uchi, naka) meaning "centre, in(side), mean (not as in the way a person acts), middle" or 仲 (chuu, naka) meaning "go-between, relationship" with 松 (shou, matsu) meaning "pine tree." One bearer of this surname is inventor Yoshirō Nakamatsu (中松 義郎), also known as Dr... [more]
Nakamine Japanese
From Japanese 中 (naka) meaning "middle" and 嶺 (mine) meaning "peak, summit".
Nakamoto Japanese
From Japanese 中 (naka) meaning "middle" and 本 (moto) meaning "base, root, origin".
Nakanishi Japanese
From Japanese 中 (naka) meaning "middle" or 仲 (naka) meaning "relationship, terms" and 西 (nishi) meaning "west".
Nakao Japanese
From Japanese 中 (naka) meaning "middle" and 尾 (o) meaning "tail, end".
Nakaoka Japanese
From Japanese 中 (naka) meaning "middle" and 岡 (oka) meaning "hill, ridge".
Nakarada Norwegian
From the Norwegian composer Alexander Nakarada, who is the founder of SerpentSound Studios. His main focus is to make it easier for all creative people around the globe to get good music for their work.
Nakasone Japanese
Combination of the kanji 中 (naka, "middle"), 曽 (so, of uncertain meaning) and 根 (ne, "root"). A famous bearer of this surname was Japanese Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone (中曽根 康弘; 1918–2019).
Nakata Japanese
From Japanese 中 (naka) meaning "middle" and 田 (ta) meaning "field, rice paddy".
Nakatani Japanese
From Japanese 中 (naka) meaning "middle" and 谷 (tani) meaning "valley".
Nakauchi Japanese
From the Japanese 中 (naka) "middle," "in" or 仲 (naka) "relationship," "relation" and 内 (uchi or nai) "inside."
Nakaura Japanese
Naka means "Middle" and Ura means "Gulf, Bay, Inlet, Beach, Seacoast, Creek."
Nakayama Japanese
From the Japanese 中 (naka) "middle," "in" or 仲 (naka) "relationship," "relation" and 山 (yama) "mountain."
Nakazato Japanese
From 中 (naka) meaning "center, middle" and 里 (sato) meaning "village."
Nalbandian Armenian
Alternate transcription of Nalbandyan.
Nalbandyan Armenian
Means "son of the farrier" from dialectal Armenian նալբանդ (nalband) meaning "farrier" (of Persian origin).
Nalci Turkish
Occupational surname denoting a horse-shoe maker, from the Turkish word nal meaning "horse-shoe" and the particle -cı a suffix appended to words to create a noun denoting a profession or occupation.
Nally Irish
Variant of MacNally
Nam Korean
From Sino-Korean 南 (nam) meaning "south".
Namikawa Japanese
From Japanese 波 (nami) meaning "wave" and 川 (Kawa) meaning "river, stream".
Namkoong Korean
Alternate transcription of Korean Hangul 남궁 (see Namgung).
Namur Arabic, Maltese
Derived from Arabic نمر, نامور (namur) meaning "tiger". It is typical of Malta.
Nanami Japanese
From Japanese 七海 (nanami) meaning "seven seas".
Nanashima Japanese (Rare)
Japanese surname meaning "seven island".
Nanatsuki Japanese
七 (Nana) means "Seven" and 月 (Tsuki) means "Moon, Month".
Nancarrow Cornish
Means "person from Nancarrow", Cornwall (either "valley frequented by deer" or "rough valley"). It was borne by US composer Conlon Nancarrow (1912-1997).
Nance Cornish
Medieval Cornish surname. Derived from the Celtic word 'nans', meaning valley. Often linked with the Breton surname 'de Nant', which also means valley.
Nanda Indian, Odia, Hindi, Punjabi
From the given name Nanda.
Nandedkar Marathi
Means "one from Nanded" in Marathi. Nanded is a city in the Indian state of Maharashtra.
Nangka Indonesian
Means "jackfruit" in Indonesian.
Nanjiani Pakistani
A notable bearer is comedian, actor, and screenwriter Kumail Nanjiani (b. 1978).
Nankervis Cornish, English (Australian)
From the name of a place in St Enoder parish in Cornwall, derived from Cornish nans "valley" and an uncertain second element, possibly *cerwys, an unattested plural of carow "stag".... [more]
Nanomae Japanese
"Before one."
Nansen Danish (Rare), Norwegian (Rare)
Patronymic name derived from an unknown given name.
Nantz German
From a pet form of a Germanic compound name formed with Nant- (for example, Nantwig, Nantger); its meaning is reflected in Middle High German nenden 'to dare'.
Naoumova Russian, Bulgarian
Feminine transcription of Russian/Bulgarian Наумов (see Naoumov).
Napello Italian
a nickname taken from the plantname Aconitum napellus, possibly for someone with a 'venerous' character (because the plant is venerous)
Napier Scottish, English
Scottish occupational name for a producer or seller of table linen or for a naperer, the servant in charge of the linen in use in a great house from the Middle English, Old French nap(p)ier, an agent derivative of Old French nappe ‘table cloth’ (Latin mappa)... [more]
Napierala Polish
Nickname for an insistent person, from a derivative of napierac ‘advance’, ‘press’, ‘urge’.
Napierkowski Polish
Habitational name for someone from a place called Napierki in Olsztyn voivodeship.
Napolitano Italian
Originally indicated a person from Napoli (Naples) in Italy.
Napora Polish
Nickname for an interfering person, Polish napora, derivative of napierać meaning ‘to insist on somebody doing something’.
Napper English
1 English: occupational name for a naperer, the servant in charge of the linen in use in a great house, Middle English, Old French nap(p)ier. Compare Scottish Napier .... [more]
Napso Circassian (Russified)
Means "whole-eyed", derived from Adyghe нэ (nă) meaning "eye" and псэу (psăw) "health, alive" or "whole, all, complete".
Naptsok Circassian
Circassian name derived from Adyghe напцэ (nāpcă) meaning “eyelash, eyebrow”.
Naputi Chamorro
Chamorro name for "giving" (na') "pain" (puti).
Nara Japanese
This surname is used as 楢, 奈良 or 那良 with 楢 (shuu, yuu, nara) meaning "oak", 奈 (dai, na, nai, ikan, karanashi) meaning "Nara, what?", 那 (na, da, nani, nanzo, ikan) meaning "what?" and 良 (ryou, i.i, -i.i, yo.i, -yo.i, ra) meaning "good, pleasing, skilled."... [more]
Narak Thai
Means "cute, lovely, pretty" in Thai.
Naramor English, Welsh
Naramor, also Narramore or Naramore, is a corruption of Northmore, and has Welsh/English background. "More North"
Naranjo Spanish
Topographic name for someone who lived by an orange grove, from Spanish naranjo ‘orange tree’ (from naranja ‘orange’, Arabic nāránjya), or a habitational name from a place named Naranjo in A Coruña and Códoba provinces... [more]
Narayan Indian, Nepali, Fijian, Hindi
From the given name Narayan.
Narayanan Indian, Tamil, Malayalam
From the given name Narayanan. A famous bearer was Kocheril Raman Narayanan (1921–2005), the 10th President of India.
Narch English
Variant of Narchi.
Narciso Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
From the given name Narciso.
Narcisse French
From the given name Narcisse.
Narendra Hindi, Marathi, Telugu, Gujarati
From the given name Narendra.
Narewski Polish
Possibly derived from the name of the river Narew. Surname associated with the Wieniawa coat of arms which dates back as early as the XIV century.
Nariño Galician
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of the parish of Niveiro, Val do Dubra.
Narisaki Japanese
Narisaki is a japanese surname that denotes to noblewomen whom were exceptional and unique, as well as embodying the quality of novelty. It is believed to be a lost surname from an ancient Japanese reigning dynasty that was rediscovered and is now used by a sorority founded by Yuumi and Jovani.
Narisawa Japanese
From the Japanese 成 (nari) "turn into," "become" and 澤 or 沢 (sawa or zawa) "swamp."
Narita Japanese
From 成 (nari) meaning "become", and 田 (ta) meaning "rice paddy".
Narr German
Nickname for a foolish or silly person, from Middle High German narr ‘fool’, ‘jester’.
Narramore English
Earliest progenitor is Reginald Bynorthemore, living 1318 inbetween Bovey Tracy and Moretonhampstead, in Dartmoor, Devonshire, England. By the 16th century, the surname was being used interchangeably as Narramore/Northmore within the same generation, as in the case of Walter Narramore/Northmore... [more]
Naru Japanese
The meaning of the name Naru is ''become''
Narukami Japanese
From Japanese 鳴 (naru) meaning "cry" and 上 (kami) meaning "above".
Narumi Japanese
Naru means "become". Mi means "veiw, outlook".
Narutaki Japanese
Naru means "become" and taki means "fountain".
Narva Estonian
Narva is an Estonian surname taken from the city of the same name in Ida-Viru County.
Nary Old Irish
An anglicized form of the Gaelic surname O Naraigh. This surname is derived from the personal name Narach which means modest.
Naryshkin Russian
Russian surname of unclear, possibly Crimean Tatar origin. One of the most famous bearers is Natalya Naryshkina, Tsaritsa of Russia and mother of Tsar Peter I of Russia.
Nascimento Portuguese (Brazilian)
Means "birth, nativity" in Portuguese, from Late Latin nascimentum, a derivative of Latin nasci "to be born". This was originally a religious byname. It was also an epithet of the Virgin Mary (Maria do Nascimento), and was used as a given name for children born on Christmas.
Nasers German
Habitational, derived from any of several places called Nesse in Oldenburg and Friesland.
Nash Circassian
Shapsug name derived from Adyghe нэ (nă) meaning "eye" combined with щэ (š̍ă) meaning "milk" or "crooked, wry, bent".
Nashkho Circassian
Literally means “blue-eyed” from Adyghe нэ (nă) meaning “eye” combined with шхъуантӏэ (šχ°ānṭă) meaning “blue”.
Nasim Arabic, Bengali, Urdu
From the given name Nasim.
Naska Albanian (Rare)
Present in Albania before 1900'.
Näslund Swedish
Combination of Swedish näs "isthmus, narrow neck of land" and lund "grove".
Nasmith Scottish, English
This surname is derived from an occupation, "nail-smith", but may also mean "knife-smith".
Nasri Arabic, Persian
Derived from Arabic نَصْر (naṣr) meaning “triumph, victory”.
Nassar Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic ناصر, نصير (see Nasser).
Nassau German, Dutch, Jewish
From the name of the town of Nassau in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany (formerly the seat of an independent duchy in the 19th century), derived from Old High German naz meaning "damp, wet" and ouwa meaning "water meadow"... [more]
Nasser Arabic
From the given name Nasir.
Nasser German
Someone from any of the places called Nassen, in Rhineland-Palatinate, Hesse, and Bavaria.
Nassiri Persian, Arabic (Maghrebi)
From the given name Nasir.
Nassry Arabic (Egyptian)
Egyptian transcription of Nasri.
Nast German
Topographic name for someone who lived in a thickly wooded area, or a metonymic occupational name for a woodcutter, from Middle High German nast meaning "branch", a regional variant of ast, resulting from the misdivision of forms such as ein ast meaning "a branch".
Nasution Batak
From Mandailing Nan Sakti On or Na Sakti On meaning "the magic one", itself from sakti meaning "mystical, magical" (ultimately of Sanskrit origin). This was a nickname of legendary Mandailing ruler Si Baroar Nan Sakti.
Nata Russian
From the given name Nata.
Natal Portuguese, Spanish
From the personal name Natal (from Latin Natalis), bestowed on someone born at Christmas or with reference to the Marian epithet María del Natal.
Natalino Italian
From the given name Natalino.
Natalio Spanish
From the given name Natalio.
Natan Hebrew
From the given name Natan.
Nate English
From the given name Nate.
Nates English, Jewish
It's probably from the given name Nate, the origin is said to be Jewish*, but the ancestors immigrated to English speaking countries.
Nath Indian, Assamese, Hindi, Bengali, Odia, Punjabi
From Sanskrit नाथ (natha) meaning "lord, owner, protector".
Nathan English
From the given name Nathan.
Nathaniël Dutch
From the given name Nathaniël.
Nathon English
Variant of Nathan.
Nation English
Most probably a variant of Nathan, altered by folk etymology under the influence of the English vocabulary word nation
Natividad Spanish
From the personal name Natividad "nativity, Christmas", from Latin nativitas "birth", genitive nativitatis, usually bestowed with reference to the Marian epithet María de la Natividad... [more]
Natividade Portuguese
Portuguese cognate of Natividad.
Natkho Circassian
Shapsug name possibly derived from Adyghe нат (nāt) meaning "Nart" (referring to a Caucasian saga) combined with хъо (χo) meaning "pig".
Natok Circassian
Derived from Adyghe натӏэ (nāṭă) meaning "forehead" combined with къу (q°) meaning "man, male".