Submitted Surnames Starting with N

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Niesen Dutch, German
Dutch: patronymic from the personal name Nijs, a reduced form of Denijs (see Dennis)... [more]
Niessen Dutch
Thought to be found most commonly in Limburg... [more]
Nietzsche German, German (Silesian)
Derived from a Silesian diminutive for the given name Nikolaus. A famous bearer was Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (1844-1900), a German philologist and philosopher.
Nieuwenhuis Dutch
Means "new house" in Dutch. Indicated that the bearer lived in a new house or lived in a village of the same name
Nieuwman Dutch
Dutch cognate of Neumann.
Niewinski Polish
Habitational name for someone from Niewino in Białystok voivodeship.
Niezabitowski Polish
This indicates familial origin within either of 2 Lesser Polish villages: Niezabitów or Niezabitów-Kolonia.
Nigg German, German (Swiss)
From a short form of the personal name Niklaus, a German form of Nicholas.
Nigh English
Variant of Nye.
Nightingale English
Nickname for someone with a good voice, from Middle English nighti(n)gale, Old English nihtegal, from niht "night" and galan "sing" (cf. Nachtigall).
Nighy English
Pet form of Nigh.
Nigmatullin Tatar, Bashkir
From the given name Nigmatullah.
Nigul Estonian
Nigul is an Estonian surname (and masculine given name); from the given name "Nigul/Nigulas", a variant of "Nicholas".
Niib Estonian
Niib is an Estonian surname possibly derived from "nii" meaning "so", "thus", and "like that".
Niidas Estonian
Niidas is an Estonian surname derived from "niide" meaning "hay harvest", "mowing" and "hay crop".
Niidre Estonian
Niidre is an Estonian surname relating to "niide" (hay harvest).
Niikura Japanese
From the Japanese 新 (nii) "new" and 倉 or 蔵 (kura) "storehouse" or 鞍 (kura) "saddle."
Niin Estonian
Niin is an Estonian surname meaning "bast" and "phloem" (the fibrous material from the phloem of a plant, used as fiber in matting, cord, etc.)
Niine Estonian
Niine is an Estonian surname meaning "linden" and "bast".
Niinelaid Estonian
Niinelaid is an Estonian surname meaning "linden islet".
Niinemäe Estonian
Niinemäe is an Estonian surname meaning "linden hill/mountain".
Niinemets Estonian
Niinemets is an Estonian surname meaning "linden forest".
Niinepuu Estonian
Niinepuu is an Estonian surname meaning "bast tree/wood".
Niinesalu Estonian
Niinesalu is an Estonian surname meaning linden/lime grove".
Niit Estonian
Niit is an Estonian surname meaning "meadow".
Niitsoo Estonian
Niitsoo is an Estonian surname meaning "meadow swamp".
Nijibayashi Japanese (Rare)
From Japanese 虹 (Niji) meaning "Rainbow" and 林 (Bayashi) meaning "Forest". A notable bearer of this surname was academic author Kei Nijibayashi.
Nikaido Japanese (Rare, ?)
From japanese kanji 二 (ni) meaning "two", 階 (kai) meaning "floor, storey" combined with 堂 (dō) meaning "temple". The last name is a name of a clan of Japanese samurai that ruled the Iwase District of Mutsu Province during the Sengoku period during the Kamakura era... [more]
Nikashin Russian
Derived from a diminutive form Nikasha of various Russian given names.
Nikbin Persian
In Farsi (Persian) 'nik-' means good, and 'bin' means 'seeing'. ... [more]
Nikiforov Russian
Means "son of Nikifor".
Nikitin Russian
From the given name Nikita 1.
Nikitina Russian
Feminine form of Nikitin.
Nikitov Russian
Means "son of NIKITA".
Nikitović Serbian
Means "son of Nikita 1".
Nikittsev Russian
Derived from a diminutive of the Russian given name Nikita 1.
Nikkel German, Dutch
Possibly an altered spelling of Dutch Nikel, from the personal name, a Dutch form of Nicholas.
Nikkilä Finnish
Origins remain unknown
Nikolaidis Greek
Means "son of Nikolaos".
Nikolaiev Russian
Means "son of Nikolay."
Nikolaishvili Georgian, Jewish
Means "son of Nikoloz" in Georgian.
Nikolaou Greek
Means "son of Nikolaos".
Nikolas English, Greek
From the given name Nikolas.
Nikolayev Russian
Variant transcription of Nikolaev.
Nikolopoulos Greek
Means "son of Nikolaos".
Nikonov Russian
Patronymic from the given name Nikon.
Nimanbegu Albanian
Nimanbegu or Nimani , given "beg" from Turks in Ottoman Empire
Nimr Arabic
Means "leopard" or "tiger" in Arabic.
Ninberg Jewish
1 Jewish (Ashkenazic): variant of Feinberg .... [more]
Nine English (American)
Americanized spelling of German Nein or Neun, from Middle High German niun meaning "nine".
Ninka Albanian (Modern)
First recognized in the early 1800s as a surname in and around Albania and the Balkans, and due to migration it has spread to a few different places across the world. Very little is known about this surname as there are very few records of it.
Niño Spanish
Nickname from Spanish niño meaning "child", "boy". This was often given to a first-born son as a familiar name.
Ninomiya Japanese
二 (Nino) means "Two, Second" and 宮 (Miya) means "Shrine". Notable Bearers: Kazunari Ninomiya, is songwriter, radio host, and much more. Sontoku (born Kinjiro) Ninomiya, was a moralist, agricultural leader, and more.
Nipper German
1. habitational name for someone from Nippe in Hesse. ... [more]
Nirk Estonian
Nirk is an Estonian surname meaning "stoat".
Nischan Sorbian
Germanized spelling of the Sorbian given name Nišan.
Nishant Indian
Derived from the Sanskrit name for dawn or the end of night. In Sanskrit Nisha (निशा) means 'Night' and Ant (अन्त) means 'End', which can be alliterated as the end of night or the first ray of the morning sun.
Nishi Japanese
It means "West", it's more commonly added to other name elements such as mura, hara, etc.
Nishida Japanese
From Japanese 西 (nishi) meaning "west" and 田 (ta) meaning "field, rice paddy".
Nishiguchi Japanese
From Japanese 西 (nishi) meaning "west" and 口 (kuchi) meaning "mouth, entrance".
Nishihara Japanese
From Japanese 西 (nishi) meaning "west" and 原 (hara) meaning "meadow, field, plain".
Nishimiya Japanese
From Japanese 西 (nishi) meaning "west" and 宮 (miya) meaning "temple, shrine, palace".
Nishimoto Japanese
From Japanese 西 (nishi) meaning "west" and 本 (moto) meaning "base, root, origin".
Nishino Japanese
Nishi ("West") + No ("Feild").
Nishinohara Japanese
From Kanji "西" (Nishi) meaning "West" and "野原" (Nohara) meaning "Grass Field".
Nishio Japanese
From Japanese 西 (nishi) meaning "west" and 尾 (o) meaning "tail, end".
Nishioka Japanese
From Japanese 西 (nishi) meaning "west" and 岡 (oka) meaning "hill, ridge".
Nishitani Japanese
From Japanese 西 (nishi) meaning "west" and 谷 (tani) meaning "valley".
Niska Finnish
From Finnish niska "neck" (in this case referring to an isthmus).
Niskanen Finnish
Either from a place named with Finnish niska "neck", or from a nickname for a headstrong person.
Nissan Hebrew, Jewish
Ornamental name from the name of the Jewish month during which Passover takes place.
Nistor Romanian
From the given name Nistor.
Nisu Estonian
Nisu is an Estonian surname meaning "wheat".
Nisumaa Estonian
Nisumaa is an Estonian surname meaning "wheat land".
Niswonger Dutch
"One who dwells in the clearing"
Nitsche German (Silesian)
Derived from a popular Silesian short form of the personal name Nikolaus.
Niu Chinese
1 Chinese 牛: this name probably arose during the Zhou dynasty ( 1122–221 bc ) in the area of Gansu province; the details are unclear. It was borne by a person named Niu Wen, who was a descendant of the eldest brother of the last king of the Shang dynasty, Zhou Xin ( 1154–1123 bc ).... [more]
Niwa Japanese
"Garden".
Niyazov Uzbek, Tajik, Turkmen, Kazakh, Kyrgyz
Derived from Persian نیاز (niyâz) meaning "desire, wish, gift".
Niyazova Uzbek, Tajik, Turkmen, Kazakh, Kyrgyz
Feminine counterpart of Niyazov.
Niyozov Tajik, Uzbek
Tajik and Uzbek variant of Niyazov.
Njie African
It means path finder. It is an African surname only 11 people in the UK have this surname
Njoo Indonesian
Variant of Nyoo.
Nkomo AmaXhosa (Modern, Archaic), Amazulu (Modern, Archaic)
Southern African, Nguni Nomadic meaning "Dairy/Milk Cow or Southern African long-horn Cow".
Nkrumah Western African
It is of Akan origin meaning "Great".
No Korean
Korean form of Lu, from Sino-Korean 盧 (no).
Noah English
Derived from the biblical name Noah.
Noak Swedish
From the given name Noak.
Noar English
This surname is thought to be derived from nore which could mean "shore, cliff." This could denote that someone might have lived in a shore or cliff. It may also be used as a surname for someone who lived in the now 'diminished' village of Nore in Surrey.
Nobara Japanese
Different transcription of Nohara. "Field Plain."
Nobbs English
Derived from Hob, a Medieval English diminutive of Robert.
Nobel Swedish
Habitational name from Östra Nöbbelöv in Scania, Southern Sweden. The name was originally spelled Nobelius but was later shortened to Nobel. A famous bearer was Alfred Nobel (1833-1896), a Swedish engineer, chemist, and inventor.
Nobira Japanese
From the Japanese 野 (no) "field," "area" and 平 (hira) "peace."
Noble English, Scottish, Irish, French
Nickname from Middle English, Old French noble "high-born, distinguished, illustrious" (Latin nobilis), denoting someone of lofty birth or character, or perhaps also ironically someone of low station... [more]
Nobunaga Japanese
Nobu means "Trust, Believe" and Naga means "Long, Chief". Takatomi Nobunaga is a Japanese composer, with his surname written as such.
Noce Italian
Topographic name for someone who lived where nut trees grew, from noce "nut" (Latin nux, genitive nucis).
Noceda Spanish
Spanish surname derived from the word "nocedal" meaning "field of walnut trees" it denoted a person who lived or came from such place.
Nocella Italian
Diminutive of Noce.
Nock Celtic, English
Dweller at the oak tree; originally spelt as "Noake" evolved into "Nock".
Nocte American
Means "night" in Latin.
Nocton Irish (Americanized)
Americanized form of the patronymic form of Naughton, further related to Ó Neachtain, meaning "(descendant) of Nechtan" and coming from the Uí Néill clan of Ireland... [more]
Noda Japanese
Combination of the kanji 野 (no, "area, field, hidden part of a structure; wild, rustic") and 田 (ta, "rice paddy, field"). A famous bearer of this surname is Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda (野田 佳彦; b. 1957).
Noe Medieval English, Korean
A patronymic form of the biblical male given name Noah from the Hebrew word "noach" meaning long-lived. Possible origins could be ... [more]
Noël French
Means "Christmas".
Noer Arabic, Indonesian
Indonesian variant of Nur based on Dutch orthography.
Nogales Spanish
Habitational name from either of two locations in Spain named Nogales, from the plural form of Spanish nogal meaning "walnut tree".
Nogami Japanese
From Japanese 野 (no) meaning "field, wilderness" and 上 (kami) meaning "above, top, upper".
Nõgene ‎ Estonian
Nõgene is an Estonian surname derived from "nõgine" meaning "sooty" or "nõges" meaning "nettle".
Nõges Estonian
Nõges is an Estonian surname meaning "nettle".
Noggy ? (Rare)
Perhaps a variant of Hungarian Nagy.
Nõgu Estonian
Nõgu is an Estonian surname meaning "dell".
Noh Arabic, Urdu, Malay, Indonesian
From the given name Nuh.
Noh Korean
Alternate transcription of No.
Noice English
Variant spelling of Noyce.
Noir French
Means "black" in French, originally used in Northern France as an ethnic nickname for someone from Southern France, Spain, Italy or North Africa. It also may have been used for someone who wore dark clothing or for someone who had an occupation during the night or was associated with the night.
Noisette French
This is a French surname meaning "hazelnut".
Nojima Japanese
No means "Field" and Jima means "Island". Hirofumi Nojima is an actor, voice actor, and narrator.
Nojiri Japanese
No means "Field" and Jiri means "Behind, End, Rear", similar to Tajiri.
Nokhaev Kalmyk
Derived from Kalmyk ноха (nokha) meaning "dog".
Noland Irish, French
Irish: variant of Nolan.... [more]
Nolf German, Dutch
From a short form of the personal name Arnolf, composed of the Germanic elements arn 'eagle' + wulf 'wolf'. Dutch: from a reduced form of Nodolf, derived from the personal name Odolf by transfer of the final -n in a preceding personal name such as Jan, Simoen
Noll German
From a short form of any of various medieval personal names derived from Germanic personal names ending in -n + wald 'rule', for example Arnold and Reinwald.
Nomi Japanese
From the Japanese possessive particle 乃 (no) and 美 (mi) "beauty."
Nomikos Greek
A Greek surname which means "relating to law" (see first name Nomiki).
Nomizu Japanese
"Field rice patty water."
Nõmm Estonian
Nõmm is an Estonian surname meaning "heath".
Nõmme Estonian
Nõmme is an Estonian surname, derived from "nõmm", meaning "heath". It is also the name of several locations of towns and villages in Estonia.
Nõmmela Estonian
Nõmmela is an Estonian surname meaning "heath area".
Nõmmik Estonian
Nõmmik is an Estonian surname meaning "heath forest" or "heath stand".
Nõmmsalu Estonian
Nõmmsalu is an Estonian surname meaning "heath grove".
Nomori Japanese (Japanized, ?)
From Japanese 野 (no) meaning "field" or 乃 (no), a possessive particle combined with 森 (mori) meaning "forest"
Nomura Japanese
From Japanese 野 (no) meaning "field, wilderness" and 村 (mura) meaning "town, village".
Nonaka Japanese
From Japanese 野 (no) meaning "field, wilderness" and 中 (naka) meaning "middle".
Nongrum Khasi, Indian
"Nongrum" is the name given for the "Title/Surname" of a persons. It is famous only in Khasi Hills, Meghalaya,shillong, the land of the "Khasis".
Nonnenmacher German
Occupational name for a gelder of hogs, from Middle High German nunne, nonne meaning "nun", and by transfer "castrated hog" + an agent derivative of machen meaning "to make".
Noodla Estonian
Noodla is an Estonian surname meaning "seine/fishing area".
Nool Estonian
Nool is an Estonian surname meaning "arrow".
Noon English
Either (i) from a medieval nickname for someone of a sunny disposition (noon being the sunniest part of the day); or (ii) from Irish Gaelic Ó Nuadháin "descendant of Nuadhán", a personal name based on Nuadha, the name of various Celtic gods (cf... [more]
Noonan Irish
Anglicized form of Irish Ó Nuanáin (from Irish Gaelic Ó hIonmhaineáin) meaning "descendant of Ionmhaineán", a diminutive of the given name Ionmhain "beloved, dear". ... [more]
Noone Irish
Anglicized form of Irish Ó Nuadháin "descendant of Nuadhán" (see Nuadha).
Nooni Estonian
Nooni is an Estonian surname meaning "nones".
Noons French
From the Portuguese name Nunes.
Nööp Estonian
Nööp is an Estonian surname meaning "button".
Noop Estonian
Noop is an Estonian surname meaning "block".
Nöör Estonian
Nöör is an Estonian surname meaning "twine" or "cord".
Noor Arabic, Urdu, Somali, Bengali, Persian
Variant transcription of Nur.
Noor Estonian
Noor is an Estonian surname meaning "young".
Noorhani Estonian
Noorhani is an Estonian surname meaning "young goose".
Noori Persian, Arabic, Urdu
From the given name Noor 1.
Noorkõiv Estonian
Noorkõiv is an Estonian surname meaning "young (noor) birch (kõiv Võro dialect)".
Noormägi Estonian
Noormägi is an Estonian surname meaning "young hill/mountain".
Noormets Estonian
Noormets is an Estonian surname meaning "young forest".
Noorzai Pashto
Means "son of light", from Arabic نور (nūr) meaning "light, illumination" combined with Pashto زوی (zoy) meaning "son (of)".
Nor Arabic, Maranao, Malay, Indonesian
From the given name Nor 1.
Nora Italian, German
Italian and German: from a short form of the feminine personal names Eleonora or Leonora.
Norberg Swedish
Combination of Swedish norr "north" and berg "mountain".
Norcross English
It indicates familial origin in Norcross near Poulton-le-Fylde, Lancashire.
Nord Swedish
Swedish surname meaning "north".
Nordahl Norwegian, Swedish
The surname derives from a place name in Sunnmøre, Norway. Meaning from Old Norse norðr ''north'' and dalr ''dale'', ''valley''. In Sweden, this name is mostly ornamental, rather than habitaional.
Nordberg Swedish, Norwegian
Combination of Swedish and Norwegian nord meaning "north", and berg meaning "mountain".
Nordeen English (American)
Perhaps an anglicization of Nordin or Nordén.
Nordén Swedish
Combination of Swedish nord "north" and the common surname suffix -én.
Nordenskiöld Swedish, Finland Swedish (Archaic)
Combination of Swedish nord "north" and sköld "shield". Norden is also the Swedish name for the Nordic countries, but it is not the element used in this surname. Nordenskiöld is a Swedish and Fennoswedish noble family, the first known members are brothers Anders Johan Nordenskiöld (1696-1763) and Carl Fredric Nordenskiöld the elder (1702-1779)... [more]
Nordgren Swedish
Combination of Swedish nord "north" and gren "branch".
Nordh Swedish
Variant of Nord.
Nordick English
Habitational name from a place so named near Bocholt, in the Lower Rhine area.
Nordin Swedish
Combination of Swedish Nord "north" and the common surname suffix -in.
Nordlander Swedish
Combination of Swedish nord "north" and the common surname suffix -lander (a combination of land "land" and the habitational suffix -er).
Nordlund Swedish
Combination of Swedish nord "north" and lund "grove".
Nordquist Swedish
Variant spelling of Nordqvist.
Nordqvist Swedish
Derived from Swedish nord "north" and qvist "twig, branch".
Nordvik Norwegian
Geographical/topographical name meaning north cove. There are several places in Norway by this name.
Norell Swedish
Combination of Swedish norr "north" or nor "small strait" and common surname suffix -ell.
Norén Swedish
Combination of Swedish norr "north" or nor "small strait" and the common surname suffix -én.
Norgaard Danish
North "Nor" Farm "gaard"
Noriega Asturian
This indicates familial origin within an eponymous village.
Norman Swedish
Combination of Swedish norr "north", or in some cases nor "narrow strait of water", and man "man".
Normand French
Means North Man, meaning vikings
Noronha Portuguese
Derived from Noreña, the name of a village in Asturias, northern Spain.
Norouzi Persian
From Persian نوروز (nowruz) referring to the Iranian New Year, which is celebrated on the spring equinox.
Nørregaard Danish
An alternate spelling of Nørgaard. Literally meaning north farm in Danish.
Norrell English, German (?)
A locational surname from the Germanic (Old English/Old Norse) term for the north. It either refers to someone who lived in a location called Northwell, lived north of a well, spring or stream (Old English weall)... [more]
Norrgård Finnish, Swedish
From Swedish norr meaning "north" combined with gård meaning "farm, estate".
Norrington English
Norrington is the name given to a person from the eponymous place.
Norrison English
Means "son of Norris".
Norrman Swedish
Either a variant of Norman or taken directly from Swedish norrman "Norwegian, person from Norway".
Nørskov Danish
Means "northern forest" from the Danish nord "north" and skov "forest".
Norsworthy English
Habitational name from Norseworthy in Walkhampton, Devon.
Northcote Engli
English: variant of Northcutt.
Northcott English
Derived from the Old English words "norð," meaning "north," and "cot," meaning a "cottage," or "shelter."
Northern English
Topographic name, from an adjectival form of North.
Northrup English (?)
Variant of Northrop