Submitted Surnames Starting with P
Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
Habitational name, from a farm so named from the personal name Paavo
, vernacular form of Paulus
, + the locative ending -la. Both the farm name and the surname can be traced back to the 15th century... [more]
From pacana meaning "pecan", "pecan tree", a word of Algonquin origin. This surname is also found in the Philippines.
"Habitation name from Pacy-sur-Eure" which took its name from the Gallo-Roman personal name Paccius and the local suffix -acum.
Habitational name from a place in Warwickshire, so named from the Old English personal name Pac(c)a + wudu ‘wood’.
PACQUIAO Cebuano, Filipino
Hispanicized variant form of Paquiao
. A famous bearer of this surname is the Filipino world champion professional boxer Manny Pacquiao (b. 1978).
Unflattering nickname from paczyna meaning "clod", "brickbat", or possibly a metonymic occupational name for a boatman, from the same word in the sense meaning "oar", "rudder".
Believed to mean "Pada's farm", with the Anglo-Saxon name Pada
possibly coming from the Old English word pad
, meaning "toad".
In French the meaning of the name Padgett is: Attendant
Habitational name from any of the various minor places, for example in the provinces of Burgos, Guadalajara, and Valladolid, named from Spanish padilla ‘frying pan’, ‘breadpan’ (Latin patella, a diminutive of patina ‘shallow dish’), a word which was commonly used in the topographical sense of a gentle depression.
Nickname from pagáč meaning "clown", "buffoon".
Metonymic occupational name for a horse dealer, from Middle Low German page
Occupational name for someone who gathered or used straw, derived from the Italian word paglia
PAINTER English, Medieval French, German
English: from Middle English, Old French peinto(u)r
, oblique case of peintre
‘painter’, hence an occupational name for a painter (normally of colored glass). In the Middle Ages the walls of both great and minor churches were covered with painted decorations, and Reaney and Wilson note that in 1308 Hugh le Peyntour
and Peter the Pavier were employed ‘making and painting the pavement’ at St... [more]
Locational surname derived from the village of Peyton in Essex, England; Variant of Peyton
This indicates familial origin within the Lesser Polish village of Pająków.
Circassian name derived from Adyghe пакъ (pāq)
meaning “snub-nosed, bluntnose”.
Surname of author R.J. Palacio, who wrote the book Wonder (2012)
Derived from Italian paladino
meaning “paladin, knight” or “champion, defender”.
Habitational name from the city or region of Palencia
in northern Spain.
Habitational name from the city or region of Palencia in northern Spain.
Occupational name for a man responsible for the maintenance and provision of saddle-horses.
(i) "person from Palling", Norfolk ("settlement of Pælli's people") or "person from Poling", Sussex ("settlement of Pāl's people"); (ii) from the Welsh name ap Heilyn
"son of Heilyn
", a personal name perhaps meaning "one who serves at table"
This Surname usually belong to Fisherman Sect in Andhra Pradesh State of India
Means "maker of palings and fences" (from a derivative of Old French palis
"palisade"). In fiction, the Palliser novels are a series of six political novels by Anthony Trollope, beginning with 'Can You Forgive Her?' (1864) and ending with 'The Duke's Children' (1880), in which the Palliser family plays a central role.
The name Pallmann originates from the Landsuhl area of Bavaria, Germany (nor in Rhineland-Palatinate). The meaning of the name is unknown. Some Pallmanns came to America and Americanized the spelling, by dropping the second "n", while others retained the "n".
Old surname first used in northern Italy,was derived from the old latin word "palominus", used to refer to a yellowish horse. The lastname Pallominy, originally spelled "Pallomini", was used to denote a heard of those horses in the medieval Italy ( circa 1350 AD), more especifically in the city of Florence and its surroundings.
The name was adopted by a notable Swedish family in honor of their ancestor Palme Lyder
(born 1570s, died 1630), a merchant who immigrated to Sweden from the Netherlands or Germany in the early 1600s... [more]
Combination of Swedish palm
meaning "palm tree", and kvist
This indicates familial origin within the Lesser Polish village of Paluchów.
PAMIREDDY Indian, Telugu
From Telugu పామిడి (pāmiḍi)
meaning "snake killer" or "garuda, eagle" (also the name of a village in Andhra Pradesh, India), ultimately from పాము (pāmu)
"snake, serpent" combined with రెడ్డి (reḍḍi)
meaning "village headman" (see Reddy
metonymic occupational name for a baker, from Latin panarium ‘bread basket’.
A famous Spanish cave, located in Burgos, where the arabs hid from Spanierds.
given to someone who worked with high quality breads. from italian word pane
"bread" and bianco
Derived from the word "pane" meaning "bread" in Italian and "pinto" meaning "painted", "flecked", or possibly "bad". The name is generally given to a baker.
Derived from Adyghe пэ (pă)
meaning “nose” combined with нэшъу (năŝ°)
PANGILINAN Tagalog, Filipino
Means "place of abstinence" from Tagalog pangilin
meaning "abstinence, to abstain" and the suffix -an
meaning "place of, time of". It was used to denote abstinence from certain foods for religious purposes.
Venice, one of the oldest and most beautiful regions of Italy, is the esteemed birthplace of numerous prominent families, and of a family that bears the surname Panozzo. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for them to adopt a second name to identify themselves, as populations grew and travel became more frequent... [more]
Derived from the Greek words panta, "always", and zise, "live". Means "always live" or "live forever".
PANTOJA Spanish, Portuguese
Has its origins in the place-name "Pantoja" in Spain. Derived from either the Greek word "panthos" (which means 'all gods') or the Mozarabic "panucea" (meaning 'spindle of yarn').... [more]
Metonymic occupational name for a baker, from pão meaning "bread"
A populaur Hungarian surname meaning Priest. It is also a variant of Papp
The root papa
comes from the Greek language, whose Italian translation is literally "priest", but during centuries this was also a term of respect, and this is due to the active influence of Greek and Byzantine culture in southern Italy and specifically in Naples... [more]
Means "descendant of the diamond priest" in Greek. A notable bearer of this surname is Ioannis Papadiamantopoulos, a Greek revolutionary leader.
Means "son of the priest", from the Greek παπάς (papás)
meaning "priest" combined with the Turkish oğlu
meaning "son, descendant".
When many greek immigrants came to yhe U.S. at ellis island or wherever else they came to they shortened there names.Pappas means priest.
Derived from Portuguese meaning "pair, couple, equal".
PARAIYA Indian, Tamil
It is a Tamil name, denoting laborers in agriculture and/or industry. This is a surname belonging to Dalit
, or "Untouchables," in the Hindu caste system.
PARAMAR Indian, Gujarati
From Sanskrit पर (para)
meaning "alien, enemy" or "distant, remote, opposite" combined with मार (māra)
meaning "killing, destroying, slaying". This was the name of an Indian dynasty that ruled west and central India from the 9th to 14th centuries... [more]
From a transliteration of the English word "brother" or "brothers".
Derived from Italian paratore
meaning "decorator, fuller", which refers to a craftsman who fulls coarse cloth. In other words: this surname is the Italian cognate of the English surname Fuller
From a medieval nickname based on the Old French oath par Dieu
"by God" (cf. Purdie
Variant Of Pardon From Middle English Pardun, Pardon "Pardon" A Metonymic occupational name for a pardoner, a person licensed to sell papal pardons or indulgences. German: either a cognate of 1 (also for a sexton), from Old French pardon ‘pardon’, or perhaps a nickname from Middle Low German bardun, Middle High German purdune ‘pipe’ (instrument), ‘tenor’ (voice).
PARHAM Irish, English
This name has been used amongst the Irish and English. This user's great grandmother came from Ireland and her maiden name was Parham. However, in English (London) it is a habitational name from places in Suffolk and Sussex, named in Old English with pere ‘pear’ + ham ‘homestead’.
A place name meaning "pear field" from Old English 'per' with 'lee' or 'lea' meaning a field or clearing, perhaps where land was cleared to cultivate pear trees. Therefore this name denotes someone who lived near or worked at such a location or came from a habitation associated with the name... [more]
Variant of Parley
. This form is found more in northern England, specifically Cumberland and Durham, but is of like derivation.
Taken from the word pärn
meaning "linden tree", it may also be linked to the Estonian city of Pärnu. It is the fifteenth most common surname in Estonia.
Eastern Ashkenazic occupational name for the president of a Jewish community, from Yiddish parnes
(from Hebrew parnas
English habitational name from Parnham in Beaminster, Dorset.
Italian surname coming from the given name Gaspare.
Habitational name from a place in Greater Manchester (formerly in Cheshire) called Partington, from Old English Peartingtun
Habitational name from any of various places called Parton
; most are named with Old English peretun
‘pear orchard’. A famous bearer of the surname is Dolly Parton
Topographic name for a field or meadow which was used at Easter as a playground; etymologically two sources seem to be combined: Latin pascuum ‘pasture’ and Middle Low German pāsche(n) ‘Easter’.
Cornish form of Pascal, meaning "easter", with the Cornish patronymic suffix, -o.
Habitational name for someone from a place called Paszyn in Nowy Sacz voivodeship; also a pet form of Paweł
PASSELEWE Medieval English
The medieval name is from Old French passe(r)
‘to pass or cross’ + l’ewe
‘the water’, hence a nickname, probably for a ferryman or a merchant who was in the habit of traveling overseas, or else someone who had been on a pilgrimage or crusade.
Either (i) from a medieval nickname for someone who crossed marshy moorland (e.g. who lived on the opposite side of a moor, or who knew the safe paths across it); or (ii) perhaps from an alteration of Passemer
, literally "cross-sea", an Anglo-Norman nickname for a seafarer... [more]
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Manchego municipality.
Derives from the given name Pat
(t), a short form of the personal name Patrick
from the Latin Patricius meaning "son of a noble father".
Italian surname of unknown origin, most likely comes from Paternò in Sicily. Notable individuals include Joe Paterno (1926 - 2012), head coach at Pennsylvania State University until 2011.
Diminutive of páv "peacock", hence a nickname for a pretentious or ostentatious person.
Derived from the given name Pavel. A famosu bearer is Jake Pavelka.
Either (i) from the medieval female personal name Pavia
, perhaps from Old French pavie
"peach"; or (ii) "person from Pavia", Italy.
This surname means "son of Pack." Pack may be a survival of the Old English personal name Pacca
or it may have been a Middle English personal name derived from Paschalis
(meaning "relating to Easter"), the Latin form of Pascal.
PAXTON Scottish, English
From a place in England named with the Old English given name Pæcc
and Old English name element -tun
"settlement". A famous bearer was the actor Bill
Probably from a nickname for a showy dresser, from Middle English pe
"peacock" (see Peacock
) and body
"body, person". Alternatively it may be from the name of a Celtic tribe meaning "mountain men" from Brythonic pea
"large hill, mountain" combined with Boadie
, the tribe's earlier name, which meant "great man" (or simply "man") among the Briton and Cambri peoples... [more]
PEACH English (Rare)
Derived from the name of the fruit, which itself derived its name from Late Latin persica, which came from older Latin malum persicum meaning "Persian fruit."
Sir Stuart Edmond Pearks (1875–1931) served as the Chief Commissioner of the North-West Frontier Province of British India from 1930 until 1931. Sourced from Wikipedia.... [more]
Metonymic occupational name for a trader in pearls, which in the Middle Ages were fashionable among the rich for the ornamentation of clothes, from Middle English, Old French perle
(Late Latin perla
a British surname of French origin derived from the pre-9th-century word "pourcel", which described a breeder of animals or a farmer
Nickname, probably for an industrious person, from pecchia
"Pechman" means "man with bad luck" in many European languages (Polish, German, and Dutch predominantly), though in German, it originally referred to one who prepared, sold, or used pitch.
Derived from the name of the small town Peja (Pec) in western Kosovo. Most likely given to the inhabitants of the town and their descedents.
PEDROSA Spanish, Catalan, Portuguese, Galician
Habitational name from any of numerous places named Pedrosa, from pedroso, pedrosa meaning "stoney", an adjectival derivative of pedra meaning "stone".
PEEBLES Scottish, Spanish (?)
Habitational name from places so named in Scotland. The place names are cognate with Welsh pebyll
From Middle Low German pek
‘sharp, pointed tool or weapon’.
PEIPER German (Austrian)
Occupational name for a piper, from Middle High German piper
. In some cases it may be derived from Sorbian pipar
"pepper", thus being an occupational name for a spicer or a nickname for one with a fiery temper.
From the name of a place in Hertfordshire, which meant "Peotla
's homestead" in Old English.
Habitational name for someone from Pelki in Poland.
Nickname for a bald man, from Old French pelé
, from Latin depilatus
" "stripped (of hair)".
From Middle Low German pelle
"precious purple silk cloth", presumably an occupational name for a maker or seller of such cloth or for a maker of official and church vestments.
Nickname for a man with long or unkempt hair and beard, from peloso
PELTZ German, Jewish
Occupational name for a furrier, from Middle High German bellez
, (modern German pelz
) "fur", "animal skin".
Occupational name for a furrier, from an agent derivative Middle High German bellez
Habitual surname for someone from Pembroke, a town in Wales.
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Manchego municipality.
Habitational name from places in Burgos and Salamanca named Peñaranda.
PENDARVIS English (American)
The American English spelling of the Cornish surname Pendarves. Ultimately, the surname is traced back to Pendarves Island, Cornwall.
Likely originated from the area Pendlebury, in the Borough of Swindon and Pendlebury in Greater Manchester. Formed from the Celtic pen
meaning "hill" and burh
meaning "settlement".... [more]
From 'Pen Dragon' meaning head dragon or dragons head. This was the name of the king Uther Pendragon who was King Arthurs father
Originally meant "person from Penhaligon", Cornwall ("willow-tree hill"). It is borne by Susan Penhaligon (1950-), a British actress.
One who lived near a fold or hill. From the Old English word "penn," meaning "hill" and "pen, fold."
PENNING English, Dutch, Low German
From early Middle English penning
, Low German penning
, and Middle Dutch penninc
, all meaning "penny". It was used as a topographic surname or a nickname referring to tax dues of a penny.
Habitual surname for someone from Pennington, Lancashire; Pennington, Cumbria; or Pennington, Hampshire.
Originally meant "person from Penycuik", near Edinburgh (probably "hill frequented by cuckoos").
English habitational name from Pennywell in Tyne and Wear or from a similarly named lost place elsewhere.
From Old English pening, penig
meaning "penny (the coin)" and worþ
meaning "enclosure". A notable fictional bearer is Alfred Pennyworth, a DC Comics character notable for being the butler of the superhero Batman.
PENROSE Cornish, Welsh
Originally meant "person from Penrose", Cornwall, Herefordshire and Wales ("highest part of the heath or moorland"). It is borne by the British mathematician Sir Roger Penrose (1931-).... [more]
From the medieval personal name Pepis
, a form of Old French Pepin
, brought into England by the Normans. It may have been based on an earlier nickname meaning "awesome". It is standardly pronounced "peeps"... [more]
PERALTA Catalan, Spanish, Aragonese
Habitational name from any of the places in Aragon, Catalonia, and Navarre called Peralta, from Latin petra alta
"high rock". This name is also established in Italy.
In textile mills, woven fabric coming off the mill / loom would pass over a frame, or rod, called a 'perch'. It was the job of the 'Percher' to examine the cloth for defects, and repair them when they were found... [more]
PERDUE English, Irish, French
English and Irish from Old French par Dieu
‘by God’, which was adopted in Middle English in a variety of more or less heavily altered forms. The surname represents a nickname from a favorite oath... [more]
PEREGRINE English, Popular Culture
Derived from the given name Peregrine
. A fictional bearer is Alma LeFay Peregrine, a character from the novel "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" (2011) by Ransom Riggs.
PEREIRE Breton (Latinized, Archaic)
This surname is the Gallic (Gaulish) origin and it means wild pear tree. There are also similar spellig in the Iberian Peninsula such as Pereiro, Pereyro, Pereiros, Perero and Pereros. These surnames (last names) correspond to families of the Celtiberian culture.