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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.
Derived from French passe-partout
, which literally means "goes everywhere" but is actually an idiom for "skeleton key".... [more]
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]
French for "shepherd" or "preacher, pastor". Famous bearer Louis Pasteur (1822-1895), French chemist who created the first rabies vaccine, gave his name to the process of 'pasteurization'.
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.
PATHAN Indian (Muslim), Bengali, Urdu, Pashto
Derived from Hindustani पठान (paṭhān)
meaning "a Pashtun (person)", referring to the Pashtun ethnic group inhabiting present-day Afghanistan and Pakistan. It is sometimes used by Pashtuns who ancestrally migrated to India.
Patronymic derived from a Russian diminutive of PATRICIUS
. This is borne by Russian political and security figure Nikolai Patrushev (1951-), former director of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB).
Päts is an Estonian surname meaning "pone" or "loaf".
Hungarian or Austrian in origin. From the heilienkruz Austria/Hungary area
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.
Feminine form of PAVLOV
. A famous bearer was the Russian prima ballerina Anna Pavlova (1881-1931).
From the given name PAWEŁ
, also used as a habitational name for someone from any of the various locations in Poland called Pawłowo
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.
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.
Pedriks is an Estonian surname, a derivation of the names Frederick and Friedrich.
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
This surname was given topographically to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. A famous bearer of this surname is actor, comedian, writer, producer, and director Jordan Peele.
Peep is an Estonian surname (and masculine given name). Taken from the given name "Peep".
Peerna is an Estonian surname, possibly derived from the city of Pärnu in Pärnu County.
Peet is an Estonian surname meaning "beetroot".
Peetersoo is an Estonian surname meaning "Peeter's swamp". However, it most likely derived from an Estonianization of the surname "Peterson" or "Peeterson".
Peetre is an Estonian surname; a variant of the masculine given name "Peeter".
PEEVEY Norman, English
Means "a place with a fine view". Composed of the Old French roots beu
, which means "fair" and "lovely", and voir
, which means "to see".
Means "wrestler" or "strongman" in Turkish, referring to a yağlı güreş
wrestler (a traditional Turkish oil wrestling sport), ultimately of Persian origin.
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.
PEJOVIĆ Serbian (Russian, Modern)
Pejović is a Serbian surname. Mainly used in serbia. But also used in Croatia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo and Macedonia
Derived from Hebrew פְּלָדָה (pladá)
From the name of a place in Hertfordshire, which meant "PEOTLA
's homestead" in Old English.
Pelisaar is an Estonian surname meaning "capstan/windlass island".
Habitational name for someone from Pelki in Poland.
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
This surname is occupational in origin. It comes from the Latin word "pellis," meaning "skin" or "hide," and would have originally been born by someone who tanned or sold hides and pelts for a living.
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.
PENNEBAKER Dutch (Anglicized)
Coming from the Dutch name PANNEBAKKER
. The name is of occupational origin and is traceable to a term literally translated as "producer of tiles." Legend has it that the family imigrated from central Europe in the mid 1300’s to the Netherlands to escape the wars and plague that were common in the area at that time.
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.
Habitational surname denoting someone originally from any of the various locations in England named Pennington, derived from Old English penning
meaning "penny" (used as a byname or from a tribute due on the land) and tun
Penno is an Estonian surname derived from "penny"; from the German "pfennig".
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]
Pense is, quite literally, a French word meaning "to think" or "thought", but is also a surname. Sometimes confused with the surname Pence, which is German.
Pent is an Estonian surname possibly derived from "pentsik" meaning "funny" and "eccentric".
From the Old French name Pepis
, itself a form of the given name PÉPIN
. Alternatively, it may be derived from French pépin
meaning "(fruit) seed", thus making it an occupational name for a gardener or someone who grew fruit-bearing trees.
From a short form of the personal name Giuseppe
, a pet form of a Germanic personal name.
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"... [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]
It indicates familial origin within the municipality of Aiara.
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.
PEREIRU Medieval Portuguese (Latinized, Rare, Archaic)
This is a Military Order (Knights Templar or the Order of Solomon's Temple) and it was founded by the Henrique de Borgonha, conde de Portucale (Henry, Count of Portugal) in the year 1090. It was then confirmed by Pope Alexandre III in the year 1177... [more]
Meaning the pear tree. It have a second meaning that is Son of Peter and it's a surname of the Christian inspiration. In Catalonia there is a derivative that is Parés (Variations: Pares, Parès, Parè and Pare).
A variation of the English name PARHAM
, based on the village of Parham (one in county Suffolk, another in county Sussex). From the Old English peru
, meaning "pear" (the fruit), and ham
, meaning "homestead".
Periz is a Gascon surname. It's a native of the region of Gascony (Guyenne). Its signification is Descendant of Peter (Also is The family of Peter). In the French languaje is Pierre. It's a surname of the Christian inspiration and alludes to St... [more]
Jewish (Ashkenazic): ornamental name from German Perlmutter ‘mother-of-pearl'.
Ornamental name composed of German Perle
‘pearl’ + Stein
A famous bearer is the Italian archaeologist Luigi Pernier (1874 - 1937), who discovered the mysterious Phaistos disc on the Greek island of Crete.
PERPICH English (American)
Americanized spelling of Croatian and Serbian PRPIĆ
was a term denoting young girls who, in the dry season, would visit houses in the village and pray for rain.
From a pet form of the personal name Pešek
PETITO Jewish (Archaic)
Jewish family surname. Family originally settled in South of Italy, but also spread in Rome. According family's background stories, ancestors ( פטיטו ) sailed from Palestine to (south) of Italy, where they settled, at time of the big diaspora as an effect of Bar Kochba defeat (135 A.D.). There are still today in Israel people with Petito surname in the major Israel cities, as well elsewhere (check Petito in www.israelpb.com --or here, letter P: http://www.genami.org/en/belgian-file/belgian-file-p.php).
Possibly from the name Petros
. Famous bearer of this surname is the German singer Kim Petras (born 1992)
Patronymic surname that was derived from the first name Peter.
From the main character (Wanda Petronski) in The Hundred Dresses, which was a children's book written by Eleanor Estes.
"parsley", a southern dialect variant of prezzemolo.
Pettai is an Estonian surname derived from "petta" meaning "to be up to mischief".
From the possessive or plural form of Middle English pytte
‘pit’, ‘hollow’, hence a topographic name for someone who lived by a pit, or a habitational name from a place named with this word, as for example Pett in East Sussex.
PETTY English, Scottish
Derived from Norman French petit
, 'small', thus a nickname for a small or insignificant individual.... [more]
German. Derives from a pet form of a Slavic version of the given name PETER
In the war there was a French resistance fighter named Maurice Peureux.