Submitted Surnames Starting with P

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Pappalardo Italian
Means "glutton, hypocrite" in Italian, originally a nickname for a gluttonous person or someone who pretended to observe religious fasts while eating meat in secret.
Pappas Greek
Means "priest" in Greek.
Pappel Estonian
Pappel is an Estonian surname meaning "poplar/cottonwood".
Pappin English (Canadian)
Southeastern Ontario, Canada. My dad and uncle are the only two I met. I was told their family background was Metis/Cree.
Paquette French
From the personal name Paquet, a pet form of Pascal.
Par Portuguese
Derived from Portuguese meaning "pair, couple, equal".
Paradise English, Scottish
Nickname for someone who "lived by a park or pleasure garden".
Paradiso Italian
Means "paradise" in Italian.
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.
Parajuli Nepali
From the name of a village in Dailekh District called Parajul.
Paramar Indian, Gujarati
Means "one who strikes the enemy" from Sanskrit पर (para) meaning "other, alien, foreigner, enemy" and मार (mā́ra) meaning "killing, slaying, destroying".
Paramore French (Rare)
origin is unknown but the meaning of the name is lover used in France and England
Parata Maori
From a transliteration of the English word "brother" or "brothers".
Paratore Italian
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... [more]
Pardoe English
From a medieval nickname based on the Old French oath par Dieu "by God" (cf. Purdie).
Parduhn German
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).
Pardy English (Modern)
English (Dorset) variant of Perdue.
Pare English
Variant of Parr.
Parekh Indian
Parekh is the variant of the name Parikh. It means ‘assayer’ in Gujarati. The Porwal Banias and Oswal have clans called Parekh.
Parelius Norwegian
Latinization of a learned Hellenized translation of either Solvorn, a placename in Luster (Sogn og Fjordane), or of Solnør, a placename in Skodje/Ørskog (Møre og Romsdal), Norway. The surname itself is then derived from Greek para heliou "near (or close by) the sun".
Parfitt English, Welsh
Derived from Middle English parfit meaning "perfect."
Pärg Estonian
Pärg is an Estonian surname meaning "wreath".
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’.
Parikh Indian
Variant of Parekh
Paris Estonian
Paris is an Estonian surname derived from "päris" meaning "true" and "genuine".
Pariseau French
Derived from a pet form of Paris.
Parke English
Variant spelling of Park.
Parkin English
From the given name Parkin
Parkington English
Habitational name from a place in Greater Manchester (formerly in Cheshire) called Partington, from Old English Peartingtun 'settlement (tun) associated with Pearta', a personal name not independently recorded.
Parletti Italian (Rare)
It is a surname of Italian origin, believed to mean "talkative", although few have this surname. Approximately 11 people bear this surname.
Parley English
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]
Parmas Estonian
Parmas is an Estonian surname meaning a "heap of sheaves" and an "armful".
Parmentier French
An occupational surname for a maker of "facings" and "trimmings".
Parmley English
Variant of Parley. This form is found more in northern England, specifically Cumberland and Durham, but is of like derivation.
Pärnakivi Estonian
Pärnakivi is an Estonian surname meaning "linden stone".
Pärnamaa Estonian
Pärnamaa is an Estonians surname meaning "linden land".
Pärnamets Estonian
Pärnamets is an Estonian surname meaning "linden forest".
Pärnasalu Estonian
Pärnasalu is an Estonian surname meaning "lime grove".
Pärnaste Estonian
Pärnaste is an Estonian surname derived from "pärn" meaning "linden".
Parnes Jewish
Eastern Ashkenazic occupational name for the president of a Jewish community, from Yiddish parnes (from Hebrew parnas).
Parness Jewish
Variant of Parnes.
Parnham English
English habitational name from Parnham in Beaminster, Dorset.
Pärnoja Estonian
Pärnoja is an Estonian surname meaning "linden creek/stream".
Pärnpuu Estonian
Pärnpuu is an Estonian surname meaning "linden tree".
Parolo Italian
Italian surname coming from the given name Gaspare.
Parr English
From a place so named in England. Derived from Old English pearr "enclosure".
Parr German
Variant of Pfarr.
Parra Spanish
From Spanish meaning "vine".
Parras Spanish
Plural form of Parra.
Parro Estonian
Parro is an Estonian surname, possibly a corruption of "parun" meaning "baron".
Parrot French
Form of Pierone.... [more]
Parsi Persian, Indian (Parsi)
Derived from Persian پارسی (pârsi) literally meaning "Persian", though it also refers to the Parsi (or Parsee), a Zoroastrian community in India.
Parsley Medieval French, English, Norman, French
Derived from Old French passelewe "cross the water."... [more]
Pärson Swedish (Rare)
Variant of Persson. A notable bearer is Swedish alpine skier Anja Pärson (b. 1981).
Parson English
Surname given to the parson (priest).
Pärtel Estonian
Pärtel is an Estonian surname derived from the masculine given name "Pärtel".
Pärtelpoeg Estonian
Pärtelpoeg is an Estonian surname meaning "son of Pärtel (a masculine given name)".
Partenheimer German
Habitational name for someone from Partenheim in Rheinhessen.
Partington English
Habitational name from a place in Greater Manchester (formerly in Cheshire) called Partington, from Old English Peartingtun "Pearta's town".
Parton English
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.
Parts Estonian
Parts is an Estonian surname, derived from "part" meaning "duck".
Parve Estonian
Parve is an Estonian surname meaning "raft". Probably taken from "parvemees" meaning "raftsman".
Parveen Hindi
From the given name Parveen.
Parvez Bengali, Urdu
From the given name Parviz.
Parvin Persian, Bengali
Means "the Pleiades" in Persian.
Parwaz Urdu
Meaning... [more]
Pašalić Bosnian, Croatian
Derived from paša, meaning "Pasha", which was a high rank in the Ottoman political and military system.
Pasaribu Batak
Derived from Batak ribu meaning "thousand".
Pasch German
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’.
Pascoe Cornish
Cornish form of Pascal, meaning "easter", with the Cornish patronymic suffix, -o.
Pascua Spanish
From the personal name Pascual. It also means "Easter" in Spanish.
Pasdar Persian
Means "guard, sentinel, watchman" in Persian.
Pash English (American)
Americanized spelling of German Pasch.
Pasha Albanian, Ottoman Turkish (Anglicized), Turkish (Anglicized)
Pasha or pascha (Ottoman Turkish: پاشا‎, Turkish: paşa), formerly anglicized as bashaw, was a higher rank in the Ottoman Empire political and military system, typically granted to governors, generals and dignitaries and others... [more]
Pashley English
From the an Old English personal name Pæcca, and with the Old English word "le-ah," meaning "clearing in the wood. ''
Pasinski Polish
Habitational name for someone from a place called Paszyn in Nowy Sacz voivodeship; also a pet form of Paweł.
Paskhaev Chechen (Rare)
Of unknown meaning.
Paskhaeva Chechen
Feminine transcription of Paskhaev.
Pasquale Italian
From the given name Pasquale.
Pasqualino Italian
From the given name Pasqualino.
Pasquier French
Meaning uncertain. Possibly "keeper of the oven."
Passafiume Italian
ferryman "across the water"
Passe French
Possibly a nickname from passe 'sparrow
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.
Passepartout Literature
Derived from French passe-partout, which literally means "goes everywhere" but is actually an idiom for "skeleton key".... [more]
Passi Italian, Medieval Italian
The surname Passi was first found in the town of Mugello, with the Passerini family who moved south to Florence in the 10th century. Terranova dei Passerini is a comune in the Province of Lodi in the Italian region Lombardy about 50 kilometres (31 miles) southeast of Milan.... [more]
Passmore English
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]
Pasteur French
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'.
Pastorelli Italian
An occupational name meaning "shepherd."
Pastrana Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Manchego municipality.
Pastukhov Russian
Derived from Russian пастух (pastukh) meaning "shepherd".
Patalinghug Filipino, Cebuano
From Cebuano patalinghog meaning "listen".
Pate English
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".
Pater Dutch
From Latin pater ‘father’, also used to denote the father superior in a religious order, hence probably a nickname for a "solemn" or "pompous man."
Patera Czech
Nickname for the illegitimate son of a priest.
Paterno Italian
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.
Pathak Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Punjabi, Nepali
Derived from Sanskrit पाठक (pathaka) meaning "reader, learner".
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.
Pathappan Indian (Christian), Malayalam
From the given name Pathappan, used by Malayalam-speaking Saint Thomas Christians.
Pathé French
Meaning, "Dweller near an important path or footway."
Pathrose Indian (Christian), Malayalam
Derived from a variant of the given name Peter (chiefly used by Malayalam Christians).
Patiño Spanish, Galician
From a diminutive of Spanish or Galician pato meaning "duck", used as a nickname for a person who waddled.
Patnubay Filipino, Tagalog
Means "guide, companion" in Tagalog.
Patricks English
Patronymic form of Patrick.
Patrimonio Spanish (Philippines)
Means "patrimony" in Spanish.
Patrushev Russian
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 Estonian
Päts is an Estonian surname meaning "pone" or "loaf".
Patters English
History not available.
Paudel Nepali
From Nepali पौडी (paudi) possibly referring to the town of Pauri in Uttarakhand, India, combined with आलय (alaya) meaning "house, dwelling".
Pauell Russian
Russian translation of the surname of Powell
Paukovits Hungarian
Hungarian or Austrian in origin. From the heilienkruz Austria/Hungary area
Pauley English, German
English: from a medieval pet form of Paul.... [more]
Paulick German
German (of Slavic origin) spelling of Pavlik, a Slavic derivative of Paul.
Paustenbach German
Thomas Paustenbach, family name associated with the town Paustenbach, Germany
Pauw Dutch, Flemish
Means "peacock" in Dutch.
Pauwels Dutch
Means "son of Pauwel".
Pávek Czech
Diminutive of páv "peacock", hence a nickname for a pretentious or ostentatious person.
Pavek Dutch
Americanized spelling of Pávek.
Pavel Slovak
Comes from the personal name Pavel.
Pavelec Czech
Pavelec is short form of name Pavel.
Pavelić Croatian
Patronymic, meaning "son of Pavel".
Pavelka Czech
Derived from the given name Pavel. A famosu bearer is Jake Pavelka.
Pavese Italian
Means "one from Pavia". Pavia is an Italian town located in Lombardy, northern Italy. It can also derive from pavese, a kind of big, Medieval shield.... [more]
Pavey English
Either (i) from the medieval female personal name Pavia, perhaps from Old French pavie "peach"; or (ii) "person from Pavia", Italy.
Pavićević Montenegrin
Patronymic, meaning "son of Pavao".
Pavlenko Ukrainian
Derived from the given name Pavlo.
Pavliashvili Georgian
Means "son of Pavle".
Pavlić Croatian, Serbian
Means "son of Pavle".
Pavlides Greek
Means "Son of Pavlos".
Pavlík Czech, Slovak
From a pet form of Pavel. Ukrainian from a pet form of the personal name Pavlo, Ukrainian equivalent of Paul.
Pavlisko Slovak
Rusyn patronym based on Pavel
Pavloff Russian, Bulgarian
Anglicized variant form of Pavlov.
Pavlopoulos Greek
Means "son of Pavlos" in Greek.
Pavlou Greek
Means "son of Pavlos".
Pavlova Russian
Feminine form of Pavlov. A famous bearer was the Russian prima ballerina Anna Pavlova (1881-1931).
Pavlovskaya Russian
Feminine counterpart of Pavlovsky.
Pavon Spanish (Latin American)
Nickname for a proud man
Paxson English
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.
Payan English
Variant of Payne.
Paysen German, Frisian
Patronymic from the personal name Pay, the Frisian form of Paul.
Payson German, Frisian
German and Frisian variant spelling of Paysen, a patronymic from the personal name Paul.
Payton Irish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Peatáin "descendant of Peatán.
Paz Hebrew (Rare)
From the given name Paz 2, means "gold" in Hebrew. ... [more]
Pcholkin Belarusian, Ukrainian
Belarusian and Ukrainian variant of Pchyolkin.
Pchyolkin Russian
Derived from Russian пчёлка (pchyolka), a diminutive of пчела (pchela) meaning "bee". The founder of the surname may have been a beekeeper.
Pčolkin Belarusian
Belarusian Latin spelling of Pcholkin.
Peabody English
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."
Pearcy English (American)
Variant of Percy, which is a name derived from Perci, a parish and canton near St. Lo, in Normandy
Pearks English
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]
Pearl English
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).
Pearsall English
a British surname of French origin derived from the pre-9th-century word "pourcel", which described a breeder of animals or a farmer
Peartree English
Means "pear tree".
Pease English
English: from Middle English pese ‘pea’, hence a metonymic occupational name for a grower or seller of peas, or a nickname for a small and insignificant person. The word was originally a collective singular (Old English peose, pise, from Latin pisa) from which the modern English vocabulary word pea is derived by folk etymology, the singular having been taken as a plural.
Pećanac Serbian
Habitational name for someone from the village of Peći, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Pecchia Italian
Nickname, probably for an industrious person, from pecchia "bee".
Pechanec Czech
Pronounced /Pe-khan-nets/... [more]
Pêcheur French
French for "fisher."
Pechman German
"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.
Pecic Albanian
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.
Pecorella Italian
Diminutive of Pecora.
Pedajas Estonian
Pedajas is an Estonian surname meaning "pine".
Pedraza Spanish
Refers to the blow received from a stone thrown intentionally to wound someone.
Pedriks Estonian
Pedriks is an Estonian surname, a derivation of the names Frederick and Friedrich.
Pedrola Aragonese
It indicates familial origin within the eponymous municipality.
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".
Pedroso Portuguese
Its origin is the word "pedra", which means "stone".
Peebles Scottish, Spanish (?)
Habitational name from places so named in Scotland. The place names are cognate with Welsh pebyll "tent, pavilion".
Peegel Estonian
Peegel is an Estonian surname meaning "mirror".
Peele English
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 Estonian
Peep is an Estonian surname (and masculine given name). Taken from the given name "Peep".
Peeri Indian (Christian), Malayalam
From the given name Peeri, used by Malayalam-speaking Saint Thomas Christians.
Peerna Estonian
Peerna is an Estonian surname, possibly derived from the city of Pärnu in Pärnu County.
Peet Estonian
Peet is an Estonian surname meaning "beetroot".
Peet English, Dutch
Derived from a pet form of the given name Peter. As a Dutch nickname, it is derived from Middle Dutch pete meaning "godfather, godmother, godchild".
Peete English
Variant spelling of Peet.
Peetersoo Estonian
Peetersoo is an Estonian surname meaning "Peeter's swamp". However, it most likely derived from an Estonianization of the surname "Peterson" or "Peeterson".
Peetre Estonian
Peetre is an Estonian surname; a variant of the masculine given name "Peeter".
Peetsalu Estonian
Peetsalu is an Estonian surname meaning "beet/beetroot grove".
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".
Pegg English, Welsh
Son of "Margaret", in Old English.
Peh Chinese (Hokkien), Chinese (Teochew)
Hokkien and Teochew romanization of Bai.
Pehlivan Turkish
Means "wrestler, strongman" in Turkish, ultimately from Persian پهلوان (pahlavân).
Peia Italian
Village in Italy
Peik German
From Middle Low German pek ‘sharp, pointed tool or weapon’.
Peikert German
Probably an occupational name for a drummer.
Peil Estonian
Peil is an Estonian surname meaning "gage".
Peinado Spanish
Derived from peinado meaning "combed" (past participle of peinar meaning "to comb"), hence a nickname for a well-groomed person or for someone with naturally smooth rather than curly hair.
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.
Peirce English
From the given name Piers.
Peit Estonian
Peit is an Estonian surname meaning "concealed" and "hidden".