Submitted Surnames Starting with P

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Panichi Italian
Probably from panico, a type of millet grown in Italy. Alternately, it could be from the Latin name Panicus "of Pan, panic".
Panier Romansh
Derived from the place name Panix (present-day Pigniu) in the district of Surselva in the canton of Graubünden in Switzerland.
Panin Russian
Means "son of Panya".
Pankiewicz Polish
From the nickname Panek, a diminutive of Panas, itself a form of the given name Atanazy.
Pankov Russian
Means "son of Panko".
Pankratov Russian
Means "son of Pankratiy".
Pankratz German (East Prussian)
The name originated in Holland, as a surname chosen in 1811 when Napoleon insisted that all Dutch people have permanent surnames passed down to children. This particular family chose the name of a venerated saint - Saint Pancras, the patron saint of children... [more]
Panksepp Estonian
Panksepp is an Estonian surname meaning "bank smith". May also be derived from "pangsepp", meaning "bucket smith/maker".
Pann Estonian
Pann is an Estonian surname meaning "pan".
Pannala Finnish
Finnish: from the female personal name Anna + the local suffix -la. Found chiefly in Ostrobothnia.
Pannebakker Dutch
A Dutch name that literally means “producer of tiles.” the earliest trace of the name in the Netherlands is in the year 1568, associated with Herr Jan de Pannebakker and his wife Nancy who were accused of heresy and killed by the Spaniards at Utrecht.... [more]
Panosovich Russian
Means "Son of Panos" in Russian
Panou Greek
Means "son of Panos". A famous bearer is the Greek composer Akis Panou (1933-2000)
Panov Russian
Means "son of Panya".
Panozzo Italian
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]
Pantaleo Italian
From the given name Pantaleon.
Pantazis Greek
Derived from the Greek words panta, "always", and zise, "live". Means "always live" or "live forever".
Pantazzi Romanian
Best known as the surname of a certain Sybille.
Panteli Greek
From the given name Pantelis.
Pantolin Swedish (Rare)
Swedish military name
Panyanouvong Lao
From Lao ປັນຍາ (panya) meaning "wisdom, intelligence, reason" and ວົງ (vong) meaning "lineage, family".
Panzacola Indigenous American (Rare)
Named after the tribe meaning "hairy people".
Panzer German
Metonymic occupational name for an armorer from Middle High German panzier "mailcoat" (Old French pancier "armor for the stomach, body armor" from Late Latin).
Panzeri Italian
Either a nickname from Italian pancia "belly, paunch", referring to someone with a prominent belly (see Panza), or an occupational name for someone who manufactured girdles and armour, from panciere "corset, girdle; paunce (armour covering the belly)", ultimately from the same root.
Panzica Italian
From Sicilian panzicu "pot-bellied, paunch".
Pão Portuguese
Metonymic occupational name for a baker, from pão meaning "bread"
Pao Chinese
Variant of Bao.
Pao Estonian
Pao is an Estonian surname, derived from "paotama", meaning "slightly open".
Paolini Italian
From the given name Paolino.
Paolino Italian
From the given name Paolino.
Paolo Italian
From the given name Paolo.
Pap Hungarian
A populaur Hungarian surname meaning Priest. It is also a variant of Papp.
Papaccio Italian
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]
Papachristodoulopoulos Greek
Means "descendant of the priest and servant of Christ" in Greek.
Papacostas Greek (Cypriot)
Alternate transcription of Greek Παπακώστας (see Papakostas) chiefly used in Cyprus.
Papademetriou Greek
Alternate transcription of Papadimitriou
Papademos Greek
Likely derived from Greek papas, meaning "pope".
Papadiamantopoulos Greek
Means "descendant of the diamond priest" in Greek. A notable bearer of this surname is Ioannis Papadiamantopoulos, a Greek revolutionary leader.
Papakostas Greek
Means "son of Kostas the priest", from Greek πάπας (papas) combined with the given name Kostas.
Papamichael Greek, English (Rare)
Means "Son of priest Michael".
Papanikolau Greek
Means "son of Nikolaos" in Greek.
Papaqui Aztec, Nahuatl
From Nahuatl pakini meaning "happy".
Papastathopoulos Greek
Meaning "you are the priest" in Greek.
Papatonis Greek
From the Greek surname Papantonis, meaning "son of Antonis, the Priest".
Papazian Armenian
Patronymic from Turkish papaz ‘(Orthodox) priest’, ‘father’, from Greek papas (see Papas).
Papazoglou Greek
Means "son of the priest", derived from the Greek παπάς (papás) meaning "priest" combined with the Turkish oğlu or oğul meaning "son, descendant".
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.
Paquin French
Originated in east France. This last name signified a freehold that permitted use of a cluster of land or pastures. The name became “he who possesses lands” and "he who is wise."
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).
Pardon French
A nickname for someone who had received the royal clemency.
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".
Parenteau French (Rare), French (Quebec)
Diminutive of Parent. In France, this name is predominantly found in the Poitou-Charentes region.
Parete Italian
Denoted from a person who lived near a wall.
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.
Parkes English
Variant of Parks.
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.
Parkis English
Variant of Perkins or Parks.
Parlak Turkish
Means "bright, brilliant" in Turkish.
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]
Parli Romansh
Derived from the given name Bartholomäus.
Parmar Indian, Marathi, Gujarati, Punjabi, Hindi
Derived from Sanskrit परमार (paramara) meaning "slayer of enemies", from पर (para) meaning "enemy, adversary" and मार (mara) meaning "killing, slaying, destroying".
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.
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]
Parsa Persian
Means "pious, devout" in Persian.
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.
Parthenis Greek
Derives from the Greek word for 'virgin.'
Parthenopoulos Greek
Descendant or son of the virgin, or someone with the name Parthenis
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.
Parveen Urdu, Hindi, Bengali
Derived from the given name Parvin.
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’.
Pascoal Portuguese
From the given name Pascoal.
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]
Pashaei Persian
From the Ottoman title pasha, which was used by high-ranking military officers.
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 Chechen Пасхаев (see 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."
Pathirana Sinhalese
Possibly from a title derived from Sanskrit पति (pati) meaning "husband, lord" and राणा (rana) meaning "king".
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.
Patino Italian
From a word meaning "father".
Patnubay Filipino, Tagalog
Means "guide, companion" in Tagalog.
Patricks English
Patronymic form of Patrick.
Patrimonio Spanish (Philippines)
Means "patrimony" in Spanish.
Patrix Norman
Variant of Patrice.
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".
Patta Italian
Possibly from patta "draw, settlement", perhaps a nickname given to a negotiator. The same term can also mean "heat, warmth of the hearth".
Patters English
History not available.
Pattinson English, Scottish
Derived from the name of an ancestor. 'The son of Patrick' (which see), from the nick. Pate and diminutive Patt-in; compare Colin, Robin.
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.
Paulin Romansh
Derived from the given name Paulin.