Submitted Surnames Starting with P

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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]
Passet French (Huguenot)
Derived from French pas "(geography) strait, pass" in combination with a diminutive suffix.
Passett Romansh
Romanshized form of Passet.
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".
Pateman English
The name Pateman is rooted in the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It is a name for someone who worked as a boatman. The surname Pateman is derived from the Anglo-Saxon word bat, which means a boat.
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.
Pathan Indian (Muslim)
It is used as a last name for Indian Muslims and usually means Hindustani (A Man/Woman that cares about their Country/town) also is a brave person
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."
Pathiraja Sinhalese
Derived from Sanskrit पति (pati) meaning "husband, lord" and राज (raja) meaning "king".
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.
Paulus German, Dutch
From the given name Paulus and variant of Paul.
Păun Romanian
Derived from Romanian păun "peacock".
Păunescu Romanian
Patronymic derived from Romanian păun "peacock".
Pauro Croatian, Istriot
Probably an Istrian form of Paro.
Paustenbach German
Thomas Paustenbach, family name associated with the town Paustenbach, Germany
Pauw Dutch, Flemish
Means "peacock" in Dutch.
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.
Pavel m latină
Numele Pavel își are originea în numele de familie roman Paulus, care însemna „mic” sau „umil” în latină. ... [more]
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".
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".
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 transcription of Russian Павловский (see Pavlovsky).
Pavón Spanish
Spanish cognitive of Pavone and variant of Pabón from Spanish pavón "peacock" from Latin pavo.
Pavon Spanish (Latin American)
Nickname for a proud man
Pawley English
English variant of Pauley.
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.
Payán Spanish
Possibly derived from Mozarabic päiên meaning "cave ravine", ultimately from Latin pedem meaning "foot".
Payan English
Variant of Payne.
Payen French, French (Caribbean)
From the old French given names Pagen Paien from Latin paganus "pagan"... [more]
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.
Paytas Hungarian, English (American)
From the Hungarian nickname pajtás meaning "comrade, pal". Possibly originates from the Ottoman Turkish word پایداش‎ (paydaş) meaning "partner, sharer". A notable bearer of the surname is the American YouTuber Trisha Paytas.
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]
Pazzi Italian
From Italian pazzo "crazy, insane, mad".
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."
Peachy English (Anglicized)
Means “lived near a peach tree, sold peaches, or was associated with the fruit in some other way”. Originally arrived with the in England after the Norman conquest of 1066.
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).
Pears English
Patronymic from the given name Piers (see Pearson).
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.
Pechtold German, Dutch, Jewish
From the Old German given name Pechtholt, which is composed of the elements pecht "rotation" and holdt "hero". As a Dutch-language surname, it is derived from the Middle Dutch given name Pechte combined with Old High German walt "power, authority"... [more]
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".
Pedemonte Italian
Variant of Piemonte, Means "at the foot of the mountains"... [more]
Pedra Spanish
Feminine form of Pedro.
Pedraza Spanish
Refers to the blow received from a stone thrown intentionally to wound someone.
Pedreira Portuguese, Galician
Means "quarry, rocky place" in Portuguese and Galician, originally a habitational name from any of various places called Pedreira or A Pedreira.
Pedretti Italian, Italian (Swiss), Romansh
Italian patronymic form of Pedretto, itself derived from the given name Peter.
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.
Pedroli Italian (Swiss), Romansh
Derived from a diminutive form of the given name Peter.
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".
Pedrussio Romansh
Derived from a diminutive form of the given name Peter.
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".
Peer Romansh
Romansh form of Bayer.
Peeri Indian (Christian), Malayalam
From the given name Peeri, used by Malayalam-speaking Saint Thomas Christians.
Peeris Sinhalese
Alternate transcription of Sinhala පීරිස් (see Peiris).
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. A notable bearer was the American philosopher Charles Sanders Peirce (1839-1914), who is considered to be one of the founders of pragmatism, along with William James and John Dewey.
Peiris Sinhalese
Sinhalese form of Peres.
Peit Estonian
Peit is an Estonian surname meaning "concealed" and "hidden".
Peixoto Portuguese
Occupational name for a fisherman or fish seller or a nickname for someone thought to resemble a fish, derived from Portuguese peixe meaning "fish".
Pejić Croatian, Serbian
Means "son of Pejo".
Pejović Serbian (Russified, Modern)
Pejović is a Serbian surname. Mainly used in serbia. But also used in Croatia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo and Macedonia
Pekarev Russian
Russian variation of the surname "Baker"
Pelagatti Italian
Probably derives from an old expression meaning "cheat, scoundrel", literally a combination of pela "to skin" and gatti "cats".
Pelayo Spanish
From the given name Pelayo.
Peled Jewish
Derived from Hebrew פלדה (plada) meaning "steel".
Pelekanos Greek
Means woodpecker" from Greek pelekanos "green woodpecker" (cognate with pelekan "pelican"; both come from pelekys "axe" the pelican because its beak is shaped like an axe the woodpecker because it uses its beak like an axe).
Pelevin Russian
Derived from dialectal Russian пелева (peleva) meaning "chaff, shuck". A notable bearer is Victor Pelevin, the Russian fiction writer.
Pelham English
From the name of a place in Hertfordshire, which meant "Peotla's homestead" in Old English.
Pelisaar Estonian
Pelisaar is an Estonian surname meaning "capstan/windlass island".
Pelissier French
From Old French "Pelicier", (Meaning "Furrier", from an agent derivative of pelice, meaning "Fur cloak", from Late Latin "pellicia", from "pellis", meaning "skin fur". An occupational name of someone likely in the fur and hide trade.
Pelka Polish
Reduced pet form of the given name Świętopełk.
Pelka Jewish
Habitational name for someone from Pelki in Poland.
Pelkey French (Anglicized)
Anglicized version of French surnames Peltier and Pelltier.
Pelle Italian
From the Italian word pelle "skin".
Pelle Danish, German
From the personal name Pelle, a vernacular form of Peter.
Pelle German
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.
Pellegrin French
Unknown. Possibly a variant of Pellegrino. This surname was given to the Chilean named Raúl Alejandro Pellegrin Friedmann (1958-1988; nicknamed José Miguel).
Pellerin French
From Old French pellerin pelegrin "pilgrim" (from Latin peregrinus "traveler") applied as a nickname for a person who had been on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land or to a famous holy site elsewhere... [more]
Pellicano Italian, Sicilian
nickname from dialect pelecanò pelicanò "woodpecker" from modern Greek pelekanos "green woodpecker" (cognate with pelekan "pelican"; both come from pelekys "axe" the pelican because its beak is shaped like an axe the woodpecker because it uses its beak like an axe).
Pelliccia Italian
From Italian pelliccia "fur (of an animal)".
Pellicer Spanish
Spanish variant of Pelletier
Pello Estonian
Pello is an Estonian surname meaning "pipe-clip".
Pelosi Italian
Patronymic or plural form of Peloso.
Peloso Italian
Nickname for a man with long or unkempt hair and beard, from peloso "hairy", "shaggy".
Pelt Dutch
Dutch: shortened form of Van Pelt.
Pelter Dutch
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.
Peltier French
Variant of Pelletier (from Old French pellet, a diminutive of pel "skin, hide").