Submitted Surnames Starting with P

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PEW Welsh
From Welsh ap Hew or ap Hugh "son of HUGH" (see PUGH). A fictional bearer is Blind Pew, the blind pirate in Robert Louis Stevenson's 'Treasure Island' (1883).
Comprised of the English word pewter, which is a metal alloy made mostly of tin, and the German element schmidt 'smith' (see SCHMIDT). This surname is obviously intended to be of Germanic origin... [more]
Unknown meaning. French surname. Famous bearer of this name is Bruno Peyron and the German princess Louise Peyron (1918-1989).... [more]
The Germanic spelling of the Dutch sername PANNEBAKKER
PFARR German
From Middle High German pfarr 'district' 'parish' or pfarre(r) 'parish priest', hence an occupational name for a parson.
PFEFFER German, Jewish
Occupational name for a spicer, or a nickname for a person with a fiery temper, for a small man, or for a dark-haired person. Derived from German Pfeffer "pepper".
South German diminutive of PFEFFER, and a nickname for a person who sells spices.
PFEIL German
From Middle High German pfil ‘arrow’ (from Latin pilum ‘spike’, ‘javelin’), either a metonymic occupational name for an arrowsmith or possibly a nickname for a tall thin man.
Occupational name for a Ploughman, literally meaning "Ploughman/Plowman" in German.
PFUHL German
a topographic name for someone who lived by a swamp or pond, Middle High German phuol.... [more]
PFUND German
metonymic occupational name for a sealer of weights, or for a wholesale merchant, from Middle High German pfunt ‘pound’ (as a measure of weight and a unit of currency).
Unknown meaning of German origin
PHÉNIX French (Quebec)
French Canadian variant of PHOENIX.
PHENIX French (Quebec, Anglicized)
Either (i) an anglicization of French Canadian Phénix, literally "phoenix", probably originally a nickname of now lost import; or (ii) a different form of FENWICK.
A rare nickname given for someone's appearance of blonde and red hair just as a phoenix has colorful plumage and a tail of gold and scarlet.
From the medieval French male personal name FILIBERT, of Germanic origin and meaning literally "very bright, very famous".
In the Medieval period, of Ancient Greek origin, derives from philippos, a compound made of philein meaning "to love", and hippos, a horse, hence "lover of horses".
Means Son Of Philip
Derived from the given name PHILIP
Means "son of PHILLIP"
PHILLISKIRK English (Rare)
From a 'lost' medieval parish in England or Scotland, named with the Old Norse element kirk meaning 'church' or 'place of worship'.... [more]
English (chiefly southeastern): from the Middle English personal name Philipot/PHILPOT, a pet form of PHILIP.
Patronymic from Phil, a short form of the personal name PHILIP.
From the name of a beautiful immortal bird which appears in Egyptian and Greek mythology. After living for several centuries in the Arabian Desert, it would be consumed by fire and rise from its own ashes, with this cycle repeating every 500 years... [more]
Possibly a short form of MAC PHÓIL or Mac Giolla Phóil.
PHUKUNTSI Tswana, Sotho
This surname has multilayered meanings... [more]
PIAGNOLO Italian (Anglicized, Modern)
It was borrowed from Italian chemist Giovenco Piagnolo
PIANA Italian
Topographic name from piana ‘plain’, ‘level ground’, from Latin planus, or a habitational name from any of the places named with this word.
PIANO Italian
Topographic name for someone who lived on a plain or plateau, Italian piano (Latin planum, from the adjective planus ‘flat’, ‘level’).
PICA Italian, Catalan
Nickname for a gossipy or garrulous person, from the central-southern Italian word pica ‘magpie’. Compare Picazo.Catalan: habitational name from any of the numerous places called Pica.Catalan: from either pica ‘pointed object’ (weapon, etc.) or a derivative of picar ‘to prick’.
Picard is the name given to a person from Picardy, a historical region and cultural area of France. The Star Trek: Next Generation Jean-Luc Picard has this name.
meaning- little one
Nickname from piccolo "small".
Spanish form of the surname PICARD
This famous Yorkshire name is of early medieval English origin, and is a locational surname deriving from the place in West Yorkshire called Pickersgill, or "Robber's Ravine". The placename is derived from the Middle English "pyker", thief, robber, and "gill", gully, ravine, deep glen.
of Norman origin, from the personal name "Pic", here with the diminutive suffixes "et" or "ot", and recorded as "Picot, Pigot" and Piket". The name is ultimately of Germanic derivation, from "pic", meaning "sharp", or "pointed", which was a common element in names meaning for instance, residence near a "pointed hill", use of a particular sharp or pointed tool or weapon, or a nickname for a tall, thin person.
This surnames origins lie with the Anglo-Saxons. It is a product of their having lived in the parish of Pitchford in Shropshire. ... [more]
PICO Spanish
meaning beak of a bird, or peak of a mountain in spanish... [more]
PICÓ Catalan
Probably a nickname from Catalan picó "having a thick upper lip".
PICOT English
Modern (and also more common) form of PIÉNOEL.
PIÉNOEL French (Rare)
French surname that possibly refers to the buckled shoes that the original bearer was wearing, in which case it is derived from Old French pié meaning "foot" combined with Old French noiel meaning "buckle"... [more]
PIEPER German, Dutch
Occupational name for a piper.
English (of Norman origin): habitational name from any of various places, for example in Aisne and Calvados, so called from Old French pierre ‘stone’ + pont ‘bridge’.
"Pieter's son"
The derivation of the name Pietrafesa comes from the cracked aspect of the mountain on which it rose. In Italian "Pietra" mean Rock and "-fesa" comes from the Italian word fessura meaning cracked.... [more]
Derived from the given name Pietrangelo, a variant of PIERANGELO, formed from PIETRO and ANGELO... [more]
PIGUE French
French family last name may have been changed from the original French
Pihelgas is an Estonian surname meaning "rowen/ash".
Pihlakas is an Estonian surname meaning "rowan" or "mountain ash".
Pihlapuu is an Estonian surname meaning "rowan/mountain ash tree".
Pihlasalu is an Estonian surname meaning "rowan/mountain ash grove".
PIIP Estonian
Piip is an Estonian surname meaning "pipe".
PIIR Estonian
Piir is an Estonian surname meaning "border" and "frontier".
Piirikivi is an Estonian surname meaning "border stone".
Piirimaa is an Estonian surname meaning "border land".
Piirimäe is an Estonian surname meaning "border mountain".
Piirimees is an Estonian surname meaning "border man".
Piirisaar is an Estonian surname meaning "border island".
Piirisalu is an Estonian surname meaning "border grove".
PIIROJA Estonian
Piiroja is an Estonian surname meaning "border creek".
PIISKOP Estonian
Piiskop is an Estonian surname meaning "bishop".
PIKAMÄE Estonian
Pikamäe is an Estonian surname meaning "long hill/mountain".
PIKE English, Irish
English: topographic name for someone who lived by a hill with a sharp point, from Old English pic ‘point’, ‘hill’, which was a relatively common place name element.... [more]
Perhaps related to the English surname PICKETT. A notable bearer is French economist Thomas Piketty (1971-).
PIKK Estonian
Pikk is an Estonian surname meaning "long" and "tall".
PIKKMAA Estonian
Pikkmaa is an Estonian surname meaning "high land".
PIKKOJA Estonian
Pikkoja is an Estonian surname meaning "long stream".
Occupational name for a sawyer, Polish pilarz + -ski, common ending of surnames.
PILBAS Estonian
Pilbas is an Estonia surname meaning "sliver" and "splinter".
PILCH English
From Middle English pilch, a metonymic occupational name for a maker or seller of pilches or a nickname for a habitual wearer of these. A pilch (from Late Latin pellicia, a derivative of pellis "skin, hide") was a kind of coarse leather garment with the hair or fur still on it.
Occupational name for a maker or seller of pilches, from an agent derivative of PILCH. In early 17th-century English, pilcher was a popular term of abuse, being confused or punningly associated with the unrelated verb pilch "to steal" and with the unrelated noun pilchard, a kind of fish.
PILENGIS Latvian (Rare)
This was my mother's maiden name. She and the rest of my family were born in Latvia. I am the first American born. I do not know what Pilengis means.
PILIANG Indonesian, Minangkabau
Probably derived from Indonesian pili meaning "a lot" and hyang "God, spirit, deity" or pili hyang meaning "the god, the deity" (thus forming the term peleh meaning "many gods") probably referring to the old Hindu-influenced gods that were worshiped before the arrival of Islam... [more]
PILIPOVIĆ Bosnian, Croatian
means "son of Pilip"... [more]
PILKINGTON English (British), Irish
Habitational name from a place in Lancashire, England.
PILL Estonian
Pill is an Estonian surname meaning "musical instrument".
PILLER Estonian
Piller is an Estonian surname meaning "stanchion".
Pilliroog is an Estonian surname meaning "thatch".
Meaning unknown, possibly derived from Middle French pilot or pillot both meaning "stake, pole". This is the name of a wealthy merchant family from Besançon, France.
PILOT English
Means a person who operates the flying controls of an aircraft.
PILT Estonian
Pilt is an Estonian surname meaning "picture" and "painting".
PIN English
Variant spelling of PINN.
PIN French, Dutch
A topographic name for someone living by a pine tree or in a pine forest, or a habitational name from a place named with the Old French word pin, meaning ‘pine’.
PIN Khmer
Of unexplained origin.
PINAL English, Spanish (Rare)
The name is derived from when the family resided near a place where vennel grew. Vennel was a herb used for cooking. Other sources list the name as a local name derived from the term at the vennel.
PINCH English
Nickname for a chirpy person, from Middle English pinch, pink ‘(chaf)finch’. Compare Finch. possibly a metonymic occupational name from Middle English pinche ‘pleated fabric’, from Middle English pinche(n) ‘to pinch (pastry)’, ‘to pleat (fabric)’, ‘to crimp (hair, etc.)’, also ‘to cavil’, ‘to be niggardly’.
PINCHES English (British, Rare)
This is one of the very earliest of surnames. This is an English name. First recorded in the 12th century it was a nickname of endearment for a bright, chirpy, person, thought by his peer group to be active like a finch... [more]
PINCHOT American
Of unknown origin. Historically, borne most famously by GIFFORD Pinchot (1865 - 1946) first Chief of the United States Forest Service.
The surname Pinckney originally denoted someone from Picquigny, France, which derives from a Germanic personal name, Pincino (of obscure derivation) and the Latin locative suffix -acum... [more]
PIND Estonian
Pind is an Estonian surname meaning "surface" and "area".
PINDSOO Estonian
Pindsoo is an Estonian surname meaning "surface swamp/marsh".
PINE German (East Prussian)
From the given name PINE.
PINEDA Spanish, Catalan
Habitational name from any of the places in the provinces of Barcelona, Cuenca, and Burgos named Pineda, from Spanish and Catalan pineda "pine forest".
PIÑEIRO Galician
It literally means "pine tree".
PIÑERO Spanish
Castilianized from the Portuguese surname PINHEIRO, meaning "pine-tree"
PINES English (American)
Surname of the characters, Dipper, Mabel and Stan from Gravity Falls.
PING Chinese
Ping is the Mandarin pinyin romanization of the Chinese surname written 平 in Chinese character.
A combination of "pinin", Piedmontese for youngest/smallest brother, and FARINA, the Italian variant of MILLER. This is the name of the Italian coachbuilder, founded by Battista "Pinin" Farina, later Battista Pininfarina.
PINK English, German
Nickname, possibly for a small person, from Middle English pink penkg ‘minnow’ (Old English pinc).English (southeastern): variant of PINCH .Variant spelling of German PINCK, an indirect occupational name for a blacksmith, an onomatopoeic word imitating the sound of hammering which was perceived as pink(e)pank... [more]
PINK Estonian
Pink is an Estonian surname meaning "bench" and "garden seat".
PINKERTON Scottish, Northern Irish
Habitational name for a person originally from a location in Scotland named Pinkerton, which is of uncertain meaning.
habitational name from a lost or unidentified place in or bordering on Devon
Variant spelling of PINCKNEY.
PINN English, German
A metonymic occupational name for a maker of pins or pegs, which is from Middle English pin and Middle Low German pinne meaning ‘pin’ or ‘peg’. In some cases, the German name was an metonymic occupational name for a shoemaker.
PINN English (British)
A topographic or habitational name from a place named with Middle English pinne, meaning ‘hill’ (Old English penn).
PINNA Sardinian
Means "feather" in Sardinian.
PINNER English (Rare)
Parish in Middlesex.
PINSON Jewish, Russian
Derived from Spanish "pinzon", meaning "finch".
PIONKE German, Polish
Germanized form of Slavic Pinoek, which is a nickname from pionek ‘puppet’.
Habitational name from places called Piórkowo in Toruń voivodeship or Piórków in Tarnobrzeg voivodeship.
PIQUÉ Catalan
A famous bearer of this surname is Spanish/Catalan footballer Gerard Piqué.
PIRAS Sardinian
Means "pears", derived from Sardinian pira "pear".
PIRES Portuguese (Latinized, Modern)
Etymologicaly, the name PIRES comes from the Latin, and means "The one who belongs to Peter's family".... [more]
Either from Persian پیر (pir) meaning "old" combined with HADI or from the name of the Persian village of Pirhadi.
PIRN Estonian
Pirn is an Estonian surname meaning "pear".
Pirnipuu is an Estonian surname meaning "pear tree".
PIRONKOV Bulgarian
A professional Bulgarian tennis player, Tsvetana Pironkova, bears this surname.
PIRRIP Literature, Popular Culture
Surname of the main character in Charles Dickens novel, Great Expectations.
PIRRUP Popular Culture
Variant of the surname PIRRIP. It is the last name of the British character, Pip, on the animated TV series South Park
PISA Italian
Habitational name from the city of Pisa in Tuscany. The city was probably founded by Greek colonists, but before coming under Roman control it was in the hands of the Etruscans, who probably gave it its name... [more]
From a reduced form of episcopo "bishop" (Greek episkopos "bishop", literally "overseer"), hence a metonymic occupational name for someone in the service of a bishop, or perhaps a nickname for a pompous person.
PISONI Italian
patronymic "from Pisone", from a derivative of Piso, from Latin pisum "pea"
PISTARIO Greek, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
Pistario is a surname, mainly used in the Greek, Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese languages.
PISTOLET English (Americanized, Modern)
Mishgan Pistolet is the first waiter of the surname.
PISULA Polish, Lithuanian
Informal nickname for a scribe or clerk, from a derivative of Polish pisać ‘to write’.
PITCHER English, German
From an agent derivative of Middle English pich ‘pitch’, hence an occupational name for a caulker, one who sealed the seams of ships or barrels with pitch. English variant of Pickard... [more]
Old English pytta
PITKA Estonian
Pitka is an Estonian surname meanin "tall" or "long".
Origin unidentified.
PITT English
English from Middle English pytte, pitte ‘pit’, ‘hollow’, hence a topographic name for someone who lived by a pit or hollow, or a habitational name from a place named with this word, as for example Pitt in Hampshire.
A surname which originally belonged to a person who lived by a pit or hollow. Meaning "King of the Pit" or "King of the Hollow".
Described someone who lived in a hollow or pitt (see PITT).
PIUS Estonian
Pius is an Estonian surname meaning "pious".
Nickname for a drinker, from pivo meaning ‘beer’.
Czech word for peony. Also given as a nickname meaning one with rosy cheeks
Italian surname derived from a nickname meaning ‘malicious’.
PLAHNA German (Austrian)
It is a name from the Gratkorn, Graz, Styria area of Austria
PLAMENOV Bulgarian
Means "son of PLAMEN".
PLANKTON Popular Culture
This is the surname of Sheldon J. Plankton from SpongeBob SquarePants.
PLÁŇSKER Czech (Rare, Archaic), Slovak (Rare, Archaic), German (Rare, Archaic)
Originating from Bohemia, a region between The Czech Republic and Germany. The name means "forest clearing", Pláň: forest, sker: clearing. It is a very rare last name with only about 20 holders of it.
PLANT English
An occupational surname for a gardener.
PLANTAGENET Medieval English, Medieval French
Borne by the House of Plantagenet, a royal house which originated from the lands of Anjou in France. It also originated as a nickname for Geoffrey V, Count of Anjou (1113-1151), father of King Henry II of England (1133-1189), who ascended the English throne in 1154... [more]
PLATA Spanish
Byname from plata "silver".
PLATA Spanish
Habitational name from places in Toledo and Cáceres provinces named Plata, or various places named La Plata.
From Old French plat, meaning "flat."
Diminutive of PLATT.
PLATTER Scottish
Habitational name from the Forest of Plater in Angus.
From a medieval nickname for an enthusiastic competitor in sports and games (from Middle English pleyfere "companion in play, playmate"), or else a different form of Playford (from a Suffolk place-name meaning "ford where sports are held")... [more]
PLAZA English
From the english word "plaza". A mostly famous bearer is actress Aubrey Plaza (1984-)
Either (i) from the medieval female personal name Plaisance, literally "pleasantness"; or (ii) "person from Piacenza", Italy (from Latin Placentia, literally "pleasing things").
Means being a very bright man in the near future. Also can be used as a alias.
PLEKK Estonian
Plekk is an Estonian surname meaning "tin".
From Плевня (Plevnya), the Bulgarian name for the village of Petroussa in Greece; the name itself means "barn" in Bulgarian. A notable bearer is ROSEN Asenov Plevneliev (1964-), who served as the fourth President of Bulgaria.
PLIEV Ingush (Russian), Ossetian (Russian)
Russified form of an Ingush and Ossetian name, which is derived from the name of an Ingush teip (clan). The name itself comes from Plievo, the name of a village in Ingushetia, which means "village of the sons of Pkhile", referring to a given name possibly derived from Ossetian пыл (pyl) meaning "elephant".
PLIMSOLL French (Acadian)
I don't know the meaning, but it is my maiden name, and I understand it to be French. Samuel Plimsoll is my ancestor. He was born in Bristol, UK. He was an MP who spoke up in parliament and subsequently the Plimsoll or loading line was introduced on ships... [more]
PLINER Russian, Czech
Originated from a small town in Russia named, Plino.
PLOOM Estonian
Ploom is an Estonian surname meaning "plum" (Prunus).
Ploomipuu is an Estonian surname meaning "plum tree" (Prunus).
Means "son of the carpenter" from Russian плотник (plotnik) "carpenter".
PLUM English, German, Jewish
English and North German: from Middle English plum(b)e, Middle Low German plum(e) ‘plum’, hence a topographic name for someone who lived by a plum tree, or a metonymic occupational name for a fruit grower... [more]
PLŪME Latvian
Meaning "plum, plum tree".
PLUMER German, English, Dutch
North German (Plümer) and English: variant of PLUM, the suffix -er denoting habitation or occupation. Altered form of South German Pflümer, an occupational name for a grower or seller of plums, from an agent derivative of Middle High German pflume ‘plum’... [more]
PLUMIER French, Belgian
Possibly an occupational name for a dealer in feathers and quills, from an agent derivative of Old French plume "feather, plume" (compare English and Dutch PLUMER)... [more]
1. Occupational name for a worker in lead, especially a maker of lead pipes and conduits, from Anglo-Norman French plom(m)er, plum(m)er ‘plumber’, from plom(b), plum(b) ‘lead’ (Latin plumbum)... [more]
PNIEWSKI Polish, Jewish
Habitational name for someone from Pniewy in the district of Poznań, or from any of the many places in Poland named Pniewo.
Nickname for a braggart or bogeyman, of uncertain Slavic origin.
POBJOY English
From a medieval nickname for someone thought to resemble a parrot, from Middle English papejai, popinjay "parrot". This probably denoted someone who was talkative or who dressed in bright colours, although it may have described a person who excelled at the medieval sport of pole archery, i.e. shooting at a wooden parrot on a pole.
POBLETE Spanish (Latin American)
Habitational name from Poblete in the province of Ciudad Real.
Habitational name for someone from a place called Podbielsko in Konin voivodeship.
PÕDER Estonian
Põder is an Estonian surname meaning "moose".
Põdersoo is an Estonian surname meaning "moose swamp".
Põdramagi is an Estonian surname meaning "moose mountain".
Poduska means pillow or soft cushion.
Archaic -- denotes the office of a minor church official.
POE English
From a medieval nickname for a vain or flamboyantly dressed person (from Old Norse "peacock"). American author and poet Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) was a famous bearer.
German (Westphalian): topographic name for someone who lived by a muddy pool, from an agent noun derived from Middle Low pol ‘(muddy) pool’.
pronounced,Pfowelser,it means person skilled with bird's,as in Hawk's or Eagle's(bird's of prey).From Palatine,or Austria(a Royal house).
POET Scottish
Of uncertain origin, probably a variant of PATE.
PÖGE German
German cognate of PAGE.
Means "son of POGHOS".
POGONAT Romanian
Meaning unknown.
This indicates familial origin within either of 2 Lesser Polish villages.
POGUE Irish, American
An Irish surname meaning "kiss"
POH German
From a dialect word for standard German Pfau ‘peacok’, a nickname for a vain person or for someone with a strutting gait.
PŌHĀNŌ Hawaiian
This surname means "wheezy."
PÕHI Estonian
Põhi is an Estonian surname meaning "north".
PÕHJALA Estonian
Põhjala is an Estonian surname meaning "the North" and "Northern area" as well as "Norse".
POHLA Estonian
Pohla is an Estonian surname derived from "pohl" ("lingonberry").
PÖIAL Estonian
Pöial is an Estonian surname meaning "thumb".
PÕIM Estonian
Põim is an Estonian surname derived from "põimima" ("enlace" or "entwine")' loosely meaning "weaver".
POIROT French, Literature
A French occupational name referring to a merchant who sells pears (poire). Used by Agatha Christie for her Belgian private detective Hercule Poirot, but she came up with the name by combining the surnames Poiret and Popeau, the names of two contemporary fictional detectives.
Poisson is the French word for fish, and was given to one who was a fishmonger, fisherman, or could be a nickname for one who had the appearance similar to a fish.
Nickname from pokrywka meaning ‘cover’, ‘lid’.
POLACK Polish, Jewish
Anglicized from POLAK.
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