Submitted Surnames Starting with P

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Păun Romanian
Derived from Romanian păun "peacock".
Păunescu Romanian
Patronymic derived from Romanian păun "peacock".
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.
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 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
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.
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.
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".
Pedra Spanish
Feminine form of Pedro.
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".
Peer Romansh
Romansh form of Bayer.
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. 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".
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).
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").
Pelto Finnish
Translates to "field" from Finnish.
Pelton English
Habitational name from Pelton, a place in County Durham, named from an unattested Old English personal name Peola + tun 'farmstead', 'settlement'.
Peltz German, Jewish
Occupational name for a furrier, from Middle High German bellez, (modern German pelz) "fur", "animal skin".
Pelz German, Jewish
Variant of Peltz.
Pelzer German
Occupational name for a furrier, from an agent derivative Middle High German bellez "fur".
Pema Tibetan, Bhutanese
From the given name Pema.
Pembroke Welsh
Habitual surname for someone from Pembroke, a town in Wales.
Pémonge French, Occitan
Meaning unknown.
Peñafiel Spanish
It indicates familial origin within the eponymous municipality.
Peñaflorida Spanish (Philippines)
"flowery cliff" in Spanish
Penagos Cantabrian
It indicates familial origin within the eponymous municipality.
Penaluna Cornish
A surname with somewhat uncertain origins, though many agree it is locational. Potentially from pen-lyn, the head of a pond or pool.
Peñalver Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Manchego municipality.
Peñaranda Spanish
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.
Penderwick American
A family in a book series by Jeanne Birdsall.
Pendlebury English
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]
Pendleton English
An Old English name meaning "overhanging settlement".
Pendragon English
From 'Pen Dragon' meaning head dragon or dragons head. This was the name of the king Uther Pendragon who was King Arthurs father
Peng Chinese
From Chinese 彭 (péng) referring to the ancient state of Peng that existed during the Shang dynasty.
Pengelly Cornish
Habitational name for someone from any of various locations in Cornwall named Pengelly, from Cornish penn meaning "head, top, end" and gelli or gilly meaning "copse, grove".
Penhaligon Cornish
Originally meant "person from Penhaligon", Cornwall ("willow-tree hill"). It is borne by Susan Penhaligon (1950-), a British actress.
Peniston English
Denoted someone who came from the town of Penistone in South Yorkshire.
Penketh English (British)
The surname Penketh was first found in Lancashire at Penketh, a township, in the chapelry of Great Sankey, parish of Prescot, union of Warrington, hundred of West Derby.
Penman Scottish
Occupational name for someone who was a scribe, but could also be a habitational name derived from any place named with the British elements penn "hill" and maen "stone".
Penna Italian
Possibly from Italian penna "feather, pen", a nickname for a scribe.
Pennant Celtic
Meaning, "Belonging to Pennant" (a common Welsh place-name).
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.
Penney English
Variant of Penny.
Pennilope Spanish (Latin American)
Pennilope is a type of surname. It is a type of bike aswell it is almost like a tricycle with 2 sets of stabilisers.
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.
Penning Upper German
Shortened form of Panno, which is a personal given name.
Pennington English
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 meaning "town".
Penno Estonian
Penno is an Estonian surname derived from "penny"; from the German "pfennig".
Pennock Cornish, English
From the Cornish 'pennknegh', meaning "hilltop".
Pennybacker Low German
Pennybacker is an anglicized German surname for someone who worked making roof tiles or as a tiler.
Pennycuik Scottish
Originally meant "person from Penycuik", near Edinburgh (probably "hill frequented by cuckoos").
Pennyfield English (Rare, ?)
Probably derives from the two English words, 'Penny' and 'Field'.
Pennywell English
English habitational name from Pennywell in Tyne and Wear or from a similarly named lost place elsewhere.
Pennyworth English
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]
Penry Welsh, Cornish, English
Derived from Welsh ap Henry meaning "son of Henry". It is also a variant of Pendray, which is derived from a place name in Cornwall meaning "top of the village" in Middle Cornish... [more]
Pensa Italian
Possibly from Italian pensa "think", indicating the bearer was known for being thoughtful or intelligent.
Pense French
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 Estonian
Pent is an Estonian surname possibly derived from "pentsik" meaning "funny" and "eccentric".
Penwell English
English probably a variant of Pennywell.
Pepe Italian
From the given name Giuseppe.
Pepi Italian
Patronymic form of Pepe.
Pépin French
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.
Pepin Russian
Means "son of Pepa".
Pepito Spanish (Philippines)
From the given name Pepito.
Peppe Italian
From a short form of the personal name Giuseppe.
Peppe Dutch
From Peppo, a pet form of a Germanic personal name.
Pepys English
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]
Pera Croatian
Derived from Pero. Also means "feathers".
Perales Spanish
Habitational name for someone from any of various locations named Perales, from Spanish perales meaning "pear trees" (the plural of peral meaning "pear tree").
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.
Percher English
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]
Perdikis Greek
A surname derived from the Greek word "πέρδικα", meaning partridge or grouse. It appeared first time in the Byzantine Empire during the 11th century.
Perdikogiannis Greek
Means "partridge John" in Greek, from πέρδικα (perdika) "partridge" combined with the given name Giannis.
Perdomo Spanish (Canarian)
From French (prud'homme) meaning "expert". This is the Spanish variant of Prudhomme.
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]
Perea Basque
It indicates familial origin within the municipality of Aiara.
Peredo Galician, Portuguese
For Galicians, it indicates familial origin near the eponymous hill in the municipality of Castroverde and for Portuguese people, it indicates familial origin within the eponymous parish of the municipality of Macedo de Cavaleiros.
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.
Pereiri Celtic (Latinized, Archaic)
Pereiri or Pereiro is a Galician surname in the north of Spain. It's a last name belonging to ancient Celtic tribes.
Pereiris Medieval Portuguese (Latinized, Rare, Archaic), Galician (Latinized, Rare, Archaic)
Pereiris (also known as Pereirus) is a last name of the Celtic roots (it's Galician and Portuguese). It meaning is will pear tree or pear tree and also european will pear tree. Pereiris comes from the translation of Welsh name and Cornish name Gellygen or Gellyg.
Pereiros Celtic (Latinized, Modern)
It is a last name that belongs to Celtic families. Its meaning is the will pear tree.
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]
Perepelkin Russian
From perepel, meaning "quail".
Perera Sinhalese, Catalan
Sinhalese form of Pereira as well as a Catalan cognate.
Perero Medieval Spanish (Latinized, Archaic)
It appeared in Extremadura and it means pear tree. It's a family name belonging to the Celtiberian culture (Celtic families).