Submitted Surnames Starting with P

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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.
Penman Scottish
Meaning : "A scribe, a " ready-writer.""
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".
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]
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.
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]
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]
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).
Peres Spanish, Catalan, Portuguese, Gascon, Breton
Means "son of Pedro" in Spanish and Portuguese. Means "son of Pere" in Catalan... [more]
Perese Gascon
Meaning the pear tree. It have a second meaning that is Son of Peter and it's a surname of the Christian inspiration. In Catalonia there is a derivative that is Parés (Variations: Pares, Parès, Parè and Pare).
Peress Breton (Latinized, Rare, Archaic)
It means Son of Peter (Pedro).
Peretti Italian
Patronymic from a pet form of the personal name Pero.
Peretz Jewish
From the given name Perez.
Pereyro Galician
It's a Galician surname and it means apple tree.
Perham English
A variation of the English name Parham, based on the village of Parham (one in county Suffolk, another in county Sussex). From the Old English peru, meaning "pear" (the fruit), and ham, meaning "homestead".
Perhonen Finnish (Rare)
Means "butterfly" in Finnish.
Peričić Croatian
Patronymic, meaning "son of Perica".
Perish English
Variant of Parish.
Periz Gascon
Periz is a Gascon surname. It's a native of the region of Gascony (Guyenne). Its signification is Descendant of Peter (Also is The family of Peter). In the French languaje is Pierre. It's a surname of the Christian inspiration and alludes to St... [more]
Perkin English, Welsh
"Variant of Surname Perkins "
Perkinson English
"Son of Perkin."
Perley English
Variant of Parley or Burley.
Perlmutter Jewish
Jewish (Ashkenazic): ornamental name from German Perlmutter ‘mother-of-pearl'.
Perlstein Jewish
Ornamental name composed of German Perle ‘pearl’ + Stein ‘stone’.
Pernier Italian
A famous bearer is the Italian archaeologist Luigi Pernier (1874 - 1937), who discovered the mysterious Phaistos disc on the Greek island of Crete.
Perotti Italian
from the personal name Pietro.
Perović Serbian, Montenegrin
Patronymic, meaning "son of Pero".
Perpich English (American)
Americanized spelling of Croatian and Serbian Prpić. Prporuše was a term denoting young girls who, in the dry season, would visit houses in the village and pray for rain.
Perri English
Variant of Perry 1.
Persad Indian, Trinidadian Creole
Indo-Trinidadian variant of Prasad.
Persaud Indian, South American
Indo-Guyanese form of Prasad. This is the most common surname in Guyana.
Persia Italian, Spanish
Ethnic name or regional name for someone from Persia (modern-day Iran) or some other country with Persian-speaking peoples or a nickname for someone who had visited or traded with one of these countries (see the given name Persis)... [more]
Person English
Americanised version of Persson.
Persoon Dutch, Flemish
Derived from Dutch persoon, meaning "person".
Persopoulos Greek
Means "descendant of a Persian" in Greek.
Peru Basque
Derived from the given name Peru.
Peruničić Serbian
Patronymic, meaning "son of Perun". Perun was the Slavic god of lightning.
Peruško Croatian
Habitational name for someone from Peruški, Croatia.
Peruzzi Italian
From the given name Piero.
Pervaiz Urdu
From the given name Parviz.
Pervak Ukrainian, Russian
Derived either from Russian первый (pervy) meaning "first" or directly from colloquial Ukrainian первак (pervak) meaning "firstborn".
Pervez Urdu
From the given name Parviz.
Pervik Estonian
Pervik is an Estonian surname meaning "embankment".
Pesci Italian
Variant of Pesce.
Peska Czech
From a pet form of the personal name Pešek
Pessegueiro Portuguese
Means "peach tree" in Portuguese, ultimately from Latin persicum. It indicated a person who lived near or worked with peach trees.
Pessoa Portuguese
From Portuguese pessoa meaning "person."
Pesur Estonian
Pesur is an Estonian surname meaning "washer".
Peták Czech
Derivative of the personal name Petr, Czech form of Peter.
Petek Slovene, Croatian
Derived from petek "Friday".
Petitjean French
Combination of Old French petit "small" and the given name Jean 1, hence a nickname for a small or little man.
Petito Jewish (Archaic)
Jewish family surname. Family originally settled in South of Italy, but also spread in Rome. According family's background stories, ancestors ( פטיטו ) sailed from Palestine to (south) of Italy, where they settled, at time of the big diaspora as an effect of Bar Kochba defeat (135 A.D.). There are still today in Israel people with Petito surname in the major Israel cities, as well elsewhere (check Petito in www.israelpb.com --or here, letter P: http://www.genami.org/en/belgian-file/belgian-file-p.php).
Petke German
German surname derived from a diminutive form for Peter.
Petkevich Russian
Russian form of Piatkievič.
Petkov Bulgarian, Macedonian
Means “son of Petko” in Bulgarian and Macedonian.
Petrakis Greek
Patronymic form of the Greek given name Petros (see Peter).
Petranov Bulgarian
From Greek petros meaning "rock" or "stone".
Petras Various
Possibly from the name Petros. Famous bearer of this surname is the German singer Kim Petras (born 1992)
Petre Romanian
From the given name Petre.
Petrelli Italian
From the given name Pietro.
Petrenko Ukrainian
From the given name Petro.
Petrevski Macedonian
Means "son of Petar".
Petri Romanian
Derived from Petre, the Romanian form of Peter.
Petriashvili Georgian
Means "son of Petre".
Petříček Czech
From given name Petr.
Petríček Czech
Derived from a diminutive of Petr.
Petriček Croatian
From given name Petar.
Petričević Croatian, Serbian
A patronymic derived from Petrič, a diminutive of Petar.
Petrides Greek
Alternate transcription of Petridis
Petridis Greek
Means "son of Petros"
Petrie English
Patronymic surname that was derived from the first name Peter.
Petrillo Italian
From the given name Pietro. A famous user of this name is Sophia Petrillo, one of the main characters on the sitcom, The Golden Girls.
Petrocelli Italian
Pluralized variant of Petrosello, itself a variant of Petrosino.
Petrone Italian
Derived from the given name Pietro.
Petronio Italian
From the given name Petronio
Petronski Various
From the main character (Wanda Petronski) in The Hundred Dresses, which was a children's book written by Eleanor Estes.
Petropoulos Greek
Means "son of Petros" in Greek.
Petrosian Armenian
Alternate transcription of Petrosyan.
Petrosino Italian
Habitational name from Petrosino in Trapani, Sicily.
Petrosino Italian
From petrosino "parsley", a southern dialect variant of prezzemolo.
Petrossian Armenian
Alternate transcription of Armenian Պետրոսյան (see Petrosyan)
Petrou Greek
Means "son of Petros".
Petrova Bulgarian, Russian
Feminine form of Petrov.
Petrovich Ukrainian, Belarusian
Patronymic from Petro, the Ukrainian form of Peter.
Petrucci Italian
From the given name Pietro.
Petruškevičius Lithuanian
Comes from the Lithuanian given name Petras.
Petruškevičiūtė Lithuanian
Feminine form of Petruškevičius. Used by an unmarried woman.
Petryniec Ukrainian
From the given name Peter.
Pett English
The name Pett has a history dating as far back as the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It was a name for a person who was referred to as Peat. The surname Pett was originally derived from the Old English word which meant a spoiled or pampered child.
Pettai Estonian
Pettai is an Estonian surname derived from "petta" meaning "to be up to mischief".
Pettie Scottish
Predominantly Scottish form of Petty.
Pettinger English
English version of Pottinger.
Pettis English
From the possessive or plural form of Middle English pytte, pitte ‘pit’, ‘hollow’, hence a topographic name for someone who lived by a pit, or a habitational name from a place named with this word, as for example Pett in East Sussex.
Petty English, Scottish
Derived from Norman French petit, 'small', thus a nickname for a small or insignificant individual.... [more]
Pettyjohn English
Combination of petty (derived from petit meaning "small") and the given name John, hence a nickname for a small or little man.
Pétursdóttir Icelandic
Means "daughter of Pétur" in Icelandic.
Pétursson Icelandic
Means "son of Pétur" in Icelandic.
Petzold German
German. Derives from a pet form of a Slavic version of the given name Peter.
Peugeot French
Meaning unknown.
Peureux French
In the war there was a French resistance fighter named Maurice Peureux.
Pevec Croatian
From pevec meaning ''rooster''
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).
Pewterschmidt Popular Culture
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]
Peyron French
Unknown meaning. French surname. Famous bearer of this name is Bruno Peyron and the German princess Louise Peyron (1918-1989).... [more]
Pfannebecker Dutch (Germanized)
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".
Pfefferle German
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.
Pflüger German
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).
Pfundt German
Unknown meaning of German origin
Pham Vietnamese
Simplified variant of Phạm.
Phanthavong Lao
From Lao ພັນທະ (phantha) meaning "connect, join, tie" or "obligation" and ວົງ (vong) meaning "lineage, family".
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.
Pheonix English
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.
Philbert English
From the medieval French male personal name Filibert, of Germanic origin and meaning literally "very bright, very famous".
Philippart Belgian
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".
Philippi German (Latinized)
Latinized patronymic derived from the given name Philipp.
Philippou Greek
Alternate transcription of Filippou chiefly used in Cyprus.
Philipson English
Means Son Of Philip
Phillip English
Derived from the given name Philip
Phillipson English
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]
Philpot English
English (chiefly southeastern): from the Middle English personal name Philipot/Philpot, a pet form of Philip.
Philson English
Patronymic from Phil, a short form of the personal name Philip.
Phoenix English
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]
Phóil Irish
Possibly a short form of Mac Phóil or Mac Giolla Phóil.
Phommachanh Lao
From Lao ພົມມະ (phomma) referring to the Hindu god Brahma combined with ຈັນ (chanh) meaning "moon".
Phommavong Lao
From Lao ພົມມະ (phomma) referring to the Hindu god Brahma and ວົງ (vong) meaning "lineage, family".
Phonlamai Thai
Means "fruit" in Thai.
Phua Chinese (Hokkien), Chinese (Teochew)
Hokkien and Teochew romanization of Pan 2.
Phukuntsi Tswana, Sotho
This surname has multilayered meanings... [more]
Phùng Vietnamese
Vietnamese form of Feng from Sino-Vietnamese 馮 (phùng).
Phutsa Thai (Rare)
Means "jujube" in Thai.
Piaget French (Swiss)
Meaning unknown. A famous bearer of this surname was Jean Piaget (1896-1980), a Swiss child psychologist noted for his studies of intellectual and cognitive development in children.
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’).
Piatkievič Belarusian
Belarusian Latin spelling of Pyatkevich.
Piatraha Belarusian
Derived from an augmentative form of the Belarusian given name Piotr.
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’.
Piccinini Italian
meaning- little one
Piccolo Italian
Nickname from piccolo "small".
Pich Khmer
Means "diamond" in Khmer.
Pichardo Spanish
Spanish form of the surname Picard
Pickersgill English
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.
Pickett English
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.
Pickford English
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".