Submitted Surnames Starting with P

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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".
Picot English
Norman-French
Picquet French
A variant of Piquet of which it's meaning is of a military terminology of one soldier/small group of soldiers on a line forward of a postion to provide a warning of an enemy advance... [more]
Piednoel French
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.
Pierahud Belarusian
Derived from Belarusian перагуд (pierahud) meaning "prolonged rumble". This may have been a nickname for a gossip.
Pierog Polish
Occupational nickname for a cook.
Pierpont English
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’.
Pierrin French
From the given name Pierre.
Pieters Dutch
"Pieter's son"
Pietrafesa Italian
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]
Pietrangelo Italian
Derived from the given name Pietrangelo, a variant of Pierangelo, formed from Pietro and Angelo... [more]
Pigg English
Derived from Middle English pigge meaning "young hog".
Pigue French
French family last name may have been changed from the original French
Pihelgas Estonian
Pihelgas is an Estonian surname meaning "rowen/ash".
Pihlakas Estonian
Pihlakas is an Estonian surname meaning "rowan" or "mountain ash".
Pihlapuu Estonian
Pihlapuu is an Estonian surname meaning "rowan/mountain ash tree".
Pihlasalu Estonian
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 Estonian
Piirikivi is an Estonian surname meaning "border stone".
Piirimaa Estonian
Piirimaa is an Estonian surname meaning "border land".
Piirimäe Estonian
Piirimäe is an Estonian surname meaning "border mountain".
Piirimees Estonian
Piirimees is an Estonian surname meaning "border man".
Piirisaar Estonian
Piirisaar is an Estonian surname meaning "border island".
Piirisalu Estonian
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".
Pika Various
1. A variant of Pica.... [more]
Pikachu Brazilian
From Japanese ピカチュウ (Pikachuu), derived from the onomatopoeic words ピカピカ (pikapika), a sparkly sound, and チュウチュウ (chuuchuu), a mouse sound. It happens to be a nickname for someone with a short stature who runs super fast according to the famous barrier Yago Pikachu (born Glaybson Yago Souza Lisboa) a Brazilian footballer who plays for Fortaleza.
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]
Piketty French
Perhaps related to the English surname Pickett. A notable bearer is French economist Thomas Piketty (1971-).
Pikhach Ukrainian
From Ukrainian meaning "infantryman".
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".
Pilapil Filipino, Cebuano, Tagalog
Means "rice paddy, rice field" in Cebuano and Tagalog.
Pilarski Polish
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.
Pilcher English
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 Minangkabau
Probably derived from Indonesian pili meaning "a lot, many" and hyang meaning "god, deity" or the phrase pili hyang meaning "the god, the deity" (most likely referring to the Hindu-influenced gods that were worshiped before the arrival of Islam in the Indonesian archipelago)... [more]
Pilipović Bosnian, Croatian
means "son of Pilip"... [more]
Pilkey English
Shortened variant of Pilkington
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 Estonian
Pilliroog is an Estonian surname meaning "thatch".
Pillot French
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.
Pillsbury English
Derived from a place in Derbyshire, England, so named from the genitive of the Old English given name Pil, and burh meaning "fortified place".
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.
Piñal Spanish
Surname whose house was in Hoz de Anero, in the City council of Ribamontán al Monte (Santander).
Pinal Spanish (Mexican)
Variant of Piñal. This surname occurs more in Mexico.
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.
Pinckney English
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".
Pinder English (African)
Pinder originated in England as a surname used in Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire.
Pindsoo Estonian
Pindsoo is an Estonian surname meaning "surface swamp/marsh".
Pine English
Originally denoted a person who lived near a pine forest or who sold pine firs for a living.
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.
Pininfarina Italian
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.
Pinkham English
habitational name from a lost or unidentified place in or bordering on Devon
Pinkney English
Variant spelling of Pinckney.
Pinn English, German
Derived from Middle English pin and Middle Low German pinne, both meaning "peg" or "pin". This was an occupational name from a maker of these things. The German name can in some cases be an 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.
Pinsker German, Prussian
Habitational name from any of several places named near Posen (Polish Poznan) and in West Prussia.
Pinson Jewish, Russian
Derived from Spanish "pinzon", meaning "finch".
Pionke German, Polish
Germanized form of Slavic Pinoek, which is a nickname from pionek ‘puppet’.
Piórkowski Polish
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]
Pirhadi Persian
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 Estonian
Pirnipuu is an Estonian surname meaning "pear tree".
Piroćanac Serbian
Habitational name for someone from Pirot, Serbia.
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]
Pisano Italian
Variant of Pisani.
Piscopo Italian
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’.
Pita Spanish
Spanish and Portuguese: from Spanish, Portuguese pita ‘chicken’ or in some cases possibly from the plant pita ‘pita’, ‘American aloe’, presumably a topographic name.
Pitan ?
Guatemalan?
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]
Pitcock English
Old English pytta
Pitka Estonian
Pitka is an Estonian surname meanin "tall" or "long".
Pitsenbarger German
Probably an altered spelling of Bezzenberger, which is derived from Boizenburg, a municipality in the Ludwigslust-Parchim district in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany.
Pitstick ?
Origin unidentified.
Pitta Tamil
Not available.
Pittler French
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".
Pittman English
Described someone who lived in a hollow or pitt (see Pitt).
Pittsenbarger German
Variant spelling of Pitsenbarger.
Piu Chinese
1 Chinese 牛: this name probably arose during the Zhou dynasty ( 1122–221 bc ) in the area of Gansu province; the details are unclear. It was borne by a person named Niu Wen, who was a descendant of the eldest brother of the last king of the Shang dynasty, Zhou Xin ( 1154–1123 bc ).... [more]
Pius Estonian
Pius is an Estonian surname meaning "pious".
Pivec Czech
Nickname for a drinker, from pivo meaning ‘beer’.
Pivonka Czech
Czech word for peony. Also given as a nickname meaning one with rosy cheeks
Pizarro Spanish
One who produces, or deals in, slate.
Pizzuto Italian
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]
Plante French
French cognate of Plant.
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.
Platte French
From Old French plat, meaning "flat."
Platten English
Diminutive of Platt.
Platter Scottish
Habitational name from the Forest of Plater in Angus.
Playfair English
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-)
Pleasance English
Either (i) from the medieval female personal name Plaisance, literally "pleasantness"; or (ii) "person from Piacenza", Italy (from Latin Placentia, literally "pleasing things").
Pleasant American
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".
Pletikosa Croatian
Derived from pletiti, meaning "to knit", and kosa, meaning "hair".
Pletikosić Croatian
Derived from pletiti, meaning "to knit", and kosa, meaning "hair".
Plevneliev Bulgarian
From the Bulgarian name for the Greek village of Petroussa (called Plevnya in Bulgarian), itself derived from Bulgarian плевня (plevnya) meaning "barn". A notable bearer is Bulgarian president Rosen Plevneliev (1964-).
Pliev Ingush (Russified), Ossetian (Russified)
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 Estonian
Ploomipuu is an Estonian surname meaning "plum tree" (Prunus).
Plotnikov Russian
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]
Plummer English
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]
Plymouth English (Rare)
Derived from the place name Plymouth.
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.
Pobanz German
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.
Podbielski Polish
Habitational name for someone from a place called Podbielsko in Konin voivodeship.
Põder Estonian
Põder is an Estonian surname meaning "moose".
Põdersoo Estonian
Põdersoo is an Estonian surname meaning "moose swamp".
Põdramägi Estonian
Põdramagi is an Estonian surname meaning "moose mountain".
Podriznik Slovene
From the article of clothing of the same name worn by priests, possibly denoting a maker of them or perhaps a relative of a clergyman.
Poduska Slovak
Poduska means pillow or soft cushion.
Podwojski Polish
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.
Poehler German
German (Westphalian): topographic name for someone who lived by a muddy pool, from an agent noun derived from Middle Low pol ‘(muddy) pool’.
Poelzer German
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.
Poghosyan Armenian
Means "son of Poghos".
Pogonat Romanian
Meaning unknown.
Pogonowski Polish
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").
Pohon Indonesian
Means "tree" in Indonesian.
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".
Pointe French
Derivation of the name is from the pre 10th century Old French "pointe" meaning a sharp or pointed end, and ultimately from the Latin "puncta", to pierce.
Poisson French
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.
Poitier French
Evidently an altered spelling of Pothier. A famous bearer is Bahamian-American actor Sidney Poitier (1927-).
Pokrywka Polish
Nickname from pokrywka meaning ‘cover’, ‘lid’.
Polack Polish, Jewish
Anglicized from POLAK.
Polanco Spanish
Habitational name from Polanco in Santander province.
Poland English, German, French (Anglicized), Irish (Anglicized)
English and German name is derived from the Middle High German Polan, which means "Poland". The surname originally signified a person with Polish connections.This French surname originated from an occupational name of a poultry breeder, or from a fearful person; it is derived from the Old French poule, which means "chicken".In other cases, particularly in Ireland, the English Poland is a variant of Polin,which is in turn an Anglicised form of the original Gaelic spelling of Mac Póilín, which translated from Irish means "son of little Paul"... [more]