Submitted Surnames Starting with P

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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]
POLAT Turkish
Means "steel" in Persian. Many Turkish Oghuz descendants are using this surname.
PÕLD Estonian
Põld is an Estonian surname, meaning "field".
PÕLDMAA Estonian
Põldmaa is an Estonian surname meaning "field land".
PÕLDMÄE Estonian
Põldmäe is an Estonian surname meaning "field hill/mountain".
PÕLDOJA Estonian
Põldoja is an Estonian surname meaning "field stream/creek".
PÕLDOTS Estonian
Põldots is an Estonian surname meaning "field end".
PÕLDPÜÜ Estonian
Põldpüü is an Estonian surname meaning "partidge".
Põldroos is an Estonian surname meaning "field rose".
Põldsaar is an Estonian surname meaning "field island".
Põldsepp is an Estonian surname meaning "field smith".
PÕLDUR Estonian
Põldur is an Estonian surname meaning "farmer".
PÕLDVEE Estonian
Põldvee is an Estonian surname meaning "field water".
POLEY French, German, Jewish
French: variant of POLET, PAULET, pet forms of PAUL.... [more]
POLGAR Hungarian
Hungarian word for citizen. Taken on by Jewish Hungarians during World War Two to avoid Nazi attention for having 'Jewish' last names.
Means "son of POLIDORO". Famous bearers include John William Polidori (1795-1821), a physician to Lord Byron and author of 'The Vampyre' (1819), and his sister Frances Polidori (1800-1886), the mother of painter and poet Dante Gabriel Rossetti, poet Christina Rossetti, critic William Michael Rossetti, and author Maria Francesca Rossetti.
POLING English, Welsh
Altered form of BOLLING, possibly also of BOLLINGER or Pollinger.
Habitational name from Polinowo in Pila voivodeship or Polinów in Biala Podlaska voivodeship.
POLITE English
Derived from the English word polite. This name was most likely given to a person who was considered to be polite.
POLITO Italian
Reduced form of Ippolito. Compare French HYPOLITE, Greek Politis. From Polites, a shortened form of medieval Greek KONSTANTINOPOLITES, an ethnic name for someone from Constantinople.
Means "soup".
POLK German
Ethnic name for a Pole.
POLK Scottish
Reduced form of POLLOCK.
POLKA German (Slavic), Polish
Variant of German POLK, also a feminine form for the surname Polak, and comes from the given female name APOLONIA.
Jewish (Ashkenazic): variant of spelling of Polak.
PÕLLU Estonian
Põllu is an Estonian surname meaning "arable" or "agrestic"; associated with farming ("farmer" = "põllumees").
Põlluäär is an Estonian surname meaning "arable (land) side".
Põlluaas is an Estonian surname meaning "arable meadow".
Põllumaa is an Estonian surname meaning "farmland".
Põllumees is an Estonian surname meaning "farmer"; literally "agrestic (põllu) man (mees)".
Põllupüü is an Estonian surname meaning "field grouse".
POLLUSAAR Estonian (Rare)
I believe it means field island in Estonian
Most known by famous French singer Michel Polnareff, and fictional Jojo's Bizarre Adventure character Jean-Pierre Polnareff (who is named after the singer).
POLSKI Polish, Jewish
Nickname for a Polish person, originating in areas of mixed populations.
POLTIMORE English (Rare)
Rare English surname derived from a Devon place name of Celtic origin, allegedly meaning “pool by the large house”.
POLYAKOV Russian, Jewish, Belarusian, Ukrainian
Patronymic from the ethnic name Polak meaning "Pole".
The suffix 'akis' indicates that this name comes from the island of Crete. The precise meaning is unknown, though it is theorised that, as 'poly' means "many" or "much" and 'chron' might be supposed to come from the same root as 'Chronos' meaning "time", the name means "much time" or "long time".
POMBAL Portuguese
from the portuguese word: pombo meaning "dove", "pigeon". ... [more]
Occupational name for an importer or seller of bitter (Seville) oranges, Middle High German pomeranz (medieval Latin pomarancia, composed of the elements arancia, the name imported with the fruit.
From the Yiddish word pomerants "orange"
From an English surname meaning "dweller by the apple orchard".
POMPEI Italian
Habitational name from a place called Pompei in Naples province. Or a patronymic or plural form of POMPEO.
POMPEO Italian
From the Italian given name POMPEO.
POMPEY French, English
Variant of Italian POMPEI.
PONCE Spanish, English
The Ponce name was carried into England after the migration from Normandy following the Norman Conquest of 1066.'Ponce' is derived from 'Ponsoby',a place in Cumberland, where the family settled. The Ponce motto is 'Pro rege, lege grege' meaning "For the King, law, and people"
This indicates familial origin within the Lesser Polish town of Poniatowa.
PONOMARENKO Russian, Ukrainian
Common Russian and Ukrainian last name meaning church bell ringer.
Derives from Slavic "пономарь"- Sexton.
Means "bridge builder". Comes from the French word pont, which means bridge. ... [more]
PONTON Scottish
First recording of surname in scotland in 1306 in the town of Ayr Scotland. I have many links showing ties to Scotland.
POOGA Estonian
Pooga is an Estonian surname derived from "pooge" meaning "graft/grafting".
POOK English
Pooke was the original version... [more]
POOL English
Topographic name for someone who lived near a pool or pond, Middle English pole (Old English pōl), or a habitational name from any of the places named with this word, as for example Poole in Dorset, South Pool in Devon, and Poole Keynes in Gloucestershire.
POOL Estonian
Pool is an Estonian surname meaning "at", "to", "towards", as well as "half". Derived from the location in which one lived.
Poolamets is an Estonian surname meaning "half forest(ed)".
POOM Estonian
Poom is an Estonian surname meaning "beam".
POON Chinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese romanization of PAN (2).
POOP English
Its smelly and it is usually brown
POOPUU Estonian
Poopuu is an Estonian surname, possibly derived from "poom" ("beam") "puu" ("wood" or "tree").
PÖÖR Estonian
Pöör is an Estonian surname meaning "crossbar" and "fall bar".
PÕÕSAS Estonian
Põõsas is an Estonian surname meaning "bush" and "shrub".
POOT Estonian
Poot is an Estonian surname meaning "boat", derived from the German "boot" ("boat").
Meaning unknown, possibly derived from Persian پوپل‎‎ (pupal) meaning "betel nut". The Popalzai are a Pashtun sub-tribe of the DURRANI in Afghanistan and parts of Pakistan.
POPOFF Russian, Bulgarian
Variant spelling of POPOV.
"The way of the rich man" or "The way of prosperity"
POPOVA Russian, Bulgarian
Feminine form of POPOV.
POPOVIĆ Croatian, Serbian
Means ''son of a priest''.
POPP German, English
From a Germanic personal name POPPO, Boppo, of uncertain origin and meaning, perhaps originally a nursery word or a short form of for example Bodobert, a Germanic personal name meaning ‘famous leader’... [more]
POPPE German
German form of "Pope", meaning father.
PÖPPEL Upper German, German
Comes from a pet form of the personal name Popp.
Wise and classy
From Italian porcaro "swineherd".
PORK Estonian
Pork is an Estonian surname possibly derived from "põrkama" meaning to "bound", "strike", and "bump". bounce, spring
The surname of the Ukrainian president, Petro Poroshenko.
PORRIN Italian
Americanized form of Perino.
PORSS Estonian
Porss is an Estonian surname meaning "bog myrtle" and "bayberry".
PORTAL Spanish, Catalan, Galician, Portuguese, Occitan
Topographical surname for someone living near the gates of a fortified town.
A topographic surname for someone who lived in the lodge at the entrance to a manor house, derived from Middle English port, meaning "gateway" or "entrance", and hous meaning "house". It can also be an occupational name with similar meaning, derived from Latin portarius meaning "porter"... [more]
Occupational name for a female servant, from Spanish portera.
Meaning unknown.
PORTNOY Jewish, Belarusian, Ukrainian
Occupational name for a tailor from Russian portnoj (an adjective derivative of port "uncut cloth").
PORTUGAL Spanish, Portuguese, English, Catalan, French, Jewish
Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan, English, French, and Jewish surname meaning ethnic name or regional name for someone from Portugal or who had connections with Portugal. The name of the country derives from Late Latin Portucale, originally denoting the district around Oporto (Portus Cales, named with Latin portus ‘port’, ‘harbor’ + Cales, the ancient name of the city)... [more]
POSADA Italian
Spanish: habitational name from any of the numerous places named Posada, from posada ‘halt’, ‘resting place’. ... [more]
POSAVEC Croatian
Denotes a person living in Posavina, an area that is adjacent or near the Sava river in Croatia.
POSEY English, French
Derived from the Greek word "desposyni." The Desposyni is a term referring to a group of people that are allegedly direct blood relatives to Jesus. They are mentioned in Mark 3:21 and Mark 3:31. American actress Parker Posey is a famous bearer.
POSTHUMUS Dutch, Low German
From a personal name which was given to a posthumous child, i.e., one born after the death of his father, derived from Latin postumus "last, last-born" (superlative of posterus "coming after, subsequent") via Late Latin posthumus, which was altered by association with Latin humare "to bury", suggesting death (i.e., thought to consist of post "after" and humus "grave", hence "after death"); the one born after the father's death obviously being the last.
POSTMA Frisian
Frisian variant of the Dutch and North German surname POSTHUMUS.
POSY English
Variant of POSEY
POTEET English, French
From the French name Pottet, which is derived from pot meaning "pot", originally a name for a potter.
A Russian surname which derives from the word "Потёмка" (Potyomka) meaning "dark". People bearing the name Potemkin rose to prominence in Muscovy from the 16th century onwards.
One of the Many spellings of POTTIER
Potisepp is an Estonian surname meaning "spade/shovel maker (smith)".
This indicates familial origin within the Lesser Polish village of Potok, Gmina Szydłów.
A variant of the french word for potter, potier.... [more]
POTUHERA Sinhalese (Rare)
Possibly from Pothuhera, the name of a town in Sri Lanka.
This indicates familial origin within either of 3 Greater Polish villages named Potulice.
English surname that means "settlement by a pool".
POWALE Indian, Marathi
Meaning unknown, of Marathi or Konkani origin.
POWALSKI English (American)
Surname of Leon Powalski from the Star Fox 64 series.
POWIS English
The English of Welsh Surname Powys, which derives from the place "Powys" in Wales.
POWYES English
Unknown source. Surname of many early American pilgrims.
POZNANSKI Polish, Jewish
Habitational name from the city of Poznan in west-central Poland, or possibly from other places of this name, in Katowice and Siedlce voivodeships.
POZO Spanish (Caribbean)
Means "well", as in wishing well
POZOS Spanish, Galician
A habitational name from any of several places named with the plural of pozo, meaning ‘well’. See POZO.
PRADHAN Indian, Odia, Bengali, Hindi, Marathi, Assamese, Nepali
Derived from Sanskrit प्रधान (pradhāna) meaning "chief, foremost", used as a Hindu title equivalent to the Arabic وَزِير (wazīr) or vizier.
PRADL Hungarian, German (Austrian)
Meaning unknown. Possibly originating somewhere in Hungary.
PRÆST Danish
From Danish præst meaning "priest".
Belarusian form of "PROKOPENKO".
PRAKS Estonian
Praks is an Estonian surname meaning to "crack or "snap".
PRAMANIK Indian, Bengali, Hindi, Odia, Assamese
Derived from Sanskrit प्रामाणिक (prāmāṇik) meaning "genuine, authentic, credible".
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous commune.
PRANNO Estonian
Pranno is an Estonian surname derived from the masculine nickname/given name "Pranno".
PRANTS Estonian
Prants is an Estonian surname possibly derived from "prantsuse" meaning French, or "prantsti/prantsatus" meaning to "slam" and "bang". Could also derived from "prints" meaning "prince".
PRASAD Indian, Hindi, Bengali, Marathi, Telugu, Malayalam, Tamil, Odia, Kannada
From Sanskrit प्रसाद (prasadā) meaning "clearness, brightness, purity, graciousness", ultimately from प्रसद् (prasad) "to fall into the power of". In Hinduism and Sikhism, the term refers to a type of religious food... [more]
PRAT English
Variant of PRATT.
The name Prather derives from the word Praetor which means leader or each of two ancient Roman magistrates ranking below consul.
PRATL Hungarian
Possible variant of PRADL.
Originates from a now "lost" medieval village believed to have been in the south east of England.
PRATS Catalan
Habitational name from any of the numerous places in Catalonia called Prats, from the plural of prat ‘meadow’
PRAVDA Russian
Pravda translates into English as “Truth”.
From the root Praw, meaning right. Prawda means "truth."... [more]
Variant of BRECHT.
PRECI Italian
Italian origin. Native spelling is Preçi.
PREDA Italian
Derived from the first name Prato, meaning "field, meadow".
PREECE Welsh (Anglicized), English
Variant of PRICE. From Welsh ap Rhys meaning "son of RHYS". ... [more]
PREES Estonian
Prees is an Estonian surname meaning "brooch".
Nickname for a chatterer or grumbler, from an agent derivative of Middle High German breglen ‘to chatter’, ‘complain’, ‘yell’, ‘roar’.
Meaning unknown, possibly a nickname for a person deported to Spain, derived from the name of a location in Portugal.
means "good priest's glen" in Irish
Derived from apprentice.
Feminine counterpart of PREOBRAZHENSKY.
Derived from the Russian word преображение (preobrazheniye) meaning "transformation" or "transfiguration."
This is the surname of American actress Laura Prepon (born March 7, 1980).
A cognate of PRESCOTT.
PRESHAW English (British, Rare)
This surname is a habitational name from a locality near Upham on the slopes of the South Downs. It is entirely within a private estate and has its own chapel.
PRESLEY Scottish
From Persley, a small Scottish hamlet on the River Don, Aberdeenshire, now a suburb of the much larger city of Aberdeen, named perhaps with the Pictish word *pres-, meaning 'bushes' or 'undergrowth'.... [more]
PRESS English, Jewish
A nickname for a pious individual from the Middle English form of "priest" or possibly someone employed by a priest. In the Jewish sense, one whose occupation was to iron clothes.
PRETO Portuguese
comes from the Portuguese word preto meaning "black" or "dark". referring to someone with dark skin and/or hair. possibly a cognate of the spanish surname PRIETO
PREÜS German
Variant spelling of PREÜSS.
PREÜSS German (East Prussian)
Origin: From the New Latin 'Prussia', the Latin form used by Peter of Dusburg for the name of the region in the now-extinct language of its Baltic inhabitants, 'Prūsa'. Prussia (German: About this sound Preußen; Latin: Borussia, Prutenia; Latvian: Prūsija; Lithuanian: Prūsija; Polish: Prusy; Old Prussian: Prūsa; Danish: Prøjsen; Russian: Пру́ссия) was a German kingdom and historic state originating out of the Duchy of Prussia and the Margraviate of Brandenburg... [more]
PREVOST French, English
Derived from Old French prevost meaning "provost" (ultimately from Latin praepositus, the past participle of praeponere meaning "to place in charge") which is a status name for any of the various officials in a position of responsibility.
A prevot was a govenment position during the Ancient Régime
English surname meaning brave, valor.
Means "person from Prideaux, earlier Pridias", Cornwall (perhaps based on Cornish prȳ "clay"). The modern Frenchified spelling is based on the idea that the name comes from French près d'eaux "near waters" or pré d'eaux "meadow of waters".
unexplained; perhaps a habitational name from a lost or unidentified place. Pridmore has long been a Leicestershire name.
PRIEDE Latvian
Means "pine tree" in Latvian.
PRIEL Hebrew
Means "the fruit of god"
PRIEST English
Derived from the occupation priest, which is a minister of a church. It could also be a nickname for a person who is / was a priest.
PRII Estonian
Prii is an Estonian surname meaning "free".
PRIIDEL Estonian
Priidel is an Estonian surname derived from "prii" meaning "free".
PRIKK Estonian
Prikk is an Estonian surname meaning "(ship's) brig".
PRIMAVERA Spanish, Portuguese, Italian
From Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian primavera meaning "spring".
First found in Burgundy France.
From the name of Primrose in Fife, Scotland, a place originally named Prenrhos, literally "tree-moor" in Welsh. This is the family name of the Earls of Rosebery.
PRINCE English, French
Nickname from Middle English, Old French prince (Latin princeps), presumably denoting someone who behaved in a regal manner or who had won the title in some contest of skill.
PRINCIP Bosnian, Serbian
Probably derived from Latin princeps "leader, initiator, prince", which itself was ultimately derived from primus "first" and capere "to take". The surname may thus have originated as a nickname for someone with a princely appearance, or for someone who was the illegitimate offspring of a prince... [more]
PRÍNCIPE Italian, Spanish
From principe "prince, heir" (Latin princeps, genitive principis, from primus "first" and capere "to take"), applied probably as a nickname for someone who gave himself airs and graces or for someone in the service of a prince.
PRINGLE Scottish
Scottish surname meaning "pilgrim".
PRINS Dutch, Jewish
Means "prince" in Dutch, but almost never a surname for a prince. Instead, it's an occupational surname for someone in the service of a prince or a nickname for someone who acted in a regal manner. The surname is also Jewish Dutch and is used as an ornamental adoption of Dutch prins still meaning "prince".
PRIOR English, Scottish, Dutch, German
Derived from Latin prior meaning "superior". It was used as an occupational surname for a prior, which is a head of a religious house, below an abbot.
PRIOR Irish (Anglicized)
Anglicized form of Irish Gaelic Mac an Phríora meaning "son of the prior".
PRIVETT French, English, Welsh (?)
French, from the given name Privat (see PRIVATUS). Also an English habitational name from a place so named in Hampshire, derived from Old English pryfet "privet".
Habitational name from Procida, one of the Flegrean Islands off the coast of Naples in southern Italy.
Occupational name from Middle English prok(e)tour "steward" (reduced from Old French procurateour, Latin procurator "agent", from procurare "to manage"). The term was used most commonly of an attorney in a spiritual court, but also of other officials such as collectors of taxes and agents licensed to collect alms on behalf of lepers and enclosed orders of monks.
PRODAN Romanian
Means "foster."
Means "son of PRODAN".
PROIA Italian
From the name of a place in Italy. The meaning is uncertain, but it might be derived from Greek πρωία (proía) "morning".
Means "son of PROKOFIY".
PROKOPENKO Russian, Ukrainian
From the given name PROKOPIOS.
Polish in origin with history in America since at least the early 1900s
PROODE Estonian
Proode is an Estonian surname possibly derived from "pruudi", meaning "bridal".
PRÖÖM Estonian
Prööm is an Estonian surname possibly derived from "krööm" meaning "grain".
PROOSA Estonian
Proosa is an Estonian surname meaning "prose".
PROPHET English, Scottish, French, German
Scottish, English, French, and German: nickname from Middle English and Old French prophete, Middle High German prophet ‘prophet’, ‘seer’, ultimately from Greek prophetes ‘predictor’, from pro ‘before’ + a derivative of phemi ‘to speak’... [more]
The meaning of prorok is prophet. It was the maiden name of my maternal grandmother. It is not a common name. Her family was from the southeastern part of Poland.
PROSE German
From a short form of the personal name AMBROSE.
PROSS German
Variant of "Prosser"
A habitational name for someone from any of various places in Lower Saxony, Brandenburg, and Luxembourg called Protz.
Variant of the French nickname Preaux meaning "wise, worthy, valiant". A famous bearer is Valentin Louis Georges Eugène Marcel Proust--simply known as Marcel Proust--(1871-1922), a French author.
From the French word for the flower periwinkle. (pervenche) Brought to Canada from France in 1660 by Sebastien Provencher.
PROVOST English, French
Derived from the Middle English provost; referring to the person who heads a religious chapter in a cathedral or educational establishment. It was also used as a nickname for a self-important person and is a French variant of PREVOST.
PROWZE Anglo-Norman
An Anglo-Norman occupational surname used for soldiers or a nickname for someone bold that is derived from the pre-10th-century Old French proz or prouz, meaning "proud" or "brave". It could also be a variant of the surname PRUE... [more]
process or court case... [more]
PRUDHOMME French, English, Norman, Medieval French
French (Prud’homme) and English (of Norman origin): nickname from Old French prud’homme ‘wise’, ‘sensible man’, a cliché term of approbation from the chivalric romances. It is a compound of Old French proz, prod ‘good’, with the vowel influenced by crossing with prudent ‘wise’ + homme ‘man’... [more]
PRUE English, French
English: nickname for a redoubtable warrior, from Middle English prou(s) ‘brave’, ‘valiant’ (Old French proux, preux).... [more]
PRUETT English
Derived from the Middle English word "prou," meaning "brave," or "valiant," with the addition of either of two common diminutive suffixes: "-et" or "-ot." As such, this name is thought to have originally been a nickname for someone small, but brave.
PRUITT English, French
French and English: nickname from a pet form of Old French proux ‘valiant’, ‘brave’, or ‘wise’ (see PROULX, PRUE).
PRUNA Spanish (Rare)
Possibly a habitational name from a place so named in Spain. It could also be derived from Catalan pruna "plum".
means son of Eric
PRUSS Estonian
Pruss is an Estonian surname meaning "beam" and "rafter".
PRUSSEIT German (East Prussian)
East Prussian German (and thus heavily Lithuanian influenced) name meaning "a Prussian".
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