Submitted Surnames Starting with P

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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".
Prinsloo Afrikaans
Prinsloo is an Afrikaans surname. The name is derived from the dutch word Prins (meaning prince), and a loo suffix meaning clearing in the forest. Variant spellings include Prinzloo and Prinslo.
Prior English
Occupational surname for a prior (a high-ranking official in a monastery), ultimately from Latin prior meaning "superior, first".
Prior Irish
Anglicized form of Irish Gaelic Mac an Phríora meaning "son of the prior".
Prisco Italian
From the given name Prisco
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".
Procida Italian
Habitational name from Procida, one of the Flegrean Islands off the coast of Naples in southern Italy.
Procopio Italian
Italian (Calabria) and Greek (Prokopios): from the personal name Procopio, Greek Prokopios, from pro ‘before’, ‘in front’ + kopē ‘cut’, actually an omen name meaning ‘success’, ‘prosperity’ but as a Church name taken to mean ‘pioneer’ as it was the name of the first victim of Diocletian's persecutions in Palestine in AD 303... [more]
Proctor English
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."
Prodanović Serbian
Means "son of Prodan".
Prohaska Croatian
Croatian form of Procházka
Proia Italian
From the name of a place in Italy. The meaning is uncertain, but it might be derived from Greek πρωία (proía) "morning".
Prokofiev Russian
Means "son of Prokofiy".
Prokopenko Ukrainian, Belarusian
Derived from the given name Prokopiy. It can also be a Belarusian alternate transcription of Prakapenka.
Prokuski Polish
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]
Prorok Polish
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"
Prosser Welsh
From 'ap Rosser', meaning "son of Rosser".
Protzman German
A habitational name for someone from any of various places in Lower Saxony, Brandenburg, and Luxembourg called Protz.
Proust French
From a nickname derived from French preux meaning "valiant, brave". A famous bearer was Marcel Proust (1871-1922), a French writer.
Provencher French
From the French word for the flower periwinkle. (pervenche) Brought to Canada from France in 1660 by Sebastien Provencher.
Provodnikov Russian
From Russian проводник (provodnik) meaning "conductor". Means "son of a conductor".
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]
Prozesky Polish
process or court case... [more]
Prude English (American)
This surname comes from the English word prude. The definition for the word prude is a person who is or claims to be easily shocked by matters relating to sex or nudity.
Prude African American
This surname came from the English word prude. The definition of the word prude is a person who is or claims to be easily shocked by matters relating to sex or nudity.
Prudencio Spanish
From the given name Prudencio
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".
Prusaczyk Polish
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".
Prutton English (British)
it's a cool name
Pruul Estonian
Pruul is an Estonian surname meaning "brew".
Pruun Estonian
Pruun is an Estonian surname meaning "brown".
Pruus Estonian
Pruus is an Estonian surname, possibly a corruption of "pruss" meaning "beam" and "timber".
Prvulović Vlach
Means "son of Prvul".
Prygatsev Russian
Russian word for "Jump", introduced in 2019.
Pryimak Ukrainian
In Ukrainian means 'adoptee'
Prymak Belarusian
Derived from Belarusian прымак (prymak) meaning "live-in son-in-law (man who marries and lives with his wife's family)".
Prynne English
Derived from an Anglo-Norman form of the Late Latin name Primus. A fictional bearer is Hester Prynne, the protagonist of Nathaniel Hawthorne's novel 'The Scarlet Letter' (1850).
Prys Welsh
From the Welsh personal name Rhys, which also took the forms Rice and Rees. This name was originally derived from the Old Welsh forename Ris, which means ardour.
Prytz Swedish, Norwegian
Swedish and Norwegian surname, possibly of German origin.
Przepiórka Polish
It literally means "quail".
Przespolewski Polish
This indicates familial origin within either of 2 Greater Polish villages in Gmina Ceków-Kolonia: Przespolew Pański or Przespolew Kościelny.
Przybylski Polish
A derivative of 'Przybyla', ‘new arrival’, ‘foundling’, with the addition of the surname suffix -ski.
Przysługak Polish
Comes from "przysługa" meaning "favor"
Psaila Maltese
Derived from Maltese basla meaning "onion", ultimately from Arabic بَصَل (baṣal).
Ptacek Czech
A name given to a small, birdlike individual, meaning literally "little bird".
Pták Czech
Czech surname meaning "bird".
Ptak Polish
Polish surname meaning "bird".
Pu Chinese
From Chinese 蒲 (pú) meaning "calamus, cattail".
Pua Chinese (Hokkien)
Hokkien romanization of Pan 2.
Pucci Italian
Patronymic derived from the medieval given name Puccio.
Puccini Medieval Italian
Diminutive form of the surname Pucci
Pucheta Basque (Hispanicized)
Castilianized form of Putxeta.
Puckett English
Of uncertain origin; perhaps a variant of Pocket(t), from a diminutive of Anglo-Norman French poque "small pouch", hence a metonymic occupational name for a maker of purses and pouches or a nickname... [more]
Puddephat English
From a medieval nickname for someone with a roly-poly physique (from Middle English puddy fat "round-bellied vat").
Puddephatt Dutch
Form of Cooper, meaning barrell maker
Pudiwitr Czech
Originally Pudivitr, or Pudivitrova(female only). V was switched to W when the family came to the U.S., though there are both names in the U.S.
Pudwill German
Of Slavic origin, habitational name from Podewils in Pomerania.
Puèg-redond Occitan
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Provençal commune.
Puente Spanish
Habitational name from any of the numerous places named Puente, from puente ‘bridge’.
Puentes Spanish
Means "bridges" in Spanish. Originated from "puente". The surname was first found in the valley of the Trucios in the Basque region of Spain.However, families with this surname have been present in Catalonia for hundreds of years... [more]
Puerto Spanish
Habitational name from any of the numerous places named Puerto, in most cases from puerto ‘harbor’ (from Latin portus ‘harbor’, ‘haven’).
Puértolas Aragonese
It indicates familial origin within the eponymous municipality.
Puett English (American)
Americinized form of Pütt.
Puff Popular Culture
This is the surname of Mrs. Puff from SpongeBob SquarePants.
Pugachev Russian
From the nickname Pugach which is probably derived from Ukrainian пугач (pugach) meaning "owl". Following this etymology, the nickname was most likely given to someone who was wise or sensible (attributing to the owl as a symbol of wisdom).
Pughe Welsh
Variant of Pugh
Pugina Italian
Most likely derived from the feminine form of the Italian word pugno which means "fist".
Puglisi Sicilian
Southern Italian variant of Pugliese.
Pugno Italian
The Italian family name Pugno is considered by scholars to be of nickname origin. While the majority of surnames that are derived from a sobriquet or nickname reveal to us some aspect of the physical appearance of the initial bearer of the name or may allude to a characteristic of this person, other nickname family names make reference to a particular piece of clothing or favorite article or indeed a favorite color of the bearer of the name... [more]
Puhar Serbian (Modern, Rare)
The last name of the contestant Mirjana Puhar from America's Next Top Model, who originally was born in Serbia. She died on February 24, 2015, aged 19 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Puhasmägi Estonian
Puhasmägi is an Estonian surname meaning "pure mountain".
Puhm Estonian
Puhm is an Estonian surname meaning "shrub".
Pühvel Estonian
Pühvel is an Estonian surname meaning "buffalo (wisent)" and "bull".
Puiu Romanian
Derived from the name Puiu.
Pujols Catalan
It literally means "hillocks".
Puķe Latvian
Derived from Latvian puķe "flower". Occupational surname for a person who sells flowers.
Pukk Estonian
Pukk is an Estonian surname meaning "trestle".
Pukki Finnish
The Finnish word for a male goat.
Pukspuu Estonian
Pukspuu is an Estonian surname meaning "boxwood" (Buxus).
Pulaski Polish
Polish (Pułaski): habitational name for someone from the Pulazie in Łomża Voivodeship.
Puławski Polish
It indicates familial origin within the eponymous Lesser Polish city.
Pulcifer Italian (Anglicized, Rare)
Possibly a variant of the surname Pulsipher.
Puleo Sicilian
origin- common name found in Palermo in Scicily
Pulido Spanish, Spanish (Latin American)
Thought to have come through Cuba and Puerto Rico from Burgos, the capital of Castile in northern Spain in the 16th century. The name likely originated there in the 11th century. It means neat, polished, and clean.
Pulišić Croatian
Derived From puliš meaning "to smoke". It may refer to a smoker or someone who sells cigarettes.
Pulk Estonian
Pulk is an Estonian surname meaning "peg".
Pulkkinen Finnish
Derived from Germanic volk meaning "people".
Pullman German
Variant of Puhlmann, itself a variant of Puhl.... [more]
Pulow German
Pulow is the name of a small village in the northeast of Germany. There is also a lake with the same name.
Pulsifer English
Probably a variant of Percival.
Pulsipher Italian (Anglicized)
from the nickname meaning "handsome man" of a member of the Italian Pulci family who settled in England around the time of the Norman conquest
Pulver Low German, French, English
I comes from the Latin verb meaning "to make powder." This name was given to either an alchemist or one who made gunpowder.
Pumphrey Welsh
From Welsh ap Umffrey meaning "son of Humphrey".
Pumupula Filipino
meaning "getting reddish"
Pun Chinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese romanization of Pan 2.
Puna Estonian
Puna is an Estonian surname meaning "red".
Pung Estonian
Pung is an Estonian surname meaning "bud".
Punke German
Unexplained; possibly an altered form of Bunke, from a Middle Low German personal name.
Punn Estonian
Punn is an Estonian surname meaning "cork" and "plug".
Punongbayan Filipino, Tagalog
Means "chief of a city" or "chief of a town" in Tagalog.
Puntar Slovene, Croatian
Derived from a 19th century phrase that denoted someone who supported the unification of the Kingdoms of Croatia and Dalmatia within Austria-Hungary.
Puntila Finnish
Borne by the title character in Bertolt Brecht's play 'Mr. Puntila and his Man Matti' (1948), set in Finland in the 1920s.
Pupu Mamalingua
Old name is good and old name rise pupu
Purdey English
Variant of Purdie (see Purdie on the given name site)
Purdie English
The first name Purdie is transferred usage of this surname, which means "by God" in Norman French.
Purdom English
English: metathesized variants of Prudhomme; the -ru- reversal is a fairly common occurrence in words where -r- is preceded or followed by a vowel.
Purdum English
Variant spelling of English Purdom.
Pürg Estonian
Pürg is an Estonian surname derived from "pürgija" meaning "aspirant" and "climber".
Purge Estonian
Purge is an Estonian surname derived "purk" meaning "can" and "purgis" meaning "canned".
Puri Estonian
Puri is an Estonian surname meaning "sail".
Purificacion Spanish (Philippines)
Derived from Spanish purificación, meaning "purification," referring to the ritual purification of the Virgin Mary after her childbirth.
Purisima Spanish (Philippines)
Derived from Spanish purísima meaning "most pure."
Purje Estonian
Purje is an Estonian surname derived from "purjetama", meaning "sail".
Purk Estonian
Purk is an Estonian surname meaning "pot".
Puro Finnish (Rare)
From the Finnish word puro, meaning "a brook".
Purohit Indian
Purohit means ‘one placed foremost’.
Purple English
Nickname for someone wore purple clothing or has a purple complexion
Purpura Italian
A nickname for someone associated with the color purple.
Purviance Scottish
Materials collector for the Crown. Materials that may be used as tax or in war. Similar to the system of purveyance. Approximately 1100's , southwest Scotland.
Purvis Scottish
Probably means "person in charge of buying supplies for a large household" (from Middle English purveys "provisions").
Purzycki Polish
This indicates familial origin within either of 3 Masovian villages: Purzyce, Purzyce-Rozwory, or Purzyce-Trojany.
Pusch German
Name for someone who lived near bushes or a thicket. The distinguished name Pusch is derived from the Old German word busc, which means thicket or brush.
Puschat German (East Prussian)
East Prussian German (and thus heavily Lithuanian influenced) surname derived from Lithuanian pušaite "(young) pine tree", which - allegedly - used to be a term of endearment for a young girl.
Pusey English
Habitational name from Pusey in Oxfordshire (formerly in Berkshire), so called from Old English peose, piosu ‘pea(s)’ + ēg ‘island’, ‘low-lying land’, or from Pewsey in Wiltshire, recorded in Domesday Book as Pevesie, apparently from the genitive case of an Old English personal name Pefe, not independently attested + Old English ēg ‘island’.
Pusey French
Habitational name form Pusey in Haute-Saône, so named from a Gallo-Roman personal name, Pusius, + the locative suffix -acum.
Pushkin Russian
Derived from Russian пушка (pushka) meaning "gun, cannon". A notable bearer was Alexander Pushkin (1799-1837), a Russian poet and writer.
Pushpakumara Sinhalese
From Sanskrit पुष्प (pushpa) meaning "flower" and कुमार (kumara) meaning "boy, prince".
Puškár Slovak, Czech
Occupational name for a rifle maker.
Puškarić Croatian
Derived from puškar, meaning "gunsmith".
Pušnik Slovene
Habitational name for someone living near or on a pušča, which is Slovene for "uncultivated land" or "wasteland".
Puss Estonian
Puss is an Estonian surname meaning "penknife" and "carving knife".
Putenis Latvian
Means "blizzard".
Putnik Serbian
Derived from putnik (путник), meaning "traveller".
Pütt German
Habitational name from any of several places so named in Rhineland, Westphalia, and Pomerania, but in most cases a topographic name from Middle Low German putte ‘pit’, ‘well’, ‘puddle’, ‘pond’.
Pütt Estonian
Pütt is an Estonian surname meaning "tub" and "cask".
Puttick English (British)
A variant spelling of the Sussex surname Puttock from the Village of Puttock, which itself derives from the Old English "Puttocke" a bird of prey, the kite. ... [more]
Püttsepp Estonian
Püttsepp is an Estonian name meaning "cooper" (literally, "tub smith").
Putxeta Basque
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of the municipality of Abanto.
Putz German
German for "plaster". Likely used to denote someone who manufactured plaster
Püü Estonian
Püü is an Estonian surname meaning "grouse".
Puu Estonian
Puu is an Estonian surname meaning "tree" and "wood".
Puudist Estonian
Puudist is an Estonian surname derived from "puude-" meaning "arborary".
Püüdja Estonian
Püüdja is an Estonian surname meaning "catcher".
Puur Estonian
Puur is an Estonian surname meaning "hutch" or "coop".
Puurand Estonian
Puurand is an Estonian surname meaning "tree beach/shore".
Puusaag Estonian
Puusaag is an Estoian surname meaning "wood saw".
Puusepp Estonian
Puusepp is an Estonian surname meaning "carpenter" (literally "woodsmith").
Puusik Estonian
Puusik is an Estonian surname meaning "tree stand".
Puusild Estonian
Puusild is an Estonian surname meaning "wood bridge".
Puust Estonian
Puust is an Estonian surname meaning "treen" (small handmade functional household objects made of wood) or "wooden".
Puustusmaa Estonian
Puustusmaa is an Estonian surname meaning "wooden (treen) land".
Püvi Estonian
Püvi is an Estonian surname possibly derived from "puuvili" meaning "fruit".
Puž Croatian
Means ''snail''.
Pužek Croatian (Rare)
From puž meaning ''snail''.
Pužić Croatian (Rare)
From puž meaning ''snail''.
Pyak Korean (Russified)
Russified form of Baek used by ethnic Koreans living in former Soviet territories.
Pyanykh Russian
Derived from Russian пьяный (pyany) meaning "drunk". This may have been a nickname for a family of drunks.
Pyatkevich Belarusian, Russian
Derived from Belarusian пятко (pyatko) or пятка (pyatka) meaning "fifth child, fifthborn".
Pyatkov Russian
Possibly from "pyat", meaning "five".
Pyburn English (?)
Apparently from some lost or minor place so named. 1881 British census has 109; KH.
Pyeon Korean (Rare)
Meaning unknown. Approximately 15 000 koreans have this surname
Pygall English (Hellenized, Rare)
From ancient Greek for rump, associations with prostitution across Europe, commonly given to illegitimate children of prostitutes, found especially in North East England and Nottinghamshire.
Pyke English
Most likely originates from the words pike (the weapon or the fish), having to do with fishermen or soldiers, or pick, having to do with miners or somebody who tills the ground.
Pyle English
From the Middle English word pile, meaning "stake" or "post", which is derived via Old English from Latin pilum, meaning "spike" or "javelin". This was a topographic name for someone who lived near a stake or post serving as a landmark, a metonymic occupational name for a stake maker, or a nickname for a tall, strong man.
Pyle Dutch
Metonymic occupational name for a marksman or an arrowsmith, from pijl meaning "arrow".
Pym English
Recorded in several forms including Pim, Pimm, Pimme, Pym, and Pymm, this is a surname which at various times has been prominent in the history of England... [more]
Pyne English
Means "pine" from the Old French pin. This was originally given as a topographical name for someone who lived by a conspicuous pine tree or in a pine forest.