Submitted Surnames Starting with P

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Poitier French
Evidently an altered spelling of Pothier. A famous bearer of this surname was the Bahamian-American actor Sidney Poitier (1927-2022).
Pokrywka Polish
Nickname from pokrywka meaning ‘cover’, ‘lid’.
Polack Polish, Jewish
Anglicized from POLAK.
Poláčková f Czech
Feminine form of Poláček.
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]
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 Estonian
Põldroos is an Estonian surname meaning "field rose".
Põldsaar Estonian
Põldsaar is an Estonian surname meaning "field island".
Põldsepp Estonian
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".
Pole English
Variant of Poole, from Old English pól.
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.
Polhem Swedish (Rare)
Derived from Polhammar, itself of uncertain origin. A notable bearer was Swedish scientist and inventor Christopher Polhem (1661-1751).
Poli Italian
From the given name Polo, medieval variant of Paolo.
Poliakoff Russian
Variant transcription of Поляков (see Polyakov).
Policier French (Caribbean), Haitian Creole
From French meaning "policeman".
Polidore Italian (Americanized), French
Americanized form of Polidoro and French variant of Polydore from the given name Polydore.
Polidori Italian
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.
Polikarpov Russian
Means "son of Polikarp".
Poling English, Welsh
Altered form of Bolling, possibly also of Bollinger or Pollinger.
Polinski Polish
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.
Politis Greek
Politis derives from the Greek word polis, which means 'city'. Therefore Politis means 'citizen'. According to some historians people with this surname have ancestors who came from Constantinople, which was commonly called Polis in the Byzantine era.
Polito Italian
Reduced form of Ippolito. Compare French Hypolite, Greek Politis... [more]
Politzer Hungarian, German, Jewish
Habitational name derived from any one of several places called Police (known as Pölitz in German) in the Czech Republic. Hugh David Politzer (1949-) is an American theoretical physicist who, along with David Gross and Frank Wilczek, discovered asymptotic freedom.
Polívka Czech
Means "soup".
Polk German
Ethnic name for a Pole.
Polk Scottish
Reduced form of Pollock.
Polka German, Polish
Variant of German Polk, also a feminine form for the surname Polak, and comes from the given female name Apolonia.
Polke German
Variant of Polk.
Pollack Polish
Jewish (Ashkenazic): variant of spelling of Polak.
Pollak English, German
A name for someone who came from the place called Poland.
Pollari Finnish
Finnish surname from farms with said name in central Finland.
Pollett English
Patronymic of Paul, with the diminutive suffix -et.
Põllu Estonian
Põllu is an Estonian surname meaning "arable" or "agrestic"; associated with farming ("farmer" = "põllumees").
Põlluäär Estonian
Põlluäär is an Estonian surname meaning "arable (land) side".
Põlluaas Estonian
Põlluaas is an Estonian surname meaning "arable meadow".
Põllumaa Estonian
Põllumaa is an Estonian surname meaning "farmland".
Põllumees Estonian
Põllumees is an Estonian surname meaning "farmer"; literally "agrestic (põllu) man (mees)".
Põllupüü Estonian
Põllupüü is an Estonian surname meaning "field grouse".
Pollusaar Estonian (Rare)
I believe it means field island in Estonian
Polnareff French
Most known by famous French singer Michel Polnareff, and fictional Jojo's Bizarre Adventure character Jean-Pierre Polnareff (who is named after the singer).
Polombo Italian
Derived from Palombo literally meaning "Ring Dove" or Palombella meaning "Wood Pigeon" in the dialects of Southern Italy.
Poloskin Russian
Derived from полоска (poloska), a diminutive of полоса (polosa) meaning "stripe, strip, streak". This may have been a nickname for a tall and thin person.
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".
Polyanski Russian
Meaning "From Fields".
Polychronakis Greek
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".
Polydore French
From the given name Polydore.
Polydouris Greek
From the Greek name Polydoros.
Polyiam Thai
Alternate transcription of Thai พลเยี่ยม (see Phonyiam).
Pomante Italian
An occupational name for someone who farms or sells fruit, from Italian pomo "apple", descended from Latin pomum "fruit, fruit tree".
Pombal Portuguese
from the portuguese word: pombo meaning "dove", "pigeon". ... [more]
Pomerantz German
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.
Pomerantz Jewish
From the Yiddish word פּאָמעראַנץ (pomerants) meaning "orange (fruit)".
Pomeroy English
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.
Pompilio Italian
From the given name Pompilio
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"
Ponce Spanish
Derived from Latin Pontius. Could be originated from an Ancient Roman town named "Italica" near another town named "Santiponce" in Seville, Spain.
Ponce De León Spanish
Compound name composed of the family name Ponce + the habitational name León.
Ponciano Spanish, Portuguese
From the given name Ponciano.
Pong Chinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese romanization of Pang.
Pongsilpipat Thai
From Thai พงศ์ (pong) meaning "family, race", ศิลป์ (sin) meaning "art", พิพัฒน์ (phiphat) of unknown meaning.
Poniatowski Polish
This indicates familial origin within the Lesser Polish town of Poniatowa.
Ponomarenko Ukrainian
Occupational name for a church bell-ringer from Ukrainian парамонар (paramonar) meaning "sexton".
Ponomarev Russian
Derives from Slavic "пономарь"- Sexton.
Pons Catalan, French, Occitan, Dutch
From the given name Pons.
Ponsonby English
From a place name in England.
Pontiff French
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.
Pontz English
The name Pontz likely came from Germanic origin, probably originating from the German Pflanzen.
Ponyiam Thai
Alternate transcription of Thai พลเยี่ยม (see Phonyiam).
Ponzi Italian
the surname of an early perpetrator of a Ponzi Scheme... [more]
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.
Pool Romansh
Derived from the given name Pol.
Poolamets Estonian
Poolamets is an Estonian surname meaning "half forest(ed)".
Pooley English
Habitational name from Pooley Bridge in Cumbria, so named from Old English pol ‘pool’ + Old Norse haugr ‘hill’, ‘mound’. topographic name from Middle English pole ‘pool’ + ey ‘low-lying land’ or hey ‘enclosure’
Poom Estonian
Poom is an Estonian surname meaning "beam".
Poon Chinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese romanization of Pan 2.
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".
Poor English
Referred to someone who was poor or impoverished.
Poortman Dutch
Occupational name for a gatekeeper or topographic name for someone who lived near the gates of a fortified town, from Dutch poort meaning "gate" and man meaning "man".
Poortvliet Dutch
From the name of the village and former municipality called Poortvliet in the province of Zeeland in the Netherlands, derived from Middle Dutch port meaning "port, harbour, storage yard, city" and vliet meaning "brook, stream, river, creek, inlet"... [more]
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").
Popalzai Pashto
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.
Poplar English
Nickname for someone living by a poplar tree.
Popoca Aztec, Nahuatl
From Nahuatl meaning "to smoke".
Popoff Russian, Bulgarian
Alternate transcription of Russian/Bulgarian Попов (see Popov).
Popoola Yoruba
"The way of the rich man" or "The way of prosperity"
Popova Russian, Bulgarian
Feminine transcription of Russian/Bulgarian Попов (see Popov).
Popovici Romanian
Means "son of the priest" from Romanian popă meaning "priest".
Popp German
Derived from the given name Poppo (or possibly Boppo) which is of uncertain origin and meaning... [more]
Popp English
Derived from an Old English personal name, Poppa, of unknown origin and meaning.
Poppe German, Dutch, English
German and Dutch variant of Popp 1 and English variant of Popp 2.
Pöppel Upper German, German
Comes from a pet form of the personal name Popp.
Popuchet French
Wise and classy
Porcari Italian, English
From Italian porci "pigs", denoting someone who worked as a pig herder.
Porcaro Italian
From Italian porcaro "swineherd".
Porcelli Italian
From Italian porcello, meaning "piglet". Used to denote someone who worked as a swineherd, or perhaps a nickname for someone who resembled a piglet in some way.
Porcu Italian
From Sardinian porcu "pig".
Porfirio Spanish, Italian
From the given name Porfirio
Pork Estonian
Pork is an Estonian surname possibly derived from "põrkama" meaning to "bound", "strike", and "bump". bounce, spring
Porko Finnish
Meaning uncertain, possibly derived from Finnish poro meaning "reindeer".
Poroshenko Ukrainian
From Ukrainian порох (porokh) meaning "(gun)powder, dust", used as an occupational name for someone who made or sold gunpowder. A notable bearer is current Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko (1965-).
Porrin Italian
Americanized form of Perino.
Porss Estonian
Porss is an Estonian surname meaning "bog myrtle" and "bayberry".
Porta Romansh
Derived from Romansh porta "door".
Portal Spanish, Catalan, Galician, Portuguese, Occitan
Topographical surname for someone living near the gates of a fortified town.
Portanova Italian, Portuguese, Galician
Habitational name from a place or locality called Portanova "new gate" from the elements neos "new" and porta "door".
Porte French
from Old French porte "gateway entrance" (from Latin porta) hence a topographic name for someone who lived near the gates of a fortified town (typically the man in charge of them).
Porteous Scottish
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]
Portera Italian
Occupational name for a female servant, from Spanish portera.
Portillo Spanish
Meaning unknown.
Portis English (American)
A famous bearer is the American basketball player Bobby Portis (1995-).
Portman English
Status name meaning "townsman, burgher, citizen" in Middle English, derived from Old English port "port, harbour" (from Latin portus) and mann "person, man".
Portman German (Americanized), Dutch
Americanized form of German Portmann, as well as a Dutch variant of Poortman (and in some cases an Americanized form)... [more]
Portmann German
Occupational name for a gatekeeper, derived from Middle Low German port(e) meaning "gate" and man, or a topographic name for someone who lived near the gates of a fortified town.
Portnoy Jewish, Belarusian, Ukrainian
Occupational name for a tailor from Russian portnoj (an adjective derivative of port "uncut cloth").
Portnyagin Russian
Derived from Russian портняга (portnyaga), a colloquial nickname derived from портной (portnoy) meaning "tailor, clothier".
Portokali Greek
From Greek meaning "orange".
Portokalos Greek
From the Greek word πορτοκάλι (portokáli), which means "orange." The name could refer either to farmers who maintained an orange orchard / grove or someone who had an orange aspect to their appearance or demeanor.
Portola Spanish, Portuguese, Romani (Caló)
Portola is Spanish and Portuguese for Port and is a Romani calo surname. People include Gaspar de Portolá, a Spanish explorer who was the first governor of Baja and Alta California and had many names after him in California cities and streets.
Portrey Jewish
Origin uncertain. Perhaps an altered form of Jewish Portnoy of North German Portner.
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]
Porziņģis Latvian
Unknown. A notable bearer of this surname is NBA player Kristaps Porziņģis.
Porzio Italian
From the given name Porzio.
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.
Posner German, Polish, Medieval
Originally denoted a person from Poznań, Poland.
Postgate English
From Postgate in Danby (NR Yorks) which is recorded as Postgate in the 12th century. The place-name derives from Old English post "post pillar" and Old Scandinavian gata ‘way path road" or Old English gaet "gate".
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
Potapov Russian
Means "son of Potap".
Poteet English, French
From the French name Pottet, which is derived from pot meaning "pot", originally a name for a potter.
Potemkin Russian
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.
Pothier English
One of the Many spellings of Pottier
Potisepp Estonian
Potisepp is an Estonian surname meaning "spade/shovel maker (smith)".
Potocki Polish
This indicates familial origin within the Lesser Polish village of Potok, Gmina Szydłów.
Potot Filipino, Cebuano
From Cebuano putot meaning "short person", "flower bud" or "young coconut fruit".
Pottier French
A variant of the french word for potter, potier.... [more]
Potulicki Polish
This indicates familial origin within either of 3 Greater Polish villages named Potulice.
Poulos Greek
Denotes kinship. Derived from the Latin pullus, meaning "offspring, chick"
Poulton English
English surname that means "settlement by a pool".
Pour Persian
Means "son, descendant" in Persian, typically used as a suffix in compound surnames.
Povarov Russian
Derived from the Russian word "povar" meaning 'cook'.
Póveda Spanish
habitational name from any of the places called Poveda in the provinces of Cuenca Ávila Salamanca and Soria or from Póveda de la Sierra in Guadalajara.
Poverelli Italian
Means "poor (person)" in Italian, given to foundlings and orphans.
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.
Powles Welsh, English
Patronymic form of Powell or the given name Paul.
Powroznik Polish
Derived from Powroźnik, a village in Nowy Sącz County, Lesser Poland Voivodeship, southern Poland.
Powyes English
Unknown source. Surname of many early American pilgrims.
Pöyhönen Finnish
Of uncertain etymology. Features the nen suffix commonly found in surnames of Savo-Karelian origin.
Poyraz Turkish
Means "north wind" in Turkish, of Greek origin.
Pöyry Finnish
The Pöyry surname is connected to the ancient Scandinavian male name Biur.
Pozharin Russian
Means "man of fire" in Russian.
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.
Pradera Spanish
Pradera is a Spanish surname meaning "meadow".