Submitted Surnames Starting with P

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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
Pulsoni Italian
Probably from Latin pulso "to beat, to strike".
Pult Romansh
Derived from the given name Hippolytos.
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".
Punay Filipino, Cebuano
Means "yellow-breasted fruit dove" or "pink-necked green pigeon" (both species of bird) in Cebuano.
Pung Estonian
Pung is an Estonian surname meaning "bud".
Pung Korean
From Sino-Korean 馮 (pung) meaning "fast running horse".
Punga Maori
The name means "reason, cause, origin". Punga is the name of the daughter of Ra (Sun) and his spouse Tame. This was the name of Ngati Mutunga chief Apitea Punga (1827?-1885) who had Moriori slaves and big land owner... [more]
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.
Punzalan Filipino, Tagalog, Pampangan
Possibly an occupational name for a maker of fences or a nickname derived from Spanish punzar meaning "to punch, to sting".
Pupillo Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
From the given name Pupillo.
Pupu Mamalingua
Old name is good and old name rise pupu
Purba Batak
Means "east" in Batak, ultimately from Sanskrit पूर्व (purva).
Purdey English
Variant of Purdie (see Purdie on the given name site)
Purdie English
It 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 "pürg" meaning both "avidity (eagerness or enthusiasm") and a colloquial name for the European bison ("Bison bonasus").
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.
Pursley English
Habitational name from Pursley Farm in Shenley, Hertfordshire, England.
Pursley German (Americanized, ?)
Likely an altered form of German Bürschle, a diminutive of Bursch.
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".
Putipuerca Spanish
La vieja de Equi.
Putney English
habitational name from Putney in Surrey (now Greater London) named in Old English from the personal name Putta (genitive Puttan) and hyth "landing place quay".
Putnik Serbian
Derived from putnik (путник), meaning "traveller".
Putnik Estonian
The surname definition is unknown. It is from the name of a farm Putniku Talu, meaning "Putnik farm". It was located in Vana-Kariste, Viljandimaa, Estonia.
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
Pützstück German (Rare)
Habitational name from a place so named near Königswinter, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.
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 "wilderness".
Püvi Estonian
Püvi is an Estonian surname possibly derived from "puuvili" meaning "fruit".
Puyol Catalan
Catalan variant of Pujol. It is borne by the retired Spanish soccer player Carles Puyol (1978-).
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.
Pykhtin Russian
From pykhta, meaning "silver fir".
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.
Pynt Danish
Danish ornamental name, meaning "decoration, ornament". It is mostly extinct in modern Denmark, though alternative form Pyndt is still seen, though rare.
Pyo Korean (Rare)
From Sino-Korean 表 (pyo) meaning "table, diagram, graph".
Pyo Korean (Rare)
From Sino-Korean 俵 (pyo) meaning "to share".
Pyrgos Greek
Means "tower" in Greek. Pyrgos is a city in the northwestern Peloponnese, Greece, capital of the regional unit of Elis.
Pyromallis Greek
The redhaired, from the words, πύρ fire/reddish and μαλλί for hair.