Submitted Surnames Starting with S

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Southwick English
An English/Scottish locational name from a variety of places, including, Southwick in Northamptonshire, England, and Southwick in Gloucestershire, Sussex, Durham, Hampshire. ... [more]
Southworth English
Means "southern enclosure".
Soutomaior Galician
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous council in the Province of Pontevedra.
Sovereign French
Translation of the French surname Souverain which is derived from Old French souverain meaning "high place".
Sovereign English
Occupational surname for a leader or supervisor, derived from the English word sovereign meaning "possessing supreme or ultimate power".
Sovin Russian
Derived from Russian сова (sova) meaning "owl". This may have been a nickname for a night person. This is a Russian noble surname.
Sowerby English
Habitational name from any places so-called in Northern England. Named from Old Norse saurr, 'mud, filth' and by, 'farm, estate'.
Soya English (Modern), Literature, Popular Culture
In the Kai the Hedgefox franchise, the name of the Soya clan is a pun on "Sawyer".
Soydan Turkish (Modern)
Soy, "lineage, ancestry" and dan "from"; One who has come down from good ancestry (a good family)
Soyer French
French surname (Alexis Benoist Soyer is a famous bearer).
Sozio Italian
Nickname from socio "companion", "ally".
Špaček Czech
Means "tipcat". Pronounced "sh:pah-CZEK".
Spacek Polish
This is the surname of American actress Sissy Spacek (born December 25, 1949).
Spackman English
English variant of Speakman.
Spadafora Italian
Variant form of Spatafora. Spadafora is the younger out of the two surnames and yet the most common of the two, which might partly be because it is a little bit more italianized... [more]
Spages Irish
Most likely an Irish surname. It was used in the 1976 movie Alice, Sweet Alice.
Spain English, Spanish (Anglicized)
Derived from a geographical locality. 'of Spain.' A very early incomer.
Spangler German
Spangler is an occupational surname for "metal worker" having derived from the German word spange, meaning a clasp or buckle of the sort such a craftsman might have designed.
Spargo Cornish
Cornish: habitational name from Higher or Lower Spargo, in the parish of Mabe, so named from Cornish spern ‘thorn bushes’ + cor ‘enclosure'.
Spark English, German
Northern English: from the Old Norse byname or personal name Sparkr ‘sprightly’, ‘vivacious’.... [more]
Sparrow English
English: nickname from Middle English sparewe ‘sparrow’, perhaps for a small, chirpy person, or else for someone bearing some fancied physical resemblance to a sparrow.
Spatafora Italian
This surname originates from the Italian island of Sicily, where it was first borne by a noble family of Byzantine origin, which had settled on the island in the 11th century AD. Their surname was derived from the Greek noun σπάθη (spathe) "blade, sword" (akin to Latin spatha "broad sword with a double edge") combined with Greek φορεω (phoreo) "to carry, to bear", which gives the surname the meaning of "he who carries the sword" or "sword-bearer"... [more]
Späth German
Derived from Middle High German spæte "late".
Spaugh German
Was originally "Spach," was changed when first introduced into America
Speakman English
English (chiefly Lancashire) nickname or occupational name for someone who acted as a spokesman, from Middle English spekeman ‘advocate’, ‘spokesman’ (from Old English specan to speak + mann ‘man’).
Speare English
Variant of Spear.
Speck German
Variant of Specker as well as a locational surname from one of various places called Speck, Specke and Specken in northern Germany and Spöck in southern Germany, as well as an occupational surname derived from German Speck "bacon" denoting a butcher who sepcialized in the production of bacon, as well as a derisive nickname for a corpulent person.
Spector Jewish
From Polish szpektor meaning "teacher's assistant (in a Jewish school)", ultimately from inspektor meaning "supervisor".
Speed English
A nickname for a fortunate person, from Middle English sped, "success".
Speier Ancient Germanic
Habitational name from Speyer.
Speiser German
German cognate of Spencer.
Spelling English
Occupational name for a scholar, speaker or a professional story teller, derived from Old English spellian. A famous bearer is American actress and author Tori Spelling (1973-).
Spender English
Occupational name for a paymaster or someone in charge of finances, from Old English spendan "to spend" and Latin expendere "to pay out".
Spendlove English
From a medieval nickname for someone who spread their amorous affections around freely. A different form of the surname was borne by Dora Spenlow, the eponymous hero's "child-wife" in Charles Dickens's 'David Copperfield' (1849-50).... [more]
Spengler German
Occupational surname literally meaning “metal worker” or “tin knocker”.
Spens Scottish
Variant of Spence.
Spering English
There is a fish in Germany or Austria names "Spering or Spiering fish" it is in the meat Isle of Germany orAustrian fish.... [more]
Spero Jewish
Jewish (Ashkenazic) variant of Spiro.
Sperry English
Variant of Spear.
Spezia Italian
Means "spice, drug" in Italian. It was used to denote someone who worked as a spicer or apothecary.
Spicer English, Jewish, Polish
English: occupational name for a seller of spices, Middle English spic(i)er (a reduced form of Old French espicier, Late Latin speciarius, an agent derivative of species ‘spice’, ‘groceries’, ‘merchandise’).... [more]
Spiegel German, Jewish
Metonymic occupational name for a maker or seller of mirrors, from Middle High German spiegel, German Spiegel "mirror" (via Old High German from Latin speculum, a derivative of specere "to look").
Spiegler German, Jewish
Occupational name for a maker or seller of mirrors, from Middle High German spiegel, German Spiegel "mirror" and the agent suffix -er.
Spielberg Jewish, German
From Old High German spiegel "lookout point" or German Spiel "game, play" and berg "mountain". Locational surname after a town in Austria. A famous bearer is American director Steven Spielberg (1946-present).
Spier English
An English surname, meaning "the one who watches".
Spies German
While it translates to the plural of "spy" in English, Spies is a semi-common name found throughout Germany and the surrounding nations. This surname is also popular throughout states with a high German population.
Špiljak Croatian
Possibly derived from špilja, meaning "cave".
Spillane Irish
Irish: reduced form O’Spillane, an Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Spealáin or ‘descendant of Spealán’, a personal name representing a diminutive of "speal" "‘scythe’"... [more]
Spillman English
From the medieval male personal name Spileman, literally "acrobat" or "jester" (from a derivative of Middle English spillen "to play, cavort").
Spina Italian
Means "thorn" in Italian, originally a topographic name for someone who lived by a thorn bush or a habitational name from any of various locations called Spina.
Spinazzola Italian
From a place named Spinazzola in Italy.
Spindler English, German, Jewish
Occupational name for a spindle maker, from an agent derivative of Middle English spindle, Middle High German spindel, German Spindel, Yiddish shpindl "spindle, distaff".
Spinelli Italian
Variant of Spina, of uncertain etymology: could be related to several place names in Italy, to given names such as Crispino, or to the crown of thorns placed on the head of Jesus.
Spínola Portuguese
Portuguese topographic name from a diminutive of espinha ‘thorn’, ‘thorn bush’.
Spinola Italian
Italian (Liguria) diminutive of Spina. Italian topographic name for someone living by Monte Spinola in the province of Pavia.
Spinster American (Rare)
A presumably extinct English occupational name, derived from the occupation of spinning.
Spiridovich Russian
Possibly from the Greek given name Spiridon.
Spirou Greek (Cypriot)
Alternate transcription of Greek Σπύρου (see Spyrou).
Spiteri Maltese
The surname Spiteri is derived from the Latin word "hospitalieri" meaning hospitaliers. It was initially given to babies born to mothers who worked as nurses at the Knights' hospital during the 16th century where the babies' fathers were usually knights who had been treated at said hospital.
Spjut Swedish
Taken directly from Swedish spjut "spear".
Spjuth Swedish
Variant of Spjut.
Splain Irish
Irish: reduced form of Spillane.
Splinter Low German, German
From Low German splinter ‘splinter’; probably a metonymic occupational name for a woodworker.
Spohr German
Occupational name for a maker of spurs, from Middle High German spor ‘spur’, or a topographic name, from Middle High German spor ‘spoor’, ‘animal tracks’.... [more]
Spokony Russian (Anglicized, ?)
comes from the english version of the pronunciation of the Russian word for calm
Spoon English
Apparently a metonymic occupational name either for a maker of roofing shingles or spoons, from Old English spon "chip, splinter" (see also Spooner).
Spoonapple Popular Culture
Edwina Spoonapple is a fictional character and the titular character from the Off-Broadway musical "Dear Edwina" (2008). She is a 13-year-old girl who wants proof of her accomplishments, just like her siblings... [more]
Spoors English, Dutch
Metonymic occupational name for a maker of spurs, a lorimer, from Middle Dutch spore, Middle English spore, spure ‘spur’.
Spradlin English (British)
Originally Spradling, mean one who spreads seed
Sprague English
English from northern Middle English Spragge, either a personal name or a byname meaning "lively", a metathesized and voiced form of "spark."
Sprenger German
German form of the surname Springer
Spring German
From Middle High German sprinc, Middle Low German sprink "spring, well", hence a topographic name for someone who lived by a spring or well, or habitational name from Springe near Hannover.
Springall English
Means (i) "operator of a springald (a type of medieval siege engine)" (from Anglo-Norman springalde); or (ii) from a medieval nickname for a youthful person (from Middle English springal "youth").
Springborn Low German
The surname goes back to the place of living of the first carrier of that surname in medieval times, who lived in the vicinity of a spring or water well. Springborn is of German origin, specifically Middle Low German... [more]
Springer German, English, Dutch, Jewish
Nickname for a lively person or for a traveling entertainer. It can also refer to a descendant of Ludwig der Springer (AKA Louis the Springer), a medieval Franconian count who, according to legend, escaped from a second or third-story prison cell by jumping into a river after being arrested for trying to seize County Saxony in Germany.
Springfield English
Dusty Springfield 1939-1999
Sprout English
This name is "derived from the name of an ancestor. 'the son of Sprot,'".... [more]
Spry English
Was apparently a nickname for an active, brisk, or smart person. The word spry is of obscure origin.
Spurgeon English
Unexplained meaning.
Spurrell English (British, Rare), English (British)
Most likely from a place called Spirewell in southern Devon.
Spurrill English (British, Rare)
Most likely from a place called Spirewell in southern Devon.
Spyrou Greek
Means "son of Spyros".
Squarepants Popular Culture
The surname of the famous cartoon character "SpongeBob SquarePants" from the entitled show.
Squire English
Surname comes from the occupation of a Squire. A young man who tends to a knight.
Squires English
Surname is plural of Squire. A young person that tends to his knight, also someone that is a member of a landowner class that ranks below a knight.
Šramko Belarusian
Belarusian Latin spelling of Shramko.
Srinivasan Indian, Tamil
Tamil variant of Shrinivas.
Sriram Sanskrit
Meaning "The God 'Ram'" in Sanskrit.
Srisuvan Thai
Alternate transcription of Srisuwan.
Srisuwan Thai
From Thai ศรี (si) meaning "glory, honour, splendour" combined with สุวรรณ (suwan) meaning "gold".
Srivastav Indian, Hindi
Alternate transcription of Shrivastav.
Srivastava Indian, Hindi
Alternate transcription of Shrivastav.
Srna Croatian
Means ''doe''.
Sroka Polish
From the Polish word sroka, meaning "magpie".
Staal Dutch (Modern)
From Middle High German stal meaning "steel". May have been a occupational name, for a steelworker or blacksmith.
Stadtmueller German
From Middle High German stet meaning "place", "town" + müller meaning "miller", hence an occupational name for a miller who ground the grain for a town.
Ståhl Swedish
Variant of Stål.
Stahl German
Metonymic occupational name for a smith or armorer, from Middle High German stahel "steel, armor".
Ståhlberg Swedish, Finnish
Variant of Stålberg. A notable bearer was Kaarlo Juho Ståhlberg (1865-1952), the first President of Finland.
Stähle German
Variant of Stahl.
Stahler German
Occupational name for a foundry worker, from an agent derivative of Middle High German stal 'steel'.
Stahling German (Rare)
Denoted a person who worked with steel. Derived from the name "Stähling", which was derived from "Stalin."
Štajnfeld Serbian
Serbian form of Steinfeld.
Stål Swedish
Means "steel" in Swedish.
Stålberg Swedish
Combination of Swedish stål "steel" and berg "mountain".
Staley English
Byname from Middle English staley "resolute, reliable", a reduced form of Stallard.
Staley Belgian
From Old French estalee "fish trap", hence possibly a metonymic occupational name for a fisherman, or topographic name for someone who lived near where fish traps were set.
Stålhammar Swedish
Means "steel hammer" (from Swedish stål "steel" and hammare "hammer"). Was originally a name common among blacksmiths.
Stalin Russian (Modern)
Surname adopted by the Georgian-Soviet revolutionary and politician Joseph Vissarionovich Stalin (1878-1953), whose birth name was Ioseb Besarionis dze Jughashvili... [more]
Stalinov Russian
Means "son of the man of steel" in Russian.
Stallard English
Byname for a valiant or resolute person, from a reduced pronunciation of Middle English stalward, stalworth "stalwart" (an Old English compound of stǣl "place" and wierðe "worthy").
Stallman German
Variant of Staller. German: topographic name for someone who lived in a muddy place, from the dialect word stal. English: habitational name from Stalmine in Lancashire, named probably with Old English stæll 'creek', 'pool' + Old Norse mynni 'mouth'.
Stalton English
can not find a meaning to my name anywhere.
Sta Maria Spanish
Means "St. Mary"
Stamatopoulos Greek
Means "son of Stamatis" in Greek.
Stambouli Arabic (Maghrebi)
Habitational name for someone originally from Istanbul, Turkey.
Stamos Greek
Pet form of the given name Stamatis.
Stamou Greek
Derived from the given name Stamatis.
Stanasila Romanian
Meaning unknown.
Stanaway English
Possibly a variant form of English Stanway, a habitational name from any of the places called Stanaway, in Essex, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, and Shropshire, all named with Old English stān ‘stone’ + weg ‘track’, ‘road’
Stancel German
Probably an altered spelling of Stancil or possibly of German Stenzel.
Stancil English
English habitational name from a place so named in South Yorkshire.
Stanciu Romanian
Romanian surname from the word stanci meaning "rocks".
Standfuß German
It literally means "pedestal".
Stang German, Jewish
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic) from Middle High German stang, German Stange ‘pole’, ‘shaft’, hence a nickname for a tall, thin person, a metonymic occupational name for a maker of wooden shafts for spears and the like, or a metonymic occupational name for a soldier.
Stanić Croatian, Serbian
Means "son of Stanko".
Stanikzai Pashto
Of unknown meaning. The Stanikzai are a Pashtun tribe in Afghanistan.
Stanisavljević Serbian
Patronymic, meaning "son of Stanislav".
Stanislaw Polish, German
Polish from the personal name Stanislaw, composed of the Slavic elements stani ‘become’ + slav ‘glory’, ‘fame’, ‘praise’... [more]
Stanisławski Polish
Name for someone from any of various places named Stanisław, Stanisławów or Stanisławice, derived from the given name Stanisław.
Stannard English
From the medieval personal name Stanhard, literally "stone-strong" or "stone-brave".
Stansfield English (British)
Habitational name from a place in West Yorkshire, probably named with the genitive case of the Old English personal name Stan "stone" and Old English feld "pasture, open country"... [more]
Stanson English
Means "son of Stanley".
Stantz German
Possibly an altered spelling of German Stanz, a habitation name from places called Stans or Stanz in Austria and Switzerland (see also Stentz).
Stanwick English
Habitational name from a place so called in Northamptonshire, named in Old English with stan ‘stone’ + wic ‘outlying dairy farm’.
Stapleford English
Habitational name from any of a number of places, in Cambridgeshire, Cheshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, and Wiltshire, so named from Old English stapol meaning "post" + ford meaning "ford".
Stapleton English
Habitational surname from any of various places in England.
Star German, Dutch, Jewish, English
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): nickname from German Star, Middle High German star, ‘starling’, probably denoting a talkative or perhaps a voracious person.... [more]
Starbuck English
After Starbeck village in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, England. A famous bearer of this name was the fictional character, Starbuck, the first mate of the Pequod in Herman Melville's novel Moby-Dick.
Starčević Croatian
Means "son of an old man" from star "old".
Starczewski Polish (Rare)
It indicates origin in either a place named Starczewo or Starczewice.
Starling English
From a medieval nickname for someone thought to resemble a starling, especially in constantly chattering.
Start English
Habitational name from any of the various minor places named from Old English steort "tail".
Šťastný Czech, Slovak
From the word, meaning "happy".
State German
Nickname from Middle High German stæt(e) meaning "firm", "steadfast", "constant".
Staub German (Swiss), German, Jewish
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic) occupational nickname for a miller, from Middle High German stoup, German Staub ‘dust’. The Jewish surname may also be ornamental.
Stauber German, Jewish
An occupational name from Staub, with the addition of the German agent suffix -er.
Stauch German
From Middle High German stuche, a term used to denote both a type of wide sleeve and a headcovering. Also a habitational name from a place called Staucha, near Dresden.
Stauffer German
This surname refers either to various towns named Stauffen or else it might be derived from Middle High German stouf "high rock/cliff/crag".
Stavig Norwegian
Combination of Old Norse stafr "pole" and vik "bay". This was the name of a farmstead in Norway.
Stavonin Russian
Originally Stavnin (shutter-maker), Stavonin resulted from an incorrect spelling that stuck (for over a hundred years)... [more]
Stavrou Greek
Means "son of Stavros".
Stawelski Polish
Comes from a combination of the two personal names Paweł and Stanley, "Staweł" with the suffix -ski
Stay English, American
Possibly related to the word Stay, or a nickname for Stanley.
St Clair French, English
From the place name St Clair
Steacy English
Variant of Stacy.
Stead English
Dweller at the homestead.
Steel English
Variant of Steele.
Steelworker English (Rare)
Modern version of Smith, meaning "someone who works with steel". Comes from the occupation Steel Worker .
Steely English (American)
Americanized form of Swiss German Stühle, a variant of Stuhl .
Steenbok Afrikaans, Dutch
Dutch and Afrikaans form of Steinbock.
Steenkamp German
Variant spelling of Steinkamp.
Stefanakos Greek
It is associated with the name Stefanos, perhaps meaning son of Stefanos or little Stefanos. Origin from the Mani peninsula.
Stefani Italian
Patronymic or plural form of Stefano.
Stefaniak Czech
Comes from the personal name Stefan.
Stefanidou Greek
Feminine spelling of Stefanidis.
Stefano Italian
From the given Stefano.
Stefanopoulos Greek
Means "son of Stefan".
Stefanowicz Polish
Derived from the given name Stefan.
Stefánsdóttir Icelandic
Means "daughter of Stefán" in Icelandic.
Stefański Polish
Name for someone from any of various places named Stefanów or Stefanowo, derived from the given name Stefan.