Submitted Surnames Starting with S

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SANDSTRÖM Swedish
Combination of Swedish sand "sand" and ström "stream".
SANDUSKY Polish
Germanized spelling of SANDOWSKI or SEDOWSKI.
SANDVALL Swedish
From Swedish sand "sand" and vall "wall, pasture, field of grass".
SANDVIK Norwegian, Swedish
A combination of sand "sand" and vik "bay, inlet".
SANDWELL English
From a place called SANDWELL.
SANG Estonian
Sang is an Estonian surname meaning "handle" or "bail".
SANGALANG Filipino, Tagalog
Means "defender" from Tagalog sanggalang meaning "to defend".
SANGHERA Sanskrit
The Sanghera (संघेडा) clan are descended from Chauhan Rajputs and are found chiefly amongst the Jatt Sikh tribes of Northwestern India.
SAN GIORGIO Italian
“Saint George.”
SAN GIOVANNI Italian
Means Saint John in Italian
SANGUINEM American
Means "blood" in Latin.
SANGWIN English
From Middle English sanguine (blood) ,one of the four humours.
SANJO Japanese
Variant transcription of SANJOU.
SAN JORGE Spanish
“St George”
SAN JOSÉ Spanish
Habitational name from any of the places named for a local church or shrine dedicated to St. Joseph.... [more]
SANJOU Japanese
From Japanese 三 (san) meaning "three" and 條 or 条 (jou) meaning "paragraph".
SAN JUAN Spanish
Habitational name from any of the numerous places so named for a local shrine or church dedicated to St. John (San Juan).
SANKEY English, Irish
Habitational name from a place in Lancashire, which derived from the name of an ancient British river, perhaps meaning "sacred, holy." ... [more]
SANKT JOHANN German
Means Saint John in German.
SAN LUIS Spanish
In honor of Saint Louis.
SAN MIGUEL Spanish
Habitational name from any of the numerous places so named for a local shrine or church dedicated to St. Michael (San Miguel).
SANO Japanese (Rare)
Sa means "small" and No means "meadow,wilderness,field". This is the last name of Yo Sano (a writer),Sano Tsuneha (an admiral in World War 1 )who participated in a Japanese scouting movement with Sano Tsunetami (his father).This is also (but uncommonly) a first name for boys too.
SANO Japanese
From Japanese 佐 (sa) meaning "help, aid" and 野 (no) meaning "field, wilderness".
SAN PEDRO Spanish
Means Saint Peter in Spanish
SAN PIETRO Italian
Means Saint Peter in Italian.
SANTALA Finnish
Combined from 'santa', meaning "sand", and '-la', a suffix indicating a place.
SANTAMARIA Spanish
Means "Saint MARY or "Holy MARY in Spanish, referring to someone living in a place named after the Virgin MARY.
SANTANDER Spanish
From the toponymy, it is discussed whether Santander is a derivation of San Emeterio or San Andrés. Due to the proximity of the Basque country (Ander = Andrés) and the tenor of some ancient texts, it can be concluded that it refers to San Andrés... [more]
SANTANGELO Italian
Originating someone from Sant' Angelo in Italy.
SANTE Ancient Celtic
It is a surname of Northern Italy (Cisalpine Gaul). It means sacred or holy.
SANTEE English
A topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree.
SANTERRE French
Habitational name from a place to the southeast of the Somme river, named with Latin sana terra "healthy, wholesome land".
SANTESSON Swedish
Means "son of SANTE". Sante is a medieval Swedish form of Alexander.
SANTI Italian (Latinized, Archaic)
Santi is a surname of Christian inspiration and it means Son of Santo (Saint). It also has a second meaning in plural that is Santos (Saints). Santi is a last name that comes from Piedmont (northern Italy)... [more]
SANTIAIS Celtic (Latinized, Modern, Rare, Archaic), Ancient Celtic
Santiais is a surname of the Celtic origin (it's Cisalpine Gaul / Gallia Citerior, therefore, it's Italian-Celts, Italo-Celtic, Italo-Alpine). It meaning saint (sacred or holy)... [more]
SANTIS Medieval Italian (Latinized, Archaic)
It means holliness, hallowed, saintly, sainted, sanctity. It is a surname that corresponds with Italian Celts families (Italo-Celtic family groups), more precisely in Piemonte or Piedmont (north of Italy).
SANTISTEVAN Spanish
Status of nobility
SANTORA Italian
Feminine variant of SANTORO.
SANTORUM Italian
Variant of SANTORO. A notable bearer is former American Senator Rick Santorum (1958-present).
SANTU Basque (Latinized, Modern)
It's a Basque surname and its meaning is hallowed or holiness.
SANTY Celtic (Latinized, Modern)
It means saint, sacred or holy. In the Gaelic language is sanctaidd.
SANZIO Italian
Meaning: Holy or Blessed.
SAO Khmer
Unexplained but a common surname in Cambodia.
SÃO JOÃO Portuguese
Means "St. John" in Portuguese.
SÃO JORGE Portuguese
“St George.”
SÃO PEDRO Portuguese
Means Saint Peter in Portuguese.
SAPERSTEIN Jewish, German
“Sapphire” and “stone”
SAPIENZA Italian
It means "knowledge" in Italian.
SAPIR Hebrew
Means "sapphire" in Hebrew.
SAPIRO Jewish
Varient of SHAPIRO.
SAPPINGFIELD American (Anglicized, Rare)
From the German name "Sappenfeld," a small town in Bavaria, Germany. (Pop. 380.) The town itself is named after an early resident named "Sappo;" in English, the name means "Sappo's Field." The name "Sappo" may mean noble (unconfirmed)... [more]
SARAFIAN Armenian
Alternate transcription of SARAFYAN.
SARAFYAN Armenian
Means "son of the banker" from Arabic صَرَّاف (ṣarrāf) meaning "banker, moneychanger, cashier".
SARAIVA Portuguese
It literally means "hail".
SARAKAR Indian, Odia
Odia variant of SARKAR.
SARAMAGO Portuguese
It's the name of a plant.
SARAP Estonian
Sarap is an Estonian surname meaning "hazel".
SARAPIK Estonian
Sarapik is an Estonian surname meaning "hazel wood".
SARAPUU Estonian
Sarapuu is an Estonian surname meaning "hazel tree".
SARAZEN French
From a medieval French nickname for a swarthy person, or for someone who had gone on a Crusade (from Old French sarrazin "Saracen"). It was borne by American golfer Gene Sarazen (1902-99), original name Eugene Saraceni.
SARD English, French, Spanish, Italian
In the book "Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary by Henry Harrison and Gyda (Pulling) Harrison 1912 - Reprinted 1996.... The Sard surname (which has been in England, Italy and Europe for a long time) is defined thus on page 136...... [more]
SARDAR Urdu, Bengali, Persian
From the given name SARDAR.
SARDINHA Portuguese
Portuguese last name meaning "sardine seller".
SARDO Italian, Catalan
Ethnic name from sardo "Sardinian".
SÄREKANNO Estonian
Särekanno is an Estonian surname possibly derived from "säre" ("violent" or "sudden") and "kanne" ("bearing" or "entry").
SARFATI Judeo-Spanish
From Hebrew צרפתית (tsar'fatít) meaning "French". It was traditionally used to refer to the Biblical location of Tzarfat, which is sometimes identified as modern-day France.
SARGIS Armenian
From the given name SARGIS.
SARI Estonian
Sari is an Estonian surname meaning "cluster" or "batch".
SARIKAYA Turkish
Sarıkaya is a Turkish word meaning "yellow rock".
SARILAR Turkish
Means ''yellows'' in Turkish. A common place name in Turkey.
SARIPADA Filipino, Maranao
Means "chief" in Maranao, ultimately from Sanskrit श्रीपाद (śrī́pā́da) meaning "holy foot" (see SALIPADA).
SÄRK Estonian
Särk is an Estonian surname meaning "shirt".
SÁRKÁNY Hungarian
Means "dragon" in Hungarian.
SARKAR Indian, Bengali, Assamese
From the Persian title سرکار (sarkâr) meaning "lord, supervisor, overseer".
SARKER Bengali
Variant transcription of SARKAR.
SARNA Polish
IT COMES FROM POLAND FROM LONG-AGO ANCESTORS
SARNOWSKI Polish
Habitational name for someone from any of the many places in Poland called Sarnowa, Sarnowo, or Sarnów, named with Polish sarna "roe deer".
SAROUKHANIAN Armenian
Here is the combined words meaning of "Saroukhanian" surname: Sar(Armenian origin–սար– means: Mountain ) + u (Armenian origin –եւ– means :and )+ khan( խան _means: prince )+ yan (յան– a suffix for Armenian family names) and the combination of the words finally means The Mountain and Prince or The Prince օf Mountain
SARPEI Akan
Meaning unknown.
SARRÉ English
“apologetic”
SARRIÀ Catalan
Catalan habitational name from any of the places named Sarrià or Sàrria, in Catalonia.
SARRIS Greek
Derived from Turkish sari meaning "blond, fair-haired".
SARSENBAEV Kazakh
From the given name SARSEN combined with Kazakh бай (bay) meaning "rich, wealthy".
SARSENOV Kazakh
Means "son of SARSEN".
SARSOUR Arabic
Means "cockroach" or "roach" in Arabic.
SARTAIN French
Means, "Tailor".
SARV Estonian
Sarv is an Estonian surname meaning "horn".
SARVER English, Jewish
English and Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic) occupational name from Old French serveur (an agent derivative of server ‘to serve’), Yiddish sarver ‘servant’.
SARWAR Pakistani, Bengali (Muslim)
From the Persian title سرور (sarvar) meaning "master, leader, chief".
SASANO Japanese
From 笹 (sasa) meaning "bamboo grass" and 野 (no) meaning "field, plains". Other characters are also possible.
SASAYAMA Japanese
笹 (Sasa) means "Bamboo" and 山 (Yama) means "Mountain".
SASI Estonian
Sasi is an Estonian surname meaning "shock", "skein", and "snarl".
ŞAŞMAZ Turkish
Means "infallible" in Turkish.
SASORI Japanese (Rare)
This surname is used as 佐曽利 with 佐 (sa) meaning "assistant, help," 曽 (so, sou, zou, katsu, katsute, sunawachi) meaning "before, ever, formerly, never, once" and 利 (ri, ki.ku) meaning "advantage, benefit, profit."
SASSI Estonian
Sassi is an Estonian surname derived form "sassis" meaning "disheveled", "tangled", and "unkempt".
SASTRY Indian
Hindu (Brahman) name, from Sanskrit šāstrī ‘versed in the Shastras’ (from šāstra ‘book of rules’, ‘religious treatise’).
SATOMI Japanese
Sato means " Village " and Mi means " Mindset, Outlook" in this surname. SATOMI is also a Japanese first name.
SATOMIYA Japanese (Rare)
From Japanese 里 (sato) meaning "village" and 宮 (miya) meaning "temple, shrine, palace".
SATONAKA Japanese
From Japanese 里 (sato) meaning "village, countryside" and 中 (naka) meaning "middle".
SATOYA Japanese
Sato and Ya together, means "Village Valley".
SATTARI Persian
From Persian ستار (setâr) meaning "star" (see SETAREH or SITARA).
SATTERTHWAITE English
From a place in England named with Old English sætr "shielding" and Old Norse þveit "pasture".
SATTLER German
An occupational name meaning "saddle maker".
SATURN ?
Saturn (Latin: Sāturnus saːˈtʊrnʊs) was a god in ancient Roman religion, and a character in Roman mythology. He was described as a god of generation, dissolution, plenty, wealth, agriculture, periodic renewal and liberation... [more]
SAU Estonian
Saue is an Estonian surname meaning "wand" or "staff".
SAUERWEIN German
Occupational nickname for someone who sold sour wine, or perhaps a nickname for someone with a sour disposition, from Middle High German sur "sour" + win "wine", i.e. vinegar.
SAUKKO Finnish
Means "otter" in Finnish.
SAUL Estonian
Saul is an Estonian surname derived from the biblical masculine given name "Saul".
ŠAULIS Lithuanian
Occupational name from Lithuanian šaulys meaning "rifleman".
SAULNIER French
In Middle French (the form of French spoken from 1340 to 1610), it literally means "salt merchant".
SAUPÕLD Estonian
Saupõld is an Estonian surname meaning "stick field".
SAUR German
Variant of SAUER.
SAUVE' French
Sauve' from France to Canada. Changed probably due to an "a" and an "o" confusion in cursive. My granfather's was typo-ed on WW II old men's sign up in MA. or RI, USA.
SAVARD French
Either from Old French savart meaning "wasteland" or the Germanic elements sab of uncertain meaning and hard meaning "brave, hardy".
SAVAS Greek
From the personal name Sav(v)as, New Testament Greek Sabbas, a derivative of Sabbaton "Sabbath", "Saturday".
SAVELA Finnish
Derived from Finnish savi "clay". Savela is also a place in Helsinki and Jyväskylä.
SAVELL English
English variant of SAVILLE.
SAVELYEV Russian
Derived by means of suffix "-ev" from a russian given name Saveliy of latin origin that has been popular on russian territories in 14th century... [more]
SAVI Estonian
Savi is an Estonian surname meaning "clay".
SAVIAUK Estonian
Saviauk is an Estonian surname meaning "clay pit" or "earthen pit".
SAVIĆ Serbian
Means "son of SAVA".
SAVILLE English
A habitational name from an uncertain place in Northern France. This is most likely Sainville, named from Old French saisne, 'Saxon' and ville, indicating a settlement.
SAVINO Italian
From the given name SAVINO.
SAVIO Italian
Italian nickname given to a wise, sage man. Saint Dominic Savio is a well-known bearer of this surname.
SAVISAAR Estonian
Savisaar is an Estonian surname meaning "loam" or "clay island".
SAVKO Ukrainian
From a pet form of the personal name Sava (see SAVAS).
SAVOLAINEN Finnish
Means "Savonian, person from Savonia". Savonia is a historical province in eastern Finland.
SAWA Japanese
From Japanese 澤 (sawa) meaning "marsh".
SAWAMURA Japanese, Popular Culture
Sawa means "Marsh, Swamp" and Mura means "Village, Hamlet". This surname belongs to multiple fictional characters. Eijun Sawamura from Diamond no Ace, Daichi Sawamura from Haikyuu!!, and Eriri Spencer Sawamura from Saekano all live in pop culture.
SAWASHIRO Japanese
Sawa means "Marsh" and Shiro means in surnames means "Castle" (at least commonly), this may get mixed up with given name SHIRO.
SAWHNEY Indian (Sikh), Punjabi
Variant of SAHNI, which is possibly from Sahni, a village in Punjab.
SAWICKI Polish
This indicates familial origin anywhere within a cluster of 3 Podlachian villages in Gmina Repki: Sawice-Dwór, Sawice-Wieś, or Sawice-Bronisze.
SAWTELL English (British)
A dialectal variant of SEWELL, which was first recorded in early 13th-century England. The later addition of the 't' was for easier pronunciation.... [more]
SAX Low German
South German variant of SACHS.
SAX Dutch
Dutch variant of SAS.
SAX English, Norwegian
English from an Old Norse personal name, SAXI meaning ‘sword’.
SAX Jewish
Jewish (Ashkenazic) variant spelling of SACHS.
SAXBY English (British)
Saxby is the surname of the character Stella Saxby from the book Awful Auntie, by David Walliams. Saxby means "Grand" .
SAXENA Indian, Hindi
Believed to mean "friend of the army" from Sanskrit सखा (sakhā) meaning "friend, companion" and सेना (sénā) meaning "army".
SAXTON English
Habitational name from a place in West Yorkshire, possibly also one in Cambridgeshire, both so named from Old English Seaxe "Saxons" and tūn "enclosure, settlement".
SAYED Muslim
From a personal name based on Arabic sayyid ‘lord’, ‘master’, ‘chief’. This is a title of respect used for the descendants of Fatima, daughter of the Prophet Muhammad.
SAYEGH Arabic
Means "goldsmith" in Arabic.
SAYWARD English (Rare)
English surname which was a variant of Seward.
SAYYID Swahili, Muslim
From the Arabic honourific title سَيِّد (sayyid) which means "master, lord, prince, mister".
SAZA Japanese
From the Japanese 佐 (sa) "assistant" and 座 (za) "seat."
SCAGGS English
Variant of SKAGGS both of English origin and unknown meaning. Famous bearer is singer BOZ Scaggs (1944-) of the STEVE MILLER Band and the band Toto.
SCAGLIETTI Italian
The name of an Italian coachbuilder, with one of its famous customers being Ferrari when it doesn't want a design from Pininfarina.
SCALA Italian, Greek
Habitational or topographic name from any of various places named with scala, "ladder", "steps", "wharf".
SCALI Italian
Habitational name from Scali in Piedimonte Etneo, Sicily. From greek skali, "step", "terrace".
SCALI Italian
Variant of SCALA.
SCALIA Italian
Habitational name derived from Scalea in the province of Cosenza, deriving ultimately from medieval Greek skaleia meaning "hoeing".
SCANLON Irish
Anglicized form of Ó Scannláin.
SCANNADINARI Italian (Rare)
Taken from the Italian scanna meaning "slaying" and dinari meaning "money" in the plural form. Therefore, killer of money.
SCANNELL Irish (Anglicized)
Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Scannail, meaning "Descendant of Scannal," a name meaning "contention"
SCARBOROUGH English
Habitational name from Scarborough on the coast of North Yorkshire, so named from the Old Norse byname Skarði + Old Norse borg "fortress", "fortified town".
SCARGILL English
This ancient surname is of Old Norse origin, and is a locational name from a place called Scargill in Northern Yorkshire, deriving from the Old Norse bird name "skraki", a diving duck, plus the Old Norse "gil", valley or ravine.
SCARLATA Italian
Feminine variant of SCARLATO.
SCARLATO Italian
Occupational name for a dyer, or as a nickname for someone who habitually wore scarlet or who had bright red hair, From Sicilian scarlatu "scarlet".
SCARRY Irish
Shortened Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Scurra, meaning ‘descendant of Scurra’, a personal name of uncertain origin.
SCERRI Maltese
Meaning disputed; it could be derived from Sicilian sciarra meaning "fight, brawl", Arabic شَرّ (šarr) meaning "evil, cruel", or a word meaning "anger".
SCHAAF German
Metonymic occupational name for a shepherd, from Middle High German schāf ‘sheep’. In some cases it may have been a nickname for someone thought to resemble a sheep, or a habitational name for someone living at a house distinguished by the sign of a sheep... [more]
SCHABEN German
Describes an inhabitant of the region Swabia
SCHACHNER German
German origins (as told to me by my family); popular in Austria and also has Jewish and Slavic origins, according to the internet/ancestry.com.
SCHADE German, Dutch, Scottish, English
German and Dutch: from schade ‘damage’, a derivative of schaden ‘to do damage’, generally a nickname for a thug or clumsy person, or, more particularly, a robber knight, who raided others’ lands.... [more]
SCHAFF German
Name given to sheepherders, accounding to personal family history.
SCHÄFFLER German
Occupational name for a cooper, from an agent derivative of Middle High German scheffel "bushel".
SCHAFFNER German, Jewish, German (Swiss)
German: occupational name for a steward or bailiff, variant of Schaffer.
SCHALK German
germany
SCHATTENSTEIN Latvian, Russian, Jewish
Notes from DANIEL SATTEN (1896-1972) say that Mordechai Block (1797-) returned to Russia (Latvia) with the surname SCHATTENSTEIN... [more]
SCHATTNER German, Jewish
Habitational name for someone from any of several places named Schaten or Schatten, or a topographic name for someone living in a shady location, from Middle High German schate "shade", "protection".
SCHATZ German, Jewish
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic) metonymic occupational name for a treasurer, from German Schatz ‘treasure’, Middle High German scha(t)z. It may also have been a nickname for a rich man (or ironically for a miser), or else for a well-liked person or a ladies’ favorite, from the use of the vocabulary word as a term of endearment... [more]
SCHÄTZEL German
German diminutive of SCHATZ, or a nickname for a lover meaning "little sweetheart" (from the same word used as a term of endearment).
SCHAU Norwegian
Variant of SKAU.
SCHAUBLE German
Diminutive of Scaub
SCHAUER German
The Schauer surname comes from the Middle High German word "schouwen" meaning "to inspect;" as such, the name is thought to have originally been occupational, for some kind of inspector, perhaps an official of a market.
SCHAUMBURG German, Dutch, Belgian
Habitational name from any of the places called Schaumburg or Schauenburg in Germany, or Schauwberg in Brabant, Belgium.
SCHAUS German, Luxembourgish
A nickname for a simpleton, from schaus, a word in Rhenish Franconian and Lower Rhine dialects of German.
SCHAUWECKER German
habitational name for someone from Schaubeck near Marbach (Württemberg).
SCHECHTER Yiddish
Yiddish name meaning "butcher."
SCHEETZ German
Anglicized version of the German surname, Schütz, "archer," "yeoman," "protect."
SCHELIGA Polish
Variant and more Americanized spelling of SZELIGA.
SCHELL German
Means "noisy" or "loud" from the German word "schel"
SCHELLEKENS Dutch
A Dutch patronymic surname of Germanic names like Schalk and Godschalk, meaning "God's Servant".
SCHEMMEL German
Nickname for a disabled person, from Middle High German schemel "stool", which was used as a crutch by invalids.
SCHENKEL German, Dutch, Jewish
German, Dutch, and Jewish (Ashkenazic): nickname for someone with long or otherwise notable legs, from Middle High German schenkel, Middle Dutch schenkel, schinkel ‘thigh’, ‘lower leg’, German Schenkel ‘thigh’.
SCHERMAN German
German version of Sherman
SCHERZER German (Austrian)
Habitational name for someone from a place called Scherz in Switzerland
SCHEUNEMANN German
It literally means someone who either lives near (or in, if poor &/or homeless) a barn or works within its general vicinity.
SCHIAVO Italian
From the Italian word schiavo "slave".
SCHICKLGRUBER German (Austrian)
This was the surname of Maria Schicklgruber (April 15, 1795 - January 7, 1847), the mother of Adolf Hitler.
SCHIEFELBEIN German
Habitational name from Schievelbein in Pomerania.
SCHIEROKAUER German, Yiddish
Derived from the town of Sieraków in Silesian Voivodeship, Poland.
SCHILD German, Dutch
Occupational name for a maker or painter of shields, from Middle High German, Middle Dutch schilt "shield".
SCHILD Jewish
From German Schild "shield", "(house) sign", applied either as an ornamental name or as a habitational name for someone who lived in a house distinguished by a sign.
SCHILDHAUER German
First appeared during the Middle Ages in Central Europe/Germany. The name means "Shield-Maker" and suggests correlation to Blacksmiths or or other forms of metalwork in the time period.
SCHINK Upper German, Dutch
Nickname for someone with long or otherwise remarkable legs, from Middle High German schinke ‘thigh’, ‘leg’. Compare SCHENKEL. ... [more]
SCHLATTER Upper German
Topographic name from Middle High German slâte "reedy place", or a habitational name from any of several places named Schlatt, from the same word.
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