Submitted Surnames Starting with S

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Salonga Filipino, Tagalog
From the name of a chief of Polo (presently the city of Valenzuela in Manila) who was later baptised as Pedro Salonga.
Salt Anglo-Saxon, English
Of Anglo-Saxon origin, from the town in Staffordshire.
Salter English
Occupational name for an extractor or seller of salt (a precious commodity in medieval times), from Middle English salt 'salt' + the agent suffix -er.
Salthouse English
"Salthouse" and other variants come from the place name in Northumberland.
Saltmarsh English
Last name of cricket player Ian Saltmarsh (1901-1970).
Saltzman Jewish, German
Altered spelling of Salzmann.
Salu Estonian
Salu is an Estonian surname meaning "grove".
Saluäär Estonian
Saluäär is an Estonian surname meaning "grove edge".
Salulaht Estonian
Salulaht is an Estonian surname meaning "grove bay".
Salumäe Estonian
Salumäe is an Estonian surname meaning "grove ridge".
Saluorg Estonian
Saluorg is an Estonian surname meaning "grove valley".
Salupalu Estonian
Salupalu is an Estonian surname meaning "meadow heathy woodland".
Salurand Estonian
Salurand is an Estonian surname meaning "grove beach".
Salusoo Estonian
Salusoo is an Estonian surname meaning "grove swamp".
Saluste Estonian
Saluste is an Estonian surname, relating to "grove".
Saluveer Estonian
Saluveer is an Estonian surname meaning "grove embankment (berm)".
Salvador Filipino, Spanish, Catalan, Tagalog, Portuguese
From the popular Christian personal name Salvador, meaning "Savior" (Latin Salvator, a derivative of salvare "to save"), bestowed in honor of Christ.
Salvatore Italian
Derived from the Italian masculine given name Salvatore, which in turn was derived from the Italian noun salvatore meaning "saviour, rescuer"... [more]
Salzmann German, Jewish
Occupational name for a producer or seller of salt, from German salz "salt" + mann "man".
Samadi Persian, Arabic
From the given name Samad.
Samaha Arabic
Derived from Arabic سَمْح (samḥ) meaning "magnanimous, generous".
Samandarov Uzbek
From the given name Samandar.
Samaniego Basque
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous municipality in the comarca of Arabako Errioxa.
Samargiu Macedonian
Etymology... [more]
Sameer Arabic, Dhivehi, Urdu
From the given name Samir 1.
Samejima Japanese
”鮫” (sa me) is meaning ”shark”(in ancient use, ”alligator” ) and ”島”(or ”嶋”) (shima in west Japan , jima in east Japan) is meaning "island" in Japan.... [more]
Samet German, Jewish, Yiddish
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic) metonymic occupational name for a maker or seller of velvet, from Yiddish samet ‘velvet’ (German Samt, ultimately from Greek hexamiton, a compound of hex ‘six’ + mitos ‘thread’).
Samir Arabic
From the given name Samir 1.
Samis Dutch, German
From a pet form of the personal name Samuel.
Samma Estonian
Samma is an Estonian surname derived from either "sammal" meaning "moss" or "sammas" meaning " column", "pillar" and "post".
Sammal Estonian
Sammal is an Estonian surname meaning "moss".
Sammel Estonian
Sammel is an Estonian surname meaning "moss".
Sammul Estonian
Sammul is an Estonian surname meaning "pace" and "step".
Samon Japanese (Rare)
This surname combines 左 (sa, sha, hidari) meaning "left" or 佐 (sa) meaning "assistant, help" with 門 (mon, kado, to) meaning "gate."... [more]
Samper Catalan
Habitational name from any of the places in Catalonia called Sant Pere, generally as the result of the dedication of a local church or shrine to St. Peter (Sant Pere).
Samporna Filipino, Maranao
Means "main point" in Maranao, possibly from Sanskrit संपूर्ण (sampūrṇ) meaning "complete, entire, whole".
Sampulna Filipino, Maguindanao
Maguindanao form of Samporna.
Samrajyam Indian
It means "a kingdom".
Samreen Arabic, Indian, Urdu
From the given name Samrin.
Samson Filipino
From Min Nan 三孫 (sam-sun) or 三孙 (sam-sun) meaning "third grandchild".
Samsonov Russian
Means "son of Samson".
Sámuel Hungarian
From the given name Sámuel.
Samways English
From a medieval nickname for a fool (from Middle English samwis "foolish", literally "half-wise").
Sanches Portuguese
Portuguese cognate of Sanchez.
Sancti Celtic (Latinized, Archaic)
Sancti or Santi is a Italian surname in the north of Italy, Cisalpine Gaul or Galia Citerior also known as Galia Togata. It's a last name belonging to ancient Celtic tribes.
Sanctius Biblical Latin (Latinized, Archaic)
It meaning saint or holy. It comes from the Latin word sanctus.
Sancto Medieval Italian (Latinized, Modern)
It comes from the Latin and it means hallowed or holiness.
Sanctus Medieval Italian
Sanctus is a very old graphic form in Italy and it means santo (saint).
Sand English, Scottish, Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, German, Jewish
Topographic name for someone who lived on patch of sandy soil, from the vocabulary word sand. As a Swedish or Jewish name it was often purely ornamental.
Sandahl Swedish
Combination of Swedish sand "sand" and dal "valley".
Sandano Italian
San means "saint" in Italian, but I don't know what the... [more]
Sandblom Swedish
Combination of Swedish sand "sand" and blomma "flower".
Sande Norwegian
Habitational name from any of forty or more farmsteads so named, especially on the west coast, from the dative case of Old Norse sandr meaning "sand", "sandy plain", "beach".
Sande German
Variant of Sand.
Sandell English
Originated from a name for someone who lived on a sand hill
Sandeman English
Scottish surname of famous merchant family engaged in banking in Scotland and London and in the Port Wine trade in London. The same family were earlier the founders of an obscure Protestant sect the Sandemanians.
Sandhu Indian, Punjabi
From Sindhu, the Sanskrit name for the Indus River.
Sandison Scottish
Possibly a Scottish variant of Sanderson.
Sandler English
Norman origin. Habitational name from Saint-Hilaire-du-Harcouët in La Manche, which gets its name from the dedication of its church to St. Hilary, or alternatively from either of the places, in La Manche and Somme, called Saint-Lô... [more]
Sandmeier German, German (Swiss), German (Austrian)
From Middle High German sand combined with Meier, referring to a tenant farmer whose farm was on sandy soil.
Sandowski Polish
Habitational name from places called Sedowice, Sedowo, Sedów, in Lublin, Bydgoszcz, Piotrków, and Sieradz voivodeships.
Sandu Romanian
From the given name Sandu.
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.
San Francisco Spanish
In honor of Saint Francis.
Sang Estonian
Sang is an Estonian surname meaning "handle" or "bail".
Sangalang Filipino, Tagalog
Derived from Tagalog sanggalang meaning "protection".
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.
Sanin Russian
Means "son of Sana".
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).
Sanocki Polish
Historically, surnames evolved as a way to sort people into groups - by occupation, place of origin, clan affiliation, patronage, parentage, adoption, and even physical characteristics (like red hair)... [more]
San Pedro Spanish
Means Saint Peter in Spanish
San Pietro Italian
Means Saint Peter in Italian.
Santaella Castilian
It indicates familial origin within the eponymous Andalusian municipality.
Santagata Biblical Italian (Italianized, Modern, ?)
names of several towns in Italy derived from saint agatha (sant agata )
Santala Finnish
Combined from 'santa', meaning "sand", and '-la', a suffix indicating a place.
Santamaría Spanish
Means "Saint Mary" in Spanish, used as a name for someone from any of various locations named after the Virgin Mary.
Santamaria Italian, French, Spanish
Italian and French cognate of Santamaría as well as a Spanish variant.
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.
Santelices Castilian
It indicates familial origin within the eponymous locality of the municipality of Merindad de Valdeporres.
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]
Santino Italian
Derived from the given name Santino.
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 Lucas Portuguese
Means "St. Luke" in Portuguese.
São Pedro Portuguese
Means Saint Peter in Portuguese.
Saparow Turkmen
Means "son of Sapar".
Saperstein Jewish, German
“Sapphire” and “stone”
Sapienza Italian
It means "knowledge" in Italian.
Sapir Hebrew
Means "sapphire" in Hebrew.
Sapiro Jewish
Varient of Shapiro.
Sapperstein Jewish
Ornamental name, a compound of Hebrew sapir 'sapphire' + German Stein 'stone'.
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]
Saracho Basque (Castilianized)
Castilianized form of Saratxo.
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".
Saratxaga Basque
It indicates familial origin near the eponymous river.
Saratxo Basque
It indicates familial origin within the eponymous council of the municipality of Amurrio.
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 Indian, Bengali, Hindi, Urdu
From a title meaning "chief, leader", derived from Persian سر (sar) meaning "head, authority" and the suffix دار (dar) meaning "possessor".
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".
Sarı Turkish
Means "yellow, blond" in Turkish.
Sarikaya Turkish
Sarıkaya is a Turkish word meaning "yellow rock".
Sarilar Turkish
Means ''yellows'' in Turkish. A common place name in Turkey.
Šarinić Croatian
Possibly derived from šareno, meaning "colorful".
Saripada Filipino, Maranao
From a title meaning "chief" in Maranao, ultimately from Sanskrit श्रीपाद (shripada) literally meaning "holy foot", derived from श्री (shri) meaning "diffusing light, radiance, splendour, beauty" and पाद (pada) meaning "foot".
Särk Estonian
Särk is an Estonian surname meaning "shirt".
Sárkány Hungarian
Means "dragon" in Hungarian.
Sarkar Indian, Bengali, Assamese
From the Persian title سرکار (sarkar) meaning "lord, supervisor, overseer".
Sarker Bengali
Variant transcription of Sarkar.
Sarmiento Spanish (Latin American), Filipino, American (Hispanic)
From Latin sarmentum meaning "vine shoots".
Sarna Polish
Sarnow Polabian (Germanized), German
From the village of Sarnow in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Surname of the mayor of Stralsund Karsten Sarnow.
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.
Sarrazin French
Means "Saracen" in Old French, a name used to refer to Arab Muslims in the Middle Ages. It was probably used as a nickname for an unruly person, a person with a dark complexion, or for someone who had taken part in a Crusade.
Sarré English
Sarrià Catalan
Catalan habitational name from any of the places named Sarrià or Sàrria, in Catalonia.
Sarrikolea Basque
It indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of the municipality of Larrabetzu.
Sarris Greek
Derived from Turkish sari meaning "blond, fair-haired".
Sarsenbaev Kazakh
Means "son of Sarsenbay".
Sarsenov Kazakh
Means "son of Sarsen".
Sarsour Arabic
Means "cockroach" or "roach" in Arabic.
Sartain French
Means, "Tailor".
Sartori Italian
Variant of Sarto, through Latin Sartorius.
Saruta Japanese
From Japanese 猿 (saru) meaning "monkey" and 田 (ta) meaning "field, rice paddy".
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".
Saska Croatian
Name given to someone from Saxony. From Croatian “saska” which translates to Saxony.
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".
Sastrowardoyo Javanese
Means "writings of the heart" from Sanskrit शास्त्र (shastra) meaning "scripture, writings" and हृदय (hrdaya) meaning "heart". This is the name of a Javanese family of nobility.
Sastry Indian
Hindu (Brahman) name, from Sanskrit šāstrī ‘versed in the Shastras’ (from šāstra ‘book of rules’, ‘religious treatise’).
Sather Anglo-Saxon
Sather is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from the family once having lived in the ancient chapelry of Satterthwaite found near Hawkeshead in Lancashire. This surname was originally derived from the Old English elements soetr meaning shield and pveit meaning pasture... [more]
Sathi Indian, Odia, Hindi, Marathi, Punjabi, Urdu, Thai
Alternate transcription of Sethi.
Satoda Japanese
From Japanese 里 (sato) meaning "village" and 田 (ta) meaning "rice field"
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".
Savchenko Ukrainian
Derived either from the given name Savvatiy or Saveliy.
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]
Savery English
Originally from the given name of Germanic origin, Savaric