Submitted Surnames Starting with S

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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]
SCHAEFER German (?)
Originating in Germany SCHAEFER is a given surname meaning Shepard in German.
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
SCHALLER Upper German
From Middle High German word "schal," which means "noise," or "bragging," and as such is was thought to have originally been a nickname for a braggart, or for a market crier.
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 the Silesian Voivodeship in 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.
SCHILLER German
Nickname for someone with a squint, from an agent derivative of Middle High German schilhen, schiln 'to squint'.
SCHINCARIOL Italian, Portuguese
Unknown meaning.
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.
SCHLEMMER German
Derived from a Middle High German word meaning "feast" and thus used as a nickname for a "gourmet".
SCHLEP German
Probably a nickname or occupational name for a laborer or carrier, especially in a mine, from Middle Low German slepen, Middle High German slepen 'to drag or carry (a load)' (modern German schleppen, schleifen).
SCHLEY German
Name for someone living by the Schlei river.
SCHLOSS German
Shortened form of SCHLOSSER.
SCHLOTE German
literal meaning: smokestack
SCHLOTT German, Low German
Occupational name for a locksmith, from Middle Low German slot 'lock'.
SCHMALTZ German (Rare), German (Austrian, Rare)
Schmaltz is a German and Austrian surname. It was used as an occupational surname for chandlers.
SCHMIDTOVÁ Czech, Slovak
Czech and Slovak form of the German surname SCHMIDT through the feminine suffix -ová.
SCHMIEDT German
Variant spelling of SCHMIDT.
SCHMUCK German, German (Austrian)
From Middle High German smuc meaning "jewel", "finery", hence a metonymic occupational name for a jeweler, or a nickname for someone who wore a prominent jewel or ornament.North German: nickname from Middle Low German smuck meaning "neat", "dainty".
SCHNEID German, Jewish
Variant form of Schneider. Means "cut"
SCHNIEDER German
North German and American variant of SCHNEIDER
SCHOCK German
German origin. Means "shock" in German, as in surprise.
SCHOEN German, Jewish, Dutch
German (Schön) nickname for a handsome or pleasant man, from Middle High German schoene ‘fine’, ‘beautiful’; ‘refined’, ‘friendly’, ‘nice’. ... [more]
SCHOENMAKER Dutch
Dutch word for "shoemaker."
SCHOENWETTER German
German (Schönwetter): nickname for someone with a happy disposition, from Middle High German schœn ‘beautiful’, ‘fine’, ‘nice’ + wetter ‘weather’.
SCHOLTEN Dutch (Surinamese)
Schout "sherif"(he who punishes), Son of Scholte (also from Schout)
SCHÖMER German
Nickname for an offensive person, from Middle High German schemen "to insult."
SCHOMER Jewish
From Hebrew shomer "watchman".
SCHOMMER German
"one who was a gossip, a vagabond or rascal"... [more]
SCHÖN German, Swedish
Derived from Middle High German schoene "beautiful, friendly".
SCHÖNENBERGER German
Habitational name for someone from any of several places in Germany and Switzerland named Schönenberg.
SCHOPS German
Means "scoop maker"
SCHORGL German (Austrian)
Austrian meaning, “Lover of the land”, used by farmers.
SCHORR German
In the south a topographic name from Middle High German schor(re) 'steep rock', 'rocky shore'.
SCHOTTE German
From schotte, an ethnic name for a Scottish person or somebody of such descent.
SCHOTTLAND ?
Uncertain. Would seem to be derived from Schottland, 'Scotland', thus an ethnic name for an individual of such descent. ... [more]
SCHOTTLANDER German, Jewish, Dutch
From German Schottland, 'Scotland' and, in some cases, denoted an immigrant from Scotland or Ireland. Numerous Irish fled to continental Europe after the Anglo-Norman invasion in the 13th century.... [more]
SCHOTTLER German
Occupational name for a wood turner, Middle Low German scoteler (an agent derivative of scotel ‘wooden bowl’).
SCHOUTEN Dutch
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (Redirected from Schouten (disambiguation))... [more]
SCHRAM German, English, Yiddish
Derived from German Schramme (Middle High German schram(me)) and Yiddish shram, all of which mean "scar".
SCHROCK German
Some think that the last name Schrock comes from the German word which meant something along the lines of "Jump" or "Leaps" and was probably a nickname to someone who was a great jumper, or someone who was easily startled.
SCHRÖDINGER German
Denoted a person from Schröding, a old placename in Bavaria.
SCHROOT Dutch
Nickname for a person who collects scraps of food,from the Dutch word "schroot" meaning "scrap". Name was usually given to someone who was impoverished.
SCHUCH German
Likely derived from SCHUMACHER (Shoe Maker)
SCHUELER German
The surname Schueler was first found in southern Germany, where the name was closely identified in early mediaeval times with the feudal society which would become prominent throughout European history.
SCHUG American, German
From the German word Schuh "shoe". ... [more]
SCHUKNECHT German
Occupational name for a shoemaker’s assistant, from Middle High German schuoch meaning "shoe" + knecht meaning "journeyman", "assistant".
SCHULER Jewish
Occupational name for a Talmudic scholar or the sexton of a synagogue, from an agent derivative of Yiddish shul "synagogue".
SCHULLER German
Possibly a habitational name from Schüller in the Eifel.
SCHUMER German
North German nickname for a person who wanders from place to place without a home or job, derived from Middle Low German schumer meaning "good for nothing, vagabond".
SCHUTTE Dutch, Low German
Dutch and North German (Schütte) occupational name for an archer, from Middle Low German schutten ‘to shoot’. Compare German Schuetz.
SCHUTZ German
Occupational surname for an archer or a watchman (from Middle High German schützen "to guard or protect"). Also a habitational name from Schutz, a place near Trier, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany.
SCHWAAB German
The surname of German VfB Stuttgart footballer Daniel Schwaab, born in Waldkirch, Germany.
SCHWAB German, Jewish
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): regional name for someone from Swabia (German Schwaben), from Middle High German Swap, German Schwabe ‘Swabian’. The region takes its name from a Germanic tribe recorded from the 1st century BC in the Latin form Suebi or Suevi, of uncertain origin; it was an independent duchy from the 10th century until 1313, when the territory was broken up.
SCHWABE German
1. The name given to those who lived in Swabia
SCHWAN German
Means "Swan" in German.
SCHWANBECK German
Habitational name from any of several places so named, for example near Lübeck and near Anklam.
SCHWANDT German
Topographic name for someone who lived in a forest clearing, from Middle High German swant (from swenden "to thin out", "make disappear", causative from swinden "to disappear" modern German schwinden.
SCHWANDT German
Habitational name from any of the various places called Schwand or Schwanden, all in southern Germany, named with this element, from Middle High German swant (from swenden "to thin out", "make disappear", causative from swinden "to disappear" modern German schwinden.
SCHWANZ German
Form of Schwan. Also means tail in German.
SCHWARTZMAN Jewish
Nickname for a dark-skinned or dark-haired person, from German schwarz meaning "black" and man meaning "man, person".
SCHWARZKOPF German
Means "black head", from German Schwarz "black", and Kopf "head".
SCHWEDER German, Upper German
German: ethnic name for a Swede.... [more]
SCHWEER Low German
North German: variant of SCHWEDER or SCHWEHR.
SCHWEHR German
German: relationship name, a variant of Schwäher, a variant of Schwager.
SCHWEIGERT German
Derives from an agent derivative of the German "schweigen", to be silent, and the nickname would have been given to a silent, quiet, taciturn person.
SCHWEINHARDT German
an occupational or nickname having to do with pigs
SCHWEINSTEIGER German
Means "Swine Climber". ... [more]
SCHWEITZ German
Ethnic name for a Swiss, from German Schweitz meaning "Swiss".
SCHWER Upper German, German, Jewish
South German relationship name from Middle High German sweher ‘father-in-law’. ... [more]
SCHWERTFUEHRER German (Austrian)
Sword leader; military general or other leadership position
SCHWIMER German, Jewish
Occupational name meaning "swimmer" in German. As a Jewish name, it may be ornamental.
SCHWING German
Occupational name for someone whose job was to swingle flax, i.e. to beat the flax with a swingle in order to remove the woody parts of the plant prior to spinning, from Middle German swingen meaning "to swing" or swing meaning "swingle".
SCILLATO Italian, Sicilian
Comes from the commune of Scillato in Sicily, Italy, southeast of Palermo.
SCIUTO Italian
Meaning "thin"... [more]
SCOBIE Scottish
Means "person from Scobie", an unidentified place in Perth and Kinross ("thorny place"). A fictional bearer is Henry Scobie, the conscience-wracked and ultimately suicidal deputy commissioner of police in Graham Greene's West Africa-set novel 'The Heart of the Matter' (1948).
SCOGGINS Scottish
Scottish form of the Dutch Scroggins surname.
SCOGINGS English, Old Danish
A surname of Scandinavian origin from the old Norse and old Danish by-name "Skeggi" or "skoggi", meaning 'the bearded one'. Common in areas invaded and settled by Scandinavians in the 8th and 9th Centuries.
SCORNAVACCHE Italian
Possibly deriving from Italian words scorno meaning shame, and vacca meaning cow. Sicilian variant of Scornavacca.
SCOTFORD English
Derived from Scotforth, the name of a village near Lancaster (in Lancashire) in England. The village's name means "ford of the Scot(s)" and is derived from Old English Scott "Scot" combined with Old English ford "ford".
SCOTLAND English
(i) "person from Scotland"; (ii) "person from Scotland or Scotlandwell", Perth and Kinross; (iii) from the Norman personal name Escotland, literally "territory of the Scots"
SCROGGINS Dutch
From Holland
SCROOGE Literature
The name of a character in a book by Dickens.
SCUDAMORE Anglo-Norman
A locational surname that was first recorded in England in 1264. Derived from one of the ancient villages of Fifield Scudamore or Upton Scudamore, with SCUDAMORE coming from the Old English scitemor, which means "one who lived at the moor."
SCUDERI Sicilian
Patronymic form of Scudero, a status name equivalent to English SQUIRE, from scudero "shield-bearer", Latin scutarius, an agent derivative of scutum "shield"... [more]
SCURLOCK Welsh, Irish
Obscure, probably derived from 'ystog', a Welsh word meaning 'fortress'
SCURRY Irish
Reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Scoireadh, meaning ‘descendant of Scoireadh’.
SEABORN English
From an Old English personal name derived from the elements "sea, lake" and beorn "warrior".
SEAFORTH English
The name of a projection of the sea on the east coast of Lewis, on the Long Island, Scotland. Means "the forth of the sea".
SEAGER English, German (Modern)
English: from the Middle English personal name SEGAR, Old English S?gar, composed of the elements s? ‘sea’ + gar ‘spear’.... [more]
SEAGLE English (American)
Americanized form of Jewish Segal or German Siegel.
SEAGRAVE English
Habitational name from a place in Leicestershire, recorded in Domesday Book as Satgrave and Setgrave; probably named from Old English (ge)set meaning "fold", "pen" (or sēað meaning "pit", "pool") + grāf meaning "grove" or græf meaning "ditch".
SEAMAN English
Means "born by a sailor".
SEAN English
The stage Surname of English singer Jay Sean (born Kamaljit Singh Jhooti)
SEARS English
Version of SAYER. Used in the United States. Famous bearer of the name is Richard Warren Sears, one of the founders of Sears, Roebuck and Co.
SEASON English
Likely a corruption of the surname Searson, meaning "son of Saer".
SEATTER Scottish
From an ancient barony called "The lands of Setter", Stromness, Orkney. Derives from the Ancient Norse word "saetr" meaning a hut or shelter for animals.
SEBASTÍANSDÓTTIR Icelandic
Means "daughter of SEBASTÍAN" in Icelandic.
SEBASTÍANSSON Icelandic
Means "son of SEBASTÍAN" in Icelandic.
SEBERT German, French
From a German personal name composed of the elements sigi meaning "victory" + berht meaning "bright", "famous".
SEDDIK Arabic (Egyptian), Arabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from Arabic صَدِيق (ṣadīq) meaning "friend".
SEDDIKI Arabic (Maghrebi)
Maghrebi cognate of SIDDIQUI (chiefly Algerian).
SEDDON English
"Broad hill" in Old English. A surname that most occurs in Merseyside, and Lancashire.
SEDGWICK English
Habitational name from Sedgwick in Cumbria, so named from the Middle English personal name Sigg(e) (from Old Norse Siggi or Old English Sicg, short forms of the various compound names with the first element "victory") + Old English wic "outlying settlement", "dairy farm"; or from Sedgewick in Sussex, named with Old English secg (sedge) + wic.
SEDIN Swedish
Two famous bearers are the Swedish ice hockey players, and twins, Henrik and Daniel Sedin (b. 1980).
SEDIQI Afghani, Persian
Afghani Persian variant of SADEGHI.
SEDITA Italian
From Italian sei "six" + dita, plural of dito "finger", hence a nickname either for someone having six fingers or metaphorically for someone who was very dextrous.
SEDLACK Czech (Anglicized)
Americanized spelling of Czech SEDLÁK (see also Sedlak).
SEDON English
Variant of "Seddon"
SEDOWSKI Polish
Habitational name from places called Sedowice, Sedowo, Sedów, in Lublin, Bydgoszcz, Piotrków, and Sieradz voivodeships.
SEE English, German
Topographic name for someone who lived by the sea-shore or beside a lake, from Middle English see meaning "sea", "lake" (Old English sǣ), Middle High German sē. Alternatively, the English name may denote someone who lived by a watercourse, from an Old English sēoh meaning "watercourse", "drain".
SEEDAT Indian (Muslim)
“Lord” in Hindustani. Comes from "Sidi". May be Egyptian, Arabic or Persian in origin.
SEEDER Estonian
Seeder is an Estonian surname meaning "cedar".
SEEHUUS Norwegian
Norwegian for "house by the sea."
SEEKINS English (British)
Probably a variant of English Seekings, a Cambridgeshire name of unexplained etymology.
SEELY Medieval English
Means "Blessed", "Happy", and/or "Lucky." By adding an Un- to Seely makes it "Unblessed", "Unhappy", and/or "Unholy." Used primarily in Northern England and Southern Scotland during the Middle English period but is derived from the Old English sǣl and gesǣlig... [more]
SEEME Estonian
Seeme is an Estonian surname meaning "seed".
SEEP Estonian
Seep is an Estonian surname meaning "soap".
SÉERA Literature
Coming from an old Rowénan word to mean "king" or "leader", SÉERA is nowan uncomon surname. Used by the ruling family of eastern Erikówna (see TYRAN).
SEES German
Variant of SEESE.
SEESE German
Comes from a Germanic personal name, Sigizo, from a compound name formed with sigi ‘victory’ as the first element.
SEFCIK Czech
Variant of Sevčik.
SEGALE English, Italian
Respelling of SEGAL. A famous bearer is Mario A. Segale, the inspiration for Nintendo's video game character Mario
SEGĂRCEANU Romanian
A topographical surname designating someone from Segarcea, a small town in Dolj County, Romania.
SEGARRA Catalan
Regional name from the district of La Segarra, or habitational name from any of the places named with Segarra or La Segarra in Catalonia and Valencia.
SEGER Swedish, English, Dutch
Means "victory" in Swedish. It is also a variant of the English surname SEAGER or derived from the Germanic given name SIGIHERI "victory army".
SEGEV Hebrew
Means "exaltation, greatness" in Hebrew.
SEGURA Spanish, Catalan, American (Hispanic)
Derived from Spanish segura "safe, secure".
SEI Estonian
Sei is an Estonian surname possibly derived from "seib", meaning "washer" and "disk"; or "seil", meaning "sail".
SEIB German
Short form of SEIBOLD. Ultimately derived from names composed of the Germanic name element sigi "victory".
SEID German
From the Germanic given name Sito, a short form of a compound name formed with sigi "victory".
SEID Jewish
Metonymic occupational name from German Seide and Yiddish zayd "silk"
SEIDE German, Jewish
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): from Middle High German side, German Seide ‘silk’ (from Late Latin seta, originally denoting animal hair), hence a metonymic occupational name for a manufacturer or seller of silk.
SEIDENBERG German, Jewish
Derived from several places with the same name. As an ornamental name, it is derived from German seide meaning "silk" and berg meaning "mountain".
SEIDER German
Originating in the region of Saxony. Name of a silk merchant, from the German word for silk: seide
SEIDMAN Jewish, German
Derived from SEID.
SEIF German, Jewish
Metonymic occupational name for a soap maker, from Middle High German seife, German Seife 'soap'.
SEIF Arabic, Persian
From the given name SAIF.
SEILER German
German and Jewish occupational surname for a rope maker.
SEIM Upper German
German: metonymic occupational name for a beekeeper, from Middle High German seim ‘honey’.
SEINFELD German, Jewish
From the German word sein "to be" and the word of German Jewish origin feld which means "field". It was a name given to areas of land that had been cleared of forest.
SEIRE Estonian
Seire is an Estonian surname meaning "monitor" and "examine".
SEITZ Upper German
A mainly Bavarian surname, from a reduced form of the personal name Seifried, a variant of SIEGFRIED... [more]
SEITZER German
Variant of SEITZ.
SEIVERT Dutch
Derived from the given name SIVERT.
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