Submitted Surnames Starting with S

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Saunder English
From the given name Alexander.
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
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".
Savignac French
Habitational name for someone from various communes by this name in France.
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.
Savinainen Finnish
Literally translates as Woman Made Out Of Clay. Real meaning and origin remain unknown
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).
Savoia Italian (Archaic)
A Italian royal court name.
Savolainen Finnish
Means "Savonian, person from Savonia". Savonia is a historical province in eastern Finland.
Sawa Japanese
From Japanese 澤 (sawa) meaning "marsh".
Sawada Japanese
From Japanese 沢 or 澤 (sawa) meaning "marsh" and 田 (ta) meaning "field, rice paddy".
Sawamura Japanese
From Japanese 沢 or 澤 (sawa) meaning "swamp, marsh" and 村 (mura) meaning "town, village".
Sawara Japanese (Rare)
Sawara (椹) is a type of cypress native to Japan
Sawaragi Japanese (Rare)
Sawaragi (椹木) literally means "Sawara tree".
Sawashiro Japanese
From Japanese 沢 (sawa) meaning "marsh" and 城 (shiro) meaning "castle".
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
Traditionally believed to be derived from Sanskrit सखिसेना (sakhisena) meaning "friend of the army", from सखा (sakha) meaning "friend, companion" and सेना (sena) meaning "army"... [more]
Saxonov Russian (?)
Variant transcription of Saksonov.
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".
Sayago Leonese (Castilianized)
Castilianized form of Sayagu.
Sayagu Leonese
It indicates familial origin within the eponymous comarca.
Sayed Arabic, Urdu
From the given name Sayyid.
Sayegh Arabic
Means "goldsmith" in Arabic.
Sayelau Thai
Alternate transcription of Saelau.
Sayetan Thai
Alternate transcription of Saetan.
Sayetang Thai
Alternate transcription of Saetang.
Sayetyao Thai
Alternate transcription of Saetiao.
Sayeyang Thai
Alternate transcription of Saeyang.
Saylee Thai
Alternate transcription of Saeli.
Sayson Filipino
From Hokkien 世孫 (sì sun) meaning "direct lineal descendant" or 西孫 (sai sun) meaning "western grandchild".
Sayto Japanese (Russified)
Alternate transcription of Saitō more commonly used by ethnic Japanese living in parts of the former Soviet Union and Sakhalin Japanese residing on Sakhalin Island in Russia.
Saytou Japanese (Russified)
Alternate transcription of Saitou more commonly used by ethnic Japanese living in parts of the former Soviet Union and Sakhalin Japanese residing on Sakhalin Island in Russia.
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.
Scaglione Italian
Derived from scaglione meaning "stallion’s canine tooth" (an augmentative form of scaglie meaning "canine tooth", from Old French escaillon meaning "horse’s tooth"), presumably a nickname for someone with exceptionally large teeth.
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/
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]
Schaden German, 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.
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
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."
Scheidegger German, German (Swiss)
Topographic name for someone who lived near a boundary or watershed. The name was derived from the Old German word SCHEIDE, meaning 'to part, to divide'. It may also have been a habitation name from any of the numerous places named with this word.
Scheliga Polish
Variant and more Americanized spelling of Szeliga.
Schelin Swedish
ornamental name, probably from an unidentified place name element + the Swedish adjectival suffix -in, based on Latin -inius.
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’.
Scheremet German
German cognate of Şeremet.
Scherl German
Southern German: metonymic occupational name for a potter, from scherbe ‘pot’, ‘potsherd’.
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]
Schinker German
Unknown, though I would very much like to know. Possible Hungarian influence as well as German.
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.
Schleicher German
Could derive from the word schleifen meaning "to grind" but most likely is derived from the word schleicher "to sneak, creeper"
Schleifer German
Derived from the word schleifen "to grind, polish".
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.
Schlossberg German
Ornamental name composed of German Schloss ‘castle’ + Berg ‘mountain’, ‘hill’.
Schlote German
literal meaning: smokestack
Schlott German, Low German
Occupational name for a locksmith, from Middle Low German slot 'lock'.
Schmadeka Low German
Low German variant of Schmied + the diminutive suffix -ke
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.
Schmoeckel German (East Prussian)
Originally Smekel. In the 17th century the ‘Sm’ in Low German was gradually replaced by the ‘Schm’ from High German. ... [more]
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".
Schnee German, Popular Culture
A German surname meaning "snow". One fictional bearer of this surname is Weiss Schnee, a main character from the popular web series RWBY.
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]
Schoenberg German, Jewish
Means "beautiful mountain" in German
Schoene German
German (Schöne): variant of Schoen 1.
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.
Schottenstein German, Jewish
Ornamental name meaning "bulkhead stone" in German.
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’).
Schou Danish
Topographic name for someone who lived by a small wood, from a Germanized form of Danish skov 'wood', 'forest', 'copse'.
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.
Schuman German
From the old german scuoh "shoe" and man "man", an occupational name for a shoe maker
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]