Submitted Surnames Starting with S

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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.
Sargento Spanish, Portuguese, Filipino
Spanish and Portuguese form of Sergeant. It's also mostly used in the Philippines.
Sargis Armenian
From the given name Sargis.
Sari Estonian
Sari is an Estonian surname meaning "cluster" or "batch".
Sari Indonesian
Means "essence" in Indonesian. In 2014, this was the most common surname in Indonesia.
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
Alternate transcription of Sarkar.
Sarmento Portuguese
Portuguese cognate of Sarmiento.
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 Urdu, Bengali
From the Persian title سرور (sarvar) meaning "lord, master".
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"
Satoki Japanese
"City tree".
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" 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".
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.
Savant French
Nickname from savant ‘learned’, a nickname for a university graduate or a particularly knowledgeable person.
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.
Savinova Russian
Feminine form of Savinov.
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.
Savva Greek (Cypriot)
From the given name Savvas.
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.
Sayavong Lao
From Lao ໄຊ (say) meaning "victory" and ວົງ (vong) meaning "lineage, family".
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."
Sazak Turkish
Sazak means soft, warm breeze.
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".
Scales English
Name for a person who lives in a shed.
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".
Scanlan Irish
Anglicized form of Irish-Gaelic Ó Scannláin
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"
Scannláin Irish
The name originally appeared in Gaelic as Ó Scannláin or Mac Scannláin, which are both derived from the word scannal. which means "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".
Scarr English
Derived from the word ‘skjarr’ meaning a rocky outcrop / hill
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
Combination of an unknown element (probably derived from a place name) and the common surname suffix -in.
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".