Submitted Surnames Starting with S

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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.
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.
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.
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, German)
Sword leader; military general or other leadership position
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.
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". In Byzantium, the Greek word σκουτάριος (skoutarios), a derivative of scutarius, denoted a member of the imperial guard.
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’.
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".
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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
SEJKORA Czech, Slovak
Sejkora means titmouse in Czech.
SEKEWAEL Indonesian
The last name Sekewael is an original name from one of the island in Maluku. That one island name is "Negeri Oma." The meaning of Sekewael is "The Guardian of the River" because in "Negeri Oma" any body want to use the river of the water they have to ask for permission by Sekewael family... [more]
SEKI Japanese
From Japanese 関 (seki) meaning "barrier".
SEKIGUCHI Japanese
From the Japanese 関 (seki) "barrier," "gate" and 口 (guchi or kuchi) "mouth."
SEKULIC Serbian
There is possibility that name come from latin word secolo, means century. Usual Serb end of surname is IC. All Serbs-Montenegrians, also small number of Croats who has that surname has origion from heart of Montenegro... [more]
SELANDER Swedish
Combination of Swedish sel "stretch of calm water in a river or stream" and the common surname suffix -ander (originally from Greek aner "man"). The first element, sel, is also a common place name element in Northern Sweden and it's possible that this name is both ornamental and locational in origin.
SELASSIE Ethiopian, Amharic, Western African
Possibly means "trinity" in Amharic. A notable bearer was Haile Selassie (1892-1975), the regent and emperor of Ethiopia from 1930 to 1974.
SELESNICK Russian, Latvian
Also spelled:... [more]
SELF English
East Anglian surname, from the medieval English masculine name Saulf which was derived from the Old English elements "sea" and wulf "wolf".
SELG Estonian
Selg is an Estonian surname meaning "back", "spine" and "back of".
SELGE Estonian
Selge is an Estonian surname meaning "clear".
SELINOFOTO Greek
A surname which means "Moonlight" in Greek.
SELL Estonian
Sell is an Estonian surname meaning "apprentice".
SELLAND Norwegian
From the Old Norse habitational name Seljuland, from selja "willow" and land "land", "farm".
SELMER German
Teutonic name meaning "hall master" for a steward or keeper of a large home or settlement.
SELMERLYOV Russian (?)
Russian translation of Zelmerlöw.
SELTER Estonian
Selter is an Estonian surname derived from either "selts" meaning "society", "union", "association", or "selters" (of German origin) meaning "seltzer".
SELVA Catalan, Italian
From any of various places in Catalonia, the Balearic Islands, or northern Italy named Selva, as for instance the Catalan district La Selva, from selva "wood", Latin silva.
SELZ German
The Selz is a river in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany, and a left hand tributary of the Rhine. It flows through the largest German wine region, Rheinhessen or Rhenish Hesse. Also, Seltz (German: Selz) is a commune in the Bas-Rhin department of the Alsace-Champagne-Ardenne-Lorraine region in north-eastern France.... [more]
SEM Norwegian
Norwegian: habitational name from any of about fifteen farms so named, a variant of Seim.
SENANAYAKE Sinhalese
From Sanskrit सेना (sénā) meaning "army, armament, armed force" combined with नायक (nāyak) meaning "hero".
SENDAYDIEGO Filipino
"DIEGO of Sendai", from Sendai (仙台) (Xiāntái), "platform of the Immortals" in Chinese
SENDULLA Medieval French
the name was originally from a town in the champagne valley that does not exist any more because of World War I the town's name is forgotten and all we have about it is the name sendulla a young girl whom live there as a child
SENG German
1. Topographic name for someone who lived by land cleared by fire, from Middle High German sengen ‘to singe or burn’. ... [more]
SENGUPTA Bengali, Indian
Derived from Sanskrit सेना (sénā) meaning "army, armament" combined with Gupta.
SENJEAN French (Landes & Pyrenee)
Probably from St John (saint-jean) from Christianization of Basques and misspelled
SENJU Japanese (Rare)
Sen means "One thousand" and Ju means "Congratulations".
SENN German
Derived from the Middle High German word senne meaning "dairy farmer".
SENNA Portuguese
Possibly coming from the surname "Sanna", it may mean "one with a big protruding tooth".... [more]
SENRI Japanese (Rare)
This surname is used as 千里 with 千 (sen, chi) meaning "thousand" and 里 (ri, sato) meaning "league, parent's home, ri (type of measurement), village."... [more]
SENSABAUGH American
Americanized form of German Sensenbach, a topographic name formed with an unexplained first element + Middle High German bach ‘creek’.
SENSENBACH German
A topographic name formed with an unexplained first element + Middle High German bach ‘creek’. Pretty common in Iowa and Pennsylvania.
SEO Korean
From the Sino-Korean 徐 (seo) meaning "slowly, quietly, calmly" or "composed, poised" or 西 (seo) meaning "west, western".
SEOANE Galician
This indicates familial origin within any of multiple localities that bear this syncopated form of the name San Xoán.
SEONU Korean
From the Taewon Sunwoo Clan, written using the hanja 鮮于
SEPP Estonian
Occupational surname from the Estonian word sepp meaning "smith".
SERBIA Spanish
Unknown.. researching history of the spanish name that was first identify being used in Utado Puerto, Rico in 1790s by Fransico Serbia and Paula Serbia Filare
SERGEEV Russian
Means "son of Sergey".
SERGEYEV Russian
Variant transcription of Sergeev.
SERIKBAEV Kazakh
Means "son of Serikbay".
SERIKOV Kazakh
Means "son of Serik".
SERKER Bengali
Variant of Sarkar.
SERPIK Russian
A diminutive of sickle. "little sickle"
SERRA Catalan
It literally means "mountain range".
SERRALLONGA Catalan
Taken from the name of a town in the Vallespir district, in Northern Catalonia.
SERRE French
Means 'greenhouse' in French.
SERVOPOULOS Greek
Means "descendant of a Serb" in Greek.
SESAY African, Temne, Loko, Limba, Kuranko
Is a Muslim Surname from Sierra Leone. It is used among many tribes.
SETH Scottish, Irish
Reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Sithigh or Ó Síthigh (see Sheehy).
SETH Indian, Odia, Hindi, Marathi, Punjabi
Derived from Hindi सेठ (seṭh) meaning "merchant, banker", ultimately from Sanskrit श्रेष्ठ (śreṣṭh) meaning "excellent, best".
SETHER Norwegian
Habitational name from any of numerous farmsteads named Seter or Sæter.
SETHI Indian, Odia, Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu, Thai
Contraction of Sanskrit श्रेष्ठी (śreṣṭhi) denoting the head of a mercantile or other guild.
SETHNA Indian (Parsi)
Gujarati Parsi name meaning "pertaining to the banker", derived from Hindi सेठ (seṭh) meaning "merchant, banker" (see Seth).
SETIAWAN Indonesian, Javanese
From the given name Setiawan.
SETO Japanese
This name is used as Se "Riffle" and To "Door". Asami Seto is a voice actress with this surname.
SETON Scottish
It has been claimed in the past that the name Seton is Norman in origin, however evidence points to it being Flemish. Various suggestions have been put forward regarding the derivation of the name but nothing proved conclusively; it probably means "town by the sea" and possibly derives from the "sea town" of Staithes in modern day North Yorkshire... [more]
SETOU Japanese
Variant transcription of Seto.
SETSUSHI Japanese
From Japanese 節 (setsu) meaning "section, period, verse, melody" and 死 (shi) meaning "death". Other kanji combinations are possible.
SEUFALE Samoan
seufale is a name which is used in the islands of samoa but is also usedin other countries by the samoan people. seufale is a name passed down by a family member.
SEUL French
From Fr. "only, alone"
SEVELEV Russian
Derived by means of suffix "-ev" from Old Slavic verb sheveliti (se) meaning to make noise, to whirr, to rustle, to whistle, to wander. Initially it designated someone bold, daring, hardy, spirited... [more]
SEVER Croatian, Slovene
From Proto-Slavic sěverъ meaning ''north''.
SEVERN English
From the name of the River Severn, which is of unknown meaning. The Severn is Great Britain's longest river, flowing from Wales through much of western England to the Bristol Channel. It is one of Britain’s most ancient river names, recorded as early as the 2nd century AD in the form Sabrina; its original meaning may have been "slow-moving" or "boundary".
SEVERN English
From a medieval personal name derived from Severinus (Latin).
SEVERSON American
Probably an Americanized form of Sivertsen, Sivertson, or Sievertsen.
SEVIER English
Occupational name for a sieve-maker, Middle English siviere (from an agent derivative of Old English sife "sieve").
SÉVIGNY French
A kind of bush.
SEWALL English (British, Modern)
Dates back at least to Middle English (1500s or earlier); many believe it is Saxon in origin; "may mean "sea" and "victory" or "war""
SEWELL English
English from the Middle English personal names Siwal(d) and Sewal(d), Old English Sigeweald and Seweald, composed of the elements sige ‘victory’ and se ‘sea’ + weald ‘rule’... [more]
SEWINA German, Polish
The first available record of the Sewina family name is around 1620 in the province of Silesia, a mixed cultural region between Germany and Poland. Once part of the Prussian Empire and Germany. After World War Two, the area is now part of Poland... [more]
SEYLER German
Germanic surname
SEZER Turkish
Means "intuition", from Turkish sezmek meaning "to understand, to perceive".
SEZGIN Turkish
Means "sagacious, insightful" in Turkish.
SFERRAZZA Italian
Occupational name for a scrap-metal merchant, from a derivative of Sferro in the sense ‘old and broken iron’. Habitational name from the district of Paternò in Catania, Sicily.
SFORZA Italian
From the Italian word forza, meaning "strength". It was the surname of a noble family in Italy during the 14th century. A notable member of that family was Caterina Sforza (1463-1509), a Countess of Forli.
SHACKLADY English
Perhaps from a medieval nickname for a man who had had sexual relations with a woman of higher social class (from shag "to copulate with" (not recorded before the late 17th century) and lady).... [more]
SHACKLEFORD English, Medieval English
Locational surname deriving from the place called Shackleford in Surrey, near the town of Farnham. The origin of "shackle" is uncertain. It could be derived from Old English sceacan "to shake"... [more]
SHADE English, German, Dutch, Scottish
Topographic name for someone who lived near a boundary, from Old English scead ‘boundary’.nickname for a very thin man, from Middle English schade ‘shadow’, ‘wraith’.... [more]
SHADEL German (Anglicized, ?)
Derived from the German 'Schadle', meaning cranium or skull.
SHADOW English
Origin unidentified. The name Shadue, Schadewe is recorded in England in the 12th and 13th centuries, from Middle English shadwe ‘shadow’, Old English sceadu (see Shade). However, there is no evidence of its continuation into modern times in this form.
SHADWELL English
English surname meaning "By the shed spring"
SHADY Engish, Irish
Origin unidentified. Possibly Irish or English.
SHAFFNER German, German (Swiss)
Americanized version of German occupational name for a steward or bailiff, variant of Schaffner and Schaffer.... [more]
SHAH Persian, Urdu
Derived from Persian شاه (šâh) meaning "king, monarch", referring to a title used by former Iranian monarchs.
SHAH Indian, Marathi, Hindi, Gujarati, Bengali, Punjabi
Derived from Sanskrit साधु (sādhú) meaning "gentleman, virtuous man".
SHAHBAZ Ancient Persian
Shahbaz is the name of a fable bird, used on the first banner of the Persian Achaemenid Empire.
SHAHEEN Arabic, Urdu, Bengali (Muslim)
Variant transcription of Shahin.
SHAHINI Persian, Albanian
From the given name Shahin or from one of the multiple places in Iran named Shahini.