Submitted Surnames Starting with S

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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".
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.
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]
Variant of SEITZ.
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]
From the Japanese 関 (seki) "barrier," "gate" and 口 (guchi or kuchi) "mouth."
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]
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".
Means "son of Selim".
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".
Teutonic name meaning "hall master" for a steward or keeper of a large home or settlement.
SELMERLYOV Russian (?)
Russian translation of ZELMERLÖW.
Habitational name from the Rifian town of Selouane.
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.
SEMAK Ukrainian, Russian
East Slavic-language surname derived from the common Slavic root meaning "seven". This may have been a nickname for someone who was associated with this number, such as the seventh child in the family.
Means "son of SEMYON".
ŞEN Turkish
Means "happy, cheerful" in Turkish.
From Sanskrit सेना (sénā) meaning "army, armament, armed force" combined with नायक (nāyak) meaning "hero".
Possibly from Japanese 仙台 (Sendai), the name of a city in Japan, combined with the given name DIEGO.
SENDER Yiddish
From the given name SENDER, a Yiddish diminutive of ALEXANDER or ALEKSANDR.
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]
Americanized form of German SENSENBACH, a topographic name formed with an unexplained first element + Middle High German bach ‘creek’.
A topographic name formed with an unexplained first element + Middle High German bach ‘creek’. Pretty common in Iowa and Pennsylvania.
From Turkish şen meaning "happy, cheerful" and Türk meaning "Turk".
SEO Korean
From Sino-Korean 徐 (seo) meaning "slowly, quietly, calmly" 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
SEPETYS Lithuanian
It comes from Šepetys, the Lithuanian word for comb or brush, and is stylized without the diacritic in English speaking countries.
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
SERDAR Turkish, Croatian
Turkish form of Persian sardar, meaning "chief", "leader", "field marshal".
SEREDA Ukrainian
From sereda, meaning "Wednesday".
Means "son of SERGEY".
Alternate transcription of SERGEEV.
SERGIENKO Ukrainian, Russian
Likely from the given name SERGEY
Means "son of SERIKBAY".
Means "son of SERIK".
SERKER Bengali
Variant of SARKAR.
SERO Japanese
From Japanese 瀬 (se) meaning "rapids" and 呂 (ro) meaning "spine"
SEROTE Spanish (Filipino-style)
Means fecal matter in Spanish
SERPIK Russian
A diminutive of sickle. "little sickle"
SERRA Catalan
It literally means "mountain range".
Taken from the name of a town in the Vallespir district, in Northern Catalonia.
SERRE French
Means 'greenhouse' in French.
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.
From Japanese 節 (setsu) meaning "section, period, verse, melody" and 死 (shi) meaning "death". Other kanji combinations are possible.
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"
SEUSS German, Jewish
Means "sweet", "pleasant", or "agreeable".
Alternate transcription of SAEUENG.
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).
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").
A kind of bush.
Habitational name from the city of Seville (or Sevilla) in Andalusia, Spain. The city's name is probably derived from Phoenician šplh meaning "valley, plain" through Arabic إِشْبِيلِيَة‎ (ʾišbīliya).
SEVILLE Spanish, English
a city in southwestern Spain; a major port and cultural center; the capital of bullfighting in Spain. Synonyms: Sevilla Example of: city, metropolis, urban center. a large and densely populated urban area; may include several independent administrative districts... [more]
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]
SEWICK English
Derived from SEDGWICK.
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]
Germanic surname
SEZER Turkish
Means "intuition", from Turkish sezmek meaning "to understand, to perceive".
SEZGIN Turkish
Means "sagacious, insightful" in Turkish.
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
Derived from the Italian verb sforzare meaning "to force, strain"; also compare the related word forza "force, strength". This was the surname of a dynasty of Milanese dukes, which held power in the 15th and 16th centuries.
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]
Origin unidentified. Perhaps a variant of Irish Sheedy.
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)... [more]
English surname meaning "By the shed spring"
SHADY English, 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.
From the given name SHAHBAZ.
SHAHEEN Arabic, Urdu, Bengali
From the given name SHAHIN.
SHAHIN Arabic, Bengali
From the given name SHAHIN.
SHAHINI Persian, Albanian
From the given name SHAHIN or from one of the multiple places in Iran named Shahini.
From the given name SHAHRIYAR.
SHAHZAD Urdu, Pashto
From the given name SHAHZAD.
SHAI Hebrew (Modern)
From the unisex given name SHAI.
SHAIKH Urdu, Bengali
Alternate transcription of SHEIKH.
German for "beautiful forest", probably (?) related to SHEINFELD
Means Almond in Hebrew
SHAKERA Jamaican Patois (Modern)
Shakera is a name given to a Jamaican girl who is very arrogant and tends to take out her anger on herself and others around her. But she is also a very intelligent girl who do well in her school work ,
From the given name Shaker.
SHAKESHAFT English (British)
Similar in origin to surnames such as Shakesheave, SHAKESPEARE and Wagstaffe.
SHAKHAR Hebrew (Modern)
Means "dawn" in Hebrew.
SHAKIB Persian
The Last name "Shakib" Originates from Iran.
SHAKOOR Arabic, Urdu
From the given name SHAKUR.
SHAKSHUKI Arabic (Maghrebi)
Most likely from Libyan Arabic شَكْشُوكَةٌ (šakšawka) meaning “a mixture”, referring to a type of North African dish made of vegetables and fried eggs.
SHAKUR Bengali, Indian (Muslim), Urdu
From the given name SHAKUR.
SHAKYA Nepali, Indian, Hindi
From the name of an ancient clan that inhabited parts of present-day Nepal and northern India. The name may have been derived from Sanskrit शाक (śāka) or शक (śaka) referring to the Sakas, a group of nomadic Iranian peoples, or from शक्य (śakya) meaning "possible, capable".
SHALADI Arabic (Maghrebi)
Of unknown meaning (chiefly Libyan).
From the given name SHALEV.
Possibly from a given name based on a word meaning "generous".
From Hebrew שליט (shalit) meaning "ruler" or "ruling, governing, dominant".
Means "person from Shallcross", Derbyshire ("place by the Shacklecross", an ancient stone cross in the High Peak, its name perhaps denoting a cross to which people could be shackled as a penance).
SHAMA Japanese (Rare)
Combination of Kanji Characters "者" meaning "Person", and "間" meaning "Between", "While". Other Kanji Character Combinations possible.
Means "son of the shaman", derived from Russian шама́н (šamán).
SHAN Chinese
From the place name Shan. Cheng Wang, the second king (1115–1079 bc) of the Zhou dynasty, granted to a son the area of Shan, and the son’s descendants adopted the place name as their surname. It comes from the Chinese word meaning "mountain"... [more]
SHAN Gujarati, Hindi
A Gujarati and Hindi surname with an unknown meaning.
Anglicised form of Ó SEANACHAIN.
SHANAVAZOV Dargin, Dagestani
Means "son of Shakhnavaz"; the name itself is of Persian origin meaning "shah (king) of grace".
SHANDERA Czech (Anglicized, Modern)
Shandera is anglicized for Šandera, a patronymic for Alexander (son of Alexander), the euiqvalent of Sandoor in Hungarian or Sanders in English.
SHANDY English (Rare)
Shandy appears as a rare surname, mostly found in English-speaking countries going back to the 1600s. This name may originate from the English dialect adjective meaning "boisterous" or "empty headed; half crazy", of which the earliest record dates to 1691, though any further explanation for its origins are unknown... [more]
SHANI Hebrew
Means "red, scarlet" in Hebrew. From the given name Shani (1).
SHANKAR Indian, Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada
From the given name SHANKAR.
SHANKS English (Modern)
Possibly a diminutive of LONGSHANKS, which would be given to a tall or gangly person.
From the Hebrew given name SHAKED, which means "almond" in Hebrew.
SHARABI Judeo-Arabic
Denotes someone originally from the district of Sharab in western Yemen.
SHARIF Arabic, Urdu, Bengali
From the given name SHARIF.
SHARIFOV Tajik, Azerbaijani
Means "son of SHARIF", as well as variant of Azerbaijani ŞƏRIFOV.
From an Old Testament place name, in Hebrew שָׁרוֹן (Sharon), which means "plain", referring to the fertile plain near the coast of Israel.
SHARPE English
Variant of SHARP.
Variant of SHARP.
Habitational name from Sharperton in Northumberland, possibly so named from Old English scearp "steep" and beorg "hill", "mound" and tun "settlement".
SHASTEEN English (American, Modern)
A derivative Chastain.... [more]
SHATNER German (Anglicized), Jewish (Anglicized)
Anglicized form of SCHATTNER. A notable bearer was Canadian actor William Shatner (1931-), who is known for his roles as Captain James T. Kirk in 'Star Trek', T.J. Hooker in 'T.J. Hooker', Denny Crane in 'Boston Legal', and the Priceline Negotiator in commercials.
A locational name from a family in Chaddock, a hamlet in the parish in Lancashire, England. Also a variant of CHADWICK.
SHAULIS Lithuanian
Occupational name from Lithuanian šaulys ‘rifleman’.
From the given name SHAVIT.
SHAY Irish
Variant of SHEA.
From Russian щегол (shchegol) meaning "goldfinch".
Feminine counterpart of SHCHEGLOV.
From Russian щепка (shchepka) meaning "sliver, splinter, chip".
Feminine spelling of SHCHEPKIN.
Surname derived from Alexey Shchusev
From the Russian word щетка meaning "brush".
Feminine transcription of SHCHYOTKIN.
SHE Chinese
From Chinese 佘 (shé), which is of unknown significance.
SHEARD English
English surname which was originally from a place name meaning "gap between hills" in Old English.
SHEBANI Arabic (Maghrebi)
From the name of an Arab tribe which is derived from Arabic شيب (šīb) meaning "white hair, grayness" or "cold, snow". This surname is chiefly used in Libya.
SHEEHAN Irish (Anglicized, Archaic)
From irish "O Siodhachain" meaning "descendant of Siodhach" - peaceful or gentle, courteous.
SHEEN English
Meaning unknown, though possibly a variant of Sean. A famous bearer of the surname is actor Charlie Sheen.
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