Submitted Surnames Starting with S

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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".
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.
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]
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]
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.
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.
From a Muslim personal name based on Arabic shakūr "grateful".
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 Sanskrit शाक्य (Śākya) referring to the Shakya clan of India and Nepal during the Vedic period (1000-500 BCE). A noble member of the clan was Siddhartha Gautama (Buddha), the founder of Buddhism.
SHALADI Arabic (Maghrebi)
Of unknown meaning (chiefly Libyan).
Means “peaceful, calm, serene” in Hebrew (see SHALEV).
From a personal name based on the word shalhub 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).
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.
Variant spelling of SHAPIRO.
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’.
SHAVIT Hebrew (Modern)
From the given name SHAVIT, means "comet" in Hebrew.
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.
SHEENE Irish (Anglicized)
Derived from the Gaelic siodhach which means "peaceful." Most commonly used in Ireland and originated in the county's southwest region.
From a medieval Scottish and northern English nickname for someone with a strange or awkward way of walking (literally "sheeplegs").
SHEFFIELD English, English (British)
A surname which named after an city in England.... [more]
Derived from Arabic شَهَادَة (šahāda) meaning "testimony, witness, belief (in Islam)".
SHEIKH Arabic, Bengali, Urdu
From the Arabic title شَيْخ (šayḵ) meaning "chief, chieftain, head". It is used to denote a political or spiritual leader of a Muslim community.
From an Old English place name meaning "valley with steep sides".
From a medieval nickname for a dandyish (showy) or vain man, from Middle English scheldrake, the male of a type of duck with brightly-coloured plumage (itself from the East Anglian dialect term scheld "variegated" combined with drake "male duck").
SHELL American
Posibly from the given name SHELL.
SHELLEY English, Irish
From the given name SHELLEY It means "wooded clearing" in Irish.
Means "sun" in Hebrew.
SHEMTOV Hebrew (Modern)
Means "good name", derived from Hebrew שם (shem) means "name" and טוב (tov) means "good".
SHEN Chinese
From Chinese 沈 (shěn) which refers to the ancient state of Shen (Shěn) located in the present-day province of Henan.
SHEN Chinese
From Chinese 申 (shēn) meaning "to extend, to stretch", also referring to the ancient Chinese state of Shen (Shēn) during the ZHOU dynasty.
SHEN Chinese
From Chinese 慎 (shèn) meaning "cautious, acting sincerely, with care".
SHENBERGER English (?)
The name Shenberger comes from a common mix up with the archaic Austrian-German surname Schoenberg; meaning "Beautiful Mountain."
"Beautiful town" in Old English. Parishes in Leicestershire, and Cheshire.
Variant of SHEPHERD or transferred use of the surname SHEPERD.
This indicates familial origin with the village of Sheptychi in Ukraine, which, as of February 2017, is located within Sambir Raion in the Lviv Oblast.
SHERALIEV Uzbek, Tajik, Kyrgyz
Means "son of SHERALI", from a combination of the names SHER and ALI (1).
SHERESHEVSKY Russian, Jewish
Russian Jewish surname derived from Шерешёво (Shereshyovo), the Russian name for the Belarusian city of Шарашова (Sharashova), itself probably derived from the Belarusian dialectal word шэраш (sherash) meaning "ice on (a) river" or "gray"... [more]
Meaning "son of Sherkhan" in Pashto. Sherkhan itself means "lion king" in Persian. This surname is found among Afghans belonging to the Barech, one of the Durrani Pashto tribes.
SHERLOCK English, Irish
Nickname for someone with "fair hair" or "a lock of fair hair."
SHERPA Nepali, Indian, Tibetan, Bengali
From the name of the Sherpa people, a Tibetic ethnic group inhabiting Nepal, China, Bhutan, and the Himalayas. The name itself is derived from Sherpa ཤར (shar) meaning "east" and wa "people" (thus, "people of the east" or "eastern people"), a reference to their origin in northeastern Nepal... [more]
Probably from a medieval nickname based on Middle English shere "bright, fair", with the derogatory suffix -ard.
English: nickname for a swift runner, from Middle English schere(n) ‘to shear’ + wind ‘wind’.
Means bright wood.... [more]
Alternate transcription of SHIRZAI.
Means "A child of a tailor" in Ukrainian
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.
SHIBANI Arabic (Maghrebi)
Variant transcription of SHEBANI.
Shiba (柴) means firewood, Saki (崎) means small peninsula.
SHIBATA Japanese
From the Japanese 柴 (shiba) "brushwood," "firewood" or 芝 (shiba) "turf grass" and 田 (ta or da) "rice paddy" or 多 (ta or da) "many."
From Japanese 柴 (shiba) meaning "brushwood, firewood" and 山 (yama) meaning "mountain, hill".
From Japanese 渋 (''shibu'') "unripe persimmon juice", 井 (''i'') "well" and 丸 (''maru'') "circle".
From Japanese 澁 or 渋 (shibu) meaning "rough" and 谷 (tani) meaning "valley".
SHIBUYA Japanese
From the Japanese 渋 (shibu) "unripe persimmon juice" and 谷 (ya or tani) "valley." This is also the name of an area in South-Western Central Tokyo, famous for its road crossing.
SHIEH Taiwanese
Taiwanese romanization of Shi and XIE.
SHIELD English
Metonymic occupational name for an armorer, from Middle English scheld "shield" (Old English scild, sceld).
SHIEMKE German, Polish, Slavic
Americanized spelling of Kashub Name: "Shiemke" Root Name: "Schimke" "Szymek" or "Szymko" ... [more]
From Japanese 死 (shi) meaning "death", 柄 (gara) meaning "handle, grip", and 木 (ki) meaning "tree"
SHIM Korean
Korean: there is only one Chinese character for the surname Shim. Some sources indicate that there are 63 different Shim clans, but only six can be documented. Each of these clans claims a different founding ancestor... [more]
SHIMA Japanese
From Japanese 島 (shima) meaning "island".
SHIMADA Japanese
From Japanese 島 (shima) meaning "island" combined with 田 (da) meaning "rice paddy, cultivated field".
Variant transcription of SHIMAZU.
Shima (島) means "island", mori (森) means "forest"
From Japanese 島 (shima) meaning "island" and 本 (moto) meaning "base, root, origin".
From the Japanese 島, 嶋 or 嶌 (shima) "island" and 村, 邑 or 邨 (mura) "village."
島 (Shima) means "Island", 岡 (Oka) means "Ridge, Hill".
From Japanese 島 (shima) meaning "island" and 崎 (saki) meaning "cape, peninsula".
SHIMAZU Japanese
From Japanese 島 (shima) meaning "island" and 津 (zu) meaning "harbor".
SHIME Japanese
This surname is used as 七五三, 志免 or 志馬 with 七 (shichi, nana, nana.tsu, nano, shi) meaning "seven", 五 (go, itsu, itsu.tsu, me) meaning "five", 三 (san, zou, mi, mi'.tsu, mi.tsu) meaning "three", 志 (shi, kokorozashi,, shiringu) meaning "aspire, hopes, intention, motive, plan, resolve, shilling", 免 (men, manuka.reru, manuga.reru, me) meaning "dismissal, excuse" and 馬 (ba, uma, -uma, ma, me) meaning "horse."... [more]
SHIMONO Japanese
From Japanese 下 (shimo) meaning "under, below" and 野 (no) meaning "field, wilderness".
Shimo means "Under, Below" and Oka means "Ridge, Hill". A notable bearer is Renjo Shimooka, who was a professional photographer.
SHIMOTSUKI Japanese (Rare)
霜 (Shimo) means " (Hoar)frost" and 月 (Tsuki) means "Month, Moon". This is the traditional name for November in the Japanese language. It is also beared by Haruka Shimotsuki, a singer.
Shimo means "Under, Below" and Yama means "Mountain". So in that case, it is YAMASHITA backwards, except for a different pronunciation. A notable bearer is Kento Shimoyama, who is screenwriter.
SHIMURA Japanese
From Japanese 志 (shi) meaning "purpose" or 紫 (shi) meaning "purple" combined with 村 (mura) meaning "village".
SHIN Korean
There are three Chinese characters for the Shin surname. Between these three characters, there are five different clans. Each Shin clan descends from a different founding ancestor. One of the Shin clans traces its origins to China... [more]
SHINDE Indian, Marathi
Meaning unknown; this was also the name of a Indian dynasty from Maharashtra.
SHINDEN Japanese
See ARATA,this is simply the formal pronunciation.
SHINDŌ Japanese
From japanese kanji 進 (shin) meaning "advance" and 藤 (dō) meaning "wisteria". Other kanji combinations are possible. ... [more]
An occupational name for someone who laid wooden tiles, or shingles on roofs, from an agent derivative of Middle English schingle ‘shingle’. ... [more]
SHINKAI Japanese
From Japanese 深 (shin) "deep" or 新 (shin) "new" combined with 海 (kai) "sea".
SHINMAR Ancient Hebrew (Hellenized, Archaic, ?)
'Shin'; literally translated as 'god', 'crown'. 'Mar'; Hebrew translation for 'master'. Used by Ancient Hebrew descendants/Jews still existing in Middle East & India. Also a city that exists in West Punjab with majority Hebrew/Jews & synagogues.... [more]
SHINN English
Metonymic occupational name for a Skinner, from Old English scinn, Middle English shin ‘hide’, ‘pelt’. In Middle English this word was replaced by the Norse equivalent, skinn.
SHINOBU Japanese
Shinobu is a Japanese name meaning "recall" or "endurance."
SHINOHARA Japanese (Rare)
Shino means "Bamboo Stem", but it's most likely the kanji meaning "Rope", while Hara means "Plain).
SHINSO Japanese
From Japanese 心 (shin) meaning "heart, mind" and 操 (so, sou, sō) meaning "manipulate, operate"
Perhaps from Shinwar, the name of a Pashtun-inhabited district in Afghanistan. The Shinwari are a Pashtun tribe found in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Means "New Mountain".... [more]
SHIO Japanese (Rare)
Shio means "Salt", this one of the most rarest Japanese surnames databases have compiled, I have two sources.
Shio means "Salt, Tide" and Kawa means "River, Stream."
From Japanese 塩 (shio) meaning "salt" and 崎 (zaki) meaning "promontory"
SHIPLEY English (Rare)
English: habitational name from any of the various places, for example in Derbyshire, County Durham, Northumberland, Shropshire, Sussex, and West Yorkshire, so called from Old English sceap, scip ‘sheep’ + leah ‘wood’, ‘clearing’.
SHIRAI Japanese
From the Japanese 白 (shira or shiro) "white" and 井 (i) "well."
From Japanese 白 (shira) meaning "white" and 石 (ishi) meaning "stone".
From Japanese 白 (shira) meaning "white" and 川 (kawa) meaning "river, stream".
SHIROGANE Japanese (Rare)
Shirogane typically spelt "白銀" ... [more]
From Japanese 白 (shiro) combined with 森 (mori) meaning forest. Other kanji combinations are possible.
Means "son of SHER".
SHISHANI Chechen (Expatriate), Arabic
Means "Chechen (person)" in Arabic. It is primarily used by Chechens living in the Arab world or the United States.
Japanese: habitational name taken from a district in Hitachi (now Ibaraki prefecture), written with a variant character for ‘flesh’ and ‘door’. It is found mostly in northeastern Japan.
A Japanese surname meaning "deer god".
I don't know the history of this last name. I saw it in a magazine somewhere...
SHITARA Japanese
From Japanese 設 (shita) meaning "establish" and 楽 (ra) meaning "comfort".
Derived from Chinese 十娃子 (shí wázǐ) manning "the tenth child". A notable bearer was Iasyr Shivaza (1906-1988), a Soviet Dungan poet.
Irish variant of CHIVERS.
SHLOMOV Jewish, Russian
Means "son of SHLOMO".
From a bumble, which is "шмель" in Russian
It literally means "snitherman".
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