Submitted Surnames Starting with S

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Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
Shadwell English
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]
Shafiq Arabic
From the given name Shafiq
Shah Indian, Marathi, Hindi, Gujarati, Bengali, Punjabi
Derived from Sanskrit साधु (sādhú) meaning "gentleman, virtuous man".
Shahbaz Urdu
From the given name Shahbaz.
Shahbazi Persian
From the given name Shahbaz.
Shaheed Arabic, Urdu, Bengali, Dhivehi
From the given name Shahid.
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.
Shahriari Persian
From the given name Shahriyar.
Shahrokhi Iranian
From the given name Shahrokh.
Shahzad Urdu, Pashto
From the given name Shahzad.
Shai Hebrew (Modern)
From the unisex given name Shai.
Shaikh Urdu, Bengali
Alternate transcription of Sheikh.
Shainwald German
German for "beautiful forest", probably (?) related to Sheinfeld
Shaked Hebrew
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 ,
Shakeri Persian
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.
Shakir Arabic, Urdu, Dhivehi
From the given name Shakir.
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 (shaka) or शक (shaka) referring to the Sakas, a group of nomadic Iranian peoples, or from शक्य (shakya) meaning "possible, capable".
Shaladi Arabic (Maghrebi)
Of unknown meaning (chiefly Libyan).
Shalev Jewish
From the given name Shalev.
Shalhoub Arabic
Possibly from a given name based on a word meaning "generous".
Shalit Hebrew
From Hebrew שליט (shalit) meaning "ruler" or "ruling, governing, dominant".
Shallcross English
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).
Shalom Hebrew
Means "peace" in Hebrew.
Shama Japanese (Rare)
Combination of Kanji Characters "者" meaning "Person", and "間" meaning "Between", "While". Other Kanji Character Combinations possible.
Shamanov Russian
From Russian шаман (shaman) meaning "shaman".
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.
Shanahan Irish
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.
Shanley Irish
Shortened form of MacShanley.
Shaqued Various
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.
Sharafkandi Kurdish
Denoted a person from Sharafkand, a village in the Central District of Bukan County, West Azerbaijan Province, Iran.
Shareef Arabic, Urdu, Dhivehi
From the given name Sharif.
Sharif Arabic, Urdu, Bengali
From the given name Sharif.
Sharifov Tajik, Azerbaijani
Means "son of Sharif", as well as variant of Azerbaijani Şərifov.
Sharon Hebrew
From an Old Testament place name, in Hebrew שָׁרוֹן (Sharon), which means "plain", referring to the fertile plain near the coast of Israel.
Sharpin English
Variant of Sharp.
Sharpton English
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 Priceline.com commercials.
Shattuck English
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 Jewish
From the given name Shavit.
Shay Irish
Variant of Shea.
Shcheglov Russian
From Russian щегол (shchegol) meaning "goldfinch".
Shcheglova Russian
Feminine counterpart of Shcheglov.
Shchepkin Russian
From Russian щепка (shchepka) meaning "sliver, splinter, chip".
Shchepkina Russian
Feminine spelling of Shchepkin.
Shchusev Russian
Surname derived from Alexey Shchusev
Shchyotkin Russian
From the Russian word щетка meaning "brush".
Shchyotkina Russian
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.
Sheepshanks Scottish
From a medieval Scottish and northern English nickname for someone with a strange or awkward way of walking (literally "sheeplegs").
Sheeran English, Irish
Shortened form of O'Sheeran.
Sheffield English, English (British)
A surname which named after an city in England.... [more]
Shefts German (Americanized)
Probably an Americanized spelling of German Schütz( see Schuetz ).
Shehadeh Arabic
Derived from Arabic شَهَادَة (šahāda) meaning "testimony, witness, belief (in Islam)".
Shehan Sinhalese, Dhivehi, Tamil
From the given name Shehan.
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.
Sheldon English
From an Old English place name meaning "valley with steep sides".
Sheldrake English
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").
Sheleg Russian
Russian form of Šelieh.
Shell American
Posibly from the given name Shell.
Shelley English, Irish
From the given name Shelley It means "wooded clearing" in Irish.
Shemesh Jewish
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) referring to the ancient state of Shen, which existed during the Zhou dynasty in what is now the Henan province.
Shen Chinese
From Chinese 申 (shēn) referring to the ancient state of Shen, which existed 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."
Shenton English
"Beautiful town" in Old English. Parishes in Leicestershire, and Cheshire.
Sheperd English
Variant of Shepherd or transferred use of the surname Sheperd.
Sheptitskiy Ukrainian
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
Name for someone originally from the city of Sharashova in Belarus, probably derived Russian шерешь (sheresh) meaning "frozen mud, ice (on a river)".
Sherkhanzai Afghani
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]
Sherrard English
Probably from a medieval nickname based on Middle English shere "bright, fair", with the derogatory suffix -ard.
Sherrell English
This surname is of English locational origin, from the place in Devonshire called Shirwell. The placename is first recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Sirewelle, and by 1242 as Shirewill... [more]
Sherwin English
English: nickname for a swift runner, from Middle English schere(n) ‘to shear’ + wind ‘wind’.
Sherwood English
Means bright wood.... [more]
Sherzai Pashto
Alternate transcription of Shirzai.
Shevelev 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.
Shi Chinese
From Chinese 石 (shí) meaning "stone".
Shibani Arabic (Maghrebi)
Variant transcription of Shebani.
Shibasaki Japanese
Shiba (柴) means firewood, Saki (崎) means small peninsula.
Shibata Japanese
From Japanese 柴 (shiba) meaning "brushwood, firewood" and 田 (ta) meaning "field, rice paddy".
Shibayama Japanese
From Japanese 柴 (shiba) meaning "firewood" and 山 (yama) meaning "mountain, hill".
Shibuimaru Japanese
From Japanese 渋 (''shibu'') "unripe persimmon juice", 井 (''i'') "well" and 丸 (''maru'') "circle".
Shibusawa Japanese
From Japanese 渋 or 澁 (shibu) meaning "astringent (taste), harsh" and 沢 or 澤 (sawa) meaning "marsh".
Shibutani Japanese
From Japanese 澁 or 渋 (shibu) meaning "rough" and 谷 (tani) meaning "valley".
Shieh Taiwanese
Alternate romanization of Xie or Shi chiefly used in Taiwan.
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]
Shigaraki Japanese
From Japanese 死 (shi) meaning "death", 柄 (gara) meaning "handle, grip", and 木 (ki) meaning "tree"
Shih Taiwanese
Alternate transcription of Shi chiefly used in Taiwan.
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".
Shimadzu Japanese
Variant transcription of Shimazu.
Shimamori Japanese
Shima (島) means "island", mori (森) means "forest"
Shimamoto Japanese
From Japanese 島 (shima) meaning "island" and 本 (moto) meaning "base, root, origin".
Shimamura Japanese
From Japanese 島 (shima) meaning "island" and 村 (mura) meaning "town, village".
Shimaoka Japanese
島 (Shima) means "Island", 岡 (Oka) means "Ridge, Hill".
Shimazaki Japanese
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, kokoroza.su, 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]
Shimmel Yiddish
From the given name Shimmel, a Yiddish diminutive of Shimon.
Shimoda Japanese
From Japanese 下 (shimo) meaning "below, down, under" and 田 (ta) meaning "field, rice paddy".
Shimoji Okinawan (Rare)
This Okinawan Name comes from a Island in Okinawa, Japan, called "Shimoji". The Combination of Kanji Characters are "下" meaning "Down", "Below", and "地" meaning "Place", "Territory".
Shimono Japanese
From Japanese 下 (shimo) meaning "under, below" and 野 (no) meaning "field, wilderness".
Shimooka Japanese
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.
Shimoyama Japanese
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 "will, purpose" and 村 (mura) meaning "town, village".
Shin Korean
Korean form of Shen, from Sino-Korean 申 (sin).
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 新 (shin) meaning "new", 進 (shin) meaning "advance, progress", 信 (shin) meaning "trust, faith", or 真 (shin) meaning "truth, reality" combined with 藤 (dō) meaning "wisteria" or 堂 (dō) meaning "temple, shrine".
Shingler English
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 新 (shin) meaning "new" and 海 (kai) meaning "sea, ocean".
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."
Shinozaki Japanese
From Japanese 篠 (shino) meaning "dwarf bamboo" and 崎 (saki) meaning "cape, peninsula".
Shinso Japanese
From Japanese 心 (shin) meaning "heart, mind" and 操 (so, sou, sō) meaning "manipulate, operate"
Shinwari Pashto
Perhaps from Shinwar, the name of a Pashtun-inhabited district in Afghanistan. The Shinwari are a Pashtun tribe found in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Shinyama Japanese
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.
Shiokawa Japanese
Shio means "Salt, Tide" and Kawa means "River, Stream."
Shiomi Japanese
From Japanese 汐 (shio) meaning "tide, opportunity" and 見 (mi) meaning "sight".
Shiozaki Japanese
From Japanese 塩 (shio) meaning "salt" and 崎 (saki) meaning "peninsula, cape".
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’.
Shipman English
Occupational name for a mariner, or occasionally perhaps for a boatbuilder, from Middle English "schipman". One notable person is known evildoer Harold Shipman. He was an English general practitioner who is believed to be one of the most prolific serial killers in modern history.
Shipton English
From Old English scip "sheep", and tun "enclosure; settlement".
Shirakawa Japanese
From Japanese 白 (shira) meaning "white" and 川 (kawa) meaning "river, stream".
Shirasaki Japanese
From Japanese 白 (shira) meaning "white" and 崎 (saki) meaning "cape, peninsula".
Shiratō Japanese
From Japanese 白 (shira) meaning "white" and 藤 (tō) meaning "wisteria".
Shirogane Japanese (Rare)
Shirogane typically spelt "白銀" ... [more]
Shiromori Japanese
From Japanese 白 (shiro) combined with 森 (mori) meaning forest. Other kanji combinations are possible.
Shirzai Pashto
Means "son of Sher".
Shishani Chechen (Expatriate), Arabic
Means "Chechen" in Arabic. This name is primarily used by Chechens living in the Arab world.
Shishido Japanese
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.
Shishigami Japanese
A Japanese surname meaning "deer god".
Shishima Japanese
I don't know the history of this last name. I saw it in a magazine somewhere...
Shishkin Russian
From Russian шишка (shishka) meaning "cone, pinecone".
Shitara Japanese
From Japanese 設 (shita) meaning "establish" and 楽 (ra) meaning "comfort".
Shiu Chinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese romanization of Shao.
Shivaza Dungan
Derived from Chinese 十娃子 (shí wázǐ) manning "the tenth child". A notable bearer was Iasyr Shivaza (1906-1988), a Soviet Dungan poet.
Shivers Irish
Irish variant of Chivers.
Shlomov Jewish, Russian
Means "son of Shlomo".
Shlyukhin Russian
Derived from Russian шлюха (shlyukha) meaning "slut, whore".
Shmelev Russian
From a bumble, which is "шмель" in Russian
Shmidt Russian
Russian form of Schmidt.
Shnayderman Yiddish
It literally means "snitherman".
Sho Japanese
Japanese name meaning "to fly/soar" or "wind instrument".
Shoaf American
Origin is unknown but it is the surname of American Rachel Shoaf who is a convicted murderer.
Shoat English (American)
Variant of Choate
Shockley English
(i) perhaps "person from Shocklach", Cheshire ("boggy stream infested with evil spirits"); (ii) perhaps an anglicization of Swiss German Schoechli, literally "person who lives by the little barn"
Shoen German (Anglicized), Jewish
Americanized spelling of German or Ashkenazic Jewish Schön or Schoen.
Shoham Hebrew
Means "onyx" in Hebrew.
Shoji Japanese
From the Japanese 庄 (sho) "level" and 司 (shi or ji) "director," "official."
Shopa Ukrainian
Jewish, found in Russia, Lithuania and Ukraine. Native spelling is Шопа.
Shortall English
The ancient history of the name Shortall began soon after 1066 when the Norman Conquest of England occurred. It was a name given to a stocky or short-necked person which was in turn derived from the Anglo-Saxon word scorkhals meaning a person with a short neck.