Submitted Surnames Starting with S

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SHOAF American
Origin is unknown but it is the surname of American Rachel Shoaf who is a convicted murderer.
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.
SHOSHAN Hebrew
From Hebrew שׁוֹשָׁן (shoshán) meaning "lily".
SHOSTAKOVICH Russian
Last name of the Russian composer Dimitri Shostakovich.
SHOUYU Japanese (Rare)
Variant transcription of SHOYU.
SHOVKHALOV Chechen
Chechen surname of unknown meaning.
SHOYU Japanese (Rare)
Shoyu is made up of two kanji and literally means "Soy Sauce". There are other Japanese last names related to food too, but if it's directly related to food, it is rare.
SHŌZŌ Japanese (Rare)
This surname is used as 宗 (shuu, sou, mune) meaning "origin, religion, sect" and 像 (zou) meaning "figure, image, picture, portrait, statue."... [more]
SHPIGL Yiddish
Yiddish form of SPIEGEL.
SHPILBARG Yiddish
Yiddish form of SPIELBERG.
SHRAPNEL English
A different form of CARBONELL. Shrapnel (i.e. metal balls or fragments that are scattered when a bomb, shell or bullet explodes) is named after General Henry Shrapnel (1761-1842), a British artillery officer who during the Peninsular War invented a shell that produced that effect.
SHRESTHA Nepali
Means "most excellent" or "noble" in Nepali, derived from Sanskrit श्रेष्ठ (śreṣṭha) meaning "excellent, best".
SHRIMPTON English
Probably referring to the unknown "Estate of Shrimp"
SHRIVASTAV Indian, Hindi, Nepali
Hindu Kayasth surname meaning "from Srivasta" in Sanskrit, referring to the Srivasta (श्रीवत्स) subgroup of the the Kayasth caste. The name itself means "beloved of Sri" or "child of Sri" from the name of the Hindu goddess SHRI (LAKSHMI) combined with वत्स (vatsá) meaning "child, offspring, son".
SHRIVASTAVA Indian, Nepali, Marathi, Hindi
Variant transcription of SHRIVASTAV.
SHROPSHIRE English
Regional name from the county of Shropshire, on the western border of England with Wales.
SHROUT German
This surname is related to the German surname Schroder which means cut as in a wood cutter etc.
SHTEYNFELD Yiddish
It means "stone field".
SHTEYNHOYZ Yiddish
It literally means "stonehouse".
SHUBIN Russian
Derived from Russian шуба (shuba) meaning "fur coat".
SHUCK English
Origin uncertain; perhaps a nickname from Middle English schucke "devil, fiend".
SHUFFLEBOTTOM English
Meaning: "From a sheep valley"
SHUKLA Indian, Nepali, Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Gujarati, Punjabi
Derived from Sanskrit शुक्ल (śukla) meaning "white, bright, pure".
SHUKRI Arabic
From the given name SHUKRI.
SHULMAN Jewish
It is a Jewish-Polish surname that first appeared around 1090. It means Rabai, Gabbai, or Shamash. These are occupations that take place in a Shul-Synagogue. Shul is the Yiddish word for Synagogue. The name litterally means 'man that goes to the Synagogue'.
SHULTS Jewish (Anglicized, Rare)
The name Shults comes from one of those ancient dukedoms, territories and states that would eventually form a part of present day Germany. At its birth in the Middle Ages, it was used to indicate someone who worked as a town-mayor derived from the medieval name "Schultheis" which has the same meaning.... [more]
SHURGOT Polish, English (American)
Americanized spelling of SZURGOT.
SHUSTER English
Variant of German SCHUSTER or Slovenian ŠUSTER, both meaning "shoemaker".
SHVARTSEBORD Yiddish
It literally means "black beard".
SHVEDOV Russian
From Russian швед (shved) meaning "Swede, Swedish person".
SHVEDOVA Russian
Russian feminine spelling of SHVEDOV.
SHWETS Ukrainian
Variant of Shwetz
SHYAMALAN Indian (Rare), Malayalam (Rare)
Derived from the given name SHYAMAL or SHYAMA. This is the surname of MANOJ "M... [more]
SI Chinese
From Chinese 司 (sī) meaning "to take charge of, to control, to manage" or "officer, official".
SIAW Akan
Meaning unknown.
SIBUL Estonian
Sibul is an Estonian surname meaning both "onion" and "bulb".
SICAT Filipino, Tagalog
Derived from Tagalog sikat meaning "rise (to fame), appearance".
SICKLER English (Rare)
Came from one who used a sickle to farm fields
SIDDIG Northern African, Arabic
Derived from Arabic صَدِيق (ṣadīq) meaning "friend" (chiefly Sudanese).
SIDDIQ Arabic, Urdu, Sindhi, Punjabi, Bengali
Derived from Arabic صَدِيق (ṣiddīq) meaning "truthful, veracious".
SIDDIQI Persian, Urdu, Sindhi, Balochi, Bengali
Variant transcription of SIDDIQUI.
SIDDIQUE Urdu, Bengali
Alternate transcription of SIDDIQUI.
SIDDIQUI Arabic, Urdu, Bengali
From Arabic صَادِق (ṣādiq) meaning "true, truthful, veracious". It was traditionally used as an honorific title or a nickname for a trustworthy person.
SIDERIS Greek
Greek reduced and altered form of the personal name ISIDOROS (see ISADORE), altered by folk etymology as if derived from sidero ‘iron’ (classical Greek sideron), and hence regarded as an omen name: ‘may the child grow up to be as strong as iron’.
SIDHU Indian (Sikh), Punjabi
Sikh clan name derived from Sanskrit सिद्ध (siddha) meaning "accomplished, proven".
SIDIQI Pashto, Persian, Afghani
Means "the veracious" from Arabic صَدَقَ (ṣadaqa) meaning "to be truthful, to be sincere". It is also a variant of Persian SADEGHI.
SIDLE English
Anglicized form of SEIDEL
SIDOROV Russian
Means "son of Sidor", SIDOR being a short form of Isidor.
SIDWELL English
From an English surname of uncertain origin, possibly originally a habitational name from an unidentified place with a second element from Old English well(a) ‘spring’, ‘stream’, but on the other hand early forms are found without prepositions... [more]
SIEBER German
The roots of the German surname Sieber can be traced to the Old Germanic word "Siebmacher," meaning "sieve maker." The surname is occupational in origin, and was most likely originally borne by someone who held this position
SIEBERN German
German. People known with this name are: Emelia Siebern, Hannah Siebern, Caleb Siebern.
SIECK German
The name is originally spelled "Siecke". Eric Siecke came from Norway and settled in Holstein, Germany in the year 1307. The final "e" was dropped by most of the family, though one branch still retains it... [more]
SIEGFRIED German
From a Germanic personal name composed of the elements sigi "victory" and fridu "peace". The German surname has also occasionally been adopted by Ashkenazic Jews.
SIEMENS German
Derived from the given name SIEM.
SIEMIĄTKOWSKI Polish
It indicates familial origin within in either one of a cluster of Masovian villages.
SIENKO Polish
From the personal name Simon/Symon or Syzon
SIESZTRZEWITOWSKI Polish
A polish surname which is mostly used in Poland and polish area.
SIEVERT Low German, Dutch, Swedish
Derived from the given name SIEVERT. A Sievert (Sv) is a unit measuring the effect of ionizing radiation on the human body (called equivalent absorbed radiation dose)... [more]
SIEVERTSEN German
Patronymic of SIEVERT.
SIEWERT German
Derived from the Frisian and Low German given name SIEVERT.
SIGSWORTH English
Originally denoting someone from Sigsworth Moor in North Yorkshire, England.
SIGÜENZA Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Manchego municipality.
SIGURÐARDÓTTIR Icelandic
Means "daughter of SIGURÐUR" in Icelandic. This surname is used as a patronymic. Its masculine counterpart is Sigurðsson.
SIGURÐDÓTTIR Icelandic
Means "daughter of SIGURÐUR" in Icelandic.
SIHT Estonian
Siht is an Estonian surname meaning "goal", "aim" and "objective".
SIIDER Estonian
Siider is an Estonian surname meaning "cider".
SIIG Estonian
Siig is an Estonian surname meaning "lavaret" or "whitefish" (Coregonus lavaretus).
SIIGUR Estonian
Siigur is an Estonian surname derived from "sigur" meaning "chicory".
SIIM Estonian
Siim is an Estonian surname (and given name); from the masculine given name "Siim", a variant of "Simon".
SIIMAR Estonian
Siimar is an Estonian surname, possibly from a variant of the masculine given name "Siim".
SIIMETS Estonian
Siimets is an Estonian surname possibly derived from "Siim" (a masculine given name) and "mets" meaning "forest".
SIIMPOEG Estonian
Siimpoeg is an Estonian surname meaning "Siim's son" ("Siim" is a maculine given name).
SIIMSOO Estonian
Siimsoo is an Estonian surname meaning "Siim's swamp" in Estonian. "Siim" is a masculine given name. However, it most likely derived from a corruption of the surname "Simson" that has been Estonianized.
SIINMAA Estonian
Siinmaa is an Estonian surname meaning "here/herein land".
SIIRUS Estonian
Siirus is an Estonian surname meaning "candor" and "sincerity"; a cognate of the English language Cyrus and the French language Cyrille.
SIJBRANDIJ Frisian
Comes from the Dutch name SIJBREN which originates from the Roman Sybrandus
SIKA Akan
Meaning unknown.
SIKANDER Persian
Sikander ultimately comes from Persian literature by the Shahnameh. It is a variant of Alexander along with the word “Eskander”. Both words are used in Persian literature to refer to Alexander the Great... [more]
SIKK Estonian
Sikk is an Estonian surname meaning "billy goat".
SIKKEL Estonian
Sikkel is an Estonian surname derived from "sikk" meaning "billy goat".
SIKKEMA Dutch
Most prevalent in the Netherlands.
SIKKENS Dutch (Modern)
Son of Sikke (or Sikko)
SIKUMBANG Indonesian, Minangkabau
Allegedly from the phrase si kumbang meaning "black tiger", probably derived from Minangkabau kumbang which can mean "beetle" or "tiger, leopard". In this sense, the name may have been used to refer to Tamil settlers from present-day India who had darker skin and practised a tiger-like form of martial arts... [more]
SILANG Filipino, Tagalog
Means "(mountain) pass, path" in Tagalog.
SILAS English
Derived from the given name SILAS
SILBER German, Jewish
From Middle High German "silber," meaning "silver." Metonymic occupational name for a silversmith, or often, in the case of the Jewish surname, an ornamental name.
SILBERBERG Jewish
The meaning of the name is "silver mountain" and comes from Germany
SILBERMAN German, Jewish
Variant of SILBER, with the addition of Middle High German man meaning "man" or Yiddish man meaning "man".
SILBERSTEIN German, Jewish
From Middle High German silber "silver" and stein "stone"; a habitational name from a place so named in Bavaria, or a topographic name.... [more]
SILD Estonian
Sild is an Estonian name meaning "bridge".
SILDARU Estonian
Sildaru is an Estonian surname meaning "bridge meadow".
SILK English, Irish
English: metonymic occupational name for a silk merchant, from Middle English selk(e), silk(e) ‘silk’. ... [more]
SILL English
English: from a medieval personal name, a short form of Silvester (see SILVESTER) or SILVANUS (see SILVANO).
SILLA Estonian
Silla is an Estonian surname meaning "bridges".
SILLAJÕE Estonian
Sillajõe is an Estonian surname meaning "river bridge".
SILLAMAA Estonian
Sillamaa is an Estonian surname meaning "bridge land".
SILLAMÄE Estonian
Sillamäe is an Estonian surname meaning "bridge hill/mountain".
SILLAOTS Estonian
Sillaots is an Estonian surname meaning "bridge end".
SILLASOO Estonian
Sillasoo is an Estonian surname meaning "bridge swamp/marsh".
SILLASTE Estonian
Sillaste is an Estonian surname meaning "pertaining to bridges".
SILLITOE English
A different form of Shillito (which is 'a name of unknown derivation and meaning, probably originating in Yorkshire'), borne by British novelist, short-story writer and poet Alan Sillitoe (1928-2010).
SILM Estonian
Silm is an Estonian surname meaning with mulitple meanings: "eye", "stitch", "loop" and "lamprey".
SILVERSTONE English
Obviously means "silver stone." In addition to people, this is the name of a racetrack in the village of the same name in England.
SILVESTRINI Italian
Means "Little Tree" or "Little Woods." Derived from the given name SILVESTER.
SILVIO Italian
From the personal name SILVIO (Latin SILVIUS, a derivative of silva "wood").
SIM Scottish, Dutch
Scottish and Dutch: from the personal name SIM, a short form of Simon.
SIM Chinese, Korean
Korean form of SHEN and Chinese variant romanization of SHEN.
SIMANTOV Hebrew (Modern)
Means "good sign", derived from Hebrew סימן (siman) means "sign" and טוב (tov) means "good".
SIMBECK German
Originates from the German prefix sim meaning "of the head" and the German word becka meaning "bull". When combined in this order, the meaning was "bull-headed", meaning stubborn and obstinant.
ŠIMENC Croatian
Derived from the forename ŠIME.
ŠIMIĆ Croatian, Serbian
Means "son of ŠIMO".
ŠIMIČIĆ Croatian
Šimičić comes from the name Šimun, which is the Croatian form of Simeon, which means flatter and/or listener.... [more]
SIMKIN English
Means "little Sim", Sim being a medieval short form of Simon (cf. SIMPKIN).
SIMKIN Jewish
Means "son of Simke", Simke being a diminutive of the Yiddish feminine name Sime (from Hebrew SIMCHA, literally "joy").
SIMM German
A shortening of the given name Simon.
SIMM Estonian
Simm is an Estonian surname, a variant of the masculine given name "Simon".
SIMMERS English
English patronymic from SUMMER.
SIMMO Estonian
Simmo is an Estonian surname and masculine given name; a variant of the name "Simon".
SIMONETTI Italian
The name Simonetti originated from the personal name Simon, itself a derivative of the Hebrew name "Sim'on," from the verb "sama" meaning "to listen." Thus, the name Simonetti means "God has listened," referring to the gratitude of the parents who, having wished for a child, had their prayers answered.... [more]
SIMONI Italian
Patronymic or plural form of Simone
SIMONIAN Armenian
Alternate transcription of SIMONYAN.
SIMONOV Russian
Means "son of Simon".
SIMONOVICH Russian
Means "Son of Simon".
SIMONYAN Armenian
Means "son of SIMON (1)".
SIMPLETON English
A name for someone who is simple, derived from old English.
ŞIMŞEK Turkish
Means "lightning" in Turkish. This word refers to lightning that streaks across the sky, while the term yıldırım denotes lightning that strikes the ground (see Yıldırım).
ŠIMUN Croatian
Derived from the forename ŠIMUN.
ŠIMUNDIĆ Croatian
Means "son of ŠIMUN".
ŠIMUNEC Croatian
Means "son of ŠIMUN".
ŠIMUNIĆ Croatian
Means "son of ŠIMUN".
ŠIMUNKOVIĆ Croatian
Derived from the forename ŠIMUN.
ŠIMUNOVIĆ Croatian
Means ''son of ŠIMUN''.
SIN Chinese (Hokkien)
Hokkien romanization of XIN.
SIN Korean
Variant of SHIN.
SINATRA Italian
Comes from a personal name in Sicily and souther Calabria. The name was apparently in origin a nickname from Latin senator member of the Roman senate, Latin senatus, a derivative of senex ‘old’... [more]
SINCLAIR Scottish (Anglicized)
Clan Sinclair is a Scottish clan, which held lands in the highlands; thought to have come to Scotland from France after the Norman invasion.
SINCLAIRE English
Alternate spelling of the surname "Sinclair", derived from a Norman French town called "Saint Clair"
SINEATH English, Irish
Variant of SINNOTT. Not to be confused with the Irish first name Sinéad.
SING German, Chinese (Cantonese), Indian
German: probably a variant of SENG. ... [more]
SINGER German
variant of Sänger, in the sense of ‘poet’
SINGHA Indian, Bengali, Assamese, Thai
Derived from Sanskrit सिंह (siṃhá) meaning "lion".
SINGLETON English
Habitational name from places in Lancashire and Sussex.
SINGSANONG Thai (Rare, ?)
Famous bearer is JAZZ Singsanong.
SINHA Indian, Hindi, Bengali, Assamese, Marathi
From Sanskrit सिंह (siṃhá) meaning "lion".
SINIJÄRV Estonian
Sinijärv is an Estonian surname meaning "blue lake".
SINIK Estonian
Sinik is an Estonian surname derived from "sinikas" meaning "bog bilberry".
SINIKAS Estonian
Sinikas is an Estonian surname meaning "bog bilberry".
SINIMÄE Estonian
Sinimäe is an Estonian surname meaning "blue hill/mountain".
SINISSAAR Estonian
Sinissaar is an Estonian surname meaning "blue island".
SINIVEE Estonian
Sinivee is an Estonian surname meaning "blue water".
SINNOTT English, Irish
From the medieval personal name Sinod (from Old English Sigenōth, literally "victory-brave").... [more]
SINTAS French (Landes & Pryenees)
Found in the communes of Habas and Osages
SIODINA Medieval Spanish
Use by some Filipinos/Spanish
SIONÓID Irish
Gaelicization of SINNOTT.
SIOSON Filipino
From Hokkien 小孫 (sió-sun) meaning "small grandchild".
SIPELGAS Estonian
Sipelgas is an Estonian surname meaning "ant".
SIREL Estonian
Sirel is an Estonian surname meaning "lilac".
SIRELPUU Estonian
Sirelpuu is an Estonian name meaning "lilac tree".
SIRIBOE Akan
Meaning unknown.
SIRKEL Estonian
Sirkel is an Estonian surname meaning "dividers" and "compass" and "circle tool".
SIRP Estonian
Sirp is an Estonian surname meaning "sickle".
SIRTORI Italian
Perhaps a habitational name from a comune (municipality) in Northern Italy.
SIS Czech
Derived from German süss "sweet".
SISNETT English (Rare)
Found in Barbados.
SISON Filipino
From Min Nan 四孫 (sì-sun) or 四孙 (sì-sun) meaning "fourth grandchild".
SISSELMAN Yiddish
Possibly from German meaning "sweet man"
SISSON English
metronymic from the medieval female personal name Siss, Ciss, short for Sisley, Cecilie, or possibly from a pet form of Sisley (with the old French diminutive suffix -on). variant of SESSIONS.
SITDIKOV Bashkir, Tatar
Either derived from Arabic صَدِيق (ṣadīq) meaning "friend" or صَادِق (ṣādiq) meaning "true, truthful, veracious".
SIVELLE French
A rare surname.
SIVERTSON American
Americanized form of SIVERTSEN or SIVERTSSON.
SIVERTSSON Swedish
Swedish cognate of SIVERTSEN.
SIVI Estonian
Sivi is an Estonian surname possibly derived from the village of the same name in Lääne-Viru County.
SJÖBERG Swedish
Combination of Swedish sjö "lake" and berg "mountain, hill".
SJÖBLOM Swedish
Combination of Swediah sjö "lake" and blom "bloom".
SJOERDSMA Frisian, Dutch
Derived from the Frisian given name SJOERD combined with the Frisian surname suffix -(s)ma, which is most likely derived from Old Frisian monna meaning "men".... [more]
SJÖGREN Swedish
Combination of Swedish sjö "lake" and gren "branch".
SJÖLANDER Swedish
Combination of Swedish sjö "lake" and the common surname suffix -ander (a combination of land and the habitational suffix -er). The second element is sometimes said to be derived from Greek aner "man".
SJØLSENG Norwegian
Means silver meadow
SJÖMAN Swedish
Means "seaman, sailor" in Swedish, although this name is more likely to be an ornamental name composed of Swedish sjö "lake" and man "man". A notable bearer is film director VILGOT Sjöman (1924-2006).
SJÖÖ Swedish
Derived from Swedish sjö "lake".
SJÖSTRÖM Swedish
Ornamental name composed of Swedish sjö "lake" and ström "stream, small river".
SJUNNESSON Swedish
Means "son of SJUNNE".
SKAGGS English
English name of unknown meaning occurring mainly in Hertfordshire. A noted bearer is American country music artist RICKY Skaggs (1954-).
SKARSGÅRD Swedish (Rare)
Allegedly a habitational name derived from Skärlöv, a village located on the island of Öland, Kalmar County, Sweden. The name of the village is, according to very uncertain sources, said to mean Skares gård "Skare's farm"... [more]
SKARSTAD Norwegian
From a farm named Skarstad
SKAU Norwegian, Danish
Ultimately derived from Old Norse skógr "forest".
SKAWINSKI Polish
Habitational name for someone from Skawina in Kraków province.
SKEIE Norwegian
From Old Norse skeið "race, horse race".
SKELTON English, German, Norwegian (Rare)
Habitational name from places in Cumbria and Yorkshire, England, originally named with the same elements as SHELTON, but with a later change of ‘s’ to ‘sk’ under Scandinavian influence.
SKËNDO Albanian
Ancestors of Skënderbeu
SKERRY Irish
Variant of SCARRY or SCURRY.
SKIBNIEWSKI Polish
This indicates familial origin within either of 2 Podlachian villages: Skibniew-Kurcze or Skibniew-Podawce.
SKIPWORTH Anglo-Saxon
is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and is a locational name from Skipwith in the East Riding of Yorkshire. The placename was recorded as "Schipewic" in the Domesday Book of 1086; as "Scipewiz" in the 1166 Pipe Rolls of the county; and as "Skipwith" in the 1291 Pipe Rolls, and derives from the Olde English pre 7th Century "sceap, scip", sheep, and "wic", outlying settlement; hence, "settlement outside the village where sheep were kept"... [more]
SKLENÁŘ Czech
Means "glassworker".
SKLORENKO Ukrainian
Glassmakers son
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