Submitted Surnames Starting with S

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SO Korean
Although there are two Chinese characters for the So surname, one of these is extremely rare and can be discounted (there are only about two hundred people in Korea who use this rare character). Some records indicate that the more common character for So has as many as 165 clans, but only eleven of them can be documented... [more]
SO Chinese (Cantonese)
A Cantonese form of Su.
Metonymic occupational name for a salt seller or producer, from ‘salt’.
SOA Estonian
Soa is an Estonian surname possibly derived from "söakas" meaning "bold" and "courageous".
SOAMES English
Denoted a person hailing from a village called Soham in Cambridgeshire, England. The place name itself means "homestead by the lake" from Old English "lake" and ham "farm, homestead"... [more]
SOAP American
a guy in call of duty modern warfare
Habitational name for someone from a place called Sobanice, in Ciechanów voivodeship.
SÕBER Estonian
Sõber is an Estonian surname meaning "friend".
Means "son of Sobir".
SOBRANIE Macedonian (Rare)
Sobranie means "Parliament" in Macedonian.
SÖDER Swedish
Swedish surname meaning "south".
Combination of Swedish söder "south" and berg "mountain".
SODERBERG English (Anglicized)
Anglicized form of Swedish Söderberg
Swedish ornamental name. A combination of söder "south" and lund "grove".
From Swedish söder "south" and man "man".
Swedish ornamental name. A combination of söder "south" and ström "stream".
SOE Estonian
Soe is an Estonian surname meaning "warm" and "fond".
Sõelsepp is an Estonian surname meaning "sieve smith".
SOETE Low German
Derived from Low German söt /seut "sweet".
SOETORO Indonesian
Soetoro is the surname of the Indonesian stepfather of 44th president Barack Hussein Obama ll named Lolo Soetoro.
SOFIA Spanish
From the given name Sofia.
Means "sea farm" indicating a farmstead near the sea or open water.
Unknown meaning. A notable bearer is YouTube Personality Matt Sohinki, better known simply as Sohinki, who is a member of Smosh Games.
From the given name Sohrab.
SOINTU Finnish, Karelian
"chord (music)"
ŠOJKA Croatian
Derived from šojka meaning ''jay'' (the bird).
SOKIĆ Croatian
Derived from Turksh sokak, meaning "street". The word is still used in Croatian meaning "little street, alley". Most people with this surname live in Cernik, Croatia.
SOKK Estonian
Sokk is an Estonian surname that means both "sock" and "billy-goat".
SOKOLOVA Bulgarian, Russian
Means "daughter of Sokol".
From sokol meaning "falcon", a nickname or an occupational name for a falconer.
SOLAK Polish
Surname; meaning seller of salt or salt
SOLANKI Indian, Gujarati, Marathi, Hindi
Either from the name of the Rajput Solanki clan of India or the Solanki (Chaulukya) dynasty that once ruled Gujarat and Rajasthan.
SOLAR Spanish (Rare), Catalan, Aragonese, Asturian
Spanish, Catalan, Aragonese, and Asturian-Leonese: topographic name from Latin solarius ‘ancestral home’ (a derivative of solum ‘ground’, ‘floor’), perhaps denoting someone who lived near or at the house of an important family.
German surname meaning mercenary. German spelling has umlaut over the O, but American spelling is Soldner or Soeldner.
SOLEBELLO Italian American
Means, "beautiful sun". Derived from "bello", meaning beautiful, and "sole", meaning sun.
Habitational surname for someone from any of a number of places called Solec, named with sól ‘salt’.
From the given name Soleiman.
SOLEMARK Swedish (Modern, Rare)
Combination of Swedish sol "sun" and mark "ground, earth".
SOLER Maltese
Not to be confused with the Catalan and Occitan surname of the same spelling.
SOLHEIM Norwegian
Means "home of the sun" in Norwegian. A combination of sol "sun" and heim "home".... [more]
SOLIDAY American
Reportedly German and Dutch background? Never have really known. The history that has been told my siblings and I is that three brothers came from Germany to the US in late 1800 and went into business in Phila - they eventually argued and split up and two of them changed the spelling of their last name and scattered throughout PA - When I left home in 1963 - mY Father James Edward Soliday, son of John Soliday and Martha Freidline Soliday and us children were the only ones in our area... [more]
SOLIMAN Arabic (Egyptian)
Egyptian transcription of Sulayman.
the card game
SOLOGAR Sanskrit, Indian, Hindi, Fijian
Sanskrit name of unknown origin, common in Fiji. May be related to Solgar.
This indicates familial origin within the vicinity of the Sierra de Solorio mountain range that straddles Aragon, La Mancha, & Old Castile.
SOLTANI Persian, Arabic (Maghrebi)
From the given name Soltan; in the case of Maghrebi usage, it is mainly found in Algeria and Tunisia.
SÕMER Estonian
Sõmer is an Estonian surname meaning "grainy" or "mealy".
Regional name from the county of this name, so called from Old English sumer(tun)saete meaning "dwellers at the summer settlement".
SOMERVILLE Scottish, Irish (Anglicized, Rare)
Scottish (of Norman origin) habitational name, probably from Graveron Sémerville in Nord, named with the Germanic personal name Sigimar (see Siemer) + Old French ville ‘settlement’. ... [more]
SOMOV Russian
Derived from Russian сом (som) meaning "catfish".
SOMOVA Russian
Feminine form of Somov. This is borne by Russian ballerina Alina Somova (1985-).
From Thai สม (sǒm) meaning "suitable, right" combined with ศรี (sǐi) meaning "honour, glory, splendour".
Sõnajalg is an Estonian surname meaning "fern" (Dryopteris).
Habitational name from sønder "southern" and gård "enclosure", "farm".
Means "southern farm."
Means "son of SONE".
SONI Hindi
A Suryavanshi Khatri family, the surname originating from the Punjab region of India. In India the term caste creates a crucial distinction between Varna and Jāti, even though jati does not fit into any of the four varnas and is more often referred to as Sudras.
SONLEY English
Possibly derived from the Old Norse name SUNNULFR.
Means "sunflower" in German.
Surname meaning "sunshine".
SONODA Japanese
From the Japanese 園 or 薗(sono) "garden," "orchard," "yard" and 田 (ta or da) "rice paddy."
SONTAG German, Jewish
"sunday;" usually given to a person who was born on a sunday.
SOO Estonian
Soo is an Estonian surname meaning "swamp".
SOOÄÄR Estonian
Sooäär is an Estonian surname, meaning "swamp side".
SOODLA Estonian
Soodla is an Estonian surname meaning "favorable/beneficial area".
SOOKASK Estonian
Sookask is an Estonian surname meaning "dwarf birch" (literally, "swamp/marsh birch").
SOOL Estonian
Sool is an Estonian surname meaning "salt".
SOOLÄTE Estonian
Sooläte is an Estonian surname meaning "swamp/bog spring".
SOOME Estonian
Soome is an Estonian surname meaning "Finland".
SOOMETS Estonian
Soomets is an Estonian surname meaning "swamp forest".
SOOMRO Pakistani, Sindhi
From the name of the city of سامراء (Sāmarrāʾ) in present-day Iraq. This is the name of a Sindhi tribe in southeastern Pakistan, along with a historical regional dynasty in India (the Soomra).
SOON Estonian
Soon is an Estonian surname meaning "vessel" and "vein".
SOOPART Estonian
Soopart is an Estonian surname meaning "pintail duck (Anas acuta)".
SOOPERE Estonian
Soopere is an Estonian surname meaning "swamp folks".
SÕÕRD Estonian
Sõõrd is an Estonian surname possibly derived from "sõõr" meaning "circle".
SOORM Estonian
Soorm is an Estonian surname, a derivation of "sõrm" meaning "finger" and "digit".
Sõõrumaa is an Estonian surname, possibly derived from "sõõr" ("circle") and "maa" (land").
SOOSAAR Estonian
Soosaar is an Estonian surname meaning "swamp island".
SOOSÕRV Estonian
Soosõrv is an Estonian surname possibly derived from "soo" meaning "swamp" and "sõrv", possibly a corruption of "serv" meaning "border" or "edge"; "swamp/marsh border".
SOOSTER Estonian
Sooster is an Estonian surname possibly derived from "soosik", meaning "favorite" and "heir".
SÖÖT Estonian
Sööt is an Estonian surname meaning to "bait" or to "lure".
SOOTAMM Estonian
Sootamm is an Estonian surname meaning "pin oak" (Quercus palustris). Literally, "swamp oak".
SOOVÄLI Estonian
Sooväli is an Estonian surname meaning "marsh/swamp field".
SOOVERE Estonian
Soovere is an Estonian surname meaning "swamp blood".
SOPA Albanian
Meaning unknown.
SOPP Estonian
Sopp is an Estonian surname meaning "mud", "creek" and "bottom".
For soprano "higher, situated above", a topographic name for someone who lived at the top end of a place on a hillside.
SORA English (Canadian)
Sora is a Kingdom Hearts character developed by Square Enix and Disney
SORDINO Italian (Rare), Literature
Derived from Italian sordino, referring to a mute for musical instruments. It is ultimately from Italian sordo "deaf" or "muffled (sound), silent, hidden, voiceless". American author Laurie Halse Anderson uses this for her novel Speak (1999), on high school rape victim Melinda Sordino... [more]
SØRENSDATTER Danish, Norwegian
Strictly feminine patronymic of Søren.
Means "son of the son of Sore", a Yiddish female personal name (from Hebrew Sara, literally "princess"), with the addition of the Slavic possessive suffix -in and German Sohn "son".
SORHAPURU Basque (Rare)
From south west France Basque Country. Name of a small village
SORIA Spanish (Spanish, Rare)
The Spanish last name, Soria, comes from a city in Spain called Soria
SORLIE Norwegian
Habitational name from a common farm name, Sørli, composed of the elements sør ‘south’ + li ‘slope’, ‘hillside’.
SORLIE Scottish
Reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Somhairle.
from the word sormi "finger" or sormus "ring"
SÕRMUS Estonian
Sõrmus is an Estonian surname meaning "ring" or "annulet".
SOROKA Ukranian, Jewish
From the nickname Soroka meaning "magpie", which indicates a thievish person or a person with a white streak of hair among black hair.
From soroka, meaning "magpie".
From a medieval nickname meaning literally "little red-haired one", from a derivative of Anglo-Norman sorel "chestnut".
SORSA Finnish
Means "duck" in Finnish
SOTAK Slovak
Habitational name from Soták, an eastern Slovak region near Humenné.
Southern Italian: nickname from sottile ‘delicate’, ‘refined’, also ‘lean’, ‘thin’ (from Latin subtilis ‘small’, ‘slender’).
soudagar is the word related to one who do the business
SOUDANI Arabic (Maghrebi)
Means "Sudanese (referring to a person from Sudan)", derived from Arabic سُودَانِيّ (sūdāniyy).
SOUEIDI Western African
Mainly found in Mauritania.
SOUEILEM Western African
Meaning unknown—this surname is mainly found in Mauritania.
SOULE English, French, Medieval English
English: of uncertain origin; perhaps derived from the vocabulary word soul as a term of affection.... [more]
Metonymic occupational name for a shoemaker, from Old French soulier ‘shoe’, ‘sandal’.... [more]
SOUTER English, Scottish
Occupational name for a cobbler or shoemaker, derived from Middle English soutere, from Old Norse sutare, ultimately derived from Latin sutor meaning "to sew".
SOUTH English
From Middle English south, hence a topographic name for someone who lived to the south of a settlement or a regional name for someone who had migrated from the south.
SOUTHARD English, Dutch
Possibly derived from the English surname SOUTHWORTH.
Topographic name, from an adjectival derivative of South.
English surname meaning "From the south well"
An English/Scottish locational name from a variety of places, including, Southwick in Northamptonshire, England, and Southwick in Gloucestershire, Sussex, Durham, Hampshire. ... [more]
Means "southern enclosure".
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous council in the Province of Pontevedra.
Translation of the French surname Souverain which is derived from Old French souverain meaning "high place".
Occupational surname for a leader or supervisor, derived from the English word sovereign meaning "possessing supreme or ultimate power".
Habitational name from any places so-called in Northern England. Named from Old Norse saurr, 'mud, filth' and by, 'farm, estate'.
SOYA English (Modern), Literature, Popular Culture
In the Kai the Hedgefox franchise, the name of the Soya clan is a pun on "Sawyer".
SOYDAN Turkish (Modern)
Soy, "lineage, ancestry" and dan "from"; One who has come down from good ancestry (a good family)
SOYER French
French surname (Alexis Benoist Soyer is a famous bearer).
SOZIO Italian
Nickname from socio "companion", "ally".
Means "tipcat". Pronounced "sh:pah-CZEK".
This is the surname of American actress Sissy Spacek (born December 25, 1949).
English variant of Speakman.
Variant form of Spatafora. Spadafora is the younger out of the two surnames and yet the most common of the two, which might partly be because it is a little bit more italianized. After all, spada is the modern Italian word for "sword", which indicates that Spadafora is 'closer' to Italian than Spatafora, which is closer to the original Greek origin instead (as the first element of the surname is derived from Greek spathe meaning "blade, sword").... [more]
Spangler is an occupational surname for "metal worker" having derived from the German word spange, meaning a clasp or buckle of the sort such a craftsman might have designed.
SPARGO Cornish
Cornish: habitational name from Higher or Lower Spargo, in the parish of Mabe, so named from Cornish spern ‘thorn bushes’ + cor ‘enclosure'.
SPARK English, German
Northern English: from the Old Norse byname or personal name Sparkr ‘sprightly’, ‘vivacious’.... [more]
English: nickname from Middle English sparewe ‘sparrow’, perhaps for a small, chirpy person, or else for someone bearing some fancied physical resemblance to a sparrow.
This surname originates from the Italian island of Sicily, where it was first borne by a noble family of Byzantine origin, which had settled on the island in the 11th century AD. Their surname was derived from the Greek noun σπάθη (spathe) "blade, sword" (akin to Latin spatha "broad sword with a double edge") combined with Greek φορεω (phoreo) "to carry, to bear", which gives the surname the meaning of "he who carries the sword" or "sword-bearer"... [more]
Was originally "Spach," was changed when first introduced into America
SPAULDING English (British)
Variant spelling of Spalding.
English (chiefly Lancashire) nickname or occupational name for someone who acted as a spokesman, from Middle English spekeman ‘advocate’, ‘spokesman’ (from Old English specan to speak + mann ‘man’).
SPECK German
Variant of Specker as well as a locational surname from one of various places called Speck, Specke and Specken in northern Germany and Spöck in southern Germany, as well as an occupational surname derived from German Speck "bacon" denoting a butcher who sepcialized in the production of bacon, as well as a derisive nickname for a corpulent person.
Occupational name from Polish szpektor "teacher's assistant in a Jewish school", a derivative of Polish inspecktor "supervisor".
SPEIER Ancient Germanic
Habitational name from Speyer.
From a medieval nickname for someone who spread their amorous affections around freely. A different form of the surname was borne by Dora Spenlow, the eponymous hero's "child-wife" in Charles Dickens's 'David Copperfield' (1849-50).... [more]
Occupational surname literally meaning “metal worker” or “tin knocker”.
SPENS Scottish
Variant of SPENCE.
SPERO Jewish
Jewish (Ashkenazic) variant of Spiro.
SPEZIA Italian
Means "spice, drug" in Italian. It was used to denote someone who worked as a spicer or apothecary.
SPICER English, Jewish, Polish
English: occupational name for a seller of spices, Middle English spic(i)er (a reduced form of Old French espicier, Late Latin speciarius, an agent derivative of species ‘spice’, ‘groceries’, ‘merchandise’).... [more]
SPIEGEL German, Jewish
Metonymic occupational name for a maker or seller of mirrors, from Middle High German spiegel, German Spiegel "mirror" (via Old High German from Latin speculum, a derivative of specere "to look").
SPIEGLER German, Jewish
Occupational name for a maker or seller of mirrors, from Middle High German spiegel, German Spiegel "mirror" and the agent suffix -er.
SPIELBERG Jewish, German
From Old High German spiegel "lookout point" or German Spiel "game, play" and berg "mountain". Locational surname after a town in Austria. A famous bearer is American director Steven Spielberg (1946-present).
SPIER English
An English surname, meaning "the one who watches".
SPIES German
While it translates to the plural of "spy" in English, Spies is a semi-common name found throughout Germany and the surrounding nations. This surname is also popular throughout states with a high German population.
Irish: reduced form O’Spillane, an Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Spealáin or ‘descendant of Spealán’, a personal name representing a diminutive of "speal" "‘scythe’". Compare Smullen... [more]
From the medieval male personal name Spileman, literally "acrobat" or "jester" (from a derivative of Middle English spillen "to play, cavort").
SPINA American
Means "Thorn" in Latin.
From a place named Spinazzola in Italy.
SPINDLER English, German, Jewish
Occupational name for a spindle maker, from an agent derivative of Middle English spindle, Middle High German spindel, German Spindel, Yiddish shpindl "spindle, distaff".
SPÍNOLA Portuguese
Portuguese topographic name from a diminutive of espinha ‘thorn’, ‘thorn bush’.
Italian (Liguria) diminutive of Spina. Italian topographic name for someone living by Monte Spinola in the province of Pavia.
SPINSTER American (Rare)
A presumably extinct English occupational name, derived from the occupation of spinning.
Possibly from the Greek given name Spiridon.
The surname Spiteri is derived from the Latin word "hospitalieri" meaning hospitaliers. It was initially given to babies born to mothers who worked as nurses at the Knights' hospital during the 16th century where the babies' fathers were usually knights who had been treated at said hospital.
Irish: reduced form of Spillane.
SPOHR German
Occupational name for a maker of spurs, from Middle High German spor ‘spur’, or a topographic name, from Middle High German spor ‘spoor’, ‘animal tracks’.... [more]
SPOKONY Russian (Anglicized, ?)
comes from the english version of the pronunciation of the Russian word for calm
SPOON English
Apparently a metonymic occupational name either for a maker of roofing shingles or spoons, from Old English spon "chip, splinter" (see also Spooner).
SPRADLIN English (British)
Originally Spradling, mean one who spreads seed
English from northern Middle English Spragge, either a personal name or a byname meaning "lively", a metathesized and voiced form of "spark."
German form of the surname Springer
From Middle High German sprinc, Middle Low German sprink "spring, well", hence a topographic name for someone who lived by a spring or well, or habitational name from Springe near Hannover.
Means (i) "operator of a springald (a type of medieval siege engine)" (from Anglo-Norman springalde); or (ii) from a medieval nickname for a youthful person (from Middle English springal "youth").
The surname goes back to the place of living of the first carrier of that surname in medieval times, who lived in the vicinity of a spring or water well. Springborn is of German origin, specifically Middle Low German... [more]
SPRINGBOURNE English (American)
American form of Springborn.
SPRINGER German, English, Dutch, Jewish
Nickname for a lively person or for a traveling entertainer. It can also refer to a descendant of Ludwig der Springer (AKA Louis the Springer), a medieval Franconian count who, according to legend, escaped from a second or third-story prison cell by jumping into a river after being arrested for trying to seize County Saxony in Germany.
Dusty Springfield 1939-1999
SPRY English
Was apparently a nickname for an active, brisk, or smart person. The word spry is of obscure origin.
Unexplained meaning.
SPURRELL English (British, Rare)
Most likely from a place called Spirewell in southern Devon.
SPURRILL English (British, Rare)
Most likely from a place called Spirewell in southern Devon.
SQUIRE English
Surname comes from the occupation of a Squire. A young man who tends to a knight.
Surname is plural of Squire. A young person that tends to his knight, also someone that is a member of a landowner class that ranks below a knight.
SRINIVASAN Indian, Tamil
Tamil variant of Shrinivas.
Derived from Thai ศรี (sǐi) meaning "glory, majesty, splendour" combined with สุวรรณ (sù-wan) meaning "gold, golden".
SRIVASTAV Indian, Hindi, Nepali, Punjabi, Telugu
Variant transcription of Shrivastav.
SRNA Croatian
Means ''doe''.
SROKA Polish
From the Polish word sroka, meaning "magpie".
STAAL Dutch (Modern)
From Middle High German stal meaning "steel". May have been a occupational name, for a steelworker or blacksmith.
From Middle High German stet meaning "place", "town" + müller meaning "miller", hence an occupational name for a miller who ground the grain for a town.
STÅHL Swedish
Variant of Stål.
STAHL German
Metonymic occupational name for a smith or armorer, from Middle High German stal "steel, armor".
Variant of Stahl.
Occupational name for a foundry worker, from an agent derivative of Middle High German stal 'steel'.
STAHLING German (Germanized, Modern, Rare)
Denoted a person who worked with steel. Derived from the name "Stähling", which was derived from "Stalin."
STÅL Swedish
Means "steel" in Swedish.
Combination of Swedish stål "steel" and berg "mountain".
STALEY English
Byname from Middle English staley "resolute, reliable", a reduced form of Stallard.
STALEY Belgian French
From Old French estalee "fish trap", hence possibly a metonymic occupational name for a fisherman, or topographic name for someone who lived near where fish traps were set.
Means "Steel Hammer" (From Swedish stål "steel" and hammare "hammer"). Was originally a name common among blacksmiths.
STALIN Russian
Derived from the Russian word сталь meaning "steel". It is the alias surname of Ioseb Jughashvili, more commonly known as Joseph Stalin, former dictator of the Soviet Union.
Byname for a valiant or resolute person, from a reduced pronunciation of Middle English stalward, stalworth "stalwart" (an Old English compound of stǣl "place" and wierðe "worthy").
Variant of Staller. German: topographic name for someone who lived in a muddy place, from the dialect word stal. English: habitational name from Stalmine in Lancashire, named probably with Old English stæll 'creek', 'pool' + Old Norse mynni 'mouth'.
can not find a meaning to my name anywhere.
Means "St. Mary"
STAMBOULI Arabic (Maghrebi)
Means "from Istanbul" (chiefly Algerian and Tunisian).
STAN Romanian
Meaning uncertain. It might be taken directly from the Romanian name Stan (2).
Meaning unknown.