Submitted Surnames Starting with S

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Shiokawa Japanese
Shio means "Salt, Tide" and Kawa means "River, Stream."
Shiomi Japanese
From Japanese 汐 (shio) meaning "salt, 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".
Shitu Nigerian
Related to Shittu.
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.
Shoaib Arabic, Urdu
From the given name Shoaib.
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."
Shokutsu Japanese
From Japanese 食 (shoku) meaning food and 通 (tsu) meaning "connoisseur".
Sholom Russian
Derived from Old Russian шолом (sholom) meaning "helmet".
Shomurodov Uzbek
Means "son of Shomurod".
Shopa Ukrainian
Jewish, found in Russia, Lithuania and Ukraine. Native spelling is Шопа.
Shore English
From the Old English word scora meaning "the land along the edge of an ocean, sea, lake, or river; a coast."
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 Jewish
Means "lily" in Hebrew.
Shostakovich Russian
Last name of the Russian composer Dimitri Shostakovich.
Shotadze Georgian
Means "son of Shota".
Shotashvili Georgian
Means "son of Shota".
Shouyu Japanese (Rare)
Variant transcription of Shoyu.
Shovkhalov Chechen
Chechen surname of unknown meaning.
Shovkhalova Chechen
Feminine transcription of Shovkhalov.
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.
Shramko Ukrainian, Russian, Belarusian
Derived from East Slavic шрам (shram) meaning "scar, cicatrix".
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 "excellent" in Nepali, ultimately from Sanskrit श्रेष्ठ (shreshtha) meaning "best, most excellent".
Shrewsbury English
Derived from Shrewsbury, a large market town and the county town of Shropshire, England, which is named from an ancient district name derived from Old English scrobb meaning "scrub, brushwood", and byrig meaning "fortified place".
Shrimpton English
Probably referring to the unknown "Estate of Shrimp"
Shrivastav Indian, Hindi
Short form of Sanskrit श्रीवास्तव्य (shrivastavya) meaning "abode of wealth", itself from श्री (shri) meaning "diffusing light, radiance, splendour, beauty, wealth, prosperity" and वास्तव्य (vastavya) meaning "residence, abode, dwelling, inhabiting".
Shrivastava Indian, Hindi, Marathi
Alternate transcription of Shrivastav.
Shroff Indian, Hindi
Derived from Hindustani saraf meaning "bullion merchant", which in turn is ultimately derived from Arabic ṣarrāf. It is a name originally given to a cashier (especially in a car park or identity card, car licensing offices and public service agents) in East Asia, and a money changer or banker in South Asia.
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.
Shtayyeh Arabic
Meaning unknown.
Shteyn Yiddish
Yiddish form of Stein.
Shteynfeld Yiddish
It means "stone field".
Shteynhoyz Yiddish
It literally means "stonehouse".
Shuaib Arabic
From the given name Shuaib.
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, Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Gujarati, Punjabi
Derived from Sanskrit शुक्ल (shukla) meaning "white, bright, pure".
Shukri Arabic
From the given name Shukri.
Shukurov Uzbek
Means "son of Shukur" in Uzbek.
Shull German
Derivative of Scholl
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]
Shultz German (Americanized)
Americanized spelling of German Schultz , or a variant spelling of the Jewish name.
Shum Chinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese romanization of Shen.
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.
Shvydko Ukrainian, Russian
Derived from Ukrainian швидкий (shvydky) meaning "fast, quick".
Shvydkoy Ukrainian, Russian
Derived from Ukrainian швидкий (shvydky) meaning "fast, quick".
Shvydky Ukrainian
Derived from Ukrainian швидкий (shvydky) meaning "fast, quick".
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".
Sia Chinese
Variant of Xie.
Siam Thai
From Siam, a historical name for Thailand.
Siamak Belarusian
Belarusian Latin spelling of Syamak.
Siân Welsh
Either a variant of Siôn or taken directly from the name Siân
Siarhun Belarusian
Derived from the Belarusian given name Siarhiej.
Siaw Akan
Meaning unknown.
Sibelius Finland Swedish
Latinization of Swedish Sibbe, the name of an estate in Eastern Uusimaa, Finland. A notable bearer was Finnish composer Jean Sibelius (1865-1957).
Sibul Estonian
Sibul is an Estonian surname meaning both "onion" and "bulb".
Sibunrueang Thai
From Thai ศรี (si) meaning "glory, honour, fame" combined with บุญ (bun) meaning "merit" and เรือง (rueang) meaning "bright, glowing, brilliant".
Sicat Filipino, Tagalog
Derived from Tagalog sikat meaning "rising" or "splendour, brilliance".
Siciliano Italian, Sicilian
One who came from Sicily.
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
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.
Sidiropoulos Greek
Means "son of a blacksmith worker" in Greek.
Sidle English
Anglicized form of Seidel
Sidorenko Ukrainian
Alternate transcription of Sydorenko.
Sidorov Russian
Means "son of Sidor".
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]
Siebe Low German
from a pet form of the personal name Siebert
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.
Sigfridsson Swedish
Means "son of Sigfrid 1" in Swedish.
Sigsawa Japanese (Anglicized)
The professional surname of Keiichi Shigusawa, an author.
Sigsworth English
Originally denoting someone from Sigsworth Moor in North Yorkshire, England.
Sigüenza Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Manchego municipality.
Sigumbang Indonesian, Minangkabau
Alternate transcription of Sikumbang.
Sigurdsdóttir Icelandic
Means "daughter of Sigurður" in Icelandic.
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.
Sihawong Thai
From Thai สีหะ (siha) meaning "lion" and วงศ์ (wong) meaning "lineage, family, dynasty".
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.
Sijarić Montenegrin
Derived from sijati (сијати), meaning "to sow".
Sijbrandij Frisian
Comes from the Dutch name Sijbren which originates from the Roman Sybrandus
Sika Akan
Meaning unknown.
Sikandar Persian, Urdu, Pashto
From the given name Sikandar.
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]
Sikari Punjabi, Bengali, Nepali, Marathi
Means "hunter, huntsman".
Sikder Bengali
From a historical title used to denote a person who owned one quarter of land, derived from Bengali সিকি (siki) meaning "quarter, fourth".
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 Minangkabau
Allegedly from the phrase si kumbang meaning "black tiger", probably derived from Minangkabau kumbang which can mean "beetle" or "tiger, leopard". The name may have been used to refer to Tamil settlers from southern 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, German Silber "silver"; a 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".
Siler English
Anglicized form of Seiler, an occupational name for a rope maker, from German Seil ‘rope’
Silfwergård Swedish (Rare)
Combination of Swedish silver "silver" and gård "farm, estate, yard".
Silhouette French (Rare)
Famous bearers include Étienne de Silhouette (1709–67), French author and politician. He was a French Ancien Régime Controller-General of Finances under Louis XV.