Submitted Surnames Starting with S

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STANCEL German
Probably an altered spelling of Stancil or possibly of German Stenzel.
STANCIL English
English habitational name from a place so named in South Yorkshire.
STANDFUß German
It literally means "pedestal".
STANG German, Jewish
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic) from Middle High German stang, German Stange ‘pole’, ‘shaft’, hence a nickname for a tall, thin person, a metonymic occupational name for a maker of wooden shafts for spears and the like, or a metonymic occupational name for a soldier.
STANIĆ Croatian, Serbian
Means "son of STANKO".
STANIKZAI Pashto
Of unknown meaning. The Stanikzai are a Pashtun tribe in Afghanistan.
STANISLAW Polish, German
Polish from the personal name Stanislaw, composed of the Slavic elements stani ‘become’ + slav ‘glory’, ‘fame’, ‘praise’. This surname is well established in German-speaking lands.
STANISŁAWSKI Polish
Coming from any of the towns Stanisławów, Stanisławice, etc.. in Poland.
STANKOVIĆ Serbian, Croatian
A common surname derived from the South Slavic masculine given name Stanko.... [more]
STANNARD English
From the medieval personal name Stanhard, literally "stone-strong" or "stone-brave".
STANSFIELD English (British)
Habitational name from a place in West Yorkshire, probably named with the genitive case of the Old English personal name Stan "stone" and Old English feld "pasture, open country". It may also be a topographic name from Middle English stanesfeld "open country of the (standing) stone"... [more]
STANTZ German
Possibly an altered spelling of German Stanz, a habitation name from places called Stans or Stanz in Austria and Switzerland (see also Stentz).
STAPLEFORD English
Habitational name from any of a number of places, in Cambridgeshire, Cheshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, and Wiltshire, so named from Old English stapol meaning "post" + ford meaning "ford".
STAPLETON English
Habitational surname from any of various places in England.
STAR German, Dutch, Jewish, English
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): nickname from German Star, Middle High German star, ‘starling’, probably denoting a talkative or perhaps a voracious person.... [more]
STARBUCK English
After Starbeck village in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, England. A famous bearer of this name was the fictional character, Starbuck, the first mate of the Pequod in Herman Melville's novel Moby-Dick.
STARČEVIĆ Croatian
Means "son of an old man" from star "old".
STARCZEWSKI Polish (Rare)
It indicates origin in either a place named Starczewo or Starczewice.
STARLING English
From a medieval nickname for someone thought to resemble a starling, especially in constantly chattering.
START English
Habitational name from any of the various minor places named from Old English steort "tail".
ŠŤASTNÝ Czech, Slovak
From the word, meaning "happy".
STATE German
Nickname from Middle High German stæt(e) meaning "firm", "steadfast", "constant".
STAUB German (Swiss), German, Jewish
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic) occupational nickname for a miller, from Middle High German stoup, German Staub ‘dust’. The Jewish surname may also be ornamental.
STAUBER German, Jewish
An occupational name from Staub, with the addition of the German agent suffix -er.
STAUCH German
From Middle High German stuche, a term used to denote both a type of wide sleeve and a headcovering. Also a habitational name from a place called Staucha, near Dresden.
STAUFFER German
This surname refers either to various towns named Stauffen or else it might be derived from Middle High German stouf "high rock/cliff/crag".
STAVIG Norwegian
Combination of Old Norse stafr "pole" and vik "bay". This was the name of a farmstead in Norway.
STAVONIN Russian
Originally Stavnin (shutter-maker), Stavonin resulted from an incorrect spelling that stuck (for over a hundred years)... [more]
STAWELSKI Polish
Comes from a combination of the two personal names Paweł and Stanley, "Staweł" with the suffix -ski
STAY English, American
Possibly related to the word Stay, or a nickname for Stanley.
ST CLAIR French, English
From the place name St CLAIR
STEACY English
Variant of Stacy.
STEAD English
Dweller at the homestead.
STEEL English
Variant of Steele.
STEELWORKER English (Rare)
Modern version of Smith, meaning "someone who works with steel". Comes from the occupation Steel Worker .
ȘTEFĂNESCU Romanian
Patronymic Romanian surname taken from the name Ștefăn, ultimately meaning "Descendant of Ștefăn".
STEFANI Italian
Patronymic or plural form of Stefano.
STEFANIAK Czech
Comes from the personal name Stefan.
STEFANOPOULOS Greek
Means "son of Stefan".
STEFANOWICZ Polish
Means "son of Stefan".
STEFAŃSKI Polish
Habitational name for someone from Stefanów or Stefanowo, named with the personal name Stefan.
STEFKOVIC Slovak
Possibly means 'son of Stefko', judging by the fact that Slavic suffixes such as '-ovich' and '-ovic' mean '(name)'s son'.
STEGALL German
Grandmother marian name
STEGER German
Means "head miner" or "overman" from the German verb "steigen" meaning "to climb" or in this case "to lead a climb".
STEGER German
From a derivative of Middle High German stec "steep path or track, narrow bridge". The name was likely given to someone living close to a path or small bridge.
STEHLÍK Czech
It's from goldfinch
STEHR German
From Middle High German ster ‘ram’, hence probably a nickname for a lusty person, or possibly a metonymic occupational name for a shepherd.
STEINAUER Medieval German
Dweller at or near a stone or rock, often a boundary mark; one who came from Stein, in Germany and Switzerland; descendant of Staino or Stein ("stone").... [more]
STEINBACH German, Jewish
German habitational name from any of the many places named Steinbach, named with Middle High German stein ‘stone’ + bach ‘stream’, ‘creek’. ... [more]
STEINBECK German
Denotes a person hailing from one of the many places in Germany called Steinbeck or Steinbach, from Middle High German stein "stone" and bach "stream, creek". In some cases it is a South German occupational name for a mason... [more]
STEINBERG German
From stony mountain. From "stein" meaning stone, and "berg" meaning mountain.
STEINER German, Jewish
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): occupational name for someone who worked with stone: a quarry-man, stone-cutter, or stonemason; an agent derivative of Stein. Also can be a topographic name for someone who lived on stony ground or near a prominent outcrop of rock.
STEINMETZ German, Jewish
Occupational name from Middle High German steinmetze, German steinmetz "stonemason", "worker in stone".
STEINWEDEL German
From the German word "stein" and "wedel" which mean "stone frond", which was a name given to someone who lived near a stone wall covered in plants.
STEJSKAL Czech
Stejskal means "he did complains" in Czech.
STELTER German
nickname for a disabled person; from Middle Low German stelte, stilt "wooden leg"
STELZNER German
Variant of Stelzer, probably an occupational name for a stilt-maker. Also, a habitational name for anyone from any of the places named Stelzen.
STEM German
Tis is my Surname, of German ancestry.
STEMLE English
FROM KUPPENHEIM, BADEN, GERMANY, WHERE IT WAS (AND IS TODAY) SPELLED WITH 2 Ms: STEMMLE.... [more]
STEMPFER German
Derived from occupation means 'Stump remover'
STENMARK Swedish
Combination of Swedish sten "stone, rock" and mark "ground, land, field".
STENSETH Norwegian
habitational name from any of numerous farmsteads, notably in eastern Norway, named Steinset, from either the noun stein ‘stone’ or the same word as a personal name + set ‘farmstead’.... [more]
STENT English (Archaic)
Derived from the Old Norse name Steinn meaning "stone". Recorded in several forms including Stein, Steen, Stone and Ston, this surname is english. It is perhaps not surprisingly one of the first recorded surnames anywhere in the world.... [more]
STENVALL Swedish
Composed of the elements sten "stone" and vall "mound".
STENZEL German
German from a reduced pet form of the Slavic personal name Stanislaw (see Stencel, Stanislaw).
STEPANIAN Armenian (Expatriate)
Variant transcription of Stepanyan used by Armenians living outside of Armenia.
STEPANKOV Russian
Means "son of Stepan".
STEPANOV Serbian, Russian
Means "son of Stepan".
STEPANOVICH Ukrainian
Patronymic from the personal name Stepan.
STEPANYAN Armenian
Means "son of Stepan".
STERKEN Dutch, English
Means "strong". Derived either from the Old English term sterċan, meaning "to make rigid", or from the Old Saxon sterkian and Old High German sterken, both meaning "to strengthen."
STERNKE Low German (Rare, ?)
From the German word or surname Stern meaning "star" and the Low German diminutive "-ke". The exact origins of this surname are unknown.
STERVENSON ?
unknown
STETSON English
Of unknown origin and meaning, though likely English.
STEVEN Scottish, English, Dutch, North German
From the personal name Steven, a vernacular form of Latin Stephanus, Greek Stephanos "crown". This was a popular name throughout Christendom in the Middle Ages, having been borne by the first Christian martyr, stoned to death at Jerusalem three years after the death of Christ... [more]
STEWARD English
Occupational name for an administrative official of an estate or steward, from Old English stig "house" and weard "guard".
ST FLEUR Haitian Creole
From the French place name St Fleur.
ST-GELAIS French (Quebec)
From the French place name Saint-Gelais which was allegedly named for a 5th-century bishop of Poitiers. The name Gelais is a variant of Gélase.
ST GEORGE English
From Saint George.
ST GEORGES French
“Saint George.”
STICKMAN English (Canadian)
The Origin for the surname Stickman comes from the YouTube series Iron Hand character "Tim Stickman" and his wife (season 3) his kids (season 4) and parents (all seasons) made in 2016 and premiering in 2017.
STIFF English (American)
Used sometimes as a derogatory term, stiff means uptight. It is used in a surname in American culture as well as in the media, such as novels, movies or tv shows.
STIFTER German
Unknown History of Stifter. Stifter means Founder in German
STIGWARD Scottish, Danish, Swedish
The proper form of "Stewart"
STILES English
From Old English stigel, stigol ‘steep uphill path’ (a derivative of stigan ‘to climb’).
STILINSKI Polish (?)
The last name of one of the characters from the Teen Wolf 1980s movie and the MTV show, Stiles Stilinski.
STINCHCOMB English
Habitational name from Stinchcombe in Gloucestershire, recorded in the 12th century as Stintescombe, from the dialect term stint meaning "sandpiper" + cumb meaning "narrow valley".
STINSON English, Scottish
This is one of the many patronymic forms of the male given name Stephen, i.e. son of Stephen. From these forms developed the variant patronymics which include Stim(p)son, Stenson, Steenson, and Stinson.
STIPIĆ Croatian, Serbian
Means "son of Stipe".
STIRRETT Scottish
Variant of Starrett, probably via Sterrett (since that would better explain the sound transformation).
STIRRUP English (British)
Originated in Merseyside, England.
ST LEGER Irish, English
Anglo-Irish surname, from one of the places in France called Saint-Léger, which were named in honour of St. Leodegar.
ST LOUIS French And English
In honor of Saint Louis.
STLOUIS French
Habitational name from any of several places named with a religious dedication to a St. Louis.
STOCK Medieval English
English: A topographic name for someone who lived near the trunk or stump of a large tree, Middle English Stocke (Old English Stocc). In some cases the reference may be to a primitive foot-bridge over a stream consisting of a felled tree trunk... [more]
STOCKARD Scottish Gaelic, Dutch
Scottish: occupational name for a trumpeter, Gaelic stocaire, an agent derivative of stoc ‘Gaelic trumpet’. The name is borne by a sept of the McFarlanes.... [more]
STOCKDALE English
Habitational name from a place in Cumbria and North Yorkshire, England. Derived from Old English stocc "tree trunk" and dæl "valley".
STOCKE English
English: A topographic name for someone who lived near the trunk or stump of a large tree, Middle English Stocke (Old English Stocc). In some cases the reference may be to a primitive foot-bridge over a stream consisting of a felled tree trunk... [more]
STOCKLEY English
Derived from Old english stocc (tree bark) and leah (clearing), indicating that the original bearer of this name lived in a wooded clearing.
STOCKTON English
Habitational surname for a person from any of the places (e.g. Cheshire, County Durham, Hertfordshire, Norfolk, Shropshire, Warwickshire, Wiltshire, Worcestershire, and North and West Yorkshire) so called from Old English stocc "tree trunk" or stoc "dependent settlement" + tun "enclosure", "settlement".
STOCKWELL English
An English boy's name meaning "From the tree stump spring"
STOEHR German
From Middle Low German store ‘sturgeon’, hence a metonymic occupational name for someone who caught or sold sturgeon, or a nickname for someone with some supposed resemblance to the fish... [more]
STOGDILL English
Possibly a variant of STOCKDALE.
STOHOKE Irish
Gaelic name that originated in Ireland.
STOHR German
North German (Stöhr): see Stoehr.... [more]
STOIAN Romanian
From the given name Stoian (see Stoyan)
STOIANOV Bulgarian
Variant transcription of Stoyanov.
STOJKANOVIĆ Vlach
Means "son of Stojkan".
STOKE English
Derived from Old English stoc "place".
STOKELY English
Variation of Stockley.
STOKER Dutch (Modern)
A Stoker is (or was) someone who stokes (tends to) fires, coals, or furnaces.
STOLARSKI Polish
Derivative of Stolarz "carpenter" "joiner", with the addition of the common suffix of surnames -ski.
STOLINSKI Belarusian
This indicates familial origin within the town of Stólin.
STOLLER German, Jewish, English
Habitational surname for someone from a place called Stolle, near Zurich (now called Stollen).... [more]
STOLLERMAN German
A man from Stoll, a province of Germany.
STOLT Swedish
Swedish soldier name meaning "proud". ... [more]
STOLTENBERG German, Norwegian
Habitational name from places so called in Pomerania and Rhineland. A famous bearer is Jens Stoltenberg (b. 1959), Prime Minister of Norway 2000-2001 and 2005-2013.
STOLTZFUS German
Stoltzfus is a surname of German origin. It is common among Mennonites and Amish. All American Stoltzfuses are descended from Nicholas Stoltzfus (1719–1774), an Amish man who migrated from Germany to America in 1766.
STONEMAN German
Longer version of Stone.
STONESTREET English
Topographic name for someone who lived by a paved road, in most cases a Roman road, from Middle English stane, stone, "stone" and street "paved highway", "Roman road".
STORCH German, Jewish
From Middle High German storch "stork", hence a nickname for someone thought to resemble the bird.
STORCK German
German. from the meaning the House of the Storks. ... [more]
STOREY English
From the Old Norse nickname Stóri, literally "large man". A literary bearer is British novelist and playwright David Storey (1933-).
STORM English, German, Dutch, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian (Rare)
Nickname for a man of blustery temperament, from Middle English, Middle Low German, storm, Old Norse stormr meaning "storm".
STORMO Norwegian
Habitational name from any of numerous farmsteads, notably in northern Norway, so named from stor meaning "big" + mo meaning "moor", "heath".
STORR German
Nickname for a crude man, from Middle High German storr 'tree stump', 'clod'.
STOTCH Popular Culture
Butters Stotch is one the reoccurring characters on the animated TV series South Park.
STOUT Scottish, English
Probably a nickname for a brave or powerfully built man, from Middle English stout ‘steadfast’. A contrary origin derives from the Old Norse byname Stútr ‘gnat’, denoting a small and insignificant person.
STOWELL English
A locational name from various places in England called Stowell
ST PETER English
Originally from French Canadian immigrants. It was the closest translation to Saint Pierre.... [more]
STRACHAN Scottish
Scottish habitational name from a place in the parish of Banchory, Kincardineshire, which is first recorded in 1153 in the form Strateyhan, and is perhaps named from Gaelic srath ‘valley’ + eachain, genitive case of eachan ‘foal’.
STRADLING English (British)
Researchers found the origin of this surname Stradling by referring to such documents as the Viking Sagas, the Orkneyinga Sagas, the Exchequer Rolls of Scotland, the Inquisitio and the translations of local manuscripts, parish records, baptismal & tax records, found in the north of Dingwall, and in the Orkneys and Shetlands.... [more]
STRAIGHT English
Nickname from Middle English streʒt "straight, upright", presumably applied in either a literal or a figurative sense.
STRAKA Czech, Slovak
Czech and Slovak: Nickname from straka ‘magpie’, probably for a thievish or insolent person.... [more]
STRANDBERG Swedish
Combination of Swedish strand "beach, sea shore" and berg "mountain".
STRANG English
Originally given as a nickname to one who possessed great physical strength.
STRANGEWAYS English
Means "person from Strangeways", Greater Manchester ("strong current").
STRASBURG German
It is derived from the Old Germanic phrase "an der Strasse," which literally means "on the street." Thus, the original bearer of this name was most likely someone whose residence was located on a street.
STRASSBERG Jewish
Ornamental name composed of German Strasse "street" and Berg "mountain, hill".
STRASSE German
It derives either from the ancient Roman (Latin) word "straet" meaning a main road, and hence somebody who lived by such a place, or from a German pre-medieval word "stratz" meaning vain.
STRASSER German (East Prussian)
Topographical name for someone living by a main street or highway, from Middle High German strasse, German Strasse 'street', 'road'.
STRASSMANN German, Jewish
Topographic name for someone living on a main street, from Middle High German strasse, German Strasse "street, road" and man "man".
STRATTON English
English: habitational name from any of various places, in Bedfordshire, Dorset, Hampshire, Norfolk, Oxfordshire, Somerset, Suffolk, Surrey, and Wiltshire, so named from Old English str?t ‘paved highway’, ‘Roman road’ + tun ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’... [more]
STRAUGHAN English
Northern English (Northumbria and the Northeast) variant of Scottish Strachan.
STRAUSS German, Jewish
From the German word strauß, meaning "ostrich." In its use as a Jewish surname, it comes from the symbol of the building or family that the bearer occupied or worked for in the Frankfurter Judengasse... [more]
STRAUß German, Jewish
An older spelling of Strauss, which is only used in Germany and Austria.
STRAWBERRY English (American, Rare)
Possibly from the name of the fruit, or from any of the various places named Strawberry in the US.
STRAWBRIDGE English (American)
Someone who built bridges as a living.
STRAZDIŅŠ Latvian
Derived from the name strazds meaning "starling".
STRAZDS Latvian
Literally means "blackbird".
STREAM English
English topographic name for someone who lived beside a stream, Middle English streme. Americanized form of Swedish Ström or Danish Strøm (see Strom).
STREETER English
English (Sussex) topographic name for someone living by a highway, in particular a Roman road (see Street).
STREITER German
Topographic name from Middle High German struot 'swamp', 'bush', 'thicket' + -er, suffix denoting an inhabitant.
STRETE English
Strete is derived from Old English "Straet" which, in turn is derived from the latin "strata". This surname has spelling variants including, Streeter, Street, Straight, and Streeten. The first occurrences of this surname include Modbert de Strete of Devon (1100), AEluric de Streitun and his heir Roger (at the time of Henry de Ferrers) and Eadric Streona, Ealdorman of Mercia.
STRIBLING English
From a medieval nickname for a youthful or inexperienced person (from Middle English stripling "youth").
STRID Swedish
From the Swedish word stid meaning either "swift, rapid" or "battle, combat, fight".
STRIGL German
Name given in 1056 a.d. Meaning- Keeper of the Royal Horses.
STRIJBIS Dutch
It means noble and kind hearted. Someone with the last name Strijbis is usually someone who frequently does good deeds.
STRINDBERG Swedish
Likely a combination of Strinne, the name of a village in Multrå parish, Ångermanland, Sweden, and berg "mountain". A well known bearer of this name was Swedish playwright and novelist August Strindberg (1849-1912).
STROGANOV Russian
Meaning uncertain. This was the name of a wealthy Russian family of merchants (later aristocrats), probably of Tatar origin.
STROH English, German
Means "straw" when translated from German, indicating a thin man, a person with straw-colored hair, or a dealer of straw.
STROJNOWSKI Polish
This indicates familial origin within the Lesser Polish village of Strojnów.
STROJNY Polish
A nickname for a dandy; Elegant and Well-Dressed.
STRÖM Swedish
Means "stream" in Swedish.
STRØM Norwegian, Danish
Means "stream" in Norwegian and Danish. ... [more]
STRÖMBERG Swedish
Swedish ornamental name. A combination of ström "stream" and berg "mountain".
STRONG English
From Middle English strong, strang "strong", generally a nickname for a strong man but perhaps sometimes applied ironically to a weakling.... [more]
STRUBEL German
German (also Strübel): from a diminutive of Middle High German strūp (see Strub).... [more]
STRYCKER Dutch
From Dutch de Strycker, an occupational name for someone responsible for measuring out cloth or grain. See also Stryker.
STRYJEWSKI Polish
Habitational name for someone from a place called Stryjów in Zamość voivodeship, named with stryj meaning "paternal uncle", "father’s brother".
STRYKER Dutch
From Dutch Strijker, an occupational name for someone whose job was to fill level measures of grain by passing a flat stick over the brim of the measure, thus removing any heaped excess. Also, possibly an altered spelling of English Striker, or even an Americanized spelling of German Streicher... [more]
STRZALIŃSKI Polish
This indicates familial origin within the Greater Polish village of Strzaliny.
STRZEPEK Polish
Means “rags”. (Rags worn by poor people.)
STUCKEY English
Stuckey was first found in Devonshire where they held family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence diminished after the battle of Hastings in 1066. For the next three centuries the Norman ambience prevailed... [more]
STUEN Norwegian
Means Living Room or cabin in Norwegian.
STUHR German, Danish, German (Austrian)
A nickname for an inflexible, obstinate person.
STUKELEY English
From a surname meaning "woodland clearing with tree stumps" in Old English.
STUKELY English
Possibly meaning "stucco" or "stuck".
STUNGEVIČIUS Lithuanian
The oldest currently known use of the surname in history was for a Polish-Lithuanian noble Kazimieras Stungevičius who lived circa 1667 within the village of Stungaičiai in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth... [more]
STUNGIEWICZ Polish
The Stungiewicz family name is recorded in history as heraldically adopted into the Polish heraldic clan Pobog. The Pobog clan was a participant in the Union of Horodlo in the year 1413 between Polish and Lithuanian interests.... [more]
STURE Old Swedish, Swedish (Rare)
Derived from Old Norse stura "to be contrary". This was the surname of two important families in the 15th and 16th century Sweden. Members of these families served as regents of Sweden during this time... [more]
STURGESS English (British)
popular in 1680 in England.
STURTZ German
Sturtz comes from an alpine village in Germany. It literately means "to stumble".
STUYVESANT Dutch
Dutch surname of unknown meaning. ... [more]
STYLINSON English (British)
Juxtaposed names Styles and Tomlinson, used to represent (relation)ship between Louis Tomlinson and Harry Styles (Larry Stylinson).
SUAZO Spanish, Spanish (Latin American), Basque
"Castilianized form of Basque Zuhatzu, habitational name from places in Araba and Navarre named Zuhatzu, from Basquezu(h)aitz‘tree’ + the collective suffix -zu, tsu."... [more]
SUBBIAH Indian
Tamil Last Name
SUBELZA Medieval Basque (Latinized, Archaic)
It means bushes weed or shrub tree. Subelza is also Oak or Carrasca tree.
SUBRAMANIAN Indian
A Hindu name, based on Sanskrit subrahmaṅya "dear to Brahmans".
SUCHWANI Sanskrit
Suchwani means "decendent of Suchu", where the given name Suchu means "truthful".
SUCKLING English
From a medieval nickname for someone of childlike appearance or childish character (from Middle English suckling "infant still feeding on its mother's milk"). Sir John Suckling (1609-1642) was an English poet and dramatist.
SUENO Japanese
This surname is used as either 末延 or 末野 with 末 (batsu, matsu, sue) meaning "close, end, posterity, powder, tip", 延 (en, no.basu, no.biru, no.be, no.beru) meaning "prolong, stretching" and 野 (sho, ya, no, no-) meaning "civilian life, field, plains, rustic."... [more]
SUEOKA Japanese
From the Japanese 末 (sue) "end" and 岡 (oka) "hill."
SUGA Japanese
From the Japanese 須 (su) "necessarily" and 賀 (ga or ka) "congratulation."
SUGANO Japanese
From the Japanese 菅 (suga or kan) "sedge" and 野 (no) "field," "area." This name can also be read as Kanno.
SUGAR German (Rare)
Sugar is the surname of talented storyteller, writer, and composer Rebecca Rae Sugar (creator of animated series Steven Universe).