Submitted Surnames Starting with V
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Vaaks is an Estonian surname meaning "elecampane" ("Inula helenium", also called "horse-heal" or "elfdock").
Vään is an Estonian surname meaning "climbing".
Vaane is an Estonian surname meaning "pious" and "devout".
Väär is an Estonian surname meaning "false" and "wrong".
Väärsi is an Estonian surname possibly derived from "vääris", meaning "costly", "noble" and "valuable".
Väät is an Estonian surname meaning "withe", "tendril" and "vine".
Vabamäe is an Estonian surname meaning "unoccupied/vacant hill/mountain".
Secondary surname, common among soldiers, which has been adopted as a principal surname; it means "Go with a merry heart".
VADELOV Ingush (Russified)
Russified form of an Ingush family name, which is from the name of an Ingush teip (clan) which is of disputed origin, possibly derived from Ingush да (da)
meaning "father", Arabic وَعْد (waʿd)
meaning "promise" (through Turkish vaat
), or from the hypothetical name Vadel
derived from Lezgin вад (vad)
meaning "five" (hypothetically given to the fifth-born child of a family).
VADER German (Rare)
From Middle Low German vader meaning ‘father’, ‘senior’; in the Middle Ages this was used a term of address for someone who was senior in rank or age.
Værnes is a village in the municipality of Stjørdal in Nord-Trøndelag county in Mid-Norway. The original spelling of the village's name was Vannes and it is a combination of var
"calm, quiet" and nes
Vaga is an Estonian surname meaning "devout" and "pious".
Occupational name for a wood- or stonecutter, or butcher, from vágni ‘to cut’.
VAGULA Estonian, Brazilian
Vagula is the name of a village and a lake in Võru Parish, Võru County in southern Estonia.
Vahemets is an Estonian surname meaning "middle/dividing forest".
Vahenõmm is an Estonian surname meaning "dividing/middle heath".
Vahesalu is an Estonian surname meaning "dividing/middle grove".
Vähi is an Estonian surname, derived from "vähim", meaning "smallest" or "lightest".
Vahi is an Estonian surname meaning "watch" or "guard"; derived from "vahimees", meaning "watchman".
Vähk is an Estonian surname meaning "crayfish".
Vahtra is an Estonian surname meaning "maple" (Aceraceae).
Vaik is an Estonian surname meaning both "quiet/still ("vaikus") and "resin/pitch", "tar".
Vaiksaar is an Estonian surname meaing "quiet/still ("vaikus") island ("saar")". May also come from "väike saar", meaning "little island".
Vaiksoo is an Estonian surname meaning "quiet/still swamp".
Vaikvee is an Estonian surname meaning "quiet/still water".
VAILLANCOURT French (Quebec)
Possibly a variant of Valencourt. This is the surname of a noble family who probably lived near Willencourt.
From a medieval nickname for a brave person (from Old French vaillant
Vain is an Estonian surname meaning "village common", or "village green".
Vaino is an Estonian surname, derived from the patronymic given name Vaino.
Vainumäe is an Estonian surname derived from "vainurästas", meaning "redwing blackbird" (Turdus iliacus) and "mäe", meaning ""hill".
Topographic name from väisä meaning either meaning "road" or "sign placed on the ice" + the common surname suffix -nen.
VAL Spanish, French
It means valley. It comes from Britain and then moved to Aragón (Spain).
Valcor come from the Oipientixian word "Selenur" meaning Dark and the Oipientian word "Mekur" meaning Powerless.... [more]
Habitational name from any of the places named Valderrama, as for example in Burgos province.
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous municipality.
Valdre is an Estonian surname possibly derived from the masculine given name "Valter", or relating to a "parish" or "borough" ("vald").
Topographic name for someone who lived in a valley, Middle English vale
(Old French val
, from Latin vallis
). The surname is now also common in Ireland, where it has been Gaelicized as de Bhál.
VALE Galician, Aragonese
Topographic name from val
"valley", or habitational name from any of the places named with this word.
From French origin, denoting someone who lives or comes from a valley.
VALEN English, Scottish
English and Scottish: from a medieval personal name, Latin Valentinus
, a derivative of Valens
(see also Valente
), which was never common in England, but is occasionally found from the end of the 12th century, probably as the result of French influence... [more]
Habitational name from places named Valenzuela in Córdoba and Ciudad Real. The place name is a diminutive of Valencia, literally "Little Valencia".
I think it is of Spanish Background possibly meaning 'Soldier' or 'Guard'. ... [more]
This indicates familial within the eponymous Riojan municipality.
Välja is an Estonian surname meaning "outside" and "afield".
Väljaots is an Estonian surname meaning "out/afield (of the) cusp/tip".
Väljas is an Estonian surname meaning "afield" or "out in the open".
Väljataga is an Estonian surname meaning "outside behind/at the back of".
Meaning unknown. Jean Valjean is the name of the ex-convict, mayor, and gaurdian of the child Cosette in Victor Hugo's 'Les Miserables'. (1862)
Välk is an Estonian surname meaning "lightning".
From the Finnish valkea
meaning "white", and pää
meaning "head" or "tip".
Vall is an Estonian surname meaning "wall" or "berm".
Means "person from Valence", southeastern France (probably "place of the brave").
VALLE Spanish, Filipino, Italian
Habitational name from any of the many places named with valle
"valley", or topographic name for someone who lived in a valley (Latin vallis
Topographic name for someone who lived in a valley, Middle English valeye
Probably an altered spelling of German Valee
, a fairly common surname of French origin denoting someone who lived in a valley. The name in Germany is also spelled Wallee
Combination of either Latin vallis
"valley" or Swedish vall
"wall, pasture, field of grass" and the commons surname suffix -in
VALMER Estonian (?)
Surname which is believed to have originated in Estonia, although its meaning is unknown.
"Valley of Morita" in Spanish, from Morita
(森田) (sēntián), "forest and farmland" in Chinese
VAN BEETHOVEN Flemish
Means "from the beet fields". A famous bearer of this name was German Clasical composer Ludwig Van Beethoven (1770-1827).
VAN BLANKENBERG Dutch, Belgian
Habitational name from any of various places so called, in particular in Hennef and Gelderland, or from Blankenberge in West Flanders, Belgium.
VAN DE MARK Dutch
Topographic name for someone who lived by a border or boundary, from Middle Dutch marke, merke meaning "boundary", "borderland".
VANDERBILT Dutch, German
Topographic name for someone living by a low hill, from Middle Low German bulte
"mound", "low hill".
VAN DER KOOI Dutch
name for someone from either of two places, De Kooi in South Holland or De Kooy in North Holland.
It derives from the Dutch surname Van der Leij/Ley. The surname arrived in Brazil by Kaspar Nieuwhoff Van Der Leij by 1630, a cavalry captain from the Dutch army.
VAN DER LEIJ Dutch
Derived from Dutch lei
meaning "slate" (effectively meaning "from the slate"), indicating that the original bearer of this name may have come from a place where slate was produced.
Topographic name for someone from a place rich in animal fodder, for example acorns.
VAN DER MERWE Dutch, South African
While the name is currently very common in South Africa, it originates in Holland, literally meaning "From the Merwe". The first van der Merwes hail from the Merwede river. The name went to South Africa with the Dutch settlers in 1652.
Means "of the bannner" meaning most likely indicates ancestry of high-ranking occupation.
Means, from the pool. It was a topographic name for someone who lived by a pool or pond, derived from the Dutch word POL. The name is also spelt POHL, POL, POLL, POLS, Van den POLL and POLMAN.
VAN DER STEEN Dutch, Belgian
Habitational name for someone from any of various minor places called Steen or Ten Stene (from steen meaning "stone"), for example in the Belgian provinces of East Flanders and Brabant.
VAN DER VELDE Dutch
Meaning "of the field" from Dutch van
- "The"- and veld
VAN DIJK Dutch
Van Dijk is a Dutch toponymic surname meaning "from (the) dike". With 56,441 people, it was the fifth most common name in the Netherlands in 2007 Abroad, people with this surname usually abandoned the ij digraph, resulting in names like Van Dyke and Van Dyk.
Topographic name for someone living near a dyke or levee. Dykes are common structures for keeping lands dry in the low lying Netherlands. ... [more]
VAN HAITSMA Dutch
Habitational name for someone from Haitsma, a place in Friesland.
VAN HEUTSZ Dutch
A bearer of this name is J.B. van Heutsz, also known as the Pacificator of Aceh, former governor general of the Dutch East Indies.
Vanik is an Estonian surname meaning "wreath" and "garland".
VAN KLEEF Dutch
Van meaning 'of' Kleef is a variant spelling of Kleve: a town in the Lower Rhine region of northwestern Germany near the Dutch border and the River Rhine.
VAN LOOK Dutch
Topographic name from look ‘enclosure’ or habitational name from a place named with this word.
Vann is an Estonian surname meaning "bath" and "tub".
Vannas is an Estonian surname derived from "vana", meaning "old".
VAN NIEKERK Afrikaans, Southern African
Topographic name for any of the various locations named Nieuwerkerk in The Netherlands or Nieuwerkerken in Belgium. The name itself means "of the new church" from Dutch van
meaning "of" combined with nieuw
meaning "new" and kerk
VAN ROOYEN Afrikaans
van Rooyen related to van Rooijen
, is an Afrikaans and Dutch toponymic surname. May be rooted from the Rhine area of the Netherlands, possibly having meant "from Rhine" originally. Now a fairly common surname through out South Africa after being brought to Southern Africa by Dutch settlers over the past 300 years, often with variations on spelling but said in the same or a similar way.
VAN TRISTAAN Dutch
From Julian Van Tristaan(1995-) professional footballer for Tottenham Hontspurs and Holland.
VAN ZANDT Dutch, Belgian
Habitational name for someone from any of the places called Zandt, in Gelderland, Friesland, South Holland, and Zeeland; or Zande in Belgium.
Varandi is an Estonian surname derived from "varandus", meaning "property" and "belongings".
Invented by Sverre Kristian (then) Olsen and his brother Willy Anfinn (also then) Olsen. They thought Olsen was boring, and invented the new Vargeid.
Värk is an Estonian surname meaning both "celebration" and "hootenanny", as well as "thing", "stuff", or a "job".
Hindu name, from Sanskrit varman
Variant of Farnell
. This form originated in southwestern England, where the change from F
arose from the voicing of F
that was characteristic of this area in Middle English.
VASA Old Swedish, Swedish (Archaic)
Swedish noble and former royal family. Possibly from vase
meaning "bundle" or "withy". The name is believed to be a reference to the family's coat of arms. The most notable member of the family was Gustav Eriksson Vasa (1496-1560), later known as Gustav I of Sweden (in modern times known exclusively as Gustav Vasa)... [more]
Status name denoting a serf, Middle English, Old French vass(e)
, from Late Latin vassus
, of Celtic origin. Compare Welsh gwas
"boy", Gaelic foss
Vasta is derived from the Italian word Vast. Vasta means wide in Italian. It is a common name in Italy preferably in Milan, Italy.
French, English, and Scottish habitational name from any of various places in northern France called Vaux, from the Old French plural of val
Means "son of the vizier", from the Arabic title وَزِير (wazīr)
denoting a minister or high-ranking official in an Islamic government.
VEA Spanish, Galician
Habitational name, principally from Vea in Soria province, but in some cases from any of four places with the same name in Pontevedra province, Galicia.
Habitational name from any of four farmsteads so named, from the plural of Old Norse viðr meaning "wood", "tree".
Italian (mainly Sicily): from vecchio ‘old’, ‘aged’, applied as a status name for the older or oldest son, or as a nickname, possibly for someone who was prematurely gray, bent, or wrinkled.
Habitational name from farmsteads named Ve, for example in Hordaland and Sogn, from Old Norse vé
Veel is an Estonian surname meaning "still", "again", and "heretofore".
Veenre is an Estonian surname derived from "veen", meaning "vein".
Veeorg is an Estonian surname meaning "water valley/gully".
Veere is an Estonian surname meaning "rolling" and "avalanche".
Veermäe is an Estonian surname meaning "border hill/mountain".
Veetõusme is an Estonian surname meaning "water (vee) surge (tõusma)".
Means "dealer in foodstuffs" (from Old French vivres
Veevo is an Estonian surname derived from "veevool", meaning "watercourse".
VELASCO Filipino, Spanish
From the medieval given name Velasco
formed with Basque bel
"raven" combined with the diminutive suffix -sco
. In some cases possibly a habitational name from any of various places in Logroño, Soria, and Seville provinces named Velasco.
Habitational name from any of various places in Andalusia called Vélez.
VELÍŠEK Czech, Italian, Croatian
Velliscig is an Italian surname with no small population base and spread almost exclusively in Friuli. The center of origin of this surname must be identified in the ancient Kingdom of Hungary - Bohemia between the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary.... [more]
Norwegian habitational name from any of several farmsteads, mainly in Hedmark, named with velte
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous municipality.
From the hybridization of Ben, meaning "son" in Arabic or Jewish, and Ega(s), a medieval given name of Visigothic origin.
From the baptismal name Benizelos
, which is already in existence since the 16th century in Athens. Uncertain etymology, most likely to be of Italian origin, (Bene + angelo, the good angel, ie Evangelos
Meaning 'small belly' from the Italian ventre (belly) and the diminutive suffix elli, meaning small or little.
Probably from a medieval nickname for a bold or slightly reckless person (from a reduced form of Middle English aventurous
"venturesome"). It was borne by British architect and scholar Michael Ventris (1922-1956), decipherer of the Mycenaean Greek Linear B script.
VENZOR Native American (?)
Perhaps from a native American language: commonly found in northern Mexico, alongside the variants Vensor, Benzor and Bensor, unexplained.
Habitational name for someone from any of the various locations in Spain named Vera
or La Vera
. The name itself is derived from the Spanish vera
meaning "shore, river bank".