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VAAKSEstonian
Vaaks is an Estonian surname meaning "elecampane" ("Inula helenium", also called "horse-heal" or "elfdock").
VÄÄNEstonian
Vään is an Estonian surname meaning "climbing".
VAANEEstonian
Vaane is an Estonian surname meaning "pious" and "devout".
VÄÄRSIEstonian
Väärsi is an Estonian surname possibly derived from "vääris", meaning "costly", "noble" and "valuable".
VÄÄRTEstonian
Väärt is an Estonian surname meaning "worth".
VÄÄRTNÕUEstonian
Väärtnõu is an Estonian surname meaning "advice worthy".
VABAMÄEEstonian
Vabamäe is an Estonian surname meaning "unoccupied/vacant hill/mountain".
VĂCĂRESCURomanian
From the Romanian word văcăr, meaning "cowherd".
VACCARINOItalian
From a diminutive of the occupational name Vaccaro meaning "cowherd".
VĀCIETISLatvian
Means "German (person)".
VÁCLAVÍKCzech, Slovak
Václavík is nickname for Slavic name Václav.
VADÁSZHungarian
Hungarian surname meaning "hunter".
VADEBONCOEURFrench
Secondary surname, common among soldiers, which has been adopted as a principal surname; it means "Go with a merry heart".
VADELOVIngush (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).
VADENEnglish, Swedish
Apparently of English origin, but of unexplained etymology. ... [more]
VADERGerman (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.
VÆRNESNorwegian
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 "headland"... [more]
VAGAEstonian
Vaga is an Estonian surname meaning "devout" and "pious".
VÁGÓHungarian
Occupational name for a wood- or stonecutter, or butcher, from vágni ‘to cut’.
VAGUEstonian
Vagu is an Estonian surname meaning "furrow".
VAGULAEstonian, Brazilian
Vagula is the name of a village and a lake in Võru Parish, Võru County in southern Estonia.
VAHEEstonian
Vahe is an Estonian surname meaning "middle".
VAHEREstonian
Vaher is an Estonian surname meaning "maple".
VÄHIEstonian
Vähi is an Estonian surname, derived from "vähim", meaning "smallest" or "lightest".
VAHIEstonian
Vahi is an Estonian surname meaning "watch" or "guard"; derived from "vahimees", meaning "watchman".
VAHTRAEstonian
Vahtra is an Estonian surname meaning "maple" (Aceraceae).
VAHTRAMÄEEstonian
Vahtramäe is an Estonian surname meaning "maple hill/mountain".
VAIKJÄRVEstonian
Vaikjärv is an Estonian surname meaning "resin/pitch lake".
VAIKSOOEstonian
Vaiksoo is an Estonian surname meaning "resin/pitch swamp".
VAILLANCOURTFrench (Quebec)
Possibly a variant of Valencourt. This is the surname of a noble family who probably lived near Willencourt.
VAILLANTFrench
From a medieval nickname for a brave person (from Old French vaillant "brave, sturdy").
VAINEstonian
Vain is an Estonian surname meaning "village common", or "village green".
VAINOEstonian
Vaino is an Estonian surname, derived from the patronymic given name Vaino.
VAINUMÄEEstonian
Vainumäe is an Estonian surname derived from "vainurästas", meaning "redwing blackbird" (Turdus iliacus) and "mäe", meaning ""hill".
VÄISÄNENFinnish
Topographic name from väisä meaning either meaning "road" or "sign placed on the ice" + the common surname suffix -nen.
VAITOVCrimean Tatar
Means "son of Vait".
VAKHAEVChechen
Means "son of Vakha".
VALSpanish, French
It means valley. It comes from Britain and then moved to Aragón (Spain).
VALADEZAsturian, Spanish, Mexican
Asturian-Leonese variant of Valdez.
VALARES?
Person of the East.
VALDERRAMASpanish
Habitational name from any of the places named Valderrama, as for example in Burgos province.
VALDÉSAsturian
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous municipality.
VALDOVIÑOGalician
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous municipality.
VALDREEstonian
Valdre is an Estonian surname possibly derived from the masculine given name "Valter", or relating to a "parish" or "borough" ("vald").
VALEEnglish
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.
VALEGalician, Aragonese
Topographic name from val "valley", or habitational name from any of the places named with this word.
VALEEGerman
From French origin, denoting someone who lives or comes from a valley.
VALENEnglish, 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]
VALENTEItalian, Galician, Portuguese
Italian, Galician, and Portuguese: nickname from valente ‘brave’, ‘valiant’.... [more]
VALENZUELASpanish
Habitational name from places named Valenzuela in Córdoba and Ciudad Real. The place name is a diminutive of Valencia, literally "Little Valencia".
VALEZSpanish
I think it is of Spanish Background possibly meaning 'Soldier' or 'Guard'. ... [more]
VALGAÑÓNSpanish
This indicates familial within the eponymous Riojan municipality.
VALGEEstonian
Valge is an Estonian surname meaning "white".
VALGEMÄEEstonian
Valgemäe is an Estonian surname meaning "white hill".
VALGEPEAEstonian
Valgepea is an Estonian surname meaning "white head".
VÄLIEstonian
Väli is an Estonian surname meaning "field".
VALIANTEnglish, Scottish, Irish
Derived from Old French vaillant meaning "heroic, courageous".
VALIENTESpanish
From a nickname based on valiente "brave".
VÄLJAEstonian
Välja is an Estonian surname meaning "outside" and "afield".
VÄLJAOTSEstonian
Väljaots is an Estonian surname meaning "out/afield (of the) cusp/tip".
VÄLJASEstonian
Väljas is an Estonian surname meaning "afield" or "out in the open".
VALJEANLiterature
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)
VÄLKEstonian
Välk is an Estonian surname meaning "lightning".
VALKEAPÄÄFinnish
From the Finnish valkea meaning "white", and pää meaning "head" or "tip".
VALLEstonian
Vall is an Estonian surname meaning "wall" or "berm".
VALLANCEEnglish
Means "person from Valence", southeastern France (probably "place of the brave").
VALLESpanish, 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).
VALLEYEnglish
Topographic name for someone who lived in a valley, Middle English valeye.
VALLIEGerman
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.
VALLIKIVIEstonian
Vallikivi is an Estonian surname meaning "wall stone".
VALLINSwedish
The suffix -in, derived from Latin -inus, -inius "descendant of", combined with either Latin vallis "valley" or Swedish vall "wall, pasture, field of grass".
VALMONTEnglish, French
Means "Hill of the vale"
VALMORIDAFilipino
"Valley of Morita" in Spanish, from Morita (森田) (sēntián), "forest and farmland" in Chinese
VALOFinnish
means "light" in finnish
VALOREItalian
Meaning - Value
VAMPYREnglish (American)
A gothic surname.
VANAGSLatvian
Means "hawk".
VANAJUUREstonian
Vanajuur is an Estonian surname meaning "old roots/origins".
VAN BEETHOVENFlemish
Means "from the beet fields". A famous bearer of this name was German Clasical composer Ludwig Van Beethoven (1770-1827).
VAN BLANKENBERGDutch, Belgian
Habitational name from any of various places so called, in particular in Hennef and Gelderland, or from Blankenberge in West Flanders, Belgium.
VAN DAMDutch
Van - meaning "from the" or "of the"... [more]
VAN DE MARKDutch
Topographic name for someone who lived by a border or boundary, from Middle Dutch marke, merke meaning "boundary", "borderland".
VAN DEN BERGDutch, Afrikaans, Flemish
Meaning "from the mountain".
VAN DEN BOSCHDutch
from the bush or woods
VAN DERDutch
van "from"... [more]
VANDERBILTDutch, German
Topographic name for someone living by a low hill, from Middle Low German bulte "mound", "low hill".
VAN DER KOLKDutch
'van der' means "of the" ... [more]
VAN DER KOOIDutch
name for someone from either of two places, De Kooi in South Holland or De Kooy in North Holland.
VANDERLEIBrazilian
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 LEIJDutch
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.
VANDERMASTDutch
Topographic name for someone from a place rich in animal fodder, for example acorns.
VAN DER MERWEDutch, 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.
VANDERPANDutch
Means "of the bannner" meaning most likely indicates ancestry of high-ranking occupation.
VANDERPOOLDutch
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 STEENDutch, 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 VELDEDutch
Meaning "of the field" from Dutch van -"Of"- der - "The"- and veld - "field".
VAN DIJKDutch
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.
VANDYKEDutch
Topographic name for someone living near a dyke or levee. Dykes are common structures for keeping lands dry in the low lying Netherlands. ... [more]
VANGHmong
Hmong clan name.
VANGARDEFrench
"(A soldier) in the leading edge of an army formation"
VAN HAITSMADutch
Habitational name for someone from Haitsma, a place in Friesland.
VAN HEUTSZDutch
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.
VANIKEstonian
Vanik is an Estonian surname meaning "wreath" and "garland".
VAN KELTPopular Culture
Used for a character from the 1992 film, School Ties, Rip Van Kelt.
VANKEREstonian
Vanker is an Estonian surname meaning "carriage".
VAN KLEEFDutch
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 KRIEKENDutch (Rare)
Means "cherry" in Dutch.
VAN LOOKDutch
Topographic name from look ‘enclosure’ or habitational name from a place named with this word.
VANNEstonian
Vann is an Estonian surname meaning "bath" and "tub".
VANNASEstonian
Vannas is an Estonian surname derived from "vana", meaning "old".
VAN NIEKERKAfrikaans, 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 meaning "church".
VANNIYANIndian
It denotes those belonging to the Palli caste.
VAN ROOYENAfrikaans
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.
VANSANTDutch
Derivative of Van Zant.
VAN SLINGERLANDDutch
Habitational name from a place so called in Overijssel.
VAN STAALDUINENDutch
Meaning "Of the Steal Dunes " in Dutch
VAN'T DODEPERSOONDutch
Means "of dead person"
VAN TRISTAANDutch
From Julian Van Tristaan(1995-) professional footballer for Tottenham Hontspurs and Holland.
VÂNTURomanian
Meaning unknown.
VAN WORMERDutch
Meaning someone from the city or area of Wormer, Holland
VAN ZANDTDutch, Belgian
Habitational name for someone from any of the places called Zandt, in Gelderland, Friesland, South Holland, and Zeeland; or Zande in Belgium.
VARAEVChechen
Chechen surname of unknown meaning.
VARANDIEstonian
Varandi is an Estonian surname derived from "varandus", meaning "property" and "belongings".
VARBLANEEstonian
Varblane is an Estonian surname meaning "sparrow".
VARDANIANArmenian (Expatriate)
Variant transcription of Vardanyan used by Armenians living outside Armenia.
VARDJASEstonian
Vardjas is an Estonian surname meaning "keeper".
VARESEstonian
Vares is Estonian surname meaning "crow".
VARGOHungarian
Comes from the surname Varga.
VÄRKEstonian
Värk is an Estonian surname meaning both "celebration" and "hootenanny", as well as "thing", "stuff", or a "job".
VARMAIndian
Hindu name, from Sanskrit varman "armor", "protection".
VARRAKEstonian
Varrak is an Estonian surname meaning "rich/wealthy".
VARSONOFYEVRussian (Rare)
Means "son of Varsonofy"; rarely used as a surname.
VARTANYANArmenian
Variant transcription of Vardanyan.
VASAOld 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]
VASAIOItalian
Italian for "potter."
VASAREstonian
Vasar is an Estonian surname meaning "hammer".
VASERSHTEYNYiddish
It literally means "water stone".
VASILAKISGreek
Patronymic meaning "son of Vasilis".
VASILIEVRussian
Variant transcription of Vasilyev.
VASILIJEVIĆSerbian
From the given name Vasilije.
VASILOVBulgarian, Russian
Meaning "son of Vasil" in Russian and "from Bulgaria" in Bulgarian.
VASKEstonian
Vask is an Estonian surname meaning "copper".
VAŠKOCzech, Slovak
Vaško is Moravian and Slovak pet form of name Václav.
VASSEnglish
Status name denoting a serf, Middle English, Old French vass(e), from Late Latin vassus, of Celtic origin. Compare Welsh gwas "boy", Gaelic foss "servant".
VASTAItalian
Vasta is derived from the Italian word Vast. Vasta means wide in Italian. It is a common name in Italy preferably in Milan, Italy.
VAUXFrench
French, English, and Scottish habitational name from any of various places in northern France called Vaux, from the Old French plural of val ‘valley’.
VAYSEBLUMYiddish
It literally means "white flower"
VƏZIROVAzerbaijani
Means "son of the vizier", from the Arabic title وَزِير (wazīr) denoting a minister or high-ranking official in an Islamic government.
VEASpanish, 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.
VEANorwegian
Habitational name from any of four farmsteads so named, from the plural of Old Norse viðr meaning "wood", "tree".
VECCHIItalian
Italian: patronymic or plural form of Vecchio, meaning "old".
VECCHIOSicilian
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.
VEČEŘACzech
Means "supper". Pronounced "veh-cze-zha".
VEENorwegian
Habitational name from farmsteads named Ve, for example in Hordaland and Sogn, from Old Norse "sacred place".
VEELEstonian
Veel is an Estonian surname meaning "still", "again", and "heretofore".
VEENREEstonian
Veenre is an Estonian surname derived from "veen", meaning "vein".
VEEREEstonian
Veere is an Estonian surname meaning "rolling" and "avalanche".
VEERMETSEstonian
Veermets is an Estonian surname meaning "berm forest".
VEERSGerman (Rare)
German variant of Weers.
VEESAAREstonian
Veesaar is an Estonian surname meaning "water island".
VEETAMMEstonian
Veetamm is an Estonian surname meaning "water oak".
VEETÕUSMEEstonian
Veetõusme is an Estonian surname meaning "water (vee) surge (tõusma)".
VEEVERSEnglish
Means "dealer in foodstuffs" (from Old French vivres "victuals").
VEEVOEstonian
Veevo is an Estonian surname derived from "veevool", meaning "watercourse".
VĒJONISLatvian
Derived from the word vējš meaning "wind".
VELAMAIndian, Telugu
It is a Telugu name, denoting mainly agricultural laborers.
VELASCOSpanish
From the medieval given name Velasco or Belasco 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.
VÉLEZSpanish
Patronymic from the personal name VELA.
VÉLEZSpanish
Habitational name from any of various places in Andalusia called Vélez.
VELÊZPortuguese
Possibly a habitational name from Vellés in Salamanca.
VELIKOVBulgarian
Means "son of Veliko".
VELÍŠEKCzech, 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]
VELLAMaltese, Italian
Derived from Italian bella meaning "beautiful".
VELLALAIndian, Tamil
It is a Tamil name, denoting agricultural laborers.
VELLALANIndian, Tamil
Alternate spelling of Vellala.
VELTEGerman
German variant of Velten.
VELTENDutch, German
Dutch and German from a vernacular form of the personal name Valentin (see Valentine).
VELTENNorwegian
Norwegian habitational name from any of several farmsteads, mainly in Hedmark, named with velte ‘log pile’.
VENDRELLCatalan
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous municipality.
VENEGASSpanish
From the hybridization of Ben, meaning "son" in Arabic or Jewish, and Ega(s), a medieval given name of Visigothic origin.
VENEMADutch
Linked to 'veen' or bog. Of the bog.
VENGEROVUkrainian, Russian
Ukrainian and Russian surname derived from the word венгр (vengr) meaning "Hungarian".
VENKATESHIndian, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada
Means "lord of Venkata", from Venkata, the name of a hill in southern India (see Venkata), combined with Sanskrit ईश (īśa) meaning "lord, master, husband" (see Isha).
VENTRELLIItalian
Meaning 'small belly' from the Italian ventre (belly) and the diminutive suffix elli, meaning small or little.
VENTRISEnglish
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.
VENZORNative American (?)
Perhaps from a native American language: commonly found in northern Mexico, alongside the variants Vensor, Benzor and Bensor, unexplained.
VERASpanish
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".
VERALEnglish
Meaning:stubborn,aggressive,mathamatician smart
VERBEEKDutch
Contracted form of Van Der Beek.
VERCETTIItalian
Is a Italian surname that is derived from the Italian surname "Verratti".
VERDESpanish, Italian, Portuguese
From Spanish verde "green" (Latin viridis), presumably a nickname for someone who habitually dressed in this color or had green eyes, etc. This is also a common element of place names.
VERDEJOSpanish
Habitational name from any of the places so called.
VERDIItalian
The Italian word for "green".
VERDIERFrench, Norman, English
Occupational name for a forester. Derived from Old French verdier (from Late Latin viridarius, a derivative of viridis "green"). Also an occupational name for someone working in a garden or orchard, or a topographic name for someone living near one... [more]
VERDONFrench
Habitational name from a place so named, for example in Dordogne, Gironde, and Marne.
VERGANFrench (Huguenot)
Family history states that original name was "du Vergau" French Huguenot chased from France to Germany.
VERKHOTUROVRussian (Modern, Rare)
Arrived from Verkhoturye (city in the Urals, on the river Tura)
VERMILIONScottish
From the name of the bright red color that is halfway betweed red and orange.
VERNEFrench, English
As a French surname refers to someone who lived where alder trees grew. While the English version can mean someone who lived where ferns grew, Verne can also mean a seller of ferns which in medieval times were used in bedding, as floor coverings and as animal feed.
VERNEYEnglish, French
The surname Verney was first found in Buckinghamshire, England, when they arrived from Vernai, a parish in the arrondissement of Bayeux in Normandy.
VERNIERFrench
Surname for a person who lived near an alder tree. Also a variant of Garnier and Varnier and the eastern French form of Warner.
VERRALLEnglish
An uncommon Anglo-Saxon surname.
VERRANCornish
Perhaps means "person from Treverran", Cornwall (from Cornish tre "farmstead" with an unknown second element), or "person from Veryan", Cornwall ("church of St Symphorian").
VERRETFrench
From the French word verre, meaning "glass." Possibly denoting someone who worked with glass.
VERRILLEnglish
This is an uncommon Anglo-Saxon surname.
VERRONEItalian
Italian: probably a nickname from an augmentative form of verro ‘boar’.
VERWEYDutch, Afrikaans, South African
Contracted form of van der Weij meaning "from the meadow".
VERYARDMedieval Spanish (Rare)
Rumour has it that the surname De-Veryard represented a Spanish occupation, but unclear what that might be - have never been able to establish the origin.
VESEYAmerican
Famous bearer is Denmark Vesey (1767-1822).
VESIEstonian
Vesi is an Estonian surname, meaning "water".