Submitted Surnames Starting with Z

Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
Zaalishvili Georgian
Means "son of Zaal".
Žaba Belarusian
Belarusian Latin spelling of Zhaba.
Zabaleta Basque
This indicates familial origin within either of 2 eponymous localities: the vicinity of the tower house in the Navarrese municipality of Lesaka or the neighborhood of the municipality of Nabarniz.
Žabek Croatian
From žaba, meaning "frog".
Zabel German
The surname has multiple meanings. It may come from a Slavic given name, or the High German word zabel, meaning "board game" - given, perhaps, as a nickname to those who played many board games.
Zabka German
From Polish zaba meaning "frog", of Slavic origin.
Zacatenco Spanish (Mexican)
One who came from Zacatecas.
Záček Czech
Žáček means "small school boy" in Czech. A famous bearer is Chicagoan writer Dennis Začek.
Zachar Jewish, Hungarian, Russian, Slovak, Belarusian
Derived from the Hebrew word זָכַר (zakhar) meaning "to remember". As a surname it can also derive from the given name Zakhar (Zechariah) that shares this etymology.
Zachariah English
From the given name Zachariah
Zachary English
A reference to Sacheverell, a location in Normandy. May also refer to the given name Zacharias, meaning "to remember God," or "the Lord recalled."
Zacher English
A reference to Sacheverell, a location in Normandy. May also refer to the given name Zacharias, meaning "to remember God," or "the Lord recalled."
Zachos Greek
A shortened version of Zacharias.
Zachow German
Meaning unknown. A notable bearer of this name is Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow, a organist, musician, and composer who lived from 1663 to 1712. Zachow, Wisconsin is an unincorporated community named after a local landowner, William Zachow.
Zachry English
A reference to Sacheverell, a location in Normandy. May also refer to the given name Zacharias, meaning "to remember God," or "the Lord recalled."
Zackert English, German
An Americanization of the German surnames Zacher and Zachert. It comes from a vernacular form of the personal name Zacharias.
Zackowski English (American)
Americanized version of the surname Zakowski
Zada Pashto
Derived from Persian زاده (zadeh) meaning "offspring".
Zadeh Persian
From Persian زاده (-zâde) meaning "offspring (of)", also often used as a suffix for patronymic-based Persian surnames.
Zadran Pashto
Meaning unknown. This is the name of a Pashtun tribe inhabiting Afghanistan and Waziristan (Pakistan).
Zadravec Croatian, Slovene
Denotes a person living near the Drava river.
Zadzisai Shona
Zadzisai means "you must fulfil - a pledge or promise". The name is given as a reminder to fulfil a pledge or promise.
Zændžiaty Ossetian
From the Persian word zangi meaning "Dark Skinned". Zangiev and Zangief are variants.
Zaewa Russian
meaning unknown. female form of ZAEW
Zafar Urdu, Bengali, Persian
From the given name Zafar.
Zafari Persian
From the given name Zafar.
Zafeiriou Greek
Means "son of Zafeiris".
Žagar Slovene
Means "sawyer", from žaga ''saw''.
Žagars Latvian
Means "stick".
Zager German
habitational name from ZAGER, a place near Wollin
Zaghloul Arabic (Egyptian)
Means "squab, young dove" in Egyptian Arabic.
Zago Italian
Probably from Venetian zago "alter boy", or someone preparing to become a priest. Alternately, may derive from a toponym, such as Massanzago, Lorenzago, Cazzago, Vanzago, or Sozzago.
Zagórowski Polish
This indicates familial origin within either the Lesser Polish village of Zagórowa or the Greater Polish town of Zagórów.
Zagurski Polish
Derived from the Polish places Zagórz and Zagórze. Also given to those who lived on the side of a hill opposite a main settlement - za means "beyond" and góra means "hill".
Zaharia Romanian
From the given name Zaharia.
Zaharieva Bulgarian
Feminine form of Zahariev.
Zahavi Hebrew, Jewish
From Hebrew זהב (zahav) meaning "gold", commonly used as a replacement for Ashkenazi surnames containing the element gold, such as Goldman, Goldstein or Goldberg.
Zahedi Persian
From the given name Zahid.
Zaheed Bengali, Urdu
Alternate transcription of Zahid.
Zaheer Arabic, Urdu
Variant transcription of Zahir.
Zaher Arabic (Egyptian)
From the given name Zaher.
Zahi Arabic
From the given name Zahi.
Zahid Arabic, Urdu, Bengali
From the given name Zahid.
Zahir Arabic, Urdu, Persian, Bengali
From the given name Zahir.
Zahiri Persian, Arabic
From the given name Zahir.
Zahirović Bosnian
Means "son of Zahir".
Zahm Medieval German
Zahm is a nickname from Middle High German Zam meaning "tame".
Zahn German
Zahn was a nickname given to a person with a peculiar tooth or a strange or defective set of teeth. It comes from the Middle High German Zan(t), which means "tooth".
Zähne German
The German surname Zähne is derived from the Middle High German word "zan," which means "tooth." It is believed that the surname takes its origin from a nickname, most likely bestowed on the original bearer due to either a prominent tooth or a missing tooth.
Zahner German
Name given to people who lived in Zahna, near Wittenberg.
Zahniser German
Alteration of German Zahneisen and/or Zahnhäuser and/or Zahneiser... [more]
Zahornacky South Slavic (Americanized, Modern, Rare)
Zahornacky is the americanized version of name Zahornitski, meaning “The people from over the mountain”. The name has roots in Czechoslovakian and Polish decent.
Zahra Maltese, Arabic, Persian, Urdu, Bengali
From the given name Zahra.
Zahrani Arabic
From the Arabic زهراني (zahran) meaning "flowering, blossoming"; ultimately from زَهْرَة (zahra) meaning "flower, blossom" (see Zahrah)... [more]
Zahraoui Arabic (Maghrebi)
Means "related to Zahra" in Arabic (chiefly Moroccan and Algerian).
Zähring German, German (East Prussian)
referred to a person from a place called Zehring. Also could refer to a person connected to the Zähringer dynasty that ruled in Southwestern Germany in the 17th century.
Zaib Urdu
From the given name Zaib.
Zaicikas Lithuanian
Could mean "rabbit"
Zaid Arabic
From the given name Zaid.
Zaidan Arabic
Derived from the given name Zaydan.
Zaïdi Arabic (Maghrebi)
Alternate transcription of Zaidi chiefly used in the Maghreb and influenced by French orthography.
Zaidi Arabic, Urdu
From the given name Zaid.
Žáik Slovak
Slovak form of Zak.
Zaim Turkish
Zaim may be a representation of the male Arabic given name Za'im / Zaeim (Arabic: ضعیم / زاعِم/ زاعيم‎), meaning leader, chief. Correspondingly al-Za'im (Arabic: الزعيم‎) means "the leader".
Zaimoğlu Turkish
Means "son of Zaim".
Zain Arabic
From the given name Zayn.
Zaitsev Russian
From zaits, meaning "hare".
Zajączkowski Polish
A habitational name that was given to someone from any of the various places named Zajączki, Zajączkowo, or Zajączków (which were named for 'zajączek', a diminutive of the Polish word 'zając', meaning ‘hare’.)
Zajc Slovene
From zajec, meaning "hare".
Žák Czech
Czech form of Zak.
Zak Polish
A nickname given to youthful or studious people. Comes from the Polish zak, meaning "student" or "schoolboy". It originally meant "novice" or "candidate for the priesthood", and so in some cases it is perhaps a nickname for someone who had been destined for holy orders.
Zakareishvili Georgian
Meaning unknown.
Zakaria Arabic, Bengali
From the given name Zakariyya.
Zakarian Armenian
Alternate transcription of Zakaryan.
Zakariya Arabic
Arabic surname derived from the name of the prophet Zechariah.
Zakariyya Dhivehi, Arabic
From the given name Zakariyya.
Zakaryan Armenian
Means "son of Zakar".
Zaken Hebrew
Means "old man" in Hebrew.
Zakhaev Russian
Russian surname, likely a derivative of the given name Zakhey combined with the Russian suffix "-ev" ("of"), therefore meaning "of Zakhey."... [more]
Zakharian Armenian (Ukrainianized), Russian (Ukrainianized), Ukrainian
Ukrainian form of the Armenian & Russian surname Zakharyan.
Zakharov Russian
Means "son of Zakhar".
Zakharova Russian
Feminine form of Zakharov.
Zakharyan Armenian, Russian
Means "son of Zakhar" with the Armenian suffix yan.
Zaki Arabic
From the given name Zaki.
Zakir Arabic, Urdu, Bengali
From the given name Zakir.
Zaķis Latvian
Means "hare".
Zakowski Polish
a Polish surname which is most frequent in the cities of Warszawa, Płońsk and Bydgoszcz in central Poland and is also to be found as Zakowski among the Polish diaspora.
Zakrisson Swedish
Means "son of Zakris" in Swedish.
Zaky Arabic (Egyptian)
Alternate transcription of Zaki chiefly used in Egypt.
Zalbidea Basque
This indicates familial origin within either of 2 eponymous localities: the commune in the French canton of Bidaxunerria, Amikuze eta Oztibarre or the neighborhood of the municipality of Urduliz in the Spanish comarca of Uribe Kosta.
Zaldibar Basque
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous municipality in the comarca of Durangaldea. It’s Castilianized form is Zaldívar.
Zaldívar Basque, Spanish
Derived from Basque zaldi meaning "horse" combined with ibar meaning "valley". This is also the name of a town in Biscay, Spain.
Zale English, Polish (Anglicized)
Possibly from a Polish surname, the meaning of which is uncertain (it may have been a variant of the surname Zalas which originally indicated one who lived "on the other side of the wood", from za "beyond" and las "forest").
Zalick English
Comes from the Greek surname Tsalikis.
Zalilov Tatar, Bashkir, Uzbek, Tajik
Variant transcription of Zhalilov.
Zalinsky Polish (Anglicized)
Americanized form of Zielinski, variant of Zielinsky.
Zalmai Afghan, Pashto
From the Pashto given name Zalmai.
Zalman Yiddish
From the given name Zalman, a Yiddish diminutive of Solomon.
Zalusky Ukrainian
Derives from the Slavic word zalew, meaning "bay" or "flooded area". Given to families who lived near water or areas that flooded often.
Zamani Persian
From the given name Zaman.
Zamanian Persian
From the given name Zaman.
Zamarripa Basque
Habitational name of the city and province of Zamora, which is located on the Duero in northwest Spain. Because of its strategic position, the city was disputed during the Middle Ages, first between the Christians and Moors, then between the kingdoms of Leon and Castille.
Zamboni Italian
Italian: from the personal name Zamboni, a northeastern variant of Giambono, composed of a reduced form of Gianni (from Giovanni) + Bono or buono ‘good’.
Zamfir Romanian
From zamfir, a variant of the Slavonic word samfir or safir meaning "sapphire".
Zamfirescu Romanian
Means "son of Zamfir" in Romanian.
Zamloch German (Austrian)
Altered, likely Americanized or Germanized, version of the Czech surname Zemlicka. Zemlicka derives from žemle, meaning "bread roll," and was a name given to bakers.... [more]
Żammit Maltese
Maltese form of the Sicilian name Zammito.
Zammit Berber, Northern African
Tunisian Berber name of unknown meaning.
Zamonte Filipino (Rare, ?)
Possibly a variant of Samonte.
Zamora Spanish
Comes from the ancient city of Zamora in Northwest Spain. It means "wild olives."
Zamudio Basque
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous municipality.
Zanamwe Southern African
Zimbabwean Surname, originally from the Chivi area, shona speaking people of the Shumba(lion) totem originate from the Masvingo province, Mwenezi, Chitanga,Chikombedzi, Boli Chibwedziva. Some migrated to the Mashonaland East province Mhondoro area and assumed the Moyo(heart) totem
Zañartu Basque
It indicates familial origin within the eponymous rural district in the municipality of Oñati.
Zanbrana Basque
It indicates familial origin within the eponymous municipality.
Zanda Italian
From Sardinian zanda "field poppy".
Zandegiacomo Italian
Zandegiacomo's migrated to America and changed the name to Zandi.
Zandvoort Dutch
built on ancient words that mean "Sand-Ford, -Crossing" (also the name of a Village, -Municipality & -Beach Resort in North Holland (Netherlands), a Hamlet in Lingewaard, Gelderland (Netherlands), and a Neighborhood of Baarn, Utrect (Netherlands)).... [more]
Zane English
Meaning unknown. It could be a Americanization of the German surname Zahn. Zane is also used as a given name.
Zangara Italian
Southern Italian: from a feminine form of Zangaro ( see Zangari ).
Zangiev Ossetian, Soviet, Russian, Popular Culture
The Russified Soviet and Modern Russian form of the Ossetian surname Зæнджиаты Zændžiaty A famous user of it is wrestler Victor Zangiev, himself the inspiration for Zangief of Street Fighter fame.
Zangoza Basque
It indicates familial origin within the eponymous Navarrese city.
Zani Italian
Comes from the personal name Z(u)an(n)i, a northeastern (Venetian) form of Gianni (from Giovanni, Italian equivalent of John). Zani or Zanni is a comic figure in the Commedia del’Arte, and the surname may be a nickname derived from this use, which is also the origin of the English word zany.
Zanini Italian
The surname Zanini or Zanin was given to the descendants of Giovanni (John). It originates from the diminutive of the Venetian variant of Zani, being Zanino.
Zanni Italian
From the first name Gianni, which derives from Giovanni, which is the Italian version of John, which means "the grace/mercy of the Lord." ... [more]
Zanotti Italian
Comes from a pet form of Zani.
Zanto German
Unknown origin and history.
Zaouche Berber, Northern African
Kabyle name of unknown meaning.
Zapanta Filipino, Tagalog, Hiligaynon
Of Hiligaynon origin and uncertain meaning.
Zapata Spanish
Occupational surname for a shoemaker, from Spanish zapato meaning "shoe". It can also be considered a habitational name for someone originally from any of the various locations in Spain called Zapata.
Zapato Spanish
Means "shoe" in Spanish.
Zapheiropoulos Greek
Meaning descendant of Zapheiris, the name Zapheiris is translated to sapphire.
Zappone Italian
Possibly from an augmentative form of Zappa.
Zarafshan Persian
Means "spreader of gold" in Persian, from زر (zar) meaning "gold" and افشان (afshan) meaning "spreader, scatterer".
Zaragoza Spanish, Aragonese
Name given to someone who was from the city Zaragoza in the Aragon region in Spain.
Zárate Spanish
Habitational surname meaning "entrance to the grove coppice".
Zarate Basque
Named after Zarate, a place in Araba province, Spain. Zarate comes from the Basque word zara, meaning "thicket".
Zarautz Basque
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous municipality.
Zárauz Basque (Hispanicized)
Castilianized form of Zarautz.
Zare Persian
Derived from Arabic زارع (zari') meaning "farmer".
Zarei Persian
Derived from Arabic زارع (zari') meaning "farmer".
Zaremba Polish
Name for a woodcutter, derived from Polish zarabac, meaning ''to hack or chop''.
Zargari Persian
Derived from Persian زرگر‎‎ (zargar) meaning "goldsmith", ultimately from زر (zar) "gold".
Zariņa Latvian
Feminine form of Zariņš.
Zarn Romansh
Derived from the given name Balthazar.
Zarta South American
Chiefly used in Colombia.
Zarubina Russian
Famous bearer: Olga Zarubina (Ольга Зарубина), Soviet/Russian singer. ... [more]
Zarvishenko Ukrainian
The surname Zarvishenko is the Ukrainian version of the Urdu name "Zarvish"
Zasimovič Belarusian
Means "son of Zasim".
Zaslavski Russian, Jewish
Variant transcription of Zaslavsky. A notable music producer ZEDD's real name is Anton Zaslavski.
Zaslavsky Russian, Jewish
Name for someone from the city of Iziaslav (or Zaslav) in Ukraine, derived from the given name Iziaslav.
Zatarain Basque
From the Biscayan and Gipuzkoan dialects of Basque; topographic surname meaning someone who lived or lives near a Shrub tree.
Zatz Jewish
Abbreviation of the Hebrew phrase Zera TSadikim "seed of the righteous", assumed in a spirit of pious respect for one’s ancestors.
Zaun German
From a topographical name from Middle High German zun "fence, hedge" the German cognitive to Anglo-Saxon tun.
Žaŭniarovič Belarusian
Derived from Belarusian жаўнер (žaŭnier) meaning "soldier (of the Polish army)", borrowed from Polish żołnierz via German Söldner.
Zavarzina Russian
Feminine form of Zavarzin.
Zavattari Italian, French, Spanish, Romanian
A derivation of the Old French word 'savate'... [more]
Žavbi Slovene
The surname is mostly tied to prefession but can also be based off of certain personality traits or profession. It comes from the word "žavba", ointment, cream.
Zavos Greek
Used for someone who has a weird character or is considered stupid, found as a surname in Greek, probably derives from the word ζαβολιά (zavolia)which means cheating.
Zay French
Frenchified form of German See.
Zayas Spanish, Caribbean
Derives from the Basque word 'zai', meaning watchman or guard.
Zayasu Japanese
From Japanese 座 (Za) meaning "squat; seat; cushion; gathering; sit" and 安 (Yasu) meaning "relax; cheap; low; quiet; rested; contented; peaceful".
Zaychik Russian, Jewish
Means "bunny" in Russian.
Zaydan Arabic
Derived from the given name Zaydan.
Zaydman Jewish
Russian variant of Seidman.
Zaytsev Russian, Ukrainian
From Russian заяц (zayats) or Ukrainian заєць (zaets) meaning "hare".
Zazai Pashto
Meaning uncertain.
Zazzara Italian
Ancient and very noble Lazio family, with residence in the city of Viterbo, known as Zazzara or Zazzera, of clear and ancestral virtue, which has spread over the centuries in various regions of Italy.
Zbären German (Swiss)
Zbären means "Bear hunter".
Zbirak Ukrainian (Rare), Polish (Rare)
Derived from the Polish 'zbierac' meaning to collect or gather
Zbornak American
Zbornak is a surname. A famous bearer is Dorothy Zbornak (Bea Arthur) from “The Golden Girls”.
Zdon Polish
Zdravković Serbian
Means "son of Zdravko".
Zdrojewski Polish
Habitational name for someone from any of several places called Zdroje or Zdrojewo, in particular in Bydgoszcz voivodeship, named with Polish zdroje meaning "springs","spa".
Zdunich Polish
Polish name of unknown meaning or origin. A notable bearer of this name is American actor/singer/artist/songwriter Terrance Zdunich.
Zeagler English (American)
Americanized spelling of German Ziegler.
Zeb Urdu
Derived from Persian زیب‎ (zib) meaning "ornament, adornment, beauty".
Zebrzydowski Polish
This indicates familial origin within the Lesser Polish village of Zebrzydowice.
Zebua Nias
Nias clan name possibly from a word meaning "biggest, largest".
Zec Croatian, Bosnian, Serbian, Slovene
Means ''rabbit''.
Zečević Serbian
Derived from zec, meaning ''rabbit''.
Zeches English
The surname Zeches was first found in Silesia, where the name was closely identified in early mediaeval times with the feudal society which would become prominent throughout European history. The name would later be associated with noble family with great influence, having many distinguished branches, and become noted for its involvement in social, economic and political affairs.
Zechman Jewish
Occupational name from Yiddish tsekh meaning "guild" or "craft corporation" and man "man".
Zedda Italian
Possibly from Sardinian zedda "cellar" or cedda "herd of animals", indicating someone who was an innkeeper or shepherd.
Zee Dutch
Reduced form of Dutch Van der Zee.
Zeeshan Urdu
Derived from the given name Zeeshan.
Ze'ev Hebrew
Means "wolf" in Hebrew.
Zeevi Hebrew
From the Hebrew given name Zev, meaning "wolf."
Zeferino Portuguese
From the given name Zeferino
Zeff Jewish
From the given name Zev.
Zegama Basque
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous municipality.
Zegarra Spanish (Latin American)
Possibly a Castilianized form of the Catalan Segarra.
Zeghlache Berber, Northern African
Kabyle surname of unknown meaning.
Zehner German
(chiefly Bavaria, Austria, Switzerland, and Württemberg): occupational name for an official responsible for collecting, on behalf of the lord of the manor, tithes of agricultural produce owed as rent.... [more]
Zehren German (Swiss)
From a prepositional phrase from Middle High German ze hērren, an occupational name for someone was in service of a lord.
Zeidan Arabic
Derived from the given name Zaydan.
Zeidane Western African
Mauritanian variant of Zidane.
Zeilinger German
Habitational name for someone from Zeiling in Bavaria.
Zeimet German, Luxembourgish
Western German and Luxembourgeois: probably a variant spelling of Zeimert, a variant of Zeumer, an occupational name for a harness maker, from an agent derivative of Middle High German zoum ‘bridle’.