Submitted Surnames from Occupations

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Aamissepp Estonian
Aamissepp is an Estonian surname meaning "cooper". From "aam" (genitive: "aami", partitive "aami" meaning a "big barrel" and "sepp", meaning "smith".)
Abad Judeo-Spanish
Nickname from abad ‘priest’ (from Late Latin abbas ‘priest’, genitive abbatis, from the Aramaic word meaning ‘father’). The application is uncertain: it could be a nickname, an occupational name for the servant of a priest, or denote an (illegitimate) son of a priest.
Abagnale Italian
Either an occupational name for a shepherd or a person who lived near a sheepfold (derived from Italian abbagnale meaning "good shepherd, good sheepfold"), or a topographic name for someone who lived in a wet or swampy area (from abagnato meaning "drenched, soaked")... [more]
Abajian Armenian
The surname Abjian is a patronymic from Turkish abacι‎ ‘maker or seller of coarse woolen cloth or garments’, from aba ‘coarse woolen cloth’.
Abbett English
Variant of Abbott.
Abelleira Galician
Means "beehive, apiary" in Galician, either used as an occupational name for a beekeeper or a habitational name for someone from any of various places in Galicia called Abelleira (derived from the same word).
Abhorson English
English surname meaning "executioner"
Abitbol Judeo-Spanish
Means "father of drums" (figuratively referring to a drum maker) from Arabic أَبُو (abū) meaning "father" and طَبْل (ṭabl) meaning "drum".
Ablett English
Possibly a variant of Abbott
Abravanel Hebrew, Jewish
From Ab, meaning ‘father’, Rabban, meaning ‘priest’, and El, meaning ‘of God’.
Accola Romansh
Derived from Medieval Latin accola "tenant; farmer", ultimately from Classical Latin accola "one who lives near a place; a neighbor".
Acero Spanish
From acero "steel, steelworker" (from Late Latin aciarium), an occupational name for a metal worker or an armorer.
Aceto Italian
Variant of Accetto.
Acharya Indian, Odia, Bengali, Marathi, Nepali
Derived from Sanskrit आचार्य (acharya) meaning "teacher, instructor".
Acothley Navajo
Acothley means "cowboy".
Ader Estonian
Ader is an Estonian surname meaning "plow".
Adipietro Italian
meaning "to tell Peter"; "to appear before Peter"... [more]
Adītājs Latvian (Rare)
Means "the knitter" in Latvian.
Adorno Italian
Southern Italian: from the personal name Adorno, meaning ‘adorned’.... [more]
Agatep Filipino, Ilocano
Means "thatcher, roof maker" in Ilocano.
Agatsuma Japanese (Rare)
From 上 (aga) meaning "upper, top, above" and 妻 (tsuma) meaning "wife, spouse".... [more]
Agbeko Western African, Ewe
From Ewe meaning "chief of the family line of the Beko people".
Agras Galician
Occupational name for a vintner in Coruña, Spain.
Agraz Galician (Hispanicized)
Hispanicized form of Agras.
Agualo Chamorro
Chamoru for "pertaining to farming"
Aguraiuja Estonian
Aguraiuja is an Estonian surname meaning "dawn/daybreak hewer".
Aidla Estonian
Aidla is an Estonian surname meaning "store/goods area".
Aigner German (Austrian)
German: from an agent derivative of Middle High German aigen ‘own’ a status name originally denoting a landowner who held his land outright rather than by rent or feudal obligation. In the Middle Ages this was sufficiently rare to be worthy of remark and was normally a special privilege granted in recognition of some exceptional service... [more]
Ajala Edo
Means "chief of the horses".
Ajari Japanese (Rare)
Variant reading of Azeri.
Ajiyari Japanese (Rare)
Variant reading of Azeri.
Akinnuoye Western African, Yoruba
Means "chief warrior" in Yoruba. A famous bearer is English actor Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (1967-).
Al-attar Arabic
Means "the perfumer, the druggist" from Arabic عَطَّار (ʿaṭṭār) "perfumer, druggist, pharmacist".
Albritton English
An occupational name for a nutritionist.
Alcaide Spanish, Portuguese
Ancient occupational or status name from alcaide from Arabic al-qāʾid "the leader, the commander" (see Kaid)... [more]
Alcalde Spanish
Spanish: from alcalde 'mayor' from Arabic al-qāḍī 'the judge' a title dating from the days of Moorish rule in Spain.
Aleghieri Medieval Italian (Tuscan, Rare, Archaic)
It has a hard to trace meaning, but the research shows that the meaning might be "clurgyman's family" or "son of professers." People know this last name for the poet Dante Aligheri who wrote the Dievine Comedy.
Alemdar Turkish
Occupational name for a carrier of flags, banners or ensigns, from Turkish alem meaning "banner, flag".
Alfieri Italian
From Italian alfiere "standard-bearer, ensign", ultimately from Arabic فارس (al-faris) "horseman, rider; knight, cavalier". May alternately derive from the Germanic given name Adalfarus, meaning "noble journey".
Al-haddad Arabic
Meaning “The Smith”
Alhadeff Judeo-Spanish
Possibly an occupational name for a weaver from Arabic الهداف (al-̣haddāf) meaning "the weaver's shuttle". Alternately, it may be from Arabic الهدى (al-hadā) meaning "the guided one".
Alifieris Greek
From Italian alfiere "standard-bearer, ensign" cognate to the Italian surname Alfieri.
Al Khatib Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic الخطيب (see Al-khatib).
Alkhatib Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic الخطيب (see Al-khatib).
Almira Spanish, Spanish (Philippines)
Occupational surname meaning "admiral", referring to the highest rank in the navy, derived from the Spanish almirante meaning "admiral"
Al Mokaddem Arabic
History: Descendants of the blessed Fatima the daughter of prophet Mohammed in the Arabian Peninsula.... [more]
Al Najjar Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic النجار (see Al-najjar).
Alnajjar Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic النجار (see Al-najjar).
Al Qatrani Arabic
A tarrer, from 'qatrani' (tar). Most common in Yemen and Libya.... [more]
Alsaggaf Arabic
Alternate transcription of Al Saqqaf.
Alsagoff Arabic
Variant of Al Saqqaf primarily used in Southeast Asia. This is the name of a prominent Arab family in Singapore.
Al Saqqaf Arabic
Means "the roofer" from Arabic سقف (saqf) meaning "ceiling, roof".
Al-Saqqaf Arabic
Alternate transcription of Al Saqqaf.
Al-shair Arabic
Means "the poet" in Arabic, derived from شاعر (sha'ir) meaning "poet, bard".
Altbauer German (Austrian)
“Old farmer” from the root Bauer meaning “farmer” in German
Altmeyer German
Status name for an older steward, headman, or tenant farmer, as distinguished from a younger one, from Middle High German alt ‘old’ + meier ‘steward’, ‘headman’, ‘tenant farmer’
Amatayagul Thai (Rare)
Variant transcription of อมาตยกุล (see Amatayakun).
Amatayakul Thai (Sanskritized, Rare)
Sanskritized transcription of อมาตยกุล (see Amatayakun).
Amatayakun Thai (Rare)
Means "government officer clan", from Thai อมาตย (amataya-) meaning "government official; public officer; bureaucrat" and กุล (kun), a transcription of Pali kula meaning "clan".
Ambur Estonian
Ambur is an Estonian surname meaning "arbalist (crossbowman)"
Amigasaya Japanese (Rare)
From Japanese 編笠屋 (Amigasaya) meaning "Amigasa Store", from 編笠 (amigasa) meaning "braided hats", referring to a store that sells braided hats.
Ammann Upper German, German (Swiss)
Alemannic form of Amtmann "official". Ultimately derived from Middle High German ambet man "retinue man; retainer", this word came to denote various kinds of administrator including a tax farmer.
Ammazzalorso Italian
From the profession of bear hunter, meaning literally "slaughter the bear".
Amouzgar Persian
Means "teacher" in Persian.
Amsler German (Swiss)
Derived from German Amsel "(European) blackbird", this was an occupational name for a fowler (bird catcher).
Amusan Japanese (Rare)
The Amusan Clan (秋道一族, Amusan Ichizoku) is a prominent clan in Kanazawa. Since its disbandment, most of its known members reside in Neuilly-sur-Seine ,Britain and Washington D.C.
Anabuki Japanese
穴 (Ana) means "hole, pit" and 吹 (buki) means "blow into".
Anbar Arabic
Means "amber" in Arabic (see English name Amber). Notable actress Nihal Anbar was born in 1960.
Andishmand Old Persian
ANDISHMAND (pronounced: AEN-DEESH-MAND, in the West D is silent), Origin Middle-Persian, means one who thinks (i.e. an intellectual). Given to people of Persian and non-Persian descent of diverse Persian or Central Asian ethnic and religious backgrounds (including Jews, Christians, Zoroastrians) based on a person's profession that requires thinking (technocrat, writer, poet, intellectual).
Angioni Italian
From Sardinian angioni "lamb", denoting a shepherd, or perhaps a nickname.
Anschütz German
Occupational name for someone whose job was to keep a dam or pool filled with water. (Anschützen "to fill up")
Aoun Arabic
Means "help, support" in Arabic (chiefly Lebanese). A notable bearer is Michel Aoun (1933-), the current president of Lebanon.
Apanecatl Nahuatl
Possibly related to Nahuatl apantli, "canal, channel, water ditch".
Apilado Spanish (Philippines)
Means "stack, pile up."
Apostolos Greek
Means "messenger, apostle" in Greek.
Apostolski Macedonian
Derived from apostol (апостол), meaning "apostle".
Appel German, Dutch, Jewish, Low German, Medieval Dutch, Yiddish
1. German: from the personal name Appel, a pet form of Apprecht (common especially in Thuringia and Franconia), itself a variant of Albrecht... [more]
Appelman Dutch
Occupational name from Middle Dutch apelmanger "apple seller".
Apple English
From Middle English appel meaning "apple" (Old English æppel). An occupational name for a grower or seller of apples.
Appler German
Variant of Eppler.
Arabacı Turkish
Occupational name for a driver, maker or seller of carts and wagons, from Turkish araba meaning "cart, carriage".
Arable Popular Culture
An occupational surname for people who are capable of being farmed productively. Also used in the novel Charlotte's Web (1952).
Aradhya Indian, Sanskrit
Means "one who worships god". Commonly seen in India, Karnataka and other parts of India like kashi. They wear holy thread (yagnopaveetha).
Arājs Latvian
Means "the ploughman".
Araldi Italian
Means “heralds” in Italian. Famous bearers include Italian painters Alessandro Araldi (c. 1460 – c. 1529) and Paolo Araldi (18th century – after 1820).
Aranyos Hungarian
Occupational name for a goldsmith.
Arbab Persian, Urdu
Means "lord, master" in Persian.
Arbabi Persian
Derived from Persian ارباب (arbab) meaning "lord, master".
Arbeiter German
Occupational name from Middle High German arbeiter ‘laborer’.
Arcaro Late Roman
Occupational name for a maker or seller of bows.
Arceri Italian
From Italian arciere "archer, bowman". May alternately be from a place name, such as Arcera.
Arcidiacono Italian
Means "archdeacon", denoting someone who worked for or was related to an archdeacon.
Arcilla Spanish (Philippines)
From Spanish arcilla meaning "clay," derived via Latin from Greek ἄργιλλος (árgillos), ultimately from ἀργός (argós) meaning "white."
Arder Estonian
Arder is an Estonian surname meaning, possibly a corruption of "ader", meaning "plow".
Arendi Estonian
Arendi is an Estonian surname derived from "arendaja" meaning "developer".
Argentis Greek
Means "silver" in Italian, originally used as an occupational name for a silversmith or a nickname for a person with gray hair. Greek version of the Italian surname Argenti.
Argento Italian
Means "silver" in Italian, originally used as an occupational name for a silversmith or a nickname for a person with gray hair.
Arıcı Turkish
Means "beekeeper" in Turkish.
Aries English, French
The name means either a person who worked in a fashion of the "Arras" cloth, as in the quotation "one bede Coveringe of Aries" (1562), or someone who was a former inhabitant of Arras in France, or Arras in Yorkshire; the latter being a particularly popular source of the name.
Armas Spanish
Occupational name for an arms maker or soldier, from Spanish armas meaning "arms, weapons".
Armijo Spanish
Derived from the Spanish adjetive "armigero", meaning "one who bears arms". First found in the Northern Region of Spain in Cantabria. Alternate spellings include: Armijos, Armigo, and Armija.
Armour Scottish, Northern Irish
From Middle English, Old French armure, blended with the agent noun armer (see Armer), hence an occupational name for a maker of arms and armor. The collective noun armure denoted offensive weapons as well as the more recently specialized sense of protective gear.
Armuier French
French for "armorer."
Arousi Jewish, Hebrew, Judeo-Arabic, Arabic
Yemenite Jewish and Arabic name possibly deriving from Arabic words aroosi, "bridal, relating to a wedding", rousi, "groom". El Aroussi, a variant, is found densely in Morocco and Francophone populations (France, Canada).
Arquette French
From arquet meaning "little bow" or "little arch" (diminutive of arche, from Latin arcus). It was originally an occupational name for an archer, but the French word arquet(te) is also found in the sense 'market trader' (originally, perhaps, one with a stall underneath an arch)... [more]
Arregi Basque
It literally means "singer".
Arregui Basque (Hispanicized)
Castilianized form of Arregi.
Arrotino Italian
Occupational name meaning "knife-sharpener, knife-grinder" in Italian.
Arrowsmith English
Given to someone who made arrows from the Old English elements arwe "arrow" and smiþ "smith".
Arsenault French (Acadian)
From French arsenal meaning "workshop". This is the occupational surname for someone who worked at an arsenal.
Asa Japanese
Variously written, sometimes with characters used phonetically. It can mean ‘morning’, but the most likely meaning is ‘hemp’, making it a topographic or occupational name. Both forms are found mostly in Amami, one of the Ryūkyū Islands.
Asensio Basque
It signifies "dweller at the place where the blackberry bushes grew."
Ashman English, Anglo-Saxon
From Middle English Asheman, a byname meaning "pirate, seaman". It can also be made up of English ash referring to the "ash tree", and man. In that case, it could refer to someone who lived by ash trees... [more]
Aškāpu Babylonian
Means "leatherworker", deriving from the Akkadian aškāpu ("a leatherworker , a cobbler , a shoemaker").
Askia Songhai, Western African
Meaning unknown.
Assagaf Arabic, Indonesian
Variant of Al Saqqaf primarily used in Indonesia.
Assagaff Arabic, Indonesian
Variant of Al Saqqaf primarily used in Indonesia.
Assegaf Arabic, Indonesian
Variant of Al Saqqaf primarily used in Indonesia.
Assegaff Arabic, Indonesian
Variant of Al Saqqaf primarily used in Indonesia.
Aßman German
Derived from Middle Low German asse "axle", this name used to denote an axle maker. In some cases, however, it can also be a variant of Asmussen.
Ast German
German and Ashkenazic Jewish: from German Ast ‘knot (in wood)’ hence a nickname for a tough or awkward individual or a metonymic occupational name for a lumberjack. ... [more]
Asztalos Hungarian
Literally means "carpenter"
Atcitty Navajo
From Navajo atsidí meaning "blacksmith" or "smithy, pounder, anvil".
Aten Frisian, Dutch
The Frisian name Aten means "Noble Wolf". The name was probably given to lesser lords. As noble would mean nobility. As wolf was always a symbol of a warrior, or hunter. Usually Nobles who were also warriors, were lesser lords... [more]
Atlı Turkish
Means "horseman, equestrian" in Turkish.
Attal Judeo-Spanish
Derived from Arabic عتال ('attal) meaning "porter, carrier".
Auberjonois French
A French last name meaning "armourer". Actor René Murat Auberjonois is a notable bearer.
Aubuchon French (Modern, ?)
The Aubuchon name is French, but of uncertain origin. It is probably from the patronymic prefix au + buchon, a dialect term for a woodcutter (Standard French bûcheron).
Augello Italian
Italian (Campania) dialect variant of Uccello ‘bird’, hence either a nickname for a diminutive, birdlike person or an occupational name for a fowler. Compare Auciello.
Aukerman Dutch
Americanized form of Dutch Ackerman. This was a frequent name in New Netherland in the 17th century.
Aurifaber German (Latinized)
Latinised form of Goldschmidt, meaning "gold smith".
Aven Scandinavian, English, German, Dutch, French (Anglicized)
Scandinavian: unexplained.... [more]
Avena Spanish, Italian
A traditionally Spanish and Italian occupational surname for a "grain grower or merchant", or the Italian habitation surname for Avena, Calabria. Means "oats". From the Latin avēna meaning 'oats, wild oats, straw'.
Aviña Galician
Galician surname referring to someone who "lives by a vineyard", from d’Aviña, a variant of da viña.
Avogadro Italian
An occupational name for a lawyer or public official with administrative duties. Ultimately from Latin advocator, "advocate".
Awad Arabic
Occupational name for a player or maker of lutes, ultimately derived from Arabic عود ('ud) meaning "oud, lute".
Awwad Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic عواد (see Awad).
Axt German
From a Middle High German ackes or axt, meaning "axe". Name for a woodcutter, carpenter, or axe maker.
Axundov m Azerbaijani
Means "son of the akhund", from Azerbaijani axund referring to a Persian title for an Islamic scholar.
Aydemir Turkish
From the given name Aydemir.
Ayler English
occupational name from Old French aillier ‘garlic seller’, from ail ‘garlic’ (from Latin allium).... [more]
Azeri Japanese (Rare)
Means "acharya" in Japanese.
Babaylan Visayan
From "babaylan" which were pre-Hispanic priestesses or mediums. The root word of which is "babaye" which is Cebuano for woman.
Bača Czech, Slovak
Meaning Shepherd
Bacal Romanian, Jewish
Derived from Romanian bacal, an alternative form of băcan meaning "grocer".
Bacall Romanian, Jewish
Variant spelling of Bacal. A famous bearer was the American actress Lauren Bacall (1924-2014).
Baccellieri Italian
From baccelliere "batchelor", a title for a young knight, or a university disciple who had studied Canon Law for 5 years and Civil Law for 7 years.
Bacchus English
(i) Variant of Backus (meaning "one who lives in or works in a bakery", from Old English bǣchūs "bakehouse, bakery"), the spelling influenced by Bacchus (name of the Greek and Roman god of wine).... [more]
Baciu Romanian
Romanian surname from the word "baci" (shepherd)or the capitan of the game "oina".
Backman English, Swedish, German
Combination of Old English bakke "spine, back" and man "man". In Swedish, the first element is more likely to be derived from Swedish backe "hill", and in German the first element can be derived from German backen "to bake"... [more]
Bacon English, French, Norman
An occupational surname for someone who sold pork, from Middle English and Old French bacun or bacon, meaning 'bacon', which is ultimately of Germanic origin. Can also be derived from the Germanic given names Baco, Bacco, or Bahho, from the root bag-, meaning 'to fight'... [more]
Bacquier Medieval Basque
Meaning cowboy or rancher.
Baeder German (Anglicized)
Anglicized form of Bäder, itself a variant of Bader.
Bağcı Turkish
Means "vigneron, winemaker" in Turkish.
Bagiński Polish
From the word baginiak meaning "master".
Baidya Indian, Bengali, Assamese, Odia, Nepali
East Indian and Nepali form of Vaidya.
Bail French, Walloon
Nickname from Old French bail for "governor, regent, bailiff".
Bailly French, English
French cognate of Bailey, as well as an English variant; derived from Old French baillif "bailiff" (from Latin baiulus).
Baily English
Variant of Bailey.
Baishō Japanese
Bai (倍) means "double", while shō (賞) means "Prize" or "Award". When you combine the two, it would likely mean "Double the Award".
Bajaj Indian, Punjabi, Hindi
Occupational name for a clothier from Punjabi ਬਜਾਜ (bajaj) meaning "cloth merchant", ultimately derived from Arabic بزاز (bazzaz).
Bajārs Latvian
Derived from the Slavic title boyar.
Bakan Turkish
Means "minister, chancellor" in Turkish.
Bake English
Probably an occupational name for a baker.
Bakırcı Turkish
Means "coppersmith" in Turkish.
Bakirtzis Greek
Greek from Turkish meaning 'coppersmith'
Bakisto Esperanto
Occupational surname for a baker. Comes from baki, meaning "to bake" and -isto, a suffix used for professions.
Baksa Polish
From Polish meaning "hawser".
Bakshi Indian, Bengali, Punjabi
Derived from Persian بخشی (baxši) meaning "paymaster, scribe, secretary", used as a title for officials who distributed wages in Muslim armies.
Bal Turkish
Means "honey" in Turkish, originally denoting a person who worked as a beekeeper.
Balcı Turkish
Means "beekeeper" in Turkish, ultimately from bal meaning "honey".
Baldacchino Maltese
Derived from Italian baldacchino meaning "baldachin (or baldaquin)", referring to a type of canopy placed over a throne. It was originally used as an occupational name for a maker of baldachins.
Bales English
Variant of Bale.
Balija Indian, Telugu
It is a Telugu name, denoting either "traders/merchants" or "agriculturists".
Balistreri Sicilian
Means "archer, crossbowman" or "crossbow maker" in Sicilian.
Balivo Italian
From balivo "bailiff".
Balji Indian, Telugu
Another form of Balija.
Ballaster English
Meant "person who makes or is armed with a crossbow" (from a derivative of Middle English baleste "crossbow", from Old French).
Ballut French
Derived from Old Occitan baluter, cognate of French bluter (via Middle French beluter), meaning "to sift, to sieve, especially the flour from the bran", this name used to denote a miller.
Balsam German
Occupational name for a seller of spices and perfumes.
Balsan German
Variant of Balsam.
Baltacı Turkish
Occupational name for a maker or seller of axes, derived from Turkish balta meaning "axe, hatchet".
Baltatzis Greek
Perhaps from the Italian surname Baldacci.
Banchieri Italian
From banchiere "banker" or the related Genoese bancherus "shopkeeper, street vendor".
Bandeira Portuguese
Portuguese cognate of Bandera.
Bandera Spanish, Italian
Status name for a bearer of flags or standards, from Spanish bandera meaning "flag, banner". It is also a variant of Italian Bandiera, a cognate of the Spanish name.
Banderali Italian
Italian cognate of Banner.
Bandiera Italian
from bandiera "banner flag" hence presumably a status name for a standard bearer. Italian cognate of Banner.
Banerjea Bengali
Different spelling of Banerjee.
Banerji Bengali
Different spelling of Banerjee.
Bangoura Manding (Gallicized)
Guinean Susu surname of unknown Meaning.
Banović Serbian, Croatian
"Son of a Ban", the -ić "son of" suffix with ban, the title of class of Croatian nobility beginning in the 7th century approximately equivalent to viceroy, lord or duke, stemming potentially from the Turkic bajan ("rich, wealthy").
Baptist German, English
From the given name Baptist, or an Anglicized form of Baptiste.
Baratto Italian
From Italian baratto "barter, exchange, swap", likely used for a merchant.
Barbaro Italian
Occupational name for a barbarian.
Barbe German
From Middle High German barbe, the name of a species of fish resembling the carp; hence by metonymy an occupational name for a fisherman or fish dealer, or possibly a nickname for someone thought to resemble the fish in some way.
Barbeau French
Derived from barbeau meaning "barbel", a type of fish, hence a metonymic occupational name for a fisherman, or a nickname for a man with a sparse beard, the fish being distinguished by beardlike growths on either side of its mouth... [more]
Barbero Spanish
Spanish occupational name for a barber-surgeon (see Barber), Spanish barbero, from Late Latin barbarius, a derivative of barba ‘beard’ (Latin barba).
Barbour English, Scottish, Northern Irish
Occupational name for a barber, one who cuts hair for a living.
Barcho Circassian
Possibly derived from an Adyghe word meaning "band, lace", referring to someone who made ropes or binding tapes, or from a Chechen word referring to a tailor.
Barella Italian
From a derivative of Barone.
Barile Italian
From Italian barile "barrel" either an occupational name for a Cooper or a nickname for a fat man.
Barilla Italian
Occupational name from medieval Greek barellas "cooper" from Italian barella "barrel" with the suffix (e)as.
Barjaktarović Montenegrin
Derived from barjaktar (барјактар), meaning "flag bearer, standard bearer".
Barker English
SURNAME Town cryer, or someone who shouts out notices
Barkis English
Meant "person who works in a tannery" (from Middle English barkhous "tannery" - bark was used in the tanning process). A fictional bearer is Barkis, a carrier in Charles Dickens's 'David Copperfield' (1849) who sends a message via David to Clara Peggotty that "Barkis is willin'" (i.e. to marry her).
Barkus English
Probably a reduced form of Barkhouse, a topographic name for someone who lived by a tannery, Middle English barkhous, or an occupational name for someone who worked in one.
Baroni Italian
Variant of Barone.
Barons Latvian
Means "baron".
Barreau French
Possibly a variant of Barreur, an agent derivative of barrer ‘to bar’, ‘to close or block off’, hence possibly an occupational name for a jailer or doorkeeper.
Barreto Portuguese
Occupational name for a cap maker. Comes from barreto which means ‘cap’.
Barriere French
Occupational name for a gatekeeper, from Old French barier.
Barron English
Variant of Baron.
Barrowman English
A man employed in wheeling a barrow; specifically, in coal-mining, one who conveys the coal in a wheelbarrow from the point where it is mined to the trolleyway or tramway on which it is carried to the place where it is raised to the surface.
Barua Indian, Assamese
From a military title historically used in Assam, derived from an Ahom word meaning "ten thousand" (referring to the number of soldiers under the command of such an officer).
Barzagli Italian
Probably from barezzo, an old word of Germanic origin used to denote people who bred pigs or sold ham.
Barzegar Persian
Means "farmer" in Persian.
Barzegari Persian
Derived from Persian برزگر (barzegar) meaning "farmer".
Basista Polish, Czech, Slovak
Occupational name for a double-bass player.
Batchelor English, Scottish
Occupational name for an unmarried man, a young knight or a novice, derived from Middle English and Old French bacheler literally meaning "bachelor", ultimately from medieval Latin baccalarius.
Bateman English, Scottish
Occupational name meaning ‘servant of Bartholomew.’
Batey English (?)
Originates from mostly northern England. Is the presumed given name to fishers. (With it meaning "Small fishing boat" in old English.)
Battiloro Italian
Means "goldworker", specifically an artisan who applied gold foil to other material, from Italian batti "to beat, to strike" and 'l oro "the gold".
Battiste French
Variant of Baptiste, originated from the occupation as a baptist.
Bauknecht German, Upper German
Occupational name for a farm worker from Middle High German buknecht "plowboy, farmhand" derived from the elements bu "farm" and kneht "servant, apprentice".
Bauman German, Jewish, Scandinavian
Respelling of German Baumann or Jewish (Ashkenazic) or Scandinavian spelling of the same name.
Baumeister German
Occupational name for a "builder" in German; from Middle High German 'buwen' 'to build' + meister 'master'.... [more]
Baumkötter German (Modern)
From the German words 'Baum' meaning 'tree' and 'Kötter' a type of villager who dwelt in a cottage, similar to the Scottish Cotter. "Presumably a 'Baumkötter' earned money from a small orchard on their property."
Baygents Anglo-Saxon
The earliest recorded spelling of the surname was "Besant", "Bezant", or "Beasant", which comes from an old French word "besant", which, in turn, was derived from the Latin term "byzantius aureus". The "byzantius" or "bezant" was a gold coin named after the city of Byzantium (ancient name in BC, later named 'Constantinople' in 330 AD)... [more]
Bayle French
Occupational name for a Bailiff from Old French Bailli "bailiff" (from Latin baiulus).
Bayley English
Variant of Bailey.
Baylis English
Derived from the Middle English 'bail(l)i', a development of the Old French 'baillis'. In Scotland the word survives as 'bailie', the title of a chief magistrate for a part of a county or barony. The word survives in England as 'bailiff', an officer who serves writs and summonses for the court.
Bayraktar Turkish
Means "flag-bearer" in Turkish.
Bazargan Persian
Means "merchant, trader" in Persian.
Beaman English
A beekeeper.
Beccari Italian
Variant of Beccaria, "butcher".
Beccaria Italian
From beccaro "butcher", ultimately from becco "goat".
Becher German
Shortened form of Becherer as well as a surname given to for someone who distilled or worked with pitch, in which case it is derived from Middle High German bech / pech "pitch".
Bechmann German (Rare)
Surname denoting someone who worked with pitch, from Middle High German bech / pech "pitch" and man, a suffix which can mean "man" or simply be used as a name suffix.
Becker English
Occupational name for a maker or user of mattocks or pickaxes, from an agent derivative of Old English becca "mattock".
Bednář Czech
Bednář means "hooper, cooper" in Czech.
Bednarz Polish
Occupational name for a cooper in Polish.
Bedwani Arabic (Egyptian, Rare)
Possibly derived from the English word bedouin, that comes from the Arabic badawī, which means "desert dweller". ... [more]
Bee English
From Middle English be meaning "bee", Old English beo, hence a nickname for an energetic or active person or a metonymic occupational name for a beekeeper.
Beer English, German, Dutch, German (Swiss)
Habitational name from any of the forty or so places in southwestern England called Beer(e) or Bear(e). Most of these derive their names from the West Saxon dative case, beara, of Old English bearu ‘grove’, ‘wood’ (the standard Old English dative bearwe being preserved in Barrow)... [more]
Beerbrewer English
Means Brewer of Beer.
Beilschmidt German
means "Axe Smith" in german
Bejar Spanish
From the town of the same name in Spain
Bekker Afrikaans
bekker is a regional form of Dutch bakker which means Baker
Belfer Jewish
Occupational name from Yiddish be(he)lfer, ba(he)lfer "teacher’s assistant".
Belkadi Arabic (Maghrebi)
From Arabic بن قاضي (bin qadi) meaning "son of the judge".
Bellman English
Occupational name for someone who worked as a bell-ringer.