African American Submitted Surnames

These names are a subset of American names used more often by African Americans. See also about African-American names.
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ANALUKA African American
The Analuka Family was founded... [more]
ARDELLA African American
Derivative of ARDEN, popularized by the poem of the same name by Langston Hughes, the most well-known Black poet of the Harlem Renaissance. Meaning is "garden dweller."... [more]
BAUMFREE Dutch, American, African American
This name is clearly derived from Sojourner Truth, a former African-American slave who was born as Isabella Bomefree (but at some point the surname was changed to the more German-looking Baumfree). Although Sojourner's original owners - James and Elizabeth Bomefree/Baumfree - were apparently of Dutch descent, it is questionable whether the surname is really of Dutch origin... [more]
BEACHEM English, African American
Variant of BEAUCHAMP, reflecting its traditional English pronunciation.
BIRDSON African American
It means son of Bird and most likely came from someone who was given the name Bird. The word bird is found in all English language dictionaries and was not intended to be a name.
BUGGS African American (Anglicized, Modern)
I do not know much about this surname except to say that an employee at my job has Buggs as their surname.
COATES African American
A notable bearer of this surname is Laura Gayle Coates (Born 1979) is an American legal analyst for the news network CNN.
FLOYD African American
This surname originated from Wales and it is a nickname of the name Lloyd.
HUNTER African American
This surname can originally be traced to England and Scotland. This surname was born by people who hunted for a living.
LEMON African American
This surname is a Middle English personal name Lefman, Old English Leofman, composed of the elements leof ‘dear’, ‘beloved’, and mann ‘man’, person. This surname came to be used as a nickname for a lover or sweetheart, from Middle English Lemman.
MASSACRE African American
This surname comes from the English word massacre.
MCKEITHEN African American
This surname originated in Ireland.
PRUDE African American
This surname came from the English word prude. The definition of the word prude is a person who is or claims to be easily shocked by matters relating to sex or nudity.
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