American Submitted Surnames

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Hember English
From the West Country area near Bristol.
Hemmings English
Derived from the given name Hemming. It is the last name of the band member of Five Seconds of Summer (5sos), Luke Hemmings.
Hemmington English
Origin uncertain, possibly derived from the given name Hemming.
Hemsley English
English: habitational name from either of two places in North Yorkshire called Helmsley. The names are of different etymologies: the one near Rievaulx Abbey is from the Old English personal name Helm + Old English leah ‘wood’, ‘clearing’, whereas Upper Helmsley, near York, is from the Old English personal name Hemele + Old English eg ‘island’, and had the form Hemelsey till at least the 14th century
Hemsworth English
Habitational name from a place in West Yorkshire, England, meaning "Hymel's enclosure".
Hence German, English, Welsh
An American spelling variant of Hentz derived from a German nickname for Hans or Heinrich or from an English habitation name found in Staffordshire or Shropshire and meaning "road or path" in Welsh.
Hendeston Anglo-Saxon, English
A an earlier variation of the surname Hingston. See Hingston for full meaning.
Hendryx English
This name was derived from Hendrix and means "home ruler". This name is the 25841st most popular surname in the US.
Hengeston Anglo-Saxon, English
A an earlier variation of the surname Hingston. See Hingston for full meaning.
Hengsteton Anglo-Saxon, English
A an earlier variation of the surname Hingston. See Hingston for full meaning.
Henkeston Anglo-Saxon, English
A an earlier variation of the surname Hingston. See Hingston for full meaning.
Henley English, Irish, German (Anglicized)
English: habitational name from any of the various places so called. Most, for example those in Oxfordshire, Suffolk, and Warwickshire, are named with Old English héan (the weak dative case of heah ‘high’, originally used after a preposition and article) + Old English leah ‘wood’, ‘clearing’... [more]
Henne English
From a diminutive of Henry.
Hennebery English (American)
A berry and an alias used by March McQuin
Hennes English
From the diminutive of Henry.
Henni English
A name coined by the contributor of this name, to describe himself
Henrie English (Rare)
Derived from the given name Henrie, a variant of Henry.
Hensen English, Irish
English patronymic from the personal name Henn/Henne, a short form of Henry, Hayne (see Hain), or Hendy... [more]
Hensley English
Probably a habitational name from either of two places in Devon: Hensley in East Worlington, which is named with the Old English personal name Heahmund + Old English leah ‘(woodland) clearing’, or Hensleigh in Tiverton, which is named from Old English hengest ‘stallion’ (or the Old English personal name Hengest) + leah... [more]
Henwood English
Habitational name from any of various places so named, as for example Henwood in Cornwall, in Linkinhorne parish, which is named from Old English henn 'hen', 'wild bird' + wudu 'wood', or Hen Wood in Wootton, Oxfordshire
Herbaugh English (American)
Americanized form of German Harbach.
Hereford English
Habitational name from Hereford in Herefordshire, or Harford in Devon and Goucestershire, all named from Old English here "army" + ford "ford".
Heritage English (Rare)
English status name for someone who inherited land from an ancestor, rather than by feudal gift from an overlord, from Middle English, Old French (h)eritage ‘inherited property’ (Late Latin heritagium, from heres ‘heir’).
Herndon English
From Herne, a cottage, and den, a valley. The cottage in the valley.
Hero English
From the personal name Robert
Herold English, Dutch, German
From the given name Herold. This was the surname of David Herold, one of the conspirators in the Abraham Lincoln assassination plot.
Herrington English
habitational name from Herrington in County Durham, England
Herst English
Variant of Hurst
Hervey English
Derived from the given name Harvey.
Hesketh English
Combination of Old Norse hestr "horse" and skeið "racecourse". This is the name of several paces in England.
Heskin English
Variant of Askin.
Hester English
This surname is derived from a given name, which is the Latin form of Esther.
Heston English, Irish
Derived from Heston, a suburban area and part of the Hounslow district in the London Borough of Hounslow in West London, England (Historically, it was located in the county of Middlesex). It is named with Old English h?s meaning "brushwood" and tun meaning "farmstead, settlement"... [more]
Hewit English
Variant of Hewitt
Heyer English, German, Dutch
English variant of Ayer. ... [more]
Heygate English
From a location which is either "hay gate" (hay + Old English geat) or "high gate" (heáh + geat).
Heywood English
From a place name derived from Old English heah meaning "high" and wudu meaning "tree, wood".
Hibbard English
English: variant of Hilbert.
Hibberts English
A variant of Hibbert, ultimately coming from Hilbert to begin with.
Hibbs English
This possibly derived from a medieval diminutive, similar to Hobbs for Robert.
Hick English
From the medieval personal name Hicke. The substitution of H- as the initial resulted from the inability of the English to cope with the velar Norman R-.
Hickel English
Variant of Huck
Hicklin English (American)
The closest surname found is Hickey, an Irish name dirived from descendant from the healer.... [more]
Hickory English
Meaning uncertain.
Hickson Irish, English
It means ‘countryman’ similar to Hickman
Hiddleston English, Scottish
Habitational name from a place called Huddleston in Yorkshire, England. The place name was derived from the Old English personal name HUDEL.
Higdon English
From the personal name Hikedun.
Higgin English
From the given name Higgin
Higginbotham English
Habitational name from a place in Lancashire now known as Oakenbottom. The history of the place name is somewhat confused, but it is probably composed of the Old English elements ǣcen or ācen "oaken" and botme "broad valley"... [more]
Higgins English
Patronymic from the medieval personal name Higgin, a pet form of Hick.
Higginson English
Patronymic from the medieval personal name Higgin, a pet form of Hick.
High English
A name for someone who lives in a high place, like a mountain or hill.
Highland English, German
English, Scottish, and Irish: variant spelling of Hyland.... [more]
Hike English
To hike or move, to walk, someone who hikes.
Hilbert English, French, Dutch, German
English, French, Dutch, and German: from a Germanic personal name composed of the elements hild ‘strife’, ‘battle’ + berht ‘bright’, ‘famous’.
Hildersley English
Meadow of the hilldweller.
Hillary English
From the given name Hillary. A famous bearer is explorer Edmund Hillary (1919-2008)
Hilliard English
English: from the Norman female personal name Hildiarde, Hildegard, composed of the Germanic elements hild ‘strife’, ‘battle’ + gard ‘fortress’, ‘stronghold’... [more]
Hills English
Variant of Hill.
Hinckley English
From the name of a place in Leicestershire meaning "Hynca's wood", from the Old English byname Hynca, derivative of hún "bear cub", and leah "woodland, clearing".
Hind English, Scottish
English (central and northern): nickname for a gentle or timid person, from Middle English, Old English hind ‘female deer’.... [more]
Hindle English
Habitational name from a place in the parish of Whalley, Lancashire, so called from the same first element + Old English hyll 'hill'.
Hindley English
English (Lancashire): habitational name from a place near Manchester, so named from Old English hind ‘female deer’ + leah ‘wood’, ‘clearing’.
Hingeston Anglo-Saxon, English
A an earlier variation of the surname Hingston. See Hingston for full meaning.
Hingestone Anglo-Saxon, English
A an earlier variation of the surname Hingston. See Hingston for full meaning.
Hingston English
The distribution of the Hingston surname appears to be based around the South Hams area of Devon. The English Place Name Society volumes for Devon give the best indication of the source of the name... [more]
Hinkle American
Americanized spelling of Dutch and German Hinkel. Variant spelling of English Hinckley.
Hinton English (Archaic)
Comes from Old English heah meaning "high" and tun meaning "enclosure" or "settlement." A notable person with the surname is female author S.E Hinton.
Hinxstone Anglo-Saxon, English
A an earlier variation of the surname Hingston. See Hingston for full meaning.
Hipkin English
English name meaning relative of Herbert
Hirst English
Variant of Hurst
Hisaw English
Of uncertain origin and meaning.
Hiscock English
From a pet form of Hick.
Hitchins English
Comes from the town Hitchin
Hix English
Variant of Hicks
Hoadley English
Habitational name from East or West Hoathly in Sussex, so named from Old English hað / Middle English hoath 'heath' + leah ‘wood’, ‘clearing’.
Hoagland American
American form of Scandinavian topographical surnames, such as Swedish Högland or Norwegian Haugland, both essentially meaning "high land".
Hoar English
Nickname meaning gray haired.
Hoare English
From a nickname meaning "gray-haired", ie. "hoary".
Hockenhull English
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of Tarvin, Cheshire West and Chester.
Hodder English
Occupational name for a maker or seller of hoods, from a Middle English agent derivative of Old English hod
Hodge English
From the given name Hodge, a medieval diminutive of Roger.
Hodge English
Nickname from Middle English hodge "hog", which occurs as a dialect variant of hogge, for example in Cheshire place names.
Hodgkinson English
Means "son of Hodge".
Hodsen English
Variant of Hodson.
Hodson English
Hodson is a very interesting surname in that it has multiple origins, depending on the Hodson lineage in question. ... [more]
Hoe English
Topographic name for someone who lived by a spur of a hill.
Hoerman English, German
Variant of Herman. Variant of Hörmann.
Hogg English
An occupational name for someone who herded swine.
Hoggatt English
A name for someone who worked as a keeper of cattle and pigs.
Hoit English
A variant of Hoyt.
Holbrook English, German (Anglicized)
English: habitational name from any of various places, for example in Derbyshire, Dorset, and Suffolk, so called from Old English hol ‘hollow’, ‘sunken’ + broc ‘stream’. ... [more]
Holcomb English
Habitational name from any of various places, for example in Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Greater Manchester, Oxfordshire, and Somerset, so named from Old English hol meaning "hollow", "sunken", "deep" + cumb meaning "valley".
Hole English
Topographic name for someone who lived by a depression or low-lying spot, from Old English holh "hole, hollow, depression".
Holiday English
Variation of Holladay.
Holl German, Dutch, English
Short form of German HÖLD or a topographic name meaning "hollow" or "hole".
Holladay English
English: from Old English haligdæg ‘holy day’, ‘religious festival’. The reasons why this word should have become a surname are not clear; probably it was used as a byname for one born on a religious festival day.
Hollander German, English, Jewish, Dutch, Swedish
Regional name for someone from Holland.
Holley English
English (chiefly Yorkshire) topographic name from Middle English holing, holi(e) ‘holly tree’. Compare Hollen.
Hollier English, French
Occupational name for a male brothel keeper, from a dissimilated variant of Old French horier "pimp", which was the agent noun of hore "whore, prostitute". Hollier was probably also used as an abusive nickname in Middle English and Old French.... [more]
Holliman English
Possibly means "holly man"
Holling English
Location name for someone who lived near holly trees.
Hollinger English, Northern Irish, Scottish
Topographical name from Middle English holin 'holly' + the suffix -er denoting an inhabitant.
Hollingshead English
Habitational name from a lost place in County Durham called Hollingside or Holmside, from Old English hole(g)n "holly" and sīde "hillside, slope"; there is a Hollingside Lane on the southern outskirts of Durham city... [more]
Hollis English
Topographic name for someone who lived where holly trees grew.
Hollister English
English: occupational name for a brothelkeeper; originally a feminine form of Hollier.
Hollobone English
Common surname in the southeast England, predominantly Sussex
Hollow English
Variant of Hole.
Holloway Anglo-Saxon, English, Medieval English
Variant of Halliwell, from Old English halig (holy) and well(a) (well or spring)... [more]
Hollowell English
Either a variant of Halliwell or derived from another place named with Old English hol "hollow" and wella "spring, well".
Holter English, German, Norwegian
Derived from English holt meaning "small wood". A topographic name for someone who lived near a small wooden area, as well as a habitational name from a place named with that element.
Holyfield English, Scottish
Although the Scottish surname is known to derive from the Medieval Latin word "olifantus," meaning "elephant," its origins as a surname are quite uncertain. ... He was one of the many Anglo-Norman nobles that were invited northward by the early Norman kings of Scotland.
Home English, Scottish
English and Scottish variant spelling of Holme.
Honeyball English
From Honeyball, a medieval personal name of uncertain origin: perhaps an alteration of Annabel, or alternatively from a Germanic compound name meaning literally "bear-cub brave" (i.e. deriving from the elements hun "warrior, bear cub" and bald "bold, brave").
Hood English, Scottish, Irish
English and Scottish: metonymic occupational name for a maker of hoods or a nickname for someone who wore a distinctive hood, from Middle English hod(de), hood, hud ‘hood’. Some early examples with prepositions seem to be topographic names, referring to a place where there was a hood-shaped hill or a natural shelter or overhang, providing protection from the elements... [more]
Hook English
This surname is derived from a geographical locality. "at the hook," from residence in the bend or sudden turn of a lane or valley.
Hookham English
This surname may derive from Old English hóc meaning "hook, angle" and hám meaning "village, hamlet, dwelling."
Hopkinson English
Means "son of Hopkin"
Hore English
Variant of Hoare.
Hornby English
A habitational name from locations called Hornby in northern England, though predominantly associated with Lancashire. Derived from the Norse horni meaning "horn" and býr meaning "farm" or "settlement".
Horner English
1 English, Scottish, German, and Dutch: from Horn 1 with the agent suffix -er; an occupational name for someone who made or sold small articles made of horn, a metonymic occupational name for someone who played a musical instrument made from the horn of an animal, or a topographic name for someone who lived at a ‘horn’ of land.... [more]
Hornsby English
A habitational name from Cumbria, derived from the Norse Ormr meaning "serpent" and býr meaning "farm". Similar in form to Hornby, Hornsby is a widespread surname in northern England.
Hornton English (Rare, Archaic)
Derived from the surname Horton or perhaps used to describe a horn maker meaning “maker of horns.”
Horvitz English (American)
Surname of Richard Steven Horvitz, a voice actor in Angry Beavers, The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, and Invader Zim.
Hoseason English
Means "son of Hosea", a personal name that was originally probably Osie, a pet-form of Oswald, but came to be associated with the biblical personal name Hosea.
Hoseason English
The roots of the Hoseason family name are in ancient Scotland with the Viking settlers. Hoseason was derived from the name Aassi, which is a Old Norse form of the Old English personal name Oswald, which means divine power... [more]
Hoseason English
The roots of the Hoseason family name are in ancient Scotland with the Viking settlers. Hoseason was derived from the name Aassi, which is a Old Norse form of the Old English personal name Oswald, which means divine power... [more]
Hoskin English
From the Middle English personal name Osekin.
Hoskins English
Patronymic form of Hoskin.
Hoskinson English
Patronymic form of Hoskin.
Hosmer English
From the Old English name Osmaer, a combination of the Old English elements oss, meaning "god", and maer, meaning "fame".
Hotaling English (American)
Americanized spelling of Dutch Hoogteijling, an indirect occupational name for a productive farmer, from hoogh ‘high’ + teling ‘cultivation’, ‘breeding’.
Hotchkiss English
Patronymic from Hodgkin, a pet form of Hodge.
Hough English
English: habitational name from any of various places, for example in Cheshire and Derbyshire, so named from Old English hoh ‘spur of a hill’ (literally ‘heel’). This widespread surname is especially common in Lancashire... [more]
Houghton English
English habitational name from any of the various places so called. The majority, with examples in at least fourteen counties, get the name from Old English hoh ‘ridge’, ‘spur’ (literally ‘heel’) + tun ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’... [more]
Houser English
Variant of House.
Howardson English
Means "Son of Howard".
Howarth English
"From a hedged estate", from Old English haga ("hedge, haw") and worð ("farm, estate"). Likely originating from the Yorkshire village of the same name. Common in Lancashire and recorded from at least 1518, as Howorthe, with an earlier version of Hauewrth in Gouerton dated 1317 recorded in the Neubotle charters.
Howcroft English
Means "enclosed field on a hill". Derived from the words haugr "hill", of Norse origin, and croft "enclosed field"
Howdyshell American, German
Americanized (i.e., Anglicized) form of the Swiss German Haudenschild, which originated as a nickname for a ferocious soldier, literally meaning "hack the shield" from Middle High German houwen "to chop or hack" (imperative houw) combined with den (accusative form of the definite article) and schilt "shield".
Howlett English
The name Howlett was brought to England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. It comes from the Norman personal name Hugh. Howlett was a baptismal name which means the son of Hugh... [more]
Hoxie English
They were first found in the settlement of Hawkshaw in the county of Lancashire. The surname Hoxie belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Hoy English
Metonymic occupational name for a sailor, from Middle Dutch hoey "cargo ship".
Hoyle Welsh, English
Derived from Old English holh meaning "hole". It is thought to have originally been a name for someone who lived in a round hollow or near a pit.
Hoyt English
Generally a topographical name for someone who lived on a hill or other high ground. As such Hoyt is related to words such as heights or high. Hoyt is also possibly a nickname for a tall, thin person where the original meaning is said to be "long stick".
Hubble English
From the Norman personal name Hubald, composed of the Germanic elements hug "heart, mind, spirit" and bald "bold, brave".
Huck English, Dutch
From the medieval male personal name Hucke, which was probably descended from the Old English personal name Ucca or Hucca, perhaps a shortened form of Ūhtrǣd, literally "dawn-power".
Huckabee English
This surname originated as a habitational name, derived from Huccaby in Devon, England; this place name is derived from two Old English elements: the first, woh, meaning "crooked"; the second, byge, meaning "river bend".... [more]
Huckaby English
Means "person from Huccaby", Devon (perhaps "crooked river-bend"), or "person from Uckerby", Yorkshire ("Úkyrri's or Útkári's farmstead").
Hucke English
Variant of Huck
Huckle English
English surname
Huckleberry English (American)
Anglicized form of German Hackelberg.
Huddlestun English
Variant spelling of Huddleston.
Hudkins English
Means "son of Hudkin"
Hudspeth English
English (northeastern counties): unexplained. Compare Hedgepeth.
Huet English, French
From the nickname from given name Hugh, Hugues, Hugo or Hubert.
Huffington English
Means "Uffa's town". A famous bearer is Arianna Huffington, born Αριάδνη-Άννα Στασινοπούλου
Hughson Scottish, English
Means "son of Hugh".
Hulbert English
1 English and German: from a Germanic personal name, Holbert, Hulbert, composed of the elements hold, huld ‘friendly’, ‘gracious’ + berht ‘bright’, ‘famous’.... [more]
Hulke English
a nickname for a person who literally "towed" ships and barges
Huller English
Topographical name for a 'dweller by a hill', deriving from the Old English pre 7th Century 'hyll' a hill, or in this instance 'atte hulle', at the hill.
Humble English
Nickname for a meek or lowly person, from Middle English, Old French (h)umble (Latin humilis "lowly", a derivative of humus "ground").