American Submitted Surnames

American names are used in the United States. See also about American names.
Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
Harbey English
Derived from the given name Harvey.
Harbin English
This surname is of Anglo-Saxon origins, and is derived from the personal names Rabin, Robin, and Robert. It has the English prefix 'har', which means gray.... [more]
Harbor English
English: variant spelling of Harbour.
Harbour English
Variant of French Arbour or a metonymic occupational name for a keeper of a lodging house, from Old English herebeorg "shelter, lodging".
Hardacre English
Topographic name for someone who lived on a patch of poor, stony land, from Middle English hard "hard, difficult" and aker "cultivated land" (Old English æcer), or a habitational name from Hardacre, a place in Clapham, West Yorkshire, which has this etymology.
Hardley English
The name comes from when a family lived in the village of Hartley which was in several English counties including Berkshire, Devon, Dorset, Kent, Lancashire, York and Northumberland. This place-name was originally derived from the Old English words hart which means a stag and lea which means a wood or clearing.
Hare Irish (Anglicized), English (American)
Irish (Ulster): Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hÍr, meaning ‘long-lasting’. In Ireland this name is found in County Armagh; it has also long been established in Scotland.... [more]
Hargreaves English
English: variant of Hargrave.
Hargreeves English
Variant of Hargreaves.
Hargrove English
English: variant of Hargrave.
Harington English
Variant spelling of Harrington. A famous bearer is English actor Kit Harington (1986-).
Harkaway English
From a sporting phrase used to guide and incite hunting dogs.
Harkless English, Scottish, Irish
Derived from Harkin, a Scottish diminutive of Henry.
Harless English, German
English: probably a variant spelling of Arliss, a nickname from Middle English earles ‘earless’, probably denoting someone who was deaf rather than one literally without ears.
Harlin English
English surname transferred to forename use, from the Norman French personal name Herluin, meaning "noble friend" or "noble warrior."
Harnage English
Derived from the personal name Agnes
Harnden English
From an English village Harrowden in Bedfordshire. This place name literally means "hill of the heathen shrines or temples," from the Old English words hearg and dun.
Harold English, Norman, German
English from the Old English personal name Hereweald, its Old Norse equivalent Haraldr, or the Continental form Herold introduced to Britain by the Normans... [more]
Harr English
Short form of Harris
Harriman English
Means "Harry's man" or "Harry's servant".
Harrod English
Variant of Harold.
Harrold Scottish, English
Scottish and English variant spelling of Harold.
Harrow English
Means "person from Harrow", the district of northwest Greater London, or various places of the same name in Scotland ("heathen shrine").
Harry English
From first name Harry.
Harte English
Variant of Hart.
Hartford English
Habitational name from Hertford, or from either of two places called Hartford, in Cheshire and Cumbria; all are named with Old English heorot ‘hart’ + ford ‘ford’.
Hartnell English
From a location in Marwood, Devon, derived from Old English heort "stag" + cnoll "hill".
Harton English
This surname is a habitational one, denoting someone who lived in a village in County Durham or in North Yorkshire.... [more]
Hartshorn English
habitational name from Hartshorne (Derbyshire) from Old English heorot "hart stag" (genitive heorotes) and horn "horn" perhaps in reference to the nearby hill (known as Hart Hill) and its supposed resemblance to a hart's horn... [more]
Hartwell English
Habitational name from places in Buckinghamshire, Northamptonshire, and Staffordshire called Hartwell, from Old English heorot ‘stag’, ‘hart’ + wella ‘spring’, ‘stream’... [more]
Harvard English
From the Old English given name Hereweard, composed of the elements here "army" and weard "guard", which was borne by an 11th-century thane of Lincolnshire, leader of resistance to the advancing Normans... [more]
Harvie English
Variant of Harvey.
Harwin English
From the Old French personal name Harduin, composed of the Germanic elements hard 'hardy', 'brave' + win 'friend'.
Harwood English, Scots
Habitation name found especially along the border areas of England and Scotland, from the Old English elements har meaning "gray" or hara referring to the animals called "hares" plus wudu for "wood"... [more]
Haschak English (American)
This may be influenced from the English word hashtag, meaning number.
Hashley American
Variant of Ashley (?).
Haskell English
From the Norman personal name Aschetil.
Haskin English
Variant of Askin.
Haskins English
Variant of Askin.
Hasley English
Habitational name of uncertain origin. The surname is common in London, and may be derived from Alsa (formerly Assey) in Stanstead Mountfitchet, Essex (recorded as Alsiesheye in 1268). nother possible source is Halsway in Somerset, named from Old English hals ‘neck’ + weg ‘way’, ‘road’.
Hassall English
Means "person from Hassall", Cheshire ("witch's corner of land").
Hasselhoff American
The surname of the singer, David Hasselhoff.
Hasting English
Variant of Askin.
Hastings English, Scottish
Habitational name from Hastings, a place in Sussex, on the south coast of England, near which the English army was defeated by the Normans in 1066. It is named from Old English H?stingas ‘people of H?sta’... [more]
Haswell English
habitational name from Haswell (Durham) or less probably from Haswell (Somerset) or Haswell in North Huish (Devon). The placenames probably derive from Old English hæsel "hazel" and wille "well spring stream".
Hatch English
English (mainly Hampshire and Berkshire): topographic name from Middle English hacche ‘gate’, Old English hæcc (see Hatcher). In some cases the surname is habitational, from one of the many places named with this word... [more]
Hatcher English
Southern English: topographic name for someone who lived by a gate, from Middle English hacche (Old English hæcc) + the agent suffix -er. This normally denoted a gate marking the entrance to a forest or other enclosed piece of land, sometimes a floodgate or sluice-gate.
Hatchwell English
Combination of the surnames Hatch and Well.
Hatler English (American)
Variant of the German surname Hattler.
Hatter English
This name derives from the Old English pre 7th Century "haet" meaning a hat and was originally given either as an occupational name to a maker or seller of hats
Hatton English
Habitational name from any of the various places named Hatton.
Havelock English
From the Middle English male personal name Havelok, from Old Norse Hafleikr, literally "sea sport". It was borne by the British general Sir Henry Havelock (1795-1857).
Haverford Welsh, English
Haverford's name is derived from the name of the town of Haverfordwest in Wales, UK
Havers English
Possible variant of Haver, a German, Dutch and English surname. In Germany or England it refers to oats and is used as an occupational surname for a grower or seller of oats... [more]
Hawke English
Variant of Hawk
Hawks English
Variant of or patronymic from Hawk.
Hawley English, Scottish
Means "hedged meadow". It comes from the English word haw, meaning "hedge", and Saxon word leg, meaning "meadow". The first name Hawley has the same meaning.
Haworth English
Literally means "enclosure with a hedge," from the Old English words haga + worth.
Hawthorn English, Scottish
English and Scottish: variant spelling of Hawthorne.
Hay English, Scottish, Irish, Welsh, French, Spanish, German, Dutch, Frisian
Scottish and English: topographic name for someone who lived by an enclosure, Middle English hay(e), heye(Old English (ge)hæg, which after the Norman Conquest became confused with the related Old French term haye ‘hedge’, of Germanic origin)... [more]
Haycock English
English (West Midlands): from a medieval personal name, a pet form of Hay, formed with the Middle English hypocoristic suffix -cok (see Cocke).
Hayford English
English habitational name from several places called Heyford in Northamptonshire and Oxfordshire, or Hayford in Buckfastleigh, Devon, all named with Old English heg ‘hay’ + ford ‘ford’.
Hayles English
Variant of Hales.
Hayling English
Either (i) "person from Hayling", Hampshire ("settlement of Hægel's people"); or (ii) from the Old Welsh personal name Heilyn, literally "cup-bearer" (see also Palin).
Haylock English
English surname of uncertain origin, possibly from the Old English given name Hægluc, a diminutive of the unrecorded name *Hægel, found in various place names... [more]
Haymes English
Patronymic derived from the Norman given name Hamo.
Hayne English
Variant of Hain.
Hayton English
habitational name from any of various places called Hayton such as those in Cumberland East Yorkshire Nottinghamshire and Shropshire named with Old English heg "hay" and tun "farmstead estate".
Hayworth English
English: habitational name from Haywards Heath in Sussex, which was named in Old English as ‘enclosure with a hedge’, from hege ‘hedge’ + worð ‘enclosure’. The modern form, with its affix, arose much later on (Mills gives an example from 1544).
Hazard English, French, Dutch
Nickname for an inveterate gambler or a brave or foolhardy man prepared to run risks, from Middle English, Old French hasard, Middle Dutch hasaert (derived from Old French) "game of chance", later used metaphorically of other uncertain enterprises... [more]
Hazelden English
Means "person from Hazelden", the name of various places in England ("valley growing with hazel trees").
Hazeltine English
This unusual surname is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and is a locational surname from any of the various places that get their name from the Olde English pre 7th century “hoesel”, hazel and “-denut”, a valley, for example Heselden in Durham and, Hasselden in Sussex.
Hazelton English
Hazel is referring to hazel trees, while ton is from old english tun meaning enclosure, so an enclosure of hazel trees, or an orchard of hazel trees.
Hazelwood English
Habitational name from any of various places, for example in Devon, Derbyshire, Suffolk, Surrey, and West Yorkshire, so called from Old English hæsel (or Old Norse hesli) ‘hazel (tree)’ + wudu ‘wood’; or a topographic name from this term.
Hazzard English
Variant spelling of Hazard.
Heacock English
variant spelling of Haycock
Headlee English (Rare)
The Anglo-Saxon name Headlee comes from when the family resided in one of a variety of similarly-named places. Headley in Hampshire is the oldest. The surname Headlee belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Healey English
Habitational surname for a person from Healey near Manchester, derived from Old English heah "high" + leah "wood", "clearing". There are various other places in northern England, such as Northumberland and Yorkshire, with the same name and etymology, and they may also have contributed to the surname.
Heard English
Occupational name for a tender of animals, normally a cowherd or shepherd, from Middle English herde (Old English hi(e)rde).
Heart English
Variant of Hart.
Heathcote English
English habitational name from any of various places called Heathcote, for example in Derbyshire and Warwickshire, from Old English h?ð ‘heathland’, ‘heather’ + cot ‘cottage’, ‘dwelling’.
Heather English
Topographic name, a variant of Heath with the addition of the habitational suffix -er. This surname is widespread in southern England, and also well established in Ireland.
Heaton English
Comes from "town (or farmstead) on a hill".... [more]
Heddle English
Famous bearer is William Heddle Nash (1894-1961), the English lyric tenor.
Hedge English
Topographic name for someone who lived by a hedge, Middle English hegg(e). In the early Middle Ages, hedges were not merely dividers between fields, but had an important defensive function when planted around a settlement or enclosure.
Hedstrom American
Anglicized form of Hedström.
Heeley English, Irish
Variant of English Healey or Irish Healy.
Helder Dutch, German, Upper German, English
1. Dutch and German: from a Germanic personal name Halidher, composed of the elements haliò “hero” + hari, heri “army”, or from another personal name, Hildher, composed of the elements hild “strife”, “battle” + the same second element... [more]
Helgeson English (American), Swedish (Rare)
Variant or anglicized form of Helgesson or Helgesen.
Helgren English (American)
Americanized form of Swedish Hellgren.
Hellen German, English (American)
Possibly from the given names Helen or Hilde (see Hellenbrand).
Helliwell English
From various place names in United Kingdom. Derived from Olde English elements of "halig" meaning holy, and "waella", a spring.
Helmsley English
This English habitational name originates with the North Yorkshire village of Helmsley, named with the Old English personal name Helm and leah, meaning 'clearing'.
Helton English (American)
Habitational name from Helton in Cumbria, named in Old English probably with helde "slope" and tun "farmstead, settlement", or possibly a variant of Hilton... [more]
Hember English
From the West Country area near Bristol.
Hemingway English
Probably from the name of an unidentified minor place near the village of Southowram in West Yorkshire, England, derived from the Old English given name Hemma combined with weg meaning "way, road, path"... [more]
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.
Herridge English
habitational name from Herridges in Pauntley (Gloucestershire) or Highridge in King's Nympton (Devon). The Gloucestershire placename may derive from Old English hæg "fence enclosure" and hrycg "ridge" or while the Devon placename comes from an uncertain initial element and Old English hrycg.
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 in West London (historically in Middlesex), or Histon, a village and civil parish in Cambridgeshire, England. It is either named with Old English hǣs meaning "brushwood" and tūn meaning "farmstead, settlement, estate", or from hyse "shoot, tendril, son, youth" and tūn... [more]
Hetherington English
Derived from Hetherington, a like-named place in Northumberland
Hew English
English: variant of the name Hugh. This was at one time the usual form of the personal name in Scotland. English: occupational name from Middle English hewe ‘domestic servant’
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".
Hiatt English
From the given name Hiatt
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.
Hider English
A name for someone who tans hides.
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.