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.
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".
Hoyland English, Norwegian
English (South Yorkshire): habitational name from any of various places in South Yorkshire named with Old English hoh ‘hill spur’ + land ‘(cultivated) land’. ... [more]
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").
Hummer German, English
Hummer is the German word for 'Lobster' in English. It is also the name of a vehicle- the 'Hummer'!
Humphery English, Irish
English and Irish: variant of Humphrey.
Humphreys Welsh, English
Patronymic form of Humphrey. A famous bearer was Murray Humphreys (1899-1965), an American mobster of Welsh descent.
Humphries English, Welsh
Patronymic from Humphrey.
Hungate English
A habitational name from Old English hund,'hound', and Old Norse gata, 'gate'.
Hunley English (American)
English: variant of Hundley, which also has English origins (Worcestershire and Herefordshire): possibly a variant of Huntley or a habitational name from a lost Hundley, and Hanley.... [more]
Hunnam English
Variant form of Hannam. A famous bearer is the English actor and screenwriter Charlie Hunnam (1980-).
Huntington English
English: habitational name from any of several places so called, named with the genitive plural huntena of Old English hunta ‘hunter’ + tun ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’ or dun ‘hill’ (the forms in -ton and -don having become inextricably confused)... [more]
Huntley English, Scottish
Habitational name from a place in Gloucestershire, so named from Old English hunta 'hunter' (perhaps a byname (see Hunt) + leah 'wood', 'clearing'). Scottish: habitational name from a lost place called Huntlie in Berwickshire (Borders), with the same etymology as in 1.
Huntress English
From huntress, referring to a female hunter.
Huot English, French
Variant of Huet.
Hurd English
Variant of Heard.
Hurl English
English (Suffolk): unexplained.
Hurley English, Irish
Meaning is "from a corner clearing" in Old English. Also an anglicized form of an Irish name meaning "sea tide" or "sea valor".
Hurrell English, Norman
English (of Norman origin) from a derivative of Old French hurer ‘to bristle or ruffle’, ‘to stand on end’ (see Huron).
Hurry English
From a Norman form of the Middle English personal name Wol(f)rich (with the addition of an inorganic initial H-).
Hushour English
English. Maybe means tailor or carpenter
Huskey English (American)
Likely was named after an person who owned a husky
Hussey English, Irish
As an English surname, it comes from two distinct sources. It is either of Norman origin, derived from Houssaye, the name of an area in Seine-Maritime which ultimately derives from Old French hous "holly"; or it is from a Middle English nickname given to a woman who was the mistress of a household, from an alteration of husewif "housewife"... [more]
Hussie English, Irish
Variant of Hussey. A notable bearer is American webcomic author/artist Andrew Hussie (1979-).
Hutch English
From the medieval personal name Huche, a pet form of Hugh.
Hutchin English
From the given name Hutchin
Hutchings English
Patronymic of Hutchin, a medieval diminutive of Hugh.
Hutchins English
Southern English patronymic from the medieval personal name Hutchin, a pet form of Hugh.
Hutton English, Scottish
Scottish and northern English habitational name from any of the numerous places so called from Old English hoh ‘ridge’, ‘spur’ + tun ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’.
Hux English
Means "insult, scorn" in Old English. This is used in Popular Culture by First Order General Armitage Hux, played by Domhnall Gleeson in the Star Wars sequel trilogy.
Huxford English
Habitational name from a place in Devon called Huxford (preserved in the name of Huxford Farm), from the Old English personal name Hōcc or the Old English word hōc ‘hook or angle of land’ + ford ‘ford’.
Hyatt English
English (mainly London and Surrey): possibly a topographic name from Middle English hegh, hie ‘high’ + yate ‘gate’. ... [more]
Hylan Scottish, English
Variation of the surname Hyland.
Hylton English
Variant of Hilton.
Hyman Jewish, English
Jewish (American): Americanized variant of Heiman. English: variant of Hayman or Americanized spelling of Heimann.
Hymel American
Possibly an altered form of HUMMEL.
Hyndestan Anglo-Saxon, English
A an earlier variation of the surname Hingston. See Hingston for full meaning.
Hyndestane Anglo-Saxon, English
A an earlier variation of the surname Hingston. See Hingston for full meaning.
Hyndeston Anglo-Saxon, English
A an earlier variation of the surname Hingston. See Hingston for full meaning.
Ibbotson English
Diminutive form ("son of" or little) of Hibbs, itself a patronymic, from a diminutive of Hibbert, which derives from a Norman personal name, "Hil(de)bert", composed of the Germanic elements "hild", battle, and "berht" famous.
Ice English
Americanized form of Eis.
Ickes German, English
In German the meaning is unknown.... [more]
Iddenden English (Rare)
Iden as a village name is to be found in both the counties of Kent and Sussex, and describes a pasture, or strictly speaking an area within a marsh suitable for pasture. The origination is the pre 6th century phrase ig-denn with ig meaning an island... [more]
Iddon English
From the Old Norse female personal name Idunn, literally probably "perform love" (cf. Idony).
Iden English
Habitational name from a place called Iden Green in Benenden, Kent, or Iden Manor in Staplehurst, Kent, or from Iden in East Sussex. All these places are named in Old English as meaning "pasture by the yew trees", from ig meaning "yew" + denn meaning "pasture".
Ignatius English
From the given name Ignatius
Illingworth English
It indicates familial origin within the eponymous village in the West Riding of Yorkshire.
Impey English
From Impey, the name of various places in England, derived from Old English *imphaga, *imphæg "sapling enclosure". Alternatively it could have indicated a person who lived near an enclosure of young trees.
Inan English, Irish
Possibly a variant of Dunn.
Inchbald English
From the medieval male personal name Ingebald, brought into England by the Normans but ultimately of Germanic origin and meaning literally "brave Ingel" (Ingel was a different form of Engel - a shortened form of various Germanic compound personal names (e.g. Engelbert and Engelhard) that begin with Engel-; the two main sources of that were Angel "Angle" (the name of the Germanic people) and Ingal, an extended form of Ing (the name of a Germanic god)).
Ind English (?)
Meaning deweller at the end of a villiage (Gypsy)
Ingalls English, Scandinavian (Anglicized)
Patronymic from the Anglo-Scandinavian personal name Ingell, Old Norse Ingjaldr.... [more]
Ingle English
Derived from the Old Norse given names Ingialdr or INGÓLF.
Ingold English
Derived from the given names Ingell (see Ingle), Ingjaldr or Ingwald.
Ingoldsby English
Habitational name from Ingoldsby in Lincolnshire, named from the Old Norse personal name Ingjaldr + bý meaning "farmstead", "settlement".
Ingraham English, Scottish
Variant spelling of Ingram, influenced by Graham.
Ings English
This surname of Norse origin referring to water meadows and marshes, including those that were part of the Humber flood plain.
Ioane English (New Zealand), English (Australian), American, Samoan, Polynesian, Romanian
May come from the given name John or variants of this name, such as Ion.
Iredell English (Rare)
Possibly a variant of Iredale.
Ireland English, Scottish
Ethnic name for someone from Ireland, Old English Iraland. The country gets its name from the genitive case of Old English Iras "Irishmen" and land "land". The stem Ir- is taken from the Celtic name for Ireland, Èriu, earlier Everiu... [more]
Ireton English
Habitational name from either of two places in Derbyshire called Ireton, or one in North Yorkshire called Irton. All of these are named from the genitive case of Old Norse Íri ‘Irishmen’ (see Ireland) + tun ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’.... [more]
Iribe English
1 Southern English: unexplained.... [more]
Irish English
Derived from Ireland
Ironmonger English
Occupational name from Middle English ire(n)mongere, er(n)mongere ‘ironmonger; dealer in household goods’
Irons English
English (of Norman origin): habitational name from Airaines in Somme, so named from Latin harenas (accusative case) ‘sands’. The form of the name has been altered as a result of folk etymology, an association of the name with the metal... [more]
Ironside English
Possibly from Middle English irenside (Old English iren ‘iron’ + side ‘side’), a nickname for an iron-clad warrior.
Isaac Jewish, English, Welsh, French
Derived from the given name Isaac.
Isabelle French, English
From the given name Isabelle.
Isaiah English
From the given name Isaiah
Iscandar Popular Culture, Italian, English, Japanese
Best known as both the name of a recurring outer space planet and the clan name of its own royals in the famed Space Battleship Yamato franchise. It is a variant of Iskandar, the Arabic counterpart of Alexander.
Isham English
The name of a village in Northamptonshire, England from the Celtic name of a local river Ise and the Anglo-Saxon term for a small settlement or homestead -ham.
Ishmael English
From the given name Ishmael
Isley English
Of Old English origin, derived from a place named Hesli, meaning "a hazel wood or grove".
Ismay English
Matronymic surname from the medieval given name Ismay.
Isom English
Variant of Isham.
Issac English, Spanish
From the given name Issac.
Ivans English
Meaning "son of Ivan
Iverson English (Rare)
Means "Son of Iver".
Ives English
Means "son of Ive", a medieval male personal name, brought into England by the Normans but ultimately of Germanic origin, a shortened form of any of a range of compound names beginning with īv "yew" (cf... [more]
Ivey Anglo-Saxon, English
Anglo-Saxon: Ivey is a variant of the Anglo-Saxon baptismal name Ive. It is the Anglo-Saxon equivalent of "Son of Ive".... [more]
Ivory English
Habitational name from Ivry-la-Bataille in Eure, northern France.
Ivsen English (Rare, ?)
Possibly a variant of Ibsen or Iversen.
Iykofos American
A surname means "Twilight" in Greek.
Jace English (Rare)
Derived from the given name Jace
Jacey American
Derrived from the given name Jacey
Jackett English
From a pet form of the given name Jack.
Jacks English
Possibly derived as a diminutive of the given name Jack. A famous bearer is Canadian singer-songwriter Terry Jacks, best known for his 1974 single 'Seasons in the Sun.'
Jackso English (Rare)
Rare English variant of Jackson.
Jacobi Jewish, English, Dutch, German
From the Latin genitive Jacobi ‘(son) of Jacob’, Latinized form of English Jacobs and Jacobson or North German Jakobs(en) and Jacobs(en).
Jacoby Jewish, English, German
Variant spelling of Jacobi.
Jacoway English (American)
Altered form of the personal name Jacques.
Jacox English
A variant spelling of Jaycox.
Jade English, French
From the given name Jade. It could also indicate someone with jade green eyes.
Jadwin English
"Jadwin" is said to mean "friend of a stonecutter" (Anglo-Saxon jad "stonecutter" + win or "friend.")
Jaggard English
The name Jaggard is rooted in the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It was originally a name for someone who worked as a person who tends draughthorses.
Jagger English
English (West Yorkshire): occupational name from Middle English jagger ‘carter’, ‘peddler’, an agent derivative of Middle English jag ‘pack’, ‘load’ (of unknown origin). ... [more]
Jakeson English
It means "son of Jake"
Jane English
Derived from the given name Jane.
Janet English
Directly from the given name Janet.
Janeway English
Derived from Middle English Janaways, the name for someone from the city of Genoa, Italy. A notable fictional bearer is Kathryn Janeway, the captain of starship USS Voyager on the TV-series 'Star Trek: Voyager' (1995-2001).
Janison American (Modern, Rare)
Means son of Jane. Extremely rare surname.
Jankins English (American)
Variant of Jenkins.
Janney English
Derived from a diminutive of the Medieval English given name Jan 3. A famous bearer is American actress Allison Janney (1959-).
Jardin French, English
Derived from Old French jardin meaning "enclosure, garden", hence a topographic name for someone who lived by a garden or a metonymic occupational name for someone who worked as a gardener.
Jared English
English: variant of Garrett .
Jarman Norman, English
English surname of Norman origin, derived from the French given name Germain.
Jason English
Probably a patronymic from James or any of various other personal names beginning with J-.
Jaspers English
Derived from the given name Jasper. A famous bearer is the German existential philosopher Karl Jaspers (1883-1969).
Jasperson English
Means "Son of Jasper".
Jaxton English
Means "Jack's town" in English
Jay English, French
Nickname from Middle English, Old French jay(e), gai "jay (the bird)", probably referring to an idle chatterer or a showy person, although the jay was also noted for its thieving habits.
Jaycox English
A patronymic surname from a pet form of the given name Jack.
Jayden English
Surname of the fictional character Norman Jayden, a character from the video game Heavy Rain.
Jaye English
Variant of Jay.
Jaymes English
Variant of James.
Jebson English
Meaning "son of Jeb" of uncertain origin but likely English.
Jefcoat English
Means “Son of Geoffrey”.
Jeff English
From the given name Jeff
Jefferies English
Derived from the given name Jeffrey.
Jeffress English
Variant of Jeffries, from the given name Jeffrey.
Jeffrey English
From a Norman personal name that appears in Middle English as Geffrey and in Old French as Je(u)froi. Some authorities regard this as no more than a palatalized form of Godfrey, but early forms such as Galfridus and Gaufridus point to a first element from Germanic gala "to sing" or gawi "region, territory"... [more]
Jefson English
"Son of Jef".
Jenckes English
"Back-formation" of Jenkin, a medieval diminutive of John.
Jencks English
Variant of Jenks
Jenkin English
From the given name Jenkin
Jenks English, Welsh
English (also found in Wales) patronymic from the Middle English personal name Jenk, a back-formation from Jenkin with the removal of the supposed Anglo-Norman French diminutive suffix -in.
Jenner English
Occupational name for an engineer.
Jenness English
English surname, a patronymic from the Middle English personal name Jan.
Jepsen English
Variant of Jepson.
Jeremiah English
From the given name Jeremiah
Jeremy English
From the given name Jeremy.
Jerrick English
Perhaps derrived from the place name Jericho.
Jerrold English
From the given name Jerrold.
Jessel English
From a pet-form of Jessop (a medieval male personal name - a different form of Joseph). A literary bearer is Miss Jessel, the governess who has charge of the two troubled and enigmatic children in Henry James's ghost story 'The Turn of the Screw' (1898).
Jessie English
Possibly a variant of Jessey, an occupational name for someone making jesses (a short strap fastened around the leg of a bird used in falconry).
Jessop English
Variant of Jessup.
Jessup English
From the given name Joseph.
Jethro English
From the given name Jethro.
Jetson English
A patronymic from the personal name Jutt, a pet form of Jordan... [more]
Jew English
Ethnic name for a Jew, from Middle English jeu meaning "Jew" from Old French giu.
Jewett English
A mainly Northern English surname, derived from a pet form of Julian.
Jewitt English
Variant of Jewett.
Jillson English
Variant of Gilson, meaning of "son of Giles".
Jimeno American (Hispanic), English (American)
Jimeno (pronounced He-me-no in English) is a Hispanic last name varient of Gimeno, Ximeno, or Jimenez... [more]
Joans English
Means "Son of Joan."
Job English, French, German, Hungarian
English, French, German, and Hungarian from the personal name Iyov or Job, borne by a Biblical character, the central figure in the Book of Job, who was tormented by God and yet refused to forswear Him... [more]
Jocelyn English
Another of the names brought to England in the eleventh century by the Normans, and mentioned in the Domesday Book. Originally a masculine name only.
Joe English
From the given name Joe
Joel English
Derived from the given name Joel.
Joelson English
Means "son of Joel".
Johnny English
From the given name Johnny, which is diminutive of given name John.
Jolley English
The surname Jolley came from the English word jolly.
Jollie English
Variant of Jolly.