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MILLAY English
This surname is thought to be a respelling of Millais, which may come from the French surname Millet, a metonymic occupational name for a grower or seller of millet or panic grass (derived from a diminutive form of Old French mil which is then derived from Latin milium meaning "millet").... [more]
MILLEN English
A mill worker.
MILLINGTON English
Parishes in Cheshire, and the East Riding of Yorkshire.
MILLSAP English (American), English
Judging by the name and how it sounds, I guess it's occupational. This is the name of a town in Texas, named after Fuller Millsap.
MILNER English, Scottish
Northern English (mainly Yorkshire) and Scottish: variant of Miller, retaining the -n- of the Middle English word, which was a result of Scandinavian linguistic influence, as in Old Norse mylnari.
MILO English
Derived from the given name Milo.
MIMS English (British)
Habitational name from Mimms (North and South Mimms) in Hertfordshire, most probably derived from an ancient British tribal name, Mimmas.
MINER English
English occupational name for someone who built mines, either for the excavation of coal and other minerals, or as a technique in the medieval art of siege warfare. The word represents an agent derivative of Middle English, Old French mine ‘mine’ (a word of Celtic origin, cognate with Gaelic mein ‘ore’, ‘mine’).
MINOR English, German, French
English: variant spelling of Miner.... [more]
MISSINGHAM English
The name means "lost home", and it's from the Old English words "missan" and "ham".
MISTRY English
Influenced by the English word mystery meaning unknown.
MIXON English
Means "Mick's son".... [more]
MOATS English
Variant of Moat.
MOHLER German, English
The Mohler surname is derived from the Low German word möhl which means mill. Thus the name originally denoted someone who live or worked near a mill. Variant of Müller.
MOLAISON American
Unexplained meaning.
MOLE English
Mole is (in some but not all cases) the English form of the German Möhl meaning mill.
MOLTEN English
The surname Molten refers to one who melts lead.
MONEYMAKER English (American)
Translated form of German Geldmacher or Geldschläger, occupational names for a coiner.
MONEYPENNY English
Probably from a medieval nickname for a rich person or a miser. A fictional bearer is Miss Moneypenny, secretary to M (the head of MI6) in the James Bond novels of Ian Fleming and in the films based on them.
MONGER English
Name for a retail trader or a stallholder in a market, Middle English monger, manger.
MONK English
Nickname for someone of monkish habits or appearance, or an occupational name for a servant employed at a monastery, from Middle English munk, monk "monk" (Old English munuc, munec, from Late Latin monachus, Greek monakhos "solitary", a derivative of monos "alone").
MONTFORD English
As a Shropshire name believed to mean "from a communal ford or water crossing" while the Norfolk origin is "from Munda's ford," Munda being an old English personal name meaning "protector, guardian," as seen in names such as Edmund.
MONTGOMERIE Scottish, English
Variation of MONTGOMERY. A famous bearer was Margaret Montgomerie Boswell (1738 to 1789), wife of author James Boswell.
MONTY French, English
Topographic name for a mountain dweller, from Old French mont 'mountain' (Latin mons, montis).
MOODY English, Irish
Either from Middle English modie "angry, haughty, impetuous", or Old English modig "brave, proud".
MOORCOCK English
From a medieval nickname for someone thought to resemble a moorcock (the male of the red grouse). It is borne by British author Michael Moorcock (1939-).
MOOREHOUSE English
Variant spelling of Morehouse.
MORALEE English, French
First found in Norfolk where they were seated from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings.
MORANT English
From the Old French personal name Morant, perhaps from a nickname meaning "steadfast", or alternatively of Germanic origin and meaning literally "courage-raven". A known bearer was the British-born Australian soldier and poet Breaker Morant, original name Edwin Henry Murrant (?1864-1902).
MORDAUNT English
Recorded as Mordant, Mordaunt (English), Mordagne, Mordant (French) and apparently Mordanti in Italy, this is a surname of French origins. According to the famous Victorian etymologist Canon Charles Bardsley writing in the year 1880, the name was originally Norman, and was brought to England by a follower of Duke William of Normandy, when he conquered England in 1066... [more]
MORDEN English
Parish in Surrey; one mile from Mitcham. "Moor Hollow" in Old English.
MOREDOCK English
From the fact that boats get moored at a dock.
MOREHOUSE English
Habitational name from any of various places, for example Moorhouse in West Yorkshire, named from Old English mōr meaning "marsh", "fen" + hūs meaning "house".
MORGANS English, Irish
Variation of Morgan.
MORGANTON English (Canadian)
Created by combining the last names Morgan and Middleton in Calgary, Alberta, Canada in September of 2013.
MOROUX Louisiana Creole
From the surname Moroux.
MORT English
Perhaps from a Norman nickname based on Old French mort "dead", possibly referring to someone with a deathly pallor or otherwise sepulchral appearance.
MORTIMER English
Derived from a place name meaning "still water" in Old French.
MOSCOW English (American, Rare)
From the city of Moscow in Russia.
MOSLEY English
Habitational name from any of several places called Mos(e)ley in central, western, and northwestern England. The obvious derivation is from Old English mos ‘peat bog’ + leah ‘woodland clearing’, but the one in southern Birmingham (Museleie in Domesday Book) had as its first element Old English mus ‘mouse’, while one in Staffordshire (Molesleie in Domesday Book) had the genitive case of the Old English byname Moll.
MOSS English, Welsh, Scottish, Northern Irish
English and Welsh: from the personal name Moss, a Middle English vernacular form of the Biblical name Moses. ... [more]
MOSSMAN English
This interesting name is a variant of the surname Moss which is either topographical for someone who lived by a peat bog, from the Old English pre 7th Century 'mos' or a habitational name from a place named with this word, for example Mosedale in Cumbria or Moseley in West Yorkshire.
MOTA American
Surname of YouTuber and Dancing with the Stars competitor Bethany Mota.
MOTLEY English
This surname may come from a nickname for someone wearing parti-coloured clothes (from Anglo-French motteley, which may come from Old English mot meaning "speck").
MOUNT English
Mount is often used as part of the name of specific mountains.
MOUNTAIN English
Topographic name from Old French montagne "mountain" (see Montagne).
MOUNTJOY English
Habitational surname for a person from Montjoie in La Manche, France, named with Old French mont "hill", "mountain" + joie "joy".
MOUNTSTUART English
Transferred use of the given name Mountstuart.
MOWBRAY English
Ultimately from the name of a place in Normandy meaning "mud hill" in Old French.
MOWERS Scottish, English
English: variant of Mower
MOXLEY English, Irish, Welsh, Scottish
From the name of a minor place in the West Midlands.
MOXON English
Means "son of Magge", a pet-form of Margaret, a female personal name which came into English via French from Late Latin Margarita, literally "pearl".
MOYES English
From the medieval personal name Moise, a vernacular variant of Moses (the biblical name of the Hebrew prophet who led the Children of Israel out of captivity).
MUDD English
Either (i) "person who lives in a muddy area"; (ii) from the medieval female personal name Mudd, a variant of Maud (variously Mahalt, Mauld, Malt, vernacular versions of Anglo-Norman Matilda); or (iii) from the Old English personal name Mōd or Mōda, a shortened form of various compound names beginning with mōd "courage".
MUDGE English
A location surname for someone who lives or dwells near the swamps. A famous bearer of this surname is Angela Mudge, a champion fell runner and trail runner from Scotland.
MULLIS English
As either Mulles and Mullis, the surname first found in Parish Registers in Cornwall Co. by 1548 in Michaelstow. Manorial tenement rolls trace that particular family to 1483. Between 1337 and 1453 random tenants were recorded between Tintagel and Altarnun as Molys and Mollys... [more]
MUMPHERY English
Variant spelling of Mumphrey.
MUMPHREY English
Variant spelling of the surname Humphrey.
MUNGER English
Variant of Monger.
MURREY English, Scottish, Irish
English, Scottish, and Irish variant of Murray.
MUSK English
Perhaps a variant of Dutch Musch.
MUSSEY English
Nickname from Middle English mūs ‘mouse’ + ēage ‘eye’.
MUSTIN English
Origin uncertain, possibly a variant of Muston or Musto.
MUSTON English
Habitational name from places so named, from Old English mus "mouse", or must, "muddy stream or place" combined with tun "enclosure, settlement". Another explanation could be that the first element is derived from an old Scandinavian personal name, Músi (of unknown meaning), combined with tun.
MYATT English
From the medieval personal name Myat, literally "little Mihel", an Anglo-Norman variant of Michael.
NAISMITH English
Means either "nail-maker" (from Old English nægelsmith) or "knife-maker" (from Old English cnīfsmith).
NANKERVIS Cornish, English (Australian)
From the name of a place in St Enoder parish in Cornwall, derived from Cornish nans "valley" and an uncertain second element, possibly *cerwys, an unattested plural of carow "stag".... [more]
NAPIER Scottish, English
Scottish occupational name for a producer or seller of table linen or for a naperer, the servant in charge of the linen in use in a great house from the Middle English, Old French nap(p)ier, an agent derivative of Old French nappe ‘table cloth’ (Latin mappa)... [more]
NARAMOR English, Welsh
Naramor, also Narramore or Naramore, is a corruption of Northmore, and has Welsh/English background. "More North"
NARCH English
Variant of Narchi.
NASMITH Scottish, English
This surname is derived from an occupation, "nail-smith", but may also mean "knife-smith".
NATE English
From the given name Nate.
NATES English, Jewish
It's probably from the given name Nate, the origin is said to be Jewish*, but the ancestors immigrated to English speaking countries.
NATHAN English
From the given name Nathan.
NATION English
Most probably a variant of Nathan, altered by folk etymology under the influence of the English vocabulary word nation
NAUGHTON English
Habitational name from a place in Suffolk, named in Old English with nafola meaning "navel" + tūn meaning "enclosure", "settlement", i.e. "settlement in the navel or depression".
NAVARRO Spanish, French, English
Describes a former member of the ancient kingdom of Navarre. Possibly means 'the treeless country' or 'the country above the trees'
NEAD English
1. English: possibly a metonymic nickname for a needy person, from Middle English ne(e)d ‘need’. ... [more]
NEALE English, Scottish, Irish
English, Scottish, and Irish variant of Neal.
NEARS English
French in origin, it is derived from the word "Noir," which is the equivalent of the English word "Black." It could have referred to a person with dark features, hair, or perhaps even one who was thought to engage in nafarious, or "dark," deeds.
NEDD English, Welsh
Son of "Edward" in Old English.... [more]
NEEVE English, Scottish
An English surname, of Norman origin, meaning the nephew. One who was in care of their uncle. A surname first recorded in Perthshire.
NEIGHBOR English
From the Middle English word neighbor, derived from neghebour, which in turn comes from the Old English words neah, meaning "near", and gebur, meaning "a dweller". This may have been used as a nickname for someone who was a 'good neighbor', more likely it evolved from the term of address for someone living nearby.
NEILSON English
Means "son of Neil". Often an English respelling of the surnames Nielsen or Nilsen.
NELVIN English (American)
Female named after her uncle who surname was Melvin. Born in Shreveport, Louisiana in 1931.
NEMIROW English
Is the English for the Russian/Ukrainian Surname Nemirov
NEMO English
A different form of Nimmo (a Scottish name of unknown origin).
NESBITT Scottish, Irish, English
Derives from the hamlets of East Nisbet and West Nisbet, Berwickshire. Some bearers of Nisbet/Nesbitt (and variant) names may originate from the village of Nisbet in Roxburghshire.
NESTOR English
Transferred use of given name Nestor
NEVELS English, Scottish
(1) Variant of Neville (2) Possibly variant of Dutch Nevens, which is derived from Neve, from Middle English, Old Norse, Middle Dutch neve ‘nephew’, presumably denoting the nephew of some great personage.
NEVIL English
"Variant of the name Neville"
NEW English
Nickname for a newcomer to an area, from Middle English newe meaning "new".
NEWBORN English
Habitational name from Newbourn in Suffolk or Newburn in Tyne and Wear (formerly part of Northumberland), both named with Old English niwe "new" and burna "stream", perhaps denoting a stream that had changed its course.
NEWBROUGH English (British)
Newbrough surname is thought to be a habitational, taken on from a place name such as from Newbrough in Northumberland, which is derived from the Old English words niwe, meaning "new," and burh, meaning "fortification."
NEWBY English
Means "person from Newby", Newby being a combination of the Middle English elements newe "new" and by "farm, settlement" (ultimately from Old Norse býr "farm"). British travel writer Eric Newby (1919-2006) bore this surname.
NEWEY English
Topographic name for someone who lived at a "new enclosure", from Middle English newe "new" and haga "enclousire".
NEWHAM English
Habitational name from any of the various places, for example in Northumbria and North Yorkshire, so named from Old English neowe "new" and ham "homestead".
NEWLIN English, Irish
An Irish surname meaning "By the the spring"
NEWQUIST English
Americansized form of Swedish Nyquist.
NEY German, English
A dialectal form of the common German word neu "new".... [more]
NICKERSON English
Means "son of NICHOLAS".
NICKS English, German
From the nickname of Nicholas.
NICKSON English
Variant of Nixon, patronymic from the given name Nicholas.
NIGHTINGALE English
Nickname for someone with a good voice, from Middle English nighti(n)gale, Old English nihtegal, from niht "night" and galan "sing" (cf. NACHTIGALL).
NINE English (American)
Americanized spelling of German Nein or Neun, from Middle High German niun meaning "nine".
NOAR English
This surname is thought to be derived from nore which could mean "shore, cliff." This could denote that someone might have lived in a shore or cliff. It may also be used as a surname for someone who lived in the now 'diminished' village of Nore in Surrey.
NOBBS English
Derived from Hob, a Medieval English diminutive of Robert.
NOBLE English, Scottish, Irish, French
Nickname from Middle English, Old French noble "high-born, distinguished, illustrious" (Latin nobilis), denoting someone of lofty birth or character, or perhaps also ironically someone of low station... [more]
NOCK Celtic, English
Dweller at the oak tree; originally spelt as "Noake" evolved into "Nock".
NOCTE American
Means "night" in Latin.
NOICE English
Variant spelling of Noyce.
NOON English
Either (i) from a medieval nickname for someone of a sunny disposition (noon being the sunniest part of the day); or (ii) from Irish Gaelic Ó Nuadháin "descendant of Nuadhán", a personal name based on Nuadha, the name of various Celtic gods (cf... [more]
NORELL Swedish, English
Swedish ornamental name composed of norr "north" or nor "small strait" and the popular surname suffix -ell, from Latin adjectival suffix -elius. ... [more]
NORRELL English, German (?)
A locational surname from the Germanic (Old English/Old Norse) term for the north. It either refers to someone who lived in a location called Northwell, lived north of a well, spring or stream (Old English weall)... [more]
NORRINGTON English
Norrington is the name given to a person from the eponymous place.
NORSWORTHY English
Habitational name from Norseworthy in Walkhampton, Devon.
NORTHCOTT English
Derived from the Old English words "norð," meaning "north," and "cot," meaning a "cottage," or "shelter."
NORTHERN English
Topographic name, from an adjectival form of North.
NORWAY English
From the country in Europe.
NORWEL English
English surname meaning "From the North Spring"
NORWELL English
Means, "from the North Spring"
NOTTINGHAM English (British)
A habitational name from the city of Nottingham in the East Midlands. Comes from the Old English name, meaning "homestead (ham) of Snot’s people". The initial S- was lost in the 12th century, due to the influence of Anglo-Norman French.... [more]
NOVEMBER English (American)
From the name of the month.
NOY English
Either (i) from the medieval male personal name Noye, the English form of the Hebrew name Noach "Noah"; or (ii) an invented Jewish name based on Hebrew noy "decoration, adornment".
NUNN English
Means someone who is a nun
NUTTALL English
English: habitational name from some place named with Old English hnutu ‘nut’ + h(e)alh ‘nook’, ‘recess’. In some cases this may be Nuthall in Nottinghamshire, but the surname is common mainly in Lancashire, and a Lancashire origin is therefore more likely... [more]
NUTTER English
Means either (i) "scribe, clerk" (from Middle English notere, ultimately from Latin notārius); or (ii) "person who keeps or tends oxen" (from a derivative of Middle English nowt "ox")... [more]
OAK English
Topographic name for someone who lived near an oak tree or in an oak wood, from Middle English oke "oak".
OAKES English, Irish
English: Topographic name, a plural variant of Oak.... [more]
OAKLAND English
This surname is derived from Old English āc and land and it, obviously, means "oak land."
OAKLEAF English (American)
Probably an Americanized (translated) form of Swedish Eklöf.
OAKS English
English variant spelling of Oakes and Americanized form of Jewish Ochs.
OATES English
Patronymic from the Middle English personal name Ode (see Ott).
OATIS English
Altered spelling of Otis, itself a variant of Oates.
OATS English
Variation of Oates.
OBERLIN German, English
From Oberst and the suffix Lynn.... [more]
OBESUS American
Means "obese" in Latin.
OBSCURITE English
A word which means "darkness" in French language.
ODD English
Variant of Ott.
ODHAM English
Variant of ODOM, altered by folk etymology as if derived from a place name formed with -ham.
ODOM English
Medieval nickname for someone who had climbed the social ladder by marrying the daughter of a prominent figure in the local community, from Middle English odam ‘son-in-law’ (Old English aðum).
OFFICE English (Modern)
Occupational name for a person who works in an office.
OFFICER English (Canadian), English (American, Rare)
Occupational name for the holder of any office, from Anglo-Norman French officer (an agent derivative of Old French office ‘duty’, ‘service’, Latin officium ‘service’, ‘task’).
OGILVIE Scottish, English
From the ancient Barony of Ogilvie in Angus, Northeast Scotland. The placename itself is derived from Pictish ocel, 'high' and fa, 'plain'.
OKEY English
Location name meaning "lives near oak trees".
OLD English
From Middle English old, not necessarily implying old age, but rather used to distinguish an older from a younger bearer of the same personal name.
OLDKNOW English
Originally "Oldknoll"; deriving from the word knoll meaning ''hill''.
OLDROYD English
Derived from the two Old English pre 7th century words - "euld", meaning "old", and "royd", meaning "clearing".
OLESON English
Anglicized form of Olesen
OLIN English, Dutch
English or Dutch name meaning either "from a low lying area" or from the word Hollander meaning "one from the Netherlands" a country well known for a low lying landscape.
OLIPHANT English
Means "elephant" (from Middle English, Old French and Middle High German olifant "elephant"), perhaps used as a nickname for a large cumbersome person, or denoting someone who lived in a building distinguished by the sign of an elephant.
OLLIS English
Unexplained surname found in records of Bristol and Bath.
OLLSON English
Variant of Olsson or Olsen.
OLMSTEAD English (British)
Comes from the Old French ermite "hermit" and Old English stede "place".... [more]
OPHEL English
19th century name from the Cambridgeshire area. Probably derived from Oldfield. Variants include Opheld, Oful and Offel.... [more]
OPIE English, Cornish
From the medieval personal name Oppy or Obby, a diminutive of such names as Osbert, Osborn, and Osbald. Bearers of this surname include British portrait and history painter John Opie (1761-1807) and British authors and folklorists Peter Opie (1918-82) and his wife Iona Opie (née Archibald; 1923-).
ORANGE Medieval English, Medieval French, English
Derived from the medieval female name, or directly from the French place name. First used with the modern spelling in the 17th century, apparently due to William, Prince of Orange, who later became William III... [more]
ORBISON English
From a village in Lincolnshire, England originally called Orby and later Orreby that is derived from a Scandinavian personal name Orri- and the Scandinavian place element -by which means "a farmstead or small settlement."
ORCHARD English, Scottish
English: topographic name for someone who lived by an orchard, or a metonymic occupational name for a fruit grower, from Middle English orchard.... [more]
ORCUTT English
Perhaps a much altered spelling of Scottish Urquhart used predominantly in Staffordshire, England.
ORDWALD English
English name meaning "spear strength".
ORGAN English
Metonymic occupational name for a player of a musical instrument (any musical instrument, not necessarily what is now known as an organ), from Middle English organ (Old French organe, Late Latin organum ‘device’, ‘(musical) instrument’, Greek organon ‘tool’, from ergein ‘to work or do’).
ORGAN English
From a rare medieval personal name, attested only in the Latinized forms Organus (masculine) and Organa (feminine).
ORLEY Dutch, Flemish, English
A surname of uncertain origin found among the Dutch, Flemish and English. In England the name is primarily found in Yorkshire and Devon. Orley may be an adapted form of a French name D'Orley or a nickname for Orlando... [more]
ORMAY English (American)
Believed to be the Americanization of the last name Ormoi from Hungary.
ORPIN English
Means "herbalist" (from Middle English orpin "yellow stonecrop", a plant prescribed by medieval herbalists for healing wounds). A variant spelling was borne by British painter Sir William Orpen (1878-1931).
OSBORN English
From the given name OSBORN.
OSLER English
Possibly derived from Ostler (from the the Norman 'Hostelier') meaning clerk or bookkeeper. First used in England after the Norman invasion of 1066. Surname of a 19th cent. Canadian doctor, Sir William Osler, widely viewed as the 'Father of Internal Medicine'.
OSMAR English
Variant of Hosmer.
OSMOND English
From the given name Osmond
OSTERDAY American (Germanized, Rare)
One day in Germany there was a male infant left on the steps to a church. When someone found the baby on the steps, they decided to name him Oster because that day was the day of Easter. Easter in German is Oster... [more]
OSWALD English
From the given name Oswald.
OTTOWAY English
From the Norman male personal names Otoïs, of Germanic origin and meaning literally "wealth-wide" or "wealth-wood", and Otewi, of Germanic origin and meaning literally "wealth-war".
OVERSON English
Derived from the Old French name Overson, meaning "dweller by the river-banks". The name was probably brought to England in the wake of the Norman conquest of 1066.
OWNER English
From English owner meaning "a person who owns something".
OXENDINE English
From an English place name meaning "valley of the oxen", which was derived from Old English oxa "ox" (genitive plural oxena) and denu "valley".
OYASKI English (American)
A surname created by Michael Oyaski (formally Michael O'Yaski). The surname is currently known to only be used by one particular branch of the O'Yaski family tree. The surname means "Dragon Rider of the West" according to members of the Oyaski family.
PACEY English
"Habitation name from Pacy-sur-Eure" which took its name from the Gallo-Roman personal name Paccius and the local suffix -acum.
PACKARD English, Norman, Medieval English, German (Anglicized)
English from Middle English pa(c)k ‘pack’, ‘bundle’ + the Anglo-Norman French pejorative suffix -ard, hence a derogatory occupational name for a peddler. ... [more]
PACKWOOD English
Habitational name from a place in Warwickshire, so named from the Old English personal name Pac(c)a + wudu ‘wood’.
PADDINGTON English
Believed to mean "Pada's farm", with the Anglo-Saxon name Pada possibly coming from the Old English word pad, meaning "toad".
PADGHAM English
A habitational name.
PADLEY English
A habitational name from a place named Padley, which was probably named with the Old English personal name Padda and lēah meaning ‘glade, woodland clearing’. Alternatively, the first element may have been padde, meaning ‘toad’.