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BARQ English
Ever drank Barq's root beer?
BARRICK English
Variation of BARWICK.
BARRINGTON English, Irish
English: habitational name from any of several places called Barrington. The one in Gloucestershire is named with the Old English personal name BEORN + -ing- denoting association + tun ‘settlement’... [more]
BARRON English
Variant of BARON.
BARROW English
Habitational name from any of the numerous places named with Old English bearo, bearu "grove" or from Barrow in Furness, Cumbria, which is named with an unattested Celtic word, barr, here meaning "promontory", and Old Norse ey "island"... [more]
BARROWMAN English
A man employed in wheeling a barrow; specifically, in coal-mining, one who conveys the coal in a wheelbarrow from the point where it is mined to the trolleyway or tramway on which it is carried to the place where it is raised to the surface.
BARTHORPE English
This surname originates from the village of the same name in the East Riding of Yorkshire, likely combining the Old Norse personal name BǪRKR with Old Norse þorp meaning "village."
BARTLETT English
From the Middle English personal name BARTELOT, a pet form of Bartholomew.
BARTLEY English, American
1. English: habitational name from Bartley in Hampshire, or from Bartley Green in the West Midlands, both of which are named with Old English be(o)rc ‘birch’ + leah ‘woodland clearing’; compare BARCLAY... [more]
BARTMAN English
Last name Bartman is very rare but I believe it’s a English last name .Possibly variant of the last name BAUMAN
BARWICK English, German
English: habitational name from any of various places called Barwick, for example in Norfolk, Somerset, and West Yorkshire, from Old English bere ‘barley’ + wic ‘outlying farm’, i.e. a granary lying some distance away from the main village.... [more]
BASKERVILLE English
Means "bush town", from Anglo-Norman French boschet (a little bush) and ville (town).
BASOM English
origin possible of saxon origin
BASSETT English
From Old French bas meaning "short", low". It was either used as a nickname for a short person or someone of humble origins.
BATEMAN English, Scottish
Occupational name meaning ‘servant of BARTHOLOMEW.’
BATEY English (?)
Originates from mostly northern England. Is the presumed given name to fishers. (With it meaning "Small fishing boat" in old English.)
BATHGATE Scottish, English
From the town of Bathgate, west of Edinburgh, Scotland. The town's name derives from Cumbric *beith, meaning 'boar' (Welsh baedd) and *gaith. meaning 'wood' (Welsh coed).
BATTYE English (British)
A surname common in parts of Yorkshire. Meaning unknown.
BAUCOM English
Variant spelling of BALCOMBE, a habitational name from West Sussex derived from Old English bealu "evil" and cumb "valley".
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]
BAX English
Possibly a short form of BAXTER, or maybe from the Anglo-Saxon word box, referring to the box tree.
BAXENDALE English
Habitational name, probably an altered form of Baxenden, a place near Accrington, which is named with an unattested Old English word bæcstān meaning "bakestone" (a flat stone on which bread was baked) + denu meaning "valley"... [more]
BAXLEY English
Variant of BEXLEY.
BAY English
From the Middle English given name BAYE.
BAY English, French, Dutch
Derived from Middle English and Old French bay, bai and Middle Dutch bay, all meaning "reddish brown". It was originally a nickname for someone with a hair color similar to that.
BAYLEY English
Variant of BAILEY.
BAYLOR English
Possibly derived from the legal term bailor "one who delivers goods". It could also be a respelling of German name BEILER, an occupational name for an inspector of measures or a maker of measuring sticks... [more]
BEABER English (American)
Americanized spelling of German BIEBER or BIBER, from Middle High German biber ‘beaver’, hence a nickname for someone thought to resemble the animal in some way, a topographic name for someone who lived in a place frequented by beavers or by a field named with this word, or a habitational name from any of various place names in Hesse containing this element.
BEACH English
Name for someone living near a beach, stream, or beech tree.
BEACHEM English, African American
Variant of BEAUCHAMP, reflecting its traditional English pronunciation.
BEACHUM English (American)
Variant of BEAUCHAMP, reflecting the traditional English pronunciation.
BEAM English
From Old English beam "beam" or "post". It could be a topographic name from someone living near a post or tree, or it could be a metonymic occupational name for a weaver.... [more]
BEAMAN English
A beekeeper.
BEAR English
From the Middle English nickname Bere meaning "bear" (Old English bera, which is also found as a byname), or possibly from a personal name derived from a short form of the various Germanic compound names with this first element... [more]
BEARCUB English (American, Rare)
Surname meaning a bear cub.
BEARD English (American)
Nickname for a bearded man (Middle English, Old English beard). To be clean-shaven was the norm in non-Jewish communities in northwestern Europe from the 12th to the 16th century, the crucial period for surname formation... [more]
BEARDEN English
English habitational name, a variant of BARDEN, or from places in Devon and Cornwall called Beardon.
BEARN English
An old English name meaning "Son"
BEAS English
Varient spelling of the surname Bees.
BEAUCHAMP English, French
From the name of various places in France, for example in Manche and Somme, which was derived from Old French beu, bel meaning "fair, lovely" and champ, champs "field, plain".
BEAUFORD English
Variation of BUFORD. It is derived from the French word "beau", meaning "beautiful", and "ford", an Old English word meaning "river crossing".
BEAUFOY French (Anglicized, Rare), English (Rare)
Anglicized form of BEAUFAY. Known bearers of this surname include the English astronomer and physicist Mark Beaufoy (1764-1827) and the British screenwriter Simon Beaufoy (b... [more]
BEAUVOIR English
From the surname of Simone de Beauvoir (1908-1986), a French feminist and philosopher.
BECHET English
A famous bearer of this surname was Sidney Bechet (1897–1959), an American jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, and composer.
BECKER English
Occupational name for a maker or user of mattocks or pickaxes, from an agent derivative of Old English becca "mattock".
BECKETT English
An Old English name simply meaning "beehive". Famous Irish playwrite Samuel Beckett bears this name.
BECKLEY English
This surname was taken from an English habitational name from any of the various places, in Kent, Oxfordshire, and Sussex, named Beckley whose name was derived from the Old English byname Becca and the Old English lēah "woodland clearing".... [more]
BECKSON English (British)
The name comes from having lived in an enclosed place, means dweller at the old enclosure or dwelling. The surname Aldeman was first found in Essex, Suffolk and Yorkshire at Aldham. In all cases, the place name meant "the old homestead," or "homestead of a man called Ealda," from the Old English personal name + "ham."
BECKWITH English (African)
Habitational name from a place in West Yorkshire named Beckwith, from Old English bece "beech" + Old Norse viðr "wood" (replacing the cognate Old English wudu).
BECRAFT English (American)
English, variant of Beecroft. topographic name for someone who lived at a place where bees were kept, from Middle English bee ‘bee’ + croft ‘paddock’, ‘smallholding’.
BEDDALL English (British, ?)
According to the Forebears website: ... [more]
BEDFORD English
From the English county Bedfordshire and its principal city or from a small community in Lancashire with the same name. The name comes from the Old English personal name Beda, a form of the name Bede and the location element -ford meaning "a crossing at a waterway." Therefore the name indicates a water crossing once associated with a bearer of the medieval name.
BEDWORTH English
An English habitational surname from a place so named near Nuneaton, in Warwickshire, derived most likely from the Old English personal name Baeda (see BEDE), suffixed with worþ, 'enclosure', denoting an enclosed area of land belonging to Baeda.
BEE English
From Middle English be meaning "bee", Old English beo, hence a nickname for an energetic or active person or a metonymic occupational name for a beekeeper.
BEECH English
Dweller at the beech tree.
BEEDEN English (British)
Probably means "from Beeden", a village near Newbury in Berkshire. Ultimately coming from either Old English byden, meaning "shallow valley", or from the pre 7th century personal name Bucge with the suffix dun, meaning "hill of Bucge".
BEELER English
Anglicized spelling of German BIEHLER.
BEER English, German, Dutch, German (Swiss)
Habitational name from any of the forty or so places in southwestern England called Beer(e) or Bear(e). Most of these derive their names from the West Saxon dative case, beara, of Old English bearu ‘grove’, ‘wood’ (the standard Old English dative bearwe being preserved in Barrow)... [more]
BEERBREWER English
Means Brewer of Beer.
BEIHL English, German
Variant of BIEHL, a short form of BIEHLER.
BELGRAVE English
Aristocratic surname from French, meaning "beautiful grove"; comes from a place name in Leicestershire. A famous namesake is British polar explorer Belgrave Ninnis, who perished in Antarctica on a 1912 expedition.
BELLE English
Possibly a variant of BELL (1) or BELL (2).
BELLERS English
Name came from the son of a French Noble born in Leicestershire, England. Hamon Bellers took his last name after the Kirby Bellers (Bellars) which was the name of the land given to him by his father.
BELLINGHAM English
Habitational name from places called Bellingham.
BELLMAN English
Occupational name for someone who worked as a bell-ringer.
BELLMAN Swedish, English
Swedish and English form of BELLMANN. A notable bearer was Swedish composer, poet and entertainer Carl Michael Bellman (1740-1795).
BENDY American
A notable example of this surname is Anthony Bendy
BENEDICT English
Of Latin origin. Due to an early association as a saint's name and a papal name, often said to mean "blessed." Originally the Latin elements are 'bene-' meaning "good" or as an adverb "well" plus '-dict,' meaning "spoken." Thus, the literal meaning is "well spoken." ... [more]
BENEDICTSON English
English surname meaning "Son of Benedict"
BENGTSON English, Swedish
Variant of the Swedish surname BENGTSSON.
BENJAMIN English
From the given name BENJAMIN
BENNETTSON English
Means 'Son of BENNETT'.
BENNINGFIELD English, Anglo-Saxon
Benningfield is believed to be either ... [more]
BENSEN English
Related to Benson, meaning "Son of Ben"
BENTHAM English
Habitational name from any of various places named Bentham, from Old English beonet "bent grass" + ham "homestead" or hamm "enclosure hemmed in by water".
BERESFORD English
English: habitational name from a place in the parish of Alstonfield, Staffordshire named Beresford, from Old English beofor ‘beaver’ (or possibly from a byname from this word) + Old English ford ‘ford’... [more]
BERKELEY English
It is English and it is also a surname.
BERKELEY English
From the elements beorce "birch" and leah "clearing, wood" meaning "birch clearing".
BERLIN German, English
Habitational name from the city in Germany, the name of which is of uncertain meaning. It is possibly derived from an Old Slavic stem berl- meaning swamp or from a West Slavic word meaning "river lake".
BERNAL French, English, Dutch, Czech
Possibly a French, English, Dutch, and Czech version of BERNAL or a variant of BERNARD.
BERNER English, Norman
From the Norman personal name BERNIER from Old English beornan ‘to burn’, hence an occupational name for a burner of lime (compare German Kalkbrenner) or charcoal... [more]
BERNETT Scottish, English
Altered spelling of Scottish and English BURNETT or French BERNET.
BERRICK English
Variation of BARWICK.
BERRYCLOTH English (Rare)
This name is of English locational origin, from the place called Barrowclough near Halifax in West Yorkshire.
BERSFORD English (Canadian)
Named after the city 'Bersford'... [more]
BERSON English
Means "son of Berry".
BESS English
Popularly grown surname from the diminuative form of "Elizabeth" during any time of a Queen Elizabeth
BETANCES Spanish, American (Hispanic)
Unexplained; probably related to Betanzos, the name of a town near A Coruña in Galicia.
BETH English
From the given name BETH, itself a short form of ELIZABETH and BETHANY.
BETHEL English, Welsh (Anglicized)
Anglicized form of Welsh ab Ithel "son of ITHEL".
BETHENCOURT French, English, Portuguese (Rare)
BETTENCOURT and Bethencourt are originally place-names in Northern France. The place-name element -court (courtyard, courtyard of a farm, farm) is typical of the French provinces, where the Frankish settlements formed an important part of the local population... [more]
BETTENCOURT French, English, Portuguese (Rare)
Bettencourt and BETHENCOURT are originally place-names in Northern France. The place-name element -court (courtyard, courtyard of a farm, farm) is typical of the French provinces, where the Frankish settlements formed an important part of the local population... [more]
BEXLEY English
Habitational name from Bexley (now Bexleyheath in Greater London), which was named from Old English byxe ‘box tree’ + leah ‘woodland clearing’.
BEYINCÉ French, Louisiana Creole
Louisiana Creole form of Boyancé.... [more]
BIBLE English
From the given name BIBEL or an altered spelling of German BIEBL.
BICKERMAN English
The toponym Bickerton is derived from the Old English beocere, which means bee-keeper, and tun, which originally denoted a fence or enclosure.
BICKHAM English
Habitational name from places so named in Devon and Somerset, most of which are most probably named with an Old English personal name Bicca and Old English cumb "valley". The first element could alternatively be from bica "pointed ridge".
BICKNELL English (British)
Contracted form of the placename Bickenhill in Somerset, England.
BIDDLE English, Irish
Variant of English BEADLE or German BITTEL. The name is now popular in the north east region of America, where it was brought by English and Irish immigrants.
BIGELOW English
Habitational name from a place in England called Big Low meaning "big mound".
BIGGINS English
Habitational name from any of the various places in England named with northern Middle English bigging "building" (from Old Norse). This word came to denote especially an outbuilding, and is still used in and around Northumberland and Cumbria.
BIGGS English
Derived from the ancient word, "bigga", meaning large.
BIGLIN English (British)
German origin, settled by a single farmer in East Yorkshire in 1750. The name comes from the phrase "big land" meaning someone who owns alot of land.
BILLARD English, German
From a short form of the personal name Robillard, a derivative of ROBERT.... [more]
BILLINGHAM English
A surname of English origin.
BILLSON English
Means "Son of Bill."
BINGER English
Derived from the Old English name Binningas, which was a name for someone who lived near stables.
BINGHAM English
Ultimately deriving from the toponym of Melcombe Bingham in Dorset. The name was taken to Ireland in the 16th century, by Richard Bingham, a native of Dorset who was appointed governor of Connaught in 1584... [more]
BINGLEY English
Habitational surname for someone originally from the town of Bingley in West Yorkshire, England. The name is either derived from the given name Bynna combined with the suffix -inga meaning "the people of" or from the Old English elements bing meaning "hollow" and leah meaning "woodland, clearing".
BINK English
Topographic name for someone living by a bink, a northern dialect term for a flat raised bank of earth or a shelf of flat stone suitable for sitting on. The word is a northern form of modern English bench.
BINKS English
Variant of BINK.
BIRCH English, German, Danish, Swedish (Rare)
From Middle High German birche, Old English birce, Old Danish birk, all meaning "birch". This was likely a topographic name for someone living by a birch tree or a birch forest... [more]
BIRCHALL English
Probably a habitational name from Birchill in Derbyshire or Birchills in Staffordshire, both named in Old English with birce "birch" + hyll "hill".
BIRCHARD English
From the Old English personal name, Burgheard. See also BURKETT.
BIRCHFIELD English
Variant of English BURCHFIELD or an anglicized form of German BIRKENFELD.
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.
BIRDSONG English
From the English words bird and song. Possibly an English translation of the German surname Vogelsang.
BIRDWHISTLE English (Rare)
derived from whistling like a bird or the sound of the birds were sold.
BIRKET English
It's a locational surname taken from the village of Birket Houses in Lancashire.
BIRKIN English
The surname "Birkin" comes from a village in Yorkshire of the same name, first recorded as "Byrcene" in the Yorkshire charters of 1030, and as "Berchine" and "Berchinge" in the Domesday Book. The first known person with the surname "Birkin" was Jon de Birkin, a baron who lived in the late-11th century.
BIRKS English
Northern English variant of BIRCH.
BIRNE English, German, Jewish
Means "pear" in German, making it the German equivalent of PERRY (1), perhaps originally referring to a person who harvested or sold pears... [more]
BIRNEY English
Scottish: habitational name from a place in Morayshire, recorded in the 13th century as Brennach, probably from Gaelic braonach 'damp place'.
BISBEE English
Named after the city of Bisbee which is in Arizona.... [more]
BISBY Medieval Scottish, Medieval English, English (British), Scottish, English (Australian), Anglo-Norman
Either originating from the village Busby in historic county East Renfrewshire in Scotland, or Great Busby in Yorkshire. The place name is likely derived from the Norman buki, "shrub". See also BUSBY.
BITENCOURT Portuguese (Brazilian), French (Rare), English
BITENCOURT, derives from Bittencourt, Bettencourt and Bethencourt; They are originally place-names in Northern France. The place-name element -court (courtyard, courtyard of a farm, farm) is typical of the French provinces, where the Frankish settlements formed an important part of the local population... [more]
BITTERMAN English, German
Name given to a person who was bitter.
BIZZELL English
a corn merchant; one who made vessels designed to hold or measure out a bushel.
BJORKLUND English (American)
Anglicized form of Swedish BJÖRKLUND or Norwegian BJØRKLUND.
BLACKBERRY English
English surname of unexplained origin, probably from the name of a lost or unidentified place.
BLACKERBY English, Irish, Scottish
English surname of unexplained origin, probably from the name of a lost or unidentified place.
BLACKMORE English
BLACKMORE, an English name, has two possible beginnings: ... [more]
BLACKSMITH English, Welsh, Scottish
This last name is an occupation last name. A "blacksmith" means a person who makes and repairs things in iron by hand.
BLACKSTOCK English
English and southern Scottish: topographic name from Middle English blak(e) ‘black’, ‘dark’ + stok ‘stump’, ‘stock’.
BLACKWELL English
Habitational name from any of various places, for example in Cumbria, Derbyshire, County Durham, Warwickshire, and Worcestershire, named Blackwell, from Old English blæc "black, dark" and wæll(a), well(a) "spring, stream".
BLADE English
Metonymic occupational name for a cutler, from Middle English blade "cutting edge, sword".
BLAIN Scottish (Anglicized), Scottish Gaelic, English
Anglicized form of the Gaelic name BLÁÁN, a shortened form of MACBLAIN, or a variant of BLIN... [more]
BLAIRE Scottish, English
Variant spelling of BLAIR.
BLAKESTONE English (British)
The surname Blakeston was first found in the West Riding of Yorkshire at Blaxton, a township in the parish of Finningley, union and soke of Doncaster.... [more]
BLAKEWAY English
Literally means "black way", thus referring to a black road near which the original bearer must have lived. A famous bearer of this surname was Jacob Blakeway (b. 1583-?), the biological father of Mayflower passenger Richard More (1614-1696).
BLAMEY English
From blaidh-mez, the wolf's meadow; or pleu-mez, the parish meadow.
BLANCHFLOWER English
From a medieval nickname applied probably to an effeminate man (from Old French blanche flour "white flower"). This surname was borne by Northern Irish footballer Danny Blanchflower (1926-1993).
BLAND English
Bland is a habitational name from a place in West Yorkshire called Bland, the origin of which is uncertain. Possibly it is from Old English (ge)bland ‘storm’, ‘commotion’ (from blandan ‘to blend or mingle’), with reference to its exposed situation... [more]
BLANDFORD English
Habitational name from Blandford Forum and other places called Blandford in Dorset (Blaneford in Domesday Book), probably named in Old English with bl?ge 'gudgeon' (genitive plural blægna) + ford 'ford'.
BLANKENSHIP English
Variant of Blenkinsop, a surname derived from a place in Northumberland called Blenkinsopp. The place name possibly derives from Cumbric blaen "top" and kein "back, ridge", i.e. "top of the ridge", combined with Old English hōp "valley" (compare HOPE).
BLAXTON English
There are two possible origins for this surname; one- from the name of the village in the Metropolitan Borough of Doncaster (part of South Yorkshire, England) on the border of Lincolnshire, or two- from the Old English personal name Blaecstan, meaning "black stone"
BLAYLOCK English
The surname of James P. Blaylock (1950-), an early steampunk author. His surname may mean "black lock" from Middle English blakelok, originally referring to a person with dark hair.
BLAZE English
Variant of BLAISE.
BLEDSOE English
Comes from a place in Gloucestershire called Bledisloe, comes from an Old English personal name Blið.
BLENNERHASSETT English
The Blennerhassett surname comes from someone having lived in Cumberland, on the Borderlands between Scotland and England. ... [more]
BLESSED English
From a medieval nickname for a fortunate person. This surname is borne by British actor Brian Blessed (1936-).
BLEWETT English
From a medieval nickname for a blue-eyed person or one who habitually wore blue clothing (from Middle English bleuet "cornflower" or bluet "blue cloth").
BLISSETT English
A different form of BLESSED. A bearer of this surname is Luther Blissett (1958-), a Jamaican-born English footballer ("Luther Blissett" has been used since 1994 as a cover name for activists engaging in anti-cultural establishment polemics and spoofs on the internet and elsewhere).
BLIZZARD English
A different form (influenced by blizzard "heavy snowstorm") of BLISSETT.
BLOOD English
Evidently from Old English blod ‘blood’, but with what significance is not clear. In Middle English the word was in use as a metonymic occupational term for a physician, i.e. one who lets blood, and also as an affectionate term of address for a blood relative.
BLOOD English
Derived from the Old English byname Blīþa (meaning "happy, blithe").
BLOODGOOD English (American), Dutch (Americanized)
Anglicized form of Dutch Bloetgoet. The progenitor of the American Bloodgood family was Francis Bloodgood, a 17th-century Dutch emigrant to Flushing, Queens, New York, originally named Frans Jansen Bloetgoet.
BLOODSWORTH English
Variant spelling of BLOODWORTH.
BLOOM English
Metonymic occupational name for an iron worker, from Middle English blome ‘ingot (of iron)’.
BLOOMFIELD English
This interesting surname is of early medieval English origin, and is a locational name from either of the two places thus called in England, one in Staffordshire, and the other in Somerset, or it may be a dialectal variant of Blonville (-sur-Mer) in Calvados, Normandy, and hence a Norman habitation name... [more]
BLOUNT English
Variant of BLUNT.
BLOW English
From a medieval nickname for someone with a pale complexion (from Middle English blowe "pale"). This surname was borne by English composer John Blow (1649-1708) and British fashion editor Isabella Blow (original name Isabella Delves Broughton; 1958-2007); additionally, "Joe Blow" is a name used colloquially (in US, Canadian and Australian English) as representative of the ordinary uncomplicated unsophisticated man, the average man in the street (of which the equivalent in British English is "Joe Bloggs").
BLUEBERRY English
English surname of unexplained origin, probably from the name of a lost or unidentified place.
BLUFORD English, American (South)
Possibly an English habitational name from a lost or unidentified place. The name occurs in records of the 19th century but is now very rare if not extinct in the British Isles. In the U.S. it is found chiefly in TX and TN.
BLUME German, English
Could be from the Jewish surname BLUM of from Swedish BLOM. It could also be from the English word bloom.
BLUNT English
Nickname for a person with fair hair or a light complexion from Old French blunt meaning "blond". It was also used as a nickname for a stupid person from Middle English blunt or blont meaning "dull".
BOATFIELD English
Occupational name for a person who worked on the deck of a ship.
BOBE English
derived from the nickname boebel
BOCK German, Upper German, Jewish, English
Altered spelling of German Böck (see Boeck) or BACH.... [more]
BODEN English
Possibly a variant of BALDWIN.
BODIN French, English
Derived from Old French personal name BODIN or a variant spelling of BAUDOUIN.
BODKIN English
From the medieval male personal name Bowdekyn, a pet-form of BALDWIN.
BOEING English (Anglicized)
Anglicized form of German Böing. This was the surname of American industrialist William Boeing (1881-1956) who founded The Boeing Company, a manufacturer of airplanes.
BOEKHOUT English
Probably a habitational name from the village Boekhoute in northern Belgium, close to the border to The Netherlands.
BOHART English (Rare)
Meaning unknown.
BOLD German, English
English: nickname from Middle English bold ‘courageous’, ‘daring’ (Old English b(e)ald, cognate with Old High German bald). In some cases it may derive from an Old English personal name (see Bald)... [more]
BOLDING English, German
Patronymic from Bold as a personal name.
BOLEN English
Variant of BULLEN.
BOLEYN English
Franciscanized form of "Bullens", a Dutch surname meaning "son of Baldo (meaning "strong")".
BOLLARD English, Irish
According to MacLysaght, this surname of Dutch origin which was taken to Ireland early in the 18th century.
BOLLING English, German
nickname for someone with close-cropped hair or a large head, Middle English bolling 'pollard', or for a heavy drinker, from Middle English bolling 'excessive drinking'. German (Bölling): from a personal name BALDWIN
BOLT English
From Middle English bolt meaning "bolt", "bar" (Old English bolt meaning "arrow’). In part this may have originated as a nickname or byname for a short but powerfully built person, in part as a metonymic occupational name for a maker of bolts... [more]
BOMENGEN English (American), Norwegian (Rare)
Name created from during immigration from Norway to the United States in either the late 19th or early 20th century meaning, "The farm with the big gate."
BONAPARTE Italian (Rare), French (Rare), Judeo-Italian (Rare), American (Rare), Caribbean (Rare)
Variant and French form of BUONAPARTE. This is also a Jewish surname. A notable bearer was Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1820), who ruled as Emperor of France from 1804 through 1814 and again briefly in 1815, who was of Italian (Tuscan) ancestry... [more]
BONDE English
Variant of BOND.
BONES English
Derives from bon, "good" in Old French.
BONNEVILLE English (British)
From a place name.
BONSALL English (British)
This is a locational name which originally derived from the village of Bonsall, near Matlock in Derbyshire. The name is Norse-Viking, pre 10th Century and translates as 'Beorns-Halh' - with 'Beorn' being a personal name meaning 'Hero' and 'Halh' a piece of cultivated land - a farm.
BOOK English (British, Anglicized)
Likely an anglicized form of BUCH or BUCK.
BOOKE American
American variant of the German name BUCHE meaning "beech" in reference to the beech tree. Notable bearer is the actor SORRELL Booke (1930-1994).
BOOKER English
English occupational surname meaning "maker of books."
BOORMAN English
This surname is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and may be either a topographical name for someone who lived in a particularly noteworthy or conspicuous cottage, from the Olde English pre 7th Century "bur", bower, cottage, inner room, with "mann", man, or a locational name from any of the various places called Bower(s) in Somerset and Essex, which appear variously as "BUR, BURE" and "Bura" in the Domesday Book of 1086... [more]
BOOT English, Dutch, German
English: metonymic occupational name for a maker or seller of boots, from Middle English, Old French bote (of unknown origin).... [more]
BOOTHROYD English
Possibly from the Old English booth meaning "hut, shack" and royd meaning "clearing (in the woods)".
BOOTS English, Dutch, German
A variant of BOOT meaning "shoemaker" in English or "boatman" in Dutch or German.
BOOTY English
Means butt. Usually big and round.There are also two of them.
BORCHERT German, English
Variant of Borchardt (see BURKHARD).
BORECKI English
Habitational name for someone from a place called Borek or Borki, from bór "pine forest".
BORMAN Dutch, Low German, English
Dutch and North German: variant of BORMANN. ... [more]
BORN German, English
A topographical name indicating someone who lived near a stream, from the Old English "burna, burne". Alternatively, it could be contemporarily derived from the modern English word "born". Possible variants include BOURNE, Burns and BOREN.
BORNE English, French, Dutch
1. English: variant spelling of BOURNE. ... [more]
BOSLEY English
English habitation surname derived from the Old English personal name Bosa and the Old English leah "clearing, field". It's also possibly a variant of the French surname Beausoleil meaning "beautiful sun" from the French beau 'beautiful, fair' and soleil 'sun'... [more]
BOSS English
From an originally French term meaning "hunchback".
BOSTON English
Habitational name from the town Boston in Lincolnshire, England. The name means "BOTWULF’s stone".... [more]
BOSTWICK English
From an English surname which was from a lost or unidentified place name. The second element is clearly Old English wic "outlying (dairy) farm".
BOTTING English, Dutch
Patronymic from BOTT, an Old English personal name of unknown origin.
BOUDREAU English
English variant of French BEAUDREAU.
BOULTON English
Means "district" characterized by bends from the Old English words boga and land.
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