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This is a list of submitted surnames in which the usage is English or American.
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KAPITY English
Meaning unknown.
KARKUS English
Anyone with information about this last name please edit.
KARLSON English
Means "Son of Karl".
KARP English
From the given name Karp.
KASPERSON English
Means "Son of Kasper".
KAYE English
From the first name Kaye.
KEATE English
Variant of KEAT.
KEATON English
Variant of Keeton.
KEEL English
English habitational name from Keele in Staffordshire, named from Old English cy ‘cows’ + hyll ‘hill’, or from East and West Keal in Lincolnshire, which are named from Old Norse kjolr ‘ridge’... [more]
KEELER English
English: occupational name for a boatman or boatbuilder, from an agent derivative of Middle English kele ‘ship’, ‘barge’ (from Middle Dutch kiel). Americanized spelling of German Kühler, from a variant of an old personal name (see Keeling) or a variant of Kuhl.
KEENE English
Variant of KEEN.
KEENER English
Anglicized form of Kiener or Kühner.
KEETON English
Habitational name from a place called Ketton in Durham or one in Rutland or from Keaton in Ermington, Devon. The first is named from the Old English personal name Catta or the Old Norse personal name Káti and Old English tūn "settlement"; the second is probably from an old river name or tribal name Cētan (possibly a derivative of Celtic cēd "wood") and Old English ēa "river"; and the last possibly from Cornish kee "hedge, bank" and Old English tūn.
KELHAM English
Derived from the village of Kelham, near Newark-upon-Trent, Nottingham.
KELSHAW English
Derived from the villages of North or South Kelsey in Lincolnshire.
KELSON English
Means "son of Kel"
KEMPTON English
From the name of a place in Shropshire meaning "Cempa's town" or "warrior town", from a combination of either the Old English word cempa "warrior" or the byname derived from it and tun "farmstead, settlement".
KENDREW English
Variant of Andrew, possibly influenced by McAndrew. Notable namesake is Nobel Prize winning chemist John Kendrew (1917-1997).
KENNAWAY English
From the medieval personal name Kenewi, from Old English Cynewīg, literally "royal war", or Cēnwīg, literally "bold war".
KENNEY English
Variant of Kenny
KENNY English, Irish, Scottish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Coinnigh "descendant of Coinneach" or Ó Cionaodha "descendant of Cionaodh".
KENSINGTON English
English surname meaning "Cynesige's town", from the Old English personal name Cynesige and ton 'town'.
KENSLEY English
This surname might derive from the surname Kinsley or from the locational surname Kelsey (denoting someone who is from either North or South Kelsey in Lincolnshire).
KENT English (?)
Region in England
KENTIE Scottish, English, Dutch
Origin and meaning unknown. The name Kentie was spread in the Netherlands when a Scottish soldier, Alexander Kenti, settled at Woudrichem, the Netherlands around 1650. Alexander Kenti was born and raised in the Scottish highlands... [more]
KENYON English, Welsh
Kenyon is a surname from Wales meaning "a person from Ennion's Mound"
KETCHAM English
Reduced form of KITCHENHAM
KETLEY English
Means "person from Ketley", Shropshire ("glade frequented by cats").
KICKLIGHTER American
Americanized spelling of German Kückleiter, literally ‘chicken ladder’, probably a nickname for a chicken farmer.
KIDDER English
English: possibly an occupational name from early modern English kidd(i)er ‘badger’, a licensed middleman who bought provisions from farmers and took them to market for resale at a profit, or alternatively a variant of Kidman... [more]
KIDMAN English
English: occupational name, probably for a goatherd (from Middle English kid(e) ‘young goat’ + man ‘man’), but possibly also for a cutter of wood used for fuel. (from Middle English kidde ‘faggot’ (an archaic English unit for a bundle of sticks)).
KIDWELL Welsh, English
The origins of this surname are uncertain, but it may be derived from Middle English kidel "fish weir", denoting a person who lived by a fish weir or made his living from it, or from an English place called Kiddal, probably meaning "Cydda's corner of land" from the Old English given name Cydda and halh "nook or corner of land".
KIFF English
the origin of the name KIFF could have come from a variation of KITH as in "kith and kin". The O.E.D. definition of the word KITH is that of a native land, familiar place or home so "kith and kin" meant your home and your relations... [more]
KILVERT English
Probably from an Old Norse personal name Ketilfrith, literally "cauldron peace". The surname was borne by British clergyman and diarist Francis Kilvert (1840-1879).
KIND English, German, Jewish, Dutch
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic) from Middle High German kint, German Kind ‘child’, hence a nickname for someone with a childish or naive disposition, or an epithet used to distinguish between a father and his son... [more]
KINDNESS English (Puritan)
Simply from the English abstract noun
KINGSFORD English
English habitational name from any of various places named Kingsford, for example in Essex, Devon, Warwickshire, and Worcestershire. The name ostensibly means ‘the king’s ford’, but the one in Worcestershire is named as Ceningaford ‘ford of Cena’s people’.
KINGSLEIGH English
It is a variant of KINGSLEY.
KINGSOLVER English (American)
Altered form of English Consolver, which is unexplained. Compare Kinsolving.
KINGSWELL English
An English surname meaning "Lives by the King's spring"
KINSEY English
Anglo-Saxon
KINSOLVING English
Altered form of English Consolver
KIPPS English
From Middle English Kipp, perhaps a byname for a fat man, from an unattested Old English form Cyppe, which according to Reaney is from the Germanic root kupp 'to swell'.
KIRKBY English
Variant of Kirby.
KIRKLAND English, Scottish
Derived from the Scottish 'kirk', meaning church, and land. This name denoted one who lived near or tended to the land belonging to or surrounding a church. A famous /fictional/ bearer is Arthur Kirkland, a main character in the highly popular anime/webmanga Axis Powers Hetalia... [more]
KIRKMAN English
A name originally found in both Scotland and England. From Kirk- meaning "church" and -man for someone who lived near or worked at a church.
KIRKPATRICK English, Scottish, Northern Irish
Habitational name from various places so called from the dedication of their church to St. Patrick. See KIRK.
KIRKSEY English
English: probably a habitational name from a lost or unidentified place. This surname is also common in the American South.
KIRNER English
Variant of Kerner.
KIRSTEN English
English and modernized version of Kirstein
KITCHENER English (British), Scottish
Variant spelling of Kitchen. A famous bearer was senior British Army officer and colonial administrator, Herbert Kitchener, 1st Earl Kitchener (1850-1916).
KITCHENHAM English
Occupational surname for a person who was in charge of the kitchen in a royal or noble house, or a monastery. From the Anglo Saxon cycene (German: Küche Dutch: kjøkken Latin: cocina Italian: cucina)
KITLEY English
Derived from a place name in Devonshire, England, and was first recorded in the form of Kitelhey in 1305.... [more]
KITSON Scottish, English
Patronymic form of KIT.
KITTREDGE English
Derived from the given name Keterych.
KIX English (Rare)
Location name from one of two rivers in West Yorkshire called Kex.
KLARICH English
English spelling of Klarić.
KLINE American
Kline is one of the smaller groups of anglicized forms of the German surname Klein.... [more]
KLOSS English (British)
Surname from the model, Karlie Kloss (1992-)
KNAPP English
Topographic name for someone who lived by a hillock, Middle English "nappe, Old English cnæpp, or habitational name from any of the several minor places named with the word, in particular Knapp in Hampshire and Knepp in Sussex.
KNIGHTON English
English surname which was derived from a place name composed of the Old English elements cnihta meaning "servant, retainer" (genitive plural of cniht) and tun "enclosure, settlement".
KNIPE English
The lineage of the name Knipe begins with the Anglo-Saxon tribes in Britain. It is a result of when they lived on the peak of a hill or highland. The surname Knipe is primarily familiar in the regions of Lancashire and Westmoreland.... [more]
KNITTS English
Derived from the given name Knut.
KNOCK English
Topographic name for someone living by a hill, from Middle English knocke "hill" (Old English cnoc).
KNOLL English, German, Jewish
English and German topographic name for someone living near a hilltop or mountain peak, from Middle English knolle ‘hilltop’, ‘hillock’ (Old English cnoll), Middle High German knol ‘peak’... [more]
KNOTT English
Either from the Middle English personal name Knut, or denoting a person who lived "at the knot", which is the summit of a rocky hill.
KNOTTS English
Variant of Knott
KNOWLES English, Irish
As an English surname it is derived from a genitive or plural form of Middle English knolle meaning "hilltop, hillock", denoting a person who either lived at the top of a hill or near a hillock, or hailed from one of the many places in England named with this word.... [more]
KNOWLTON English
Habitational name from either of two places so named, one in Dorset and the other in Kent.
KNOX English (Modern), Scottish, Northern Irish
Topographic name derived from Old English cnocc "round hill" referring to someone living on or near a hill top.
KOHEN Jewish, Hebrew, English
Hebrew form of Cohen.
KOLE English
Variant of Cole.
KOON American
Americanized spelling of German Kuhn or Dutch Koen.
KOSTEN American (South)
All of the individuals I know named Kosten are very homosexual.
KOX English
Variant of Cox
KRISTENSON English
Anglicized form of Kristensen
KYTE English
Variant of Kite.
LADLEY English
Probably a habitational name from a lost or unidentified place.
LADSON English
Patronymic of Ladd.
LAGADU English
Possible French origins
LAITHEN English
English habitational name from any of various places so called, for example in Lancashire (near Blackpool) and in North Yorkshire. The former was named in Old English as ‘settlement by the watercourse’, from Old English lad ‘watercourse’ + tun ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’; the latter as ‘leek enclosure’ or ‘herb garden’, from leac ‘leek’ + tun... [more]
LAKE English
Topographic name for someone who lived by a stream, Old English lacu, or a habitational name from a place named with this word, for example in Wiltshire and Devon. Modern English lake (Middle English lake) is only distantly related, if at all; it comes via Old French from Latin lacus... [more]
LAMB English
A nickname for a gentle or malleable person or an occupational name for someone who raised or cared for young sheep. Can take the form Lum.
LAMBE English
Variant of Lamb.
LAMPERT German, English
German & English variant of Lambert.... [more]
LAMSHED English
Surname common in Australia & the UK. A variation of Lambshead which was originally a mis-spelling of Lambside which was the area from which the family originated in Pommyland. Other variations include Lambshed, Lamshead, Lammyside and Lamesta... [more]
LANCASHIRE English
Shire of Lancaster; One who came from Lancashire, a county in the North of England.
LANCASTER English
Habitational name from Lancaster in northwestern England, named in Old English as ‘Roman fort on the Lune’, from the Lune river, on which it stands, + Old English cæster ‘Roman fort or walled city’ (Latin castra ‘legionary camp’)... [more]
LANCE English
From the Germanic personal name Lanzo, originally a short form of various compound names with the first element land ‘land’, ‘territory’ (for example, Lambert), but later used as an independent name... [more]
LAND English, German
Topographic name from Old English land, Middle High German lant, "land, territory". This had more specialized senses in the Middle Ages, being used to denote the countryside as opposed to a town or an estate.
LANDRY French, English
From the Germanic personal name Landric, a compound of land "land" and ric "powerful, ruler".
LANEY English, Irish
Possibly from the given name Laney or the Irish surname McElhinney.
LANGFIELD English
Combination of Old English lang meaning "long" and feld meaning "stretch of open country". It could serve either as a topographic surname or a habitational surname for someone from one of the many locations named "Langfield" (ex... [more]
LANGFORD Literature, English
An English habitational name from any of the numerous places named in Old English as ‘long ford’, from lang, long ‘long’ + ford ‘ford’, except for Langford in Nottinghamshire, which is named with an Old English personal name Landa or possibly land, here used in a specific sense such as ‘boundary’ or ‘district’, with the same second element.
LANGHORN English, Danish, Dutch
Northern English: probably a habitational name from a minor place in Soulby, Cumbria, called Longthorn, from Old English lang ‘long’ + horn ‘projecting headland’, or a topographic name with the same meaning.... [more]
LANGSTON English
Means "long stone"; derived from Old English lang meaning "long" and stan meaning "stone". It can also be used as a given name.
LANSDOWNE French, English
The first marquis lansdowne, land owners for there lords and farmers also know as tenants.
LANSING English
Derived from the name of Lancing, a place in West Sussex, which was composed of the Old English personal name Wlanc and -ingas meaning "family of" or "followers of".
LAPLANDER English
A surname referring to someone who had immigrated from Lapland, northern Scandinavia.
LAPSLEY Scottish, English, Medieval English
Combination of Old English læppa ”end of a parish” and leah ”woodland clearing”. Another meaning could be possible.
LARAMIE English
From the French la ramée "the small wood, the arbour".
LARKEY American (Modern, Rare, ?)
It is my grandmother's maiden name
LARTER English
From the old Teutonic word 'lahtro' which is to do with a place that animals bear their young. This was modifed in several dialects to be 'lahtre', 'lattr', 'lauchter' and 'lawchter'. ... [more]
LATHAM English (British)
Habitational name from any of the places in England named with the Old Norse word hlaða meaning "barn".
LATIMER English
English occupational name for a clerk who could translate documents to and from Latin and/or other languages, from Anglo-Norman French latinier, latim(m)ier.
LAUGHTON English
Habitational name from any of the numerous places in England so called. Most of them, as for example those in Leicestershire, Lincolnshire (near Gainsborough), Sussex, and West Yorkshire, are named with Old English leac ‘leek’ + tun ‘enclosure’... [more]
LAURENCE English, French
From the given name Laurence.
LAURENSON English
Means "son of Laurence"
LAVERICK English
Derived from Old English lāferce meaning "lark", making it a cognate of Lark.
LAVERS English
English (chiefly Devon and Cornwall): Medieval English and occupational, from pre-10th century Old French "lavandier". Introduced by the Normans after 1066, originally described a worker in the wool industry, and was a metonymic or nickname for a person employed to wash raw wool or rinse the cloth after fulling... [more]
LAWLESS English
Without reign of law.... [more]
LAWTON English
Habitational name, common in Lancashire and Yorkshire, from Buglawton or Church Lawton in Cheshire, or Lawton in Herefordshire, named in Old English as ‘settlement on or near a hill’, or ‘settlement by a burial mound’, from hlaw ‘hill’, ‘burial mound’ + tun ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’... [more]
LAXTON English
The lake town.
LAYCOCK English
The name comes from a small village in England called "Laycock" and has something to do with "the place of the birds."... [more]
LAYMAN English
Habitational name for someone living near a meadow. Derived from Middle English leye. ... [more]
LAZENBY English
From a place name which was derived from leysingi and byr, two Norse words meaning "freedman" and "settlement" respectively.
LEACHMAN English
Occupational name for a physician’s servant, from Leach 1 + Middle English man ‘manservant’.
LEADBEATER English
Variant spelling of Ledbetter.
LEAMON English
From an Old English word leof related to love and in this case meaning "beloved" plus the word man.
LEANNE English, Irish
means "gracious plum" in english
LEAR English
Means (i) "person from Leire", Leicestershire ("place on the river Leire", a river-name that may also be the ancestor of Leicestershire); or (ii) "person from Lear", any of several variously spelled places in northern France with a name based on Germanic lār "clearing"... [more]
LEARN English (American)
The surname Learn is traced to an 18th-century settler and his family who lived in what is now Tannersville, Pa. It is an Anglicized version of the Germanic "Loehrner," which name the settler and his family also used.
LEATHER English, Scottish
A metonymic occupational name for a leatherworker or seller of leather goods, from the Middle English and Olde English "lether", leather.
LECKEY Scottish, English, Irish
Originally Scottish, but also found in England, Northern Ireland and Ireland. Possibly derives from the barony of Leckie (meaning "place of flagstones", from Gaelic leac, "flagstone") in Stirlingshire.
LEDGER English, Norman, French, Dutch
English: from a Norman personal name, Leodegar, Old French Legier, of Germanic origin, composed of the elements liut ‘people’, ‘tribe’ + gar, ger ‘spear’. The name was borne by a 7th-century bishop of Autun, whose fame contributed to the popularity of the name in France... [more]
LEDWICK English
A variation of the given name Ludwig.
LEECH English, Scottish
A physician.
LEEDS English
From the city of Leeds in Yorkshire. The name was first attested in the form Loidis in AD 731. In the Domesday Book of 1086, it is recorded as 'Ledes'. This name is thought to have ultimately been derived from an earlier Celtic name... [more]
LEES English
Possibly a variation of the surname Lee.
LEMON English, Northern Irish, Scottish
English: from the Middle English personal name Lefman, Old English Leofman, composed of the elements leof ‘dear’, ‘beloved’ + mann ‘man’, ‘person’. This came to be used as a nickname for a lover or sweetheart, from Middle English lem(m)an... [more]
LEMONS English
Variant of Lemon
LEO English
From the Old French personal name Leon.
LESATZ English
Unknown origin (I mean by I don't know its origins). Popular in Michigan during the early 20th century.
LEVAN French, English
Comes from le vent, meaning "the wind."
LEVANT English
Derived from the Italian word levante, meaning "rising" and the French word levant, meaning "to rise". The term entered the English language in 1497 and was used to describe the "Mediterranean lands east of Italy" by referring to the rising of the sun in the east... [more]
LEVER French, English
Nickname for a fleet-footed or timid person, from Old French levre ‘hare’ (Latin lepus, genitive leporis). It may also have been a metonymic occupational name for a hunter of hares... [more]
LEVERETT English
Diminutive of Lever, from the Middle English personal name Lefred, Old English Leofred, composed of the elements leof ‘dear’, ‘beloved’ + red ‘counsel’.
LEVERTON English
This surname combines the Old English personal female name Leofwaru or the Old English word læfer meaning "rush, reed" with another Old English word tún meaning "enclosure, field, farm, dwelling." The etymology with the female name addition fits in with the town of the same name in Berkshire while the etymology with the word addition fits in with the one in Lincolnshire.
LEVINSON English, Jewish
Means "son of LEVI".
LEVY English, French, Jewish
There are three possible sources of this surname. ... [more]
LEWISON English
A surname meaning ‘son of Lewis.’
LICKFOLD English
Derives from a hamlet in West Sussex, England. All known holders, worldwide, of this rare surname can be traced back to Lickfolds who lived within 20 miles of Lickfold in the 16th century.
LIDDIARD English
From Celtic place names in England meaning "gray hill".
LIDDINGTON English, Scottish (Rare)
This surname is derived from a geographical locality. "of Liddington", a parish in Rutland, near Uppingham; a parish in Wiltshire, near Swindon.
LIEBER English, German, Polish, Jewish
Transferred use of the given name Lieber.
LIGHT English
Nickname for a happy, cheerful person, from Middle English lyght, Old English lēoht "light (not dark), bright, cheerful".
LIGHTFOOT English
English (chiefly northern England, especially Liverpool): nickname for a messenger or for a fast runner, from Middle English lyght ‘light’, ‘nimble’, ‘quick’ (Old English lioht) + fote ‘foot’.
LIGNE English
A variation of the names Ling, Lin and others.
LILLEY English
Derived from the female given name Elizabeth
LILLICRAP English
From a medieval nickname for someone with very fair hair (literally "lily-head").
LILLIS Irish, English
Metronymic from Lilly.
LILLY English
Derived from Lilly, a pet name for Elizabeth. It was also used as a nickname for someone with fair skin or hair, and is derived from Old English lilie meaning "lily (the flower)". It could also serve as a habitual surname for someone from Lilley in Hertfordshire (from lin "flax" and leah "clearing") and Berkshire (from Lillingleah meaning "wood associated with Lilla").
LILLYWHITE English
From a medieval nickname for someone with very fair hair or complexion. It was borne by English cricketers James Lillywhite (1842-1929), first captain of England, and William Lillywhite (1792-1854), pioneer of overarm bowling, uncle of James... [more]
LINDBERGH Swedish (Rare), English (Rare)
Rare variant spelling of LINDBERG. A famous bearer was American aviator Charles Lindbergh (1902-1974) who was the first person to fly non-stop from America to mainland Europe in 1927.
LINDERMAN English (Rare)
From the given name Lynn, combined with the surname mann.
LINDLEY English, German
English habitational name from either of two places in West Yorkshire called Lindley, or from Linley in Shropshire and Wiltshire, all named from Old English lin ‘flax’ + leah ‘wood’, ‘glade’, with epenthetic -d-, or from another Lindley in West Yorkshire (near Otley), named in Old English as ‘lime wood’, from lind ‘lime tree’ + leah ‘woodland clearing’... [more]
LINGERFELT American (South)
Americanized spelling of German Lingenfeld, a habitational name from a place so named in the Palatinate.
LINK English
Comes from Old English word "hlinc"
LINLEY English
This surname can be derived from a place of the same name in Shropshire, which is derived from Old English lín meaning "flax, linen" and leah meaning "clearing." As a modern surname, it can also be a variant of Lindley (Lindley is used in 2 places in Yorkshire), which is derived from Old English lind meaning "lime tree" and leah.
LINN Scottish, Scots, English, Irish, German, Jewish, Finnish (Anglicized), Estonian
As a Scottish and Northern English surname, it is a variant of Lyne. Its usage as an English name is primarily by Scots living in Northern England.... [more]
LINNANE Irish, English
Anglicized form of O'Lennon.
LINNEY English
From an Old English female personal name Lindgifu, Lindgeofu, composed of the elements lind ‘lime (wood)’, i.e. ‘shield’ (a transferred sense) + gifu, geofu ‘gift’.
LINZEY English
This is a variant of Lindsey.
LIONS English
Variant of Lyons influencd by the spelling of the word lion
LIPPINCOTT English
A habitational name meaning "of Luffincott," a parish in Devon, England. Named from Old English uncertain first element + cot ‘cottage’.
LISLE Norman, English, French
English (of Norman origin) and French: variant spelling of Lyle.