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LOCKE English, Dutch, German
English, Dutch, and German: variant of Lock. ... [more]
LOCKLEAR English
Variant of Lockyer. Locklear is an occupational name of anglo-saxon origin meaning "locksmith".
LOCKLEY English
Refers to the region of Loxley in Staffordshire, England.
LOCKYEAR English
A variant spelling of Lockyer.
LOCKYER English
Variant of Locklear. Lockyer is an occupational name of anglo-saxon origin meaning "locksmith".
LODGE English
Local name for someone who lived in a small cottage or temporary dwelling, Middle English logge (Old French loge, of Germanic origin). The term was used in particular of a cabin erected by masons working on the site of a particular construction project, such as a church or cathedral, and so it was probably in many cases equivalent to an occupational name for a mason... [more]
LOKIER English (British)
Variant of Lockyer, an occupational name for a locksmith.
LOMAS English, Scottish, Scottish Gaelic
Variant spelling of "Lomax", meaning a steam pool devoted from Lumhalghs, Lancs. Also variant spelling of "Lennox", meaning Elmwood in Gaelic.
LOMAX English
Lomax is a territorial surname, derived from the hamlet of Lumhalghs, near Bury, Greater Manchester, and meaning "pool nook" or "recess". Notable persons with the surname Lomax include: Alan Lomax (1915–2002) American musicologist, son of John Avery Lomax... [more]
LONGBOTTOM English, Literature, Popular Culture
English (West Yorkshire) topographic name for someone who lived in a long valley, from Middle English long + botme, bothem ‘valley bottom’. Given the surname’s present-day distribution, Longbottom in Luddenden Foot, West Yorkshire, may be the origin, but there are also two places called Long Bottom in Hampshire, two in Wiltshire, and Longbottom Farm in Somerset and in Wiltshire.
LONGFELLOW English
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was an American poet and educator whose works include "Paul Revere's Ride", The Song of Hiawatha, and Evangeline.
LOOK English
Habitational name from Look in Puncknowle, Dorset, named in Old English with luce ‘enclosure’.
LOOK English, Scottish
From a vernacular pet form of Lucas.
LOOMIS English
Derived from Lomax (Lumhalghs), near Bury, Lancashire, which means "pool nook/recess."
LORAH American
Americanized form of French Loreaux, from a variant of the personal name Lorel, a pet form of Laurent. This is a frequent name in Pennsylvania.
LORD English
A surname derived from someone of a lordly manner, or perhaps one who had earned the title in some contest of skill or had played the part of the ‘Lord of Misrule’ in the Yuletide festivities.... [more]
LORIMER English
Means "maker or seller of metal items of a horse's harness and associated equipment (e.g. bits and spurs)" (from Anglo-Norman loremier, a derivative of Old French lorain "harness").
LOSHAW English
English name this is the last name of singer Avril Lavigne’s Mother Judith Rosanne Loshaw
LOTSPEICH English
possibly from Bavarian lott ‘mud’ + speich ‘spittle’, ‘moist dirt’, either a topographic name for someone who lived on land in a muddy area or a nickname for someone who had a dirty appearance... [more]
LOTT English
from a medieval personal name brought to England by the Normans, of uncertain origin. It may be the Hebrew personal name Lot ‘covering’, which was relatively popular in northern France, or a reduced form of various names formed with the diminutive suffix -lot (originally a combination of -el + -ot), commonly used with women’s names.
LOUD English
from the English word "loud", given to a loud or, in jest, quiet person
LOUIS English, French, Greek (Rare), Dutch
From the given name Louis. In Greece, it is known for Spyridon Louis.
LOVE English, Scottish
From Anglo-Norman French lo(u)ve meaning "female wolf."
LOVECRAFT English
An English surname coming from the Old English lufu, meaning "love, desire", and cæft, meaning "strength, skill".... [more]
LOVEDAY English
Means either (i) "person particularly associated with a 'loveday'" (a day when, by custom, old differences were settled and reconciliations were made); or (ii) from the medieval female personal name Loveday, a descendant of Old English Lēofdæg, literally "beloved day"... [more]
LOVEJOY English
Combination of Middle English love(n), luve(n) "to love" and joie "joy".
LOVELACE English
From a medieval nickname for a woman-chaser or lothario (from Old English lufulēas, literally "without love", hence "fancy-free"). The English poet Richard Lovelace (1618-1657) was a famous bearer.
LOVELAND English
From a surname which was derived from a place name, possibly meaning "Lufa's land" in Old English or "leaf land" in Norwegian.
LOVELOCK English
From a medieval nickname for a dandy or a man conceited about his appearance (from lovelock, a term for an elaborately curled lock of hair). This surname is borne by British scientist James Lovelock (1919-), formulator of the "Gaia" concept.
LOVEN Norwegian (Rare), American (Rare)
From a farm (later renamed to Låvi) in Aurland municipality in Sogn og Fjordane fylke.... [more]
LOVETT English, French
From Ango-Norman French "louvet" meaning "young wolf".
LOWEHART English
Variation of Lowheart, used to denote people who seem to show a lack of consideration through expression
LOWERY English, Irish
Irish variant of Lowry
LOWES English
Patronymic from of Low derived from Middle English lowe meaning "hill, mound".
LOXLEY English
English: habitational name from any of various minor places named Loxley, as for example one in Warwickshire, which is named with the Old English personal name Locc + leah ‘woodland clearing’.
LUCERO English, Spanish
The surname "Lucero" was derived from English conquerers who came from England, most likely someone who worked for a king or queen. The term Lucero refers to a "star" or "light carrier" when the English traveled to Spain, the Spanish people gave them the name "Lucero" but earlier was spelled with an "s or Lusero"... [more]
LUCIAN English (British, Rare)
Derived from the given name Lucian
LUGG English
English (Devon) probably from a local vernacular derivative of Lucas. However, Reaney posits an Old English personal name, Lugga, from which this name could be derived.
LUKE English
From a derivative of Lucas. This was (and is) the common vernacular form of the name, being the one by which the author of the fourth Gospel is known in English.
LUKEHART English (American)
Americanized form of German Luckhardt.
LULL English
From an Old English personal name, Lulla.
LUMB English, Anglo-Saxon
Lumb valley system in Yorkshire, England.... [more]
LUNDY English
Either (i) "person from Lundie", the name of various places in Scotland (meaning "place by a marsh"); or (ii) a different form of McAlinden.
LUNN Norwegian, English
Derived from Lund, which in turn comes from the Old Norse lundr, meaning "grove of trees".
LUSTER English
Variant of Lester.
LUTTER Dutch, English, German
Dutch and English: variant of Luter.... [more]
LUXON English
English (Cornwall and Devon) variant of Luxton.
LUXTON English
English habitational name from a minor place, probably one of two in Devon, so called from the possessive form of the Middle English personal name or surname Lugg (from Old English Lugga) + Middle English tune, tone ‘settlement’ (Old English tun).
LYELL English
English
LYLE English
Derived from Norman French l'isle "island".
LYMAN English, German (Anglicized), Dutch
English: topographic name for someone who lived near a meadow or a patch of arable land (see Layman). ... [more]
LYND English
Variant of LUND.
LYNESS Northern Irish, Irish, English
Variant of LINES or anglicized form of Mac Aleenan.
LYNLEY English
Variant spelling of Lindley.
LYNX English
Meaning "lynx" in English.
LYONS English, Irish
Is a surname with a variety of origins, from England, Ireland, Scotland, or perhaps France. ... [more]
MABBETT English
From a pet-form of the medieval female personal name Mabbe, a shortened form of Amabel (ultimately from Latin amābilis "lovable"). See also Mapp
MABRY English, Irish
Variant spelling of Mayberry.
MACDOOF English, Scottish
It is based off of a book character (or two given names into one).... [more]
MACE English, French
English: from a medieval personal name, a survival of Old English Mæssa, which came to be taken as a pet form of Matthew.... [more]
MACHEN English
Occupational name for a stonemason, Anglo-Norman French machun, a Norman dialect variant of Old French masson (see Mason).
MACKLIN English, Scottish
Meaning unknown, but it might be related to MACLEAN.
MACMICHAEL English
Variant of McMichael.
MACMILLAN Scottish, English
A Scottish family name. The origin of the name is said to derive from the origin of the Scottish Clan MacMillan. The progenitor of the Clan was said to be Airbertach, Hebridean prince of the old royal house of Moray... [more]
MADELEY English
English: habitational name from places so named in Shropshire and Staffordshire, named in Old English with the personal name Mada + leah ‘woodland clearing’.
MADKINS English
Metronymic from a pet form of the personal name MADDE.
MADREN English
Probably a habitational name from Madron in Cornwall. Alternatively, possibly from Madryn in Gwynedd, Wales.
MAGGS English
Metronymic from the medieval personal name Mag.
MAGILL English
scottish/irish
MAHLOY English (American)
Mahloy is a misspelling of Malloy by Charles Malloy's (b. 1898, Scotland) elementary school teacher in the Ireland. The surname Malloy is derived from the pre 10th century Old Gaelic name O'Maolmhuidh, meaning the descendant of the Great Chief.
MAIN Scottish, English, French, Norman
Various origins explained include:... [more]
MAINE Scottish, English
Scottish and English variant spelling of Main.
MAISON English
Variant spelling of MASON.
MAITLAND English, Scottish
Possibly from Mautalant, the name of a place in Pontorson, France meaning "inhospitable" or "bad temper" in Norman French (ultimately from Late Latin malum "bad" and talentum "inclination, disposition"), which was so named because of its unproductive soil; or perhaps it was originally a nickname for an ungracious individual, derived from the same source.
MAKEPEACE English
From a medieval nickname for a skilled conciliator. It was borne by English cricketer Harry Makepeace (1881-1952).
MAKICE American (Modern, Rare)
Taken as a new common familyname by Kevin McGrew Isbister and Amy Elizabeth Clendening. They scrambled their initials (KMI and AEC), and came up with “Makice” as their family name.
MALE English
Nickname for a virile man, from Middle English male meaning "masculine".
MALIN English, French, Dutch
From the given name Malin (English), and from the given name Madalin composed of the Germanic element madal meaning "council" (French, Dutch).
MALLARD English
Either (i) from the Old French male personal name Malhard, brought into England by the Normans but ultimately of Germanic origin and meaning literally "council-brave"; or (ii) from a medieval nickname for someone thought to resemble a male wild duck.
MALPASS English, Scottish, French
Habitational name from any of various places named Malpas, because of the difficulty of the terrain, from Old French mal pas "bad passage" (Latin malus passus). It is a common French minor place name, and places in Cheshire, Cornwall, Gwent, and elsewhere in England were given this name by Norman settlers... [more]
MANESS English (American)
Probably a variant of MANES.
MANFORD English
Place name for "Munda's ford" from an Old English personal name Munda, the same element in the second syllable of Edmund and ford meaning a waterway crossing.
MANGOLD English
Meaning uncertain, perhaps (i) "operator of a mangonel (a medieval siege catapult)"; or (ii) from the Germanic personal name Managwald, literally "much rule".
MANLEY English
Habitational name from places in Devon and Cheshire, named in Old English as "common wood or clearing", from (ge)mǣne "common, shared" and lēah "woodland clearing". The surname is still chiefly found in the regions around these villages.
MANNING English, Irish (Anglicized)
English patronymic from Mann. ... [more]
MANSELL English (Canadian), Norman
Of Norman origin, a habitational or regional name from Old French mansel ‘inhabitant of Le Mans or the surrounding area of Maine’. The place was originally named in Latin (ad) Ceromannos, from the name of the Gaulish tribe living there, the Ceromanni... [more]
MANSON English, Scottish
Manson is a surname of Scottish origin. It is an anglicised version of the Scandinavian name Magnusson, meaning son of Magnus. It is derived from the latin word magnus, which means "great."
MANTIA English (?)
This is my last name. I honestly don't know where it came from. But it's a last name because it's mine lol
MANTON English
Locational surname, derived from old English "the dweller near the chalky or sandy earth."
MAPLE English
Name for a person who lived near a maple tree, from Middle English mapel, and Old English mapul.
MAPLES English
Variant of Maple, probably a name for plural Maple, a famous bearer of this name is Marla Maples (1963-).
MAPP English
From a variant of the medieval female personal name Mabbe, a shortened form of Amabel. A fictional bearer is Elizabeth Mapp, busybodyish spinster in the 'Mapp and Lucia' novels of E.F. Benson.
MARCH English
From the English word meaning, "to walk stiffly and proudly" or possibly from the month.
MARCHANT French, English, Spanish
Variant of Marchand, from French marchand meaning "merchant, mercantile". Though it is of French origin, it was transferred into the Spanish-speaking world, especially Chile, by French invasion of the Iberian Peninsula.
MARK English, German, Dutch
Topographic name for someone who lived on a boundary between two districts, from Middle English merke, Middle High German marc, Middle Dutch marke, merke, all meaning "borderland"... [more]
MARKES English
Variant spelling of Marks.
MARKHAM English
English name from a place in Nottinghamshire, named in Old English as 'homestead at a (district) boundary', from mearc 'boundary' + ham 'homestead'. English surname used as an equivalent of Gaelic Ó Marcacháin 'descendant of Marcachán', a diminutive of Marcach (see Markey).
MARKLEY English
This surname means "border clearing" from Old English elements mearc meaning "border, mark" and leah meaning "clearing, grove."
MARKS English
This surname is derived either from the name Mark or from Old English mearc meaning "border, mark."
MARKSON English
This surname means "son of Mark."
MARPLE English
Means "boundary stream" from Old English maere (boundary), and pyll (stream).
MARRIOTT English, French
Derived from Mary.
MARSH English
English: topographic name for someone who lived by or in a marsh or fen, Middle English mershe (Old English mersc), or a habitational name from any of various minor places named with this word, for example in Shropshire and Sussex.
MARTELLE English, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese
English and German: from a medieval personal name, a pet form of Martin or Marta.... [more]
MARVEL English
Either (i) from a medieval nickname (often ironic) for someone regarded as a prodigy; or (ii) "person from Merville", the name of two places in northern France ("smaller settlement" and "settlement belonging to a man with a Germanic name beginning with Meri-, literally 'famous'")... [more]
MASEY English, Scottish, French, Norman
English and Scottish (of Norman origin) and French: habitational name from any of various places in northern France which get their names from the Gallo-Roman personal name Maccius + the locative suffix -acum.... [more]
MASSE English, French, Dutch
English: variant of Mace ... [more]
MASSETER English
Perhaps means "brewery worker" (from Middle English mash "fermentable mixture of hot water and grain" + rudder "rudder-shaped stirrer").
MASSINGBERD English
Perhaps from a medieval nickname for someone with an auburn or reddish beard (from Middle English massing "brass" + berd "beard").
MATLOCK English
Derived from a place name (Matlock in Derbyshire) meaning ‘meeting-place oak’ from Old English mæthel ‘meeting’, ‘gathering’, ‘council’ and ac ‘oak’.
MATONTI English
My grandfathers last name from Italy . He grew up in Naples but the name is from a small country village by Tuscany named Matonti. That's all we know so far.
MATSEN English
Variant of Matson, Mattsen, etc.
MATSON English
Means "son of Matthew".
MATTHEW English, Scottish
Derived from the given name Matthew.
MATTHIAS German, Dutch, English, Welsh, Greek
German and Dutch: from the personal name Matthias (see Matthew).... [more]
MATTINGLY English (British)
This name dates all the way back to the 1200s and research shows that Mattingly families began immigrating to the United States in the 1600s and continued until the 1900s. However, the place name (Mattingley, England) dates back to the year 1086, but spelled as Matingelege... [more]
MATTSEN English
Variant of Matson.
MAUDLING English
From the medieval female personal name Maudeleyn, the English form of Greek Magdalēnē, the sobriquet in the New Testament of the woman Mary who was cured of evil spirits by Jesus... [more]
MAUGHAN Irish, English
Anglicized from the original Irish Gaelic form Ò Mocháin meaning 'descendant of Mochain'. This name was one of the earliest known Irish surnames brought to England and remains a fairly common surname in the North East of the country.
MAURICE English, French
This surname is taken from a given name which is derived from the Roman name Mauritius, a derivative of Maurus.
MAURIS English
This surname may be a variant of Maurice.
MAVROS English (American)
Means "Black" in Greek.
MAXFIELD English
Habitational name from places so named in England.
MAXSON Popular Culture, English
Means son of Max. This is the surname of the hereditary leaders of the Brotherhood of Steel in the popular Fallout game. The first bearer of the name was Captain Roger Maxson, who founded the BOS, with the most recent bearer being Arthur Maxson, the current leader of the BOS in Fallout 4.
MAXTON English
From a place name meaning "Maccus' settlement".
MAYBERRY English, Irish
Of uncertain origin, probably an altered form of Mowbray. Possibly it is derived from an English place name.
MAYE English
English variant spelling of May.
MAYFIELD English
From the surname but also a given name that reminds some of Springtime
MAYHEW English
Mayhew is an Old French variant of Matthew and means "gift of God."
MAYNE Scottish, English
Scottish and English variant spelling of Main.
MC English
Variant of Mac
MCAULAY English
Derived from the Irish "Mac Amhalghaidh" from the prefix Mac- (son of-) and Amhalghaidh, Old Irish form of the name Aulay/ Auley. See also: MacAuley
MCCAIN English
"Son of warrior"
MCCAW American
Famous bearer of this surname is NBA basketball player is Patrick McCaw (1995-).
MCMICHAEL English
Means “son of Michael” in English.
MCRAYNE English, Scottish
Means "son of the queen," combining the surname Rayne with the prefix Gaelic prefix mac, meaning "son."
MCTONY American
Tony McTony!
MEAD English
topographic name for someone who lived by a meadow, from Middle English mede ‘meadow’ (Old English m?d). metonymic occupational name for a brewer or seller of mead (Old English meodu), an alcoholic beverage made by fermenting honey
MEADER English
Topographic name for someone who lived by a meadow, from Mead 1 + the suffix -er, denoting an inhabitant.
MEDD English
Dweller at the meadow.
MEDLEY English
Habitational name, either a variant of Madeley (a name common to several places, including one in Shropshire and two in Staffordshire), named in Old English as ‘Mada’s clearing’, from an unattested byname, Mada (probably a derivative of mad ‘foolish’) + leah ‘woodland clearing’; or from Medley on the Thames in Oxfordshire, named in Old English with middel ‘middle’ + eg ‘island’... [more]
MEED English
Dweller at the meadow.
MEEHAN English
Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Miadhacháin 'descendant of Miadhacháin', a diminutive of Miadhach, a byname meaning 'honorable'. Also a diminutive of Gaelic maoth 'moist', 'soft', 'tearful'.... [more]
MEFFORD English
It is the Old English name given to a point where two streams cross each other.... [more]
MELLOR English
Parishes in Derbyshire, and Lancashire, meaning the mill bank. ... [more]
MENEAR Cornish, English (British)
English (Devon; of Cornish origin): topographic name for someone who lived by a menhir, i.e. a tall standing stone erected in prehistoric times (Cornish men ‘stone’ + hir ‘long’). In the United States, it is a common surname in Pennsylvania & West Virginia.
MENZEL German, English
Derived from a short form of MENZ, CLEMENS or HERMANN.
MERIWETHER English
Means "happy weather" in Middle English, originally belonging to a cheery person.
MERRIDEW English
A different form of Meredith (from the Welsh personal name Meredydd, perhaps literally "lord of splendour"). It occurs in Wilkie Collins' 'The Moonstone' (1868) belonging to Mrs Merridew, widowed sister to Sir John Verinder.
MERRIWEATHER English
From a medieval nickname for someone of a cheerful disposition (cf. Meriwether).
MERVYN English
(i) from the medieval personal name Merewine, literally "fame-friend"; (ii) from the Old English personal names Mǣrwynn, literally "famous joy", and Merefinn, from Old Norse Mora-Finnr; (iii) from the Welsh personal name Merfyn, literally probably "marrow-eminent"
MESLY English
Variant of Mesley.
METCALFE English
An occupational name from Northern England, from Old English mete, 'food' and calf, 'calf', i.e calfs being fattened for consumption in late summer. Thus, making this surname an occupational name for either a slaughterer or herdsman... [more]
MICKLEY English
It comes the French name Michelet, which comes from the name Michael, as in the angel. ... [more]
MIDDLETON English, Scottish
Habitational name from any of the places so called. In over thirty instances from many different areas, the name is from Old English midel "middle" + tun "enclosure","settlement".
MIER Spanish, Dutch, English (American)
As a Spanish name relates to late summer and means "harvest" or "ripened".... [more]
MIKEL English, Nigerian
From the given name Mikel.
MILDMAY English
From a medieval nickname for an inoffensive person (literally "mild maiden").
MILHOUS English
Variant spelling of English Millhouse.
MILHOUSE English
Variant spelling of Millhouse.
MILK English
Probably from Middle English milk ‘milk’, applied as a metonymic occupational name for a producer or seller of milk.In some instances, probably a translation of German Milch, a variant of Slavic Milich or of Dutch Mielke (a pet form of Miele), or a shortening of Slavic Milkovich.
MILL Scottish, English
Scottish and English: topographic name for someone who lived near a mill, Middle English mille, milne (Old English myl(e)n, from Latin molina, a derivative of molere ‘to grind’)... [more]
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.
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.
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.