English Submitted Surnames

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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.
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."
MARKSMAN English
An occupational surname indicating a person who was a hunter, especially a skilled one.
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.
MARS English
From the given name Mars
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]
MATTISON English
Means son of "Matthew"
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
MAYFLEET English
Used in The City of Ember as the main character's (Lina Mayfleet) last name.
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"
MCMATH Scottish, English
Means "son of Math".
MCMICHAEL English
Means “son of Michael”.
MCRAYNE English, Scottish
Means "son of the queen," combining the surname Rayne with the prefix Gaelic prefix mac, meaning "son."
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.
MEADOW English
A topographic name for someone who lived near a meadow. The form meadow derives from mǣdwe, the dative case of Old English mǣd.
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"
MESSAM English (British)
originates from a place called Measham in the county of Leicestershire. The placename is first recorded in the famous Domesday Book of 1086, as Messeham, and in the Pipe Rolls of the county of 1182 as Meisham... [more]
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.
MILBOURNE English
Variant form of Milburn.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.