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Probably a habitational name from Madron in Cornwall. Alternatively, possibly from Madryn in Gwynedd, Wales.
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.
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.
From a medieval nickname for a skilled conciliator. It was borne by English cricketer Harry Makepeace (1881-1952).
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).
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.
From Anglo-Saxon origins, meaning "The cross or mark on the hill". This surname is taken from the location 'Mallows Green' in England.
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]
Place name for "Munda's ford" from an Old English personal name Munda
, the same element in the second syllable of Edmund
meaning a waterway crossing.
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.
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
, 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
Locational surname, derived from old English "the dweller near the chalky or sandy earth."
Name for a person who lived near a maple tree, from Middle English mapel
, and Old English mapul
Variant of Maple
, probably a name for plural Maple
, a famous bearer of this name is Marla Maples (1963-)
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.
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
, all meaning "borderland"... [more]
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).
This surname means "border clearing" from Old English elements mearc
meaning "border, mark" and leah
meaning "clearing, grove."
This surname is derived either from the name Mark
or from Old English mearc
meaning "border, mark."
An occupational surname indicating a person who was a hunter, especially a skilled one.
Means "boundary stream" from Old English maere (boundary), and pyll (stream).
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.
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
Perhaps means "brewery worker" (from Middle English mash
"fermentable mixture of hot water and grain" + rudder
Perhaps from a medieval nickname for someone with an auburn or reddish beard (from Middle English massing
"brass" + berd
The name is tribal and probably Anglo-Saxon, and translates as the 'hamm' (place or village) of the Maessa (Mass) tribe. These people are also recorded in Lincoln, as 'Massingberd', the castle (berg) of the Maessa tribe.
Derived from a place name (Matlock in Derbyshire) meaning ‘meeting-place oak’ from Old English mæthel
‘meeting’, ‘gathering’, ‘council’ and ac
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.
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]
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.
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.
From the surname but also a given name that reminds some of Springtime
Used in The City of Ember as the main character's (Lina Mayfleet) last name.
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
Topographic name for someone who lived by a meadow, from Mead 1 + the suffix -er, denoting an inhabitant.
A topographic name for someone who lived near a meadow. The form meadow
derives from mǣdwe
, the dative case of Old English mǣd
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
It is the Old English name given to a point where two streams cross each other.... [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.
Means "happy weather" in Middle English, originally belonging to a cheery person.
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.
(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]
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]
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".
From a medieval nickname for an inoffensive person (literally "mild maiden").
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
(Old English myl(e)n
, from Latin molina
, a derivative of molere
‘to grind’)... [more]
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]
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
MIMS English (British)
Habitational name from Mimms (North and South Mimms) in Hertfordshire, most probably derived from an ancient British tribal name, Mimmas.
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
The name means "lost home", and it's from the Old English words "missan" and "ham".
Influenced by the English word mystery
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 is (in some but not all cases) the English form of the German Möhl meaning mill.
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.
Name for a retail trader or a stallholder in a market, Middle English monger
Nickname for someone of monkish habits or appearance, or an occupational name for a servant employed at a monastery, from Middle English munk
"monk" (Old English munuc
, from Late Latin monachus
, Greek monakhos
"solitary", a derivative of monos
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
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
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-).
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.
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).
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]
Parish in Surrey; one mile from Mitcham. "Moor Hollow" in Old 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".
Perhaps from a Norman nickname based on Old French mort
"dead", possibly referring to someone with a deathly pallor or otherwise sepulchral appearance.
Derived from a place name meaning "still water" in Old French.
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.
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.
This surname may come from a nickname for someone wearing parti-coloured clothes (from Anglo-French motteley
, which may come from Old English mot
Mount is often used as part of the name of specific mountains.
Habitational surname for a person from Montjoie in La Manche, France, named with Old French mont
"hill", "mountain" + joie
Ultimately from the name of a place in Normandy meaning "mud hill" in Old French.
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".
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).
Either (i) "person who lives in a muddy area"; (ii) from the medieval female personal name Mudd
, a variant of Maud
, vernacular versions of Anglo-Norman Matilda
); or (iii) from the Old English personal name Mōd
, a shortened form of various compound names beginning with mōd
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.
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]
Nickname from Middle English mūs
‘mouse’ + ēage
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
From the medieval personal name Myat
, literally "little Mihel
", an Anglo-Norman variant of Michael