English Submitted Surnames

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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]
METHENY English
Originated from the village name of Methley in Yorkshire.
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]
MIFFLIN English
An English West Country variant of the original Welsh-Breton personal name MERLIN.
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.
MILLWOOD English, Anglo-Saxon
The name was originally given to a miller or the keeper of a mill. The surname Millwood is derived from the Old English word mylenweard.
MILMAN English
From the old English word mylen meaning "mill" and mann meaning "man", which in this sense means a worker
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.
MINDEN German, English
Habitational name from any of various places so named, for example in Westphalia (German) or Shropshire (English).
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.
MOBERLEY English
English habitational name from Mobberley in Cheshire, named in Old English as ‘clearing with a fortified site where assemblies are held’, from (ge)mot ‘meeting’, ‘assembly’ + burh ‘enclosure’, ‘fortification’ + leah ‘wood’, ‘clearing’.
MOBLEY English
English reduced form of MOBERLEY.
MOCKFORD English
Mockford comes from "Mocca's ford", with Mocca being an Old English name of uncertain origin. An alternative theory is that it comes from "Motholfr's ford" from the Old Norse meaning "renown-wolf". Either way, Mockford was once a place in Sussex, near Rottingdean, and it is from there that most branches of the name originate.
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.
MONARCH English
Origin unidentified. Perhaps a translation of French Monarque, Monarc, a nickname for a high-handed or haughty person, from Old French monarque 'monarch'.
MONCKTON English
Possibly meaning "estate of monks"
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.
MOORHOUSE English (British)
This derives from the surname MOREHOUSE, with Old English mōr meaning "marsh", "fen" + hūs meaning "house".... [more]
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, French
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".
MOREY Irish, English
Anglicized form of Irish Gaelic Ó Mórdha, and in English (of Norman origin), from the Old French given name Mory, a short form of AMAURY (see EMERY).
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.
MORNINGSTAR English, Jewish
English transcription of MORGENSTERN.
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.
MORTENSON English
Means "Son of Morten".
MORTIMER English
Derived from a place name meaning "still water" in Old French.
MORTONSON English
Means "Son of MORTON".
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.
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
Possibly derived from the mountain in the Cascade Range, in the state of Washington, United States.
MOUSEL German (Austrian, Anglicized), English
Anglicisation of the German Mäusl, from the German word maus - "mouse" combined with a diminutive suffix, literally meaning "little mouse"... [more]
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.
MULBERRY English
From the name of the fruit.
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]
MUMFORD English (?)
No available.
MUMPHERY English
Variant spelling of MUMPHREY.
MUMPHREY English
Variant spelling of the surname HUMPHREY.
MUNGER English
Variant of MONGER.
MURCHISON English (American)
May be an Anglicized form of the Gaelic "Mac Mhurchaidh" meaning "Son of Sea Warrior"
MURKERSON English (American)
May be related to the surname MURCHISON
MURREY English, Scottish, Irish
English, Scottish, and Irish variant of Murray.
MUSCOTT English
A surname for someone from Muscott.
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.
MYRICK English
Either means "dark", "work" or "ruler".
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.
NARRAMORE English
Earliest progenitor is Reginald Bynorthemore, living 1318 inbetween Bovey Tracy and Moretonhampstead, in Dartmoor, Devonshire, England. By the 16th century, the surname was being used interchangeably as Narramore/Northmore within the same generation, as in the case of Walter Narramore/Northmore... [more]
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".
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.
NEIGHBOR English
From the Middle English word neighbor, derived from neghebour, which in turn comes from the Old English words neah, meaning "near", and gebur, meaning "a dweller". This may have been used as a nickname for someone who was a 'good neighbor', more likely it evolved from the term of address for someone living nearby.
NEILSON English
Means "son of NEIL". Often an English respelling of the surnames NIELSEN or NILSEN.
NELVIN English (American)
Female named after her uncle who surname was Melvin. Born in Shreveport, Louisiana in 1931.
NEMIROW English
Is the English for the Russian/Ukrainian Surname Nemirov
NEMO English
A different form of Nimmo (a Scottish name of unknown origin).
NERBY English, Norwegian, Swedish (Rare)
From Old Norse neðri "lowest" and býr "farm".
NESBITT Scottish, Irish, English
Derives from the hamlets of East Nisbet and West Nisbet, Berwickshire. Some bearers of Nisbet/Nesbitt (and variant) names may originate from the village of Nisbet in Roxburghshire.
NESTOR English
Transferred use of given name NESTOR
NEUFELD German, English
Neufeld is a surname of German origin, meaning "new field". It is not seldom in Germany and it is common among German speaking Mennonites from Russia.
NEVELS English, Scottish
(1) Variant of NEVILLE (2) Possibly variant of Dutch Nevens, which is derived from Neve, from Middle English, Old Norse, Middle Dutch neve ‘nephew’, presumably denoting the nephew of some great personage.
NEVIL English
"Variant of the name NEVILLE"
NEW English
Nickname for a newcomer to an area, from Middle English newe meaning "new".
NEWARK English
A habitational name taken on from a place name, such as Newark in Cambridgeshire or Newark on Trent in Nottinghamshire.
NEWBORN English
Habitational name from Newbourn in Suffolk or Newburn in Tyne and Wear (formerly part of Northumberland), both named with Old English niwe "new" and burna "stream", perhaps denoting a stream that had changed its course.
NEWBROUGH English (British)
Newbrough surname is thought to be a habitational, taken on from a place name such as from Newbrough in Northumberland, which is derived from the Old English words niwe, meaning "new," and burh, meaning "fortification."
NEWBY English
Means "person from Newby", Newby being a combination of the Middle English elements newe "new" and by "farm, settlement" (ultimately from Old Norse býr "farm"). British travel writer Eric Newby (1919-2006) bore this surname.
NEWCOMER English (American)
Nickname for a person who was new to a town or location, from Old English niwe meaning "new" and cumen meaning "to come".
NEWEY English
Topographic name for someone who lived at a "new enclosure", from Middle English newe "new" and haga "enclousire".
NEWHAM English
Habitational name from any of the various places, for example in Northumbria and North Yorkshire, so named from Old English neowe "new" and ham "homestead".
NEWLIN English, Irish
An Irish surname meaning "By the the spring"
NEWQUIST English
Americansized form of Swedish NYQUIST.
NEY German, English
A dialectal form of the common German word neu "new".... [more]
NICHOLLS English
Derived from the given name NICHOL.
NICKERSON English
Means "son of NICHOLAS".
NICKS English, German
From the nickname of Nicholas.
NICKSON English
Variant of NIXON, patronymic from the given name NICHOLAS.
NIGHTINGALE English
Nickname for someone with a good voice, from Middle English nighti(n)gale, Old English nihtegal, from niht "night" and galan "sing" (cf. NACHTIGALL).
NIKOLAS English, Greek
From the given name NIKOLAS.
NINE English (American)
Americanized spelling of German Nein or Neun, from Middle High German niun meaning "nine".
NOAR English
This surname is thought to be derived from nore which could mean "shore, cliff." This could denote that someone might have lived in a shore or cliff. It may also be used as a surname for someone who lived in the now 'diminished' village of Nore in Surrey.
NOBBS English
Derived from HOB, a Medieval English diminutive of ROBERT.
NOBLE English, Scottish, Irish, French
Nickname from Middle English, Old French noble "high-born, distinguished, illustrious" (Latin nobilis), denoting someone of lofty birth or character, or perhaps also ironically someone of low station... [more]
NOCK Celtic, English
Dweller at the oak tree; originally spelt as "Noake" evolved into "Nock".
NOICE English
Variant spelling of Noyce.
NOON English
Either (i) from a medieval nickname for someone of a sunny disposition (noon being the sunniest part of the day); or (ii) from Irish Gaelic Ó Nuadháin "descendant of Nuadhán", a personal name based on Nuadha, the name of various Celtic gods (cf... [more]
NORDEEN English (American)
Perhaps an anglicization of NORDIN or NORDÉN.
NORDICK English
Habitational name from a place so named near Bocholt, in the Lower Rhine area.
NORELL Swedish, English
Swedish ornamental name composed of norr "north" or nor "small strait" and the popular surname suffix -ell, from Latin adjectival suffix -elius. ... [more]
NORRELL English, German (?)
A locational surname from the Germanic (Old English/Old Norse) term for the north. It either refers to someone who lived in a location called Northwell, lived north of a well, spring or stream (Old English weall)... [more]
NORRINGTON English
Norrington is the name given to a person from the eponymous place.
NORSWORTHY English
Habitational name from Norseworthy in Walkhampton, Devon.
NORTHCOTT English
Derived from the Old English words "norð," meaning "north," and "cot," meaning a "cottage," or "shelter."
NORTHERN English
Topographic name, from an adjectival form of North.
NORWAY English
From the country in Europe.
NORWEL English
English surname meaning "From the North Spring"
NORWELL English
Means, "from the North Spring"
NOTTINGHAM English (British)
A habitational name from the city of Nottingham in the East Midlands. Comes from the Old English name, meaning "homestead (ham) of Snot’s people". The initial S- was lost in the 12th century, due to the influence of Anglo-Norman French.... [more]
NOVEMBER English (American)
From the name of the month.
NOY English
Either (i) from the medieval male personal name Noye, the English form of the Hebrew name Noach "Noah"; or (ii) an invented Jewish name based on Hebrew noy "decoration, adornment".
NUGENT English, Irish, French
An English, Irish (of Norman origin) and French habitational surname derived from any of several places in northern France (such as Nogent-sur-Oise), From Latin novientum and apparently an altered form of a Gaulish name meaning "new settlement".
NUNN English
Means someone who is a nun
NUTE Anglo-Saxon, English
Derived from the given name CNUTE. Alternatively, it may be of nickname origin, from the Old English word hnutu, which meant brown, and would have been given to someone with a brown complexion.
NUTTALL English
English: habitational name from some place named with Old English hnutu ‘nut’ + h(e)alh ‘nook’, ‘recess’. In some cases this may be Nuthall in Nottinghamshire, but the surname is common mainly in Lancashire, and a Lancashire origin is therefore more likely... [more]
NUTTER English
Means either (i) "scribe, clerk" (from Middle English notere, ultimately from Latin notārius); or (ii) "person who keeps or tends oxen" (from a derivative of Middle English nowt "ox")... [more]
OAK English
Topographic name for someone who lived near an oak tree or in an oak wood, from Middle English oke "oak".
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