English Submitted Surnames
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SWAN English, Scottish
Originally given as a nickname to a person who was noted for purity or excellence, which were taken to be attributes of the swan, or who resembled a swan in some other way. In some cases it may have been given to a person who lived at a house with the sign of a swan... [more]
Habitational name from Swanwick in Derbyshire, possibly also Swanwick in Hampshire. Both are named from Old English swan
, "herdsman," and wic
, "outlying dairy farm."
Unexplained. Possibly an Anglicized form of Dutch Swijse(n)
, variant of Wijs
"wise" (see Wise
SWIFT English, Irish
As an English surname, it is originated as a nickname for a swift, fast runner (from Old English swift
meaning "swift, fleet, quick.")... [more]
Probably an Americanized spelling of German Schwing
or from Middle High German zwinc meaning "legal district", hence possibly a metonymic occupational name for a district administrator.
SWINTON English, Scottish
From various place names composed of Old English swin
"pig, wild boar" and tun
Either (i) from the medieval nickname Swetesire
(literally "sweet sir, amiable master"), applied sarcastically either to someone who used the expression liberally as a form of address or to someone with a de-haut-en-bas
manner; or (ii) an anglicization of Schweitzer
(from Middle High German swīzer
English Surname (mainly Yorkshire): topographic name for someone who lived by a stream in a marsh or in a hollow, from Middle English syke ‘marshy stream’, ‘damp gully’, or a habitational name from one of the places named with this word, in Lancashire and West Yorkshire.
SYMERE English (American, Rare)
Name of unknown origin, typically used in the United States. It is best known as the real first name of American rapper Lil Uzi Vert.
SYNGE English (British)
First found in Shropshire where they had been anciently seated as Lords of the Manor of Bridgenorth, from the time of the Norman Conquest of England in 1066 A.D.
Either (i) from the medieval male personal name Syred
(from Old English Sigerǣd
, literally "victory-counsel"); or (ii) from the medieval female personal name Sigerith
(from Old Norse Sigfrithr
, literally "victory-lovely").
TALBERT English, French
From a continental Germanic personal name composed of the elements tal
"valley" and berth
TALBOT English, Norman
Disputed origin, but likely from a Germanic given name composed of the elements tal
"to destroy" and bod
"message". In this form the name is also found in France, taken there apparently by English immigrants; the usual French form is Talbert
TALLANT English (British, ?), Norman, Irish
English (of Norman origin) occupational name for a tailor or nickname for a good swordsman, from taillant
‘cutting’, present participle of Old French tailler
‘to cut’ (Late Latin taliare
, from talea
‘(plant) cutting’)... [more]
Habitational name from Talland in Cornwall, which is thought to be named as ‘hill-brow church site’, from Cornish tal
TALLON English, Irish, Norman, French
English and Irish (of Norman origin), and French from a Germanic personal name derived from tal
‘destroy’, either as a short form of a compound name with this first element (compare Talbot
) or as an independent byname... [more]
From a shortened variant of the male personal name Andrew
, with the suffix -cock
(literally "cockerel", hence "jaunty or bumptious young man"), that was often added to create pet-forms of personal names in the Middle Ages.
TANGUAY French, English
From a personal name, a contraction of Tanneguy
, from Breton tan
meaning 'fire', and ki
meaning 'dog', which was the name of a 6-th century Christian saint associated with Paul Aurelian.
Tarbell is an alteration of the English placename Turville in Buckinghamshire in England.
Probably a habitational name from a lost or unidentified place in Lancashire or Cheshire, where the surname occurs most frequently.
Habitational name from Taunton in Somerset, Taunton Farm in Coulsdon, Surrey, or Tanton in North Yorkshire. The Somerset place name was originally a combination of a Celtic river name (now the Tone, possibly meaning ‘roaring stream’) + Old English tūn
‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’... [more]
This surname is derived from the Middle English phrase "at asche," meaning at,or near the ash tree.
Variant of English Taft
. This surname was already well established in Connecticut and Rhode Island by 1715.
TELFER Scottish, English, Italian
From a personal name based on a byname for a strong man or ferocious warrior, from Old French taille
"to cut" + fer
"iron" Latin: ferrum
"iron" (see Tagliaferro
TEMPEST English (British)
English (Yorkshire): nickname for someone with a blustery temperament, from Middle English, Old French tempest(e) ‘storm’ (Latin tempestas ‘weather’, ‘season’, a derivative of tempus ‘time’).
TEMPLE English, French
Occupational name or habitational name for someone who was employed at or lived near one of the houses ("temples") maintained by the Knights Templar, a crusading order so named because they claimed to occupy in Jerusalem the site of the old temple (Middle English, Old French temple, Latin templum)... [more]
Derived from Templeton
, from the English words 'temple' and 'town'.
This name means literally curt, short or stiff. Similar to Stiff (surname) (see STIFF
under user submitted names) Not very commonly used. If you're looking for a name for a fictional character who is either an antagonist or just likes to stir things up, you could probably use this.
An anglicized version of the Dutch surname, Der Willikeur
, meaning "a by-law; a statute". Also, Der willige-waar
, means "serviceable ware", or "ware that sells well" and could be related as well.
English (Yorkshire) habitational name from Thackray in the parish of Great Timble, West Yorkshire, now submerged in Fewston reservoir. It was named with Old Norse þak
‘thatching’, ‘reeds’ + (v)rá
THAIN Scots, English
Occupational surname meaning a nobleman who served as an attendant to royals or who was awarded land by a king.
THANE Scots, English
Occupational surname meaning a nobleman who served as an attendant to royals or who was awarded land by a king. Variant of Thain
Theall is a rare English surname. It originates from the British town of Theale.
A surname found in Lancashire in north west England, taken from the name of a minor place in the parish of Lancaster which meant "meadow overgrown with thistles" from Middle English thistle
"meadow" (cf... [more]
Last name of famous American author, naturalist, transcendentalist, tax resister, development critic, sage writer and philosopher, Henry David Thoreau.
The name Thornburg comes from the Old English thorn broc
, because the original bearers lived near a "stream by the thorns" in Buckinghamshire and North Yorkshire.
Habitational name from any of various places named Thornhill, for example in Derbyshire, West Yorkshire, Dorset, and Wiltshire, from Old English þorn
"thorn bush" + hyll
Derived from Thornley
, which is the name of three villages in England (two are located in the county of Durham, the third in Lancashire). All three villages derive their name from Old English þorn
"thorn" and Old English leah
"clearing (in a wood), glade", which gives their name the meaning of "the thorny glade"... [more]
English status name from Old English þr?l
‘thrall’, ‘serf’ (from Old Norse þræll
The last name of the main pirate character in Lucaart's Monkey Island.
This was the last name of a person I saw on YouTube. It was actually their last name. I am not joking at all. According to this site, it ranks 128,249 out of 162,253. It's a pretty badass last name... [more]
This Old English Surname was derived from a hill named after its resemblance to a teat
(mammary gland) of which Tidd is a variant. That name became a name for the locale and further by extension for its people... [more]
From the medieval female personal name Tiffania
(Old French Tiphaine
, from Greek Theophania
, a compound of theos
"God" and phainein
"to appear"). This name was often given to girls born around the feast of Epiphany.
Used in farming familys back in the 18th century but its still living true! but this very rare and uniqe name is only used in three family in australia.
TIMBERLEY American, English (Rare)
Means "timber clearing" in English. From the Middle English words tymber, meaning wood trees, and leah, meaning clearing. The name's origin be related to tree farming.... [more]
TIMM German, Dutch, English
English: probably from an otherwise unrecorded Old English personal name, cognate with the attested Continental Germanic form Timmo
. This is of uncertain origin, perhaps a short form of Dietmar
From a place name in England composed of the unattested name Tynni
and Old English hlaw
"hill, mound, barrow".
TIPPETTS English (American)
Tippetts Recorded as Tipp, Tippe, diminutives Tippell, Tippets, Tipping, patronymics Tippett, Tipples, Tippins, and possibly others, this is a medieval English surname. ... [more]
TOLIVAR Asturian (Modern, Rare), English (Rare)
Variant of Tolliver
. Apparently, this name may have originated in Candamo, Asturias, in the 18th (or earlier) century. The "var" last syllable may be related to "fer," and the meaning may be related to iron, e.g. iron miner, iron refiner, etc... [more]
TOOKE English (Rare)
This unusual English surname is of pre 7th century Old Scandinavian origin.
Means "of Torkington". Torkington is an area in Greater Manchester, England.
From the Old Norse male personal name Tófi
, a shortened form of various compound names beginning with Thorf
- or Thorv
- (e.g. Thorvaldr
), based on the name of the thunder god Thórr
Habitational name for a person from Towneley near Burnley in Lancashire, itself from the Old English elements tun
"enclosure, settlement" and leah
"wood, clearing". In some cases it may have been a topographic name for a person who lived at a clearing associated with a farm or village.
Derives from old English word 'trayne' which means to trap or to snare. Also an occupational name given to horse trainers. First found in Yorkshire, England in the 1300s.
From a medieval nickname for a tricky or deceptive person (from Old French tricheor
Locational surname derived from Trolhop
, the original name of Troughburn, a place in Northumberland, England. The place name means "troll valley" from Old Norse troll
"troll, supernatural being" and hop
"enclosed valley, enclosed land"... [more]
"Trott" is an early recorded surname of the 17th century in America. It is five hundred years older when linked to Medieval Britain.
TROTTER English, Scottish, German
Northern English and Scottish: occupational name for a messenger, from an agent derivative of Middle English trot(en)
'to walk fast' (Old French troter
, of Germanic origin). ... [more]
This surname is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and has three distinct possible sources, each with its own history and derivation. ... [more]
English habitational name from Trewhitt in Northumbria, named from Old Norse tyri
‘dry resinous wood’ + possibly an Old English wiht
Metonymic occupational name for a trumpeter, from Middle English trumpe
This is a late medieval occupation descriptive name given to a professional witness, in effect an early Solicitor, the name deriving from the Olde French "Attester" - one who testifies or vouches for a contract or agreement.
Derived from Old English tucian meaning "offend, torment", and tun
Means "of Tunstall"; Tunstall is a town in the United Kingdom. Derived from the Old English elements tun
meaning "farm" and staell
which has about the same meaning as tun
TURNEY English, Norman
Habitational name from places in France called Tournai, Tournay, or Tourny. All named with the pre-Roman personal name TURNUS
and the locative suffix -acum
TUTTLE English, English (American), Irish
Derived from the Old Norse given name Þorkell
, derived from the elements þórr
) and ketill
"cauldron". The name evolved into Thurkill
in England and came into use as a given name in the Middle Ages... [more]
Possibly derived from TWEEDY
perhaps originating from the area around the River Tweed
. Most common in England around the Lincolnshire
area, but also found in Yorkshire
. There are also people called TWIDDY in the USA who probably emigrated from England or the Scottish Borders originally.
English habitational name from any of the numerous places named Twyford, for example in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Derbyshire, Hampshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Middlesex, and Norfolk, from Old English twi-
‘double’ + ford
From a place name meaning "squatter's holding" from Old English unthanc
(literally "without consent").
From the Old English male personal name Hūnwine
, literally "bearcub-friend" (later confused with Old English unwine
"enemy"). Bearers include British publisher Sir Stanley Unwin (1885-1968) and "Professor" Stanley Unwin (1911-2002), South African-born British purveyor of comical nonsense language.
Most probably an altered spelling of English Upshire, a habitational name from Upshire in Essex, named with Old English upp
"up" and scir
"district". Alternatively, it may be a variant of Upshaw
URBAN English, French, German, Czech, Slovak, Polish, Ukrainian, Belarusian, Hungarian, Jewish
From a medieval personal name (Latin Urbanus meaning "city dweller", a derivative of urbs meaning "town", "city").
URIE Scottish, English, Irish
From the Scottish Fetteresso parish, Kincardineshire. May mean someone who is brave and loud.
Perhaps a variant of Osselton
, a habitational name from a lost or unidentified place, probably in northeastern England, where this name is most common.
Topographic name for someone who lived in a valley, Middle English vale
(Old French val
, from Latin vallis
). The surname is now also common in Ireland, where it has been Gaelicized as de Bhál.
VALEN English, Scottish
English and Scottish: from a medieval personal name, Latin Valentinus
, a derivative of Valens
(see also Valente
), which was never common in England, but is occasionally found from the end of the 12th century, probably as the result of French influence... [more]
Means "person from Valence", southeastern France (probably "place of the brave").
Topographic name for someone who lived in a valley, Middle English valeye
Variant of Farnell
. This form originated in southwestern England, where the change from F
arose from the voicing of F
that was characteristic of this area in Middle English.
Status name denoting a serf, Middle English, Old French vass(e)
, from Late Latin vassus
, of Celtic origin. Compare Welsh gwas
"boy", Gaelic foss
Means "dealer in foodstuffs" (from Old French vivres
Probably from a medieval nickname for a bold or slightly reckless person (from a reduced form of Middle English aventurous
"venturesome"). It was borne by British architect and scholar Michael Ventris (1922-1956), decipherer of the Mycenaean Greek Linear B script.
VERDIER French, Norman, English
Occupational name for a forester. Derived from Old French verdier
(from Late Latin viridarius
, a derivative of viridis
"green"). Also an occupational name for someone working in a garden or orchard, or a topographic name for someone living near one... [more]
VERNE French, English
As a French surname refers to someone who lived where alder trees grew. While the English version can mean someone who lived where ferns grew, Verne can also mean a seller of ferns which in medieval times were used in bedding, as floor coverings and as animal feed.
VERNEY English, French
The surname Verney was first found in Buckinghamshire, England, when they arrived from Vernai, a parish in the arrondissement of Bayeux in Normandy.
VICARY English (British)
There are a number of theories as to the origins of the name, Spanish sailors shipwrecked after the Armada and French Huguenots fleeing the Revolution are two of the more romantic ones. It is more likely to have come as someone associated with the church - the vicar, who carried out the pastoral duties on behalf of the absentee holder of a benefice... [more]
Means "son of the vicar". It could also be the name of someone working as a servant of a vicar.
Either (i) from a medieval nickname based on Anglo-Norman vis de leu
, literally "wolf-face"; or (ii) "violinist, fiddle player" (cf. Fiedler
Used as a name for someone who had played the part of Virtue in a medieval mystery play, or as a nickname for someone noted for their virtuousness or (sarcastically) for someone who parades their supposed moral superiority.
VIRTUOSO English (American), Spanish, Italian
This Italian surname could possibly be connected to those whose ancestors were involved in playing a musical instrument or somehow connected to the musical instrument industry.
Topographic name for someone who lived by a boundary, Old French devise
English surname of uncertain origin. May be Anglo-Norman from French vivace
meaning "lively, vigorous", however its pronunciation has led to its connection to various places in southern England called Five Ash Trees.
VIVIS English (Rare)
Found in the 1891, 1901 & 1911 British census, other Ancestry.co.uk records & FreeBMD. Could derive from Vivas from Spanish Catalan
Habitational name from any of various places called Waddington. One near Clitheroe in Lancashire and another in Lincolnshire (Wadintune in Domesday Book) were originally named in Old English as the "settlement" (Old English tūn) associated with Wada.
Location name from Yorkshire meaning "Wæddi's enclosure or settlement" with Wæddi
being an old English personal name of unknown meaning plus the location element -worth
. Notable bearer is Henry
(1807-1882) for whom the middle name was his mother's maiden name.
WAKE English, Scottish
From the Old Norse byname Vakr meaning "wakeful", "vigilant" (from vaka meaning "to remain awake"), or perhaps from a cognate Old English Waca (attested in place names such as Wakeford, Wakeham, and Wakeley).
WAKEHAM English, Cornish
A locational surname for someone who lived in one of three places called Wakeham in various parts of England, including Cornwall and/or Devon.
Habitational name from Wakeley in Hertfordshire, named from the Old English byname Waca
, meaning ‘watchful’ (see Wake) + Old English leah
From the Anglo-Norman male personal name Walquelin
, literally "little Walho
", a Germanic nickname meaning literally "foreigner".
WALD German, English
Topographic name for someone who lived in or near a forest (Old High German wald
, northern Middle English wald
Habitational name from a place in East Yorkshire named Walkington, from an unattested Old English personal name Walca + -ing- denoting association with + tūn.