English Submitted Surnames

English names are used in English-speaking countries. See also about English names.
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SHENBERGER English (?)
The name Shenberger comes from a common mix up with the archaic Austrian-German surname Schoenberg; meaning "Beautiful Mountain."
SHENTON English
"Beautiful town" in Old English. Parishes in Leicestershire, and Cheshire.
SHEPERD English
Variant of SHEPHERD or transferred use of the surname SHEPERD.
SHERLOCK English, Irish
Nickname for someone with "fair hair" or "a lock of fair hair."
SHERRARD English
Probably from a medieval nickname based on Middle English shere "bright, fair", with the derogatory suffix -ard.
SHERRELL English
This surname is of English locational origin, from the place in Devonshire called Shirwell. The placename is first recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Sirewelle, and by 1242 as Shirewill... [more]
SHERWIN English
English: nickname for a swift runner, from Middle English schere(n) ‘to shear’ + wind ‘wind’.
SHERWOOD English
Means bright wood.... [more]
SHIELD English
Metonymic occupational name for an armorer, from Middle English scheld "shield" (Old English scild, sceld).
SHINGLER English
An occupational name for someone who laid wooden tiles, or shingles on roofs, from an agent derivative of Middle English schingle ‘shingle’. ... [more]
SHINN English
Metonymic occupational name for a Skinner, from Old English scinn, Middle English shin ‘hide’, ‘pelt’. In Middle English this word was replaced by the Norse equivalent, skinn.
SHIPLEY English (Rare)
English: habitational name from any of the various places, for example in Derbyshire, County Durham, Northumberland, Shropshire, Sussex, and West Yorkshire, so called from Old English sceap, scip ‘sheep’ + leah ‘wood’, ‘clearing’.
SHIPTON English
From Old English scip "sheep", and tun "enclosure; settlement".
SHOCKLEY English
(i) perhaps "person from Shocklach", Cheshire ("boggy stream infested with evil spirits"); (ii) perhaps an anglicization of Swiss German Schoechli, literally "person who lives by the little barn"
SHORTALL English
The ancient history of the name Shortall began soon after 1066 when the Norman Conquest of England occurred. It was a name given to a stocky or short-necked person which was in turn derived from the Anglo-Saxon word scorkhals meaning a person with a short neck.
SHRAPNEL English
A different form of CARBONELL. Shrapnel (i.e. metal balls or fragments that are scattered when a bomb, shell or bullet explodes) is named after General Henry Shrapnel (1761-1842), a British artillery officer who during the Peninsular War invented a shell that produced that effect.
SHREWSBURY English
Derived from Shrewsbury, a large market town and the county town of Shropshire, England, which is named from an ancient district name derived from Old English scrobb meaning "scrub, brushwood", and byrig meaning "fortified place".
SHRIMPTON English
Probably referring to the unknown "Estate of Shrimp"
SHROPSHIRE English
Regional name from the county of Shropshire, on the western border of England with Wales.
SHUCK English
Origin uncertain; perhaps a nickname from Middle English schucke "devil, fiend".
SHUFFLEBOTTOM English
Meaning: "From a sheep valley"
SHURGOT Polish, English (American)
Americanized spelling of SZURGOT.
SHUSTER English
Variant of German SCHUSTER or Slovenian ŠUSTER, both meaning "shoemaker".
SICKLER English (Rare)
Came from one who used a sickle to farm fields
SIDLE English
Anglicized form of SEIDEL
SIDWELL English
From an English surname of uncertain origin, possibly originally a habitational name from an unidentified place with a second element from Old English well(a) ‘spring’, ‘stream’, but on the other hand early forms are found without prepositions... [more]
SIGSWORTH English
Originally denoting someone from Sigsworth Moor in North Yorkshire, England.
SILAS English
Derived from the given name SILAS
SILK English, Irish
English: metonymic occupational name for a silk merchant, from Middle English selk(e), silk(e) ‘silk’. ... [more]
SILL English
English: from a medieval personal name, a short form of Silvester (see SILVESTER) or SILVANUS (see SILVANO).
SILLITOE English
A different form of Shillito (which is 'a name of unknown derivation and meaning, probably originating in Yorkshire'), borne by British novelist, short-story writer and poet Alan Sillitoe (1928-2010).
SILVERGRASS English
From English "Silver" and "Grass". Probably given from the plant called "Silvergrass", a Miscanthus type growing in Africa, Europe, Asia, and the Pacific Islands, or a field shining with the sun.
SILVERSTONE English
Obviously means "silver stone." In addition to people, this is the name of a racetrack in the village of the same name in England.
SIMKIN English
Means "little Sim", Sim being a medieval short form of Simon (cf. SIMPKIN).
SIMMERS English
English patronymic from SUMMER.
SIMPLETON English
A name for someone who is simple, derived from old English.
SINCLAIRE English
Alternate spelling of the surname "Sinclair", derived from a Norman French town called "Saint Clair"
SINEATH English, Irish
Variant of SINNOTT. Not to be confused with the Irish first name Sinéad.
SINGLETON English
Habitational name from places in Lancashire and Sussex.
SINISTRA English
Sinistra - last name used by a Harry Potter character. She is a Hogwarts professor in Astronomy, Aurora Sinistra.
SINNOTT English, Irish
From the medieval personal name Sinod (from Old English Sigenōth, literally "victory-brave").... [more]
SISNETT English (Rare)
Found in Barbados.
SISSON English
metronymic from the medieval female personal name Siss, Ciss, short for Sisley, Cecilie, or possibly from a pet form of Sisley (with the old French diminutive suffix -on). variant of SESSIONS.
SKAGGS English
English name of unknown meaning occurring mainly in Hertfordshire. A noted bearer is American country music artist RICKY Skaggs (1954-).
SKELTON English, German, Norwegian (Rare)
Habitational name from places in Cumbria and Yorkshire, England, originally named with the same elements as SHELTON, but with a later change of ‘s’ to ‘sk’ under Scandinavian influence.
SKYE English (Anglicized, Rare)
Originates from the Isle of Skye in Scotland.
SKYRING English
originated around London home counties,... [more]
SLACK English, Dutch, Scottish
English and Dutch: nickname for an idle person, from Middle Dutch slac, Middle English slack, ‘lazy’, ‘careless’. ... [more]
SLATE English
Occupational name for a slater, from Middle English slate, "slate".
SLAWSON English
Slawson is an English surname meaning "unexplained".
SLEDGE English
Sledge. Refers to a sledge as a sled.
SLEIGH English
A sled drawn by horses or reindeer, especially one used for passengers.
SLIM English
A characteristic name for someone noted for being thin.
SLOUGH English
A very rare surname, possibly of German origins.
SMALLEY English, Cornish (?)
Locational surname from places in Derbyshire and Lancashire, so called from Old English smæl ‘narrow’ + leah ‘wood’, ‘clearing’. This may also be a Cornish name with an entirely separate meaning.
SMART English
From Old English (smeart) meaning "quick". This surname was used to refer to person who worked as a handyman.
SMEATON English
From Old English Smiðatun meaning "settlement of the smiths".
SMILEY Scots, English
From elements small and lea meaning "a small clearing" or as a nickname may refer to a person of happy disposition known for smiling.
SMITHE English (Rare)
Rare spelling of SMITH.
SMITHER English
Occupational surname SMITH with the suffix -er.
SMITHERS English
Patronymic from SMITHER.
SMITHSON English
Means "a son who was born by a blacksmith worker".
SMOCK English
From Middle English smoc, smok meaning "smock", "shift", hence a metonymic occupational name for someone who made or sold such garments, or a nickname for someone who habitually wore a smock (the usual everyday working garment of a peasant).
SMOKE English, German, German (Austrian)
Possibly a variant of English SMOCK or an altered form of German SCHMUCK.
SMOKER English
Derived from the Old English word "smoc," meaning "smock" or, literally, "woman's undergarment." The name was most likely originally borne by someone who made or sold smocks.
SMOLLETT English, Scottish
From a nickname for someone who had a small head.
SMY English
Variation of a name given to a blacksmith
SMYTH English
Creative spelling of the surname SMITH.
SNAPE English (British), Scottish
An old, now rare surname, with various origins in Suffolk and Yorkshire in England and Lanarkshire in Scotland. This is also the name of Severus Snape, a character from J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter book series.
SNARK English
History largely unknown. The word's original meaning, in the mid-nineteenth century, was to snort / snore, or to find fault. ... [more]
SNELSON English
Means "son of Snell", Snell being a nickname for a brisk or active person, from Middle English snell "quick, lively" (cf... [more]
SNIPE English
Derived from a given name; from Old English snip or Old Norse snípr. It is habitational surname from a place so called in the historic county of Northumberland, North East England.
SNIPES English
Variant spelling of or a patronymic from SNIPE.
SNOW English, Jewish (Anglicized)
Nickname denoting someone with very white hair or an exceptionally pale complexion, from Old English snaw "snow".... [more]
SNOWDEN English
Habitational name from Snowden, a place in West Yorkshire named from Old English snāw ‘snow’ + dūn ‘hill’, i.e. a hill where snow lies long.
SNOWDON English
Variant spelling of SNOWDEN, a surname initially used by the Border Reivers. Comes from the mountain in Wales.
SNOWE English
Variation of SNOW.
SNYDER Dutch, English, German, Yiddish, Jewish
Means "tailor" in Dutch, an occupational name for a person who stitched coats and clothing.... [more]
SOAMES English
Denoted a person hailing from a village called Soham in Cambridgeshire, England. The place name itself means "homestead by the lake" from Old English "lake" and ham "farm, homestead"... [more]
SODERBERG English (Anglicized)
Anglicized form of Swedish SÖDERBERG
SOLIS Spanish, English
Solis Name Meaning. Spanish and Asturian-Leonese (Solís): habitational name from Solís in Asturies or a similarly named place elsewhere. English: from a medieval personal name bestowed on a child born after the death of a sibling, from Middle English solace 'comfort', 'consolation'.
SOMERSET English
Regional name from the county of this name, so called from Old English sumer(tun)saete meaning "dwellers at the summer settlement".
SONLEY English
Possibly derived from the Old Norse name SUNNULFR.
SORA English (Canadian)
Sora is a Kingdom Hearts character developed by Square Enix and Disney
SORRELL English
From a medieval nickname meaning literally "little red-haired one", from a derivative of Anglo-Norman sorel "chestnut".
SOULE English, French, Medieval English
English: of uncertain origin; perhaps derived from the vocabulary word soul as a term of affection.... [more]
SOUTER English, Scottish
Occupational name for a cobbler or shoemaker, derived from Middle English soutere, from Old Norse sutare, ultimately derived from Latin sutor meaning "to sew".
SOUTH English
From Middle English south, hence a topographic name for someone who lived to the south of a settlement or a regional name for someone who had migrated from the south.
SOUTHARD English, Dutch
Possibly derived from the English surname SOUTHWORTH.
SOUTHERN English
Topographic name, from an adjectival derivative of South.
SOUTHWELL English
English surname meaning "From the south well"
SOUTHWICK English
An English/Scottish locational name from a variety of places, including, Southwick in Northamptonshire, England, and Southwick in Gloucestershire, Sussex, Durham, Hampshire. ... [more]
SOUTHWORTH English
Means "southern enclosure".
SOVEREIGN English
Occupational surname for a leader or supervisor, derived from the English word sovereign meaning "possessing supreme or ultimate power".
SOWERBY English
Habitational name from any places so-called in Northern England. Named from Old Norse saurr, 'mud, filth' and by, 'farm, estate'.
SOYA English (Modern), Literature, Popular Culture
In the Kai the Hedgefox franchise, the name of the Soya clan is a pun on "SAWYER".
SPACKMAN English
English variant of SPEAKMAN.
SPARK English, German
Northern English: from the Old Norse byname or personal name SPARKR ‘sprightly’, ‘vivacious’.... [more]
SPARROW English
English: nickname from Middle English sparewe ‘sparrow’, perhaps for a small, chirpy person, or else for someone bearing some fancied physical resemblance to a sparrow.
SPEAKMAN English
English (chiefly Lancashire) nickname or occupational name for someone who acted as a spokesman, from Middle English spekeman ‘advocate’, ‘spokesman’ (from Old English specan to speak + mann ‘man’).
SPEED English
A nickname for a fortunate person, from Middle English sped, "success".
SPENDLOVE English
From a medieval nickname for someone who spread their amorous affections around freely. A different form of the surname was borne by Dora Spenlow, the eponymous hero's "child-wife" in Charles Dickens's 'David Copperfield' (1849-50).... [more]
SPERING English
There is a fish in Germany or Austria names "Spering or Spiering fish" it is in the meat Isle of Germany orAustrian fish.... [more]
SPERRY English
Variant of SPEAR.
SPICER English, Jewish, Polish
English: occupational name for a seller of spices, Middle English spic(i)er (a reduced form of Old French espicier, Late Latin speciarius, an agent derivative of species ‘spice’, ‘groceries’, ‘merchandise’).... [more]
SPIER English
An English surname, meaning "the one who watches".
SPILLMAN English
From the medieval male personal name Spileman, literally "acrobat" or "jester" (from a derivative of Middle English spillen "to play, cavort").
SPINDLER English, German, Jewish
Occupational name for a spindle maker, from an agent derivative of Middle English spindle, Middle High German spindel, German Spindel, Yiddish shpindl "spindle, distaff".
SPOON English
Apparently a metonymic occupational name either for a maker of roofing shingles or spoons, from Old English spon "chip, splinter" (see also SPOONER).
SPRADLIN English (British)
Originally Spradling, mean one who spreads seed
SPRAGUE English
English from northern Middle English Spragge, either a personal name or a byname meaning "lively", a metathesized and voiced form of "spark."
SPRINGALL English
Means (i) "operator of a springald (a type of medieval siege engine)" (from Anglo-Norman springalde); or (ii) from a medieval nickname for a youthful person (from Middle English springal "youth").
SPRINGER German, English, Dutch, Jewish
Nickname for a lively person or for a traveling entertainer. It can also refer to a descendant of LUDWIG der Springer (AKA LOUIS the Springer), a medieval Franconian count who, according to legend, escaped from a second or third-story prison cell by jumping into a river after being arrested for trying to seize County Saxony in Germany.
SPRINGFIELD English
Dusty Springfield 1939-1999
SPROUT English
This name is "derived from the name of an ancestor. 'the son of Sprot,'".... [more]
SPRY English
Was apparently a nickname for an active, brisk, or smart person. The word spry is of obscure origin.
SPURGEON English
Unexplained meaning.
SPURRELL English (British, Rare), English (British)
Most likely from a place called Spirewell in southern Devon.
SPURRILL English (British, Rare)
Most likely from a place called Spirewell in southern Devon.
SQUIRE English
Surname comes from the occupation of a Squire. A young man who tends to a knight.
SQUIRES English
Surname is plural of Squire. A young person that tends to his knight, also someone that is a member of a landowner class that ranks below a knight.
STALEY English
Byname from Middle English staley "resolute, reliable", a reduced form of STALLARD.
STALLARD English
Byname for a valiant or resolute person, from a reduced pronunciation of Middle English stalward, stalworth "stalwart" (an Old English compound of stǣl "place" and wierðe "worthy").
STALTON English
can not find a meaning to my name anywhere.
STANCIL English
English habitational name from a place so named in South Yorkshire.
STANNARD English
From the medieval personal name Stanhard, literally "stone-strong" or "stone-brave".
STANSFIELD English (British)
Habitational name from a place in West Yorkshire, probably named with the genitive case of the Old English personal name Stan "stone" and Old English feld "pasture, open country"... [more]
STANWICK English
Habitational name from a place so called in Northamptonshire, named in Old English with stan ‘stone’ + wic ‘outlying dairy farm’.
STAPLEFORD English
Habitational name from any of a number of places, in Cambridgeshire, Cheshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, and Wiltshire, so named from Old English stapol meaning "post" + ford meaning "ford".
STAPLETON English
Habitational surname from any of various places in England.
STAR German, Dutch, Jewish, English
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): nickname from German Star, Middle High German star, ‘starling’, probably denoting a talkative or perhaps a voracious person.... [more]
STARBUCK English
After Starbeck village in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, England. A famous bearer of this name was the fictional character, Starbuck, the first mate of the Pequod in Herman Melville's novel Moby-Dick.
STARLING English
From a medieval nickname for someone thought to resemble a starling, especially in constantly chattering.
START English
Habitational name from any of the various minor places named from Old English steort "tail".
STAY English, American
Possibly related to the word Stay, or a nickname for STANLEY.
ST CLAIR French, English
From the place name St CLAIR
STEACY English
Variant of Stacy.
STEAD English
Dweller at the homestead.
STEEL English
Variant of STEELE.
STEELWORKER English (Rare)
Modern version of SMITH, meaning "someone who works with steel". Comes from the occupation Steel Worker .
STEELY English (American)
Americanized form of Swiss German Stühle, a variant of Stuhl .
STEMLE English
FROM KUPPENHEIM, BADEN, GERMANY, WHERE IT WAS (AND IS TODAY) SPELLED WITH 2 Ms: STEMMLE.... [more]
STENSON English
Means "son of STEPHEN".
STENSON English
From the name of a hamlet (now called Twyford and Stenson) in Derbyshire, England. The name is a combination of the Old Norse name STEINN and Old English tun "settlement, enclosure".
STENT English (Archaic)
Derived from the Old Norse name Steinn meaning "stone". Recorded in several forms including Stein, Steen, Stone and Ston, this surname is english. It is perhaps not surprisingly one of the first recorded surnames anywhere in the world.... [more]
STERKEN Dutch, English
Means "strong". Derived either from the Old English term sterċan, meaning "to make rigid", or from the Old Saxon sterkian and Old High German sterken, both meaning "to strengthen."
STERLEY English
This is an English locational surname. Recorded as Starley, Stearley, Sterley, Sturley, and others, it originates from a place called 'ster-leah', meaning "steer" or "cattle farm". However no such place in any of the known surname spellings is to be found in England, although there is place called Starleyburn in Fifeshire in Scotland... [more]
STETSON English
Of unknown origin and meaning, though likely English.
STEVEN Scottish, English, Dutch, Low German
From the personal name Steven, a vernacular form of Latin Stephanus, Greek Stephanos "crown". This was a popular name throughout Christendom in the Middle Ages, having been borne by the first Christian martyr, stoned to death at Jerusalem three years after the death of Christ... [more]
STEWARD English
Occupational name for an administrative official of an estate or steward, from Old English stig "house" and weard "guard".
ST GEORGE English
From Saint George.
STICKLES English
Derived from the word stigol
STICKMAN English (Canadian)
The Origin for the surname Stickman comes from the YouTube series Iron Hand character "Tim Stickman" and his wife (season 3) his kids (season 4) and parents (all seasons) made in 2016 and premiering in 2017.
STIFF English (American)
Used sometimes as a derogatory term, stiff means uptight. It is used in a surname in American culture as well as in the media, such as novels, movies or tv shows.
STILES English
From Old English stigel, stigol ‘steep uphill path’ (a derivative of stigan ‘to climb’).
STILLMAN English
From German still "quiet" and Mann "man", hence, "calm man".
STINCHCOMB English
Habitational name from Stinchcombe in Gloucestershire, recorded in the 12th century as Stintescombe, from the dialect term stint meaning "sandpiper" + cumb meaning "narrow valley".
STINSON English, Scottish
This is one of the many patronymic forms of the male given name Stephen, i.e. son of Stephen. From these forms developed the variant patronymics which include Stim(p)son, Stenson, Steenson, and Stinson.
STIRRUP English (British)
Originated in Merseyside, England.
ST LEGER Irish, English
Anglo-Irish surname, from one of the places in France called Saint-LÉGER, which were named in honour of St. LEODEGAR.
ST LOUIS French, English
In honor of Saint Louis.
STOCKDALE English
Habitational name from a place in Cumbria and North Yorkshire, England. Derived from Old English stocc "tree trunk" and dæl "valley".
STOCKE English
English: A topographic name for someone who lived near the trunk or stump of a large tree, Middle English STOCKE (Old English Stocc)... [more]
STOCKLEY English
Derived from Old english stocc (tree bark) and leah (clearing), indicating that the original bearer of this name lived in a wooded clearing.
STOCKTON English
Habitational surname for a person from any of the places (e.g. Cheshire, County Durham, Hertfordshire, Norfolk, Shropshire, Warwickshire, Wiltshire, Worcestershire, and North and West Yorkshire) so called from Old English stocc "tree trunk" or stoc "dependent settlement" + tun "enclosure", "settlement".
STOCKWELL English
An English boy's name meaning "From the tree stump spring"
STOGDILL English
Possibly a variant of STOCKDALE.
STOKE English
Derived from Old English stoc "place".
STOKELY English
Variation of STOCKLEY.
STOLLER German, Jewish, English
Habitational surname for someone from a place called Stolle, near Zurich (now called Stollen).... [more]
STONESTREET English
Topographic name for someone who lived by a paved road, in most cases a Roman road, from Middle English stane, stone, "stone" and street "paved highway", "Roman road".
STOREY English
From the Old Norse nickname Stóri, literally "large man". A literary bearer is British novelist and playwright David Storey (1933-).
STORIE English (American)
Possibly a variant of STOREY.
STORM English, German, Dutch, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian (Rare)
Nickname for a man of blustery temperament, from Middle English, Middle Low German, storm, Old Norse stormr meaning "storm".
STOTER English (Modern)
Of Dutch origin and still in use there in a restricted region. Herder of large animals such as cattle or horses. May share a root with Ostler (unverified). Note: Stot in Scottish dialect still means a young bull.... [more]
STOUT Scottish, English
Probably a nickname for a brave or powerfully built man, from Middle English stout ‘steadfast’. A contrary origin derives from the Old Norse byname Stútr ‘gnat’, denoting a small and insignificant person.
STOWELL English
A locational name from various places in England called Stowell
ST PETER English
Originally from French Canadian immigrants. It was the closest translation to Saint Pierre.... [more]
STRADLING English (British)
Researchers found the origin of this surname Stradling by referring to such documents as the Viking Sagas, the Orkneyinga Sagas, the Exchequer Rolls of Scotland, the Inquisitio and the translations of local manuscripts, parish records, baptismal & tax records, found in the north of Dingwall, and in the Orkneys and Shetlands.... [more]
STRAIGHT English
Nickname from Middle English streʒt "straight, upright", presumably applied in either a literal or a figurative sense.
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