English Submitted Surnames

English names are used in English-speaking countries. See also about English names.
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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]
Marwood English
From the name of two places named Marwood in England, or a nickname for a person who "casts an evil eye", derived from Norman French malreward meaning "evil eye, glance".
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
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").
Massie English
Variant of Massey.
Massingberd English
Perhaps from a medieval nickname for someone with an auburn or reddish beard (from Middle English massing "brass" + berd "beard").
Massingham English
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.
Massy English
Variant of Massey.
Masten English
This surname came from when a family lived in the settlements named Marsden in Lancashire and the West Riding of Yorkshire.
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"
Mattocks English
An occupation name for a digger or pryer.
Mattsen English
Variant of Matson.
Mattson English
Anglicized form of Mattsson or a 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.
Maury French, Occitan, English
As a French name, it derives from a short form of the given name Amaury (see Emery)... [more]
Maverick English (Rare)
Surname notably borne by Texas lawyer, politician and land baron Samuel Maverick (1803-1870) to whom the word maverick was coined.
Mavros English (American)
Means "Black" in Greek.
Maxfield English
Habitational name from places so named in England.
Maxon English
Variants of Mackson or Maxson.
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.
Maybree English
Variant of Mabry.
Maye English
English variant spelling of May.
Mayfair English
Locational surname based off Mayfair, a district in the City of Westminster in London, England.
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.
Mayson English
Variant of Mason.
Mc English
Variant of Mac
Mccain English
"Son of warrior"
McClaine English
Variant of McClain. This name is borne by the American comic book artist Les McClaine (1977-)
McClurkin English (Anglicized)
Anglicized form of the Irish surname Mac Cléireacháin, a variant of Mac Cléirich. A famous bearer of this surname is pastor and gospel singer Donnie McClurkin (1959-).
McCorvey English
A notable bearer was Norma McCorvey (1947-2017), who was the plaintiff for the case that legalized abortion across the United States.
McMaster English, Scottish
Patronymic for someone who was the son of the Master, i.e., a cleric
Mcmath Scottish, English
Means "son of Math".
Mcminn English (British), Scottish
Meaning "Son of" Minn"".
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.
Medcalf English (British)
Variant spelling of Metcalfe.
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]
Medlicott English
Derivative from a location in Shropshire, England
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'... [more]
Mefford English
It is the Old English name given to a point where two streams cross each other.... [more]
Megarry Irish, English
From the Irish 'Mag Fhearadhaigh', meaning "descendant of the fearless one"
Mehoff Bulgarian, English (American)
Variant transcription of Mehov.
Mellor English
Parishes in Derbyshire, and Lancashire, meaning the mill bank. ... [more]
Melloy English
Variant of Molloy.
Mendenhall English
It indicates familial origin within the eponymous place in Wiltshire.
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.
Merivale English
The surname Merivale was first found in Cornwall and Devon, where this prominent family flourished. Walter Merifild was recorded in Devon in 1200 but it is believed the family had established itself earlier in St... [more]
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.
Merrifield English
English habitational name from any of various places, such as Merryfield in Devon and Cornwall or Mirfield in West Yorkshire, all named with the Old English elements myrige 'pleasant' + feld 'pasture', 'open country.' See also Merivale.
Merriweather English
From a medieval nickname for someone of a cheerful disposition (cf. Meriwether).
Merton English
From a place name meaning "town on a lake" in Old English.
Mervin Welsh, English
From the given name Mervin
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.
Mewborn English
Rare English name. The only place I have found it in the phone directory (other than several small towns in eastern North Carolina) is in Northumberland, UK. The word mew has to do with stables, and of course born is an English word.
Mich Polish, English
From Michaj or Michal in Polish usage. From Michael in English.
Mickelson English (American, Anglicized)
Anglicization of the Danish-Norwegian surname Mikkelsen, which means "son of Mikkel," a variant of the personal name Michael.
Mickley English
It comes the French name Michelet, which comes from the name Michael, as in the angel. ... [more]
Middaugh English
Variant of German Mittag meaning "midday, south".
Middle English
Derived from the word middle
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, 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]
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’).
Minghella English (British)
It derives from the Roman (Latin) "Dominicus", meaning "belonging to the lord god", from "dominus", lord or master. The name was given considerable impetus by the fame of the Spanish saint "Dominicus", who founded the Dominican order of monks, although it was already well established.
Minnow English
Possibly derived from the English word "minnow", a small fish.
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.
Mitten English
English surname, meaning "from Mitten" various towns with the name or similar spelling. The towns were presumably named after the glove.
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.
Mochan Scottish, English, Irish
From the given name Mochan.
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.
Mollison English, Scottish
Derived from the female given name Molly, wich is diminutive of Mary.
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.
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.