English Submitted Surnames

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HONEYBALL English
From Honeyball, a medieval personal name of uncertain origin: perhaps an alteration of ANNABEL, or alternatively from a Germanic compound name meaning literally "bear-cub brave" (i.e. deriving from the elements hun "warrior, bear cub" and bald "bold, brave").
HOOD English, Scottish, Irish
English and Scottish: metonymic occupational name for a maker of hoods or a nickname for someone who wore a distinctive hood, from Middle English hod(de), hood, hud ‘hood’. Some early examples with prepositions seem to be topographic names, referring to a place where there was a hood-shaped hill or a natural shelter or overhang, providing protection from the elements... [more]
HOOK English
This surname is derived from a geographical locality. "at the hook," from residence in the bend or sudden turn of a lane or valley.
HOOKHAM English
This surname may derive from Old English hóc meaning "hook, angle" and hám meaning "village, hamlet, dwelling."
HORNBY English
A habitational name from locations called Hornby in northern England, though predominantly associated with Lancashire. Derived from the Norse horni meaning "horn" and býr meaning "farm" or "settlement".
HORNSBY English
A habitational name from Cumbria, derived from the Norse Ormr meaning "serpent" and býr meaning "farm". Similar in form to HORNBY, Hornsby is a widespread surname in northern England.
HORNTON English (Rare, Archaic)
Derived from the surname Horton or perhaps used to describe a horn maker meaning “maker of horns.”
HORVITZ English (American)
Surname of Richard Steven Horvitz, a voice actor in Angry Beavers, The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, and Invader Zim.
HOSEASON English
Means "son of Hosea", a personal name that was originally probably Osie, a pet-form of OSWALD, but came to be associated with the biblical personal name HOSEA.
HOSEASON English
The roots of the Hoseason family name are in ancient Scotland with the Viking settlers. Hoseason was derived from the name Aassi, which is a Old Norse form of the Old English personal name Oswald, which means divine power... [more]
HOSEASON English
The roots of the Hoseason family name are in ancient Scotland with the Viking settlers. Hoseason was derived from the name Aassi, which is a Old Norse form of the Old English personal name Oswald, which means divine power... [more]
HOSKIN English
From the Middle English personal name OSEKIN.
HOSKINS English
Patronymic form of HOSKIN.
HOSKINSON English
Patronymic form of HOSKIN.
HOSMER English
From the Old English name Osmaer, a combination of the Old English elements oss, meaning "god", and maer, meaning "fame".
HOTALING English (American)
Americanized spelling of Dutch Hoogteijling, an indirect occupational name for a productive farmer, from hoogh ‘high’ + teling ‘cultivation’, ‘breeding’.
HOTCHKISS English
Patronymic from Hodgkin, a pet form of HODGE.
HOUGH English
English: habitational name from any of various places, for example in Cheshire and Derbyshire, so named from Old English hoh ‘spur of a hill’ (literally ‘heel’). This widespread surname is especially common in Lancashire... [more]
HOUGHTON English
English habitational name from any of the various places so called. The majority, with examples in at least fourteen counties, get the name from Old English hoh ‘ridge’, ‘spur’ (literally ‘heel’) + tun ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’... [more]
HOUSER English
Variant of HOUSE.
HOWARDSON English
Means "Son of Howard".
HOWARTH English
"From a hedged estate", from Old English haga ("hedge, haw") and worð ("farm, estate"). Likely originating from the Yorkshire village of the same name. Common in Lancashire and recorded from at least 1518, as Howorthe, with an earlier version of Hauewrth in Gouerton dated 1317 recorded in the Neubotle charters.
HOY English
Metonymic occupational name for a sailor, from Middle Dutch hoey "cargo ship".
HOYLE Welsh, English
Derived from Old English holh meaning "hole". It is thought to have originally been a name for someone who lived in a round hollow or near a pit.
HOYT English
Generally a topographical name for someone who lived on a hill or other high ground. As such Hoyt is related to words such as heights or high. Hoyt is also possibly a nickname for a tall, thin person where the original meaning is said to be "long stick".
HUBBLE English
From the Norman personal name Hubald, composed of the Germanic elements hug "heart, mind, spirit" and bald "bold, brave".
HUCK English, Dutch
From the medieval male personal name Hucke, which was probably descended from the Old English personal name Ucca or Hucca, perhaps a shortened form of Ūhtrǣd, literally "dawn-power".
HUCKABEE English
This surname originated as a habitational name, derived from Huccaby in Devon, England; this place name is derived from two Old English elements: the first, woh, meaning "crooked"; the second, byge, meaning "river bend".... [more]
HUCKABY English
Means "person from Huccaby", Devon (perhaps "crooked river-bend"), or "person from Uckerby", Yorkshire ("Úkyrri's or Útkári's farmstead").
HUCKLE English
English surname
HUDD English (British)
From the medieval forename Hudde
HUDDLESTUN English
Variant spelling of HUDDLESTON.
HUFFINGTON English
Means "Uffa's town". A famous bearer is Arianna Huffington, born Αριάδνη-Άννα Στασινοπούλου
HUGHSON Scottish, English
Means "son of HUGH".
HULLER English
Topographical name for a 'dweller by a hill', deriving from the Old English pre 7th Century 'hyll' a hill, or in this instance 'atte hulle', at the hill.
HUMBLE English
Nickname for a meek or lowly person, from Middle English, Old French (h)umble (Latin humilis "lowly", a derivative of humus "ground").
HUMMER German, English
Hummer is the German word for 'Lobster' in English. It is also the name of a vehicle- the 'Hummer'!
HUMPHERY English, Irish
English and Irish: variant of HUMPHREY.
HUMPHREYS Welsh, English
Patronymic form of HUMPHREY. A famous bearer was Murray Humphreys (1899-1965), an American mobster of Welsh descent.
HUMPHRIES English, Welsh
Patronymic from HUMPHREY.
HUNGATE English
A habitational name from Old English hund,'hound', and Old Norse gata, 'gate'.
HUNTINGTON English
English: habitational name from any of several places so called, named with the genitive plural huntena of Old English hunta ‘hunter’ + tun ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’ or dun ‘hill’ (the forms in -ton and -don having become inextricably confused)... [more]
HUNTLEY English, Scottish
Habitational name from a place in Gloucestershire, so named from Old English hunta 'hunter' (perhaps a byname (see Hunt) + leah 'wood', 'clearing'). Scottish: habitational name from a lost place called Huntlie in Berwickshire (Borders), with the same etymology as in 1.
HUNTRESS English
From huntress, referring to a female hunter.
HURD English
Variant of HEARD.
HURLEY English, Irish
Meaning is "from a corner clearing" in Old English. Also an anglicized form of an Irish name meaning "sea tide" or "sea valor".
HURRELL English, Norman
English (of Norman origin) from a derivative of Old French hurer ‘to bristle or ruffle’, ‘to stand on end’ (see Huron).
HURRY English
From a Norman form of the Middle English personal name Wol(f)rich (with the addition of an inorganic initial H-).
HUSHOUR English
English. Maybe means tailor or carpenter
HUSSEY English, Irish
As an English surname, it comes from two distinct sources. It is either of Norman origin, derived from Houssaye, the name of an area in Seine-Maritime which ultimately derives from Old French hous "holly"; or it is from a Middle English nickname given to a woman who was the mistress of a household, from an alteration of husewif "housewife"... [more]
HUSSIE English, Irish
Variant of HUSSEY. A notable bearer is American webcomic author/artist Andrew Hussie (1979-).
HUTCH English
From the medieval personal name Huche, a pet form of HUGH.
HUTCHINS English
Southern English patronymic from the medieval personal name Hutchin, a pet form of HUGH.
HUTTON English, Scottish
Scottish and northern English habitational name from any of the numerous places so called from Old English hoh ‘ridge’, ‘spur’ + tun ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’.
HUX English
Means "insult, scorn" in Old English. This is used in Popular Culture by First Order General Armitage Hux, played by Domhnall Gleeson in the Star Wars sequel trilogy.
HUXFORD English
Habitational name from a place in Devon called Huxford (preserved in the name of Huxford Farm), from the Old English personal name Hōcc or the Old English word hōc ‘hook or angle of land’ + ford ‘ford’.
HYATT English
English (mainly London and Surrey): possibly a topographic name from Middle English hegh, hie ‘high’ + yate ‘gate’. ... [more]
HYLAN Scottish, English
Variation of the surname Hyland.
HYNDESTAN Anglo-Saxon, English
A an earlier variation of the surname HINGSTON. See HINGSTON for full meaning.
HYNDESTANE Anglo-Saxon, English
A an earlier variation of the surname HINGSTON. See HINGSTON for full meaning.
HYNDESTON Anglo-Saxon, English
A an earlier variation of the surname HINGSTON. See HINGSTON for full meaning.
ICKES German, English
In German the meaning is unknown.... [more]
IDDENDEN English (Rare)
Iden as a village name is to be found in both the counties of Kent and Sussex, and describes a pasture, or strictly speaking an area within a marsh suitable for pasture. The origination is the pre 6th century phrase ig-denn with ig meaning an island... [more]
IDDON English
From the Old Norse female personal name Idunn, literally probably "perform love" (cf. IDONY).
IDEN English
Habitational name from a place called Iden Green in Benenden, Kent, or Iden Manor in Staplehurst, Kent, or from Iden in East Sussex. All these places are named in Old English as meaning "pasture by the yew trees", from ig meaning "yew" + denn meaning "pasture".
ILES English (British), French
English (mainly Somerset and Gloucestershire): topographic name from Anglo-Norman French isle ‘island’ (Latin insula) or a habitational name from a place in England or northern France named with this element.
IMPEY English
From Impey, the name of various places in England, derived from Old English *imphaga, *imphæg "sapling enclosure". Alternatively it could have indicated a person who lived near an enclosure of young trees.
INAN English, Irish
Possibly a variant of DUNN.
INCHBALD English
From the medieval male personal name Ingebald, brought into England by the Normans but ultimately of Germanic origin and meaning literally "brave Ingel" (Ingel was a different form of ENGEL - a shortened form of various Germanic compound personal names (e.g. ENGELBERT and ENGELHARD) that begin with Engel-; the two main sources of that were Angel "Angle" (the name of the Germanic people) and Ingal, an extended form of ING (the name of a Germanic god)).
IND English (?)
Meaning deweller at the end of a villiage (Gypsy)
INGALLS English, Scandinavian (Anglicized)
Patronymic from the Anglo-Scandinavian personal name Ingell, Old Norse INGJALDR.... [more]
INGLE English
Derived from the Old Norse given names INGIALDR or INGÓLF.
INGOLD English
Derived from the given names Ingell (see INGLE), INGJALDR or INGWALD.
INGOLDSBY English
Habitational name from Ingoldsby in Lincolnshire, named from the Old Norse personal name Ingjaldr + bý meaning "farmstead", "settlement".
INMAN English (British)
Anglo-Saxon in Origin. Occupational surname given to a person who "tended a lodge or an inn". Surname first found in Lancashire, England.
IOANE English (New Zealand), English (Australian), American, Samoan, Polynesian, Romanian
May come from the given name JOHN or variants of this name, such as Ion.
IREDELL English
An English name originating in Anglo-Saxon England. Originally found in an area that was referred to as Airedale, which refers to those who lived in the valley of the river Aire in the counties of Yorkshire and Cumberland.
IRELAND English, Scottish
Ethnic name for someone from Ireland, Old English Iraland. The country gets its name from the genitive case of Old English Iras "Irishmen" and land "land". The stem Ir- is taken from the Celtic name for Ireland, Èriu, earlier Everiu... [more]
IRETON English
Habitational name from either of two places in Derbyshire called Ireton, or one in North Yorkshire called Irton. All of these are named from the genitive case of Old Norse Íri ‘Irishmen’ (see Ireland) + tun ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’.... [more]
IRISH English
Derived from Ireland
IRONS English
English (of Norman origin): habitational name from Airaines in Somme, so named from Latin harenas (accusative case) ‘sands’. The form of the name has been altered as a result of folk etymology, an association of the name with the metal... [more]
IRONSIDE English
Possibly from Middle English irenside (Old English iren ‘iron’ + side ‘side’), a nickname for an iron-clad warrior.
ISAAC Jewish, English, Welsh, French
Derived from the given name ISAAC.
ISHAM English
The name of a village in Northamptonshire, England from the Celtic name of a local river Ise and the Anglo-Saxon term for a small settlement or homestead -ham.
ISLEY English
Of Old English origin, derived from a place named Hesli, meaning "a hazel wood or grove".
ISOM English
Variant of ISHAM.
ISSAC English, Spanish
From the given name ISSAC.
IVANS English
Meaning "son of IVAN
IVERSON English (Rare)
Means "Son of Iver".
IVES English
Means "son of Ive", a medieval male personal name, brought into England by the Normans but ultimately of Germanic origin, a shortened form of any of a range of compound names beginning with īv "yew" (cf... [more]
IVEY Anglo-Saxon, English
Anglo-Saxon: Ivey is a variant of the Anglo-Saxon baptismal name Ive. It is the Anglo-Saxon equivalent of "Son of Ive".... [more]
IVORY English
Habitational name from Ivry-la-Bataille in Eure, northern France.
IVSEN English (Rare, ?)
Possibly a variant of IBSEN or IVERSEN.
JACE English (Rare)
Derived from the given name JACE
JACKETT English
From a pet form of the given name JACK.
JACKS English
Possibly derived as a diminutive of the given name JACK. A famous bearer is Canadian singer-songwriter Terry Jacks, best known for his 1974 single 'Seasons in the Sun.'
JACKSO English (Rare)
Rare English variant of JACKSON.
JACOBI Jewish, English, Dutch, German
From the Latin genitive Jacobi ‘(son) of Jacob’, Latinized form of English Jacobs and Jacobson or North German Jakobs(en) and Jacobs(en).
JACOBY Jewish, English, German
Variant spelling of JACOBI.
JACOWAY English (American)
Altered form of the personal name JACQUES.
JACOX English
A variant spelling of JAYCOX.
JADE English, French
From the given name JADE. It could also indicate someone with jade green eyes.
JADWIN English
"Jadwin" is said to mean "friend of a stonecutter" (Anglo-Saxon jad "stonecutter" + win or "friend.")
JAGGER English
English (West Yorkshire): occupational name from Middle English jagger ‘carter’, ‘peddler’, an agent derivative of Middle English jag ‘pack’, ‘load’ (of unknown origin). ... [more]
JAKESON English
It means "son of JAKE"
JANE English
Derived from the given name JANE.
JANEWAY English
Derived from Middle English Janaways, the name for someone from the city of Genoa, Italy. A notable fictional bearer is Kathryn Janeway, the captain of starship USS Voyager on the TV-series 'Star Trek: Voyager' (1995-2001).
JANKINS English (American)
Variant of Jenkins.
JARMAN Norman, English
English surname of Norman origin, derived from the French given name GERMAIN.
JASON English
Probably a patronymic from JAMES or any of various other personal names beginning with J-.
JASPER English
Derived from the given name JASPER.
JASPERS English
Derived from the given name JASPER. A famous bearer is the German existential philosopher Karl Jaspers (1883-1969).
JASPERSON English
Means "Son of JASPER".
JAXTON English
Means "JACK's town" in English
JAY English, French
Nickname from Middle English, Old French jay(e), gai "jay (the bird)", probably referring to an idle chatterer or a showy person, although the jay was also noted for its thieving habits.
JAYCOX English
A patronymic surname from a pet form of the given name JACK.
JAYDEN English
Surname of the fictional character Norman Jayden, a character from the video game Heavy Rain.
JAYE English
Variant of JAY.
JAYMES English
Variant of JAMES.
JEBSON English
Meaning "son of Jeb" of uncertain origin but likely English.
JEFFERIES English
Derived from the given name JEFFREY.
JEFFREY English
From a Norman personal name that appears in Middle English as Geffrey and in Old French as Je(u)froi. Some authorities regard this as no more than a palatalized form of GODFREY, but early forms such as Galfridus and Gaufridus point to a first element from Germanic gala "to sing" or gawi "region, territory"... [more]
JEFSON English
"Son of Jef".
JENCKES English
"Back-formation" of Jenkin, a medieval diminutive of JOHN.
JENKS English, Welsh
English (also found in Wales) patronymic from the Middle English personal name Jenk, a back-formation from JENKIN with the removal of the supposed Anglo-Norman French diminutive suffix -in.
JENNER English
Occupational name for an engineer.
JENNESS English
English surname, a patronymic from the Middle English personal name JAN.
JEPSEN English
Variant of JEPSON.
JEREMY English
From the given name JEREMY.
JESSEL English
From a pet-form of Jessop (a medieval male personal name - a different form of JOSEPH). A literary bearer is Miss Jessel, the governess who has charge of the two troubled and enigmatic children in Henry James's ghost story 'The Turn of the Screw' (1898).
JESSIE English
Possibly a variant of Jessey, an occupational name for someone making jesses (a short strap fastened around the leg of a bird used in falconry).
JESSUP English
From the given name Joseph.
JETSON English
A patronymic from the personal name Jutt, a pet form of JORDAN... [more]
JEW English
Ethnic name for a Jew, from Middle English jeu meaning "Jew" from Old French giu.
JEWETT English
A mainly Northern English surname, derived from a pet form of JULIAN.
JEWITT English
Variant of JEWETT.
JEWSON English (British)
A patronymic (also potentially matronymic) surname that means "the son of Jull", coming from the element Jull, a diminutive form of the personal name JULIAN or Juette from Iovis, the Roman god of thunder and the sky combined with the suffix of son.
JIMERSON English (British), Scottish
Variant of Scottish and northern English JAMESON, based on a pet form of the personal name.
JOB English, French, German, Hungarian
English, French, German, and Hungarian from the personal name IYOV or JOB, borne by a Biblical character, the central figure in the Book of Job, who was tormented by God and yet refused to forswear Him... [more]
JOCELYN English
Another of the names brought to England in the eleventh century by the Normans, and mentioned in the Domesday Book. Originally a masculine name only.
JOELSON English
Means "son of JOEL".
JOLIE English
From the given name JOLIE meaning pretty.
JOLLEY English
The surname Jolley came from the English word jolly.
JOLLY English
From the English word jolly, which is ultimately from Old French joli# ("merry, happy"). Originally a nickname for someone of a cheerful or attractive disposition.
JONATHAN English
Derived form the given name JONATHAN.
JONATHANS English (Rare)
Derived from the given name JONATHAN.
JONSON English
Variant of JOHNSON and English form of JOHNSSON
JORDISON English
Possibly meaning son of Jordan. This name is surname of American drummer Joey Jordison.
JORGENSON German, English
Respelling of JØRGENSEN or Jörgensen (see Jorgensen) or the Swedish cognate Jörgens(s)on.
JOSEPHSEN English
Variant of JOSEPHSON meaning "Son of Joseph."
JOURDINE French, English
English and French variant of Jordan.
JOWETT English
From the medieval male personal name Jowet or the female personal name Jowette, both literally "little Jowe", a pet-form of JULIAN... [more]
JOY English
Either derived directly from the word, indicating a nickname for a joyous person, or a variant of JOYCE.
JOYCE English, Irish
From the Breton personal name Iodoc, a diminutive of iudh "lord", introduced by the Normans in the form Josse. Iodoc was the name of a Breton prince and saint, the brother of Iudicael (see JEWELL), whose fame helped to spread the name through France and western Europe and, after the Norman Conquest, England as well... [more]
JOYSON English
Metronymic of the name Joy from the female given name Joia, deriving from the Middle English, Old French "joie, joye" meaning "joy". It may also be a nickname for a person of a cheerful disposition.
JUDKINS English
Means "decsendent of JUD".
JUDSON English
Means son of "Judah"
JULES English
Patronymic or metronymic from a short form of JULIAN.
JUMP English
Perhaps from the English word jump. A notable namesake was American scientist Annie Jump Cannon (1863-1941).
JUSTICE English
Simply form the abstract noun "Justice"
JUSTIN French, English, Slovene
From a medieval personal name, Latin JUSTINUS, a derivative of JUSTUS.
KAIGLER English (American)
Americanized spelling of KEGLER.
KAINE English
Variant of CAINE.
KAPITY English
Meaning unknown.
KARKUS English
Anyone with information about this last name please edit.
KARLSON English
Means "Son of KARL".
KARP English
From the given name KARP.
KASPERSON English
Means "Son of KASPER".
KATE English
Derived from the given name KATE.
KATHERINE English
Derived form the given name KATHERINE.
KAYE English
From the first name KAYE.
KEATE English
Variant of KEAT.
KEATON English
Variant of KEETON.
KEEL English
English habitational name from Keele in Staffordshire, named from Old English cy ‘cows’ + hyll ‘hill’, or from East and West Keal in Lincolnshire, which are named from Old Norse kjolr ‘ridge’... [more]
KEELER English
English: occupational name for a boatman or boatbuilder, from an agent derivative of Middle English kele ‘ship’, ‘barge’ (from Middle Dutch kiel). Americanized spelling of German Kühler, from a variant of an old personal name (see KEELING) or a variant of Kuhl.
KEENE English
Variant of KEEN.
KEENER English
Anglicized form of KIENER or Kühner.
KEETON English
Habitational name from a place called Ketton in Durham or one in Rutland or from Keaton in Ermington, Devon. The first is named from the Old English personal name Catta or the Old Norse personal name Káti and Old English tūn "settlement"; the second is probably from an old river name or tribal name Cētan (possibly a derivative of Celtic cēd "wood") and Old English ēa "river"; and the last possibly from Cornish kee "hedge, bank" and Old English tūn.
KELHAM English
Derived from the village of Kelham, near Newark-upon-Trent, Nottingham.
KELSHAW English
Derived from the villages of North or South KELSEY in Lincolnshire.
KELSON English
Means "son of KEL"
KEMPTON English
From the name of a place in Shropshire meaning "Cempa's town" or "warrior town", from a combination of either the Old English word cempa "warrior" or the byname derived from it and tun "farmstead, settlement".
KENDREW English
Variant of ANDREW, possibly influenced by MCANDREW. Notable namesake is Nobel Prize winning chemist John Kendrew (1917-1997).
KENNAWAY English
From the medieval personal name Kenewi, from Old English Cynewīg, literally "royal war", or Cēnwīg, literally "bold war".
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