Literature Submitted Surnames

These names occur primarily in literature. They are not commonly given to real people.
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ACHATYLALiterature
Of unknown origin, ACHATYLA is thought to mean "devoted" or "determined", perhaps coming from the ancient tribal word 'chatila' meaning 'true love' or 'soulmate'. Linked to SEERA.
BAGGINSLiterature
In J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings," the surname of Frodo Baggins. Also the name of his relative Bilbo Baggins. The Bagginses are a well-to-do and respectable family of Hobbits living in Hobbiton of the Shire... [more]
BRANDYBUCKLiterature
Brandybuck is the surname of Meriadoc, a young Hobbit in J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings." Possibly derived from the Brandywine River, which in turn is derived from Sindarin Baranduin, "Brown River"... [more]
CADEROUSSEFrench, Literature
A character in the classic novel The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. In the novel, Caderousse is a tailor and inkeeper who aids in the arrest of Dantès.
CHAPEAUXLiterature
From the French word 'chapeaux', which means 'hats'.
COMBEFERRELiterature (?)
Combeferre is the surname of one of the strong, persuasive members of the ABC in Victor Hugo's novel Les Misérables. Meaning is unknown.
COURFEYRACLiterature
Courfeyrac is the surname that Victor Hugo used for Marius' closest friend in the friend of the ABC. Meaning is unknown.
CRABBEEnglish, Literature, Popular Culture
The character 'Vincent Crabbe' has this surname in the Harry Potter series.
DAAELiterature, Norwegian, Danish (Rare), Swedish (Rare)
Norwegian surname, originating in Trondheim in the 17th century. Also a variant of Daa, the name of a Danish noble family which originated in Southern Jutland in the 14th century. ... [more]
DAIESLiterature
Variant of the surname Days (see Day)
DARLINGLiterature, English, Scottish
English and Scottish: from Middle English derling, Old English deorling ‘darling’, ‘beloved one’, a derivative of deor ‘dear’, ‘beloved’ (see Dear). This was quite a common Old English byname, which remained current as a personal name into the 14th century... [more]
D'ARTAGNANFrench, Literature
Surname given to a person from Artagnan, France. It is also used by Charles de Batz-Castelmore d'Artagnan, the captain of the Musketeers from the novel, "The Three Musketeers".
DE BOISArthurian Romance
Possible form of the French surname Dubois. This is the last name of Prince Arthur's mother Ygraine de Bois in the series Merlin.
DENISOVICHRussian, Literature
Means “son of Denis”. Used in the 1962 book "One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich."
DU LACArthurian Romance
In the series Merlin, this was the surname of Sir Lancelot: Lancelot du Lac. du Lac possibly means "of the lake."
DUMBLEDOREEnglish (?), Literature, Popular Culture
This is the surname of Albus Dumbledore, a major character in the Harry Potter-universe created by English author J. K. Rowling.
EILEENLiterature
From the given name Eileen.
ENJOLRASLiterature
From a surname which was from Occitan enjeura meaning "to terrify". This was the name of a charismatic activist in Victor Hugo's novel 'Les Misérables' (1862).
FESTELiterature
Feste was the fool in Twelfth Night, written by William Shakespeare.
GRANTAIRELiterature
This is the name of a minor character in Victor Hugo's novel 'Les Misérables' (1862), a follower of the revolutionary Enjolras.
JAVERTLiterature
The name of the policeman in Victor Hugo's "Les Misérables." His name was taken from the word Javert, which means "to pursue relentlessly."... [more]
KARENINALiterature
In Leo Tolstoy's novel 'Anna Karenina' (1877), this is the title character's surname, the feminine form of her husband's surname, Karenin.
LANGFORDLiterature, English
An English habitational name from any of the numerous places named in Old English as ‘long ford’, from lang, long ‘long’ + ford ‘ford’, except for Langford in Nottinghamshire, which is named with an Old English personal name Landa or possibly land, here used in a specific sense such as ‘boundary’ or ‘district’, with the same second element.
LANGKOUSLiterature
Dutch and Afrikaans form of Långstrump
LANGSTRØMPELiterature
Danish and Norwegian form of Långstrump
LÅNGSTRUMPLiterature
Last name of Pippi Långstrump, the original Swedish name for Pippi Longstocking, a character invented by Astrid Lindgren. Pippi's name was allegedly made up by Lindgren's daughter Karin. It's a combination of Swedish lång "long" and strumpa "sock".
LESTRADELiterature
The name of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's fictional head of Scotland Yard. Possibly from the French surname Lestrange
LONGBOTTOMEnglish, Literature, Popular Culture
English (West Yorkshire) topographic name for someone who lived in a long valley, from Middle English long + botme, bothem ‘valley bottom’. Given the surname’s present-day distribution, Longbottom in Luddenden Foot, West Yorkshire, may be the origin, but there are also two places called Long Bottom in Hampshire, two in Wiltshire, and Longbottom Farm in Somerset and in Wiltshire.
LONGSTOCKINGLiterature
The last name of Pippi Longstocking. English form of LÅNGSTRUMP.
LOVEGOODLiterature (Modern), Popular Culture
The Character 'Luna Lovegood' in the Harry Potter has last name as well as 'Xenophilius Lovegood'.
NAZIMOVARussian, Literature
Notable users of the name includes the Russian silent screen star Alla Nazimova (1879-1945) and the heroine of the Russian novel 'Children of the Streets', Nadezhda Nazimova.
PANACKLiterature
Meaning "Panic" or "Worry".
POIROTFrench, Literature
A French occupational name referring to a merchant who sells pears (poire). Used by Agatha Christie for her Belgian private detective Hercule Poirot, but she came up with the name by combining the surnames Poiret and Popeau, the names of two contemporary fictional detectives.
ROSTOVRussian, Literature
Either derived from Rostov Oblast, a Russian federal subject, the town of Rostov in Yaroslavl Oblast, or Rostov-on-Don, a Russian city in the Rostov Oblast. This is also the surname of multiple characters from Leo Tolstoy's 1869 novel "War and Peace".
SCROOGELiterature
The name of a character in a book by Dickens.
SÉERALiterature
Coming from an old Rowénan word to mean "king" or "leader", SÉERA is nowan uncomon surname. Used by the ruling family of eastern Erikówna (see TYRAN).
SORDINOItalian (Rare), Literature
Derived from Italian sordino, referring to a mute for musical instruments. It is ultimately from Italian sordo "deaf" or "muffled (sound), silent, hidden, voiceless". American author Laurie Halse Anderson uses this for her novel Speak (1999), on high school rape victim Melinda Sordino... [more]
TARGARYENLiterature
The surname of Daenerys from the book series "A Song of Ice and Fire" by George R. R. Martin and the TV series adaptation "Game of Thrones".
TOOKLiterature
In J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings", the surname of Peregrin "Pippin" Took, a cousin of Meriadoc Brandybuck and second cousin of Frodo Baggins. Bandobras Took, also known as the Old Took, is somewhat a famous name in Hobbit-lore, as he was not only adventurous but a friend of Gandalf's and tall enough to ride a horse... [more]
ULENSPEGELLow German, Literature
This is the name of Dyl Ulenspegel is a trickster figure originating in Middle Low German folklore, possibly meaning "owl mirror".
VALJEANLiterature
Meaning unknown. Jean Valjean is the name of the ex-convict, mayor, and gaurdian of the child Cosette in Victor Hugo's 'Les Miserables'. (1862)
YELNATSLiterature
Invented by Louis Sacher for his novel "Holes". The name was created because it is Stanley spelled backwards. Stanley Yelnats IV is the main character in the novel.
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