Maori Submitted Surnames

Maori names are used by the indigenous people of New Zealand, the Maori.
Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
Henare Maori
From the English given name Henry.
Ihimaera Maori
This name in English means Ishmael. This name is not only a surname but was used at least in the past as a first name. This name could have another origin. This is the last name of the first Maori author to produce a book made up of stories Witi Ihimaera (1944- ).
Kaaka Maori
Originated from Northland New Zealand town, Te Kao. Te Kao is a district on the Aupouri Peninsula of Northland, New Zealand. State Highway 1 passes through the district. Cape Reinga is 46 km to the north, and Houhora is 24 km to the south... [more]
Moana Maori
From the given name Moana.
Opetaia Maori, Polynesian
This name possibly came from the given name Opetaia. A notable bearer of this name is Jai Opetaia, an australian boxer born in 1995.
Paewai Maori
The Maori meaning of it is "driftwood"
Parata Maori
From a transliteration of the English word "brother" or "brothers".
Punga Maori
The name means "reason, cause, origin". Punga is the name of the daughter of Ra (Sun) and his spouse Tame. This was the name of Ngati Mutunga chief Apitea Punga (1827?-1885) who had Moriori slaves and was a big land owner... [more]
Rameka-waapu Maori
A maori Mythological creature
Rangihau Maori
Rangihau means "windy weather" in Maori
Rīwai Maori
This name is a translation of the name Levi. The name also means potato as a general word for potatoes when its spelled without the letter "ī". This was the surname of founding mother Kiti Karaka Rīwai (1870-1927)... [more]
Te Poki Maori
The word Te means "the." The word Poki possibly means "to clear the garden." This was the name of a Ngati Mutunga tidewaiter and constable on what is now the Chatham Islands named Toenga Te Poki.
Wero Spanish (Latin American), Maori
Maori: Means "to cast a spear"... [more]