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Means "person from Moffatt", Dumfries and Galloway ("long plain").
Scottish: habitational name from Moncreiff Hill near Perth, so called from Gaelic monadh ‘hill’ + craoibhe, genitive of craobh ‘tree’.
Clan Moncreiffe is a Scottish clan. The name is derived from the Scottish Gaelic Monadh croibhe
which means "Hill of the sacred bough". The plant badge of Clan Moncreiffe is the oak, this presumably comes from the sacred tree.... [more]
Means "person from Motherwell", North Lanarkshire ("Our Lady's well"). American artist Robert Motherwell (1915-1991) was a known bearer.
A Scottish name of uncertain origin. British poet Andrew Motion (1952-) is a known bearer.
A different form of MOFFATT
. 'Little Miss Muffett' is a traditional nursery rhyme: Little Miss Muffett
/ Sat on a tuffet,
/ Eating her curds and whey;
/ There came a big spider,
/ Who sat down beside her
/ And frightened Miss Muffet away.
It has been speculated that 'Miss Muffett' is Patience Muffet, the daughter of the physician and entomologist Dr Thomas Muffet (1553-1604).
Topographic name for someone who lived on a moor, from a Scots form of Middle English more moor
Derived from many places in southern Scotland with the same name, from northern Middle English muir
meaning "moor" and heid
meaning "head, end".
Scottish, Irish, or English: Probably comes from the Scots language, as the Scots word for "headland" or comes from the geographical term, which is an Anglicization of the Gaelic Maol, a term for a rounded hill, summit, or mountain bare of trees... [more]
MURROW Irish, Scottish
Variant of MORROW
. A famous bearer of the surname was Edward R. Murrow (1908-1965), US radio and television journalist.
Means "person from Nairn", Highland region ("(place at the mouth of the river) Nairn
", a Celtic river-name perhaps meaning "penetrating one").
NAPIER Scottish, English
Scottish occupational name for a producer or seller of table linen or for a naperer, the servant in charge of the linen in use in a great house from the Middle English, Old French nap(p)ier
, an agent derivative of Old French nappe
‘table cloth’ (Latin mappa
NASMITH Scottish, English
This surname is derived from an occupation, "nail-smith", but may also mean "knife-smith".
NEEVE English, Scottish
An English surname, of Norman origin, meaning the nephew. One who was in care of their uncle. A surname first recorded in Perthshire.
NESBITT Scottish, Irish, English
Derives from the hamlets of East Nisbet and West Nisbet, Berwickshire. Some bearers of Nisbet/Nesbitt (and variant) names may originate from the village of Nisbet in Roxburghshire.
NEVELS English, Scottish
(1) Variant of NEVILLE
(2) Possibly variant of Dutch Nevens, which is derived from Neve, from Middle English, Old Norse, Middle Dutch neve ‘nephew’, presumably denoting the nephew of some great personage.
NOBLE English, Scottish, Irish, French
Nickname from Middle English, Old French noble
"high-born, distinguished, illustrious" (Latin nobilis
), denoting someone of lofty birth or character, or perhaps also ironically someone of low station... [more]
OGILVIE Scottish, English
From the ancient Barony of Ogilvie in Angus, Northeast Scotland. The placename itself is derived from Pictish ocel
, 'high' and fa
ORCHARD English, Scottish
English: topographic name for someone who lived by an orchard, or a metonymic occupational name for a fruit grower, from Middle English orchard
This is an old name of Renfrewshire area of Scotland. The origins could be French or Norwegian (Viking) from more man 1000 years ago. What is known is that Orr is a place name and a sept of the Campbell clan... [more]
PEEBLES Scottish, Spanish (?)
Habitational name from places so named in Scotland. The place names are cognate with Welsh pebyll
Originally meant "person from Penycuik", near Edinburgh (probably "hill frequented by cuckoos").
PETTY English, Scottish
Derived from Norman French petit
, 'small', thus a nickname for a small or insignificant individual.... [more]
First recording of surname in scotland in 1306 in the town of Ayr Scotland. I have many links showing ties to Scotland.
A topographic surname for someone who lived in the lodge at the entrance to a manor house, derived from Middle English port
, meaning "gateway" or "entrance", and hous
meaning "house". It can also be an occupational name with similar meaning, derived from Latin portarius
meaning "porter"... [more]
From Persley, a small Scottish hamlet on the River Don, Aberdeenshire, now a suburb of the much larger city of Aberdeen, named perhaps with the Pictish word *pres-
, meaning 'bushes' or 'undergrowth'.... [more]
From the name of Primrose in Fife, Scotland, a place originally named Prenrhos
, literally "tree-moor" in Welsh. This is the family name of the Earls of Rosebery.
PRIOR English, Scottish, Dutch, German
Derived from Latin prior
meaning "superior". It was used as an occupational surname for a prior, which is a head of a religious house, below an abbot.
PROPHET English, Scottish, French, German
Scottish, English, French, and German: nickname from Middle English and Old French prophete
, Middle High German prophet
‘prophet’, ‘seer’, ultimately from Greek prophetes
‘predictor’, from pro
‘before’ + a
derivative of phemi
‘to speak’... [more]
Materials collector for the Crown. Materials that may be used as tax or in war. Similar to the system of purveyance. Approximately 1100's , southwest Scotland.
Probably means "person in charge of buying supplies for a large household" (from Middle English purveys
RAINEY Irish, Scottish
An Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Raighne
, Ó Ráighne
meaning "descendent of Raonull", the given name Raonull
being derived from Old Norse Rögnvaldr
RAMAGE French, Scottish
From a medieval Scottish nickname for a hot-tempered or unpredictable person (from Old French ramage
"wild, uncontrollable" (applied to birds of prey)).
REDDICK Scottish, Northern Irish
Habitational name from Rerrick or Rerwick in Kirkcudbrightshire, named with an unknown first element and wīc
"outlying settlement". It is also possible that the first element was originally Old Norse rauðr
Anglicized form of the Scottish habitational name Reidfuyrd
, meaning "reedy ford".
REDPATH Scottish, English
Habitational name from a place in Berwickshire, probably so called from Old English read
‘red’ + pæð
‘path’. This name is also common in northeastern England.
REEDUS English, Scottish
An English and Scottish name of uncertain origin. Possibly a reduced form of English Redhouse, a habitational name from any of the numerous places named Redhouse, including over ninety farms.
Perhaps "person from Reikie", Aberdeenshire, or from a different form of the Scottish male personal name Rikie
, literally "little RICHARD
Anglicized form of the Gaelic Rinn Friù
, meaning "cradle of the Royal Stewards." It is derived from either the historical county of Renfrewshire in the west central lowlands of Scotland, or the town of Renfrew within both the historical and present-day boundaries of the county.
RENSHAW English, Scottish
A habitational surname from any of the so-called or like-sounding places in the United Kingdom. These include Renishaw in Derbyshire, Ramshaw in Durham, the lost Renshaw in Cheshire and Radshaw in Yorkshire... [more]
RENWICK Scottish (Rare)
A habitational name from a place in Cumbria, so called from the Old English byname Hræfn
meaning "raven" + wic "outlying settlement".
REY Welsh, Scottish, Irish
Either a variant of MCRAE
, or else directly derived from Irish rí
, Scottish Rìgh
, or Welsh ri
, or rhiau
, all meaning "king"... [more]
RIDDELL Scottish, English
From a Norman personal name, RIDEL
. Reaney explains this as a nickname from Old French ridel
‘small hill’ (a diminutive of ride
‘fold’, of Germanic origin), but a more probable source is a Germanic personal name derived from the element rīd
A different form of REDDICK
("person from Rerwick or Rerrick", Dumfries and Galloway (perhaps "robbers' outlying settlement")). A fictional bearer of the surname is Richard B. Riddick, (anti)hero of the 'Chronicles of Riddick' movies.
ROLAND French, German, Scottish
French, German, English, and Scottish: from a Germanic personal name composed hrod
‘renown’ + -nand
‘bold’, assimilated to -lant
‘land’. (Compare ROWLAND
From a Latinized form, common in early medieval documents, of the personal name Rou(l)
, the usual Norman form of ROLF
RULE Scottish, English
Scottish name from the lands of Rule in the parish of Hobkirk, Roxburghshire. The derivation is from the River Rule which flows through the area, and is so called from the ancient Welsh word "rhull" meaning "hasty or rushing".... [more]
RUNCIE English, Scottish
Derived from Latin runcinus, and related to the Old French "roncin", for a horse of little value. Middle English, Rouncy, as in Chaucer's Cantebury Tales.... [more]
RUSBY Scottish, English
Alternative spelling of Busby, a parish in Renfrewshire. A name well represented in the Penistone, and Cawthorne districts of the West Riding of Yorkshire.
SCHADE German, Dutch, Scottish, English
German and Dutch: from schade
‘damage’, a derivative of schaden
‘to do damage’, generally a nickname for a thug or clumsy person, or, more particularly, a robber knight, who raided others’ lands.... [more]
Means "person from Scobie", an unidentified place in Perth and Kinross ("thorny place"). A fictional bearer is Henry Scobie, the conscience-wracked and ultimately suicidal deputy commissioner of police in Graham Greene's West Africa-set novel 'The Heart of the Matter' (1948).
From an ancient barony called "The lands of Setter", Stromness, Orkney. Derives from the Ancient Norse word "saetr" meaning a hut or shelter for animals.
It has been claimed in the past that the name Seton is Norman in origin, however evidence points to it being Flemish. Various suggestions have been put forward regarding the derivation of the name but nothing proved conclusively; it probably means "town by the sea" and possibly derives from the "sea town" of Staithes in modern day North Yorkshire... [more]
SHADE English, German, Dutch, Scottish
Topographic name for someone who lived near a boundary, from Old English scead
‘boundary’.nickname for a very thin man, from Middle English schade
‘shadow’, ‘wraith’.... [more]
From a medieval Scottish and northern English nickname for someone with a strange or awkward way of walking (literally "sheeplegs").
SINCLAIR Scottish (Anglicized)
Clan Sinclair is a Scottish clan, which held lands in the highlands; thought to have come to Scotland from France after the Norman invasion.
SMILEY Scots, English
From elements small
meaning "a small clearing" or as a nickname may refer to a person of happy disposition known for smiling.
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.
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".
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]
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.
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.
Scottish habitational name from a place in the parish of Banchory, Kincardineshire, which is first recorded in 1153 in the form Strateyhan
, and is perhaps named from Gaelic srath
‘valley’ + eachain
, genitive case of eachan
Habitational surname for a person from a place called Suthie in Perthshire or possibly from Suddy (or Suddie) in Knockbain.
SWAIN Scottish, Irish, English
Northern English occupational name for a servant or attendant, from Middle English swein
"young man attendant upon a knight", which was derived from Old Norse sveinn
"boy, servant, attendant"... [more]
SWAN English, Scottish
Originally given as a nickname to a person who was noted for purity or excellence, which were taken to be attributes of the swan, or who resembled a swan in some other way. In some cases it may have been given to a person who lived at a house with the sign of a swan... [more]
SWINTON English, Scottish
From various place names composed of Old English swin
"pig, wild boar" and tun
Habitational surname derived from the places of the same name, derived from the given name Simon
and northern Middle English ‘ton’ meaning settlement... [more]
TELFER Scottish, English, Italian
From a personal name based on a byname for a strong man or ferocious warrior, from Old French taille
"to cut" + fer
"iron" Latin: ferrum
"iron" (see TAGLIAFERRO
The Strathclyde-Briton people of ancient Scotland were the first to use the name Tennant. It is a name for someone who works as a tenant farmer. The name was applied to those who paid for the rent on their land through working the fields and donating a percentage of the take to the landlord... [more]
Possibly means "from Tarras", a place in Morayshire, Scotland.
THAIN Scots, English
Occupational surname meaning a nobleman who served as an attendant to royals or who was awarded land by a king.
THANE Scots, English
Occupational surname meaning a nobleman who served as an attendant to royals or who was awarded land by a king. Variant of THAIN
TOOHEY Scottish Gaelic
Modern form of the ancient pre 10th century Gaelic O' Tuathaigh meaning the descendant of the chief.
TORRENCE Scottish, Irish
Scottish and northern Irish habitational name from either of two places called Torrance (one near East Kilbride, the other north of Glasgow under the Campsie Fells), named with Gaelic torran
‘hillock’, ‘mound’, with the later addition of the English plural -s
“Towles” is not to be confused with “towels” - note the placement of the “les” vs. “els” — as this clarifies pronunciation.
TROTTER English, Scottish, German
Northern English and Scottish: occupational name for a messenger, from an agent derivative of Middle English trot(en)
'to walk fast' (Old French troter
, of Germanic origin). ... [more]
Scottish habitational name from a place near Dingwall on the Firth of Cromarty, named with Gaelic tulach
‘hillock’, ‘mound’, or from any of various other minor places named with this element.
Habitational name from any of various places called Tullo in eastern Scotland.
TYREE Scottish, English
A name that evolved among the descendants of the people of the kingdom of Dalriada in ancient Scotland.
URIE Scottish, English, Irish
From the Scottish Fetteresso parish, Kincardineshire. May mean someone who is brave and loud.
VALEN English, Scottish
English and Scottish: from a medieval personal name, Latin VALENTINUS
, a derivative of VALENS
(see also VALENTE
), which was never common in England, but is occasionally found from the end of the 12th century, probably as the result of French influence... [more]
Derived from the Latin word vacca
which means "cow". This was either an occupational name for a cowherd or a nickname for a gentle person.
From the name of the bright red color that is halfway betweed red and orange.
WAKE English, Scottish
From the Old Norse byname Vakr meaning "wakeful", "vigilant" (from vaka meaning "to remain awake"), or perhaps from a cognate Old English Waca (attested in place names such as Wakeford, Wakeham, and Wakeley).
WALDRIP English, Scottish
The name is derived from the Old Norman warderobe
, a name given to an official of the wardrobe, and was most likely first borne by someone who held this distinguished
Habitational name from Walkinshaw in Renfrewshire, which was probably named from Old English wealcere meaning "fuller" + sceaga meaning "copse".
WALLAS English, Scottish
A variant of WALLACE
. The name originates from Scotland and its meaning is "foreigner" or "from the south", taken to mean someone from Wales or England.
WANN. Surname or Family name. Origin Scottish and English: nickname from Middle English wann ‘wan’, ‘pale’ (the meaning of the word in Old English was, conversely, ‘dark’).
Metonymic occupational name for someone who was in charge of the garments worn by a feudal lord and his household, from Norman French warde(r) meaning "to keep or guard" + robe meaning "garment".
WESTEN English, Scottish
Habitational name from any of numerous places named Weston, from Old English west 'west' + tun 'enclosure', 'settlement'. English: variant of Whetstone.
WESTWOOD English, Scottish
Habitational name from any of numerous places named Westwood, from Old English west
"west" and wudu
WHITEHEAD English, Scottish
Nickname for someone with fair or prematurely white hair, from Middle English whit
"white" and heved
WILK Polish, Scottish, English
Polish: from Polish wilk
‘wolf’, probably from an Old Slavic personal name containing this element, but perhaps also applied as a nickname for someone thought to resemble a wolf or connected with wolves.... [more]
Scottish: habitational name from the lands of Work in the parish of St. Ola, Orkney.
WYND Scottish, Irish
Scotland or Ireland not sure of original origin. There was a childe Wynd some type of royal who slayed a dragon type thing worm or something and a Henery Wynd who was a mercenary in a battle at north inch in Scotland
ZUILL English, Scottish
From the town of Zuill, Scotland. The "Z" pronounced as "Y" comes from ancient yogh representing a variety of sounds. The name itself is of unknown origin.