South African Submitted Surnames
are used in the Republic of South Africa.
Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
Brought to South Africa by settlers of French decent some time in the past 300 years. Sometimes also a given name for boys.
It means Zebra. It is usually a surname instead of a person's name used by Zimbabwean Ndebele people and South African Zulu people.... [more]
The name Engelbrecht has multiple translations, including "Angle Glorious" and "Bright Angel".
Louw is a surname that has pre 7th century Germanic origins. It is a Dutch/Flemish variant on the word Lowe, meaning Lion.
THERONSouth African, Occitan
South African surname of Occitan origin derived from any of the various locations named Théron
. The name itself is ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *tur-
or Latin torus
meaning "height, elevation"... [more]
VAN DER MERWEDutch, South African
While the name is currently very common in South Africa, it originates in Holland, literally meaning "From the Merwe". The first van der Merwes hail from the Merwede river. The name went to South Africa with the Dutch settlers in 1652.
VAN NIEKERKAfrikaans, Southern African
Topographic name for any of the various locations named Nieuwerkerk in The Netherlands or Nieuwerkerken in Belgium. The name itself means "of the new church" from Dutch van
meaning "of" combined with nieuw
meaning "new" and kerk
van Rooyen related to van Rooijen
, is an Afrikaans and Dutch toponymic surname. May be rooted from the Rhine area of the Netherlands, possibly having meant "from Rhine" originally. Now a fairly common surname through out South Africa after being brought to Southern Africa by Dutch settlers over the past 300 years, often with variations on spelling but said in the same or a similar way.