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Surname Meanings & Origins

Learn about the origin of your surname, the history and meaning of your surname, if your surname is common and where it is common, and the how and why of name changes and variant spellings.
  1. Naming Patterns
  2. First Names (5)
  3. A Surnames (14)
  4. B Surnames (43)
  5. C Surnames (44)
  6. D Surnames (25)
  7. E Surnames (6)
  8. F Surnames (19)
  9. G Surnames (34)
  10. H Surnames (31)
  11. I Surnames (2)
  12. J Surnames (19)
  13. K Surnames (23)
  14. L Surnames (18)
  15. M Surnames (58)
  16. N Surnames (10)
  17. O Surnames (4)
  18. P Surnames (23)
  19. Q Surnames (1)
  20. R Surnames (35)
  21. S Surnames (37)
  22. T Surnames (10)
  23. U Surnames (1)
  24. V Surnames (13)
  25. W Surnames (26)
  26. X Surnames (1)
  27. Y Surnames (3)
  28. Z Surnames (6)

How to Trace the Origin of Your Surname
Learn about the origins and history of surnames, plus how to find out where your surname came from and what it might mean.

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Australian Surnames - Meanings & Origins
Smith, Jones, Williams... Are you one of the millions of Australians sporting one of these top common last names from Australia? The following list of the most commonly occurring surnames in Australia includes details on each name's origin and meaning.

English Surnames - Meanings & Origins
Uncover the meaning of your English last name with this free guide to English surname meanings and origins. Includes a list of 100 of the most popular English surnames, plus links to related English genealogy resources.

French Surname Meanings & Origins
Discover the meanings of common French surnames, and learn how French surnames originally came about. Learn which suffixes and prefixes may provide clues to a surname's origin and about the practice of adopting alias surnames or dit names.

German Surnames - Meanings & Origins
With roots in the Germanic middle ages, German surnames have been around since the 1100s. Learn about German farm names and how many German surnames have been changed to make it easier for others to pronounce. Plus, the meanings of the 50 most common German surnames.

Hispanic Surname Meanings - Part One
Hispanic surnames can be especially important to genealogists because children are commonly given two surnames, one from each parent. Learn about this practice and other clues found in Spanish surnames, plus the meaning and origin of the top 50 most common Spanish surnames.

Hispanic Surname Meanings - Part Two
Learn more about Spanish surname origins and naming patterns, plus the meanings of more common Hispanic surnames (50-100).

Irish Surname Meanings & Origins
Discover the meaning of your Irish last name, and find where in Ireland these Irish surnames are most commonly found.

Italian Surname Meanings
Learn how Italian surnames developed, including alias names and the meanings of common Italian name suffixes and prefixes, plus a list of common Italian surnames and their meanings.

Polish Surname Meanings & Origins
Learn how many Polish surnames developed, plus the meaning and origin of many common Polish surnames.

Scottish Surnames - Meanings & Origins
Uncover the meaning of your Scottish surname with this free guide to Scottish last name meanings and origins. Includes a list of 100 of the most popular Scottish surnames, plus links to related Scottish genealogy resources.

Presidential Surname Meanings & Origins
Do the surnames of U.S. Presidents really have more prestige than your average Smith and Jones? Learn the meaning and origin of each of the surnames carried by the US Presidents.

DUBOIS - Name Meaning & Origin
Learn the meaning and origin of the last name Dubois, plus find genealogy and family trees for the Dubois surname.

SULLIVAN - Name Meaning & Origin
Learn the meaning and origin of the last name Sullivan, plus find genealogy and family trees for the Sullivan surname.

LEWIS - Name Meaning & Origin
Learn the meaning and origin of the last name Lewis, plus find genealogy and family trees for the Lewis surname.

JANSSEN - Name Meaning & Origin
Learn the meaning and origin of the Dutch last name Janssen, plus find genealogy and family trees for the Janssen surname.

THOMPSON - Name Meaning & Origin
Learn the meaning and origin of the last name Thompson, plus find genealogy and family trees for the Thompson surname.

THOMAS - Name Meaning & Origin
Learn the meaning and origin of the last name Thomas, plus find genealogy and family trees for the Thomas surname.

ALVARADO - Name Meaning & Origin
Learn the meaning and origin of the last name Munoz, plus find genealogy and family trees for the Munoz surname.

JANSSEN - Name Meaning & Origin
Learn the meaning and origin of the Dutch last name Janssen, plus find genealogy and family trees for the Janssen surname.

JANSSEN - Name Meaning & Origin
Learn the meaning and origin of the Dutch last name Janssen, plus find genealogy and family trees for the Janssen surname.

NELSON - Name Meaning & Origin
Learn the meaning and origin of the last name Nelson, plus find genealogy and family trees for the Nelson surname.

PEREZ - Name Meaning & Origin
Learn the meaning and origin of the last name Perez, plus find genealogy and family trees for the Perez surname.

BOYLE - Name Meaning & Origin
Learn the meaning and origin of the last name Black, plus find genealogy and family trees for the Black surname.

ADAMS - Name Meaning & Origin
Learn the meaning and origin of the last name Adams, plus find genealogy and family trees for the Adams surname.

Learn the meaning and origin of the last name Guerrero, plus find genealogy...
Learn the meaning and origin of the last name Munoz, plus find genealogy and family trees for the Munoz surname.

BRENNAN - Name Meaning & Origin
Learn the meaning and origin of the last name Black, plus find genealogy and family trees for the Black surname.

BRENNAN - Name Meaning & Origin
Learn the meaning and origin of the last name Black, plus find genealogy and family trees for the Black surname.

CLARK - Name Meaning & Origin
Learn the meaning and origin of the last name Clark, plus find genealogy and family trees for the Clark surname.

BRENNAN - Name Meaning & Origin
Learn the meaning and origin of the last name Black, plus find genealogy and family trees for the Black surname.

GARCIA - Name Meaning & Origin
Learn the meaning and origin of the last name Garcia, plus find genealogy and family trees for the Garcia surname.

DELUCA - Name Meaning & Origin
Learn the meaning and origin of the last name Deluca, plus find genealogy and family trees for the Deluca surname.

CONNELLY - Name Meaning & Origin
Learn the meaning and origin of the last name Black, plus find genealogy and family trees for the Black surname.


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