Last name symbolism

Last name symbolism DEFAULT

Common US Surnames and Their Meanings


  • Population Count 2010: 2,442,977
  • Population Count 2000: 2,376,206
  • Rank in 2000: 1

Smith is an occupational surname for a man who works with metal (smith or blacksmith), one of the earliest jobs for which specialist skills were required. It is a craft that was practiced in all countries, making the surname and its derivations the most common of all surnames around the world.


  • Population Count 2010: 1,932,812
  • Population Count 2000: 1,857,160
  • Rank in 2000: 2
    Johnson is an English patronymic surname meaning "son of John," and "John means "gift of God."


  • Population Count (2010): 1,625,252
  • Population Count (2000): 1,534,042
  • Rank in 2000: 3

The most common origin of the Williams surname is patronymic, meaning "son of William," a given name that derives from the elements wil, "desire or will," and helm, "helmet or protection."


  • Population Count (2010): 1,437,026
  • Population Count (2000): 1,380,145
  • Rank in 2000: 4

As it sounds, Brown originated as a descriptive surname meaning "brown haired" or "brown skinned."


  • Population Count (2010): 1,425,470
  • Population Count (2000): 1,362,755
  • Rank in 2000: 5

A patronymic name meaning "son of John (God has favored or gift of God)." Similar to Johnson (above).


  • Population Count (2010): 1,425,470
  • Population Count (2000): 1,166,120
  • Rank in 2000: 8

There are several possible origins for this popular Hispanic surname. The most common meaning is "descendant or son of Garcia (the Spanish form of Gerald)."


  • Population Count (2010): 1,127,803
  • Population Count (2000): 1,161,437
  • Rank in 2000: 6

The most common derivation of this surname is as an occupation name referring to a person who worked in a grain mill.


  • Population Count (2010): 1,116,357
  • Population Count (2000): 1,072,335
  • Rank in 2000: 7

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Davis is yet another patronymic surname to crack the top 10 most common US surnames, meaning "Son of David (beloved)."


  • Population Count (2010): 1,094,924
  • Population Count (2000): 804,240
  • Rank in 2000: 9

Population Count: 804,240
Rodriguez is a patronymic name meaning "son of Rodrigo," a given name meaning "famous ruler." The "ez or es" added to the root signifies "descendant of."


  • Population Count (2010): 1,060,159
  • Population Count (2000): 775,072
  • Rank in 2000: 11

Generally means "son of Martin."


  • Population Count (2010): 1,043,281
  • Population Count (2000): 706,372
  • Rank in 2000: 15

"Son of Hernando" or "Son of Fernando."


  • Population Count (2010): 874,523
  • Population Count (2000): 621,536
  • Rank in 2000: 21

A patronymical surname meaning "son of Lope." Lope comes from the Spanish form of Lupus, a Latin name meaning "wolf."


  • Population Count (2010): 841,025
  • Population Count (2000): 597,718
  • Rank in 2000: 23

A patronymic name meaning "son of Gonzalo."


  • Population Count (2010): 1,094,924
  • Population Count (2000): 801,882
  • Rank in 2000: 10

Wilson is a popular English or Scottish surname in many countries, meaning "son of Will," often a nickname for William.


  • Population Count (2010): 784,404
  • Population Count (2000): 762,394
  • Rank in 2000: 12

As it sounds, Anderson is generally a patronymic surname meaning "son of Andrew."


  • Population Count (2010): 756,142
  • Population Count (2000): 710,696
  • Rank in 2000: 14

Derived from a popular medieval first name, THOMAS comes from an Aramaic term for "twin."


  • Population Count (2010): 751,209
  • Population Count (2000): 720,370
  • Rank in 2000: 13

An English occupational name for a tailor, from Old French "tailleur" for "tailor" which comes from the Latin "taliare," meaning "to cut."


  • Population Count (2010): 724,374
  • Population Count (2000): 698,671
  • Rank in 2000: 16

The surname Moore and its derivations have many possible origins, including one who lived at or near a moor, or a dark-complexioned man.


  • Population Count (2010): 708,099
  • Population Count (2000): 666,125
  • Rank in 2000: 18

A patronymic name meaning "son of Jack."


  • Population Count (2010): 702,625
  • Population Count (2000): 672,711
  • Rank in 2000: 17

A patronymic surname taken from the ancient Latin given name Martinus, derived from Mars, the Roman god of fertility and war.


  • Population Count (2010): 693,023
  • Population Count (2000): 605,860
  • Rank in 2000: 22

Lee is a surname with many possible meanings and origins. Often it was a name given to one who lived in or near a "laye," a Middle English term meaning "clearing in the woods."


  • Population Count (2010): 681,645
  • Population Count (2000): 488,521
  • Rank in 2000: 29

The most common of several origins for the surname Perez is a patronymic name derived from Pero, Pedro, etc. meaning "son of Pero."


  • Population Count (2010): 664,644
  • Population Count (2000): 644,368
  • Rank in 2000: 19

Son of the man known as Thom, Thomp, Thompkin, or another diminutive form of Thomas, a given name meaning "twin."


  • Population Count (2010): 660,491
  • Population Count (2000): 639,515
  • Rank in 2000: 20

Generally, a surname originally used to describe someone with very light hair or complexion.


  • Population Count (2010): 624,252
  • Population Count (2000): 593,542
  • Rank in 2000: 29

"Son of Harry," a given name derived from Henry and meaning "home-ruler."


  • Population Count (2010): 612,752
  • Population Count (2000): 441,242
  • Rank in 2000: 33

A patronymic derived from the given name Sancho, meaning "sanctified."


  • Population Count (2010): 562,679
  • Population Count (2000): 548,369
  • Rank in 2000: 25

This surname was most often used by a cleric, clerk, or scholar, one who can read and write.


  • Population Count (2010): 557,423
  • Population Count (2000): 388,987
  • Rank in 2000: 42

A patronymic name meaning " son of Ramon (wise protector)."


  • Population Count (2010): 531,781
  • Population Count (2000): 509,930
  • Rank in 2000: 26

Derived from the Germanic given name Lewis, meaning "renowned, famous battle."


  • Population Count (2010): 529,821
  • Population Count (2000): 503,028
  • Rank in 2000: 27

The most likely origin of this surname is "son of Robin," although it may also derive from the Polish word "rabin," meaning rabbi.


  • Population Count (2010): 523,129
  • Population Count (2000): 501,307
  • Rank in 2000: 28

An occupational surname for a fuller, or person who walked on damp raw cloth to thicken it.


  • Population Count (2010): 484,447
  • Population Count (2000): 465,948
  • Rank in 2000: 31

Derived from the Old English word "geong," meaning "young."


  • Population Count (2010): 484,447
  • Population Count (2000): 463,368
  • Rank in 2000: 32

From "aluinn," meaning fair or handsome.


  • Population Count (2010): 458,980
  • Population Count (2000): 440,367
  • Rank in 2000: 34

From the Old English "cyning," originally meaning "tribal leader," this nickname was commonly bestowed on a man who carried himself like royalty, or who played the part of the king in a medieval pageant.


  • Population Count (2010): 458,980
  • Population Count (2000): 440,367
  • Rank in 2000: 35

An occupational name meaning "craftsman, builder," from the Old English "wryhta" meaning "worker."


  • Population Count (2010): 439,530
  • Population Count (2000): 420,091
  • Rank in 2000: 36

An ethnic or geographical name signifying a native from Scotland or a person who spoke Gaelic.


  • Population Count (2010): 437,813
  • Population Count (2000): 325,169
  • Rank in 2000: 50

A name given to a person who lived in or near a tower, from the Latin "turris."


  • Population Count (2010): 437,645
  • Population Count (2000): 310,125
  • Rank in 2000: 57

This is the most common surname in Vietnam, but is actually of Chinese origin, meaning "musical instrument."


  • Population Count (2010): 434,827
  • Population Count (2000): 411,770
  • Rank in 2000: 41

A name generally given to one who lived on or near a hill, derived from the Old English "hyll."


  • Population Count (2010): 433,969
  • Population Count (2000): 312,615
  • Rank in 2000: 55

The origin of this common Spanish surname is uncertain, but many believe it derives from the given name Floro, meaning "flower."


Often refers to one who dwelled at or near the village green, or another similar area of grassy ground.


This surname is of uncertain etymology but is often considered to derive from the Hebrew personal name Adam which was borne, according to Genesis, by the first man.


A patronymic surname meaning "son of Nell," a form of the Irish name Neal which means "champion."


An occupational name which originated in medieval times from the name of the trade, baker.


A place name derived from various words for "large house," usually used to signify someone who lived in or worked in a hall or manor house.


One who lived on a riverbank or near a river.


A Celtic surname meaning "crooked or wry mouth," from the Gaelic "cam" meaning 'crooked, distorted' and "beul" for 'mouth.'


A common form or corruption of Michael, meaning "big."


An English occupational name for a carter, or transporter of goods by cart or wagon.


meaning "bright fame."


Derived from the given name, Gome, meaning "man."


A patronymic surname meaning "son of Phillip." Phillip comes from the Greek name Philippos which means "friend of horses."


Often a patronymic name meaning "son of Evan."


An English occupational name, meaning "one who works with a lathe."


The Spanish surname Diaz comes from the Latin "dies" which means "days." Also believed to have early Jewish origins.


A nickname or descriptive surname often bestowed on a man who worked as a gamekeeper at a medieval park.


One who lived near a place where a cross was erected, or near a crossroads or intersection.


A patronymic name meaning "son of Edward." The singular form, EDWARD, means "prosperous guardian."


This Gaelic and English surname has many possible origins, but is most often derived from the personal name of the father, meaning "son of Colin." Colin is often a pet form of Nicholas.


From the Old French "rey," meaning king, Reyes was often bestowed as a nickname for a man who carried himself in a regal, or kingly, fashion.


An occupational name for a steward or manager of a household or estate.


"Dark and swarthy," from the Latin "mauritius," meaning 'moorish, dark' or from "maurus," meaning moor.


Means "right and proper." Alternatively, this Spanish and Portuguese surname may mean one who lived near a mulberry or blackberry bush.


A modern form of the ancient Irish name "O'Murchadha," which means "descendant of sea warrior" in Gaelic.


An English occupational name for a cook, a man who sold cooked meats, or the keeper of an eating house.


A patronymic name derived from the given name Roger, meaning "son of Roger."


A patronymic name meaning "son of Gutierre" (son of Walter). Gutierre is a given name meaning "he who rules."


A patronymic surname meaning "son of Orton or Orta."


This Welsh surname derives from the given name Morgan, from "mor," the sea, and "gan," born.


An English occupational name for one who made and sold casks, buckets, and tubs.


A patronymic surname meaning "son of Peter." The given name Peter is derived from the Greek "petros" meaning "stone."


A crown official or officer of the king in county or town. Keeper of a royal building or house.


A descriptive or nickname signifying a person with a red face or red hair.


A Gaelic name meaning warrior or war. Also, possibly an adaptation of the surname O'Kelly, meaning descendant of Ceallach (bright-headed).


There are several possible origins for this common English surname, including "strong of heart" and "high chief."


Often considered to be a form of COCK (little), a common term of endearment.


An occupational name for a "guard or watchman," from Old English "weard" = guard.


Like RICHARDS, Richardson is a patronymic surname meaning "son of Richard." The given name Richard means "powerful and brave."


A patronymic surname meaning "son of Watt," a pet form of the name Walter, meaning "ruler of the army."


Most revolve around a "brook," or a small stream.


Originally used to describe a person who lived in or worked in a wood or forest. Derived from Middle English "wode."


Patronymic name derived from "Jacob" and usually meaning "son of Jacob."


Names are an integral part of personal and family identities. They can also illuminate your cultural heritage or your ancestors’ lives. If you have English heritage, it is likely that you have some English surnames in your family tree.

Old English names were widely inspired by a multitude of cultural influences. They commonly include Viking, Nordic, Scandinavian, German, and French roots. English names also take inspiration from religion, familial lines, nature, occupations, physical characteristics, and so on. 

Search your family tree to see if you can find English family names or old English surnames in your tree. 

English First Names

Whether you’re trying to find baby name ideas or you want to learn about English names in your family, this is a great place to look. Get an idea of name meanings and origins for English boy names and English girl names.

25 Common English Surnames, Their Origins, and Their Meanings

The following is a list of some of the most common surnames in England today, or read about English names for boys or English names for girls. Learn a little about the origins of the names and their meanings, which possibly can tell you about your ancestors’ lives if these names are in your family tree.

a man working at a smith, much like the origin of the surname smith

Smith (smith)

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Blacksmith or metal worker

In Old English, smitan means “to strike.” Smith is an occupational name, meaning your ancestors were probably blacksmiths, who were valuable members of society and who contributed weapons and tools.

Jones (jōnz)

  • Origin: Welsh
  • Meaning: God is gracious

The meaning comes from the name John, which evolved from the Hebrew word Yochanan.

Williams (wil-yəmz)

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Son of William

Originally from the Germanic Willahelm,William means “desire helmet or protection” or “brave protector.” You can be proud of your possible warrior lineage.

Brown (brau̇n)

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: The color brown

Brown was often a name given to someone with brown hair or skin.

a tailor, much like the origin of the surname Taylor

Taylor (tā-lər)

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: A clothing tailor

Your ancestors were likely tailors. Did you inherit the skills?

Davies (dā-vēz)

  • Origin: English, Welsh, or Scottish
  • Meaning: Son of David

David is a biblical Hebrew name meaning “beloved” or “uncle.”

Evans (e-vənz)

  • Origin: Welsh
  • Meaning: Son of Evan

Evan is the Welsh version of John, coming from the Hebrew word Yochanan, which means “God is gracious.”

Thomas (tä-məs)

  • Origin: Greek or Aramaic 
  • Meaning: Twin

While it is possible that your ancestors were twins, Thomas was more likely passed down as a given name made popular by Saint Thomas Becket or others.

Johnson (jän-sən)

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Son of John

This is the third name on this list derived from John, meaning “God is gracious.” It was clearly a popular choice.

Roberts (rä-bərts)

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Bright fame

Robert is an English name from the Germanic roots hrod, meaning “fame,” and beraht, meaning “bright.” Perhaps one of your ancestors was famous?

Lee (lē)

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Field or meadow

Your ancestors probably lived near an Old English lea, or meadow—sounds picturesque.

a group of walkers.

Walker (wȯ-kər)

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Someone who walks on raw, wet wool to clean and thicken it

This outdated occupation could also be called a fuller.

Wright (rīt)

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Carpenter, craftsman, or wagon maker

Don’t you love these occupational names? Can you picture your ancestors at work?

Robinson (rä-bən-sən)

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Son of Robin

Robin, similar to Robertearlier on this list, means “bright fame,” but it could also refer to the red-breasted bird.

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Thompson (täm-sən)

  • Origin: English or Scottish
  • Meaning: Son of Thomas

Thomas means “twin,” but the name may not indicate that your ancestors were twins; it was a popular name.

White (wīt)

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: The color white

White was a name often given to someone with white hair or a fair complexion.

Hughes (hyüz)

  • Origin: German, Welsh, Irish, French
  • Meaning: Bright heart, mind, and spirit

Seems similar to hue, right? It’s actually from the Germanic word hug.

Edwards (ed-wərdz)

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Son of Edward

Edward, meaning “wealthy guardian,” was the name of several Anglo-Saxon kings. It was a fitting name for a king, right?

Green (grēn)

  • Origin: English or Irish
  • Meaning: The color green or someone who lives near the village green

“Village green” doesn’t actually refer to a village name but rather to the common area in a village.

Lewis (lü-əs)

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  • Origin: English, French, or German
  • Meaning: Famous warrior

Lewis is close cousins with the French name Louis and the German name Ludwig.

Wood (wu̇d)

  • Origin: English or Scottish
  • Meaning: Someone who lived or worked in a forest

Wood is another picturesque name that hints at your ancestors’ homes.

Harris (her-əs)

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Son of Harry

No, your ancestors weren’t named for being hairy. Rather, Harry means “army or estate ruler.”

Martin (mär-tᵊn)

  • Origin: Latin or Roman
  • Meaning: Servant of Mars, the Roman god of war

Martin was made popular by Saint Martin of Tours, who legendarily ripped his cloak in half in the middle of winter to share with a cold beggar.

Jackson (jak-sən)

  • Origin: English or Scottish
  • Meaning: Son of Jack

Jack is yet another name (fourth on this list) derived from John, a name with Hebrew roots meaning “God is gracious.”

Clarke (klärk)

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Clerk, cleric, or scribe

Clerk in Old English was clerec, originally meaning “priest.” 

English Surnames in Your Family Tree

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Meaning of last name in English

Non-family owned : office space owned or rented in the company's name, and directors do not have the same lastname.

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The remainder of the book consists of articles organized alphabetically by the author's lastname.

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Instead, the articles are arranged alphabetically, on the basis of the author's lastname.

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Family-owned : office space owned or rented in the company's name, and directors have the same lastname.

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Dates are mapped to a year-monthday format and person names to their last word (their head in our terminology, frequently the lastname).

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Although we have not followed the standard practice of alphabetizing by lastname, we were equal partners in producing this article.

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Recent information on lastname and address were linked to the telephone company's files to obtain telephone numbers.

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For example, a priority may state that a certain rule mentioning a lastname in the query is preferred over another rule mentioning the concept person only.

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The results show that 17 per cent of these men had the same lastname and lived at the same address as at least one other volunteer.

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The lastname does not necessarily denote a national origin of its owner.


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Bearers of the office have adapted this as their family lastname.


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Why Do So Many People Have the Same Last Name?

Many English Last Names Began As Nicknames — Here Are Their Original Meanings

In "A Dictionary of Surnames," Patrick Hanks and Flavia Hodges have laid out where early last names come from and what they mean. Through research into genealogy and linguistics, they found the bulk of European surnames were formed in the 13th and 14th centuries as societies became more bureaucratic and began collecting taxes.

Early last names fall into a few major categories of origin. Many began as nicknames.

If your last name today falls into this category of name, you could theoretically learn something about the personality or appearance of one of the very first people to share your name. For example, a town that had several people named "John" might have started calling one of them "John Beal." "Beal" comes from "bel" — fair or lovely — and could refer to someone handsome.

Names didn't have to come from nicknames. Variations of people's occupations, a distinguishing geographical feature near their homes, or a version of their mother's or father's first name could also become their last name.

Last names that originated from nicknames are a particularly interesting category, though. Sometimes they were even based on negative traits, but Europeans rarely changed them once they officially went on record. During the period that last names were being adopted, people accepted their new last names as their God-given names.

Indeed, you may have a last name that originated from somebody ribbing one of your ancestors or making a comment on their appearance.

While names from a number of European languages originated from nicknames, below we have broken out only English last names and their likely corresponding meanings, as determined by Hanks and Hodges.


Arlott — vagabond, rascal; Ayer — an heir to a title or fortune


Back — someone with a hunched back or peculiarity; Bairnsfather — father or alleged father of an illegitimate child; Barfoot — someone who went about his business, peasant; Bass — nickname for a short man; Bastard — nickname for an illegitimate child; Bay — nickname for someone with chestnut or auburn hair; Bayard — reckless; Beake — person with a prominent nose; Beal — handsome (from bel: fair, lovely); Bear — nickname for a person who has a mix of strength and amusement; Beard — wearer of a beard; Beauclerk — "fair clerk"; Beavis— nickname for an affectionate address; Bee — energetic or active person; Belcher — someone with a fair and lovely face; Besson — a twin (from bis, twice); Bevin — nickname for a wine drinker (from beivre to drink; vin wine); Biss — someone with an unhealthy complexion; Black — a swarthy or dark-haired man; Blacklock — someone with dark hair; Blake — another variant of blac that sometimes meant pale, white, fair; Blanchflower — ironic name for a man of feminine appearance; Blessed — a fortunate individual; Blewett — a habitual wearer of blue; Bligh, Bliss — a cheerful person; Blunt — someone with fair hair (from blund), a stupid person (from blont, dull); Boast, Boggis — a boastful man; Body — corpulent; Bold — bold, courageous; Bonney — handsome; Bonser — from bon sire good sir, given to a fine gentleman either ironically or seriously; Bowler — a heavy drinker; Bradman — broad, well built man; Breakspear — a successful warrior or jouster; Breeze — an irritating person; Brisbane — from to break and bone; probably used for someone crippled by a broken bone; Broad — stout; Brown — someone with brown hair; Buck — a man who resembles a goat; Bull — large, aggressive man; Bunker — reliable; Burr — a person who is difficult to shake off (from bur, a seed head that sticks to clothing)


Cain — a tall, thin man; Cannon — someone living in a clergy house; Cardinal — someone who acted lordly and patronizing; Carless — carefree; Catt — from the animal; Chaff — bald; Chance — a gambler or someone who had survived an accident; Child — someone considerably younger than his siblings; Chopin — a heavy drinker; Cock — a natural leader; Cockayne — an idle dreamer; Cocker — a bellicose person; Coley — a swarthy person; Comley — a handsome man; Coney — rabbit; Converse — a Jew converted to Christianity; Corderoy — proud; Couch — a red-haired man; Counsel — a wise or thoughtful man; Cousin — familiar; Crisp — a man with curly hair; Cruise — bold, fierce; Curtis — a refined person


Dain — important person; Dark — someone with dark hair; Devin — nickname of either ironic or literal application of devin, divin excellent; Dick — a stout, thick man; Doe — a mild and gentle man; Doggett — nickname with abusive connotations; Dolittle — a lazy man; Dormer — a lazy man, (from dormire to sleep); Doughty — powerful or brave; Dowling — stupid person, (from doll stupid); Drury — nickname for love; Ducker — nickname derivative (from douke to dive, plunge); Duke — someone who gives himself airs and graces


Eagle — a lordly, impressive or sharp eyed man; Elder — distinguishing name bestowed on the older one of a group


Fair — beautiful; Fairfax — someone with beautiful, long hair (from feax, hair, tresses; Faith — a trustworthy person; Farrant — someone with gray hair; Fay — someone with supernatural qualities, (from faie or fairy); Fear — a sociable person (from feare, comrade companion); Fiddy — son of God; Figgis — trustworthy or reliable; Fillery — illegitimate son of a monarch; Finch — from the bird, which in the Middle Ages had a reputation for stupidity; Fitt — polite; Foot — deformity of foot; Fort — strong; Fowle — someone resembling a bird; Frost — someone with an icy disposition or with a white beard or hair


Gain — crafty; Gale — cheerful person (from gaile jovial); Gallop — rash; Game, Gammon — merry or sporty; Garnon — someone with a mustache; Glew — cautious or wise; Godson — the godson of an influential person; Golfinch — nickname from the bird; Golightly — a messenger; Good — good; Gooden — someone who often uses the salutation "good evening"; Goodfellow, Goodfriend — congenial person; Grace — pleasant; Gray — someone with gray hair; Green — someone who liked wearing green; Grubb — small; Gulliver — greedy


Hand — someone with a deformed hand; Hare — a swift runner; Hart — nickname meaning stag; Hasard — a gambler; Hoare — an old man


Kay — a left handed man; Kedge — brisk, lively, (from Swedish kack, meaning bold or brisk); Keech — unflattering nickname for lumpish person; Keene — fierce, brave, proud; Kidd — frisky person; King — someone who conducts himself in a kingly manner; Knott — a thick or not shapely person


Lamb — a meek or inoffensive person; Lark — a merry person; Lawless — an unbridled and licentious man; Lawty — a trustworthy person; Lever — a fleet footed or timid person (from levre, meaning hare); Levett — nickname for wolf; Light — a happy or cheerful person, someone busy and active, someone small; Lipp — someone with large lips; Little — a small man; Littlefair — nickname for small companion; Littley — someone with small eyes; Loach — nickname from a small fresh water fish; Long, Longfellow — a tall person; Lord — someone who behaves in a lordly manner; Lovatt — nickname meaning young wolf; Lovelace — a philanderer; Lovell — nickname from lou, meaning wolf; Lovelock — a dandy; Lovely — an amiable person; Lyon — a fierce or brave warrior


Mallory — an unfortunate person; Mann — a strong or fierce man; Marvel — a person considered prodigious in some way, could be ironic; Master — someone who behaved in a masterful manner; Maufe — an untrustworthy person; Miskin — a young man, probably to distinguish someone from an older person in the same family; Monk — someone who looks like a monk; Mutton — a gentle but unimaginative person


Need — an impoverished person; New — a newcomer to an area; Newbold — someone who lived in a newly constructed dwelling; Newcombe, Newman — a new arrival in a place; Nightingale — someone with a good voice; Noel — someone with a connection to the Christmas season; Noon — a bright and cheery person


Odam — someone who has done well by marrying someone with a rich daughter


Pace — mild mannered person; Palmer — someone who had been on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land; Pardoe, Purdy — nickname from someone who often said par Dieu (by God/for God’s sake); Parent — a parent or related to someone important in the community; Parslow — nickname from passer, meaning to cross; Pedley — a stealthy person; Penny — nickname from the coin; Pettifer — a tireless walker; Pettit — a small person; Pickerell — a sharp and aggressive person; Pinch — a chirpy person; Plenty — nickname for abundance; Pollard — someone with a large or unusually shaped head; Postle — nickname short for apostle; Pratt — a clever trickster; Prior — an immediate subordinate to an abbott; Puddy — someone rotund; Puttock — nickname for a greedy person


Quail — nickname from the bird, for a timorous, lecherous, or fat person; Quant — a person admired for good sense or skill or regarded as cunning or crafty; Quarry — a thickset man; Quick — a lively person


Raggett — someone whose appearance is unkempt; Raison — an intelligent person; Ram — a forceful or lusty person; Read — a person with red hair or a ruddy complexion; Revell — a boisterous person; Rich — a wealthy man; Root — a cheerful person; Rouse, Rudd, Rust — a person with red hair or a ruddy complexion; Rump — nickname for a person with a large behind; Ruth — nickname for a charitable person



Tabard — a wearer of a long sleeveless coat of heavy material; Tame — a quiet and gentle person; Tempest — someone with a blustery temperament; Thewlis — an ill mannered person; Thrussell — nickname from the bird, probably given to a cheerful person; Thumb — someone with a deformed thumb; Titmus — a small person; Todd — someone thought to resemble a fox in some way; Treacher — a devious person; Tripp — someone with an odd gait; Trunchion — a short, fat man (from thronchon, meaningpiece broken off of); Turk — a rowdy or unruly person; Twigg — a thin person


Uncle — a man who is an uncle to someone


Vaisey — a cheerful person (from enveisie, meaning playful, merry); Venture — a bold person; Verity — a truthful person; Viggars — a sturdy person; Virtue — a pious or good person; Whale — an ungainly person; White, Whithead — someone with white hair; Widdow — a widow or widower; Wight — strong-willed or brave; Wild — nickname someone of violent and undisciplined character; Wise — a wise or learned person; Wraith — someone with a violent temper


Yule — nickname for someone who was born on Christmas Day


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Last Name Meaning and Family History with Family Coat of Arms

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What is the last name meaning and family coat of arms of my family history is a common question. Our attractive print shows a combination of what your family coat of arms and last name meaning may look like. We have the last name meaning and family surname history for most names.

This Surname History and Family Shield Combination has the last name meaning of the surname along with the origin of the name. This document will normally break down the surname as to how it was formed and what last name classification it has. The family shield shows the coat of arms and crest along with the beautiful artwork.

If you need a Short Last Name Origin & Large Coat of Arms then you may like this product. The artwork on this chart is larger and much easier to see. The design of each coat of arms is the most accurate that we can offer. The last name origin is short, but to the point. It describes the origin of the surname, the makeup of the name, how it came to be, and normally there are listed some references to this surname in records of the past.

The family crest and coat of arms will list the origin of the name along with each symbol on the shield which is in the description of your blazon of arms within our records.

A unique gift for parents, a couple or a gift for him. The coat of arms and surname history for two people will be shown on this beautiful, but simple display. The last name and its meaning will be discussed along with the origin and classification of the surname, along with the full names of the couple and wedding date. What better way to say "I Love You!!"

The Family Name Plaque with Coat of Arms is created from Solid Walnut with a Solid Brass Plate. This long version gives the meaning of your last name, origin of your surname, and also covers some of the important events that are going on, in and around the country. The family name plaque also pictures the coat of arms and crest, which stands out, on a beautiful marble like background with 5 different colors.

This Engraved Name Plate with Coat of Arms and History on your last name is made from Solid Walnut Wood with a solid Solid Brass Plate. The family plaque describes the last name meaning of your surname, what classification Heraldry list your surname as and the coat of arms. This one is shown in flat black, but we do offer it in 5 different colors. This is a type of family tree plaque to add to your Christmas List.

Here we have our Family History Long Version and Coat of Arms Display, which is offered in a wood frame. The family coat of arms will show the country of origin and crest {if it has one} of your family genealogy. The beautiful colored print of your family coat of arms will enhance any room of the house. Stunning colors and artwork set these displays apart from other products on the market that shows your last name meaning.

Do we have your last name meaning and family coat of arms on record? Let's find out. Search our records to see if your last name is in our database. If your family surname does not appear, and we don't have it in one of our off-line databases or many family history books then we offer a "Surname Origin Research".

This genealogy print is showing the Last Name Meaning of Both Surnames of your family history. It is another great gift idea for couples. The family history is important to many people, and a display of the last name meaning of each surname is an excellent way to show their family heritage. Each name origin is decorated in beautiful colors and gives details about the surnames from what last name classification it has to the brake down of the name itself. Some references are mentioned as well as other important bits of history on the last name.

If we don't have your last name meaning or coat of arms than you can have us research the last name. Just go to the Surname Origin Research? page to read about our services.

The Last Name Meaning of Your Surname and its origin are important and this genealogy product does both. This information normally shows what type of surname that your last name is classified as. For example if it is an occupational name like "Smith" or a name that is a description of the person like the surname "Red". It also brakes down the surname itself and tells you why it was put together the way it was. This can tell you a lot about your last name and the family history behind the surname.

Add Your Last Name Meaning & Family History to a Genealogy Chart

Keep in mind that we can add your last name meaning and family history to anyone of our family tree charts below. Free pedigree chart if needed. These genealogy charts can display the family history of your direct lines, the family coat of arms and crest, as well as the surname origin of your last name. The meaning and brake down of the surname is still done as in the other products listed above.

The above list of genealogy charts can be created with your surnames last name meaning and can also be customized in other ways. Feel free to take a look at the Customizing Your Chart webpage to learn more about what we can design for your family and the history behind it.

Surname Meaning and Last Name Origin of Other Countries

The surname meaning and last name origin of other countries can be found on some other products listed below. These of course focus on a few countries. Do we have your last name meaning and family coat of arms on record? The best way to see if we have your last name in our database is to do a quick search.

If your family surname does not appear, and we don't have it in one of our off-line databases or many family history books then we can research the origin of your family surname. Just go to the

The Written History and Heritage of a Few Countries

Family Crest - Alphabetic Surname Listings
Coat of Arms - Alphabetic Surname Listings

The Tree Maker ask that you please read the "Frequently Asked Questions" section before ordering. It covers a number of subjects in detail. Most of the questions are in regards to customization to family tree charts, family coat of arms, family crest symbol, Design Your Own Coat of Arms Symbol, surname history, family rings, and last name meaning, but the first few apply to everyone. This will help avoid any problems that could arise about your order. Free pedigree chart if needed. These family tree products make great birthday gifts, Christmas presents, or a Wedding and Anniversary gift.

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