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Nameseekers - Glossary of surname meanings
Category: People and society > Surnames
Date & country: 14/09/2007, UK
Words: 259


Abbot
Meaning as a surname: A baptismal name `son of Abraham`.

Ackerman
Meaning as a surname: An occupational name for a ploughman or farmer.

Adams
Meaning as a surname: Descendant of a man named Adam, from the Hebrew word meaning of `red earth`.

Anderson
Meaning as a surname: Son of Andrew.

Andre
Meaning as a surname: From the Greek Andreas meaning manly.

Andrews
Meaning as a surname: Greek name meaning `manly or warrior like`.

Appleton
Meaning as a surname: From a place in which there was an orchard.

Arkwright
Meaning as a surname: A maker of bins or metal chests

Armitage
Meaning as a surname: Someone from Armitag in County Staffordshire.

Armstrong
Meaning as a surname: Nickname for a strong man.

Arrowsmith
Meaning as a surname: A maker of iron arrow tips.

Ash or Asher
Meaning as a surname: Dweller near an ash tree.

Asquith
Meaning as a surname: Someone from Askwith in Yorkshire meaning `dweller near an ash tree`.

Atkins
Meaning as a surname: Son of Anthony.

Attlee
Meaning as a surname: From the old English word `lear` meaning `dweller at the pasture or meadow`.

Auger
Meaning as a surname: From the Old English word `ealdgar` meaning `spear`.

Austen or Austin
Meaning as a surname: From the Latin word Augustus which meanings increasing.

Bailey
Meaning as a surname: Name for a bailiff or one who lived near a bail, the wall of a fort.

Baldwin
Meaning as a surname: Brave friend.

Ball
Meaning as a surname: Nickname for a bald man.

Banks
Meaning as a surname: Someone who lives near a riverbank, or Irish for corpulent.

Barker
Meaning as a surname: A tanner who used tree bark when turning hides into leather.

Barnes
Meaning as a surname: Meanings include bear, spear, young aristocrat or one who worked in barns.

Bean
Meaning as a surname: Meaning pleasant, kindly or a seller of beans.

Bennett
Meaning as a surname: Descendant of Benedict, meaning blessed.

Bewes
Meaning as a surname: Someone who came from the Norman town of Bayeux

Blair
Meaning as a surname: From the Gaelic blar - battlefield.

Bligh
Meaning as a surname: Nickname for a happy person.

Bloggs
Meaning as a surname: A maker of of blocks as in shoemaking.

Bloom or Bloomer
Meaning as a surname: An ironworker who ran liquid metal into moulds.

Booth
Meaning as a surname: Someone who lived in a hut or bothy, probably a shepherd.

Botham
Meaning as a surname: Someone who lived in a broad valley.

Bronte
Meaning as a surname: From a Gaelic name meaning bestower, a generous person.

Brooker
Meaning as a surname: Dweller at the brook.

Buchanan
Meaning as a surname: Low ground belonging to the cannon or cannon's house.

Burbage
Meaning as a surname: Fort or manor on a brook (various places).

Burd
Meaning as a surname: Girl, maiden.

Burgess
Meaning as a surname: Citizen, freemason inhabitant of a borough.

Burn
Meaning as a surname: Stream.

Burton
Meaning as a surname: From a settlement near a fortified manor.

Cadbury
Meaning as a surname: From Cada's fortress. Cada probably meant lump as in fat person.

Calder
Meaning as a surname: Rocky, violent water. Places in Cumberland.

Cambridge
Meaning as a surname: Bridge over the Cam, place in Gloucestershire.

Campbell
Meaning as a surname: From the Gaelic carn beul, meaning crooked mouth.

Capper
Meaning as a surname: Cap maker.

Carmen
Meaning as a surname: Male person.

Chaplin
Meaning as a surname: The servant of a clergyman.

Chegwin
Meaning as a surname: From a place with a white house. (Cornish)

Churchill
Meaning as a surname: West Country settlement with a church on a hill.

Clark
Meaning as a surname: Member of a minor religious order who had not taken vows of celibacy.

Clayton
Meaning as a surname: Place in the clay or place with good clay for pottery.

Cleve
Meaning as a surname: Cliff, slope or river bank.

Cliff
Meaning as a surname: Cliff, slope or river bank.

Coleman
Meaning as a surname: A charcoal burner.

Collard
Meaning as a surname: Double dim.

Conner
Meaning as a surname: Inspector, examiner.

Crawford
Meaning as a surname: From several places derived from Crawe (crow) and Ford (river crossing

Cruise
Meaning as a surname: A bold or fierce man.

Curtis
Meaning as a surname: Someone courteous, whose manners are suitable for the royal court.

D'Eath
Meaning as a surname: Camouflaged form of the name Death.

Dainty
Meaning as a surname: Nickname for someone considered fine, handsome or pleasant.

Dangerfield
Meaning as a surname: Originally from a French town called Angerville.

Davison
Meaning as a surname: Descendant of David, a biblical name meaning `beloved`.

Dean
Meaning as a surname: From a valley.

Death
Meaning as a surname: One who played the part in plays or pageants.

Dench
Meaning as a surname: Descendant of a Dane.

Dewhurst
Meaning as a surname: `Wet wood` a place in Lancashire.

Dexter
Meaning as a surname: A male dyer

Dimbleby
Meaning as a surname: Settlement near a ravine.

Diver
Meaning as a surname: `Rope dancer, tight rope walker`.

Dolittle
Meaning as a surname: A reputation for idleness.

Drake
Meaning as a surname: `Dragon` or standard bearer`.

Draper
Meaning as a surname: Cloth maker/seller.

Drew
Meaning as a surname: Ghost or phantom.

Dunlop
Meaning as a surname: Muddy hill.

Duran
Meaning as a surname: Son of Durant

East
Meaning as a surname: Newcomer from the east, dweller to the east of the village.

Eastwood
Meaning as a surname: From a wood to the east of a settlement.

Eaves
Meaning as a surname: Rim, edge or border.

Edison
Meaning as a surname: Descendant of Edith, meaning prosperity and strife.

Edmead
Meaning as a surname: God nature, humble minded person.

Edmonds
Meaning as a surname: Old English name meaning prosperity and protector.

Edridge
Meaning as a surname: Prosperity/happiness powerful.

Edward
Meaning as a surname: Prosperity/happiness guardian.

Efford
Meaning as a surname: Ford useable at ebb tide. Places in Cornwall Devon and Hampshire.

Elliman
Meaning as a surname: Oil maker, seller.

Ellinger
Meaning as a surname: Dweller at the alder trees

Enfield
Meaning as a surname: Open country with lambs. Place in Middlesex.

Erwin
Meaning as a surname: Wild boar friend.

Escott
Meaning as a surname: Eastern cottage. Place in Devon.

Evans
Meaning as a surname: Descendant of Evans, a Welsh form of John.

Ewer
Meaning as a surname: Water bearer.

Ewhurst
Meaning as a surname: Places in Hampshire, Surrey & Sussex.

Eyton
Meaning as a surname: Place on a river.

Fairbanks
Meaning as a surname: Someone who lived near a bank of ferns.

Fairfax
Meaning as a surname: A loyal person.

Field
Meaning as a surname: Lived on a cleared field.

Finch
Meaning as a surname: A reference to the bird, which formally had a reputation for stupidity.

Finlay
Meaning as a surname: `Fair hero` Gaelic.

Firth
Meaning as a surname: Living on or near scrubland.