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


Negus
Meaning as a surname: Gooseherd.

Neil
Meaning as a surname: From the Irish for `champion`.

Newman
Meaning as a surname: Newly arrived in an area.

Nicholas
Meaning as a surname: From the Greek for `victory and people`

Nighingale
Meaning as a surname: A good singer.

Nolan
Meaning as a surname: From the Gaelic for `Noble`

Norton
Meaning as a surname: Living in `a north settlement`.

Nunn
Meaning as a surname: Pious as a nun.

Oakley
Meaning as a surname: Dweller in an oak clearing.

Ogilvy
Meaning as a surname: Scottish for a `high plain`.

Owen
Meaning as a surname: Well born or noble.

Packard
Meaning as a surname: An itinerant hawker.

Pagett
Meaning as a surname: A young boy acting as a household servant.

Paine
Meaning as a surname: Country dweller.

Parfitt
Meaning as a surname: Fully accomplished professionally.

Parker
Meaning as a surname: Gamekeeper.

Patel
Meaning as a surname: Hindi for village leader.

Phillips
Meaning as a surname: Greek for horse lover.

Quant
Meaning as a surname: Finely dressed or clever.

Quicke
Meaning as a surname: Lively; or someone who worked on a dairy farm; or dweller near poplars

Quirke
Meaning as a surname: From a Gaelic word meaning heart.

Ramsbotham
Meaning as a surname: From the bottom of a valley of wild garlic.

Rennie
Meaning as a surname: Descendant of Reynold.

Richard
Meaning as a surname: Germanic name meaning power, brave.

Rimmer
Meaning as a surname: The rhymer, poet or singer.

Roberts
Meaning as a surname: Germanic name meaning fame, bright.

Rogan
Meaning as a surname: Gaelic meaning `Red hair or ruddy complexion.

Ryan
Meaning as a surname: Devotee of St.Riaghan

Sawyer
Meaning as a surname: Someone who sawed wood.

Scruton
Meaning as a surname: From the settlement of Scurfa's people.

Shackleton
Meaning as a surname: From a settlement on a tongue of land.

Shakespeare
Meaning as a surname: A quarrelsome soldier

Shaw
Meaning as a surname: From a small wood or copse.

Shearer
Meaning as a surname: A sheep-shearer.

Sixsmith
Meaning as a surname: A maker of sickles or ploughshares.

Spencer
Meaning as a surname: A household servant.

Stewart
Meaning as a surname: An estate manager.

Taylforth
Meaning as a surname: From a ford over the river Tayle in County Devon.

Thomas
Meaning as a surname: An Aramaic name meaning `twin`.

Thorpe
Meaning as a surname: An old Norse word for `village`.

Tucker
Meaning as a surname: A fuller, who cleaned and thickened freshly woven cloth.

Tully
Meaning as a surname: From the Gaelic for `peace loving` or `flood`.

Turner
Meaning as a surname: A wood turner.

Unwin
Meaning as a surname: From the Old English Humwin meaning `bear cub` or `friend`.

Urquhart
Meaning as a surname: From the barony of this name on Loch Ness.

Valentine
Meaning as a surname: Strong, healthy.

Vaughan
Meaning as a surname: From the Welsh for `little`

Venables
Meaning as a surname: From the French, meaning `hunting ground`

Waddington
Meaning as a surname: From the settlement of `Wada's people`.

Wagstaff
Meaning as a surname: A functionary who wielded a staff of office.

Wainwright
Meaning as a surname: A wagon-maker.

Walters
Meaning as a surname: Germanic, meaning `rule` and `army`.

Welsh
Meaning as a surname: Man from Wales `Welshman`.

Wentzell
Meaning as a surname: Czech name meaning `Greater Glory`

Whitbread
Meaning as a surname: Baker, or nickname for a man with a white beard.

Wilson
Meaning as a surname: Descendant of William, meaning `willpower` and `protection`.

Yale
Meaning as a surname: From Ial in Denbighshire.

Yates
Meaning as a surname: Gate-keeper.

Zola
Meaning as a surname: Italian meaning `clod, bank of earth`.