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Each surname has its own meaning. Therefore, any person sooner or later comes to the idea, what does his surname mean, how does it affect his life, fate, character, relationships with others?

Many surnames have different meanings depending on their origin and the country where the surname is used.

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Meanings of popular surnames

Dibra Albanian surnames From the Albanian name for the city of Debar in Macedonia, originally given to someone who came from there.

Chen Chinese surnames 陈 From Chinese 陈 (chén) meaning "exhibit, display, old, ancient" and also referring to the former state of Chen, which existed in what is now Henan province from the 11th to 5th centuries BC.

Auer German surnames From German aue meaning "meadow by a river, wetland".

Aue German surnames From German meaning "meadow by a river, wetland". There are many places with this name in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Hitler German surnames Variant of Hiedler. This was spelling used by Alois Hitler, the father of German dictator Adolph Hitler (1889-1945), when he adopted his stepfather Johann Georg Hiedler's surname.

Bousaid Arabic surnames بوسعيد Means "father of Said" in Arabic.

Larsson Swedish surnames Means "son of LARS".

Marek Slovak surnames Derived from the given name Marek.

Saylor English surnames Occupational name meaning "acrobat, dancer", derived from Old French sailleor, from Latin sallitor.

Durant French surnames Variation of Durand.

Holt English surnames From Old English, Old Dutch and Old Norse holt meaning "forest".

O comhraidhe Irish surnames Means "descendant of Comhraidhe", in which the given name Comhraidhe is of unknown meaning.

O cuaig Irish surnames Irish Gaelic form of QUIGG.

Chan Chinese surnames 陈 Cantonese romanization of CHEN.

Sappington English surnames Possibly from the city of Sapperton, England, derived from Old English sapere meaning "soap maker" and tun meaning "enclosure, yard, town".

Dreessen Dutch surnames Variant of Driessen.

Lapointe French surnames Means "the point (of a lance)" in French, possibly a nickname for a soldier.

Hoxha Albanian surnames From the Persian title خواجه (khvajeh) meaning "lord".

Prifti Albanian surnames From Albanian prift meaning "priest".

Solak Turkish surnames From the nickname solak meaning "left-handed".

Fabbri Italian surnames From Italian fabbro meaning "blacksmith", ultimately from Latin faber.

Wang Norwegian surnames From Old High German wang or Old Norse vangr meaning "grassy slope, meadow".

Aquino Italian surnames From the name of an Italian town near Rome, derived from Latin aqua meaning "water", the home town of the 13th-century saint Thomas Aquinas. In Italy the surname is derived directly from the town's name. As a Spanish-language surname, it was sometimes bestowed by missionaries in honour of the saint as they evangelized in Spanish colonies.

Holt Dutch surnames From Old English, Old Dutch and Old Norse holt meaning "forest".

Dragov Bulgarian surnames Драгов Means "son of DRAGO".

Dresdner German surnames Originally indicated a person who came from the city of Dresden in German.

Wagner German surnames From Middle High German wagener meaning "wagon maker, cartwright". This name was borne by the German composer Richard Wagner (1813-1883).

Teke Turkish surnames Originally denoted someone from Teke, Turkey.

Haig Scottish surnames From Old English haga or Old Norse hagi meaning "enclosure, pasture".

Solberg Swedish surnames From a place name, derived from Old Norse sól "sun" and berg "mountain". As a Swedish name it may be ornamental.

Wu Chinese surnames 吴 From Chinese 吴 (wú) referring to the ancient state of Wu, which was located in present-day Jiangsu province.

Abbas Arabic surnames عبّاس From the given name ABBAS.

Hoang Vietnamese surnames Vietnamese form of HUANG, from Sino-Vietnamese 黃 (hoang).

Huynh Vietnamese surnames Variant of HOÀNG used more often in southern Vietnam.

Le Vietnamese surnames Vietnamese form of LI, from Sino-Vietnamese 黎 (le).

Dolan Irish surnames From the Irish Ó Dubhshláin meaning "descendant of DUBHSHLÁINE".

Kolar Slovene surnames Croatian and Slovene cognate of KOLÁŘ.

Antov Bulgarian surnames Антов Means "son of ANTON".

Akerman Swedish surnames Swedish form of ACKERMANN.

Abrams English surnames Means "son of ABRAHAM".

Vanek Czech surnames From an archaic diminutive of the given name Václav.

Devine English surnames Variant of Devin.

Schmeling German surnames From Middle Low German smal meaning "small, slender".

Shehu Albanian surnames From the Arabic title شيخ (shaykh) meaning "sheik".

Kokot Slovene surnames Slovene and Croatian cognate of KOHUT.

Arriola Basque surnames From Basque place names, themselves derived from Basque arri "stone" and -ola "place of, house".

Ostberg Swedish surnames From Swedish öst "east" and berg "mountain, hill".

Macaulay Scottish surnames Variant of MCCAULEY.

Chayka Ukrainian surnames Чайка Means "seagull" in Ukrainian.

Aleksandrov Russian surnames Александров Means "son of ALEKSANDR".