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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
Himura 緋村 From Japanese 緋 (hi) meaning "scarlet, dark red" and 村 (mura) meaning "town, village".
Sasaki 佐々木 From Japanese 佐 (sa) meaning "help, aid" (repeated, indicated by the iteration mark 々) and 木 (ki) meaning "tree, wood".
Gadhavi ગઢવી Meaning unknown, related to the Charan caste of Gujarat.
Accardi Variant of ACARDI.
Hidaka 日高 From Japanese 日 (hi) meaning "sun, day" and 高 (taka) meaning "tall, high".
Van tonder Means "from Tønder", a town in Denmark near the German border.
Dibra From the Albanian name for the city of Debar in Macedonia, originally given to someone who came from there.
Vanek From an archaic diminutive of the given name Václav.
Korrapati కొర్రపాటి From an area called Korra or Korrapalem combined with Telugu పతి (pati) meaning "belongs to".
Jamshidi جمشیدی From the given name JAMSHID.
Tarantino Locational name that originally designated a person who came from Taranto, a city in southeastern Italy, which was originally called Τάρας (Taras) by Greek colonists. A famous bearer of this name is the American director Quentin Tarantino (1963-).
Di caprio From the name of the island of Capri near Naples, itself possibly derived from Latin capra meaning "goat" or Greek κάπρος (kapros) meaning "wild boar".
Tolkien Derived from Saxon tollkühn meaning "foolhardy". A famous bearer was the English author J. R. R. Tolkien (1892-1973).
Rhee 리, 李 North Korean form of LEE.
Utkin Уткин From the Russian word утка (utka) meaning "duck".
Volkov Волков Patronymic derived from Russian волк (volk) meaning "wolf".
Tschida Possibly derived from a Slavic given name of unknown meaning.
Labriola Originally indicated a person from the town of Abriola in southern Italy.
Bousaid بوسعيد Means "father of Said" in Arabic.
Miura 三浦 From Japanese 三 (mi) meaning "three" and 浦 (ura) meaning "bay, inlet".
Vonnegut Possibly from the Germanic vonn meaning "hunting track" and gut meaning "good". A famous bearer was the American author Kurt Vonnegut (1922-2007).
Pan 潘 From Chinese 潘 (pān) meaning "water in which rice has been rinsed", and also referring to a river that flows into the Han River.
Szilagyi Denoted one from the region of Szilagy in Hungary, derived from Hungarian szil meaning "elm" and agy meaning "bed".
De groot From Dutch groot meaning "big, great".
Aue From German meaning "meadow by a river, wetland". There are many places with this name in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
Butkus Possibly from a given name that was derived from Lithuanian būti meaning "to be, to exist".
Escarra Possibly from Catalan esquerrá meaning "left-handed".
Baumann From Middle High German bumann meaning "farmer, builder".
Yukimura 雪村 From Japanese 雪 (yuki) meaning "snow" and 村 (mura) meaning "town, village".
Shirai 白井 From Japanese 白 (shira) meaning "white" and 井 (i) meaning "well, mine shaft, pit".
Jaso Derived from Basque jats meaning "sorghum", a type of cereal grass.
Voclain From the Old French given name VAUQUELIN.
Cucinotta Derived from a diminutive of Italian cucina meaning "kitchen".
Aquino 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.
O cuaig Irish Gaelic form of QUIGG.
Larsson Means "son of LARS".
Auer From German aue meaning "meadow by a river, wetland".
Gajos Derived from Polish gaj meaning "grove, thicket".
Riggi From the name of the Italian city of Reggio Calabria, from Latin Rhegium, of Greek origin.
Bonheur From Old French bonne heure meaning "good time" or "lucky".
Serizawa 芹沢, 芹澤 From Japanese 芹 (seri) meaning "celery" and 沢, 澤 (sawa) meaning "marsh".
Kokkinos Κόκκινος From a nickname meaning "red" in Greek.
O cuidighthigh Irish Gaelic form of Cody.
Kranz Derived from Old High German kranz meaning "wreath", an occupational name for a maker of wreaths or an ornamental Jewish name.
Degarmo Americanized form of French de Garmeaux, which may derive from a place called Garmeaux in Normandy.
Arriola From Basque place names, themselves derived from Basque arri "stone" and -ola "place of, house".
Okafor From the given name OKAFOR.
Puskas Occupational name for a gunsmith or cannon maker, from Hungarian puska meaning "gun" (from German, itself from Latin buxis "box").
Elzinga Probably from a place name that was a derivative of Dutch els meaning "alder tree".
Kramer Low German and Jewish form of KRÄMER.