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

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

Larsson Swedish surnames Means "son of LARS".

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

Hidaka Japanese surnames 日高 From Japanese 日 (hi) meaning "sun, day" and 高 (taka) meaning "tall, high".

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

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".

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.

O cuaig Irish surnames Irish Gaelic form of QUIGG.

Marek Slovak surnames Derived from the given name Marek.

Zanetti Italian surnames Derived from a diminutive of the given name GIOVANNI. A famous bearer is Argentinian soccer player Javier Zanetti (1973-).

Gniewek Polish surnames Derived from Gniewek, a diminutive of ZBIGNIEW, JAROGNIEW, or other names containing gniew "anger".

Chan Chinese surnames 陈 Cantonese romanization of CHEN.

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

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

O damhain Irish surnames Means "descendant of DAMHÁN".

Utkin Russian surnames Уткин From the Russian word утка (utka) meaning "duck".

Mac reachtain Irish surnames Ulster variant of MAC NEACHTAIN.

De groot Dutch surnames From Dutch groot meaning "big, great".

Durant French surnames Variation of Durand.

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

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

O corra Irish surnames Means "descendant of Corra" in Irish. The given name Corra means "spear".

Tschida German surnames Possibly derived from a Slavic given name of unknown meaning.

Papaioannou Greek surnames Παπαϊωάννου Means "son of IOANNIS the priest", from Greek πάπας (papas) combined with the given name IOANNIS.

Accardi Italian surnames Variant of ACARDI.

Krakowski Jewish surnames Habitational name for a person from the city of KRAKÓW in southern Poland.

Alfredson English surnames Means "son of ALFRED".

Dreessen Dutch surnames Variant of Driessen.

Volkov Russian surnames Волков Patronymic derived from Russian волк (volk) meaning "wolf".

Serizawa Japanese surnames 芹沢, 芹澤 From Japanese 芹 (seri) meaning "celery" and 沢, 澤 (sawa) meaning "marsh".

Arud Norwegian surnames From Norwegian å meaning "river, stream" and the archaic word rud meaning "clearing".

Prifti Albanian surnames From Albanian prift meaning "priest".

Hoshino Japanese surnames 星野 From Japanese 星 (hoshi) meaning "star" and 野 (no) meaning "field, wilderness".

Podsednik Czech surnames Means "one who sits behind" in Czech, an equivalent to Zahradnik mainly used in the region of Moravia.

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

Jamshidi Iranian surnames جمشیدی From the given name JAMSHID.

Himura Japanese surnames 緋村 From Japanese 緋 (hi) meaning "scarlet, dark red" and 村 (mura) meaning "town, village".

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

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

Janvier French surnames Either from the given name JANVIER or the French word janvier meaning "January", perhaps indicating a person who was baptized in that month.

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.

Miura Japanese surnames 三浦 From Japanese 三 (mi) meaning "three" and 浦 (ura) meaning "bay, inlet".

Yilmaz Turkish surnames From the given name YILMAZ.

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

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

O luain Irish surnames Irish Gaelic form of LANE.

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

Tiryaki Turkish surnames Possibly from a nickname meaning "stubborn" in Turkish.