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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".
Hidaka 日高 From Japanese 日 (hi) meaning "sun, day" and 高 (taka) meaning "tall, high".
Dibra From the Albanian name for the city of Debar in Macedonia, originally given to someone who came from there.
Sasaki 佐々木 From Japanese 佐 (sa) meaning "help, aid" (repeated, indicated by the iteration mark 々) and 木 (ki) meaning "tree, wood".
Bousaid بوسعيد Means "father of Said" in Arabic.
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-).
Jamshidi جمشیدی From the given name JAMSHID.
Vanek From an archaic diminutive of the given name Václav.
Accardi Variant of ACARDI.
Aue From German meaning "meadow by a river, wetland". There are many places with this name in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
Larsson Means "son of LARS".
Auer From German aue meaning "meadow by a river, wetland".
Volkov Волков Patronymic derived from Russian волк (volk) meaning "wolf".
Chen 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.
O cuaig Irish Gaelic form of QUIGG.
De groot From Dutch groot meaning "big, great".
Miura 三浦 From Japanese 三 (mi) meaning "three" and 浦 (ura) meaning "bay, inlet".
Hitler 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.
Utkin Уткин From the Russian word утка (utka) meaning "duck".
Papaioannou Παπαϊωάννου Means "son of IOANNIS the priest", from Greek πάπας (papas) combined with the given name IOANNIS.
Yukimura 雪村 From Japanese 雪 (yuki) meaning "snow" and 村 (mura) meaning "town, village".
Marek Derived from the given name Marek.
Zanetti Derived from a diminutive of the given name GIOVANNI. A famous bearer is Argentinian soccer player Javier Zanetti (1973-).
Bonheur From Old French bonne heure meaning "good time" or "lucky".
Jaso Derived from Basque jats meaning "sorghum", a type of cereal grass.
Gniewek Derived from Gniewek, a diminutive of ZBIGNIEW, JAROGNIEW, or other names containing gniew "anger".
Mac reachtain Ulster variant of MAC NEACHTAIN.
Kramer Low German and Jewish form of KRÄMER.
O luain Irish Gaelic form of LANE.
Tschida Possibly derived from a Slavic given name of unknown meaning.
Podsednik Means "one who sits behind" in Czech, an equivalent to Zahradnik mainly used in the region of Moravia.
Sappington Possibly from the city of Sapperton, England, derived from Old English sapere meaning "soap maker" and tun meaning "enclosure, yard, town".
Serizawa 芹沢, 芹澤 From Japanese 芹 (seri) meaning "celery" and 沢, 澤 (sawa) meaning "marsh".
Nikolic Means "son of NIKOLA".
Prifti From Albanian prift meaning "priest".
Gadhavi ગઢવી Meaning unknown, related to the Charan caste of Gujarat.
O comhraidhe Means "descendant of Comhraidhe", in which the given name Comhraidhe is of unknown meaning.
Avakian Ավագյան Alternate transcription of Armenian Ավագյան (see AVAGYAN).
Butkus Possibly from a given name that was derived from Lithuanian būti meaning "to be, to exist".
Fujioka 藤岡 From Japanese 藤 (fuji) meaning "wisteria" and 岡 (oka) meaning "hill, ridge".
Hoang Vietnamese form of HUANG, from Sino-Vietnamese 黃 (hoang).
Dalgaard From Old Norse dalr meaning "valley" and garðr meaning "yard, farmstead".
Arriola From Basque place names, themselves derived from Basque arri "stone" and -ola "place of, house".
Ciobanu From Romanian cioban meaning "shepherd".
Chan 陈 Cantonese romanization of CHEN.
Cucinotta Derived from a diminutive of Italian cucina meaning "kitchen".
Brzezicki Derived from Polish brzezina meaning "birch grove".
Vonnegut Possibly from the Germanic vonn meaning "hunting track" and gut meaning "good". A famous bearer was the American author Kurt Vonnegut (1922-2007).
Le Vietnamese form of LI, from Sino-Vietnamese 黎 (le).
Kranz Derived from Old High German kranz meaning "wreath", an occupational name for a maker of wreaths or an ornamental Jewish name.