Surnames: list of surnames with meanings

A complete list of surnames (about 40,000) will help You choose the most beautiful and modern surname for your girl or boy, determine the meaning of the surname of your favorite girl or guy. You can choose as popular surnames that are used everywhere, but in our catalog of surnames there are also quite rare and unique surnames.

The term surname comes from the Latin familia and means "family". A surname is a generic designation of a person, usually inherited, and indicating that they belong to the same family or to the same genus.

Initially, the term surname was used in the Roman Empire in relation to the slaves of one master and then, in General, to the master's family and his slaves. A similar meaning of this word has long taken place in Russia and in Western Europe. For example, many serfs in Russia received a surname from their landowner.


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