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Names - Common Surname Meanings

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ABDELMASEH (British). "Father of Maseh (land surveyor)".
ABRAMS (British). (Hebrew) "Father of a multitude".

ACEVEDO (Spanish). "Worker in a plantation of holly trees" (Spanish).

ACKERMAN (British). "Farmer (literally plot man)."

ACKROYD (British). "Dweller in the oak forest".

ADAMS (British). "Son of Adam ('red' in Hebrew)."

ADLAM (British). "Noble helmet" (Germanic).

ADRAIN (British). "At the drain."

AHERN (British). Possibly a modern form of the ancient Irish name "O'Echtighearn".

AHLMAN (British). (German) "Slippery person or eel fisher".

ALAN (British). Commonly derived from the term for a member of a nomadic Scythian tribe; in Scotland, derived from ail or stone.

ALBERT (British). "Noble bright" (Germanic).

ALDEN (British). "Old friend."

ALEXANDER (British, others). "Defender of men" (Greek); often through the two Scottish kings.

ALGER (German). From Adal-gar, "noble spearman".

ALLARD (British;French). From Alah-hard (Germanic), "sacred or divine one".

ALLEN (British). "Member of a nomadic Scythian tribe".

ALLY (British). Possibly a modern form of the ancient Irish name "O'h-Ailche".

ALNOR (British). "One who tests the strength of cloth."

ALTHERR (German). "Old lord" (German).

ALVAREZ (Spanish). "Son of Alvar (prudent)" (Spanish).

ALVEY (British). "Elf war."

AMBROSE (British). "Immortal" (Greek).

AMMON (British). "Awe/terror protector" (Germanic).

AMMONS (British). "Son of Ammon."

AMOS (British). "Carried" (Hebrew); a corruption of Amis.

ANDERSON (British). Possibly a modern form of the ancient Irish name "MacAindris".

ANDERSON (British). "Son of Andrew."

ANDREW (British). "Manly" (Greek); through Saint Andrew.

ANDREWS (British). "Manly Greek," the first-called disciple.

ANDREWS (British). Possibly a modern form of the ancient Irish name "MacAindris".

ANTLEY (British). "Short road formed at both ends".

APPLEBY (British). "Apple farm" (Old English, Old Norse), places in England.

APPLETON (British). "Apple farm," places in England.

AQUINO (Portuguese). "Of Italian origin" (Portuguese).

ARCHER (British). "Bowman" (Old French), either for profession or skill.

ARENDELL (British). "Dwelling place".

ARGYLE (British). Possibly "from Argyle"; or, "in the service of the Earl of Argyle." Meaning of Argyle not known.

ARIS (British). "From the city of Arras."

ARMBRISTER (German). "Crossbow" (Germanic).

ARMITAGE (British). "Hermitage" (Old French), place in England.

ARMSTRONG (British). "Strong in the arm."

ARNOLD (British). "Eagle power" (Germanic), places in England.

ARTHUR (British). "Bear-guardian" (Greek); through the historical figure.

ASA (Hebrew). From Asa, "physician".

ASHBROOK (British). "Eastern brook," place in England.

ASHCROFT (British). "Croft in the ash trees", place in England.

ASHER (British). From Aescere, "dweller by a landmark ashtree".

ASHLEY (British). "Ash-tree wood/glade/clearing," places in England.

ATKIN (British). Double-diminuitive of Adam.

ATKINS (British). "Son of Atkin."

ATKINSON (British). "Son of Adam (red)".

ATTWOOD (British). "At the wood."

AUFDERHEIDE (German). "On the meadow or heath" (Germanic).

AUGUSTIN(E) (British). Diminuitive of "Augustus" (venerable, consecrated in Latin); through the two saints.

AUSTIN (British). Form of Augustin.

AVERY (British). Form of Alfred (which the Normans found hard to pronounce).

AVILA (Spanish). "To watch, be viglant" or "capable, intelligent".

AYER (British). "Heir" (Old French).

AYKROYD (British). Form of Ackroyd.

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