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Many surnames are associated with the place/locality of where the family lived and in those cases the location is noted as the meaning.
Many surnames are associated with the occupation of the person given the name.

Surname Origin Meaning
Abberle English             English Abberley Worcester
Ackerley English             English aker, a division of land + ley, a lea or field
Acreman English             English acer, a field + man
Acres English             English acer - a field
Addenbrooke English             English Dweller at the brook
Adderley English             English the common-field land
Adlington English             English adling, prince; tun, manor
Adshead English             English Headland
Agate English             English at the Gate
Akam English             English Oak Tree Enclosure or Dwelling
Aked English             English Oak-Head land
Akehurst English             English OakWood
Albury English             English old Borough
Alcott English             English Old Cottage
Aldcroft English             English Old Croft, a small field
Alderman English             English Duke, magistrate, chief
Alderslade English             English alder tree valley
Aldersmith English             English older smith
Alderton English             English aldertree farm
Aldham English             English old enclosure or dwelling
Aldwin English             English Old friend
Aldworth English             English old estate or farm
Alger English             English Old Spear
Allingham English             English Aille or Aella family ham = home, extate
Allwood English             English old wood
Allworthy English             English old estate or farm
Almond English             English Temple-protection
Alp English             English bullfinch
Alsford English             English Alder-Tree Ford
Althorp English             English old village
Alton English             English Old Farm, Manor, or Village
Amoore English             English at the moor
Anscombe English             English Anne's hollow or valley
Applegate English             English Apple Tree gate
Apps English             English the aspen tree or the fir tree
Apsey English             English Aspen Island
Arderne English             English Cheshire place-name
Ardley English             English Arda's Lea or home
Arkwright English             English Chest-Maker
Armes English             English Poor, wretched
Armfield English             English Poor Field
Armitstead English             English Hermit's Place
Arrowsmith English             English Arrow maker
Arundale English             English Eagle-dale
Ashburner English             English Charcoal maker
Ashbury English             English ashtree hill
Ashcroft English             English East Croft a small field
Asher English             English ashtree spear
Ashwin English             English Spear friend
Axton English             English Stone, monument, or castle
Ayton English             English The River Farm or Village
Babington English             English The esate of the Baba / Babba family
Backe English             English brook
Backer English             English Baker
Backhouse English             English Bake house
Backster English             English Female baker
Bagshawe English             English Back Wood
Bakewell English             English Badeca's spring or well
Balderston English             English B(e)aldhere's or Bealdor's Manor or Farmstead
Baldock English             English Bald Oak
Balshaw English             English Bald(a)'s Wood, a thicket, wood
Bamber English             English bean grove
Bambery English             English beam, a tree + bearh, a hill
Bamborough English             English beam, a tree + bearh, a hill
Bambridge English             English a tree, beam
Bambrough English             English beam, a tree + bearh, a hill
Bamburgh English             English beam, a tree + bearh, a hill
Bambury English             English beam, a tree + bearh, a hill
Bamfield English             English Tree-Field
Bamford English             English tree ford
Bampton English             English The tree (or log) dwelling or farmstead
Banton English             English bean-enclosure
Banyard English             English bean-enclosure
Barfield English             English barleyfield
Barfoot English             English Barefoot
Barnwell English             English Bearne, a wood, and veld, a field
Blaisdale English             English Blase, sprouting forth, luxuriant; and dale, a valley
Bliss English             English very happy name
Bourne English             English a small river or spring-well
Burnham English             English Bourn or Burn, signifies a river, and ham, a village or town
Cadbury English             English burh, a fortified place
Caddow English             English Jack-daw
Cadman English             English Anglican personal name Cadmon, Cedmon
Cakebread English             English a maker of rolls
Calcott English             English Calcutt
Calcraft English             English Cold Croft
Calcutt English             English Calcott
Caldecott English             English Cold Cot cottage
Caldecourt English             English Cold Cot cottage
Caldecutt English             English Cold Cot cottage
Calderbank English             English Calduor, and Welsh, the water that incloses or shuts in. This is an English topographic name for someone who lived on the bank of one of the rivers Calder, which are in Cumbria, Lancashire and West Yorkshire. The river got its name ultimately from the Welsh 'caled', harsh or violent, and 'dwfr' stream. The element of 'bank' in the surname is from Middle English 'banke', from the Old Norse 'bakke'.
Calf English             English a nickname
Calfe English             English a nickname
Callcott English             English Calcott
Callcut English             English Calcott
Callingham English             English Estate of the Calla Family
Callow English             English Bald
Calloway English             English Calwig wig, war, battle
Calman English             English bald
Calthorp English             English Calla's Estate or Village
Calthorpe English             English Calla's Estate or Village
Calthrop English             English Calla's Estate or Village
Calveley English             English Calf-Lea
Calver English             English Calf-Herd
Calverd English             English Calf-Herd
Calverley English             English Calf-Lea
Calvert English             English Calf-Herd
Cambden English             English camp, a battle, war and denu, a valley
Cambridge English             English Grantabrycg = the Bridge Over the Granta
Camden English             English camp, a battle, war and denu, a valley
Canham English             English Cana's Home
Cannington English             English the Estate of the Cana Family
Cantlay English             English Cantley = Canta's Lea
Cantley English             English Cantley = Canta's Lea
Cantlie English             English Cantley = Canta's Lea
Canton English             English Cana's Estate
Capstick English             English Cap on a Stick
Carefull English             English Sorrowful, Anxious
Careless English             English Cheerful, Marry
Carrington English             English the Estate of the Car Family
Carsley English             English Car's Lea
Carswell English             English caerse, cress + wiell / wiella, a spring
Cartledge English             English Cart-Lake
Cartlidge English             English Cart-Lake
Cartwright English             English Cart-Maker
Carver English             English Sculptor, Wood-Carver
Cashman English             English Cashier
Caston English             English Cate's Estate
Catherall English             English Cathere's Hall
Cathrall English             English Cathere's Hall
Catt English             English Cat
Catterall English             English Cathere's Hall
Cattley English             English Catta's Lea
Catto English             English Cat-Hill
Catton English             English Catta's Estate
Cattrall English             English Cathere's Hall
Cattrell English             English Cathere's Hall
Cattroll English             English Cathere's Hall
Cauldfield English             English Cold or Bleak Field
Cauldwell English             English cold spring
Caulfield English             English Cabbage-Field
Causton English             English Ceawe's Estate
Cavendish English             English Caves-Hollow
Cavill English             English Cave-Hill
Cawse English             English Cawe's Son
Cawson English             English Cawe's Son
Cawston English             English Ceawe's Estate
Cawthorn English             English Hawthorn
Cawthorne English             English Hawthorn
Cawthron English             English Hawthorn
Chadband English             English Cat-Brook
Chadburn English             English Cat-Brook
Chaderton English             English Cathir's Estate
Chadwell English             English St. Chad's Well
Chadwyck English             English Chadwick, Chadwych = Chad's Place
Chaffer English             English chaffare, a bargaining; chaffaren, to deal, bargain
Chaffers English             English Chaffer's Son
Chalke English             English cealc, chalk
Chalkley English             English Chalky Lea
Challenger English             English chalengen, to accuse, charge, claim
Chard English             English Cerdic, the West-Saxon king
Charlesworth English             English Churl's Place or Farm
Charleton English             English Churls' Place or Farm
Charley English             English Churls' Lea
Charlton English             English Churls' Place or Farm
Charnley English             English a meadow in which churning was done
Charrington English             English Carrington, for Cherrington
Chart English             English Cert, an Old Kentish word for a Wood
Chatfeild English             English catt, a wild cat
Chatfield English             English catt, a wild cat
Chattaway English             English Chad and wig, battle, war
Chatteris English             English Chateriz
Chatwin English             English Chad, and wine
Checkley English             English Cecca's Lea
Chedzey English             English Cedd's Island
Chedzoy English             English Cedd's Island
Cheek English             English prominent jaw
Cheeseright English             English Cheese-Maker
Cheesewright English             English Cheese-Maker
Cheesman English             English Cheese-Maker
Cheeswright English             English Cheese-Maker
Cheetham English             English Ceatta's Home or Estate
Cherrington English             English Cherinton = the Estate of the Cerr/Cerra Family
Chesworth English             English Cissa's Estate
Chetwode English             English cete, a cottage, wudu, a wood
Chetwood English             English cete, a cottage, wudu, a wood
Chetwynd English             English cete, a cottage + wind, a winding way
Chew English             English ceowan, to chew, eat
Chick English             English pet names from the Chick/Chicken
Chicken English             English pet names from the Chick/Chicken
Chickin English             English pet names from the Chick/Chicken
Chidlow English             English Cydda's Tumulus
Chilcot English             English Caldecott, cyle, ciele, chill, cold
Chilcott English             English Caldecott, cyle, ciele, chill, cold
Child English             English childe, young knight, Young Man
Childe English             English child, young knight, Young Man
Childer English             English Cilred or Ceolred, ceol, a ship; roed, counse
Chilver English             English cilfor or cealfor -lamb, ewe-lamb
Chine English             English Cleft or small Ravine
Ching English             English King
Chinn English             English Cleft or small Ravine
Chinnick English             English Cleft or small Ravine
Chinnock English             English Cleft or small Ravine
Chipchase English             English Hunting Ground or Wood near the Market
Chipp English             English ciepa, a merchant, trader
Chippendale English             English the Dale of the Chipping or Market-Place
Chipper English             English Merchant, Trader
Chipperfield English             English Chipperfield
Chippindale English             English the Dale of the Chipping or Market-Place
Chisholm English             English cisel, gravel + holm, a river-island, low riparian land
Chisholme English             English cisel, gravel + holm, a river-island, low riparian land
Chisnall English             English Cissan, genitive of Cissa + heall, hall
Chisnell English             English Cissan, genitive of Cissa + heall, hall
Chiswell English             English cisel, gravel + wella/wiella, a well, spring
Chit English             English chit, baby, pert child, whelp, kitten
Chitt English             English chit, baby, pert child, whelp, kitten
Chittock English             English Little Chit/Chitt
Chitty English             English Little Chit/Chitt
Choice English             English choix, chois
Cholmeley English             English Ceolmund's Lea
Chorley English             English Churls' Lea
Chorlton English             English Churls' Place
Chuck English             English Chick
Chudleigh English             English Cydda's Leah
Churchey English             English Church Hey (Hay) or Enclosure
Churchill English             English Church-Hill
Churchward English             English Churchwarden
Clampit English             English Clavey Pit, or Clay-Pit
Clampitt English             English Clavey Pit, or Clay-Pit
Clapham English             English Clapa's/Clappa's or Clopps's Estate
Clapton English             English Calpa'a/Clappa's Estate
Clatworthy English             English Cloteworthy = Clota's/Clotta's Estate or Farm
Claughton English             English the Clay-Dwelling, or the Farmstead at the Clay-Bog
Claxton English             English Clac's/Clacc's Estate
Clayden English             English Clay-Hollow
Claydon English             English Clay-Hill
Claye English             English Clavey Place
Claypole English             English Clay-Pool
Cleator English             English cleat, an object for fastening ropes + ora, a bank, shore
Cleave English             English Cliff or Rock
Cleaver English             English cleave or cliff
Cleeve English             English Cliff or Rock
Cleve English             English Cliff or Rock
Cleveley English             English Cliff-Lea
Clevely English             English Cliff-Lea
Cleverley English             English Clover-Field
Clewer English             English Clay Bank or Shore
Clewley English             English Clew or Clough Lea
Clibborn English             English Cliff burn or brook
Cliffe English             English Steep Rock
Clinker English             English Tinker or a Smith
Clive English             English clive, clyve, cliff
Cloudesley English             English Clud's Lea
Cloudsley English             English Clud's Lea
Clover English             English Clougher
Clow English             English Hollow or Ravine
Clowe English             English Hollow or Ravine
Cluer English             English Clewer, Clay Bank or Shore
Clutten English             English Clew or Clough Farmstead
Clutton English             English Clew or Clough Farmstead
Coate English             English Cottage
Coats English             English Cottages
Cobbam English             English Cobba's Home or Estate
Cobbold English             English Cuthbald/Cuthbeald = Famous-Bold
Cobden English             English Cop Valley or Dell
Cobham English             English Cobba's Home or Estate
Coble English             English Cuthbald/Cuthbeald = Famous-Bold
Cobley English             English Cobba's Lea
Cock English             English a nickname, or sign-name
Cocke English             English Cock
Cocker English             English Boatman
Cockeram English             English Cockerham
Cockerham English             English Enclosure on the R. Cocker
Cockerton English             English Farmstead or Enclosure on the R. Cocker
Cockhead English             English a headland frequented by gamebirds
Cockhill English             English a hill frequented by game-birds
Cocking English             English the Settlement of the Coc/Cocc Family
Cockle English             English a hill frequented by game-birds
Cockram English             English Enclosure on the R. Cocker
Cocksedge English             English Cock's Edge., the hill-side or ridge frequented by game-birds
Cockshaw English             English Cock's Wood, a wood where woodcock were plentiful
Cockshoot English             English Woodcock Net-Trap
Cockshot English             English Woodcock Net-Trap
Cockshott English             English Woodcock Net-Trap
Cockshutt English             English Woodcock Net-Trap
Codd English             English Cod, Coda, Codda, a bag
Coddington English             English Estate of the Cod/Coda Family
Codner English             English Coda's River - Bank
Codnor English             English Coda's River - Bank
Cogshall English             English Cogg's or Cocc's Hall
Colbourn English             English Cold Brook
Colbourne English             English Cold Brook
Colbrook English             English Cold Brook
Coldicott English             English Cold Cot cottage
Coldrey English             English cald/ceald, cold + rio, a stream
Colebourn English             English Colbourn/Colbourne Cold Brook
Colebourne English             English Colbourn/Colbourne Cold Brook
Colebrook English             English Colbrook Cold Brook
Coleburn English             English Colbourn/Colbourne Cold Brook
Colegrave English             English col coal black + graf, grove
Coleridge English             English Cold Ridge
Coley English             English Little Cole
Colfox English             English Black Fox
Colgrove English             English Colegrave col coal black + graf, grove
Collcutt English             English Caldecott Cold Cot cottage
Collie English             English Coley Little Cole
Collingham English             English Home of the Col/Cola Family
Collingridge English             English Ridge of the Col/Cola Family
Collingwood English             English Wood of the Col/Cola Family
Collishaw English             English colig -- col, coal, charcoal + scaga/sceaga, a wood
Colly English             English Little Cole
Colmer English             English Colmoer or Ceolmoer
Colocott English             English Caldecott Cold Cot cottage
Colston English             English Col's Estate or Farmstead
Coltard English             English Colt-Herd
Coltart English             English Colt-Herd
Colter English             English Colt-Herd
Colthurst English             English Colt-Wood
Coltman English             English Colt-Herd
Colwill English             English Cold Well
Comar English             English Woolcomber, Flaxcomber
Comber English             English Woolcomber, Flaxcomber
Comer English             English Woolcomber, Flaxcomber
Comerford English             English Comberford Cumbreford
Comley English             English Combe-Lea
Compton English             English Combe-Estate
Congerton English             English Congar's Estate
Congreave English             English Cony Rabbit Grove
Congreve English             English Cony Rabbit Grove
Coningham English             English Cunningham
Conington English             English Cunnington
Connibere English             English Rabbit-Grove
Conning English             English Cunning
Connington English             English Cunnington
Conybeare English             English Rabbit-Grove
Cooksey English             English cook, or for cock + ey, an island or low river-side-land
Cooksley English             English Cook's Lea
Cooley English             English Coley, Little Cole
Cooling English             English Settlement of the Cul/Cula Family
Coomber English             English Comber, Woolcomber, Flaxcomber
Coopland English             English Copeland Peak-Land
Coopman English             English Copeman Merchant, Tradesman, Dealer, Chapman
Coot English             English waterfowl
Copeland English             English Copland Peak-Land
Copeman English             English Merchant, Tradesman, Dealer, Chapman
Copestake English             English capp, a hill-top, hill-head + staca, a post
Copland English             English Peak-Land
Copleston English             English Copple + stan, a stone, rock, stone castle
Copley English             English Peak or Hill-Top Lea
Coppel English             English Peaked Hill
Coppell English             English Peaked Hill
Coppendale English             English Dale of the Coppen or Cops
Copple English             English Peaked Hill
Coppull English             English Peaked Hill
Corbould English             English Cobbold Cuthbald/Cuthbeald = Famous-Bold
Corfe English             English Defile, Cleft, or Ravine
Corfield English             English Cleft- or Ravine-Field
Corless English             English Careless Cheerful, Marry
Corley English             English Cornelie = the Corn or Cornel-Tree Lea
Corliss English             English Careless Cheerful, Marry
Cornall English             English Corn or Cornel-Tree Slope or Corner
Cornfoot English             English Corn or Cornel-Tree Ford or Passage
Cornford English             English Corn or Cornel-Tree Ford or Passage
Cornforth English             English Corn or Cornel-Tree Ford or Passage
Cornhill English             English Corn or Cornel-Tree Hill
Cornwell English             English the Well or Spring by the Corn or Cornel-Tree
Corthorn English             English Cawthorn Hawthorn
Cosgrave English             English Cosgrove Col's/Cole's Grove
Cosgreeve English             English Cosgrove Col's/Cole's Grove
Cosgriff English             English Cosgrove Col's/Cole's Grove
Cosgrove English             English Col's/Cole's Grove
Costard English             English an apple
Cotgrave English             English Cottage-Grove
Cotgreave English             English Cottage-Grove
Cotgrove English             English Cottage-Grove
Cotman English             English Cottager
Cotsford English             English the Ford by the Cotage/Cottage
Cott English             English Cottage
Cottam English             English the Ham or Enclosure of the Cottage
Cottar English             English Cottager
Cotter English             English Cottager
Cottingham English             English Estate of the Cota Family
Cottom English             English the Ham or Enclosure of the Cottage
Couldrey English             English Coldrey, cald/ceald, cold + rio, a stream
Couldridge English             English Coleridge, Cold Ridge
Coultard English             English Coltard, Colt-Herd
Coultart English             English Coltard, Colt-Herd
Coulter English             English Colter, Colt-Herd
Coulthard English             English Coltard, Colt-Herd
Coulthart English             English Coltard, Colt-Herd
Coultherd English             English Coltard, Colt-Herd
Coulthurst English             English Colthurst, Colt-Wood
Coultman English             English Coltman, Colt-Herd
Coupland English             English Copeland, Copland Peak-Land
Cove English             English cofa, a chamber, cave
Coveney English             English Cove or Cave Island
Coverdale English             English the Valley of the River Cover
Coverley English             English Cove or Cave Lea
Coverly English             English Cove or Cave Lea
Covington English             English Estate of the Cufa Family
Cowap English             English Cow-Hope
Coward English             English Cowherd
Cowart English             English Cowherd
Cowburn English             English Cow-Burn
Cowd English             English Coward, Cowherd
Cowden English             English Cow-Valley
Cowe English             English Cow
Cowell English             English Cow-Hill
Cowey English             English Cow Island
Cowie English             English Cow Island
Cowland English             English Cow-Land
Cowpland English             English Coopland or Copland/Copeland, Peak-Land
Cowtan English             English Cow-Enclosure
Cowton English             English Cow-Enclosure
Coxell English             English Cock's Slope or Corner
Coxhead English             English Cock's Headland
Crabb English             English Crab-Apple-Tree
Crabbe English             English Crab-Apple-Tree
Crabtree English             English Crab-Apple-Tree
Crackenthorpe English             English Craca's Estate or Farm
Cracknall English             English Craca's Slope or Corner
Cracknell English             English Craca's Slope or Corner
Cracraft English             English Crow-Croft
Cracroft English             English Crow-Croft
Craggs English             English Rock or Crag
Crain English             English Crane, the bird
Craine English             English Crane, the bird
Craker English             English Boaster
Crampton English             English Crompton, Crooked Farmstead
Cran English             English Crane, the bird
Cranbrook English             English Crane-Brook
Crane English             English the bird
Cranefield English             English Crane-Field
Cranfield English             English Crane-Field
Crank English             English Jolly, Merry
Crankshaw English             English Winding or Crooked Wood
Cranley English             English Crane-Lea
Crofton English             English under Croft, and + tun, a dwelling, enclosure
Croger English             English Crocker crog, a pot, vessel
Cromack English             English Crooked Oak
Crompton English             English Crooked Farmstead
Crookshank English             English Crooked Leg
Crookshanks English             English Crooked Legs
Crookston English             English Crook's or Krok's Estate
Croom English             English Crooked Person
Croome English             English Crooked Person
Crop English             English cropp, a sprout
Cropley English             English Croppa's Lea
Cropp English             English cropp, a sprout
Cropper English             English Farm Labourer
Cropton English             English Croppa's Estate
Crosdale English             English Dale of the Cross
Crosfield English             English Field of the Cross
Crosland English             English Land of the Cross
Crosley English             English the Lea of the Cross
Crossdale English             English Dale of the Cross
Crossfield English             English Field of the Cross
Crosskeys English             English Dweller at the Sign of the Cross-Keys
Crossland English             English Land of the Cross
Crossley English             English the Lea of the Cross
Crossweller English             English A cross erected near a well
Croston English             English Village of the Cross
Croswell English             English Well of the Cross
Crosweller English             English Well of the Cross
Crouchley English             English Lea of the Cross
Croughton English             English Crook-Farm
Crow English             English Crow
Crowden English             English Crow-Valley
Crowe English             English Crow
Crowhurst English             English Crow-Wood
Crowle English             English Saffron-Lea
Crowley English             English Crow-Lea
Croxon English             English Croc's or Krok's Son
Croxson English             English Croc's or Krok's Son
Croyden English             English Saffron-Valley
Croydon English             English Saffron-Valley
Crumb English             English Crooked
Crump English             English Crooked
Crundall English             English Crown or Crested Valley
Crundell English             English Crown or Crested Valley
Cruse English             English Brisk, Nimble, Lively
Crutchloe English             English Hill of the Cross
Crutchlow English             English Hill of the Cross
Cudlip English             English Cut-Lip
Cudlipp English             English Cut-Lip
Cuff English             English Cap
Culham English             English Cula's Home
Cull English             English Wood
Culliford English             English Black Ford
Cullimore English             English Black Moor
Culling English             English personal name
Cullingford English             English Culling's Ford
Cullingworth English             English Culling's Estate
Cullum English             English Cula's Home
Culverhouse English             English Dove-Cote
Culverwell English             English Dove-Well
Cumberbatch English             English Valley Brook
Cumberpatch English             English Valley Brook
Cumner English             English Cumen's Shore
Cumnor English             English Cumen's Shore
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