Last Names & Surnames

English Last Names (2020)

English surnames have generated from the first names that were eventually adopted as family names, taken from places, immigrants, conquests, and more. But each of these English Last names has a unique history attached to it. Moreover, it has references across Scotland, Ireland, Wales, and other regions of the United Kingdom.

Did you know there are more than thousands of English family names, having a well-defined meaning, history, and story to it? In this article, it has compiled a list of such Common English surnames along with their meanings.

So the following list below gives you the most popular last names for Boys and Girls in different countries, both for babies born today and the entire last century.

A

Adams – Son of Adam

Allen – harmony

Anderson – son of Andrew

Armstrong – strong arms

Atkinson – red earth

Anderson – son of man

Awen  – Muse

Alexander – Defender

Aba – Father

Abram – exalted father

Acker – field

Acton – The Oak Tree

Addington – delicious

Adley – God is just

Ainsley – one’s own meadow

Alby – village of alder trees

Allerton – village where alder-tress grow

Alston – noble stone

Altham – river meadow of the swans

Alton – old town

Anderton – brave settlement

Ansley – hermitage field

Anstey – one path

Appleton – apple town

Asheton – ash tree town

Ashley – Ash tree meadow

Ashton – ash tree town

Astley – east meadow

Atherton – Aethelhere’s town

Atterton – Powerful town

Axton – sword stone

Abelino – bird

Alan – Harmony

Acalan – immovable

Alejandro – Defender Of The People

Alonzo – Noble

Alfonzo – Ready for a fight

Alvaro – Guardian

Amador – lover

Ángel – Messenger Of God

Antonio – Highly praiseworthy

Arturo – Bear

Alachua – sink

Atlanta – secure and immovable

B

Bailey – berry clearing

Baker – who bake

Ball – round one

Barker –  a tanner of leather

Barnes – warrior

Bell – ringer

Bennett – blessed

Booth – small dwelling place

Bradley – broad wood

Brooks – stream

Brown – Brown haired

Burton – fort enclosure

Butler – the bottler 

Bennett – blessed 

Bryant – Son Of Brian

Bailey – berry clearing

C

Campbell – crooked

Carter – Cart driver 

Chapman – marketman

Clarke – clerk

Cole – swarthy

Collins – holly

Cook – who cook

Cooper – Barrel Maker 

Corbyn – a person with dark hair

Cox – rooster

Clark  – scholar 

Campbell – crooked mouth  

Coleman – coal man

Caesar – Thick Head Of Hair

Cannes – south-east coast

Canoe – travel in or paddle a canoe

Carlos – Free Man

Chili – Cold

Chimalli – shield

Chihuahua – dry place

Chipahua – clean

Citlalee – star

Call – To speak

Cualli – Good

Cuetlachtli – wolf

Camden – The Valley Of The Camps

Carlisle – from the walled city

Carlton – Peasants’ settlement

Cason – son of the marsh-dwellers

Charlton – settlement of free men

Chatham – From the soldier’s land

Chester – A Fortress

Churchill – hill of the church

Clapham – a hillock

Clare – bright

Clayden – Clay Hill

Clayton – place with good clay

Clifford – forged by a cliff

Clifton – A Town Near A Cliff

Clinton – Town On A Hill

Clive – Cliff

Colby – from a coal town

Colgate – charcoal gate

Colton – Cole’s Town

Compton – Short straight valley

Coombs – valley

Copeland – bought land

Cornish – joyful

Cotton – Cotton

Crawford – From The Crow Ford

Cromwell – winding stream

Cumberbatch – valley with a stream

D

Davidson – beloved

Davies – son of David

Dawson –  Son Of David

Dixon – son of Richard

Diaz – days

Davis – Son Of David

Dana – arbiter

Daniel – God is my judge

David – Beloved

Diego – Saint James

Dalton – From The Valley Town

Darby – deer

Darlington – Cheerful and a darling

Davenport – the town on the trickling stream

Dayton – Bright and sunny town

Deighton – Bright And sunny town

Denholm – Valley island

Denver – green valley

Digby – Farm by a ditch

Dryden – Dry Town

Dudley – From Dudda’s Meadow

Durham – hill

E

Edwards – prosperous guardian

Elliott – Bravely

Evans – God has been gracious

Evans  – God has been gracious

Eduardo – Wealthy guardian

F

Fisher – one lived by fishing

Fletcher – arrow-maker

Fernando – Brave traveler

Francisco – Free

Ford – River crossing

Foster – One who keeps the forest

Fox – Wild Animal In Dog

Flores – flower

G

Gibson – Gilbert’s son

Graham – grey home

Grant – Bestow

Gray – gray-haired

Green – Green color

Griffiths – strong lord

Garcia – young

  

Gonzales – Son of Gonzalo

Griffin – Strong in faith

Gonzalez  – Son of Gonzalo

Gabriel – God is my strength

Gerardo – spear courageous

H

Hall – spacious house

Hamilton – treeless hill

Harris – son of Harry

Harrison – son of Harris

Harvey – Battle worthy

Henderson – Son of Henry

Hill – at the hill

Holmes – of the river sands

Howard – Heart Brave

Hughes – mind

Hunt – to hunt

Hunter – One Who Hunts

Hillan – of several hills

Hallow – sacred

Hernandez – Adventurous

Howardez – Heart Brave

Hender – old water

Hughes – intellect

Hayes – hedged area

Harris – son of Harry

Hedia – Echo Of God

Hackney – Hacca’s island

Hadlee – heather meadow

Hadleigh – heather meadow

Hadley – heather meadow

Hailey – wise one

Hale – a nook

Hales – healthy

Haley – hay clearing

Hallewell – holy well

Halsey – Hal’s island

Hamilton – treeless hill

Hampton – homestead farm

Harlan – rocky land

Harley – hare’s meadow

Harlow – army hill

Harrington – Strong and powerful

Hartford – deer crossing

Hastings – Violent

Hayden – Fire

Hayes – fire

Hayhurst – enclosure made of trees

Hayley – wise one

Hazelton – settlement near hazel trees

Holton – farmstead by the wood

Home – From the cave

Hurley – Sea tide

Huxley – Hugh’s meadow

I

Ithaca – rugged island

Ichtaca – Secret

Ikal – spirit

Ireland – Ireland

J

Jackson – son of Jack

James – Supplanter

Jenkins – little John

 

Johnson – son of John

Johnston – John’s town

Jones – John’s son 

K

Kelly

Kennedy

King

Knight

King  

 Kelly

L

Lee

Lewis

Lloyd

Lawren

Lewis  

Lewisen

Leen  

Lopez

Long 

Lancaster

Landon

Langdon

Langley

Langston

Law

Leighton

Lester

Lincoln

Linden

Lindsay

Lindsey

Livingstone

Lynn

M

Marshall

Martin

Mason

Matthews

McDonald

Miller

Mitchell

Moore

Morgan

Morris

Morrison

Murphy

Murray

Morris  

Martinez  

Morgan Bell 

Murphy  

Mitchell 

Miller 

Moore  

Martin 

Manley

Marlee

Marleigh

Marley

Marlowe

Marston

Merton

Middleton

Milton

Mitchell

Morley

Morton

Myerscough

N

Nelson 

O

Owen

P

Palmer

Parker

Payne

Pearce

Pearson

Perry

Phillips

Powell

Price

Perez  

Phillips

Parker 

Peterson  

Price

Perry  

Powell  

Patterson

Peyton

Pickering

Pinkerton

Prescott

Presley

Preston

R

Reid

Reynolds

Richards

Richardson

Roberts

Robertson

Robinson

Rogers

Rose

Ross

Russell

Robinson  

Rodriguez 

Roberts  

Rivera  

Ramirez  

Richardson  

Russell

Ross

Rogers  

Reed  

Ramsay

Ramsey

Rayden

Read

Redfield

Reed

Reid

Remington

Ridley

Riley

Rodney

Roscoe

Rowley

Royal

Royston

Rutherford

Rylan

Ryland

Ryley

S

Saunders

Scott

Shaw

Simpson

Smith

Spencer

Stevens

Stewart

Stewart  

Sanchez 

Simmons 

Sanders 

Scott  

Smith 

Sandford

Sanford

Scarboro

Scarbrough

Shelby

Sheldon

Shelley

Shelly

Sherwood

Shipley

Shirley

Sidney

Skelton

Snape

Snowdon

Soames

Southey

Spalding

Spaulding

Springfield

Stafford

Stanford

Stanhope

Stanley

Stansfield

Stanton 

T

Taylor

Thomas

Thompson

Thomson

Turner

Taylor  

Thomas  

Thompson  

Turner  

Torres  

Tattersall

Tatum

Tenley

Tewksbury

Thornton

Thorpe

Tickle

Tindall

Tinley

Trollope

Tyndall

W

Walker

Walsh

Ward

Watson

Watts

Webb

Webster

West 

White

Wilkinson

Williams

Williamson

Wilson

Wilson 

Wood

Wright

Williams 

White  

Walker 

Wright  

Watson  

Wood

Ward 

Washington

Wade

Wakefield

Walcott

Wallace

Walpole

Warwick

Washington

Webley

Wedgwood

Weld

Wellington

Wentworth

Wesley

Westbrook

Westcott

Weston

Wharton

Wheatley

Whitby

Wilberforce

Willoughby

Winchester

Windsor

Winterbourne

Winthrop

Wordsworth

Y

Young

Yong

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