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Common Last Names Meanings (20 pics)

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Lopez

This popular Spanish name comes from the word ‘Lupus,’ which means ‘wolf’ in Latin.

1 Common Last Names Meanings (20 pics)

Smith/Schmidt

The last name ‘Smith’ has been around for a very long time. It dates back to when forging weapons and armour for knights was a common working man’s job. The name ‘Smith’ came from an Old English word that likely meant “to strike.”

“Schmidt” is the German form of the name Smith.


2 Common Last Names Meanings (20 pics)

Thomas

The last name ‘Thomas’ comes from an ancient Aramaic word “תאומא” which means “Twin.”


3 Common Last Names Meanings (20 pics)

Hill

The name “Hill” was first used in Old England, and it referred to a family who lived on a hill. Some families got the name “Hill” through the name Hildebrand or Hilliard.


4 Common Last Names Meanings (20 pics)

Murphy

The name Murphy has ties in both Ireland and Norway/Sweden. It is believed that the name comes from an old word that essentially meant “Sea Warrior” so, it’s pretty bada$$.


5 Common Last Names Meanings (20 pics)

Cook

Yep… I don’t know why I threw this in here. However, the name BAKER didn’t just came from people who baked, it also came from people who owned a kiln for firing pottery.



6 Common Last Names Meanings (20 pics)

Hall

If your last name is ‘Hall’ then your ancestors will have likely worked in a home or ‘hall’ doing any number of jobs from cleaning to serving.


7 Common Last Names Meanings (20 pics)

Anything with ‘Son’ at the end

If you’re like me and have a last name with ‘son’ at the end, such as “Thompson, Robinson, Henderson, Anderson, Jacobson’ etc, then your last name just means ‘Son of ____.’

Let’s hope your last name isn’t A$#tchson.


8 Common Last Names Meanings (20 pics)

Evans

In Welsh, the name ‘Evans’ derives from ‘Yohanan’ which means ‘young warrior’ in Celtic.


9 Common Last Names Meanings (20 pics)

Martinez

In Spanish, this name means ‘son of Martin’ which , by the way, comes from the name Mars, the god of war.


10 Common Last Names Meanings (20 pics)

Philips

The name ‘Philips” comes from the Greek name ‘Philippos,’ meaning “lover of horses.”



11 Common Last Names Meanings (20 pics)

Fox

This last name comes straight from the animal, the fox. It was given to people who were either particularly clever OR had red hair. The last name ‘Russell’ also comes from people who had red hair.


12 Common Last Names Meanings (20 pics)

White

The name White referred to both people who had a light complexion (both skin and hair) and people who lived near the bend of a river.


13 Common Last Names Meanings (20 pics)

Kim

In Korea, 1 in 5 people have the last name Kim, which happens to mean ‘gold’ in their language.


14 Common Last Names Meanings (20 pics)

Li

Li is the second-most popular last name on the planet. It was given to people who lived near plum trees.


15 Common Last Names Meanings (20 pics)

Lee

In Old English, “Lee” translates to “open place” which probably referred to a meadow.


16 Common Last Names Meanings (20 pics)

Stewart

This Scottish name derives from the ancient word “stigweard” which was used to describe someone who handled administrative tasks for a big royal household.


17 Common Last Names Meanings (20 pics)

Clark

The word Clark means ‘personal scribe’ and was given to people who documented things for people.


18 Common Last Names Meanings (20 pics)

Walker

The name ‘Walker’ was likely given to people who did what was called ‘fulling.’ They would literally walk on cloth in order to improve its quality.


19 Common Last Names Meanings (20 pics)

Carter

This name was given to people who’s profession was to transport goods via a wooden cart. Carter.



20 Common Last Names Meanings (20 pics)

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