134 Most Popular English Last Names Or Surnames

134 Popular English (British) Last Names Or Surnames :

1. Adams

It is derived from Adam, which means a ‘Man’ in Hebrew. The origins of this last name date back to the pre-medieval period.

2. Allen

Derived from ‘Alan’ this last name was first used somewhere in the 6th Century. It means a ‘Rock’.

3. Anderson

Anderson refers to ‘Son of Andrew’. Andrew, which first appeared in the 14th Century in Scotland, is a Greek word that means a ‘Man’ or ‘Manly’.

4. Armstrong

This surname originated from the Scottish borders. It is derived from an English nickname, which means ‘Someone with strong arms’.

5. Atkinson

Atkinson is a variation of Atkin, a name derived from the many forms of nicknames given to Adam. In Hebrew, Adam refers to a ‘Man’.

6. Bailey

It is an occupational name and refers to a steward or official ‘Ballis’ or ‘Balif’. Another variation of this name can be locational, as ‘Bailey’ in Lancashire refers to ‘Berry wood’.

7. Baker

Baker is an occupational surname derived from the trade of bakery products or a person who bakes. A notable Baker famous for her singing and TV show is the English television presenter Cheryl Baker.

8. Ball

This unique surname is the shortened version of Baldwin. Another reference is from a name called ‘Balle’ which means a ‘Slope’ or a ‘Hill’ in Old Norse.

9. Barker

Barker is a spelling variant of Berker, an occupational name which refers to a ‘Tanner of leather’.

10. Barnes

This topographic name or a metonymic occupational name belongs to the Middle English period and is referred to as ‘Someone who lived by a Barn’ or ‘Worked at a barn’.

11. Bell

This surname originates from the Old French era wherein ‘Bel’ means ‘Beautiful’ or ‘Fair’.

12. Bennett

This last name belongs to the 12th Century and is derived from ‘Benedict’ or ‘Benedictus’ in Latin, which means ‘Blessed’.

13. Booth

Booth is the last name most popular in Northern England and Scandinavia.

14. Bradley

This English surname is derived from the name of a place meaning ‘Broad wood’ or ‘Broad meadow’. The name also has certain references in Irish Gaelic culture.

15. Brooks

The toponymic surname refers to ‘Someone residing near a stream’.

16. Brown

Typically a nickname, Brown has an English, Scottish and Irish origin and refers to someone who has brown skin or hair.

17. Burton

Burton is a habitational surname, which is a combination of two words. Burh means ‘Fort’ and tun means ‘Enclosure’ or ‘Settlement’.

18. Butler

This last name was brought to Ireland with Anglo-Norman invasion in the 12th Century.

19. Campbell

Popularized by the top model Naomi Campbell, this last name has Scottish Gaelic roots. It refers to someone having ‘a crooked mouth’.

20. Carter

Carter has an English, Irish, and Scottish origin and is an occupational name. It refers to ‘Someone who transports goods by a cart or wagon’.

21. Chapman

This common last name means a ‘Trader’ or ‘Merchant’ or ‘Businessman’. The English comedian Graham Arthur Chapman is a famous bearer of this last name.

22. Clarke

Clarke is an Anglo Irish surname, which refers to a ‘Clerk’. It is derived from the Latin word ‘Clericus’.

23. Cole

Cole means ‘swarthy’, ‘coal-black’ or ‘charcoal’ and has Middle English origin. A famous bearer of this name is the English singer and TV personality Cheryll Cole.

24. Collins

Originated in Britain and Ireland, Collins refers to ‘son of Colin’ and the Irish variation ‘cuilein’ that means ‘darling’.

25. Cook

This is another occupational surname, which originated from the Anglo-Saxon tribes in Britain.

26. Cooper

Bradley Cooper, the world-renowned actor, is a bearer of this last name. This occupational last name refers to ‘Maker’ or ‘Repairer’ of wooden vessels.

27. Corbyn

Corbyn is referred to as someone having ‘raven hair’. It could have derived either from Corbon in Calvados or Corbon in Orne, France. Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn is a famous bearer of this name.

28. Cox

Cox is derived from an Anglo-Saxon word Cooc or Cock, which means a ‘Rooster’. This occupational surname is also native to Belgian and Dutch Limburg.

29. Davidson

Originated from Scottish, northern English, and Jewish regions, Davidson refers to the ‘Son of David’. David, in Hebrew, means ‘beloved’.

30. Davies

Davies is a variation of Davis or Davie and refers to David. The association of this last name is said to be from Wales.

31. Dawson

This is a baptismal name meaning ‘the son of David’. Dawson is of Anglo-Saxon descent that spread to the Celtic countries of Ireland, Scotland, and Wales.

32. Dixon

Dixon is a variation of Dickson, which is a patronymic surname. First originated in Scotland, Dixon refers to ‘Son of Dick’. Alesha Dixon, an English singer and TV personality, is a famous bearer of this name.

33. Edwards

It is a variation of Edwardes and Edwardson and originated from Olde English pre 7th Century. Edwards refers to ‘Prosperity guard’.

34. Elliott

This last name has various references, and the most common usage was seen during medieval times. It is derived from Elis or Elijah, which means ‘Jehovah is my God’.

35. Evans

Having originated from the Welsh regions, this patronymic last name refers to ‘Son of Evan’.

36. Fisher

Fisher is an occupational last name and refers to people who derived their livelihood from fishing or lived by a fishing weir. Actress Carry Fisher was a famous bearer of this last name.

37. Fletcher

Fletcher is the last name of Scottish, English and Irish origin. The occupational surname refers to ‘Arrowsmith’ or ‘Seller of Arrows’.

38. Ford

The habitational surname referred to people who lived near a ford.

39. Foster

Foster is derived from Fostre, Forstrian or Forster, which refers to ‘nourish’ or ‘rear’.

40. Fox

This last name belongs to the Old English pre 7th century period. The name is taken from the animal Fox and was first used in England and Ireland.

41. Gibson

This is a surname of English and Scottish origins. Gibson is derived from Gilbert and refers to the ‘Son of Gilbert’ or ‘Son of Gib’.

42. Graham

Originated from Old English, Graham is a variant of Grahame or Graeme and refers to a ‘Grey home’.

43. Grant

Grant originated in English and Scottish regions and is derived from the Anglo-Norman words Graund or Graunt, which mean ‘Tall’ or ‘Large’.

44. Gray

Originated in Scotland, Gray is nicknamed for people having grey hair. Gray is also a habitational name and referred to someone who belonged to Graye, Calvados.

45. Green

It is derived from the word ‘Grene’ and basically a reference to the color Green. The origins of this last name date back to the 7th Century.

46. Griffiths

Originated in Wales, this last name is a patronymic name. This name probably means a ‘Strong chief’ or ‘Son of chief’. Other variations of this name are Griffin, Gruffin or Griffith.

47. Hall

Hall is a variation of Heall, Halle or Holl and is derived from a spacious part of the residence. The name originated from the Scottish, German, English, Irish, and Scandinavian regions.

48. Hamilton

Originated in Scottish and Northern Irish regions, Hamilton is a habitational surname. It refers to the village of Hamilton, Leicestershire, England.

49. Harris

Derived from Harry or Henry, this last name refers to the ‘Son of Harry’. Henry, which means ‘Home-ruler,’ originated in English, Irish, and Scottish regions.

50. Harrison

Originated from English, Irish and Scottish parts of the UK, Harrison is another common British last name and means ‘Son of Harry’.

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