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This is a list of names in which the gender is masculine; and the relationship is from surname.
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MITCHELLmEnglish
From a surname, itself derived from the given name MICHAEL or in some cases from Middle English michel meaning "big, large".
MONETf & mVarious
From a French surname which was derived from either HAMON or EDMOND. This was the surname of the French impressionist painter Claude Monet (1840-1926).
MONROEmScottish, English
From a Scottish surname meaning "from the mouth of the Roe". The Roe is a river in Ireland. Two famous bearers of the surname were American president James Monroe (1758-1831) and American actress Marilyn Monroe (1926-1962).
MONTGOMERYmEnglish
From an English surname meaning "GUMARICH's mountain" in Norman French. A notable bearer of this surname was Bernard Montgomery (1887-1976), a British army commander during World War II.
MORAYmScottish
Variant of MURRAY.
MUNROmScottish
Variant of MONROE.
MURPHYm & fIrish, English
From an Irish surname which was derived from Ó Murchadha meaning "descendant of MURCHADH".
MURRAYmScottish, English
From a surname, which is either Scottish or Irish in origin (see MURRAY (1) and MURRAY (2)).
NASHmEnglish (Modern)
From a surname which was derived from the Middle English phrase atten ash "at the ash tree". A famous bearer of the surname was the mathematician John Nash (1928-2015). The name was popularized in the 1990s by the television series 'Nash Bridges'.
NELSONmEnglish
From an English surname meaning "son of NEIL". It was originally given in honour of the British admiral Horatio Nelson (1758-1805). His most famous battle was the Battle of Trafalgar, in which he destroyed a combined French and Spanish fleet, but was himself killed. Another notable bearer was the South African statesman Nelson Mandela (1918-2013). Mandela's birth name was Rolihlahla; as a child he was given the English name Nelson by a teacher.
NEVILLEmEnglish (British)
From an English surname which was originally derived from a place name meaning "new town" in Norman French. As a given name it is chiefly British and Australian.
NEWTONmEnglish
From a surname which was originally derived from a place name meaning "new town" in Old English. A famous bearer of the surname was the English physicist Isaac Newton (1643-1727).
NILESmEnglish
From a surname which was derived from the given name NEIL.
NOLANmIrish, English
From an Irish surname which was derived from Ó Nualláin meaning "descendant of NUALLÁN". The baseball player Nolan Ryan (1947-) is a famous bearer of this name.
NORMANDmEnglish
From a surname which was derived from the same source as the name NORMAN.
NORRISmEnglish
From an English surname, either NORRIS (1) or NORRIS (2).
NORTONmEnglish
From a surname which was originally derived from a place name meaning "north town" in Old English.
NORWOODmEnglish
From a surname which was originally taken from a place name meaning "north wood" in Old English.
NOWELLmEnglish (Rare)
From the surname Nowell (a variant of NOEL).
ORIOLmCatalan
From a Catalan surname meaning "golden". It has been used in honour of Joseph Oriol, a 17th-century saint.
ORMONDmEnglish (Rare)
From an Irish surname which was derived from Ó Ruaidh meaning "descendant of RUADH".
OSBORNEmEnglish
From a surname which was a variant of OSBORN.
OSBOURNEmEnglish (Rare)
From a surname which was a variant of OSBORN.
OTISmEnglish
From an English surname which was derived from the medieval given name Ode, a cognate of OTTO. In America it has been used in honour of the revolutionary James Otis (1725-1783).
PADENmEnglish (Rare)
An invented name, using the popular aden suffix sound found in such names as Braden, Hayden and Aidan. It is sometimes considered a derivative of the surname PADDON.
PAGEmEnglish
From a surname which was a variant of PAIGE.
PALMERmEnglish
From an English surname meaning "pilgrim". It is ultimately from Latin palma "palm tree", since pilgrims to the Holy Land often brought back palm fronds as proof of their journey.
PARKERm & fEnglish
From an English occupational surname which meant "keeper of the park".
PARRISm & fEnglish (Rare)
From an English surname which originally denoted a person who came from the French city of Paris (see PARIS (2)).
PARRYmWelsh
From a Welsh surname which was derived from ap Harry meaning "son of HARRY".
PATTONmEnglish (Rare)
From an English surname which was derived from a diminutive of PATRICK. A notable bearer of the surname was the American World War II general George S. Patton (1885-1945), who played an important part in the allied offensive in France.
PERRYmEnglish
From a surname which is either English or Welsh in origin. It can be derived from Middle English perrie meaning "pear tree", or else from Welsh ap Herry, meaning "son of HERRY". A famous bearer of the surname was Matthew Perry (1794-1858), the American naval officer who opened Japan to the West.
PEYTONm & fEnglish
From an English surname, originally a place name meaning "PÆGA's town". A famous bearer was Peyton Randolph (1721-1775), the first president of the Continental Congress. It is also borne by American football quarterback Peyton Manning (1976-).
PIERCEmEnglish
From a surname which was derived from the given name PIERS.
PORTERmEnglish
From an occupational English surname meaning "doorkeeper", ultimately from Old French porte "door", from Latin porta.
PRESLEYf & mEnglish
From an English surname which was originally derived from a place name meaning "priest clearing" (Old English preost and leah). This surname was borne by musician Elvis Presley (1935-1977).
PRESTONmEnglish
From an English surname which was originally derived from a place name meaning "priest town" (Old English preost and tun).
PRICEmWelsh
From a Welsh surname which was derived from ap Rhys meaning "son of RHYS".
PRYCEmWelsh
Variant of PRICE.
QUINCYmEnglish
From a surname which was derived (via the place name CUINCHY) from the personal name QUINTIUS. A famous bearer was John Quincy Adams (1767-1848), sixth president of the United States, who was born in the town of Quincy, Massachusetts.
QUINNm & fIrish, English
From an Irish surname, an Anglicized form of Ó Cuinn meaning "descendant of CONN".
RADCLIFFmEnglish (Rare)
From a surname which was derived from a place name meaning "red cliff" in Old English.
RADCLYFFEmEnglish (Rare)
From a surname, a variant of RADCLIFF.
RAFFERTYmEnglish
From an Irish surname which was an Anglicized form of Ó Rabhartaigh meaning "descendant of Rabhartach". The given name Rabhartach means "flood tide".
RAMSEYmEnglish
From a surname which was derived from a place name meaning "wild-garlic island" in Old English.
RANDALLmEnglish
From an English surname which was derived from the medieval given name RANDEL.
READmEnglish (Rare)
From a surname which was a variant of REED.
REAGANf & mEnglish (Modern), Irish
From an Irish surname, an Anglicized form of Ó Ríagáin meaning "descendant of RIAGÁN". This surname was borne by American president Ronald Reagan (1911-2004).
REEDmEnglish
From an English surname which comes from multiple sources, including Old English read meaning "red" (originally a nickname given to a person with red hair or a ruddy complexion) and Old English ried meaning "clearing" (given to a person who lived in a clearing in the woods).
REIDmEnglish
From a surname, a Scots variant of REED.
REILLYm & fEnglish (Modern)
From an Irish surname which was derived from the given name Raghailleach, meaning unknown.
RILEYm & fEnglish
From a surname which comes from two distinct sources. As an Irish surname it is a variant of REILLY. As an English surname it is derived from a place name meaning "rye clearing" in Old English.
ROOSEVELTmEnglish
From a Dutch surname meaning "rose field". This name is often given in honour of American presidents Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) or Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945).
ROSCOEmEnglish
From an English surname, originally derived from a place name, which meant "doe wood" in Old Norse.
ROSSmScottish, English
From a Scottish and English surname which originally indicated a person from a place called Ross (such as the region of Ross in northern Scotland), derived from Gaelic ros meaning "promontory, headland". A famous bearer of the surname was Sir James Clark Ross (1800-1862), an Antarctic explorer.
ROWANm & fIrish, English (Modern)
From an Irish surname, an Anglicized form of Ó Ruadháin meaning "descendant of RUADHÁN". This name can also be given in reference to the rowan tree.
ROYCEmEnglish
From a surname which was derived from the medieval given name Royse, a variant of ROSE.
ROYSTONmEnglish (Rare)
From a surname which was originally taken from an Old English place name meaning "town of Royse". The given name Royse was a medieval variant of ROSE.
RUSSELLmEnglish
From a surname which meant "little red one" in French. A notable bearer of the surname was the agnostic British philosopher Bertrand Russell (1872-1970), who wrote on many subjects including logic, epistemology and mathematics. He was also a political activist for causes such as pacifism and women's rights.
RYANmIrish, English
From an Irish surname which was derived from Ó Riain meaning "descendant of Rían". The given name Rían probably means "little king" (from Irish "king" combined with a diminutive suffix).
SAMPSON (2)mEnglish
From an English surname which was itself derived from a medieval form of the given name SAMSON.
SANDFORDmEnglish (Rare)
From a surname which was a variant of SANFORD.
SANFORDmEnglish
From an English surname, originally from a place name, which meant "sand ford" in Old English.
SAWYERmEnglish (Modern)
From a surname meaning "sawer of wood" in Middle English. Mark Twain used it for the hero in his novel 'The Adventures of Tom Sawyer' (1876).
SCHUYLERmEnglish
From a Dutch surname meaning "scholar". Dutch settlers brought the surname to America, where it was subsequently adopted as a given name in honour of the American general and senator Philip Schuyler (1733-1804).
SCOTTmEnglish, Scottish
From an English and Scottish surname which referred to a person from Scotland or a person who spoke Scottish Gaelic. It is derived from Latin Scoti meaning "Gaelic speaker", with the ultimate origin uncertain.
SELBYm & fEnglish (Rare)
From an English surname which was from a place name meaning "willow farm" in Old Norse.
SEWARDmEnglish
From a surname which was itself derived from the Old English given name SIGEWEARD.
SEYMOURmEnglish
From a Norman surname which originally belonged to a person coming from the French town of Saint Maur (which means "Saint MAURUS").
SHAW (1)mEnglish (Rare)
From a surname which was derived from Old English sceaga meaning "thicket".
SHELBYm & fEnglish
From a surname, which was possibly a variant of SELBY. Though previously in use as a rare masculine name, it was popularized as a feminine name by the main character in the movie 'The Woman in Red' (1935). It was later reinforced by the movie 'Steel Magnolias' (1989) in which Julia Roberts played a character by this name.
SHELTONmEnglish
From a surname which was originally derived from a place name meaning "shelf town" in Old English.
SIDNEYm & fEnglish
From the English surname SIDNEY. It was first used as a given name in honour of executed politician Algernon Sidney (1622-1683). Another notable bearer of the surname was the poet and statesman Sir Philip Sidney (1554-1586).
SINCLAIRm & fEnglish (Rare)
From a surname which was derived from a Norman French town called "Saint CLAIR". A notable bearer was the American author Sinclair Lewis (1885-1951).
SMITHmEnglish
From an English surname meaning "metal worker, blacksmith", derived from Old English smitan "to smite, to hit". It is the most common surname in most of the English-speaking world.
SPENCERmEnglish
From a surname which meant "dispenser of provisions", derived from Middle English spense "larder, pantry". A famous bearer was American actor Spencer Tracy (1900-1967). It was also the surname of Princess Diana (1961-1997).
STACEYf & mEnglish
Variant of STACY.
STACYf & mEnglish
Either a diminutive of ANASTASIA, or else from a surname which was derived from Stace, a medieval form of EUSTACE. As a feminine name, it came into general use during the 1950s, though it had earlier been in use as a rare masculine name.
STANFORDmEnglish
From a surname which was derived from a place name meaning "stone ford" in Old English.
STANLEYmEnglish
From a surname meaning "stone clearing" in Old English. A notable bearer of the surname was the British-American explorer and journalist Sir Henry Morton Stanley (1841-1904), the man who found David Livingstone in Africa. As a given name, it was borne by American director Stanley Kubrick (1928-1999), as well as the character Stanley Kowalski in Tennessee Williams' play 'A Streetcar Named Desire' (1947).
STERLINGmEnglish
From a Scottish surname which was derived from city of Stirling, which is itself of unknown meaning. The name can also be given in reference to the English word sterling meaning "excellent". In this case, the word derives from sterling silver, which was so named because of the emblem that some Norman coins bore, from Old English meaning "little star".
STEWARTmEnglish, Scottish
From a surname which was a variant STUART.
STIRLINGmEnglish (Rare)
From a surname which was a variant STERLING.
STUARTmEnglish, Scottish
From an occupational surname originally belonging to a person who was a steward. It is ultimately derived from Old English stig "house" and weard "guard". As a given name, it arose in 19th-century Scotland in honour of the Stuart royal family, which produced several kings and queens of Scotland and Britain between the 14th and 18th centuries.
SYDNEYf & mEnglish
From a surname which was a variant of the surname SIDNEY. This is the name of the largest city in Australia, which was named for Thomas Townshend, 1st Viscount Sydney in 1788. Since the 1990s this name has been mainly feminine.
TANNERmEnglish
From an English surname meaning "one who tans hides".
TATEmEnglish
From an English surname which was derived from the Old English given name Tata, of unknown origin.
TATTONmEnglish (Rare)
From a surname which was originally derived from a place name meaning "Tata's town" in Old English.
TAYLORm & fEnglish
From an English surname which originally denoted someone who was a tailor, from Norman French tailleur, ultimately from Latin taliare "to cut". Its modern use as a feminine name may have been influenced by British author Taylor Caldwell (1900-1985).
TEAGANm & fEnglish (Modern)
From an Irish surname, an Anglicized form of Ó Tadhgáin meaning "descendant of Tadhgán". The given name Tadhgán is a diminutive of TADHG.
TENNYSONmEnglish (Rare)
From an English surname which meant "son of Tenney", Tenney being a medieval form of DENIS. A notable bearer of the surname was British poet Alfred Lord Tennyson (1809-1892).
TERRELLmEnglish
From an English surname which was probably derived from the Norman French nickname tirel "to pull", referring to a stubborn person. It may sometimes be given in honour of civil rights activist Mary Church Terrell (1863-1954).
TERRY (1)m & fEnglish
From an English surname which was derived from the medieval name Thierry, a Norman French form of THEODORIC.
THORBURNmEnglish (Rare)
From a Scottish and English surname which was derived from the Norse name Þórbjörn (see TORBJÖRN).
THORLEYmEnglish (Rare)
From a surname which was derived from a place name meaning "thorn clearing" in Old English.
THORNTONmEnglish
From a surname which was derived from a place name meaning "thorn town" in Old English.
THURSTANmEnglish (Rare)
From an English surname which was derived from the Norse name Þórsteinn (see TORSTEN).
TIERNEYm & fIrish, English (Rare)
Anglicized form of TIGHEARNACH. In part, it is from a surname derived from the given name.
TOBINmEnglish
From an English surname which was itself derived from the given name TOBIAS.
TODmEnglish
Variant of TODD.
TODDmEnglish
From a surname meaning "fox", derived from Middle English todde.
TRACYf & mEnglish
From an English surname which was taken from a Norman French place name meaning "domain belonging to THRACIUS". Charles Dickens used it for a male character in his novel 'The Pickwick Papers' (1837). It was later popularized as a feminine name by the main character Tracy Lord in the movie 'The Philadelphia Story' (1940). This name is also sometimes used as a diminutive of THERESA.
TRAVERSmEnglish (Rare)
From the surname TRAVERS.
TRAVISmEnglish
From the English surname Travis (a variant of TRAVERS). It was used in America in honour of William Travis (1809-1836), the commander of the Texan forces at the Battle of the Alamo.
TRENTmEnglish
From a surname which originally denoted someone who lived by the River Trent in England. Trent is also a city in Italy, though the etymology is unrelated.
TREVORmWelsh, English
From a surname which was originally from a place name meaning "big village" from Welsh tref "village" and mawr "large".
TRUEMANmEnglish (Rare)
From a surname which was a variant of TRUMAN.
TRUMANmEnglish
From a surname which meant "trusty man" in Middle English. A famous bearer of the surname was American president Harry S. Truman (1884-1972). It was also borne by American writer Truman Capote (1924-1984).
TUCKERmEnglish (Modern)
From an occupational surname derived from Old English tucian meaning "one who fulls cloth".
TYLERmEnglish
From an English surname meaning "tiler of roofs". The surname was borne by American president John Tyler (1790-1862).
TYRELLmEnglish (Modern)
From a surname which was a variant of TERRELL.
TYRRELLmEnglish (Rare)
From a surname which was a variant of TERRELL.
TYSONmEnglish
From an English surname which could be derived from a nickname for a quarrelsome person, from Old French tison meaning "firebrand". Alternatively, it could be a variant of DYSON. A famous bearer of the surname was boxer Mike Tyson (1966-).
UPTONmEnglish (Rare)
From a surname which was derived from a place name meaning "upper town" in Old English. A famous bearer of this name was the American novelist Upton Sinclair (1878-1968).
VANCEmEnglish
From an English surname which was derived from Old English fenn meaning "marsh, fen".
VAUGHANmWelsh
From a surname which was a variant of VAUGHN.
VAUGHNmWelsh, English
From a Welsh surname which was derived from Welsh bychan meaning "little".
VERNONmEnglish
From a Norman surname which was from a French place name, ultimately derived from the Gaulish word vern meaning "alder".
WADEmEnglish
From an English surname, either WADE (1) or WADE (2).
WALKERmEnglish
From an English surname which referred to the medieval occupational of a walker, also known as a fuller. Walkers would tread on wet, unprocessed wool in order to clean and thicken it. The word ultimately derives from Old English wealcan "to walk".
WALLACEmEnglish, Scottish
From a Scottish and English surname which originally meant "Welsh" or "foreigner" in Norman French. It was first used as given name in honour of Sir William Wallace, a Scottish hero who led the fight against English invasion in the 13th century.
WALLISm & fEnglish (Rare)
From a surname which was a variant of WALLACE. Wallis Simpson (1895-1986) was the divorced woman whom Edward VIII married, which forced him to abdicate the British throne.
WALTONmEnglish
From a surname which was originally taken from various Old English place names meaning "stream town", "wood town", or "wall town".
WARDmEnglish
From an occupational surname for a watchman, derived from Old English weard "guard".
WARNERmEnglish
From a Norman surname which was derived from the given name WERNER.
WARRENmEnglish
From an English surname which was derived either from Norman French warrene meaning "animal enclosure", or else from the town of La Varenne in Normandy. This name was borne by the American president Warren G. Harding (1865-1923).
WARRICKmEnglish (Rare)
From a surname which was a variant of WARWICK.
WARWICKmEnglish (Rare)
From a surname which was derived from the name of a town in England, itself from Old English wer "weir, dam" and wíc "settlement".
WASHINGTONmEnglish
From a surname which was originally derived from the name of an English town, itself meaning "settlement belonging to WASSA's people". The given name is usually given in honour of George Washington (1732-1799), commander of the Continental Army during the American Revolution and the first president of the United States.
WAYNEmEnglish
From an occupational surname meaning "wagon maker", derived from Old English wægn "wagon". Use of it as a given name can be partly attributed to the popularity of the actor John Wayne (1907-1979). Another famous bearer is Canadian hockey player Wayne Gretzky (1961-), generally considered the greatest player in the history of the sport.
WEBSTERmEnglish
From an occupational surname meaning "weaver", derived from Old English webba.
WENDELLmEnglish
From a surname which was derived from the given name WENDEL.
WESLEYmEnglish
From a surname which was derived from a place name meaning "west meadow" in Old English. It has been sometimes given in honour of John Wesley (1703-1791), the founder of Methodism.
WESTLEYmEnglish
From a surname which was a variant of WESLEY.
WHITNEYf & mEnglish
From a surname which was originally derived from a place name meaning "white island" in Old English. Its popular use as a feminine name was initiated by actress Whitney Blake (1925-2002) in the 1960s, and further boosted in the 1980s by singer Whitney Houston (1963-2012).
WILBURmEnglish
From an English surname which was originally derived from the nickname Wildbor meaning "wild boar" in Middle English. This name was borne by Wilbur Wright (1867-1912), one half of the Wright brothers, who together invented the first successful airplane. Wright was named after the Methodist minister Wilbur Fisk (1792-1839).
WILKIEmEnglish
From an English surname which was originally derived from a diminutive of the given name WILLIAM.
WILLARDmEnglish
From an English surname which was derived from the Germanic given name WILLIHARD (or the Old English cognate Wilheard).
WILLISmEnglish
From an English surname which was derived from Will, a diminutive of WILLIAM.
WILMERmEnglish
From an English surname which was derived from the given name WILMǢR.
WILSONmEnglish
From an English surname meaning "son of WILLIAM". The surname was borne by Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), the American president during World War I.
WILTONmEnglish
From a surname which was derived from the names of several English towns. The town names mean variously "willow town", "well town" or "town on the River Wylye" in Old English. The river name is itself of Celtic origin, possibly meaning "tricky".
WINSLOWmEnglish (Rare)
From a surname which was derived from an Old English place name meaning "hill belonging to WINE". A famous bearer of this name was American painter Winslow Homer (1836-1910).
WINSTONmEnglish
From a surname derived from an English place name, which was in turn derived from the Old English given name WYNNSTAN. A famous bearer was Winston Churchill (1874-1965), the British prime minister during World War II. This name was also borne by the fictional Winston Smith, the protagonist in George Orwell's 1949 novel '1984'.
WINTHROPmEnglish
From a surname which was originally taken from town names meaning either "WINE's village" or "WIGMUND's village" in Old English.
WINTONmEnglish
From a surname which was derived from a place name meaning "enclosure belonging to WINE" in Old English.
WOODROWmEnglish
From a surname which was originally derived from a place name meaning "row of houses by a wood" in Old English. This name was popularized by American president Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924).
WRIGHTmEnglish
From an occupational surname meaning "craftsman", ultimately from Old English wyrhta. Famous bearers of the surname were the Wright brothers (Wilbur 1867-1912 and Orville 1871-1948), the inventors of the first successful airplane, and Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959), an American architect.
WYATTmEnglish
From an English surname which was derived from the medieval given name WYOT. Wyatt Earp (1848-1929) was an American lawman and gunfighter involved in the famous shootout at the OK Corral.
WYNNE (2)mEnglish (Rare)
From an English surname which was derived from the given name WINE.
YANCYmEnglish
From a surname, which was an Americanized form of the Dutch surname Jansen meaning "JAN (1)'s son".
YORKmEnglish
From a surname, which was derived from York, the name of a city in northern England. The city name was originally Eburacon, Latinized as Eboracum, meaning "yew" in Brythonic, but it was altered by association with Old English Eoforwic, meaning "pig farm".
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