Surname Saturday – Government Approved, Part 4

It’s been six months since I posted one of these lists… well, better late than never! The summer was very busy, and I moved, and only now have I recovered where I put these papers.

Onto the names! As before, these come from a list published in 1822 by the governing authorities in Latvia, encouraging the choice of Latvian surnames, as opposed to German or Polish or Russian ones. These follow earlier posts of Government Approved, Part 1, Government Approved, Part 2 and Government Approved, Part 3.

This week’s category: Names from Objects and Things. As before, if you don’t see your exact name here, don’t panic – the authorities did not recommend diminutive forms, but most often people disregarded that and went with them anyway. So if your surname looks like a name on this list, but ends in -iņš or -ītis instead, it will have that same origin. Also as before, modern renditions in brackets. If I am not familiar with a name, I’ve made my best guess as to how it would be rendered in modern spelling. If there is no change, I have not put a name in brackets.

Ahkis (Āķis)

Airis

Ambults

Arkls

Atbalsts

Atspaids

Auglis

Auseklis

Austriņsch (Austriņš)

Awots (Avots)

Baļķis

Balsens

Bars

Behniņsch (Bēniņš)

Besmers (Bezmērs)

Birkaws (Birkavs)

Blohdis (Bļodis)

Bluķķis (Bluķis)

Bohmis (Bomis)

Bunduls

Dahlers (Dālers)

Dahrs (Dārzs)

Dakschis (Dakšis)

Dakstiņsch (Dakstiņš)

Dambis

Deglis

Dibbens (Dibens)

Dihglis (Dīglis)

Dohbens (Dobens)

Draudeklis

Dsellons (Dzelonis)

Dselskalns (Dzelzkalns)

Dsirkstels (Dzirkstele)

Durwis (Durvis)

Eemaukts (Iemaukts)

Ehwels (Ēvels)

Elkons (Elkonis)

Enkurs

Gabbans (Gabans)

Galds

Gals

Garrohsis (Garozs)

Gehrbs (Ģērbs)

Gredsens (Gredzens)

Grihsts (Griests)

Ihlens (Īlens)

Iskapts (Izkapts)

Jummis (Jumis)

Kabats

Kahts (Kāts)

Kakls

Kalts

Kammans (Kamanas)

Kammesis (Kamiesis)

Kammolsch (Kamols)

Karrohgs (Karogs)

Karrohte (Karote)

Kaschoks (Kažoks)

Katls

Kauls

Kausis

Keegels (Ķieģelis)

Klehpis (Klēpis)

Klehts (Klēts)

Knohpis (Knopis)

Kohklis (Koklis)

Kohks (Koks)

Krahsnis (Krāsns)

Krampis

Krasts

Krehsls (Krēsls)

Krettuls (Kretuls)

Krohķis (Kroķis)

Kuhkuls (Kukuls)

Kummoss (Kumoss)

Kurwis (Kurvis)

Kuschķis (Kušķis)

Laidars

Lauks

Lauschnis (Laušnis)

Leddus (Ledus)

Leeschkers (Liešķeris)

Lemmesis (Lemesis)

Lezeklis (Leceklis)

Lihgotnis (Līgotnis)

Lohgs (Logs)

Lohks (Loks)

Lohzeklis (Loceklis)

Luhks (Lūks)

Lukturs

Maiss

Maks

Makschkeris (Makšķeris)

Meeseris (Mieseris)

Meets (Miets)

Mehrs (Mērs)

Mehtels (Mētels)

Mesch (Mežs)

Muhris (Mūris)

Nams

Nasis

Niedris

Pagalms

Pagrabs

Pahlis (Pālis)

Pakuls (Pakulas)

Pamats

Pameslis (Pamesls)

Papihrs (Papīrs)

Paspahrnis (Paspārnis)

Pawehnis (Pavēnis)

Pellus (Pēlis)

Pihlars (Pīlārs)

Pihtnis (Pītnis)

Pils

Plauksts

Plazzis (Plācis)

Plezzis (Plecs)

Pohds (Pods)

Prahmis (Prāmis)

Puhrs (Pūrs)

Pulks

Pulkstens

Pumpurs

Rags

Raksts

Rats

Rausis

Reschģis (Režģis)

Rihks (Rīks)

Rihtenis (Ritenis)

Rinķis (Riņķis)

Rittens (Ritenis)

Rohbs (Robs)

Rohzis (Rocis)

Rullis

Sahbaks (Zābaks)

Sakne

Sakts

Salms

Sars

Schķeets (Šķiets)

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