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Many surnames are associated with the place/locality of where the family lived and in those cases the location is noted as the meaning.
Many surnames are associated with the occupation of the person given the name.

Surname Origin Meaning
Paddock English             English A meadow, croft or field
Page names given to youths between seven and fourteen years of age while receiving their education for knighthood
Paine French              French pagan
Paisley Welsh               Welsh From Plas, a pass, and lli, a stream
Palmer A pilgrim, so called from the palm-branch
Pancost Pantecost, the fifyeenth day after Easter
Pangbourn Locality            Locality A town in Birkshire, England
Pardie Par-dieu
Paris Locality            Locality The metropolis of France
Parke A piece of ground inclosed, and stored with deer and other beasts of chase
Parker The keeper of the park
Parkman The keeper of the park
Parnell Italian             Italian from Petronilla, pretty stone
Parrett Locality            Locality From Peraidd, Welsh, the sweet or delicious river, now the Dee
Parry Welsh               Welsh Ap Harry, the son of Harry
Parsall Locality            Locality Park-hall
Parshall Locality            Locality Park-hall
Parson Latin Persona, the person who takes care of the souls of his parishioners
Patrick Latin Patricius, noble, a senator
Patterson Scottish            Scottish son of Patrick
Pattison son of Patrick
Paul Latin               Latin little, small
Paxton Locality            Locality town of Paxton, in Berwickshire, Scotland
Payne Locality            Locality Payne, in Normandy
Peabody Boadie, among the Cambri or Britons, signified a man or a great man, and Pea signified a large hill, a mountain
Peacock well-known fowl
Pearson son of Pierre or Peter
Pedin Locality            Locality Pedn, Cornish British, is a hill
Peebles Locality            Locality shire of Peebles, in Scotland
Peele Locality            Locality A tower, a castle, a spire, a steeple
Pelham Locality            Locality Pelham, in Hertfordshire, England
Pell a house
Pelletier French              French A furrier, or skinner
Pellyn Cornish-British     Cornish-British The distant pool
Pena Portuguese          Portuguese someone who lived near a crag or cliff
Pendleton Locality            Locality The summit of the hill
Peney Locality            Locality A town in Savoy
Pengilly Cornish-British     Cornish-British The head of the grove
Penn Cornish-British     Cornish-British The top of the hill
Pennant Cornish-British     Cornish-British From Pen, a head, and nant, a vale, or dingle
Pennington Locality            Locality the manor of Pennington, in Lancashire, England
Penny pinnacle
Pennyman Welsh               Welsh Pen-y-mon, the top of the mountain
Pennymon Welsh               Welsh Pen-y-mon, the top of the mountain
Percey Locality            Locality family of Percy, of Northumberland, England
Percy Locality            Locality family of Percy, of Northumberland, England
Perez Spanish             Spanish son of Pedro Peter
Perkins son of Peter
Perrigo Locality            Locality Perigeau, a town in France
Perrott Locality            Locality From Peraidd, Welsh, the sweet or delicious river, now the Dee
Perry French              French from Pierre
Peters German              German son of Peter
Peterson son of Peter
Pevensey Locality            Locality village in Sussex, England
Peyton town near Boxford, in Suffolk, England
Phelps Phillips
Philip Greek               Greek A lover of horses
Phippen son of Penn
Physick physician
Pickering Locality            Locality A market town of north Yorkshire, England
Pickersgill Locality            Locality stream inhabited by pike or pickerel
Pickett spotted in the face
Pierce Locality            Locality family of Percy, of Northumberland, England
Piercy Locality            Locality family of Percy, of Northumberland, England
Pierpont French              French stone bridge
Pierson son of Pierre
Piggot spotted in the face
Pigman dealer in pigs
Pilcher A maker of pilches, a kind of great coat or upper garment, in use in the fourteenth century
Pillings Cornish-British     Cornish-British The distant pool
Pinny pinnacle
Pittman living near a well or spring
Playfair Locality            Locality The play ground, a place where fairs were held
Playsted The place appropriated to amusement
Pleasants Locality            Locality a suburb of the city of Edinburgh
Plympton Cornish-British     Cornish-British The town situated on the river Plym, in Devonshire, England
Poindexter French              French poin being derived from pungo, to pierce, to prick, and dexter, right, as opposed to left
Poitevin native of Poitou, France.
Polk abbreviation of Pollock
Pollard A tree having its top cut off
Polley Locality            Locality Poilley, in the province of Orleans, France
Pollock Locality            Locality Pollock, in Renfrewshire, Scotland
Pomeroy French              French Pomme-roi, a kind of apple, the royal apple, king's apple, or king of apples; a name probably given to a gardener for his skill in raising them
Poole Locality            Locality A town in Dorsetshire, England
Pope Latin               Latin Papa, father
Porcher French              French slaying the boar
Porson son of Power
Potter One who makes earthen vessels
Pottinger An apothecary is so called in Scotland
Poulton Locality            Locality the town of Poulton, in Lancashire, England
Powell Welsh               Welsh Ap Howell, the son of Howell
Powers Welsh               Welsh son of Power
Poynder bailiff
Pratt Latin Pratum, a meadow
Prescot Welsh               Welsh town in England
Pressley Locality            Locality shrubs, brushwood
Preston Locality            Locality town in Lancashire, England
Price Welsh               Welsh Ap Rice, the son of Rice
Prichard Welsh               Welsh Ap Richard, the son of Richard
Prideaux French              French Presd'eaux, near the water
Prindle A croft or small field
Pringle Locality            Locality Prencyll, a hazel-wood, from pren, Welsh, a wood, and cyll or coll, hazel
Prodgers Ap Roger, the son of Roger
Proger Ap Roger, the son of Roger
Progers Ap Roger, the son of Roger
Proost a president of a college; the chief magistrate of a city
Provoost a president of a college; the chief magistrate of a city
Pugh Ap Hugh, the son of Hugh
Putman living near a well or spring
Putnam Dutch               Dutch From Put or Putten, a well, and ham, a house or town
Putzkammer German              German A dressing-chamber
Pye Ap Hugh, the son of Hugh
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