30 Common Ukrainian Surnames

ANTONOV Антонов Russian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian
Means “son of ANTON”.
BONDARENKO Бондаренко Ukrainian
Derived from Ukrainian бондар (bondar) meaning “cooper, barrel maker”.
BORISOV Борисов Russian, Bulgarian, Ukrainian
Means “son of BORIS”.
BORYSOV Борисов Ukrainian
Means “son of BORYS”.
BOYKO Бойко Ukrainian
Originally indicated a member of the Boykos, an ethnic group of western Ukraine.
CHAYKA Чайка Ukrainian
Means “seagull” in Ukrainian.
GAVRILYUK Гаврилюк Ukrainian
Alternate transcription of Ukrainian Гаврилюк (see HAVRYLYUK).
HAVRYLYUK Гаврилюк Ukrainian
From a diminutive of the given name HAVRYIL.
HOLUB Голуб Czech, Ukrainian
Means “dove, pigeon” in Czech and Ukrainian.
IVANOV Иванов Bulgarian, Russian, Ukrainian, Macedonian
Means “son of IVAN”.
KOHUT Когут Ukrainian
Means “rooster” in Ukrainian, a nickname for a proud person.
KOVALCHUK Ковальчук Ukrainian, Russian
Derived from Ukrainian and Russian коваль (koval) meaning “blacksmith”.
KOVALENKO Коваленко Ukrainian
Derived from Ukrainian коваль (koval) meaning “blacksmith”.
KRAVCHENKO Кравченко Ukrainian
Derived from Ukrainian кравець (kravets) meaning “tailor”.
MELNYK Мельник Ukrainian
Means “miller” in Ukrainian.
OLIYNYK Олійник Ukrainian
Derived from Ukrainian олія (oliya) meaning “oil, fat”.
PASTERNAK Пастернак Polish, Ukrainian, Russian, Yiddish
Means “parsnip” in various Slavic languages, ultimately from Latin pastinaca. A famous bearer was Boris Pasternak (1890-1960), author of Doctor Zhivago.
SHEVCHENKO Шевченко Ukrainian
Derived from Ukrainian швець (shvets) meaning “shoemaker”.
SHEVCHUK Шевчук Ukrainian
Derived from Ukrainian швець (shvets) meaning “shoemaker”.
SHVETS Швец Ukrainian, Russian
Means “shoemaker” in Ukrainian and Russian.
SHWETZ Швец Ukrainian (Anglicized), Russian (Anglicized)
Anglicized form of SHVETS.
SOBOL Соболь Russian, Ukrainian, Jewish
Occupational name for a fur trader, from the Slavic word soboli meaning “sable, marten”. As a Jewish name it is ornamental.
SOKOLOV Соколов Russian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian
Means “son of SOKOL”.
STASIUK Стасюк Ukrainian, Polish
From a diminutive of the given name STANISLAV.
TKACHENKO Ткаченко Ukrainian
Derived from Ukrainian ткач (tkach) meaning “weaver”.
TKACHUK Ткачук Ukrainian
From Ukrainian ткач (tkach) meaning “weaver”.
VASYLYK Василик Ukrainian
Derived from the given name VASYL.
VASYLYSHYN Василишин Ukrainian
Means “son of VASYL”.
ZELENKO Зеленко Ukrainian
Ukrainian cognate of ZIELIŃSKI.
ZYMA Зима Ukrainian
Ukrainian form of ZIMA.

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