Last name origins & meanings:
- Polish (Karaś); Hungarian (Kárász);
Czech, Slovak, Croatian, Slovenian (Prekmurje), and Jewish
(Ashkenazic): from Slavic karas ‘crucian carp’, hence a
metonymic occupational name for a carp fisher or possibly a nickname
for someone with a fishlike appearance. As a Jewish name it is mainly
an ornamental name.
- Greek: from a nickname
meaning ‘black’ (see Caras).
- Hungarian: topographic name for someone living by the Karas river, a tributary of
the river Danube, named with Turkish kara ‘black’ +
- German: from a short form of
the personal name Zacharias or of the Greek saint’s name
Makarios, meaning ‘blessed one’.
Comments for Karas