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Maori Surnames and the English Equivalents  

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poutokomanawa
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20 May, 2012 12:28 am  

Kia ora!

Sometimes when people are searching for whakapapa working out the equivalent Maori surnames in English is where they have trouble.

So I have decided to put together a list of Maori surnames and their English equivalents.

If you know of any that I have left off, add them to this post. Once there are quite a few names, I will gather them all up and add them in the Lists at the Whakapapa Club with a link back to here.

Hopefully this will help whanau to find whanau.

Also, this list does not mean that these translations apply to all whanau names. It is just that sometimes, the english equivalent is used.

APERAHAMA - Abraham
HAMUERA - Samuels
HENARE - Henry
HERANGI - Searanke
HEREWINI - Selwyn
HIMONA - Simon / Simons
HOHEPA - Joseph - Josephs
KARAKA - Clarke
KARAUNA - Crown
KAWHENA - Coffin
KEETI - Gage
KEREHOMA - Graham
KINGI - King
MANUERA - Manuel
MATENE - Martin
METE - Smith
MUNU - Moon
NATANA - Nathan
NOPERA - Noble
PAORA - Paul
PARAONE - Brown
PETERA - Peter / Peters
PIRIPI - Phillips
RAHARUHI - Lazarus
RAKENA - Larkins
RATA - Rogers
ROMANA - Norman
ROPATA - Robert - Roberts
TAMIHANA - Thompson
TIPENE - Stevens
WAAKA - Walker
WIHONE - Wijohn
WIRIHANA - Wilson

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That's my list so far - if you know of any others it would be most appreciated if you add them also 😀

Nau te raurau,
Naku te raurau,
Ka ora ai nga tangata!
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Together we will get there!
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raw
 raw
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22 May, 2012 10:26 pm  

Hi have looked at all above with interest.
Here are one or two more names of interest for your list.
These were some off the names not on your list but were names given to my Tupuna ok.

Rehipeti = Elizabeth.
Arepata = Albert.
Nepe = Napier.
Rara = Lawlor.
Taneti/Tame = Thom.


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poutokomanawa
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24 May, 2012 5:24 pm  

Kia ora for your additions raw - much appreciated for you sharing with us 😀

I have also found a few more to add to this list:

AKARANA Auckland
ARONA Aaron
EKETONE Egglestone
ENOKA Knox
HAMUTANA Hamilton
HAKOPA Jacobs
HAMUTANA Hamilton
HARIWANA Sullivan
KERETENE Cherrington
PIHERE Beazley
PEKAMA Beckham
PIHOPA Bishop
PUHIPI Busby
TERERE de Thierry
TAPIHANA Tapsell
TEIRA / TAERA Taylor
TAIMANA / TAIMONA Diamond
TIKI Dicky
TIMOTI Timothy
TOPIA Tobias
WAATA Waters / Walters
WATI Watt
WATIHANA Watson
WETERE Wesley
WITIKA Whitaker
WIKIRIWHI Wickliffe
WINIATA Wynyard

Feel free to add any more you may know of whanau, as this will awhi those who are looking for whakapapa and getting confused with all of the names being often swapped!

If you know of any that are not listed here, add them to this post. Once there are quite a few names, I will gather them all up and add them in the Lists at the Whakapapa Club with a link back to here.

Nau te raurau,
Naku te raurau,
Ka ora ai nga tangata!
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Together we will get there!
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awhinatia
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Posts: 7
03 August, 2013 11:01 pm  

Kia Ora Poutokomanawa, it has been a while. Here is a couple more names for you list.
Pikari = Pickering
Tereiti = Slade (this is a hard one to trace under the Maori name)


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Thomas
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09 October, 2013 4:46 pm  

Etahi atu

Arana = Allan
Arono = Allen
Tahana = Dawson


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