What's in a name - C

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Last name
Literal meaning
Explanation
Chertoff
devil's
chert (actually chort, for the e is ë, pronounced yo) - devil in Russian
Columbus
A pigeon. Also, Galumbeck, Golomb, et al.
Cukor
Sugar
(Hungarian)
Curtis
Often used as a replacement for Kertész [ker-tehs], gardener, as in Michael Curtis, nee Mihály Kertész
(Hungarian)