But this surname is also Italian: near VENICE and French near LYONS. Perhaps it existed in Britain, but Mr Foglai said no. The italian regional surname (extremely rare)has nothing to do with the russian form.It comes from a ventian word "putin", little baby. V.Putin was born in Saint Petersboug, the former Leningrad, but his surname could be Lithuanian not Russian. See ther site www.familysearch.org. Unfortunately my knowledge of lithuanian surnames are inexistant!