Originally denoted a person from the town of Abano, Latin Aponus
, which was derived from the old Celtic root ab
From Italian abate
meaning "abbot, priest", derived via Latin and Greek from an Aramaic word meaning "father". This was used either as a nickname or an occupational name for a worker in a priest's house.
Means "little abbot" from Italian abate
and the diminutive suffix -elli
Means "little abbot" from Italian abate
and the diminutive suffix -icchio
, from Latin -iculus
Originally a name for a person from the city of Abbiategrasso, near Milan in Italy, called Abiatum
Derived from medieval Italian accia
meaning "axe", ultiamtely from Latin ascia
From the medieval Italian given names Accuntius
, of uncertain meaning.
From Italian acerbo
meaning "bitter, harsh, severe".
Possibly from the name of a harbour in Bithynia (in modern Turkey).
Means "water" in Italian, indicating one who dwelt by or transported water.
Denoted a person who came from one of the various places in Italy with this name, derived from Italian meaning "cold water".
Meaning uncertain, possibly from a place name or an occupation derived from Italian acqua
From the name of a village, part of the city of Lecco in Lombardy. Its name is presumably derived from Italian acqua
Derived from the given name Addarius
, of unknown meaning.
Perhaps a nickname for a punctual or fast person, from Italian adesso
meaning "now, at this moment".
From Latin affinis
meaning "neighbouring, kindred".
Means "son of Agano", a given name of unknown meaning.
Possibly from the name Aggius
, probably related to the Germanic name AGI
From place names like Agliè, Aglietti, Agliana and Agliate, all originating from the Latin name Allius
From Italian agnello
meaning "lamb" (ultimately from Latin agnus
), denoting a pious or timid person.
From Latin Agnus Dei
meaning "lamb of God". This was a nickname for someone who was particularly religious or someone who wore this symbol.
From various place names in Italy, such as Aiello del Friuli, Aiello del Sabato and others. They are derived from Latin agellus
meaning "little field".
Originally denoted a person from Aieta, Italy, a place name derived from Greek αετος (aetos)
From the name of the Spanish region of Aragon, which was a medieval kingdom. The region was named for a river, which was itself derived from an Indo-European root meaning "water".
From Italian albero
meaning "tree", ultimately from Latin arbor
, referring to someone who lived in the woods or worked as a woodcutter.
Means "son of Alderissius", a Latinized form of a Germanic name of unknown meaning.
From the name of the Syrian city of Aleppo, which is from Arabic خالاب (Khalab)
, of uncertain meaning.
From an Italian nickname derived from allegro
meaning "quick, lively".
From the name of the Italian city of Altamura, which means "high walls" in Italian.
From the name of a town in Calabria, Italy. It is possibly derived from Arabic (dating from the Arab raids of the 9th century) meaning "the fortress".
AQUINO Italian, Spanish
From the name of an Italian town near Rome, the home town of the 13th-century saint Thomas Aquinas. In Italy it is derived directly from the town's name. As a Spanish-language surname, it was sometimes bestowed by missionaries in honour of the saint as they evangelized in Spanish colonies.
From Italian armato
meaning "armed, armoured, equipped".
Means "son of Arnone" from the medieval name Arnone
, of uncertain origin.
Sicilian name, derived from Greek dialects of southern Italy. It is from Greek ψαρας (psaras)
Originally denoted a person from the Italian town of Baggio (now part of Milan). It is probably derived from Latin Badalocum
meaning "watch place".
From Latin balnea
"bath", referring to a person who worked as a bath house attendant.
Derived from the given name Baldinotto
, from the Latin name Baldinoctus
, a diminutive of BALDO
From the Latin name Bandinus
, a derivative of Bandus
, which is of unknown meaning.
From the title barone
"baron", derived via Latin from Germanic baro
"man, warrior, servant".
Meaning uncertain, possibly derived from the Germanic word baro
"man, warrior, servant".
Derived from the place name Bassano, belonging multiple villages in Italy.
Originally a nickname for a short person, from Latin bassus
Means "son of Bellando", from a medieval given name derived from Latin bellandus
meaning "which is to be fought".
Means "son of Bellincione", from a medieval name (borne for example by Dante's grandfather) which was probably a derivative of Italian bello
BELLO Spanish, Italian
Means "beautiful" in Spanish and Italian, originally a nickname for an attractive person.
From a nickname derived from Italian bello
"beautiful, fair" and uomo
Means "son of Benenato", given name derived from Latin bene
"good, well" and natus
From Italian bianco
meaning "white", originally given to a person who was white-haired or extremely pale.
Means "drinking glasses" in Italian, referring originally to a person who made or sold them.
Means "fair-haired, blond" in Italian. This name was borne by the American swimmer Matt Biondi (1965-).
From the name of the city of Bologna in northern Italy. It may derive from a Celtic word meaning "settlement".
Venetian name derived from the name of the town of Bondeno in northern Italy.
Locative origin, from the common place name Borgo
From nickname derived from the Piedmontese dialect word borgno
meaning "one-eyed". This was the real surname of American actor Ernest Borgnine (1917-2012).
From the name of the French region of Burgundy (called Bourgogne in French), which is named after the Germanic tribe the Burgundians, itself meaning "people from the high land".
Derived from an Italian nickname meaning "bull, ox".
Derived from the Italian town of Brembilla in Lombardy, itself named after the Brembo river.
From the name of a town near Venice, possibly derived from a Germanic (Lombardic) word meaning "field".
Derived from the town of Briosco, near Milan. It may be of Lombardic origin.
From the name of the town of Brivio in Lombardy. Supposed it derives from a Celtic word meaning "bridge".
Means "brown" in Italian, a nickname for a person with brown hair or brown clothes.
Originally denoted a person who came from Bulgaria, which is named after the Turkic tribe of the Bulgars, itself possibly from a Turkic root meaning "mixed".
From the medieval Italian given name Buonarroto
meaning "good increase". This was the surname of the Renaissance painter and sculptor Michelangelo (1475-1564).
BUSTO Spanish, Italian
From the name of towns in Spain and Italy, derived from Late Latin bustum
meaning "ox pasture".
From the name of a city near Naples, originally Caiatia
in Latin, a derivative of the given name CAIUS
Occupational name from Sicilian càjitu
"official, leader", ultimately from Arabic قاضي (qadi)
From the name of the town of Caivano near Naples, derived from Latin Calvianum
, derived from the Roman cognomen CALVUS
Originally given to a person who came from the region of Calabria in southern Italy.
CAMPANA Italian, Spanish
Occupational name from Late Latin campana
meaning "bell", ultimately derived from the Italian region of Campania, where bells were produced.
From Cantù, an Italian town located in Lombardy, itself of uncertain origin.
CAPELLO (1) Italian
From Late Latin cappa
meaning "cloak, cape, hood". This was a name for one who made or wore cloaks.
CAPELLO (2) Italian
Nickname for a thin person, from Italian capello
meaning "a hair", ultimately derived from Latin capillus
Occupational name meaning "captain" in Italian, ultimately from Latin caput
From a nickname for a person with dark features, from Italian carbone
Originally denoted someone from San Pietro di Caridà, a town in Calabria. The town's name may be derived from Greek χαρις (charis)
meaning "grace, kindness".
From an Italian nickname meaning "carnival", perhaps given to a festive person.
From the name of a city in Tuscany famous for its marble quarries. It is probably derived from Late Latin quadreria
Means "close-cropped hair" in Italian, also having the secondary sense "boy, yound man".
Indicated a person from any of the various towns named Cassano in Italy.
Means "horse" in Italian, an cccupational name for a horseman.
From Cingoli, a town in the Marche region of Italy. It is derived from Latin cingo
From the given name Cino
, a short form of names ending in cino
From the name of the town of Cisternino, near the city of Bari in southern Italy.
From Italian cuoio
meaning "leather", ultimately from Latin corium
. This was an occupational surname for a leather worker or tanner.
From a derivative of Italian colomba
"dove" indicating a house where doves were held.
Either from Italian colomba
"dove" indicating a dove keeper, or from the given name COLOMBO
which is derived from the same word. This was the Italian surname of the 15th-century explorer Christopher Columbus.
COMO (2) Italian
From the name of the city of Como in Lombardy, the rival city of Milan during the Middle Ages. Its name may come from a Celtic root meaning "valley".
From the Italian noble title conte
meaning "count", derived from Latin comes
. It denoted a person who worked for a count or, in rare cases, was a count.
Derived from the names of places in northern Italy, especially Lombardy, from a word which means "crag, cliff" in the Lombard dialect.
Nickname derived from Italian corvo
Derived from Italian cracchiola
, referring to a chicory-like vegetable.
From the name of the city of Crema in Lombardy, northern Italy.
From the Italian city of Cremona, south of Milan, in Lombardy.
Means "of love", perhaps a nickname for an illegitimate child.
DE SANTIS Italian
From the old Latin given name Sanctus
(see the Italian given name SANTO
). Quite a few Italian names end in s
- it could be a trace of the Latin ablative case.
From the old given name Ermacora
. It is from northeastern Italy (Friuli region).