Italian Surnames

Italian names are used in Italy and other Italian-speaking regions such as southern Switzerland. See also about Italian names.
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ABANOItalian
Originally denoted a person from the town of Abano, Latin Aponus, which was derived from the old Celtic root ab meaning "water".
ABATANGELOItalian
From Italian abate meaning "abbot, priest" combined with the given name ANGELO.
ABATANTUONOItalian
From Italian abate meaning "abbot, priest" combined with the given name ANTONIO.
ABATEItalian
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.
ABATEGIOVANNIItalian
From Italian abate meaning "abbot, priest" combined with the given name GIOVANNI.
ABATESCIANNIItalian
From Italian abate meaning "abbot, priest" combined with the given name GIANNI.
ABBÀItalian
Variant of ABATE.
ABBADELLIItalian
Means "little abbot" from Italian abate and the diminutive suffix -elli.
ABBANDONATOItalian
Means "forsaken, abandoned" in Italian.
ABBATEItalian
Variant of ABATE.
ABBATICCHIOItalian
Means "little abbot" from Italian abate and the diminutive suffix -icchio, from Latin -iculus.
ABBIATIItalian
Originally a name for a person from the city of Abbiategrasso, near Milan in Italy, called Abiatum in Latin.
ABELLIItalian
From the given name ABELE.
ABRAMIItalian
Derived from the given name ABRAMO.
ABRAMOItalian
Derived from the given name ABRAMO.
ACARDIItalian
Derived from the Norman name Achard, a form of EKKEHARD.
ACCIAIItalian
Derived from medieval Italian accia meaning "axe", ultimately from Latin ascia.
ACCONCIOItalian
From the medieval Italian given names Accuntius or Acconcius, of uncertain meaning.
ACCORSIItalian
From the given name BONACCORSO.
ACCORSOItalian
From the given name BONACCORSO.
ACCURSIOItalian
From the given name BONACCORSO.
ACERBIItalian
From Italian acerbo meaning "bitter, harsh, severe".
ACONEItalian
Possibly from the name of a harbour in Bithynia (in modern Turkey).
ACQUAItalian
Means "water" in Italian, indicating one who dwelt by or transported water.
ACQUAFREDDAItalian
Denoted a person who came from one of the various places in Italy with this name, derived from Italian meaning "cold water".
ACQUARONEItalian
Meaning uncertain, possibly from a place name or an occupation derived from Italian acqua "water".
ACQUATIItalian
From the name of a village, part of the city of Lecco in Lombardy. Its name is presumably derived from Italian acqua "water".
ADAMIItalian
Means "son of ADAMO".
ADAMOItalian
Italian form of ADAM.
ADAMOLIItalian
Diminutive form of ADAMI.
ADDARIOItalian
Derived from the given name Addarius, of unknown meaning.
ADELARDIItalian
Means "son of ADELARDO".
ADESSOItalian
Perhaps a nickname for a punctual or fast person, from Italian adesso meaning "now, at this moment".
ADIMARIItalian
Means "son of ADEMARO".
ADRIATICOItalian
Originally denoted a person who lived near the Adriatic sea.
AFFINIItalian
From Latin affinis meaning "neighbouring, kindred".
AFRICANIItalian
Means "son of Africano", the Italian form of AFRICANUS.
AFRICANOItalian
From the given name Africano, the Italian form of AFRICANUS.
AGANIItalian
Means "son of Agano", a given name of unknown meaning.
AGGIOItalian
Possibly from the name Aggius, probably related to the Germanic name AGI.
AGLIItalian
From place names like Agliè, Aglietti, Agliana and Agliate, all originating from the Latin name Allius or Alleius.
AGNELLIItalian
From Italian agnello meaning "lamb" (ultimately from Latin agnus), denoting a pious or timid person.
AGNELLINIItalian
From a diminutive of AGNELLI.
AGNUSDEIItalian
From Latin Agnus Dei meaning "lamb of God". This was a nickname for someone who was particularly religious or someone who wore this symbol.
AGOSTIItalian
Means "son of Agosto", a variant of AUGUSTO.
AGOSTINIItalian
Means "son of AGOSTINO".
AGRESTAItalian
From Latin agrestis meaning "rural, rustic".
AGRICOLAItalian
From Latin agricola meaning "farmer".
AIELLOItalian
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".
AIOLFIItalian
Means "son of Aiolfo", which is derived from the Germanic name AGILULF.
AIRALDIItalian
Means "son of AROLDO".
AIRÒItalian
From the given name AROLDO.
AITAItalian
Originally denoted a person from Aieta, Italy, a place name derived from Greek αετος (aetos) "eagle".
ALAGONAItalian
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".
ALAMANNIItalian
From ALEMANNIA, the Latin name for Germany.
ALBANESIItalian
Originally indicated a person who came from ALBANIA.
ALBANIItalian
Derived from the given name ALBANO.
ALBANOItalian
Derived from the given name ALBANO.
ALBERICIItalian
Means "son of ALBERICO".
ALBEROItalian
From Italian albero meaning "tree", ultimately from Latin arbor, referring to someone who lived in the woods or worked as a woodcutter.
ALBINIItalian
Means "son of ALBINO".
ALDEBRANDIItalian
Means "son of Aldebrando", an Italian form of ALDEBRAND.
ALDERISIItalian
Means "son of Alderissius", a Latinized form of a Germanic name of unknown meaning.
ALDUINOItalian
Derived from the Italian given name Alduino, derived from the Germanic name ALDWIN.
ALEMAGNAItalian
From ALEMANNIA, the Latin name for Germany.
ALEPPOItalian
From the name of the Syrian city of Aleppo, which is from Arabic خالاب (Khalab), of uncertain meaning.
ALESCIItalian
Means "son of ALESSIO".
ALESCIOItalian
From the given name ALESSIO.
ALESIItalian
Variant of ALESCI.
ALESINIItalian
Means "son of Alesino", a diminutive of ALESSIO.
ALFEROItalian
From the given name ADALFARUS.
ALIBERTIItalian
Means "son of ALBERTO".
ALINARIItalian
Means "son of Alinario", which is from the Germanic name ELLANHER.
ALIPRANDIItalian
Means "son of ALIPRAND".
ALLEGRIItalian
From an Italian nickname derived from allegro meaning "quick, lively".
ALÒItalian
Variant of ALOI.
ALOIItalian
From a dialectal form of the name ALOISIO.
ALOIAItalian
Variant of ALOI.
ALOISIItalian
From the given name ALOISIO.
ALTAMURAItalian
From the name of the Italian city of Altamura, which means "high walls" in Italian.
ALTIMARIItalian
Derived from the given name Altimaro, an alteration of ADELMAR.
ALTOVITIItalian (Rare)
Derived from the Lombard given name ALTWIDUS.
ALUNNIItalian
From Italian alunno meaning "student".
AMADEIItalian
Means "son of AMADEO".
AMADORIItalian
Means "son of AMATORE".
AMALBERTIItalian
Means "son of Amalberto", from the Germanic name AMALBERT.
AMANTEAItalian
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".
AMATOItalian
From the given name AMATO.
AMATOREItalian
From the given name AMATORE.
AMBROGIItalian
Means "son of AMBROGIO".
AMBROSIItalian
Means "son of AMBROGIO".
AMERIGHIItalian
Means "son of AMERIGO".
AMORETTOItalian
From a diminutive of the given name AMORE.
ANGIOLIItalian
Means "son of ANGIOLO".
ANSALDIItalian
Means "son of ANSALDO".
ANSELMETTIItalian
Means "son of Anselmetto", a diminutive of ANSELMO.
ANSELMIItalian
Means "son of ANSELMO".
ANTONINIItalian
Means "son of ANTONINO".
ANTONINOItalian
Derived from the given name ANTONINO.
AQUILAItalian
From a nickname meaning "eagle" in Italian.
AQUINOItalian, Spanish
From the name of an Italian town near Rome, derived from Latin aqua meaning "water", the home town of the 13th-century saint Thomas Aquinas. In Italy the surname 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.
ARBOREItalian
From Latin arbor meaning "tree".
ARDICCIONIItalian
Means "son of Ardiccione", a derivative of ARDITO.
ARDIZZONEItalian
From a diminutive of the given name ARDITO.
ARDOVINIItalian
Means "son of ARDUINO".
ARENAItalian
Italian cognate of ARENAS.
ARLOTTIItalian
Means "son of ARLOTTO".
ARMANDOItalian, Portuguese, Spanish
Derived from the given name ARMANDO.
ARMANIItalian
Means "son of ERMANNO".
ARMATIItalian
From Italian armato meaning "armed, armoured, equipped".
ARNOLFIItalian
Means "son of ARNOLFO".
ARNONIItalian
Means "son of Arnone" from the medieval name Arnone, of uncertain origin.
ARRIGHETTIItalian
Means "son of Arrighetto", a diminutive of the given name ARRIGO.
ARRIGHIItalian
Means "son of ARRIGO".
ARRIGUCCIItalian
Means "son of Arriguccio", a diminutive of the given name ARRIGO.
AZZARÀItalian
Sicilian name, derived from Greek dialects of southern Italy. It is from Greek ψαρας (psaras) meaning "fisherman".
BAGGIItalian
Variant of BAGGIO.
BAGGIOItalian
Originally denoted a person from the Italian town of Baggio (now part of Milan). It is probably derived from Latin Badalocum meaning "watch place".
BAGLIOItalian
Italian cognate of BAILEY.
BAGNIItalian
From Latin balnea "bath", referring to a person who worked as a bath house attendant.
BAGNOLIItalian
Diminutive form of BAGNI.
BALBONIItalian
Derived from the given name BALBINO.
BALDIItalian
Derived from the given name BALDO.
BALDINIItalian
Derived from the given name Baldino, a diminutive of BALDO.
BALDINOTTIItalian
Derived from the given name Baldinotto, from the Latin name Baldinoctus, a diminutive of BALDO.
BALDOVINIItalian
Derived from the given name BALDOVINO.
BANDINIItalian
From the Latin name Bandinus, a derivative of Bandus, which is of unknown meaning.
BANDONIItalian
From Italian bandone meaning "sheet of iron".
BARBIERIItalian
Italian cognate of BARBER.
BARONEItalian
From the title barone "baron", derived via Latin from Germanic baro "man, warrior, servant".
BARSOTTIItalian
Meaning uncertain, possibly derived from the Germanic word baro "man, warrior, servant".
BARTALOTTIItalian
Means "son of Bartalotto", a diminutive of BARTOLO.
BARTOLOMEIItalian
Derived from the given name BARTOLOMEO.
BARTOLOMEOItalian
Derived from the given name BARTOLOMEO.
BASILEItalian
From the given name BASILIO.
BASSANELLIItalian
Diminutive form of BASSANI.
BASSANIItalian
Derived from the place name Bassano, belonging multiple villages in Italy.
BASSIItalian
Variant of BASSO, common in northern Italy.
BASSOItalian
Originally a nickname for a short person, from Latin bassus "thick, low".
BATTAGLIAItalian
From a nickname meaning "battle" in Italian.
BAZZOLIItalian
From Italian bazza meaning "protruding chin".
BELLANDIItalian
Means "son of Bellando", from a medieval given name derived from Latin bellandus meaning "which is to be fought".
BELLANDINIItalian
Diminutive form of BELLANDI.
BELLINCIONIItalian
Means "son of Bellincione", from a medieval name (borne for example by Dante's grandfather) which was probably a derivative of Italian bello "beautiful, fair".
BELLINIItalian
From Italian bello meaning "beautiful".
BELLOSpanish, Italian
Means "beautiful" in Spanish and Italian, originally a nickname for an attractive person.
BELLOMOItalian
From a nickname derived from Italian bello "beautiful, fair" and uomo "man".
BELLONIItalian
Augmented form of BELLO.
BELMONTESpanish, Italian
From various place names in Italy and Spain meaning "beautiful mountain".
BENCIVENNIItalian
Means "son of Bencivenne", from the medieval name Bencivenga, a Tuscan variant of BENVENUTO.
BENEDETTIItalian
From the given name BENEDETTO.
BENENATIItalian
Means "son of Benenato", given name derived from Latin bene "good, well" and natus "good".
BENETTONItalian
Northern Italian variant of BENEDETTI.
BENINIItalian
Means "son of Benino" from a diminutive of Bene or Beno, short forms of BENEDETTO.
BERARDIItalian
From the given name BERARDO.
BERGAMASCHIItalian
Originally indicated an inhabitant of the city of BERGAMO in Lombardy.
BERTIItalian
Derived from the given name BERTO.
BERTOLINIItalian
Derived from a diminutive of the given name BERTOLDO.
BIAGIItalian
Means "son of BIAGIO".
BIANCARDIItalian
Italian form of BLANCHARD.
BIANCHIItalian
From Italian bianco meaning "white", originally given to a person who was white-haired or extremely pale.
BICCHIERIItalian
Means "drinking glasses" in Italian, referring originally to a person who made or sold them.
BIONDIItalian
Means "fair-haired, blond" in Italian. This name was borne by the American swimmer Matt Biondi (1965-).
BOERIOItalian
From Italian boaro meaning "cowherd".
BOLOGNAItalian
From the name of the city of Bologna in northern Italy. It may derive from a Celtic word meaning "settlement".
BONACCORSIItalian
From the given name BONACCORSO.
BONACCORSOItalian
From the given name BONACCORSO.
BONAVENTURAItalian
From the given name BONAVENTURA.
BONDESANItalian
Venetian name derived from the name of the town of Bondeno in northern Italy.
BONOMOItalian
Italian cognate of BONHOMME.
BORGHIItalian
Locative origin, from the common place name Borgo meaning "village".
BORGNINOItalian
From nickname derived from the Piedmontese dialect word borgno meaning "one-eyed". This was the real surname of American actor Ernest Borgnine (1917-2012).
BORGOGNIItalian
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".
BOSCOItalian
Means "forest" in Italian.
BOVEItalian
Derived from an Italian nickname meaning "bull, ox".
BOVERIItalian
Variant of BOVE.
BRAMBILLAItalian
Derived from the Italian town of Brembilla in Lombardy, itself named after the Brembo river.
BREDAItalian
From the name of a town near Venice, possibly derived from a Germanic (Lombardic) word meaning "field".
BRIOSCHIItalian
Derived from the town of Briosco, near Milan. It may be of Lombardic origin.
BRIVIOItalian
From the name of the town of Brivio in Lombardy. Supposed it derives from a Celtic word meaning "bridge".
BRUNETTIItalian
Diminutive of BRUNO.
BRUNOItalian
Means "brown" in Italian, a nickname for a person with brown hair or brown clothes.
BUFFONEItalian
Means "jester, joker" in Italian.
BULGARIItalian
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".
BUONARROTIItalian
From the medieval Italian given name Buonarroto meaning "good increase". This was the surname of the Renaissance painter and sculptor Michelangelo (1475-1564).
BUSTOSpanish, Italian
From the name of towns in Spain and Italy, derived from Late Latin bustum meaning "ox pasture".
CAIAZZOItalian
From the name of a city near Naples, originally Caiatia in Latin, a derivative of the given name CAIUS.
CAITOItalian
Occupational name from Sicilian càjitu "official, leader", ultimately from Arabic قاضي (qadi) "judge".
CAIVANOItalian
From the name of the town of Caivano near Naples, derived from Latin Calvianum, derived from the Roman cognomen CALVUS.
CALABRESEItalian
Originally given to a person who came from the region of Calabria in southern Italy.
CALLIGARISItalian
From Late Latin caligarius meaning "shoemaker".
CAMPANAItalian, Spanish
Occupational name from Late Latin campana meaning "bell", ultimately derived from the Italian region of Campania, where bells were produced.
CAMPOSpanish, Italian
Means "field" in Spanish and Italian.
CANTÙItalian
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.
CAPITANIItalian
Occupational name meaning "captain" in Italian, ultimately from Latin caput "head".
CARBONEItalian
From a nickname for a person with dark features, from Italian carbone meaning "coal".
CARIDEOItalian
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".
CARLEVAROItalian
Northern Italian variant of CARNEVALE.
CARNEVALEItalian
From an Italian nickname meaning "carnival", perhaps given to a festive person.
CAROSpanish, Italian
From Spanish and Italian caro meaning "beloved".
CARRARAItalian
From the name of a city in Tuscany famous for its marble quarries. It is probably derived from Late Latin quadreria meaning "quarry".
CARUSOItalian
Means "close-cropped hair" in Italian, also having the secondary sense "boy, yound man".
CASALEItalian
Italian cognate of CASAL.
CASSANOItalian
Indicated a person from any of the various towns named Cassano in Italy.
CATALANOItalian
Italian form of CATALÁN.
CATTANEOItalian
Variant of CAPITANI used in Lombardy.
CAVALCANTEItalian
Derived from Italian cavalcare "to ride".
CAVALLOItalian
Means "horse" in Italian, an cccupational name for a horseman.
CINGOLANIItalian
From Cingoli, a town in the Marche region of Italy. It is derived from Latin cingo "surround, ring".
CINOItalian
From the given name Cino, a short form of names ending in cino.
CIPRIANIItalian
From the given name CIPRIANO.
CISTERNINOItalian
From the name of the town of Cisternino, near the city of Bari in southern Italy.
COIROItalian
From Italian cuoio meaning "leather", ultimately from Latin corium. This was an occupational surname for a leather worker or tanner.
COLAItalian
From the given name NICOLA (1).
COLOMBERAItalian
From a derivative of Italian colomba "dove" indicating a house where doves were held.
COLOMBOItalian
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 (1)Italian
From the given name GIACOMO.
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".
CONFORTOLAItalian
From the old Italian given name Conforto meaning "comfort".
CONTIItalian
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.
CORNAItalian
Derived from the names of places in northern Italy, especially Lombardy, from a word which means "crag, cliff" in the Lombard dialect.
CORRÀItalian
From a short form of the given name CORRADO.
CORTIItalian
From Italian corte meaning "court, yard".
CORVIItalian
Nickname derived from Italian corvo meaning "crow".
COSTAPortuguese, Italian, Catalan
Means "riverbank, slope, coast" in Portuguese, Italan and Catalan, ultimately from Latin meaning "side, edge".
COSTANTINIItalian
From the given name COSTANTINO.
COSTANZOItalian
From the given name COSTANZO.
CRACCHIOLOItalian
Derived from Italian cracchiola, referring to a chicory-like vegetable.
CREMASCHIItalian
From the name of the city of Crema in Lombardy, northern Italy.
CREMONAItalian
From the Italian city of Cremona, south of Milan, in Lombardy.
CREMONESIItalian
From the name of the Italian city of Cremona in Lombardy.
CRESPOSpanish, Portuguese, Italian
Referred to a person with curly hair, from Latin crispus meaning "curly".
CROCEItalian
Italian form of CROSS.
CROCETTIItalian
Italian diminutive form of CROCE.
CUCINOTTAItalian
Derived from a diminutive of Italian cucina meaning "kitchen".
CUOCCOItalian
Italian cognate of COOK.
CUOCOItalian
Italian cognate of COOK.
D'AMBROSIOItalian
From the given name AMBROGIO.
DAMIANIItalian
Derived from the given name DAMIANO.
D'AMOREItalian
From the given name AMORE.
D'ANGELOItalian
Means "son of ANGELO".
D'ANTONIOItalian
Means "son of ANTONIO".
DE ANGELISItalian
Means "son of ANGELO".
DE CAMPOItalian
Locative surname derived from place names called Campo (meaning "field").
DE FELICEItalian
Means "son of FELICE".
DE FIOREItalian
Means "son of FIORE".
DE LAURENTISItalian
Means "son of LORENZO", a Latinized form of the given name.
DE LORENZOItalian
Means "son of LORENZO".
DE LUCAItalian
Means "son of LUCA (1)".
DE PALMAItalian
Means "from the palm tree" in Italian.
DE REGEItalian (Rare)
Italian variant of REY (1).
DE VITISItalian
Means "son of VITO", using a Latinized form of the given name.
DE VITOItalian
Means "son of VITO".
DI CAPRIOItalian
From the name of the island of Capri near Naples, itself possibly derived from Latin capra meaning "goat" or Greek καπρος (kapros) meaning "wild boar".
DI NAPOLIItalian
Means "from NAPLES" in Italian.
DIOLIItalian
Meaning unknown.
DI PASQUAItalian
Means "of Easter" in Italian.
DI PIETROItalian
Means "son of PIETRO" in Italian.
DI STEFANOItalian
Means "son of STEFANO".
DONATIItalian
From the given name DONATO.
D'ONOFRIOItalian
Means "son of ONOFRIO".
DRAGOItalian
From a nickname meaning "dragon" in Italian.
DURANTEItalian
Italian cognate of DURAND.