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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ELENAItalian
Derived from the given name ELENA.
EPISCOPOItalian
Means "bishop" in Italian, ultimately from Greek επισκοπος (episkopos).
ERMACORAItalian
From the given name ERMACORA.
ESPOSITOItalian
Means "exposed" in Italian and denoted a child who was rescued after being abandoned by its parents.
EVANGELISTAItalian
Means "evangelist" in Italian.
FABBRIItalian
From Italian fabbro meaning "blacksmith", ultimately from Latin faber.
FALCOItalian
Derived from Italian falco "falcon". The name was used to denote a falconer or a person who resembled a falcon in some way.
FARALDOItalian
From a given name, ultimately the Germanic name FARVALD.
FARINAItalian
Occupational name for a miller, derived from Italian farina "flour".
FARROItalian
Derived from the name of a place on Sicily, Italy, derived from Latin far meaning "wheat, spelt".
FATTOREItalian
Means "land agent, bailiff, steward, farmer" in Italian.
FAUSTIItalian
From the given name FAUSTO.
FAVAItalian
From Italian fava referring to a type of broad bean.
FERMIItalian
Originally indicated a person from the town of Fermo in the Marche region of Italy, originally called Firmum in Latin meaning "strong, steady, firm".
FERRARAItalian
Italian form of FERREIRA.
FERRARIItalian
Occupational name for a metalworker or smith, derived from Latin ferrarius, a derivative of ferrum meaning "iron".
FERREROItalian
Regional variant of FERRARI. It is typical of the area around Turin.
FERROItalian, Portuguese
Means "iron", ultimately from Latin ferrum. This was an occupational name for one who worked with iron.
FILIPPIItalian
Derived from the given name FILIPPO.
FINIItalian
Derived from given names ending in fino, such as SERAFINO.
FIOREItalian
Derived from the given name FIORE.
FISCELLAItalian
Derived from Italian fiscella, which was a basket used to conserve cheese. The name was probably used to denote a person who made cheese.
FONDAItalian
Of Italian origin, possibly from a place derived from fondo meaning "deep". The family of Henry Fonda (1905-1982) came from the Netherlands, but they were of Genoese origin.
FONTANAItalian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish cognate of FONTAINE.
FORTUNATOItalian
From the given name FORTUNATO.
FRANZESEItalian
From a nickname which indicated a person who came from France. It is typical of the area around Naples.
FURLANItalian, Slovene
From the name of the Italian region of Friuli, in the northeast of Italy, which is derived from the name of the Roman town of Forum Iulii meaning "forum of Julius".
GABRIELLIItalian
From the given name GABRIELE (1).
GAGLIARDIItalian
From Italian gagliardo meaning "strong, vigorous".
GALLOItalian, Spanish
Means "rooster", ultimately from Latin gallus. This was a nickname for a proud person.
GANZAItalian
Probably from the feminine medieval given name Allegranza or Alleganza, a derivative of ALLEGRA. It comes from northern Lombardy.
GARFAGNINIItalian
Originally denoted one from the region of Garfagnana in Tuscany, Italy, near the historical city of Lucca.
GAROFALOItalian
From a nickname, from a southern variant of the Italian word garofano meaning "carnation".
GASPARIItalian
From the given name GASPARE.
GATTIItalian
Means "cat" in Italian, originally a nickname for an agile person.
GENOVESEItalian
Denoted a person from the Italian city of Genoa (Genova in Italian).
GENTILEItalian
From a nickname meaning "gentle, kind" in Italian.
GERMANOItalian
From the given name GERMANO.
GIANNINOItalian
Derived from the given name GIANNINO.
GIMONDIItalian
Probably derived from the Germanic given name GISMUND.
GIORDANOItalian
Derived from the given name GIORDANO.
GISMONDIItalian
From the Germanic given name GISMUND.
GIUGOVAZItalian
Italian form of the Croatian surname JUGOVAC.
GIUNTAItalian
From the old Italian given name Bonagiunta or Bonaggiunta (derived from bono "good" and aggiunto "assistant").
GORETTIItalian
Derived from the given name GREGORIO.
GORIItalian
Derived from the given name GREGORIO.
GRECOItalian
Means "from Greece" in Italian.
GRILLOItalian
From an Italian nickname meaning "cricket", perhaps given originally to a cheerful person (the cricket is associated with cheerfulness).
GRIMALDIItalian
From the given name GRIMALDO. It is the surname of the royal family of Monaco, which came from Genoa.
GRONCHIItalian
From the Tuscan word gronchio meaning "numb, bent". This is an Italian regional surname typical of Tuscany. A famous bearer was the Italian president Giovanni Gronchi (1887-1978).
GROSSIItalian
Italian cognate of GROS.
GROSSOItalian
Italian cognate of GROS.
GUARNERIItalian
From the given name Guanero, an Italian cognate of WERNER.
GUERRAItalian, Spanish, Portuguese
From a nickname meaning "war", given to a belligerent person or one engaged in warfare.
GUERRIEROItalian
Italian form of GUERRERO.
GUIDIItalian
From the given name GUIDO.
GUTTUSOItalian
From a Sicilian nickname meaning "sad". It was name of the famous Italian painter Renato Guttuso (born 1912).
IDONIItalian
Means "fit, suitable" from the Latin word idoneus.
INNOCENTIItalian
From a nickname meaning "innocent" in Italian.
LABRIOLAItalian
Originally indicated a person from the town of Abriola in southern Italy.
LÀCONIItalian
Sardinian surname from a name of the town Làconi near the city of Nuoro.
LAGANÀItalian
Derived from Greek dialects that are spoken in southern Italy, namely in Calabria. It is an occupational surname meaning "greengrocer" (ortolano in Italian). Surnames derived from Greek dialects often end with an accent on final the a, o or i.
LAGOMARSÌNOItalian
Locative surname of Genoa and surroundings derived from the place name Lagomarsino (near Genoa).
LAGORIOItalian
From a nickname meaning "green-lizard". This little reptile is respected because it supposedly protects against vipers. The surname is typical of the Genoa region.
LAGUARDIAItalian
Originally an occupational surname meaning "sentry" or "sentinel". It also had a locative meaning "watchtower". Fiorello Laguardia (1882-1947) was the first mayor of New York of Italian origin.
LAMAItalian
Derived from the name place Lama, quite common around Italy.
LAMBERTIItalian
Derived from the given name LAMBERTO.
LAMONItalian
Locative surname from the name of a village near the city of Belluno. This surname is from the area of Venice.
LANDIItalian
Derived from the given name LANDO.
LANDOItalian
Derived from the given name LANDO.
LANDOLFIItalian
From the old Germanic given name Lanawulfa.
LATERZAItalian
Typical of southern Italy: it comes from the place name Laterza, a town near Taranto in the Puglia region.
LAURITOItalian
From the name of the town Laurito, near Salerno in the area of Naples.
LAZZARIItalian
Means "son of LAZZARO".
LECCEItalian
Originally indicated a person from Lecce, Italy.
LECCESEItalian
Originally indicated a person from Lecce, Italy.
LEGGIÈRIItalian
Sicilian surname indicating a "light" person, not serious, superficial.
LÈMMIItalian
From the given name GUGLIELMO. It is typical of Tuscany.
LEONEItalian
Derived from the given name LEONE (1).
LEONIItalian
Variant of LEONE.
LIPPIItalian
From the given name FILIPPO. It is common in the area of Florence.
LOCATELLIItalian
From Locatello, a place in Lombardy near the city of Bergamo in Northern Italy.
LOMBARDIItalian
Originally indicated someone who came from the Lombardy region in Italy. The region got its name from the Lombards, a Germanic tribe who invaded in the 6th century.
LONGOItalian
Italian cognate of LONG.
LUPOItalian
From an Italian nickname meaning "wolf".
LUZZATTOItalian
From Lusatia, a region of northern Germany.
MAESTRIItalian
Means "master" in Italian.
MAGROItalian
From a nickname meaning "thin, lean", ultimately from Latin macer.
MANCINIItalian
Diminutive of MANCO.
MANCOItalian
Means "left-handed" in Italian.
MANCUSOSicilian
Sicilian variant of MANCO.
MANFREDIItalian
Derived from the given name MANFREDO.
MANFREDONIAItalian
Originally indicated a person from Manfredonia, Italy. The city was named for the 13th-century king Manfred of Sicily.
MANTOVANIItalian
From the name of the city of Mantova in Lombardy.
MARCHEGIANOItalian
From the name of the Marche region in Italy. It was the real surname of the American boxer Rocky Marciano (1923-1969), who was born Rocco Marchegiano.
MARCHESIItalian
From the title marchese meaning "marquis".
MARCHETTIItalian
From a diminutive of the given name MARCO.
MARCHIONIItalian
From the given name MELCHIOR.
MARCONIItalian
Derived from the given name MARCO.
MARIItalian
Aphetic form of ALTIMARI.
MARIAItalian, Portuguese
From the given the name MARIA.
MARIANIItalian
From the given name MARIANO.
MARINOItalian, Spanish
Derived from the given name MARINO.
MARMOItalian
Means "marble" in Italian.
MARTINELLIItalian
From a diminutive of the given name MARTINO.
MASIItalian
From the given name Maso a short form of TOMMASO.
MASINItalian
Venetian variant of MASI.
MAZZAItalian
From nicknames meaning "maul" or "mallet" in Italian.
MERLOItalian, Spanish
Means "blackbird", ultimately from Latin merula. The blackbird is a symbol of a naive person.
MESSANAItalian
From the name of the Sicilian city Messina. The city was named for the original Greek settlers' homeland Messene.
MICHELIItalian
From the given name MICHELE (1).
MILANOItalian
Originally indicated someone who came from MILAN.
MODUGNOItalian
From the town Modugno, in Apulia in southern Italy. It is the surname of the Italian actor and singer Domenico Modugno (1928-1994), the songwriter of 'Volare'.
MONDADORIItalian
Means "fleece selector" from Old Italian emendatore. This was an occupational name for someone who chose the best fleeces to be made into wool.
MONDOItalian
From the given name EDMONDO.
MONTAGNAItalian
Means "mountain" in Italian.
MONTANARIItalian
Means "from the mountain" in Italian.
MONTEItalian
Variant of MONTI.
MONTIItalian
Means "mountain, hill" in Italian.
MORANDIItalian
From the Italian medieval given name Morando meaning "steadfast".
MORELLOItalian
Derived from a diminutive of MAURO.
MORETTIItalian
Derived from a diminutive of the Italian given name MAURO.
MORRAItalian
Locative surname derived from Morra De Sanctis, a place near Naples, Italy.
MOSCHELLAItalian
Means "housefly" in Italian, perhaps originally a nickname for an annoying person.
MOSCONIItalian
From a nickname, a variant of mosca "fly".
MOTTAItalian
From various names of places around Italy. It is derived from a Gaulish word meaning "hill".
MUGGIAItalian
Locative surname from the area of Trieste, the capital city of the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region. Muggia is a town near the Croatian border.
MURAROItalian
Occupational name meaning "mason" in Italian.
MURGIAItalian
From the Sardinian word for "brine" or "pickle".
MURTASItalian
From the Sardinian word murta meaning "myrtle". This surname has a locative origin.
NACARItalian
Possibly from naccaro "player of the tambourine", which is derived from Arabic naqqara.
NAGGIItalian
Originally denoted a person from the town of Naggio in Italy.
NAGGIAItalian
Variant of NAGGI.
NALDIItalian
From given names like ARNALDO and RINALDO.
NANAItalian
From a diminutive of GIOVANNI.
NANIItalian
Variant of NANA.
NANNIItalian
Variant of NANA.
NANNINIItalian
From Nanni, a diminutive of the given name GIOVANNI.
NAPOLEONIItalian
From the medieval given name Napoleone (see NAPOLEON). This name became popular because of Napoleone Buonaparte, also known as Napoléon I, emperor of France.
NAPOLETANIItalian
Originally indicated a person from NAPLES in Italy.
NAPOLIItalian
Originally indicated a person from NAPLES in Italy.
NAPOLIELLOItalian
Originally indicated a person from NAPLES in Italy.
NARDIItalian
From the given name Nardo which was originally a short form of names like BERNARDO or LEONARDO.
NARDOItalian
Variant of NARDI.
NARDOVINOItalian
Either from NARDI or from the name Ardovino which was derived from the Germanic name Hardwin (hard- "strong" and -win "friend").
NASATOItalian
Nickname for someone with a prominent nose, from Italian naso "nose".
NASCIMBENIItalian
From the medieval given name Nascimbene meaning "born well". It is typical of the Venetian region.
NATALEItalian
From a nickname referring to Christmas. It was originally given to a person who had some connection to the holiday.
NAVEItalian
From Italian places called Nave.
NAZARIOItalian
From the given name NAZARIO.
NECCHIItalian
Either from the given name Nechus (from the Latin word nequus meaning "unjust, unfair") or from a nickname from the archaic Milanese word gnecch meaning "tired".
NEGRIItalian
Nickname meaning "black" for someone with dark hair or dark skin or such.
NELLIItalian
Derived from the given name Nello, a short form of names like Brunello and Lionello.
NENCIItalian
Means "son of Nencio". Nencio is a Tuscan diminutive of the name LORENZO.
NEPIItalian
From the town Nepi, which is believed to have been founded by Jewish Italians.
NERIItalian
From the Italian word nero "black". It indicated a person with a dark complexion or dark hair.
NERVETTIItalian
Possibly a nickname for an innkeeper, from the archaic Milanese word nervètt, which is a local dish.
NERVIItalian
From the name of the town Nervi, in Genova.
NESPOLAItalian
From towns like Nespoli and Nespoledo, from the Italian word nespola meaning "medlar (tree)".
NICASTROItalian
From the name of the town Nicastro, near Catanzaro.
NICCHIItalian
From the Italian word nicchio meaning "shell", possibly a nickname for people related to the sea.
NICODEMOItalian
Derived from the given name NICODEMO.
NICOLAIItalian
Means "son of NICOLA (1)".
NICOLOSIItalian
From the name of the town Nicolosi on Sicily.
NICOSIAItalian
From the name of the town Nicosia on Sicily.
NICOTERAItalian
From town names like Marina di Nicotera and Nicotera in Calabria.
NIEDDUItalian
Nickname meaning "black" from the Sardinian adjective nieddu.
NIERIItalian
Either a variant of NERI, or from the Italian name RANIERO.
NIGROItalian
Variant of NERI.
NISIItalian
Means "son of Niso", where Niso is from the Greek name Nisus.
NIZZOLAItalian
From the name of the Italian town Nizzola.
NOSCHESEItalian
From the name of the town Nusco, near Naples.
NOTAROItalian
Means "scribe, clerk" from Latin notarius.
NOTORIANOItalian
Occupational name meaning "scribe".
OBERTIItalian
Derived from the given name UBERTO.
OBERTOItalian
Derived from the given name UBERTO.
ORLANDOItalian
Derived from the given name ORLANDO.
ORSINIItalian
From a nickname meaning "little bear" in Italian.
PACEItalian
Derived from the Italian given name Pace which meant "peace".
PADOVANItalian
Regional form of PADOVANO.
PADOVANOItalian
Originally denoted one who came from the city of Padua (Padova) in Italy.
PAGANOItalian
From the old nickname pagano meaning "pagan" (earlier sense "rustic").
PALLADINOItalian
From the Italian term palladin meaning "knight".
PALMISANOItalian
Locative surname from southern Italy. It is from the town of Palmi in the Calabria region.
PALUMBOItalian
From an old medieval regional nickname palumbo meaning "pigeon". It is typical of southern Italy.
PANZAVECCHIAItalian
From a nickname meaning "old stomach".
PARISIItalian
Originally indicated a person from Paris, France.
PARMAItalian
From the city of Parma, well known in Italy for its artistic beauties.
PARODIItalian
From the name of a village near Genoa.
PARRIItalian
From the given name GASPARE.
PARRINOItalian
From a family word that indicated a "godfather". In Sicily o parrino could be also a "parish priest".
PASSERINIItalian
From Italian passero meaning "sparrow".
PASTOREItalian
From the occupation pastore meaning "shepherd" in Italian.
PATERNOSTEREnglish, French, German, Italian
Occupational name for a maker of rosaries, also called paternosters. They are derived from the Latin phrase pater noster "our Father", the opening words of the Lord's Prayer.
PAVESIItalian
From the name of the city of Pavia, near Milano in Lombardy, Italy.
PAVONIItalian
Means "peacock" from Italian pavone. It was originally a nickname for a proud or haughty person.
PECORAItalian
Occupational name for a shepherd, meaning "flock".
PEDROTTIItalian
Derived from the given name PIETRO.
PELLEGRINOItalian
Means "little pilgrim" from Latin peregrinus.
PERUGIAItalian
From the name of the city of Perugia, near Rome, the regional capital of Umbria.
PESARESIItalian
From the name of the city of Pesaro, in the Marche region.
PESAROItalian
From the name of the city of Pesaro, in the Marche region.
PESCEItalian
Means "fisherman" or "fish-like" from Italian pesce meaning "fish".
PETRIItalian
Derived from the given name PIETRO.
PHERIGOItalian
Derived from the given name FEDERICO.
PIAZZAItalian
Means "plaza" in Italian, indicating that the residence of the original bearer was near the town square.
PICCOLIItalian
Nickname for a person who is short, from Italian piccino "small".
PIERNOItalian
Locative surname derived from the name of the town Pierno in southern Italy near Potenza.
PIETRIItalian
Derived from the given name PIETRO.
PINIItalian
Name for a person who lived near a pine tree, from Latin pinus.
PIOVENEItalian
From the name of the Venetian town of Piovene.
PIRAINOItalian
Locative origin, derived from the name of a place Piraino, on Sicily.
PISANIItalian
From the name of the inhabitants of Pisa, one of the most important cities of Tuscany.
PITTALUGAItalian
Originally a local nickname of somebody who "steals grapes" from vineyards. In Genoa pittà means "to pick" and uga is "grapes" (uva in Italian). It is typical of the Genoa region.
POGGIItalian
Means "dweller on a hill(ock)" from Italian poggio.
POGGIOItalian
Means "dweller on a hill(ock)" from Italian poggio.
POLETTIItalian
Derived from a diminutive of the given name PAOLO. This surname is typical of northern and central Italy.
PONTECORVOItalian, Jewish
From the name of a village near Rome, where an Jewish community settled centuries ago.
PORTELLIItalian
Diminutive form of PORTO.
PORTOItalian
Designated a person who lived near a harbour, from Italian porto, Latin portus.
PORTOGHESEItalian
Nickname for a person coming from Portugal.
POTENZAItalian
From the name of the city of Potenza, the main town of the Basilicata region in Southern Italy.
POZZIItalian
Locative surname meaning "a well" from Latin puteus. Pozzo as a regional word also means a pond or stagnant water.
PROFETAItalian
From the Italian word profeta meaning "prophet". It probably came from a nickname indicating a person who wanted to predict the future. It is typical of southern Italy.
PROSDOCIMIItalian
From the given name Prosdocimo, a medieval given name from the old Greek Prosdokimos.
PROVENZAItalian
From the name of the region in southern France, Provence (in Italian it is spelled Provenza).
PROVENZANOItalian
Variant of PROVENZA. This is a regional spelling of southern Italy, namely Sicily and Calabria.
PUGLIESEItalian
From an adjectival derivative of Puglia, also known as Apulia, a region of southeast Italy containing the boot heel and some of the coastline of the Adriatic Sea. It is a regional name for someone from that region.
QUARANTAItalian
Means "forty". It comes from a nickname.
QUATTROCCHIItalian
From Italian quattro meaning "four" and occhi meaning "eyes". It is a relatively rare Italian surname, usually found in Sicily.
RAGNOItalian
From a nickname meaning "spider".
RAIMONDIItalian
Derived from the given name RAIMONDO.
RAISItalian
Occupational name for a ràis, the fisherman who directed the fishing. It is typical of Sicily and Sardinia and probably has Arabic origins.
RANAItalian, Spanish
Means "frog" in Italian and Spanish.
RANERIItalian
Derived from the Italian given name RANIERO.
RAO (2)Italian
Derived from the given name ROLLO.
RAPALLINOItalian
From the area of Genoa with a locative origin from the town of Rapallo.
RATTIItalian
Means "rat", originally denoting a sly individual.
RAVENNAItalian
From the important city of Ravenna, near Bologna, in northern Italy.
Italian
Italian form of REY (1).
RICCHETTIItalian
Diminutive form of RICCI.
RICCIItalian
From Italian ricco "curly", a nickname for someone with curly hair.
RIGGIItalian
From the name of the city Reggio of Calabria.
RIGHIItalian
From the given name Arrigo (see ARRIGHI).
RINALDIItalian
Derived from the given name RINALDO.
RIVAItalian
Means "dweller by a river, lake" from Latin ripa.
RIZZOItalian
Variant of RICCI.
ROBUSTELLIItalian
From a nickname indicating a strong person, from the Italian word robusto "strong".
ROCCAItalian
Italian cognate of ROACH.
ROCCHIItalian
Derived from the given name ROCCO.
ROCCOItalian
Derived from the given name ROCCO.
ROMA (1)Italian
Derived from the given name Romanus (see ROMAN).
ROMA (2)Italian
From the name of the city of Rome, Italy. It described either a person from there or someone who had been there.
ROMAGNAItalian
From the region of Romagna, on the Adriatic coast of Italy.
ROMAGNOLIItalian
Diminutive form of ROMAGNA.
ROMANO (1)Italian
Derived from the given name ROMANO.
ROMANO (2)Italian
Denoted someone who was from the city of Rome. People surnamed Romano also originated from Rome in Provincia de Foggia on the east coast of Italy.
ROMEROItalian, Spanish
Derived from Roma, Spanish and Italian name of the city of Rome. It could have originally indicated a person who was from Rome or who took a pilgrimage to Rome.
RONCALLIItalian
Locative surname, from the names of places like Ronco or Ronchi, quite common in northern Italy. It was the surname of Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli (1881-1963), pope Giovanni XXIII, one of the most the popular popes of the Roman Catholic Church of the last century.
RONCHIItalian
Locative surname coming from a place called Ronco. It is common in northern and central Italy.
ROSAItalian, Catalan
Means "rose" from Latin rosa, perhaps denoting a person who lived where roses grew or had a rosy complexion.
ROSSIItalian
Derived from a nickname for a red-haired person, from Italian rosso, Latin russus meaning "red".
ROSSINIItalian
Diminutive form of ROSSI. A famous bearer was the Italian composer Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868).
ROTOLOItalian
Derived from a nickname indicating an old measure. The word rotolu comes from southern Italian dialects, and is derived from the Arabic or Greek language.
ROVIGATTIItalian
From the name of the city of Rovigo near Venice.
RUGGERIItalian
Derived from the given name RUGGERO.
RUSSOItalian
Variant of ROSSI.
RUSTICIItalian
From a medieval nickname for a rustic man living in the country.
RUZZIERItalian
From a dialectal variant of RUGGERO. It is typical of northeastern Italy, the area around Trieste.
SABBADINItalian
From a nickname from Italian sabbato "Saturday", a name for one born on that day of the week.
SACCOItalian
Occupational name for a maker of sacks, from Italian sacco, Latin saccus.
SALAItalian, Spanish, Catalan, Romanian
Occupational name for a worker at a manor house, from the Romance word sala meaning "hall, large room", of Germanic origin.
SALUCCIItalian
From Italian sale meaning "salt".
SALVAGGIItalian
Italian form of SAVAGE.
SALVATICIItalian
Italian form of SAVAGE.
SALVIItalian
From the given name SALVO or SALVIO.
SANNAItalian
From Italian sanna or zanna meaning "tusk, fang", a nickname for a person with a protruding tooth.
SANSONEItalian
Derived from the given name SANSONE.
SANTINIItalian
Diminutive form of SANTO.
SANTOItalian
Italian form of SANTOS.
SANTOROItalian
Means "all saint's day" in Italian, a nickname for one born on that day.
SAPIENTIItalian
Means "wise, learned" in Italian.
SARNOItalian
Originally denoted a person from Sarno in Italy, named for the Sarno River (called Sarnus in Latin).
SARTIItalian
Variant of SARTO.
SARTINIItalian
Diminutive form of SARTO.
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