Means "exposed" in Italian and denoted a child who was rescued after being abandoned by its parents.
From Italian fabbro
meaning "blacksmith", ultimately from Latin faber
Derived from Italian falco
"falcon". The name was used to denote a falconer or a person who resembled a falcon in some way.
Occupational name for a miller, derived from Italian farina
Derived from the name of a place on Sicily, Italy, derived from Latin far
meaning "wheat, spelt".
Means "land agent, bailiff, steward, farmer" in Italian.
From Italian fava
referring to a type of broad bean.
Originally indicated a person from the town of Fermo in the Marche region of Italy, originally called Firmum
in Latin meaning "strong, steady, firm".
Occupational name for a metalworker or smith, derived from Latin ferrarius
, a derivative of ferrum
FERRO Italian, Portuguese
Means "iron", ultimately from Latin ferrum
. This was an occupational name for one who worked with iron.
Derived from Italian fiscella
, which was a basket used to conserve cheese. The name was probably used to denote a person who made cheese.
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.
From a nickname which indicated a person who came from France. It is typical of the area around Naples.
FURLAN Italian, 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".
GALLO Italian, Spanish
Means "rooster", ultimately from Latin gallus
. This was a nickname for a proud person.
Probably from the feminine medieval given name Allegranza or Alleganza, a derivative of ALLEGRA
. It comes from northern Lombardy.
Originally denoted one from the region of Garfagnana in Tuscany, Italy, near the historical city of Lucca.
From a nickname, from a southern variant of the Italian word garofano
Means "cat" in Italian, originally a nickname for an agile person.
From the old Italian given name Bonagiunta
(derived from bono
"good" and aggiunto
From an Italian nickname meaning "cricket", perhaps given originally to a cheerful person (the cricket is associated with cheerfulness).
From the given name GRIMALDO
. It is the surname of the royal family of Monaco, which came from Genoa.
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).
From a Sicilian nickname meaning "sad". It was name of the famous Italian painter Renato Guttuso (born 1912).
Originally indicated a person from the town of Abriola in southern Italy.
Sardinian surname from a name of the town Làconi near the city of Nuoro.
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
Locative surname of Genoa and surroundings derived from the place name Lagomarsino (near Genoa).
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.
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.
Derived from the name place Lama
, quite common around Italy.
Locative surname from the name of a village near the city of Belluno. This surname is from the area of Venice.
Typical of southern Italy: it comes from the place name Laterza, a town near Taranto in the Puglia region.
From the name of the town Laurito, near Salerno in the area of Naples.
Originally indicated a person from Lecce, Italy.
Sicilian surname indicating a "light" person, not serious, superficial.
From Locatello, a place in Lombardy near the city of Bergamo in Northern Italy.
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.
From a nickname meaning "thin, lean", ultimately from Latin macer
Originally indicated a person from Manfredonia, Italy. The city was named for the 13th-century king Manfred
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.
From nicknames meaning "maul" or "mallet" in Italian.
MERLO Italian, Spanish
Means "blackbird", ultimately from Latin merula
. The blackbird is a symbol of a naive person.
From the name of the Sicilian city Messina. The city was named for the original Greek settlers' homeland Messene.
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'.
Means "fleece selector" from Old Italian emendatore
. This was an occupational name for someone who chose the best fleeces to be made into wool.
From the Italian medieval given name Morando
Locative surname derived from Morra De Sanctis, a place near Naples, Italy.
Means "housefly" in Italian, perhaps originally a nickname for an annoying person.
From various names of places around Italy. It is derived from a Gaulish word meaning "hill".
Locative surname from the area of Trieste, the capital city of the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region. Muggia is a town near the Croatian border.
From the Sardinian word murta
meaning "myrtle". This surname has a locative origin.
Possibly from naccaro
"player of the tambourine", which is derived from Arabic naqqara
Originally denoted a person from the town of Naggio in Italy.
From the medieval given name Napoleone
). This name became popular because of Napoleone Buonaparte, also known as Napoléon I, emperor of France.
Either from NARDI
or from the name Ardovino
which was derived from the Germanic name Hardwin
"strong" and -win
Nickname for someone with a prominent nose, from Italian naso
From the medieval given name Nascimbene
meaning "born well". It is typical of the Venetian region.
From a nickname referring to Christmas. It was originally given to a person who had some connection to the holiday.
Either from the given name Nechus
(from the Latin word nequus
meaning "unjust, unfair") or from a nickname from the archaic Milanese word gnecch
Nickname meaning "black" for someone with dark hair or dark skin or such.
Derived from the given name Nello
, a short form of names like Brunello
From the town Nepi, which is believed to have been founded by Jewish Italians.
From the Italian word nero
"black". It indicated a person with a dark complexion or dark hair.
Possibly a nickname for an innkeeper, from the archaic Milanese word nervètt
, which is a local dish.
From towns like Nespoli and Nespoledo, from the Italian word nespola
meaning "medlar (tree)".
From the Italian word nicchio
meaning "shell", possibly a nickname for people related to the sea.
From town names like Marina di Nicotera and Nicotera in Calabria.
Nickname meaning "black" from the Sardinian adjective nieddu
Means "son of Niso", where Niso
is from the Greek name Nisus
Derived from the Italian given name Pace
Originally denoted one who came from the city of Padua in Italy, from Italian Padova
, itself from Latin Patavium
, of unknown meaning.
From Italian paladino
meaning "knight, defender", from Late Latin palatinus
meaning "palace officer".
Locative name from the town of Palmi in the Calabria region of southern Italy.
From Italian palombo
meaning "pigeon" (also "dogfish"). This form is typical of southern Italy.
From the city of Parma in northern Italy, the name of which is probably of Etruscan origin.
From the name of a village near Genoa in northern Italy.
From a Sicilian variant of Italian padrino
PATERNOSTER English, 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.
From the name of the city of Pavia in Lombardy, Italy. It is of unknown meaning.
Means "peacock" in Italian. It was originally a nickname for a proud or haughty person.
Means "sheep" in Italian, an occupational name for a shepherd.
Means "pilgrim, traveller" in Italian, ultimately from Latin peregrinus
From the name of the city of Perugia in Umbria, Italy. It was known as Perusia
in the classical period, and it is of Etruscan origin.
From the name of the city of Pesaro, in the Marche region (Latin Pisaurum
Means "fish" in Italian, referring either to a fisherman or to a person who resembled a fish in some way.
Means "plaza" in Italian, indicating that the residence of the original bearer was near the town square.
From Italian pica
meaning "magpie". This probably denoted someone who was talkative or prone to stealing, although it may have described someone's unusual colouring. The Spanish painter and sculptor Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) was a famous bearer of this name.
Nickname for a short person, from Italian piccolo
From the name of the small town of Pierno in southern Italy near Potenza.
Name for a person who lived near a pine tree, from Italian pino
, Latin pinus
From the name of the town of Piovene Rocchette in Veneto, Italy.
From Italian pisano
, the name for an inhabitant of the city of Pisa, Italy. The city's name is of unknown meaning.
Originally a nickname for somebody who steals grapes from vineyards. In the Genoese dialect pittà
means "to pick" and uga
means "grapes" (uva
Means "hillock, small hill" in Italian, a derivative of Latin podium
meaning "balcony, platform".
From a diminutive of the given name PAOLO
. This name is typical of northern and central Italy.
PONTECORVO Italian, Jewish
From the name of a town in central Italy, home to an old Jewish community. The town's name is derived from Italian ponte
"bridge" and curvo
Designated a person who lived near a harbour, from Italian porto
, Latin portus
From the name of the southern Italian city of Potenza, called Potentia
in Latin, meaning "power, force".
From Italian pozzo
meaning "well, pit", derived from Latin puteus
From Italian profeta
meaning "prophet". It probably came from a nickname indicating a person who wanted to predict the future. It is typical of southern Italy.
From the name of the Provence region of southern France (in Italian Provenza
). It is derived from Latin provincia
"province", a territorial division.
From an adjectival derivative of Puglia, from Latin 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.
From Italian quattro
meaning "four" and occhi
meaning "eyes", a nickname for a person who wore glasses. It is usually found in Sicily.
Occupational name for the fisherman in charge of the boat, from Italian rais
"captain", of Arabic origin. It is typical of Sicily and Sardinia.
From Italian ratto
meaning "rat", originally denoting a sly individual.
From the name of the city of Ravenna in northern Italy, which is of uncertain origin, possibly Etruscan.
From Italian riccio
meaning "curly", a nickname for someone with curly hair. It is ultimately from Latin ericius
From the name of the Italian city of Reggio Calabria, from Latin Rhegium
, of Greek origin.
Means "bank, shore" in Italian, from Latin ripa
, denoting one who lived by a river or a lake.
From a nickname for a strong person, from Italian robusto
"strong", from Latin robustus
"firm, solid, oaken".
From the region of Romagna, on the Adriatic coast of Italy. It is derived from Latin Romania
meaning "land of the Romans".
ROMANO (2) Italian
Denoted a person from the city of ROME
, either a resident or someone who visited as a pilgrim. In Calabria it was also used to designate a person from New Rome, a name for Constantinople.
From the names of places like Ronco or Ronchi, quite common in northern Italy, derived from ronco
meaning "cleared land, terraced land". It was the surname of Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli (1881-1963), the pope John XXIII.
From Italian places named Ronchi, derived from ronco
meaning "cleared land, terraced land". It is most common in northern and central Italy.
Derived from a nickname for a red-haired person, from Italian rosso
, Latin russus
Diminutive form of ROSSI
. A famous bearer was the Italian composer Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868).
From the Italian word for a measure of weight, from southern Italian dialects, derived from Greek via Arabic.
From the name of the city of Rovigo in northeastern Italy near Venice. It was called Rodigium
in Latin, and is of unknown meaning.
From a dialectal variant of RUGGIERO
. It is typical of northeastern Italy, the area around Trieste.
From a nickname from Italian sabbato
"Saturday", a name for one born on that day of the week.
Occupational name for a maker of sacks, from Italian sacco
, Latin saccus
From Italian sanna
meaning "tusk, fang", a nickname for a person with a protruding tooth.
Means "all saint's day" in Italian, a nickname for one born on that day.
Originally denoted a person from Sarno in Italy, named for the Sarno River (called Sarnus
Occupational name meaning "tailor" in Italian, from Latin sartor
, from sarcire
meaning "to mend".