Means "exposed" in Italian and denoted a child who was rescued after being abandoned by its parents.
Derived from Italian falco
"falcon". The name was used to denote either a falconer, a person who resembled a falcon in some way, or a person living on or near Monte Falco in the Appenines.
From an old German name Farwald
, meaning unknown. It is borne in the area of Genoa.
From a nickname indicating somebody who produces "meal" or "flour", that is a miller.
Derived from a location on Sicily, Italy where a wheat called Farro is found.
From the Italian word fattore
meaning "land agent on a farm".
FERMI Italian, Jewish
Locative surname coming from the town of Fermo in Marche region, not far from Rome. It is often a Jewish surname. A Jewish community was in Fermo in the past centuries.
Occupational name for a metalworker or smith, derived from Latin ferrum
meaning "iron", and thus an Italian version of Smith
FERRO Italian, Portuguese
Meaning "iron" from Latin, comes probably from a nickname for one who worked with iron.
Derived from an old Italian given name Fiore
FISCELLA (2) Italian
Derived from Sicilian fiscella
, the word for a basket used to conserve cheese. The name was probably used to denote a person who made cheese.
Originated near Venice in a place called Fonda. It later spread to the area near Trieste, especially in Pirano (Piran now). The family of Henry Fonda came from Holland, but they were of Genoese origin, but most probably their origin was from Venice or Trieste.
From a nickname meaning "Frenchman". It is typical of the area of Naples.
From the name of an Italian region of the northeast Friuli
, Italian variant Friulano
GALLO Italian, Spanish
Means "cock, rooster" from Latin gallus
. This was a nickname for a proud person.
From the feminine medieval given name Allegranza or Alleganza. It comes from northern Lombardy.
From the name of the region in Tuscany near the historical city of Lucca: Garfagnana. A Garfagnino
is an inhabitant of this area.
From an old given name or nickname, documented in Genoa in 1157 as Garofalus
from a regional variant garofalo
(see the Italian word garofano
"carnation"). The word garofalu
in Sicilian dialects or the Calabrian dialect could also mean an "eddy" of seawater in the Messina Strait.
Means "cat" in Italian and originally indicated an agile person.
From the name of one of the most important Italian cities Genova (Genoa).
Derived from a given name of Germanic origin, Ginmund
. It existed in Lombardy in the 10th century. It is well known because of cyclist Felice Gimondi (1942-).
Italianization of the Slavic surname Jugovac
which comes from the given name JOACHIM
. It is typical of the area of Trieste.
From the old Italian given name Bonagiunta
in Italian means "to add").
From an Italian nickname meaning "cricket", perhaps given originally to a cheerful person (the cricket is associated with cheerfulness). It was documented in Bari in 1151.
From the old Germanic given name Grimaldo
. It is the name of the Prince of Monaco, Ranieri II. This noble family came from Genoa.
From the Tuscan word gronchio
meaning "numb, bent". This is an Italian regional surname typical of Tuscany, namely of the two provinces of Pisa and Firenze. This surname is known in Italy because of Giovanni Gronchi (1887-1978), president of the Italian Republic from 1955 to 1962, a period of great economic growth.
From a Sicilian nickname guttusu
meaning "sad person". It was name of the famous Italian painter Renato Guttuso (born 1912).
Means "fit, suitable" from the Latin word idoneus
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
which meant "peace".
Originally denoted one who came from the city of Padua (Padova) in Italy.
From the old nickname pagano
meaning "pagan" (earlier sense "rustic").
Locative surname from southern Italy. It is from the town of Palmi in the Calabria region.
From an old medieval regional nickname palumbo
meaning "pigeon". It is typical of southern Italy.
From the city of Parma, well known in Italy for its artistic beauties.
From a family word that indicated a "godfather". In Sicily o parrino
could be also a "parish priest".
From the occupation pastore
meaning "shepherd" in Italian.
PATERNOSTER English, 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.
From the name of the city of Pavia, near Milano in Lombardy, Italy.
Means "peacock" from Italian pavone
. It was originally a nickname for a proud or haughty person.
From the name of the city of Perugia, near Rome, the regional capital of Umbria.
From the name of the city of Pesaro, in the Marche region.
Means "fisherman" or "fish-like" from Italian pesce
Means "plaza" in Italian, indicating that the residence of the original bearer was near the town square.
Nickname for a person who is short, from Italian piccino
Locative surname derived from the name of the town Pierno in southern Italy near Potenza.
Name for a person who lived near a pine tree, from Latin pinus
Locative origin, derived from the name of a place Piraino, on Sicily.
From the name of the inhabitants of Pisa, one of the most important cities of Tuscany.
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.
Means "dweller on a hill(ock)" from Italian poggio
Means "dweller on a hill(ock)" from Italian poggio
Derived from a diminutive of the given name PAOLO
. This surname is typical of northern and central Italy.
Designated a person who lived near a harbour, from Italian porto
, Latin portus
From the name of the city of Potenza, the main town of the Basilicata region in Southern Italy.
Locative surname meaning "a well" from Latin puteus
as a regional word also means a pond or stagnant water.
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.
From the given name Prosdocimo
, a medieval given name from the old Greek Prosdokimos
From the name of the region in southern France, Provence
(in Italian it is spelled Provenza
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.
From Italian quattro
meaning "four" and occhi
meaning "eyes". It is a relatively rare Italian surname, usually found in Sicily.
Occupational name for a ràis
, the fisherman who directed the fishing. It is typical of Sicily and Sardinia and probably has Arabic origins.
From the area of Genoa with a locative origin from the town of Rapallo.
Means "rat", originally denoting a sly individual.
From the important city of Ravenna, near Bologna, in northern Italy.
Means "king" from Latin rex, regis
, denoting a person who acted like a king.
From Italian ricco
"curly", a nickname for someone with curly hair.
Means "dweller by a river, lake" from Latin ripa
From a nickname indicating a strong person, from the Italian word robusto
Locative surname from the name of several places called Rocca
spread around Italy.
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.
From the region of Romagna, on the Adriatic coast of Italy.
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.
ROMERO Italian, 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.
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.
Locative surname coming from a place called Ronco. It is common in northern and central Italy.
ROSA Italian, Catalan
Means "rose" from Latin rosa
, perhaps denoting a person who lived where roses grew or had a rosy complexion.
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).
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.
From a medieval nickname for a rustic man living in the country.
From a dialectal variant of RUGGERO
. It is typical of northeastern Italy, the area around Trieste.
"Saturday", a name for one born on that day of the week.
Means "all saint's day" in Italian, a nickname for one born on that day.
Means "wise" in Latin or Italian, most likely given to someone who was wise or behaved wisely.
Occupational name meaning "tailor" in Italian, from Latin sartus