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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SARNO     Italian
Originally denoted a person from Sarno, Italy.
SARTI     Italian
Variant of SARTO.
SARTINI     Italian
Diminutive form of SARTO.
SARTO     Italian
Occupational name meaning "tailor" in Italian, from Latin sartus "to mend".
SAVONA     Italian
From the name of the city of Savona, near Genoa.
SCARPA     Italian
Means "shoemaker" from Italian scarpa meaning "shoe".
SCARSI     Italian
Nickname for a poor or miserly person from Italian scarso "scarse, scant".
SCAVO     Italian
Means "serf, slave" from Old Sicilian scavu.
SCIACCA     Italian
Originally denoted someone from Sciacca, Italy.
SCIACCHITANO     Italian
Variant of SCIACCA.
SCIARRA     Italian
From Sicilian sciarra meaning "quarrel, dispute", originally a nickname for a quarrelsome person.
SCORDATO     Italian
Means "forgotten, left behind".
SCOTTI     Italian
From the given name Francescotto, a diminutive of FRANCESCO.
SCUTESE     Italian
Possibly means "Scottish" from Italian scozzeze.
SEBASTIANI     Italian
Derived from the given name SEBASTIANO.
SEBASTINO     Italian
Diminutive form of SEBASTIAN.
SEGRETI     Italian
Means "confidant" from the Old Italian segreto.
SELMONE     Italian
Originally indicated a person from Selmone (Sulmona), Italy.
SELVAGGIO     Italian
Italian form of SAVAGE.
SERAFIN     Polish, Italian
Variant of SERAFIM.
SERAFINI     Italian
Variant of SERAFIM.
SERPICO     Italian
Means "serpent, reptile" from Italian serpe.
SESSA     Italian
Means "from Sessa, Italy".
SGRO     Italian
Means "curly-haired" from Greek sgouros.
SIENA     Italian
Indicated a person from Siena in Italy.
SILVESTRI     Italian
Derived from the given name SILVESTER.
SINAGRA (1)     Italian
Originally denoted a person from Sinagra on Sicily.
SINAGRA (2)     Italian
Derived from the given name Xenagoras which means "strange honour" from Greek xenos "strange" and geras "honour".
SOLDATI     Italian
From Italian soldato meaning "soldier". It is an occupational surname.
SOMMA     Italian
From names of Italian places like Somma Lombardo or Somma Vesuviana.
SORDI     Italian
From a nickname meaning "deaf" (sordo or surdo in dialects).
SORIANO     Italian
From the place name Soriano. It is typical of southern Italy.
SORRENTINO     Italian
Derived from the name of the town of Sorrento near Naples.
SPADA     Italian
Means "armorer, swordsman" from the Late Latin spatha.
SPANÒ     Italian
Usually considered to be derived from the Greek dialects of Southern Italy. It comes from a nickname meaning "without beard".
SPARACELLO     Italian
Means "asparagus seller or grower" from Italian sparaci.
SPEZIALE     Italian
Means "spice seller" from the Late Latin speciarius.
SPINI     Italian
Means "dweller by the thorn bushes" from Latin spina.
STABILE     Italian
From the old given name Stabile which means "stable, firm in faith".
STABLUM     Italian
From the area of Trento, near the Austrian border. It is a locative surname derived from Latin stabulum "stable".
STILO     Italian
Locative surname derived from the place name Stilo in southern Italy.
TAFANI     Italian
From a nickname tàfano meaning "gadfly", indicating an annoying person.
TAMÀRO     Italian
From German given names like DIETMAR, Dittmar and so on. It is typical of the area around Trieste in northern Italy.
TAMBOIA     Italian
Possibly means "drummer" from Italian tamburo.
TANZI     Italian
From a short form of the given name COSTANZO.
TARANTINO     Italian
Locational name that designated those who came from Taranto, a city in southeast Italy. A famous bearer of this name is the American director Quentin Tarantino (1963-).
TAVERNA     Italian
From the place name Taverna, common in different parts of Italy.
TEDESCO     Italian
From the Italian word tedesco meaning "German".
TERRANOVA     Italian
Means "new land" in Italian.
TERZI (1)     Italian
From the given name TERZO, or a name for a third child.
TESSARO     Italian
Occupational surname meaning "weaver", ultimately from Latin texarius.
TESTA     Italian
From an Italian nickname meaning "head".
TIRABOSCHI     Italian
Originally a nickname for a woodcutter. This surname is typical of the area of Bergamo in Lombardy.
TIVOLI     Italian
Derived from the town of Tivoli, near Rome.
TODARO     Italian
From a regional form of a given name Todaro, a variant of TEODORO. It is quite common in Sicily.
TOLONI     Italian
Derived from the given name BARTOLOMEO.
TORNINCASA     Italian
From a medieval name, generally given to a boy born after the death of a previous one. Literally it means "come back home" from ritorna in casa.
TOSELLI     Italian
Diminutive form of TOSI.
TOSETTI     Italian
Diminutive form of TOSI.
TOSI     Italian
Means "clean-shaven", usually denoting a younger man, from Latin tonsus.
TOSTO     Italian
From a nickname indicating a "stubborn person".
TRAPANI     Italian
From the name of the Sicilian city of Trapani.
TRAVERSA     Italian
Italian variant of TRAVERS.
TRAVERSI     Italian
Italian variant of TRAVERS.
TRAVERSINI     Italian
Italian variant of TRAVERS.
TRAVERSO     Italian
Italian variant of TRAVERS.
TRUCCO     Italian
From the place name Trucco (near Genoa) or Trucco di Miola (near Turin). This surname is typical of northern Italy.
TRUDU     Italian
Derived from the Sardinian tordo meaning "thrush".
TUMICELLI     Italian
Diminutive form of the given name TOMMASO.
TURATI     Italian
Locative origin from the name of the town of Turate near Como. This surname is typical of Lombardy.
TURCHI     Italian
Means "Turkish" in Italian.
UBERTI     Italian
Derived from the given name UBERTO.
UCCELLO     Italian
Means "bird" in Italian.
UGGERI     Italian
Derived from the given name EDGARDO.
UGHI     Italian
From the given name UGO.
UNGARETTI     Italian
Diminutive of UNGARO.
UNGARO     Italian
Means "Hungarian" in Italian.
VACCA     Italian
Means "cow" in Italian, originally denoting a person who worked with cattle.
VACCARO     Italian
Occupational name meaning "cowherd" in Italian.
VALENTI     Italian
Patronymic from the given name Valente, an Italian form of VALENS. A famous bearer of the surname was Jack Valenti (1921-2007), advisor to American president Lyndon Johnson.
VALENTINI     Italian
Means "son of VALENTINO".
VALERIO     Italian
From the given name VALERIO.
VARANO     Italian
Derived from one of the many towns of this name in Italy.
VENTIMIGLIA     Italian
From the name of the historical Italian city Ventimiglia, now near the French border, ultimately from Latin Albintimilium.
VENTURA     Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
From the given names BONAVENTURA (Italian), BUENAVENTURA (Spanish) and BOAVENTURA (Portuguese).
VERONA     Italian
From the name of the city of Verona, one of the most important historical cities of northern Italy. The meaning of the city's name is uncertain.
VERONESI     Italian
Variant of VERONA.
VESCOVI     Italian
Derived from Italian vescovo meaning "bishop".
VESPA     Italian
From an Italian nickname meaning "wasp".
VESTRI     Italian
From the given name SILVESTRO.
VICARIO     Spanish, Italian
Means "vicar" in Spanish and Italian, an ecclesiastic title used to denote a representative of a bishop. It is derived from Latin vicarius meaning "substitute, deputy".
VICO     Italian
Means "town" in Italian, derived from Latin vicus.
VIGO     Italian
Variant of VICO.
VILLA     Italian, Spanish
Means "town" in Italian and Spanish, from Latin. It was originally given to a person who came from a town, as opposed to the countryside.
VINCI (1)     Italian
From the given name VINCENTE.
VINCI (2)     Italian
Originally indicated a person from Vinci near Florence, the birthplace of Leonardo da Vinci.
VIOLA     Italian
From the given name VIOLA.
VITALI     Italian
From the given name VITALE.
VOLTOLINI     Italian
From the name of the alpine valley of Valtellina in Lombardy, northern Italy.
ZANETTI     Italian
Derived from a diminutive of the given name GIOVANNI. A famous bearer is Argentinian soccer player Javier Zanetti (1973-).
ZANGARI     Italian
Southern Italian name, derived from Greek τσαγκαρης (tsankaris) meaning "shoemaker, cobbler".
ZAPPA     Italian
From Italian zappa meaning "hoe, mattock", probably denoting a farmer. Two musicians of Italian origin have bore this name: Francesco Zappa (1717-1803) and Frank Zappa (1940-1993).
ZENI     Italian
Means "son of ZENO".
ZINI     Italian
Derived from names such as Lorenzino, a diminutive of LORENZO, or Vincenzino, a diminutive of VINCENZO.
ZINO     Italian
Derived from the given name Zino, a short form of names ending with -zino, such as Lorenzino, a diminutive of LORENZO, or Vincenzino, a diminutive of VINCENZO.
ZUNINO     Italian
Derived from the given name GIOVANNI.
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