From the name of the city of Savona in northern Italy, called Savo
by the Romans, of uncertain meaning.
Means "shoemaker" from Italian scarpa
Nickname for a poor or miserly person, from Italian scarso
Originally denoted someone from Sciacca, Sicily, Italy, which is of uncertain origin.
From Sicilian sciarra
meaning "quarrel, dispute", originally a nickname for a quarrelsome person.
From Italian segreto
meaning "secret", a nickname for a confidant.
From a nickname derived from Italian serpe
Originally indicated a person from from Sessa or Sessa Cilento, Italy (from Latin Suessa
, of uncertain meaning).
Nickname for a curly-haired person, from Greek σγουρος (sgouros)
Indicated a person from Siena in Italy, which was named after the Gaulish tribe of the Senones.
Originally denoted a person from Sinagra on Sicily, possibly derived from Latin sinus
"inlet" and ager
From Italian soldato
meaning "soldier", ultimately from Latin solidus
, a type of Roman coin.
From the names of Italian places like Somma Lombardo or Somma Vesuviana, derived from Latin summa
From Italian sordo
meaning "deaf", from Latin surdus
From place names such as Soriano Calabro and Soriano nel Cimino. It is typical of southern Italy.
Derived from the town of Sorrento near Naples, called Surrentum
in Latin, of unknown meaning.
Occupational name for an armorer or swordsman, from Italian spada
"sword", Latin spatha
From Sicilian spanu
meaning "sparse, thin hair", ultimately from Greek σπανιος (spanios)
meaning "scarce, rare".
From Sicilian sparaciu
meaning "asparagus", an occupational name for an asparagus seller or grower.
Means "grocer" in Italian, derived from Latin speciarius
Denoted a person who lived near thorn bushes, from Italian spina
"thorn, spine", from Latin.
From the medieval Italian given name Stabile
which meant "stable, firm".
Northern Italian name derived from Latin stabulum
Derived from the name of the town of Stilo in southern Italy. It is possibly derived from Greek στυλος (stylos)
meaning "column, pillar".
From the nickname tafano
meaning "gadfly", indicating an annoying person.
Possibly from the Germanic given name THIETMAR
. It is typical of the area around Trieste in northern Italy.
Possibly means "drummer", from Italian tamburo
Locational name that originally designated a person who came from Taranto, a city in southeast Italy, which was originally called Ταρας (Taras)
by Greek colonists. A famous bearer of this name is the American director Quentin Tarantino (1963-).
From the place name Taverna, common in different parts of Italy. It means "inn, tavern" in Italian.
Occupational name meaning "weaver", ultimately from Latin texarius
Possibly of Germanic origin meaning "shepherd". This surname is typical of Lombardy.
Derived from the resort town of Tivoli, near Rome, originally called Tibur
in Latin, of uncertain origin.
From a regional form of a given name Todaro
, a variant of TEODORO
. It is quite common in Sicily.
From a medieval Italian name given to a boy born after the death of a previous one, derived from Italian ritorna in casa
"come back home".
Means "clean-shaven", usually denoting a younger man, from Latin tonsus
From a nickname for a tough, stubborn person, from Italian tosto
From the name of the Sicilian city of Trapani, derived from Greek δρεπανη (drepane)
Denoted a person coming from a place of this name in northern Italy.
From the name of the town of Turate near Como in Lombardy.
Means "bird" in Italian, either a nickname for a person who resembled a bird or an occupational name for a birdcatcher.
Means "cow" in Italian, originally denoting a person who worked with cattle.
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.
Derived from one of the many towns of this name in Italy.
From the name of the historical Italian city Ventimiglia, now near the French border, ultimately from Latin Albintimilium
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.
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".
Means "town" in Italian, derived from Latin vicus
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.
Originally indicated a person from Vinci near Florence, the birthplace of Leonardo da Vinci.
From the name of the alpine valley of Valtellina in Lombardy, northern Italy.
Derived from a diminutive of the given name GIOVANNI
. A famous bearer is Argentinian soccer player Javier Zanetti (1973-).
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).
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