Swiss Surnames

Swiss names are used in the country of Switzerland in central Europe.
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ABANO     Italian
Originally denoted a person from the town of Abano, Latin Aponus, which was derived from the old Celtic root ab meaning "water".
ABATANGELO     Italian
From Italian abate meaning "abbot, priest" combined with the given name ANGELO.
ABATANTUONO     Italian
From Italian abate meaning "abbot, priest" combined with the given name ANTONIO.
ABATE     Italian
From Italian abate meaning "abbot, priest", derived via Latin and Greek from an Aramaic word meaning "father". This was used either as a nickname or an occupational name for a worker in a priest's house.
ABATEGIOVANNI     Italian
From Italian abate meaning "abbot, priest" combined with the given name GIOVANNI.
ABATESCIANNI     Italian
From Italian abate meaning "abbot, priest" combined with the given name GIANNI.
ABBÀ     Italian
Variant of ABATE.
ABBADELLI     Italian
Means "little abbot" from Italian abate and the diminutive suffix -elli.
ABBANDONATO     Italian
Means "forsaken, abandoned" in Italian.
ABBASCIA     Italian
Aphetic form of ABATESCIANNI.
ABBATANGELO     Italian
Variant of ABATANGELO.
ABBATE     Italian
Variant of ABATE.
ABBATELLI     Italian
Variant of ABBADELLI.
ABBATICCHIO     Italian
Means "little abbot" from Italian abate and the diminutive suffix -icchio, from Latin -iculus.
ABBIATI     Italian
Originally a name for a person from the city of Abbiategrasso, near Milan in Italy, called Abiatum in Latin.
ABEL (1)     English, French, Danish, Spanish
Derived from the given name ABEL.
ABEL (2)     German
Derived from a diminutive of the given name ALBERT.
ABELLI     Italian
From the given name ABELE.
ABELN     German
Patronymic derived from a diminutive of ALBERT.
ABRAHAM     Jewish, English, German, French, Spanish, Dutch
Derived from the given name ABRAHAM.
ABRAMI     Italian
Derived from the given name ABRAMO.
ABRAMO     Italian
Derived from the given name ABRAMO.
ABT     German
German cognate of ABATE.
ACARDI     Italian
Derived from the Norman name Achard, a form of EKKEHARD.
ACCARDI     Italian
Variant of ACARDI.
ACCARDO     Italian
Variant of ACARDI.
ACCIAI     Italian
Derived from medieval Italian accia meaning "axe", ultiamtely from Latin ascia.
ACCIAIO     Italian
Variant of ACCIAI.
ACCIAIOLI     Italian
Variant of ACCIAI.
ACCONCI     Italian
Variant of ACCONCIO.
ACCONCIO     Italian
From the medieval Italian given names Accuntius or Acconcius, of uncertain meaning.
ACCORSI     Italian
From the given name BONACCORSO.
ACCORSO     Italian
From the given name BONACCORSO.
ACCURSIO     Italian
From the given name BONACCORSO.
ACERBI     Italian
From Italian acerbo meaning "bitter, harsh, severe".
ACHILLES     German
Derived from the given name ACHILLES.
ACHTERBERG     Dutch, German
From the name of various places in the Netherlands and Germany, for example the village of achterberg in Utrecht. The place names are derived from Low German achter "behind" and berg "mountain, hill".
ACKER     German, English
Denoted a person who lived near a field, derived from Middle English aker or Middle High German acker meaning "field".
ACKERMANN     German
Denoted a person who lived near a field, from Middle High German acker "field" and man "man".
ACONE     Italian
Possibly from the name of a harbour in Bithynia (in modern Turkey).
ACQUA     Italian
Means "water" in Italian, indicating one who dwelt by or transported water.
ACQUAFREDDA     Italian
Denoted a person who came from one of the various places in Italy with this name, derived from Italian meaning "cold water".
ACQUARONE     Italian
Meaning uncertain, possibly from a place name or an occupation derived from Italian acqua "water".
ACQUATI     Italian
From the name of a village, part of the city of Lecco in Lombardy. Its name is presumably derived from Italian acqua "water".
ADAM     English, French, German, Polish, Romanian, Jewish
Derived from the given name ADAM.
ADAMI     Italian
Means "son of ADAMO".
ADAMO     Italian
Italian form of ADAM.
ADAMOLI     Italian
Diminutive form of ADAMI.
ADDARIO     Italian
Derived from the given name Addarius, of unknown meaning.
ADELARDI     Italian
Means "son of ADELARDO".
ADENAUER     German
Denoted a person from the town of Adenau in Germany. The name of the town is of uncertain etymology.
ADESSO     Italian
Perhaps a nickname for a punctual or fast person, from Italian adesso meaning "now, at this moment".
ADIMARI     Italian
Means "son of ADEMARO".
ADLER     German, Jewish
Means "eagle" in German.
ADRIATICO     Italian
Originally denoted a person who lived near the Adriatic sea.
AFFINI     Italian
From Latin affinis meaning "neighbouring, kindred".
AFRICANI     Italian
Means "son of Africano", the Italian form of AFRICANUS.
AFRICANO     Italian
From the given name Africano, the Italian form of AFRICANUS.
AGANI     Italian
Means "son of Agano", a given name of unknown meaning.
AGGIO     Italian
Possibly from the name Aggius, probably related to the Germanic name AGI.
AGLI     Italian
From place names like Agliè, Aglietti, Agliana and Agliate, all originating from the Latin name Allius or Alleius.
AGNELLI     Italian
From Italian agnello meaning "lamb" (ultimately from Latin agnus), denoting a pious or timid person.
AGNELLINI     Italian
From a diminutive of AGNELLI.
AGNUSDEI     Italian
From Latin Agnus Dei meaning "lamb of God". This was a nickname for someone who was particularly religious or someone who wore this symbol.
AGOSTI     Italian
Means "son of Agosto", a variant of AUGUSTO.
AGOSTINI     Italian
Means "son of AGOSTINO".
AGRESTA     Italian
From Latin agrestis meaning "rural, rustic".
AGRICOLA     Italian
From Latin agricola meaning "farmer".
AIELLO     Italian
From various place names in Italy, such as Aiello del Friuli, Aiello del Sabato and others. They are derived from Latin agellus meaning "little field".
AIOLFI     Italian
Means "son of Aiolfo", which is derived from the Germanic name AGILULF.
AIRALDI     Italian
Means "son of AROLDO".
AIRÒ     Italian
From the given name AROLDO.
AITA     Italian
Originally denoted a person from Aieta, Italy, a place name derived from Greek αετος (aetos) "eagle".
AJELLO     Italian
Variant of AIELLO.
ALAGONA     Italian
From the name of the Spanish region of Aragon, which was a medieval kingdom. The region was named for a river, which was itself derived from an Indo-European root meaning "water".
ALAMANNI     Italian
From ALEMANNIA, the Latin name for Germany.
ALBANESI     Italian
Originally indicated a person who came from ALBANIA.
ALBANI     Italian
Derived from the given name ALBANO.
ALBANO     Italian
Derived from the given name ALBANO.
ALBERGHI     Italian
Variant of ALBERICI.
ALBERGHINI     Italian
Diminutive of ALBERGHI.
ALBERICI     Italian
Means "son of ALBERICO".
ALBERIGHI     Italian
Variant of ALBERICI.
ALBERO     Italian
From Italian albero meaning "tree", ultimately from Latin arbor, referring to someone who lived in the woods or worked as a woodcutter.
ALBERT     English, French, Catalan, Hungarian, Romanian, German
Derived from the given name ALBERT.
ALBINI     Italian
Means "son of ALBINO".
ALBRECHT     German
From the given name ALBRECHT.
ALBRICCI     Italian
Variant of ALBERICI.
ALBRICI     Italian
Variant of ALBERICI.
ALDEBRANDI     Italian
Means either "son of Aldebrando", an Italian form of ALDEBRAND.
ALDERISI     Italian
Means "son of Alderissius", a Latinized form of a Germanic name of unknown meaning.
ALDUINO     Italian
Derived from the Italian given name Alduino, derived from the Germanic name ALDWIN.
ALEMAGNA     Italian
From ALEMANNIA, the Latin name for Germany.
ALEPPO     Italian
From the name of the Syrian city of Aleppo, which is from Arabic خالاب (Khalab), of uncertain meaning.
ALESCI     Italian
Means "son of ALESSIO".
ALESCIO     Italian
From the given name ALESSIO.
ALESHIRE     German
Anglicized form of ALSCHER.
ALESI     Italian
Variant of ALESCI.
ALESINI     Italian
Means "son of Alesino", a diminutive of ALESSIO.
ALESIO     Italian
Variant of ALESCIO.
ALESSANDRI     Italian
Means "son of ALESSANDRO".
ALESSI     Italian
Variant of ALESCI.
ALFERO     Italian
From the given name ADALFARUS.
ALIBERTI     Italian
Means "son of ALBERTO".
ALINARI     Italian
Means "son of Alinario", which is from the Germanic name ELLANHER.
ALIPRANDI     Italian
Means "son of ALIPRAND".
ALLARD     French, English
Derived from the given name ADALHARD (or the Old English cognate ÆÐELRÆD).
ALLEGRI     Italian
From an Italian nickname derived from allegro meaning "quick, lively".
ALLEGRO     Italian
Variant of ALLEGRI.
ALÒ     Italian
Variant of ALOI.
ALOI     Italian
From a dialectal form of the name ALOISIO.
ALOIA     Italian
Variant of ALOI.
ALOISI     Italian
From the given name ALOISIO.
ALSCHER     German
Means "son of ADALHEIDIS".
ALTAMURA     Italian
From the name of the Italian city of Altamura, which means "high walls" in Italian.
ALTHAUS     German
Name for a person dwelled in or by an old house, from German alt "old" and haus "house".
ALTIMARI     Italian
Derived from the given name Altimaro, an alteration of ADELMAR.
ALTOVITI     Italian (Rare)
Derived from the Lombard given name ALTWIDUS.
ALUNNI     Italian
From Italian alunno meaning "student".
AMADEI     Italian
Means "son of AMADEO".
AMADORI     Italian
Means "son of AMATORE".
AMALBERTI     Italian
Means "son of Amalberto", from the Germanic name AMALBERT.
AMANTEA     Italian
From the name of a town in Calabria, Italy. It is possibly derived from Arabic (dating from the Arab raids of the 9th century) meaning "the fortress".
AMATO     Italian
From the given name AMATO.
AMATORE     Italian
From the given name AMATORE.
AMBROGI     Italian
Means "son of AMBROGIO".
AMBROSI     Italian
Means "son of AMBROGIO".
AMERIGHI     Italian
Means "son of AMERIGO".
AMORETTO     Italian
From a diminutive of the given name AMORE.
AMSEL (2)     German
Means "blackbird" in German.
ANDRÉ     French
Derived from the given name ANDRÉ.
ANDREAS     German, Greek
Derived from the given name ANDREAS.
ANDRES     German
Derived from the given name ANDREAS.
ANGIOLI     Italian
Means "son of ANGIOLO".
ANSALDI     Italian
Means "son of ANSALDO".
ANSELMETTI     Italian
Means "son of Anselmetto", a diminutive of ANSELMO.
ANSELMI     Italian
Means "son of ANSELMO".
ANTONELLI     Italian
Means "son of ANTONELLO".
ANTONINI     Italian
Means "son of ANTONINO".
ANTONINO     Italian
Derived from the given name ANTONINO.
AQUILA     Italian
From a nickname meaning "eagle" in Italian.
AQUINO     Italian, Spanish
From the name of an Italian town near Rome, the home town of the 13th-century saint Thomas Aquinas. In Italy it is derived directly from the town's name. As a Spanish-language surname, it was sometimes bestowed by missionaries in honour of the saint as they evangelized in Spanish colonies.
ARBEIT     German
From German arbeit meaning "work".
ARBORE     Italian
From Latin arbor meaning "tree".
ARCHAMBAULT     French
From the archaic French given name Archambault, which is related to ARCHIBALD.
ARDICCIONI     Italian
Means "son of Ardiccione", a derivative of ARDITO.
ARDIZZONE     Italian
From a diminutive of the given name ARDITO.
ARDOVINI     Italian
Means "son of ARDUINO".
ARENA     Italian
Italian cognate of ARENAS.
ARLOTTI     Italian
Means "son of ARLOTTO".
ARMANDO     Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
Derived from the given name ARMANDO.
ARMANI     Italian
Means "son of ERMANNO".
ARMATI     Italian
From Italian armato meaning "armed, armoured, equipped".
ARMBRÜSTER     German
Variant of ARMBRUSTER.
ARMBRUSTER     German
Means "crossbow maker" from German armbrust "crossbow". The word armbrust was originally from Latin arcuballista meaning "bow ballista", but was modified under the influence of German arm "arm" and brust "breast".
ARNOLFI     Italian
Means "son of ARNOLFO".
ARNONI     Italian
Means "son of Arnone" from the medieval name Arnone, of uncertain origin.
ARRIGHETTI     Italian
Means "son of Arrighetto", a diminutive of the given name ARRIGO.
ARRIGHI     Italian
Means "son of ARRIGO".
ARRIGUCCI     Italian
Means "son of Arriguccio", a diminutive of the given name ARRIGO.
ARTHUR     English, French
From the given name ARTHUR.
AUE     German
From German meaning "meadow by a river, wetland". There are many places with this name in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
AUER     German
From German aue meaning "meadow by a river, wetland".
AUGUSTIN     French, German
From the given name AUGUSTIN.
AUST     German
Derived from Aust, an archaic diminutive of AUGUST.
AZZARÀ     Italian
Sicilian name, derived from Greek dialects of southern Italy. It is from Greek ψαρας (psaras) meaning "fisherman".
BABIN     French
From the given name Babin, a medieval diminutive of BABYLAS.
BABINEAUX     French
Variant of BABIN.
BACH     German
Topographic name for someone who lived by a stream, from Middle High German bach meaning "stream". This name was borne by members of the Bach musical family, notably the composer Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750).
BACHMAN     German
Anglicized form of BACHMANN.
BACHMANN     German
Denoted a person who lived near a stream, from German bach "stream" and mann "man".
BACHMEIER     German
Originally referred to a farmer whose farm was beside a stream, from Middle High German bach "stream" and meier "steward, tenant farmer".
BÄCKER     German
Variant of BECKER, mostly found in northern Germany.
BADER     German
Derived from Old High German bad "bath", most likely referring to a bath attendant.
BAGGI     Italian
Variant of BAGGIO.
BAGGIO     Italian
Originally denoted a person from the Italian town of Baggio (now part of Milan). It is probably derived from Latin Badalocum meaning "watch place".
BAGLIO     Italian
Italian cognate of BAILEY.
BAGNI     Italian
From Latin balnea "bath", referring to a person who worked as a bath house attendant.
BAGNOLI     Italian
Diminutive form of BAGNI.
BÄHR     German
From Middle High German bër "bear" or ber "boar". This was originally a nickname for a strong or brave person.
BAIER     German
Variant of BAYER.
BALBONI     Italian
Derived from the given name BALBINO.
BALDI     Italian
Derived from the given name BALDO.
BALDINI     Italian
Derived from the given name Baldino, a diminutive of BALDO.
BALDINOTTI     Italian
Derived from the given name Baldinotto, from the Latin name Baldinoctus, a diminutive of BALDO.
BALDOVINI     Italian
Derived from the given name BALDOVINO.
BAMBACH     German
Variant of BAUMBACH.
BANDINI     Italian
From the Latin name Bandinus, a derivative of Bandus, which is of unknown meaning.
BANDONI     Italian
From Italian bandone meaning "sheet of iron".
BARBIERI     Italian
Italian cognate of BARBER.
BARONE     Italian
From the title barone "baron", derived via Latin from Germanic baro "man, warrior, servant".
BARRE     French
French cognate of BARR.
BARSOTTI     Italian
Meaning uncertain, possibly derived from the Germanic word baro "man, warrior, servant".
BARTALOTTI     Italian
Means "son of Bartalotto", a diminutive of BARTOLO.
BARTOLOMEI     Italian
Derived from the given name BARTOLOMEO.
BARTOLOMEO     Italian
Derived from the given name BARTOLOMEO.
BARZETTI     Italian
Variant of BARSOTTI.
BASILE     Italian
From the given name BASILIO.
BASSANELLI     Italian
Diminutive form of BASSANI.
BASSANI     Italian
Derived from the place name Bassano, belonging multiple villages in Italy.
BASSI     Italian
Variant of BASSO, common in northern Italy.
BASSO     Italian
Originally a nickname for a short person, from Latin bassus "thick, low".
BATTAGLIA     Italian
From a nickname meaning "battle" in Italian.
BAUDIN     French
From the given name Baud, French form of BALDO.
BAUER     German
From Old High German bur meaning "peasant, farmer".
BAUERS     German
Variant of BAUER.
BAUM     German, Jewish
Means "tree" in German.
BAUMANN     German, Jewish
From Middle High German bumann meaning "farmer, builder".
BAUMBACH     German
From a place name meaning "tree stream" in German.
BAUMER     German
Variant of BAUM.
BAUMGARTEN     German
Variant of BAUMGARTNER.
BAUMGARTNER     German
Occupational name for a person who worked or lived at an orchard, from German Baumgarten "orchard" (derived from Baum "tree" and Garten "garden").
BAUMHAUER     German
Occupational name meaning "woodcutter", derived from German Baum "tree" and hauen "to chop".
BAYER     German
Originally denoted a person from Bavaria, from its German name BAYERN.
BAZZOLI     Italian
From Italian bazza meaning "protruding chin".
BEAUCHÊNE     French
From French place names derived from beau "beautiful" and chêne "oak".
BEAUFORT     French
From various French place names derived from beau "beautiful" and fort "strong place, fortress".
BEAULIEU     French
From various French place names derived from beau "beautiful" and lieu "place".
BEAUMONT     French, English
From French place names derived from beau "beautiful" and mont "mountain".
BECK (1)     English, German, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian
Cognate of BACH, from Middle English bekke (from Old Norse), Low German beke or Old Norse bekkr all meaning "stream".
BECK (2)     German
Variant of BECKER, from southern German beck.
BECKE     German
Variant of BECK (1) or BECK (2).
BECKENBAUER     German
Means "farmer living by a stream" in German.
BECKER     German
Derived from Middle High German becker meaning "baker".
BECKERT     German
Variant of BECKER.
BEHREND     German
Derived from the given name BERND.
BEHRENDS     German
Derived from the given name BERND.
BEHRINGER     German
From the given name BERENGAR.
BEITEL     German
Variant of BEUTEL.
BÉLANGER     French
From the given name BÉRENGER.
BELLAMY     French, English
From Old French bel ami meaning "beautiful friend".
BELLANDI     Italian
Means "son of Bellando", from a medieval given name derived from Latin bellandus meaning "which is to be fought".
BELLANDINI     Italian
Diminutive form of BELLANDI.
BELLEROSE     French
Means "beautiful rose" in French.
BELLINCIONI     Italian
Means "son of Bellincione", from a medieval name (borne for example by Dante's grandfather) which was probably a derivative of Italian bello "beautiful, fair".
BELLINI     Italian
From Italian bello meaning "beautiful".
BELLO     Spanish, Italian
Means "beautiful" in Spanish and Italian, originally a nickname for an attractive person.
BELLOMI     Italian
Variant of BELLOMO.
BELLOMO     Italian
From a nickname derived from Italian bello "beautiful, fair" and uomo "man".
BELLONI     Italian
Augmented form of BELLO.
BELLUOMO     Italian
Variant of BELLOMO.
BELMONT     French, English
French and English form of BELMONTE.
BELMONTE     Spanish, Italian
From various place names in Italy and Spain meaning "beautiful mountain".
BELROSE     French
Variant of BELLEROSE.
BELTZ     German
Occupational name for a tanner of hides, derived from Middle High German belz meaning "fur".
BENCIVENNI     Italian
Means "son of Bencivenne", from the medieval name Bencivenga, a Tuscan variant of BENVENUTO.
BENEDETTI     Italian
From the given name BENEDETTO.
BENENATI     Italian
Means "son of Benenato", given name derived from Latin bene "good, well" and natus "good".
BENETTON     Italian
Northern Italian variant of BENEDETTI.
BENINI     Italian
Means "son of Benino" from a diminutive of Bene or Beno, short forms of BENEDETTO.
BENVENUTI     Italian
Means "son of BENVENUTO".
BÉRANGER     French
From the given name BÉRENGER.
BERARDI     Italian
From the given name BERARDO.
BERG     German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
From a Germanic word meaning "mountain".
BERGAMASCHI     Italian
Originally indicated an inhabitant of the city of BERGAMO in Lombardy.
BERGER (1)     French
Occupational name meaning "shepherd", from Old French bergier.
BERGER (2)     German, Dutch
Variant of BERG.
BÉRINGER     French
From the given name BÉRENGER.
BERINGER     German, English
From the given name BERENGAR.
BERNARD     French, English, Dutch, Czech
From the given name BERNARD.
BERNHARD     German
From the given name BERNHARD.
BERTI     Italian
Derived from the given name BERTO.
BERTOLINI     Italian
Derived from a diminutive of the given name BERTOLDO.
BERTRAND     French
Derived from the given name BERTRAND.
BEST (2)     German
Derived from the name of the river Beste, meaning unknown.
BEUTEL     German
From Middle High German biutel meaning "bag", originally belonging to a person who made or sold bags.
BEYER     German
Variant of BAYER.
BEYERSDORF     German
Means "farmers village", from German Bauer meaning "farmer" and Dorf meaning "village".
BIAGI     Italian
Means "son of BIAGIO".
BIANCARDI     Italian
Italian form of BLANCHARD.
BIANCHI     Italian
From Italian bianco meaning "white", originally given to a person who was white-haired or extremely pale.
BIANCO     Italian
Variant of BIANCHI.
BICCHIERI     Italian
Means "drinking glasses" in Italian, referring originally to a person who made or sold them.
BIEBER     German, Jewish
From Middle High German biber meaning "beaver", possibly a nickname for a hard worker.
BIERMANN     German
Derived from German bier "beer" and mann "man". The name may have referred to a brewer or a tavern owner.
BIONDI     Italian
Means "fair-haired, blond" in Italian. This name was borne by the American swimmer Matt Biondi (1965-).
BIONDO     Italian
Variant of BIONDI.
BISCHOFFS     German
German cognate of BISHOP.
BLAISE     French
Derived from the given name BLAISE.
BLANC     French
Means "white" in French. The name referred to a person who was pale, or whose hair was blond.
BLANCHARD     French, English
Derived from the given name BLANCHARD.
BLANCHET     French
From a diminutive of the name BLANC.
BLANCHETT     French
Variant of BLANCHET.
BLAU     German
Means "blue" in German, most likely used to refer to a person who wore blue clothes.
BLECHER     German
Occupational name for someone who worked with tin or sheet metal, from German blech "tin".
BLEIER     German
Occupational name for a worker of lead, derived from German blei "lead".
BLUM     German, Jewish
Means "flower" in German and Yiddish.
BLUMENTHAL     German, Jewish
Derived from German Blumen "flowers" and Thal "valley".
BÖCKER     German
Variant of BÖTTCHER.
BOEHLER     German
Variant of BÖHLER.
BOERIO     Italian
From Italian boaro meaning "cowherd".
BÖHLER     German
Derived from the name of several German towns called Boll or Böhl, meaning "hill".
BÖHM     German
Originally indicated a person from the region of BOHEMIA (Böhmen in German).
BÖHME     German
Variant of BÖHM.
BÖHMER     German, Jewish
Variant of BÖHM.
BOHN     German
Occupational name for a bean grower, derived from Middle High German bone "bean".
BOIVIN     French
Nickname for a wine drinker, from Old French boi "to drink" and vin "wine".
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