Swiss Surnames

Swiss names are used in the country of Switzerland in central Europe.
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BOLOGNA Italian
From the name of the city of Bologna in northern Italy. It may derive from a Celtic word meaning "settlement".
BONACCORSI Italian
From the given name BONACCORSO.
BONACCORSO Italian
From the given name BONACCORSO.
BONAVENTURA Italian
From the given name BONAVENTURA.
BONDESAN Italian
Venetian name derived from the name of the town of Bondeno in northern Italy.
BONFILS French
Derived from Old French bon fils meaning "good son".
BONHEUR French
From Old French bonne heure meaning "good time", or "lucky".
BONHOMME French
Derived from Old French bon homme meaning "good man".
BONNAIRE French
French form of BONNER.
BONNAY French
Variant of BONNET.
BONNET French
From the given name BONITUS.
BONOMO Italian
Italian cognate of BONHOMME.
BORCHARD German
Derived from the given name BURKHARD.
BORCHARDT German
Derived from the given name BURKHARD.
BORDE French
From Frankish bord meaning "board, plank". This name belonged to a person who lived in a house made of planks.
BORGHI Italian
Locative origin, from the common place name Borgo meaning "village".
BORGNINO Italian
From nickname derived from the Piedmontese dialect word borgno meaning "one-eyed". This was the real surname of American actor Ernest Borgnine (1917-2012).
BORGOGNI Italian
From the name of the French region of Burgundy (called Bourgogne in French), which is named after the Germanic tribe the Burgundians, itself meaning "people from the high land".
BÖSCH (1) German
Derived from a diminutive of the given name SEBASTIAN.
BOSCO Italian
Means "forest" in Italian.
BÖTTCHER German
Occupational name meaning "cooper, barrel maker" in German.
BOUCHARD French
From the Germanic given name BURKHARD.
BOUCHER French
Means "butcher" in French.
BOURDILLON French
Diminutive form of BORDE.
BOVE Italian
Derived from an Italian nickname meaning "bull, ox".
BOVERI Italian
Variant of BOVE.
BRABAND German
Derived from the name of the region of Brabant in the Netherlands and Belgium. It possibly means "ploughed region" or "marshy region" in Old High German.
BRAHMS German
Derived from the given name ABRAHAM. A famous bearer of this surname was the German composer Johannes Brahms (1833-1887).
BRAMBILLA Italian
Derived from the Italian town of Brembilla in Lombardy, itself named after the Brembo river.
BRAND German, English
Derived from the Germanic given name BRANDO or its Old Norse cognate BRANDR.
BRÄNDLE German
Derived from Old High German brant "fire". This was a name for a person who lived near an area that had been burned.
BRANDT German
Variant of BRAND.
BRAUN German
Variant of BRUN.
BRAUNE German
Variant of BRUN.
BREDA Italian
From the name of a town near Venice, possibly derived from a Germanic (Lombardic) word meaning "field".
BREINER German, Swedish
Occupational name derived from Middle High German brie "porridge".
BREISACHER German
Originally denoted one who came from the town of Breisach, in Germany. The town's name is possibly from a Celtic word meaning "breakwater".
BREITBARTH German
From Old High German breit "broad" and bart "beard", originally a nickname for someone with a full beard.
BRET French
French form of BRETT.
BRETZ German
Indicated a person from the town of Breetz in Brandenburg, Germany. The meaning of the town's name is unknown.
BRINKERHOFF German
From a German place name meaning "farm near a slope".
BRIOSCHI Italian
Derived from the town of Briosco, near Milan. It may be of Lombardic origin.
BRISBOIS French
Referred to a person who cleared land, from Old French briser "to cut" and bois "forest".
BRIVIO Italian
From the name of the town of Brivio in Lombardy. Supposed it derives from a Celtic word meaning "bridge".
BRODBECK German
Means "bread baker" from Middle High German brot "bread" and becke "baker".
BRODEUR French
Means "embroiderer" in French.
BROSE German
Derived from the given name AMBROSE.
BROTZ German
Variant of PROTZ.
BRUHN German
Variant of BRUN.
BRUN German
From Middle High German brun meaning "brown". It was originally a nickname for a person who had brown hair or skin.
BRUNE German
Variant of BRUN.
BRUNETTI Italian
Diminutive of BRUNO.
BRUNO Italian
Means "brown" in Italian, a nickname for a person with brown hair or brown clothes.
BUCHHOLZ German
From Middle High German buoche "beech" and holz "wood".
BUFFONE Italian
Means "jester, joker" in Italian.
BULGARELLI Italian
Diminutive of BULGARI.
BULGARI Italian
Originally denoted a person who came from Bulgaria, which is named after the Turkic tribe of the Bulgars, itself possibly from a Turkic root meaning "mixed".
BUONARROTI Italian
From the medieval Italian given name Buonarroto meaning "good increase". This was the surname of the Renaissance painter and sculptor Michelangelo (1475-1564).
BUREAU French
From Old French burel, diminutive of bure, a type of woolen cloth. It may have originated as a nickname for a person who dressed in the material or as an occupational name for someone who worked with it.
BURGSTALLER German
From German Burg "fortress, castle" and Stelle "place, position". This was a name given to a person dwelling at or near such a site.
BUSCH German
Means "bush" in German, a name for someone who lived close to a thicket.
BUSTO Spanish, Italian
From the name of towns in Spain and Italy, derived from Late Latin bustum meaning "ox pasture".
CAIAZZO Italian
From the name of a city near Naples, originally Caiatia in Latin, a derivative of the given name CAIUS.
CAITO Italian
Occupational name from Sicilian càjitu "official, leader", ultimately from Arabic قاضي (qadi) "judge".
CAIVANO Italian
From the name of the town of Caivano near Naples, derived from Latin Calvianum, derived from the Roman cognomen CALVUS.
CALABRESE Italian
Originally given to a person who came from the region of Calabria in southern Italy.
CALLIGARIS Italian
From Late Latin caligarius meaning "shoemaker".
CAMPANA Italian, Spanish
Occupational name from Late Latin campana meaning "bell", ultimately derived from the Italian region of Campania, where bells were produced.
CAMPO Spanish, Italian
Means "field" in Spanish and Italian.
CANTÙ Italian
From Cantù, an Italian town located in Lombardy, itself of uncertain origin.
CAPELLO (1) Italian
From Late Latin cappa meaning "cloak, cape, hood". This was a name for one who made or wore cloaks.
CAPELLO (2) Italian
Nickname for a thin person, from Italian capello meaning "a hair", ultimately derived from Latin capillus.
CAPITANI Italian
Occupational name meaning "captain" in Italian, ultimately from Latin caput "head".
CARBONE Italian
From a nickname for a person with dark features, from Italian carbone meaning "coal".
CARIDEO Italian
Originally denoted someone from San Pietro di Caridà, a town in Calabria. The town's name may be derived from Greek χαρις (charis) meaning "grace, kindness".
CARL English, German
From the given name CARL.
CARLEVARO Italian
Northern Italian variant of CARNEVALE.
CARNEVALE Italian
From an Italian nickname meaning "carnival", perhaps given to a festive person.
CARO Spanish, Italian
From Spanish and Italian caro meaning "beloved".
CARON French
Variant of CHARRON.
CARRARA Italian
From the name of a city in Tuscany famous for its marble quarries. It is probably derived from Late Latin quadreria meaning "quarry".
CARUSO Italian
Means "close-cropped hair" in Italian, also having the secondary sense "boy, yound man".
CASALE Italian
Italian cognate of CASAL.
CASSANO Italian
Indicated a person from any of the various towns named Cassano in Italy.
CATALANO Italian
Italian form of CATALÁN.
CATTANEO Italian
Variant of CAPITANI used in Lombardy.
CAVALCANTE Italian
Derived from Italian cavalcare "to ride".
CAVALLO Italian
Means "horse" in Italian, an cccupational name for a horseman.
CHAPUT French
From a diminutive of the Old French word chape meaning "cloak, hood". The name referred to a person who made, sold or often wore cloaks.
CHARBONNEAU French
Derived from a diminutive form of French charbon "charcoal", a nickname for a person with black hair or a dark complexion.
CHARPENTIER French
French cognate of CARPENTER, derived from Old French charpentier.
CHARRON French
Meant "cart" in Old French, used to denote a carter or a cartwright.
CHASTAIN French
From Old French castan "chestnut tree" (Latin castanea), a name for someone who lived near a particular chestnut tree, or possibly a nickname for someone with chestnut-coloured hair.
CHEVALIER French
From a nickname derived from French chevalier meaning "knight", itself from cheval meaning "horse", ultimately from Latin caballus.
CHEVROLET French
From a diminutive of chèvre meaning "goat", indicating a person who cultivated goats.
CHRISTIAN French, German, English
Derived from the given name CHRISTIAN.
CINGOLANI Italian
From Cingoli, a town in the Marche region of Italy. It is derived from Latin cingo "surround, ring".
CINO Italian
From the given name Cino, a short form of names ending in cino.
CIPRIANI Italian
From the given name CIPRIANO.
CISTERNINO Italian
From the name of the town of Cisternino, near the city of Bari in southern Italy.
CLÉMENT French
Derived from the given name CLÉMENT.
CLINE German, Jewish
Anglicized spelling of KLEIN.
CLOUTIER French
Derived from French clou meaning "nail", referring to someone who made or sold nails.
COIRO Italian
From Italian cuoio meaning "leather", ultimately from Latin corium. This was an occupational surname for a leather worker or tanner.
COLA Italian
From the given name NICOLA (1).
COLBERT English, French
Derived from the given name COLOBERT.
COLOMBERA Italian
From a derivative of Italian colomba "dove" indicating a house where doves were held.
COLOMBO Italian
Either from Italian colomba "dove" indicating a dove keeper, or from the given name COLOMBO which is derived from the same word. This was the Italian surname of the 15th-century explorer Christopher Columbus.
COMO (1) Italian
From the given name GIACOMO.
COMO (2) Italian
From the name of the city of Como in Lombardy, the rival city of Milan during the Middle Ages. Its name may come from a Celtic root meaning "valley".
COMTOIS French
Indicated a person from Franche-Comté, a province in eastern France, which translates to "free county".
CONFORTOLA Italian
From the old Italian given name Conforto meaning "comfort".
CONTI Italian
From the Italian noble title conte meaning "count", derived from Latin comes. It denoted a person who worked for a count or, in rare cases, was a count.
CORNA Italian
Derived from the names of places in northern Italy, especially Lombardy, from a word which means "crag, cliff" in the Lombard dialect.
CORRÀ Italian
From a short form of the given name CORRADO.
CORTI Italian
From Italian corte meaning "court, yard".
CORVI Italian
Nickname derived from Italian corvo meaning "crow".
COSTA Portuguese, Italian, Catalan
Means "riverbank, slope, coast" in Portuguese, Italan and Catalan, ultimately from Latin meaning "side, edge".
COSTANTINI Italian
From the given name COSTANTINO.
COSTANZO Italian
From the given name COSTANZO.
COSTE French
French form of COSTA.
CÔTÉ French
French form of COSTA.
COURTEMANCHE French
Means "short sleeve" in French.
COUSINEAU French
Derived from Old French cosin meaning "cousin".
COUTURE French
Means "tailor" in Old French.
CRACCHIOLO Italian
Derived from Italian cracchiola, referring to a chicory-like vegetable.
CREMASCHI Italian
From the name of the city of Crema in Lombardy, northern Italy.
CREMONA Italian
From the Italian city of Cremona, south of Milan, in Lombardy.
CREMONESI Italian
From the name of the Italian city of Cremona in Lombardy.
CRESPI Italian
Variant of CRESPO.
CRESPO Spanish, Portuguese, Italian
Referred to a person with curly hair, from Latin crispus meaning "curly".
CROCE Italian
Italian form of CROSS.
CROCETTI Italian
Italian diminutive form of CROCE.
CUCINOTTA Italian
Derived from a diminutive of Italian cucina meaning "kitchen".
CUOCCO Italian
Italian cognate of COOK.
CUOCO Italian
Italian cognate of COOK.
D'AMBROSIO Italian
From the given name AMBROGIO.
DAMIANI Italian
Derived from the given name DAMIANO.
D'AMORE Italian
From the given name AMORE.
D'ANGELO Italian
Means "son of ANGELO".
DANIAU French
Derived from the given name DANIEL.
DANIEL English, French, German, Portuguese
Derived from the given name DANIEL.
D'ANTONIO Italian
Means "son of ANTONIO".
D'ARAMITZ French
Originally denoted one who came from Aramits, a the name of a town in the French Pyrenees which is possibly derived from Basque haran meaning "valley".
DAUBE German
Variant of TAUBE.
DAVIAU French
From a diminutive form of DAVID.
DE ANGELIS Italian
Means "son of ANGELO".
DE CAMPO Italian
Locative surname derived from place names called Campo (meaning "field").
DE FELICE Italian
Means "son of FELICE".
DE FILIPPIS Italian
Means "son of FILIPPO".
DE FIORE Italian
Means "son of FIORE".
DEFOREST French
Means "from the forest" in French.
DEGARMO French
Americanized form of French de Garmeaux, which may derive from a place called Garmeaux in Normandy.
DELACROIX French
Means "of the cross" in French. It denoted one who lived near a cross symbol or near a crossroads.
DE LAURENTIS Italian
Means "son of LORENZO", a Latinized form of the given name.
DE LORENZO Italian
Means "son of LORENZO".
DE LUCA Italian
Means "son of LUCA (1)".
DENIAU French
Variant of DANIEL.
DENIAUD French
Variant of DANIEL.
DENIEL French
Variant of DANIEL.
DENIS French
From the given name DENIS.
DENNEL French
Variant of DANIEL.
DENZEL German
Variant of TANZER.
DE PALMA Italian
Means "from the palm tree" in Italian.
DE REGE Italian (Rare)
Italian variant of REY (1).
DERICHS German
Means "son of DIRK".
DESCHAMPS French
Means "from the fields", from French champ "field".
DESCOTEAUX French
Means "from the hillside", from French coteau "hillside".
DESJARDINS French
Means "from the gardens", from French jardin "garden".
DESROCHES French
Means "from the rocks", from French roche "rock".
DESROSIERS French
Means "from the rose bushes", from French rosier "rose bush". It probably referred to a person who lived close to, or cared for a rose garden.
DE VITIS Italian
Means "son of VITO", using a Latinized form of the given name.
DE VITO Italian
Means "son of VITO".
DI CAPRIO Italian
From the name of the island of Capri near Naples, itself possibly derived from Latin capra meaning "goat" or Greek καπρος (kapros) meaning "wild boar".
DIEFENBACH German
From a German place name which meant "deep creek".
DIETER German
Derived from the given name DIETER.
DIETRICH German
Derived from the given name DIETRICH.
DI NAPOLI Italian
Means "from NAPLES" in Italian.
DIOLI Italian
Meaning unknown.
DI PASQUA Italian
Means "of Easter" in Italian.
DI PIETRO Italian
Means "son of PIETRO" in Italian.
DIRKS Dutch, German
Means "son of DIRK".
DIRKSEN Dutch, German
Means "son of DIRK".
DI STEFANO Italian
Means "son of STEFANO".
DITTMAR German
Derived from the given name DIETMAR.
DOHMAN German
Derived from a diminutive of the given name THOMAS.
DONATI Italian
From the given name DONATO.
D'ONOFRIO Italian
Means "son of ONOFRIO".
DRAGO Italian
From a nickname meaning "dragon" in Italian.
DREHER German
Means "a turner" from Middle High German drehen "to turn". A turner was a person who used a lathe to create small objects from wood or bone.
DREIER German
Variant of DREHER.
DRESCHNER German
Derived from Middle High German dreschen "to thresh". A thresher was a person who separated the grains from a cereal plant by beating it.
DRESDNER German
Originally indicated a person who came from the city of Dresden in German.
DRESSLER German
Means "turner" from Middle High German dreseler, an agent derivative of drehen "to turn". A turner was a person who used a lathe to create small objects from wood or bone.
DREYER German
Variant of DREHER.
DROIT French
Means "right, straight" in French, a nickname for an upright person.
DUBOIS French
Means "from the forest", from French bois "forest".
DUERR German
Variant of DÜRR.
DUFORT French
Means "from the fort", from French fort "stronghold".
DUFOUR French
Occupational name for a baker, from French four "oven".
DUGUAY French
Means "from the ford", from French gué "ford".
DUMONT French
Means "from the mountain", from French mont "mountain".
DUNKEL German
Means "dark" in German.
DUNST German
Derived from Middle High German dunst "haze".
DUPOND French
Variant of DUPONT.
DUPONT French
Means "from the bridge", from French pont "bridge".
DURAND French, English
From Old French durant meaning "enduring", ultimately from Latin durans. This was a nickname for a stubborn person.
DURANT English, French
Variation of DURAND.
DURANTE Italian
Italian cognate of DURAND.
DÜRR German
Means "thin" in German.
DUVAL French
Means "from the valley" in French.
EBERHARDT German
Derived from the given name EBERHARD.
EBNER (1) German
Originally indicated a dweller on a flat piece of land, derived from Middle High German ebene "plateau".
EBNER (2) German
Means "judge, arbiter" from Middle High German ebenære.
ECKSTEIN German
From Old High German ecka meaning "edge, corner" and stein meaning "stone".
EGGER German
South German occupational name for a plowman or farmer, derived from German eggen "to harrow, to plow".
EICHEL German
Means "acorn" in German, indicating a person who lived near an oak tree.
EILERTS German
Derived from the given name EILERT.
ELENA Italian
Derived from the given name ELENA.
ÉMILE French
Derived from the given name ÉMILE.
ENGEL German
Derived from German given names beginning with Engel, such as ENGELBERT.
ENNS German
Derived from a short form of the German given name ANSELM.
EPISCOPO Italian
Means "bishop" in Italian, ultimately from Greek επισκοπος (episkopos).
ERMACORA Italian
From the given name ERMACORA.
ESPOSITO Italian
Means "exposed" in Italian and denoted a child who was rescued after being abandoned by its parents.
ESSER German
Means "cartwright", related to Old High German ahsa "axle".
ESSERT German
Variant of ESSER.
EVANGELISTA Italian
Means "evangelist" in Italian.
FABBRI Italian
From Italian fabbro meaning "blacksmith", ultimately from Latin faber.
FABBRO Italian
Variant of FABBRI.
FABEL German
Derived from a diminutive of the given name FABIAN.
FABIAN German, English, Polish
Derived from the given name FABIAN.
FABIEN French
Derived from the given name FABIEN.
FABRE French
Derived from Latin faber "blacksmith".
FABRON French
Diminutive form of FABRE.
FALCO Italian
Derived from Italian falco "falcon". The name was used to denote a falconer or a person who resembled a falcon in some way.
FALK Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, German
From Old Norse falkr or Middle High German valke "falcon".
FALKENRATH German
Derived from Germanic falke "falcon" and rad "counsel".
FARALDO Italian
From a given name, ultimately the Germanic name FARVALD.
FÄRBER German
Occupational name meaning "dyer", derived from German Farbe "colour".
FARINA Italian
Occupational name for a miller, derived from Italian farina "flour".
FARRO Italian
Derived from the name of a place on Sicily, Italy, derived from Latin far meaning "wheat, spelt".
FASHINGBAUER German
From Fasching, a German carnival (Fastnacht meaning "eve of the beginning of the fast", or the time before Lent) celebrated in Austria and Bavaria, and bauer meaning "farmer".
FATTORE Italian
Means "land agent, bailiff, steward, farmer" in Italian.
FAUCHER French
Occupational name meaning "mower" in French, ultimately from Latin falx meaning "sickle, scythe".
FAURE French
Southern French variant of FÈVRE.
FAUST German
Derived from the given name Faust, a form of FAUSTUS.
FAUSTI Italian
From the given name FAUSTO.
FAVA Italian
From Italian fava referring to a type of broad bean.
FAVAGER French
Possibly indicated a person from the town of Faverges in eastern France, derived from Old French faverge meaning "forge".
FAVERO Italian
Variant of FABBRI.
FAVRE French
Southern French variant of FÈVRE.
FAVREAU French
Diminutive of FAVRE.
FAY French, English
Referred to a person who came from various places named Fay or Faye in northern France, derived from Old French fau "beech tree", from Latin fagus.
FEIGENBAUM German, Jewish
Means "fig tree" in German.
FELD German, Jewish
Means "field" in German. The name was originally given to someone who lived on land cleared of forest.
FELDT German, Danish, Swedish
North German, Danish and Swedish variant of FELD.
FÉLIX French, Spanish, Portuguese
From the given name FELIX.
FENSTERMACHER German
Means "window maker" in German.
FERBER German
Variant of FÄRBER.
FERMI Italian
Originally indicated a person from the town of Fermo in the Marche region of Italy, originally called Firmum in Latin meaning "strong, steady, firm".
FERRARA Italian
Italian form of FERREIRA.
FERRARI Italian
Occupational name for a metalworker or smith, derived from Latin ferrarius, a derivative of ferrum meaning "iron".
FERRERO Italian
Regional variant of FERRARI. It is typical of the area around Turin.
FERRO Italian, Portuguese
Means "iron", ultimately from Latin ferrum. This was an occupational name for one who worked with iron.
FERTIG German
Means "ready, prepared" in German.
FÈVRE French
Occupational name meaning "blacksmith" in Old French, derived from Latin faber.
FIEDLER German
Means "fiddler" in German.
FILIPPI Italian
Derived from the given name FILIPPO.
FINI Italian
Derived from given names ending in fino, such as SERAFINO.
FIORE Italian
Derived from the given name FIORE.
FIRMIN English, French
From the given name FIRMIN.
FISCELLA Italian
Derived from Italian fiscella, which was a basket used to conserve cheese. The name was probably used to denote a person who made cheese.
FISCHER German
Occupational name meaning "fisherman" in German.
FLATER German
Means "reed bed" in German.
FLEISCHER German
Occupational name meaning "butcher" in German.
FONDA Italian
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.
FONTAINE French
Derived from Old French fontane meaning "well, fountain", a derivative of Latin fons.
FONTANA Italian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish cognate of FONTAINE.