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From an Italian surname coming from the place name Abruzzi in eastern Italy (the modern name is Abruzzo). This place name may derive from the Praetutii, an ancient tribe inhabiting the region.
ABREO French, Italian
Abreo or its variant Abreu comes from the French Alfred (alf = Elf; fred = conseil). The meaning is wise counselor
Regional name for someone from the Abruzzi, a mountainous region of Italy east of Rome (cf. ABRUZZO
Regional name for someone from the Abruzzi, a mountainous region of Italy east of Rome (cf. ABRUZZESE
From an Italian place name meaning "running water, spring", literally "living water".
Habitational name from a place in Cosenza province named Acri.
AGASSI Armenian, Persian, Italian
The surname Agassi most likely evolved from a nickname for someone resembling a mappie, perhaps jokingly referred to as chattering or nagging person. ... [more]
two hypotheses: either from the Greek agyrmos
meaning "symposium, meeting" which was the name of the first day of the Misteri Eleusini
in Athens.... [more]
The earliest known instance of this name AGOSTINELLI was St. Aurelius Augustinus, also known as Augustine of Hippo (354-430) the greatest of the Latin church fathers. He was born in Tagaste in Numidia which is modern Tunisia.... [more]
From given name Alberto, the Latin translation of Germanic Albert.
(or Alfano) three possibilities: from the German word halfer
("helper"), from a place called Alfano, which is supposed to be from the Arab al fannan
("wild donkey"), and Alfana is the name of a race (as in type) of Arab horses, so could be someone related to horses.
(or Alpino) possibly denoting a person from the Alpes.
There are two hypotheses: the first is it derived from the Latin name Amelius which came from Amius, name of Etruscan origin; the other is it derived from Amali, name of a mighty Ostrogothic family, which means "virgin of the forest".
From the profession of bear hunter, meaning literally "slaughter the bear".
From a popular medieval personal name, Angelo
, Latin Angelus
, from Greek angelos
"messenger, angel" (considered as a messenger sent from God).
From Angrisano, a habitational name for someone from Angri in Salerno province.
ANSELMO Italian, Spanish
Comes from the personal name Anselmo
, which is of Germanic origin (see Anselm). This was a distinctively Langobardic name, and was especially common in Lombardy in the Middle Ages.
Southern Italian: from a diminutive of apa ‘bee’, probably applied as a nickname for an industrious person, or possibly as a metonymic occupational name for a beekeeper.
APOLLO Italian, Spanish
From the Greek personal name Apollo
. There are several saints Apollo in the Christian Church, including an Egyptian hermit and monastic leader who died in 395 ad. The personal name derives from the name in classical mythology of the sun god, Apollo
, an ancient Indo-European name, found for example in Hittite as Apulana
"god of the gate" (from pula
"gate", cognate with Greek pylē
), therefore "protector, patron".
ARÀBIA Italian, Spanish
Ethnic name for someone from Arabia or some other Arabic-speaking country or a nickname for someone who had visited or traded with one of these countries.
"silver", perhaps sometimes applied as a nickname for someone with silvery gray hair, but more often a metonymic occupational name for a silversmith.
From the French personal name Arlot, recorded in the Latinized form Arolottus from the 13th century.
ASCENCIO Spanish, Italian
From the personal name (Latin Ascensius), favored by the early Christians, by whom it was bestowed with reference to the ascension of Christ (Late Latin ascensio).
It means "you bless", and it is also the device used by priests to spread holy water over people or places
Derived from Italian astore
meaning "goshawk", which is a bird of prey that was used for hunting in the Middle Ages. The surname had first started out as a nickname: either for a falconer, or for a person who had aquiline features or who was cunning by nature.
Italian (Campania) dialect variant of Uccello
‘bird’, hence either a nickname for a diminutive, birdlike person or an occupational name for a fowler. Compare Auciello
AVAMILANO Spanish, Italian
Of Spanish origin, but probably has its roots in Italy due to the word "milano" which means Milan in Italian.
AVENA Spanish, Italian
A traditionally Spanish and Italian occupational surname for a "grain grower or merchant", or the Italian habitation surname for Avena, Calabria. Means "oats". From the Latin avēna
meaning 'oats, wild oats, straw'.
The origins of this surname are uncertain, but it may be from Italian baffo
"mustache", with the Latinate feminine suffix probably due to the influence of the word famiglia
"family". Alternatively it may be Albanian in origin, of unexplained meaning.
Perhaps a topographic name from the dialect word balma
meaning ‘grotto’, ‘cave’, ‘jutting rock’.
BALSANO German (Austrian), Italian
The roots of the distinguished surname Balzano lie in Austria. The name derives itself from "Balthasar," the name of one of the three Magi who followed the star to Bethlehem, and was popular as both a first name and a family name during the 18th century.... [more]
Derogatory nickname from barbera ‘barber’s wife’, a term also used to denote a prostitute or dishonest woman. Catalan (Barberà): habitational name from a place in Tarragona province, named with Late Latin Barbarianum ‘place of Barbarius’, a derivative of Barbarus (see Barbaro)... [more]
BARNO Italian, Ukrainian, French, Ancient Aramaic, Russian
The surname Barno was first found in the north of Italy, especially in Tuscany. The name occasionally appears in the south, usually in forms which end in "o," but the northern forms ending in "i" are much more common... [more]
From St. John the Baptist, the first bearers of this name were devoted to this saint. Another etymology would be a patronymic from the given name Battista
, anyway linked to the aforementioned saint.
Ethnic name from bavaro
"Bavarian" someone from Bavaria, now part of Germany, but formerly an independent kingdom.
Nickname for a practical joker, from Italian beffa
Means "beautiful (as a) flower", derived from Italian bel
"beautiful" combined with Italian fiore
"flower". Two Italian sources claim that this surname was derived from the medieval masculine given name Belfiore
(which has of course the same meaning), but I can find no evidence that this was an actual given name in medieval Italy... [more]
From the place name Bellaria, in Milan, Veneto, Piedmont and Sicily, these homonyms widespread throughout Italy.
From a derivative of Bene, a short form of the various omen names formed with this element (from Latin bene ‘well’), such as Benedetto, Benvenuto, etc.
Traced to 1437, Bergamo. A 'bergamini' was known as a person famrmed and sold milk cows
The surname of BERNASCONI is of Italian origin, a locational name meaning the dweller on or near a small hill. The names of habitation are derived from pre-existing names denoting towns, villages, farmsteads or other named habitations... [more]
Bernini was the surname of famous sculptor and architect Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598-1680).
From Italian bevi l'acqua
"drinks water", a nickname likely applied ironically to an alcoholic.
Comes from a diminutive of Bino. Italianized form of French 'Binet'
. Habitational name from a place called Binetto (named with Latin vinetum ‘vineyard’) in Bari province.
Possibly a variant of Binetti
, or a diminutive of Bino
. Popular in the Marche
region in Italy.
The Italian family name is classified as being of nickname origin. The most obvious are those names which are based on a physical characteristic or personal attribute of the initial bearer. In this particular instance, according to the author Emedio De Felice, the family name Bocchino derives from "bocca", meaning "mouth", in turn derived from the Latin word "bucca".De Felice states that this family name may not only have arisen from a nickname which described the mouth in a literal sense, since "bocca" in a figurative sense designated such things such things as intelligence and veracity.... [more]
From the medieval personal name Bonanno
, an omen name meaning "good year". Mainly found throughout southern Italy.
Comes from the pesonal name 'Bona
' which is derived from Latin 'bonus
', which means 'great'
Italian from the medieval personal name Bongiorno
(composed of bono
‘good’ + giorno
‘day’), bestowed on a child as an expression of the parents’ satisfaction at the birth (‘it was a good day when you were born’).
Comes from the personal name Giovanni
composed of the elements bon
‘good’ + Giovanni
, Italian equivalent of John
Borgo is an Italian surname, which means 'village' or 'borough'.
From the medieval personal name Boso, from a Germanic personal name derived from a pejorative nickname meaning ‘leader’, ‘nobleman’, or ‘arrogant person’. Compare Dutch Boos.
BRANCACCIA Italian (Rare)
Derived from the medieval Italian given name Brancazia
, which is the feminine form of the masculine given name Brancazio
. For more information, please see the entry for the patronymic surname Brancazio
Variant form of Brancazio
. There are a few sources that claim that the surname is derived from a place name (which would make it a locational surname), but that claim is incorrect, as all Italian geographical places carrying the name Brancaccio
were either established long after the Middle Ages (by which time virtually all Italians already had a hereditary surname) or were named after a person who had Brancaccio for a surname... [more]
Derived from the medieval Italian masculine given name Brancaleone
, which means either "a lion's paw" or "he who captures the lion". In the case of the former meaning, the name is derived from Italian branca
meaning "paw, claw" combined with Italian leone
meaning "lion"... [more]
BRANCATELLA Italian (Rare)
Derived from the feminine given name Brancatella
, which is a diminutive of the medieval Italian given name Brancazia
, the feminine form of the masculine given name Brancazio
. For more information about this, please see the entry for the patronymic surname of Brancazio
BRANCATELLO Italian (Rare)
Derived from the masculine given name Brancatello
, which is a diminutive of the medieval Italian given name Brancazio
, itself ultimately derived from the late Latin given name Brancatius
This surname can be derived from a given name (thus making it a patronymic surname) as well as from a place name (thus making it a locational surname). In the case of a patronymic surname, the surname is derived from the medieval Italian given name Brancato
, which is a variant form of the given name Brancazio
, itself ultimately derived from the late Latin given name Brancatius
BRANCAZIO Italian (Rare)
Derived from the medieval Italian masculine given name Brancazio
, which itself is derived from Brancatius
(also found spelled as Brancaccius
), a late Latin corruption of the given name Pancratius
This surname originates from the province of Cuneo in the Piedmont region of Italy. It is probably derived from Piedmontese brijador
meaning "postilion, coachman", which itself is ultimately derived from Piedmontese bria
meaning "bridles, reins".... [more]
BUSCEMI Italian, Sicilian
Sicilian surname of Arabic origin coming from the town Buscemi
in Syracuse province. The name possibly derives from Arab 'Abu Samah'
It's a surname in northern Italy (Piedmont). It emerges from the German spelling Bosch or Busch and this means "forest" or "wooded area".
Italian: from a short form of a compound name formed with butta- ‘throw’, as for example Buttacavoli.Italian: from an old German feminine personal name Butta.Italian: variant of Botta.
Derived from Italian cacciatore
meaning "hunter, huntsman", which is ultimately derived from the Italian verb cacciare
meaning "to hunt".... [more]
Nickname from calcare meaning "to tread", "to stamp" + terra meaning "land", "earth", "ground", probably denoting a short person, someone who walked close to the ground, or an energetic walker.
CALLIARI Italian (Latinized, Archaic)
This is an Italian surname, in the north of Italy. Calliari is the result of the deformation of the graphically Calligari
, where you can clearly see excision of the letter or character D, which is located in the middle of the surname... [more]
Denoted to someone from Cambria, Sicily, possibly of Arabic origin.
Italian regional surname denoting someone who lived by a canal. From the Italian canale
'canal', from the Latin canalis
meaning "canal; conduit; groove; funnel; or ditch". Alternatively, it may come the genus name of wild cinnamon, a diminutive of the Latin canna
CAPELLA Spanish, Catalan, Italian
"chapel", a topographic name for someone who lived by a chapel or a metonymic occupational name for someone who worked in one.
Capua is a city and comune in the province of Caserta, Campania, southern Italy, situated 25 km (16 mi) north of Naples on the northeastern edge of the Campanian plain. Ancient Capua was situated where Santa Maria Capua Vetere is now.... [more]
CARLIN Irish (Anglicized), Scottish, French, Swedish, Italian, Jewish (Anglicized), German
Irish (now also common in Scotland) anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Cairealláin
, an Ulster family name, also sometimes Anglicized as Carlton
, meaning ‘descendant of Caireallán’, a diminutive of the personal name Caireall
This surname derives from a person who had worked as a "carpenter".
CARRERA Spanish, Italian
Spanish: topographic name for someone living by a main road, carrera
‘thoroughfare’, originally a road passable by vehicles as well as pedestrians (Late Latin carraria
(via), a derivative of carrum
‘cart’), or a habitational name from any of various places named with this word.... [more]
CASA Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
"house" (Latin casa
"hut, cottage, cabin"), perhaps originally denoting the occupier of the most distinguished house in a village.
CASAGRANDE Spanish, Italian
From the Spanish & Italian words casa
meaning "house" and grande
meaning "big"; literally means "big house".
CASANOVA Catalan, Italian
Catalan and Italian: topographic name from Latin casa
‘house’ + nova
‘new’, or a habitational name from any of the many places named with these words.
A Regional name for someone from Castile in Spain. Castile was an independent kingdom between the 10th and 15th centuries, it formed the largest power in the Iberian peninsula. The name derives from the many castles in the region.
CASTIGLIONE Italian, Jewish
Habitational name from any of numerous places named with this word, from medieval Latin castellio
) ‘fortification’ or ‘small castle’.
Habitational name from Castrogiovanni
, the name until 1927 of Enna in central Sicily.
Derived from the name of the Roman republican statesman Cato, used as a nickname.
CAVA Italian, Catalan, Spanish, Portugese
‘cave’, ‘cellar’ (from Latin cavea
), hence a metonymic occupational name for someone employed in the wine cellars of a great house, a topographic name for someone who lived in or near a cave, or a habitational name from any of numerous places named with this word.
Means "riding" in Italian. An occupational surname for people who worked with horses.
Means "cherry-colored." Appears as a word in many Italian dictionaries, but may have origins in the Greek period of Naples, where it seems to have originated. There are at least two villages found with the name, the most notable being near Monte Cassino, where many Japanese-American soldiers won Medals of Honor or other awards for heroism during WW II... [more]
comes from the italian word chiara
meaning "clear" and the the word monte
meaning "mountain", possibly denoting someone who lived by clear mountians, hills, etc.
Surname of Italian surrealist artist, Giorgio de Chirico
From the Italian cicero
"pea," "chickpea," or "lentil."
Uncommon name originating in Italy. Legend says that it was used for the offspring of a king and one of his maids. Meaning is most likely something like "little nothing".
from "Cima" Top, and "Rosa" A rose or the Color Pink. A famous Bearer of this surname is the Italian composer Domenico Cimarosa(1749-1801).
Occupational name for a spice dealer, from cimino
"cumin", Sicilian ciminu
CIRCELLI Sicilian, Italian
Derived from the Sicilian word circedda, circeddu, circhetta
meaning "hoop earring". It was used as a surname to describe someone who wore hoop earrings.
"gourd", "pumpkin", applied either as an occupational name for a grower or seller of gourds or a nickname for a rotund individual.
From the personal name Colo, a short form of Nicolo (see Nicholas). (Colò) nickname from medieval Greek kolos ‘lame’, classical Greek kylos.
Italian: from the title of rank conte ‘count’ (from Latin comes, genitive comitis ‘companion’). Probably in this sense (and the Late Latin sense of ‘traveling companion’), it was a medieval personal name; as a title it was no doubt applied ironically as a nickname for someone with airs and graces or simply for someone who worked in the service of a count.
Coppola is an occupational name for someone who makes 'coppolas', which are a type of hat. The word 'coppola' literally means 'hat' in Neapolitan dialect. The name also could have been for someone who frequently wore a coppola too.... [more]
From the given name Corda
(a short form of Accord(i)o, literally "agreement") + the suffix -asco
Topographic name from the Calabrian dialect word c(u)oscu
"oak", also "wood".
COSTELLO Irish, Italian
Costello (Irish: Mac Coisdealbha) is a common Irish surname originating in County Mayo. The surname derives from Jocelyn de Angulo (fl.1172), an Anglo-Norman knight.... [more]
From a Sicilian immigrant to America, Cravotta was changed to Cravatta upon arrival at Ellis Island. The name means "bowtie."
Probably from a shortened form of Cuosëmo
, a Neapolitan variant of the Italian male personal name Cosimo
Ethnic name for a Dane, or from the personal name Danese, which was introduced to and popularized in medieval Italy through French Carolingian literature, notably the epics Chanson de Roland and Ogier de Denemarche.
Comes from Italian word "aria" (plural arie) meaning "air"; also a form of opera
The Italian surname De Filippo
is a patronymic name created from the first name of a male ancestor. As a first name, it is derived from the Latin "Philippus,". This name is composed of the element "philos" which means "friend," and "hippos," meaning "horse.
DE LAURA Italian
Metronymic from the female personal name Laura
(a derivative of Latin laurus
DELFINO Italian, Spanish
From the personal name Delfino
, from Latin Delphinus
, from delphis
"dolphin", regarded in medieval times as a symbol of goodness and friendliness.
Metronymic from the female personal name Maria, or name for a devotee of the Virgin Mary.
The distinguished surname Depietri can be traced back to the ancient and beautiful region of Piedmont. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adopt a second name to identify themselves as populations grew and travel became more frequent... [more]
Rare Italian surname that comes from the city of Isola di Fano, Presaro e Urbino, Italy
DI FRANCESCO Italian
Literally means "of Francis," and therefore may also mean "son of Francis."
DI MAGGIO Italian
Came from a child who was born in the month of May. The surname Maggio is derived from the Italian word Maggio, which literally means the month of May.
DI PEGO Italian
the origin of di Pego is unknown, but translates to 'I caught', in Italian.... [more]
From the medieval personal name Donato
, past participle of donare
, frequentative of dare
"to give"). It was the name of a 4th-century Italian bishop martyred in c. 350 under Julian the Apostate, as well as various other early saints, and a 4th-century grammarian and commentator on Virgil, widely respected in the Middle Ages as a figure of great learning.
Perhaps a topographic name from ebbio
‘danewort’ (Sambucus ebulus), from Latin ebullus
, or possibly a habitational name from a minor place named with this word.
Nickname for an industrious person, from Latin facere
"to make" "to do".
From southern Italian falotico ‘eccentric’, ‘strange’, Greek kephalōtikos, a derivative of Greek kephalē ‘head’.
Not much history is known for Falso however, it was common surrounding Napoli, Lazio, Latin, and Roma. It means False, phony, fake. Because of this, the surname has spread globally especially to United States of America and Brazil... [more]
FARANO Italian, Sicilian
Possibly deriving from a town Faranò
in province of Messina, Sicily. Possible variant of Surname faran
which comes from Irish surnames Ó Fearáin
, Ó Faracháin
, or Ó Forannáin
FARIA Portuguese, Italian
Faria is a Portuguese surname. A habitational name from either of two places called Faria, in Braga and Aveiro. ... [more]
Original from Rome, Roman conquerors went to Iberia in about 140 B.C. and named a town in Iberia Fariza
which was a tree. This town still exists today, and was also mentioned in the book 'El Cid'... [more]
it is the regional venetian variant of Fabbri, it means "blacksmith"
Derived from the masculine given name Ferrandino
, which is a diminutive of the medieval Italian given name Ferrando
. For more information about this, please see the entry for the patronymic surname of Ferrando