Italian Submitted Surnames
Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
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
FERRANDO Italian, Spanish
This surname can be derived from a given name (thus making it a patronymic surname) as well as from a nickname (thus making it a descriptive surname). In the case of a patronymic surname, the surname is derived from the medieval masculine given name Ferrando
, which was in use in both Italy and Spain during the Middle Ages... [more]
This surname can be derived from a given name (thus making it a patronymic surname) as well as from a nickname (thus making it a descriptive surname). In the case of a patronymic surname, the surname is derived from the medieval masculine given name Ferrante
Derived from the masculine given name Ferrantino
, which is a diminutive of the medieval Italian given name Ferrante
. For more information about this, please see the entry for the patronymic surname of Ferrante
Southern Italian: Probably an occupational nickname for a fisherman, from Sicilian filuòsa ‘fishing net’. Also from the subphylum: Filosa. These are known as euglyphids, filose (which means stringy or thread-like), amoebae with shells of siliceous scales or plates, which are commonly found in soils, nutrient-rich waters, and on aquatic plants.
FISCHIONI Italian (Rare)
Possibly deriving from fischiare, meaning to whistle, or from fischioni, the Italian word for widgeons.
Habitational name from Fontecchio in Aquila province or a topographic name from a diminutive of fonte meaning "spring".
It's a toponymic and it means born in Cividale del Friuli
(north of Italy).
This surname is also spanish and it means "ant". it could indicate a person that is short and thin but works hard an constantly.... [more]
FRASCATORE Italian (Rare)
Meaning uncertain. It is possibly derived from (or related to) Italian frasca
meaning "bough, branch", which might possibly indicate that the surname had first started out as a nickname for someone who worked as a woodcutter or as a forester... [more]
Derived from the Italian adjective frusciante
meaning "rustling, swishing, whishing", which itself is derived from the Italian verb frusciare
meaning "to rustle, to swish, to whish". The surname had probably started out as a nickname for someone who made a rustling or whishing sound whenever they walked, which was probably caused by the clothes that they were wearing (in that the clothes must have been made of a certain fabric that is prone to making some noise when touched in any way).... [more]
From the plural of Fuccio
, a short form of any of various personal names with a root ending in -f
(as for example Rodolfo
) to which has been attached the hypocoristic suffix -uccio
, or alternatively from a reduced form of a personal name such as Fantuccio
Habitational name from a few places in Italy, which all derived from the Latin personal name Gallius
GALANTE Italian, French, Jewish
Comes from the ancient French word "galant" meaning someone in love or who has fun. In the case of Mordecai Galante, a Spanish exile in 16th century Rome, his courteous manners won for him from the Roman nobles the surname "Galantuomo" (gentleman), from which Galante was eventually derived.... [more]
from a diminutive of gamba ‘leg’, probably applied as a nickname for someone with short legs.
Either (i) from the via del Garbo
, the name of a street in Florence that in former times was the place of work of spinners, weavers, etc. of lana del Garbo
"wool from the Algarve" in Portugal; or (ii) probably from a medieval Italian nickname for an urbane or well-mannered person (from Italian garbo
"polite, kind")... [more]
Possibly derived from Germano by adding a diminutive suffix. Most common in the Messina area in Sicily. A famous bearer of the surname is singer Lady Gaga (Stefani Germanotta).
Patronymic or plural form of a nickname from Old Italian ghezzo ‘dark’
From the personal name Giglio, from giglio
"lily" (from Latin lilium
), a plant considered to symbolize the qualities of candor and purity.
Possibly from a variant of Italian ghironda ‘barrel-organ’.
Occupational name for an officer of justice, Italian giudice
" judge" (Latin iudex
, from ius
"law" + dicere
"to say"). In some cases it may have been applied as a nickname for a solemn and authoritative person thought to behave like a judge.
Topographic name from gola
"mountain hollow, cavity".
Means "short skirt," in Italian, as in a piece of armor.
Topographic name from Sicilian gorga, Catalan gorg(a) ‘place where water collects’, ‘mill pond’, ‘gorge’.
Granata is an Italian word for a shade of red (maroon), and the Latin name of the city of Granada.
Occupational name for a jeweler or lapidary, from granato
"gryphon" (Latin gryphus
, Greek gryps
, of Assyrian origin), hence a nickname for someone thought to resemble the mythical beast.
It came from Italian word guadagno
which means "earnings" and has a diminutive suffix ino
which is also an occupation suffix.
GUÀRDIA Catalan, Spanish, Italian
Catalan, Spanish, and Italian from Catalan guàrdia
, Spanish and Italian guardia
‘guard’, ‘watch’, a topographic name for someone who lived by a watch place, an occupational name for a member of the town guard, or a habitational name from any of the numerous places named (La) Guardia.
From the personal name Gucciardo, a revival of French Guichard, of Germanic origin, probably composed of the elements wig 'battle' or wisa 'experience' + hard 'strong', 'brave', 'hardy'.
Possibly from a shortened form of the personal name Ianni + varone, a variant of barone ‘baron’; literally ‘baron John’.
IENCA Italian (Rare)
Allegedly derived from Italian giovenca
"heifer". A heifer is a young cow that has not yet had a calf. Mount Jenca and Jenca Valley are located near Gran Sasso d'Italia in the Abruzzo region in Italy.
Nickname for someone with a childlike disposition, from infante
"child" (Latin infans
, literally "one who cannot speak").
Italian name, however probably Germanic origins
INQUIETI Italian (Rare)
would like to know if any one out there has heard of this name and what part of italy it comes from gt grand father corneluse inquiete/i came to england from parma italy in 1872/4 age 37/8 married in 1875... [more]
A surname in Sicily. Believed to come from the word Salaco an occupational name for a tanner in Arabic.
Habitational name for someone from Kuhz, near Prenzlau.
Possibly originated to denote someone from the Italian town of Laghi.
Variant of Malfa
, most probably a habitational name for someone from Malfa on the island of Salina (Messina), although the name has also been linked with Amalfi in Salerno and Melfi in Potenza.
Italian:vail, the last name of a general in Palrmo, Sicily, Italy.
Topographic name for someone who lived at a place where wild roses grew; or a habitational name from a town house bearing the sign of a rose. It may also have been a nickname for a man with a ‘rosy’ complexion, as well as a nickname of a soldier... [more]
From the medieval personal name Latino, originally an ethnic name for someone of Latin as opposed to Germanic, Byzantine or Slavic descent.
My great-great grandmother's name was Patrizia Maria Lattanzio. After she passed and my Great-grandmother sent my grandmother to America, the officials mis-spelled her name on her documents and the last name was shortened to Lattanzi... [more]
Possibly Italian, a nickname for a fleet-footed or timid person, from a northern variant of lepre
"hare". However, only the plural form Legori
is attested in Italian records.
Nickname for a fierce or brave warrior, from Latin leo
LEONARDO Italian, Spanish, German
Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese from the Germanic personal name Leonhard
, formed from the elements leo
‘lion’ + hard
, ‘hardy’, ‘brave’, ‘strong’; this was an early medieval saint’s name (see Leonard
Habitational name from Librizzi
in Messina province, Sicily.
A famous bearer is Italian-born American actor Gino Corrado Liserani (1893 - 1982), who went by Gino Corrado on film
My grandfather's family name who were from Gravina di Puglia
LO MÀGLIO Italian
Literally means "the hammer." However, "the" would normally be represented as "il" in Italian, in this case.
LO RICCO Italian
Originally Spanish but of Italian origin for at least 7 generations. My branch of the family are residing in Australia but many remain in Italy and quite a few in the USA
Northern Italian from the Late Latin personal name Lupatus
, derivative of Latin lupus
"wolf". This is one of several medieval personal names which became popular under the influence of Germanic compound personal names formed with wolf-
A habitational name from Lucca Sicula in Agrigento province, Sicily, which was called simply Lucca until 1863. It was probably originally named with a Celtic element meaning ‘marshy.’
Patronymic or plural form of Luccio
, a reduced form of a personal name formed with this suffix.
Topographic name from Italian macchia
"thicket", "scrub" (from Latin macula
) and Habitational name from any of various places named Macchia, as for example Macchia in Trapani province, Sicily.
Unexplained. It may be from the Albanian personal name Maqo. Derivation from a Greek name ending in -akis, which has been suggested, is implausible.
An italian surname that in fact comes from slovene minority near Udine, it should be written Macoric'... [more]
Habitational name from any of numerous places named Madonia, or a regional name for someone from Madonie in Sicily.
From the person name Madonna
, from donna meaning "lady", bestowed in honor of the Virgin Mary.
From a nickname or personal name from the month of May, maggio
, from Latin Maius
), from Maia
, a rather obscure goddess of fertility, whose name is derived from the same root as maius
"larger" and maiestas
Possibly from latin surname Mamelius. A famous bearer was Goffredo Mameli, author of the italian national anthem.
mandato is the past tense of send in italian-such as "i sent a letter or message"
It means 'blacksmith' in Italian. The variant Maniscalchi
is the plural.
Habitational name from any of various places named with the Latin personal name Marius
and the suffix -anu
Nickname from marchione
‘marquis’, from medieval Latin marchio
, genitive marchionis
, from Germanic marka
Southern Italian: nickname for someone with a forceful personality, from Italian martèllo
‘hammer’ (Late Latin martellus
), or a metonymic occupational name for someone who used a hammer in their work.
Most notably the Italian luxury car manufacturer Maserati, founded in Bologna, Italy all the way back in December 1914.
Occupational name for a producer of silk, from Sicilian matassa
"hank", "skein", also the name of a type of silk (cf. METAXAS
Habitational name from Matera in Basilicata region.
Patronymic or plural form MATTEO
. The Mattei family was a powerful noble family in Rome during the Middle Ages.
MECONE Italian (Modern, Rare)
Giuseppe Meconi (Febuary 1860-April 21,1921) was born in San Massimo, Campbasso Province, Italy. Giuseppe arrived in Pennsylvania, United States in the late 1880s and married Elizabeth Magyar in 1885... [more]
Patronymic or plural form of MEDICO
. Medici is the family name of one of Italy's most powerful families.
Occupational name for a physician, Italian medico (Latin medicus
, from medere
MELILLO Spanish, Italian
describing someone who worked on an apple orchard,harvesting and selling apples from the italian mela
MESSI African, Arabic, Italian
Famous bearer of this surname is Lionel Messi (born 1987-), an Argentinian footballer of Italian descent.
Habitational name from the Sicilian city Messina
. It was named Messana in the 5th century bc when it was captured by Anaxilaos of Rhegium; previously it had been known as Zancle.
From the Greek vocabulary word metallo
"metal", used as a nickname for a miner or for someone with a clear or metallic tone of voice.
Habitational name from Miano in Naples, Parma, and Teramo; Miane in Treviso; or Mian in Belluno.
In part a Southern Italian a habitational name from Mignogna, a minor place in Foggia province.
Patronymic or plural form of Minello
, a pet form of the personal name Mino
, which is a short form of a personal name formed with the hypocoristic suffix -mino
, such as Adimino
The surname Molinaro is a name for a person who owned, managed, or worked in a mill deriving its origin from the Italian word "molino," which meant mill.
Probably from a person's occupation, with molino
meaning "mill" in Italian. The second part may come from rullo
, meaning "a roller" or "I roll."
Nickname for someone of monkish habits or appearance, or an occupational name for a servant employed at a monastery, from Italian monaco
"monk" (from Greek monachos
Habitational name from Montalbano di Elicona in northeastern Sicily (earlier simply Montalbano), Montalbano Jonico (Matera province), or the district of Montalbano in Fasano, Brindisi.
My father tells me this name means "open mountain." It seems to have come from a small area around Agrigento in Sicily, Italy.
MONTEFIORE Italian, Jewish
Derived from Montefiore
, which is the name of several places in Italy. For example, there is Castle Montefiore in the town of Recanati (province of Macerata), the municipality of Montefiore Conca (province of Rimini) and the municipality of Montefiore dell'Aso (province of Ascoli Piceno)... [more]
Habitational name from any of various places called Monteverde, for example in Avellino province, from monte meaning "mountain" + verde meaning "green".
Derived from Italian monte
meaning "mountain" and verdi
meaning "green"; literally means "green mountain".
Originated in Sardinia, Italy in the 17th century given to fishermen
Possibly a variant of Monsu, which may be an occupational name for a cook, Calabrian munsu, or a nickname or title from Milanese monsu ‘sir’, ‘lord’, ‘gentleman’.
The name Moscatelli has its origins in a type of grape called Moscatel. This grape has its origin in ancient Egypt or Greece, but it was in Italy that it became famous. Here the farmers that planted the grape became known as the Moscatelli.
Variant of the personal name Muscato, also Americanized spelling of Greek Moskatos, a metonymic occupational name for a grower of muscat grapes.
MOSELE Italian, German (Austrian)
This surname is to be found in north-eastern Italy, more specifically in the Vicenza and Verona provinces. Families with this name are certain to be originally from the mountain town of Asiago, situated on a plateau north of Vicenza and now a well-known skiing resort... [more]
a nickname taken from the plantname Aconitum napellus
, possibly for someone with a 'venerous' character (because the plant is venerous)