Italian Submitted Surnames

Italian names are used in Italy and other Italian-speaking regions such as southern Switzerland. See also about Italian names.
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PELOSI     Italian
Patronymic or plural form of PELOSO.
PELOSO     Italian
Nickname for a man with long or unkempt hair and beard, from peloso "hairy", "shaggy".
PERETTI     Italian
Patronymic from a pet form of the personal name Pero.
PESCI     Italian
Derived from the Italian word pesce which means "fish", ultimately from Latin piscis. This could serve as an occupational surname for a fisher / fisherman or a person who looked like a fish... [more]
PETROCELLI     Italian
Pluralized variant of Petrosello, itself a variant of PETROSINO.
PETROSINO     Italian
Habitational name from Petrosino in Trapani, Sicily.
PETROSINO     Italian
From petrosino "parsley", a southern dialect variant of prezzemolo.
PIAGNOLO     Italian (Anglicized, Modern)
It was borrowed from Italian chemist Giovenco Piagnolo
PIANA     Italian
Topographic name from piana ‘plain’, ‘level ground’, from Latin planus, or a habitational name from any of the places named with this word.
PIANO     Italian
Topographic name for someone who lived on a plain or plateau, Italian piano (Latin planum, from the adjective planus ‘flat’, ‘level’).
PICA     Italian, Catalan
Nickname for a gossipy or garrulous person, from the central-southern Italian word pica ‘magpie’. Compare Picazo.Catalan: habitational name from any of the numerous places called Pica.Catalan: from either pica ‘pointed object’ (weapon, etc.) or a derivative of picar ‘to prick’.
PICCININI     Italian
meaning- little one
PICCOLO     Italian
Nickname from piccolo "small".
PIETRAFESA     Italian
The derivation of the name Pietrafesa comes from the cracked aspect of the mountain on which it rose. In Italian "Pietra" mean Rock and "-fesa" comes from the Italian word fessura meaning cracked.... [more]
PISA     Italian
Habitational name from the city of Pisa in Tuscany. The city was probably founded by Greek colonists, but before coming under Roman control it was in the hands of the Etruscans, who probably gave it its name... [more]
PISCOPO     Italian
From a reduced form of episcopo "bishop" (Greek episkopos "bishop", literally "overseer"), hence a metonymic occupational name for someone in the service of a bishop, or perhaps a nickname for a pompous person.
PISTARIO     Greek, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
Pistario is a surname, mainly used in the Greek, Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese languages.
POLIDORI     Italian
Means "son of Polidoro". Famous bearers include John William Polidori (1795-1821), a physician to Lord Byron and author of 'The Vampyre' (1819), and his sister Frances Polidori (1800-1886), the mother of painter and poet Dante Gabriel Rossetti, poet Christina Rossetti, critic William Michael Rossetti, and author Maria Francesca Rossetti.
POLITO     Italian
Reduced form of Ippolito. Compare French Hypolite, Greek Politis. From Polites, a shortened form of medieval Greek Konstantinopolites, an ethnic name for someone from Constantinople.
POMPEI     Italian
Habitational name from a place called Pompei in Naples province. Or a patronymic or plural form of POMPEO.
POMPEO     Italian
From the Italian given name POMPEO.
PORCARO     Italian
From Italian porcaro "swineherd".
PORRIN     Italian
Americanized form of Perino.
PORTERA     Italian
Occupational name for a female servant, from Spanish portera.
POSADA     Italian
Spanish: habitational name from any of the numerous places named Posada, from posada ‘halt’, ‘resting place’. ... [more]
PRAMANTELLU     Sardinian
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous commune.
PRECI     Italian
Italian origin. Native spelling is Preçi.
PREDA     Italian
Derived from the first name Prato, meaning "field, meadow".
PRIMAVERA     Spanish, Portuguese, Italian
From Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian primavera meaning "spring".
PRÍNCIPE     Italian, Spanish
From principe "prince, heir" (Latin princeps, genitive principis, from primus "first" and capere "to take"), applied probably as a nickname for someone who gave himself airs and graces or for someone in the service of a prince.
PROCIDA     Italian
Habitational name from Procida, one of the Flegrean Islands off the coast of Naples in southern Italy.
PUGINA     Italian
Most likely derived from the feminine form of the Italian word pugno which means "fist".
PULEO     Sicilian
origin- common name found in Palermo in Scicily
PULSIPHER     Italian (Anglicized)
from the nickname meaning "handsome man" of a member of the Italian Pulci family who settled in England around the time of the Norman conquest
QUERCIA     Italian (Rare)
From the Latin quercus "oak".
QUINTO     Aragonese, Spanish, Catalan, Italian
Habitational surname for a person from a place called Quinto, for example in Zaragoza province. However, the high concentration of the surname in Alacant province suggests that, in some cases at least, it may derive from the personal name Quinto (from Latin Quintus denoting the fifth-born child or Catalan quinto "young soldier").... [more]
RAGONESI     Italian
Meaning: People Of Aragon
RAGUSA     Italian
Habitational name from Ragusa in Sicily, or from the ancient city of Dubrovnik on the Dalmatian coast of Croatia (Italian name Ragusa).
RANDAZZO     Italian
Habitational name from a place in Catania called Randazzo. Possibly from a derivative of the personal name Rando.
RAU     Italian
From a local variant of the personal name Rao, an old form of RALPH.
REALE     Italian
From reale "royal", either an occupational name for someone in the service of a king or a nickname for someone who behaved in a regal manner.
RECCHIA     Italian
Nickname from a reduced form of orecchia "ear".
RECCHIO     Italian
Probably a shortened form of orecchio "ear".
REGINATTO     Italian
nato means "born" in italian... [more]
RENDA     Italian
Possibly a derivative of LORENZO.
RENNA     Italian
Variant of RENDA.
RESTIVO     Italian
From an Italian nickname derived from the dialectal word restivu meaning "uncommunicative, reserved".
RICCIARDI     Italian
Patronymic from Ricciardo, a variant of the personal name Riccardo.
RINATO     Italian
means "reborn" in italian
RITA     Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Catalan
From the female personal name Rita, a reduced form of MargharitaMargaret’, chosen in particular in honor of a 15th-century Italian saint who bore the name in this form.
RIVERA     Spanish, Italian, Catalan
1.Spanish: habitational name from any of the places named Rivera, a variant of Ribera.... [more]
RIZZA     Italian
Variant of Rizzo.
RIZZOTTI     Italian
Variant of 'Rizzo', which means 'curly haired'
ROASCIO     Italian (Rare)
Derived from Roascio, the name of a municipality in the province of Cuneo in the Piedmont region of Italy. The meaning of the municipality's name is uncertain, but since it is located in Piedmont and known as Roass in the Piedmontese language, the etymological origin of the name is most likely Piedmontese... [more]
ROASIO     Italian
This surname originates from the Piedmont region of Italy. It is most likely derived from Roasio, which is the name of a municipality in that same region. The meaning of the municipality's name is uncertain, but since it is located in Piedmont and known as Roaso in the Piedmontese language, the etymological origin of the name is most likely Piedmontese... [more]
RODIA     Italian
Habitational name from Rodia, a locality in Messina, Sicily.
ROSI     Greek, Italian
Greek: Metronymic from the female personal name Rosa, or alternatively a variant of Rosso.... [more]
ROVIARO     Italian (Modern)
From northern Italy
RUCCI     Italian
Patronymic from the personal name Ruccio, from a short form of various pet names formed with this suffix, as for example Gasparuccio (from Gaspari) or Baldassaruccio (from Baldasare).
RUGGIERO     Italian
From the given name RUGGIERO.
SABATINI     Italian
Patronymic or plural form of Sabatino.
SABBATINI     Italian
Variant of Sabatini.
SABELLA     Italian
From the given name Sabello or Savello, Latin Sabellus, originally derived from a tribal name.
SACCENTE     Italian
Nickname from medieval Italian saccente "wise".
SAETTA     Italian
Means "lightning" in Italian.
SALERNO     Italian
Southern Italian habitational name from the city of Salerno in Campania.
SALVATORE     Italian
Derived from the Italian masculine given name Salvatore, which in turn was derived from the Italian noun salvatore meaning "saviour, rescuer". The word ultimately comes from Latin salvator meaning "saviour"... [more]
SANDANO     Italian
San means "saint" in Italian, but I don't know what the... [more]
SANTANGELO     Italian
Originating someone from Sant' Angelo in Italy.
SANTI     Italian (Latinized, Archaic)
Santi is a surname of Christian inspiration and it means Son of Santo (Saint). It also has a second meaning in plural that is Santos (Saints). Santi is a last name that comes from Piedmont (northern Italy)... [more]
SANTORA     Italian
Feminine variant of SANTORO.
SANTORUM     Italian
Variant of Santoro. A notable bearer is former American Senator Rick Santorum (1958-present).
SAPIENZA     Italian
It means "knowledge" in Italian.
SARD     English, French, Spanish, Italian
In the book "Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary by Henry Harrison and Gyda (Pulling) Harrison 1912 - Reprinted 1996.... The Sard surname (which has been in England, Italy and Europe for a long time) is defined thus on page 136...... [more]
SARDO     Italian, Catalan
Ethnic name from sardo "Sardinian".
SAVIO     Italian
Italian nickname given to a wise, sage man. Saint Dominic Savio is a well-known bearer of this surname.
SCALA     Italian, Greek
Habitational or topographic name from any of various places named with scala, "ladder", "steps", "wharf".
SCALI     Italian
Habitational name from Scali in Piedimonte Etneo, Sicily. From greek skali, "step", "terrace".
SCALI     Italian
Variant of SCALA.
SCANNADINARI     Italian (Rare)
Taken from the Italian scanna meaning "slaying" and dinari meaning "money" in the plural form. Therefore, killer of money.
SCARLATA     Italian
Feminine variant of SCARLATO.
SCARLATO     Italian
Occupational name for a dyer, or as a nickname for someone who habitually wore scarlet or who had bright red hair, From Sicilian scarlatu "scarlet".
SCELLATO     Italian, Sicilian
Variant of Scillato.
SCHENA     Italian
northern Italian
SCHIAVO     Italian
From the Italian word schiavo "slave".
SCILLATO     Italian, Sicilian
Comes from the commune of Scillato in Sicily, Italy, southeast of Palermo.
SCIUTO     Italian
Meaning "thin"... [more]
SEDITA     Italian
From Italian sei "six" + dita, plural of dito "finger", hence a nickname either for someone having six fingers or metaphorically for someone who was very dextrous.
SELVA     Catalan, Italian
From any of various places in Catalonia, the Balearic Islands, or northern Italy named Selva, as for instance the Catalan district La Selva, from selva "wood", Latin silva.
SFERRAZZA     Italian
Occupational name for a scrap-metal merchant, from a derivative of Sferro in the sense ‘old and broken iron’. Habitational name from the district of Paternò in Catania, Sicily.
SILVESTRINI     Italian
Means "Little Tree" or "Little Woods." Derived from the given name SILVESTER.
SILVIO     Italian
From the personal name Silvio (Latin Silvius, a derivative of silva "wood").
SIMONETTI     Italian
The name Simonetti originated from the personal name Simon, itself a derivative of the Hebrew name "Sim'on," from the verb "sama" meaning "to listen." Thus, the name Simonetti means "God has listened," referring to the gratitude of the parents who, having wished for a child, had their prayers answered.... [more]
SIMONI     Italian
Patronymic or plural form of Simone
SINATRA     Italian
Comes from a personal name in Sicily and souther Calabria. The name was apparently in origin a nickname from Latin senator member of the Roman senate, Latin senatus, a derivative of senex ‘old’... [more]
SLYVESTRE     Italian
Derived from the given name Sylvester.
SOPRANO     Italian
For soprano "higher, situated above", a topographic name for someone who lived at the top end of a place on a hillside.
SORDINO     Italian (Rare), Literature
Derived from Italian sordino, referring to a mute for musical instruments. It is ultimately from Italian sordo "deaf" or "muffled (sound), silent, hidden, voiceless". American author Laurie Halse Anderson uses this for her novel Speak (1999), on high school rape victim Melinda Sordino... [more]
SOTTILE     Italian
Southern Italian: nickname from sottile ‘delicate’, ‘refined’, also ‘lean’, ‘thin’ (from Latin subtilis ‘small’, ‘slender’).
SOZIO     Italian
Nickname from socio "companion", "ally".
SPADAFORA     Italian
Variant form of Spatafora. Spadafora is the younger out of the two surnames and yet the most common of the two, which might partly be because it is a little bit more italianized. After all, spada is the modern Italian word for "sword", which indicates that Spadafora is 'closer' to Italian than Spatafora, which is closer to the original Greek origin instead (as the first element of the surname is derived from Greek spathe meaning "blade, sword").... [more]
SPATAFORA     Italian
This surname originates from the Italian island of Sicily, where it was first borne by a noble family of Byzantine origin, which had settled on the island in the 11th century AD. Their surname was derived from the Greek noun σπάθη (spathe) "blade, sword" (akin to Latin spatha "broad sword with a double edge") combined with Greek φορεω (phoreo) "to carry, to bear", which gives the surname the meaning of "he who carries the sword" or "sword-bearer"... [more]
SPEZIALI     Italian
Variant of Speziale.
SPINAZZOLA     Italian
From a place named Spinazzola in Italy.
SPINOLA     Italian
Italian (Liguria) diminutive of Spina. Italian topographic name for someone living by Monte Spinola in the province of Pavia.
STEFANI     Italian
Patronymic or plural form of Stefano.
TAGLIAFERRO     Italian
From the Italian tagliare "to cut" and ferro "iron" occupational name for an ironworker or a nickname for a strong or ferocious fighter, one who was adept at cutting through the cuirass of the enemy with his sword (see Telfer).
TALARICO     Italian
Of uncertain origin; probably from the Germanic personal name ATHALARIC.
TALERICO     Italian
Variant of TALARICO.
TALLARICO     Italian
It came from the Medieval Italian names Tallarico and Talarico ultimately from the Ostrogothic name Atalarico.... [more]
TANO     Italian
From a short form of the personal name Gaetano.
TEDESCHI     Italian
Plural; From the Italian word tedesco meaning "German".
TEGALDO     Italian
This surname is the Piedmontese origin. The Tegaldo last name comes from the Latin Teca (= shell beans). Its meaning is grower of vegetables (bean). Also it is known as vegetable farming... [more]
TELFER     Scottish, English, Italian
From a personal name based on a byname for a strong man or ferocious warrior, from Old French taille or tailler "to cut" + fer "iron" Latin: ferrum "iron" (see Tagliaferro).
TEMPESTA     Italian
Italian: nickname for someone with a blustery temperament, from tempesta ‘storm’, ‘tempest’ (see Tempest). ... [more]
TEODORO     Portuguese, Portuguese (Brazilian), Italian, Spanish
Comes from the given name Teodoro. It derives from Theodoros, a compound containing the elements theos, meaning "god", plus doron, a "gift, hence"; "God's gift".
TERRACCIANO     Italian
Italian "Fenced In Land" from Italian "Terra" meaning "Land" and "Ciano" meaning "Fenced"
TORNATORE     Italian
Derived from Italian tornatore meaning "turner", which refers to a craftsman who turns and shapes various materials (such as wood and metal) on a lathe. In other words: this surname is the Italian cognate of the English surname Turner... [more]
TOSTA     Italian
Tosta literally means "hard" in italian.
TRENTADUE     Italian
Trentadue, Joseph, Trentadue Irene, Trentadue Leo, Trentadue Evelyn, Trentadue Victor, Trentadue Cindy, Trentadue Steven, Trentadue Tyler, Trentadue Winery... [more]
TRIFILETTI     Sicilian
Topographic name from a diminutive of Greek triphyllon "trefoil".
TROISE     Italian
Possibly a regional name from Turgisius, Latin name of a Norman province of Sicily
TROISI     Italian
Patronymic or plural form of Troise.
TURCO     Italian
Ethnic name for a Turk, or a nickname from the same word in the sense of a non-Christian or, following the medieval ethnic stereotype, a cruel, ferocious, or short-tempered person.
USANZA     Italian (Rare)
"custom, customary" Italian
VACCARINO     Italian
From a diminutive of the occupational name Vaccaro meaning "cowherd".
VALENTE     Italian, Galician, Portuguese
Italian, Galician, and Portuguese: nickname from valente ‘brave’, ‘valiant’.... [more]
VALLE     Spanish, Italian
Habitational name from any of the many places named with valle "valley", or topographic name for someone who lived in a valley (Latin vallis).
VASTA     Italian
Vasta is derived from the Italian word Vast. Vasta means wide in Italian. It is a common name in Italy preferably in Milan, Italy.
VECCHI     Italian
Italian: patronymic or plural form of Vecchio, meaning "old".
VECCHIO     Sicilian
Italian (mainly Sicily): from vecchio ‘old’, ‘aged’, applied as a status name for the older or oldest son, or as a nickname, possibly for someone who was prematurely gray, bent, or wrinkled.
VELÍŠEK     Czech, Italian, Croatian
Velliscig is an Italian surname with no small population base and spread almost exclusively in Friuli. The center of origin of this surname must be identified in the ancient Kingdom of Hungary - Bohemia between the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary.... [more]
VENTRELLI     Italian
Meaning 'small belly' from the Italian ventre (belly) and the diminutive suffix elli, meaning small or little.
VERDE     Spanish, Italian, Portuguese
From Spanish verde "green" (Latin viridis), presumably a nickname for someone who habitually dressed in this color or had green eyes, etc. This is also a common element of place names.
VERDI     Italian
The Italian word for "green".
VERRONE     Italian
Italian: probably a nickname from an augmentative form of verro ‘boar’.
VIRILE     Italian
It comes fron the Italian adjective virile that means 'manly, masculine' ultimately from Latin vir
VIRTUOSO     English (American), Spanish, Italian
This Italian surname could possibly be connected to those whose ancestors were involved in playing a musical instrument or somehow connected to the musical instrument industry.
VISCONTI     Italian
From visconte, a title of rank (medieval Latin vicecomes "deputy of a count").
VITALE     Italian
Like the given name Vitale, the surname Vitale comes from the Late Latin name Vitalis, which was derived from Latin vitalis "of life, vital".... [more]
YANTORNO     Italian
Derived from the word torno which in Italian means "around".
ZAMBONI     Italian
Italian: from the personal name Zamboni, a northeastern variant of Giambono, composed of a reduced form of Gianni (from Giovanni) + Bono or buono ‘good’.
ZANDEGIACOMO     Italian
Zandegiacomo's migrated to America and changed the name to Zandi.
ZANI     Italian
Comes from the personal name Z(u)an(n)i, a northeastern (Venetian) form of Gianni (from Giovanni, Italian equivalent of John). Zani or Zanni is a comic figure in the Commedia del’Arte, and the surname may be a nickname derived from this use, which is also the origin of the English word zany.
ZANNI     Italian
From the first name Gianni, which derives from Giovanni, which is the Italian version of John, which means "the grace/mercy of the Lord." ... [more]
ZANOTTI     Italian
Comes from a pet form of Zani.
ZIANI     Italian (Rare, Archaic)
Habitual surname denoting someone from Ziano, a locality in Italy. Unrelated to the Maghrebi surname of the same spelling.
ZICARI     Italian, Sicilian
Southern Italian and Sicilian from an unattested Arabic personal name Zikri or Zikari.
ZOLDAN     Italian
from the name place Zoldo. Zoldan indicates also the name of a little valley North from Venice.
ZOPPI     Italian
Nickname from zoppo "lame, unsteady".
ZUBIANI     Italian
It comes from the given name Eusebio.
ZUMPANO     Italian
Comes from the town Zumpano in the province Cosenza in Calabria Italy.
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