Italian Submitted Surnames
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Nickname for a man with long or unkempt hair and beard, from peloso
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]
"parsley", a southern dialect variant of prezzemolo.
Topographic name from piana ‘plain’, ‘level ground’, from Latin planus, or a habitational name from any of the places named with this word.
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’.
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]
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]
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.
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.
Habitational name from a place called Pompei in Naples province. Or a patronymic or plural form of POMPEO
Occupational name for a female servant, from Spanish portera.
Spanish: habitational name from any of the numerous places named Posada, from posada ‘halt’, ‘resting place’. ... [more]
PRÍNCIPE Italian, Spanish
"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.
Habitational name from Procida, one of the Flegrean Islands off the coast of Naples in southern Italy.
Most likely derived from the feminine form of the Italian word pugno
which means "fist".
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
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]
Habitational name from Ragusa in Sicily, or from the ancient city of Dubrovnik on the Dalmatian coast of Croatia (Italian name Ragusa).
Habitational name from a place in Catania called Randazzo. Possibly from a derivative of the personal name Rando.
From a local variant of the personal name Rao, an old form of RALPH
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.
From an Italian nickname derived from the dialectal word restivu meaning "uncommunicative, reserved".
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]
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]
Habitational name from Rodia, a locality in Messina, Sicily.
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).
From the given name Sabello
, Latin Sabellus
, originally derived from a tribal name.
Southern Italian habitational name from the city of Salerno in Campania.
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]
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]
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]
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".
Habitational name from Scali in Piedimonte Etneo, Sicily. From greek skali
, "step", "terrace".
SCANNADINARI Italian (Rare)
Taken from the Italian scanna
meaning "slaying" and dinari
meaning "money" in the plural form. Therefore, killer of money
Occupational name for a dyer, or as a nickname for someone who habitually wore scarlet or who had bright red hair, From Sicilian scarlatu
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
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.
Means "Little Tree" or "Little Woods." Derived from the given name SILVESTER.
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]
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]
"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
Southern Italian: nickname from sottile ‘delicate’, ‘refined’, also ‘lean’, ‘thin’ (from Latin subtilis ‘small’, ‘slender’).
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]
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]
Italian (Liguria) diminutive of Spina
. Italian topographic name for someone living by Monte Spinola in the province of Pavia.
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
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
TELFER Scottish, English, Italian
From a personal name based on a byname for a strong man or ferocious warrior, from Old French taille
"to cut" + fer
"iron" Latin: ferrum
"iron" (see Tagliaferro
Italian "Fenced In Land" from Italian "Terra" meaning "Land" and "Ciano" meaning "Fenced"
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
Possibly a regional name from Turgisius, Latin name of a Norman province of Sicily
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.
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 is derived from the Italian word Vast. Vasta means wide in Italian. It is a common name in Italy preferably in Milan, Italy.
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]
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.
Italian: probably a nickname from an augmentative form of verro ‘boar’.
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.
, a title of rank (medieval Latin vicecomes
"deputy of a count").
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]
Derived from the word torno
which in Italian means "around".
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.
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]
ZIANI Italian (Rare, Archaic)
Habitual surname denoting someone from Ziano, a locality in Italy. Unrelated to the Maghrebi surname of the same spelling.
from the name place Zoldo. Zoldan indicates also the name of a little valley North from Venice.
Comes from the town Zumpano
in the province Cosenza in Calabria