Classical Latin Origin Surnames

This is a list of surnames in which the origin is Classical Latin. Latin was the language spoken in ancient Rome and many parts of the Roman Empire.
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AAIJ Dutch
Derived from the given name Aaij, a short form of ADRIAAN and other names.
ABATANGELO Italian
From Italian abate meaning "abbot, priest" combined with the given name ANGELO.
ABATANTUONO Italian
From Italian abate meaning "abbot, priest" combined with the given name ANTONIO.
ACCIAI Italian
Derived from medieval Italian accia meaning "axe", ultimately from Latin ascia.
ACOSTA Spanish
Spanish form of DA COSTA (from a misdivision of the surname).
ADRIAANS Dutch
Means "son of ADRIAAN".
ADRIAANSEN Dutch
Means "son of ADRIAAN".
AFRICANI Italian
Means "son of Africano", the Italian form of AFRICANUS.
AFRICANO Italian
From the given name Africano, the Italian form of AFRICANUS.
AGÓCS Hungarian
Derived from a diminutive of the given name ÁGOSTON.
AGOSTI Italian
Means "son of Agosto", a variant of AUGUSTO.
AGOSTINI Italian
Means "son of AGOSTINO".
AGUA Spanish
Means "water" in Spanish, indicating a person who lived near water or worked with water.
AGUADO Spanish
Derived from Spanish agua "water", indicating a person who lived near water or worked with water.
AGUILAR Spanish
From a place name that was derived from Spanish águila meaning "eagle", ultimately from Latin aquila.
AIELLO Italian
From various place names in Italy, such as Aiello del Friuli, Aiello del Sabato and others. They are derived from Latin agellus meaning "little field".
AJELLO Italian
Variant of AIELLO.
ALAMANNI Italian
From ALEMANNIA, the Latin name for Germany.
ALBANESI Italian
Originally indicated a person who came from ALBANIA.
ALBANI Italian
Derived from the given name ALBANO.
ALBANO Italian
Derived from the given name ALBANO.
ALBERO Italian
From Italian albero meaning "tree", ultimately from Latin arbor, referring to someone who lived in the woods or worked as a woodcutter.
ALBESCU Romanian
Derived from Romanian alb meaning "white".
ALBINI Italian
Means "son of ALBINO".
ALBINSON English, Swedish
Means "son of ALBIN".
ALBU Romanian
From Romanian alb meaning "white".
ALEMAGNA Italian
From ALEMANNIA, the Latin name for Germany.
AMADEI Italian
Means "son of AMADEO".
AMADOR Spanish
Derived from the given name AMADOR.
AMADORI Italian
Means "son of AMATORE".
AMATO Italian
From the given name AMATO.
AMATORE Italian
From the given name AMATORE.
AMORETTO Italian
From a diminutive of the given name AMORE.
ANDONOV Bulgarian
Means "son of ANDON".
ANGHELESCU Romanian
Means "son of ANGHEL".
ANGIOLI Italian
Means "son of ANGIOLO".
ANTAL Hungarian
Derived from the given name ANTAL.
ANTIĆ Serbian, Croatian
Means "son of ANTO" or "son of ANTE (1)".
ANTONELLI Italian
Means "son of ANTONELLO".
ANTONESCU Romanian
Means "son of ANTON".
ANTONINI Italian
Means "son of ANTONINO".
ANTONINO Italian
Derived from the given name ANTONINO.
ANTONIO Spanish
Derived from the given name ANTONIO.
ANTONIOU Greek
Means "son of ANTONIOS".
ANTONIS Greek, Dutch
Derived from the given name ANTONIS or ANTONIUS.
ANTONISE Dutch
Derived from the given name ANTONIUS.
ANTONISEN Danish
Means "son of ANTON".
ANTONSEN Norwegian, Danish
Means "son of ANTON".
ANTOV Bulgarian
Means "son of ANTON".
ANTÚNEZ Spanish
Means "son of ANTONIO".
AQUINO Italian, Spanish
From the name of an Italian town near Rome, derived from Latin aqua meaning "water", the home town of the 13th-century saint Thomas Aquinas. In Italy the surname is derived directly from the town's name. As a Spanish-language surname, it was sometimes bestowed by missionaries in honour of the saint as they evangelized in Spanish colonies.
ARBORE Italian
From Latin arbor meaning "tree".
ARENA Italian
Italian cognate of ARENAS.
ARENAS Spanish
From various Spanish place names, which are derived from Spanish arena meaning "sand".
ARIESEN Dutch
Means "son of ARIS (2)".
ARISSEN Dutch
Variant of ARIESEN.
ARTS (2) Dutch
Dutch cognate of ARZT.
ARZT Dutch
Means "doctor, physician" in German, ultimately from Latin archiater.
ASÍS Spanish
Originally denoted a person from the Italian city of Assisi (called Asís in Spanish).
AUGUSTIN French, German
From the given name AUGUSTIN.
AUGUSTINE English
From the given name AUGUSTINE (1).
AUKEMA Frisian
Means "son of AUKE".
AUKES Dutch
Dutch form of AUKEMA.
AUST German
Derived from Aust, an archaic diminutive of AUGUST.
AUSTIN English
Derived from the given name AUSTIN.
BAARDWIJK Dutch
From the name of a town in the Netherlands, possibly from Baard, a variant of BERT, and wijk meaning "neighbourhood, district".
BABCOCK English
Derived from the medieval name Bab, possibly a diminutive of BARTHOLOMEW or BARBARA.
BACHMEIER German
Originally referred to a farmer whose farm was beside a stream, from Middle High German bach "stream" and meier "steward, tenant farmer".
BAGGI Italian
Variant of BAGGIO.
BAGGIO Italian
Originally denoted a person from the Italian town of Baggio (now part of Milan). It is probably derived from Latin Badalocum meaning "watch place".
BAGLIO Italian
Italian cognate of BAILEY.
BAIER German
Variant of BAYER.
BAILEY English
From Middle English baili meaning "bailiff", which comes via Old French from Latin baiulus "porter".
BAINES (1) Welsh
From Welsh ab Einws meaning "son of Einws", a diminutive of EINION.
BALÁZS Hungarian
Derived from the given name BALÁZS.
BALBONI Italian
Derived from the given name BALBINO.
BÁLINT Hungarian
Derived from the given name BÁLINT.
BARBER English, Scottish
Indicated a barber, one who cut hair for a living.
BARBIERI Italian
Italian cognate of BARBER.
BASS English
English cognate of BASSO.
BASSI Italian
Variant of BASSO, common in northern Italy.
BASSO Italian
Originally a nickname for a short person, from Latin bassus "thick, low".
BATTAGLIA Italian
From a nickname meaning "battle" in Italian.
BATTLE English
From a nickname for a combative person. In some cases it may come from the name of English places called Battle, so named because they were sites of battles.
BAUTISTA Spanish
Derived from the given name BAUTISTA.
BAYER German
Originally denoted a person from Bavaria, from its German name BAYERN.
BEAUCHÊNE French
From French place names derived from beau "beautiful" and chêne "oak".
BEAUFORT French
From various French place names derived from beau "beautiful" and fort "strong place, fortress".
BEAULIEU French
From various French place names derived from beau "beautiful" and lieu "place".
BEAUMONT French, English
From French place names derived from beau "beautiful" and mont "mountain".
BECSKEI Hungarian
Indicated a person from Becske, a town in Hungary, which might be derived from the given name BENEDEK.
BELCHER English
From a Middle English version of Old French bel chiere meaning "beautiful face". It later came to refer to a person who had a cheerful and pleasant temperament.
BELLAMY French, English
From Old French bel ami meaning "beautiful friend".
BELLEROSE French
Means "beautiful rose" in French.
BELLINI Italian
From Italian bello meaning "beautiful".
BELLO Spanish, Italian
Means "beautiful" in Spanish and Italian, originally a nickname for an attractive person.
BELLOMO Italian
From a nickname derived from Italian bello "beautiful, fair" and uomo "man".
BELLONI Italian
Augmented form of BELLO.
BELMONT French, English
French and English form of BELMONTE.
BELMONTE Spanish, Italian
From various place names in Italy and Spain meaning "beautiful mountain".
BELO Portuguese
Portuguese form of BELLO.
BENDTSEN Danish
Means "son of BENDT".
BENEDETTI Italian
From the given name BENEDETTO.
BENES Hungarian
Hungarian form of BENEŠ.
BENEŠ Czech
Derived from a diminutive of the given name BENEDIKT.
BENETTON Italian
Northern Italian variant of BENEDETTI.
BENGTSDOTTER Swedish
Means "daughter of BENGT".
BENGTSSON Swedish
Means "son of BENGT".
BENINI Italian
Means "son of Benino" from a diminutive of Bene or Beno, short forms of BENEDETTO.
BENÍTEZ Spanish
Means "son of BENITO".
BENN English
From a short form of BENEDICT.
BENNET English
Derived from the medieval English given name BENNETT.
BENNETT English
Derived from the medieval English given name BENNETT.
BENSON English
Means "son of BENEDICT".
BENTSEN Danish
Means "son of BENT (1)".
BERGAMASCHI Italian
Originally indicated an inhabitant of the city of BERGAMO in Lombardy.
BEUMER Dutch
Possibly a Dutch form of BAUMER or BÖHMER.
BEUMERS Dutch
Possibly a Dutch form of BAUMER or BÖHMER.
BEYER German
Variant of BAYER.
BIAGI Italian
Means "son of BIAGIO".
BLÁHA Czech
Derived from a diminutive of BLAŽEJ.
BLAISE French
Derived from the given name BLAISE.
BLAŽEK Czech
Derived from a given name that was a diminutive of BLAŽEJ.
BOERIO Italian
From Italian boaro meaning "cowherd".
BÖHM German
Originally indicated a person from the region of BOHEMIA (Böhmen in German).
BÖHME German
Variant of BÖHM.
BOLOGNA Italian
From the name of the city of Bologna in northern Italy. It may derive from a Celtic word meaning "settlement".
BONAVENTURA Italian
From the given name BONAVENTURA.
BONE (1) English
Derived from Old French bon meaning "good".
BONFILS French
Derived from Old French bon fils meaning "good son".
BONHAM English
English form of BONHOMME.
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.
BONNER English
From Middle English boneire "kind, courteous", derived from Norman French bon aire "good bloodline".
BONNET French
From the given name BONITUS.
BONOMO Italian
Italian cognate of BONHOMME.
BORBÉLY Hungarian
Hungarian cognate of BARBER.
BORGHI Italian
Locative origin, from the common place name Borgo meaning "village".
BÖSCH (1) German
Derived from a diminutive of the given name SEBASTIAN.
BOSCH (2) Catalan
Catalan cognate of BOSCO.
BOSCO Italian
Means "forest" in Italian.
BOSQUE Spanish
Spanish form of BOSCO.
BOULOS Arabic
From the given name BULUS.
BOVE Italian
Derived from an Italian nickname meaning "bull, ox".
BOVER Catalan
Catalan cognate of BOVE.
BOVERI Italian
Variant of BOVE.
BOYCE English
From Old French bois meaning "wood", originally given to someone who lived by or in a wood.
BRET French
French form of BRETT.
BRETT English
Originally a name given to someone who was a Breton or a person from Brittany.
BRITTON English
Originally given to a person who was a Briton (a Celt of England) or a Breton (an inhabitant of Brittany).
BRUNETTI Italian
Diminutive of BRUNO.
BRUNO Italian
Means "brown" in Italian, a nickname for a person with brown hair or brown clothes.
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".
BUNKER English
Derived from Old French bon cuer meaning "good heart".
BUSTILLO Spanish
From the name of Spanish towns, diminutive forms of BUSTO.
BUSTO Spanish, Italian
From the name of towns in Spain and Italy, derived from Late Latin bustum meaning "ox pasture".
BUSTOS Spanish
Variant of BUSTO.
CABRAL Portuguese
From places named from Late Latin capralis meaning "place of goats", derived from Latin capra meaning "goat".
CABRERA Spanish
From various place names derived from Late Latin capraria meaning "place of goats", from Latin capra meaning "goat".
CAIAZZO Italian
From the name of a city near Naples, originally Caiatia in Latin, a derivative of the given name CAIUS.
CAIVANO Italian
From the name of the town of Caivano near Naples, derived from Latin Calvianum, derived from the Roman cognomen CALVUS.
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.
CAMPOS Portuguese, Spanish
Portuguese and Spanish variant of CAMPO.
CAPELLO (1) Italian
From Late Latin cappa meaning "cloak, cape, hood". This was a name for one who made or wore cloaks.
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".
CARDOSO Portuguese, Spanish
From a place name meaning "thorny" in Portuguese and Spanish, ultimately from Latin carduus.
CARLISLE English
From the name of a city in northern England. The city was originally called by the Romans Luguvalium meaning "stronghold of LUGUS". Later the Brythonic element ker "fort" was appended to the name of the city.
CARMAN (1) English
Occupational name for a carter, from Middle English carre "cart" (of Latin origin) and man "man".
CARO Spanish, Italian
From Spanish and Italian caro meaning "beloved".
CARON French
Variant of CHARRON.
CARPENTER English
From the occupation, derived from Middle English carpentier (ultimately from Latin carpentarius meaning "carriage maker").
CARSTENSEN Danish
Means "son of CARSTEN".
CASAL Spanish
From the Spanish word casal meaning "house", ultimately from Late Late casalis and Latin casa.
CASALE Italian
Italian cognate of CASAL.
CASALES Spanish
Variant of CASAL.
CASTELL Catalan
Catalan cognate of CASTLE.
CASTELO Portuguese
Portuguese cognate of CASTLE.
CASTILLA Spanish
Originally indicated a person from Castile, a region (and medieval kingdom) in Spain. The name of the region is derived from Late Latin castellum meaning "castle".
CASTILLO Spanish
Spanish cognate of CASTLE.
CASTLE English
From Middle English castel meaning "castle", from Late Latin castellum, originally indicating a person who lived near a castle.
CASTRO Spanish, Portuguese
Means "castle" in Spanish and Portuguese, and referred to one who lived near a castle.
CATTANEO Italian
Variant of CAPITANI used in Lombardy.
CAVALLO Italian
Means "horse" in Italian, an occupational name for a horseman.
CECIL Welsh
From the Welsh given name Seisyll, which was derived from the Roman name Sextilius, a derivative of SEXTUS.
CEELEN Dutch
Derived from the given name CEEL.
CHADWICK English
From the name of English towns meaning "settlement belonging to CHAD" in Old English.
CHAPMAN English
Occupational name derived from Old English ceapmann meaning "merchant, trader".
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.
CHAVES Portuguese, Spanish
From the name of a Portuguese city, derived from the Roman name FLAVIUS (being named for the emperor Vespasian, whose family name was Flavius).
CHÁVEZ Spanish
Variant of CHAVES. A famous bearer was the labour leader César Chávez (1927-1993).
CHESHIRE English
Originally indicated a person from the county of Cheshire in England. Cheshire is named for its city CHESTER.
CHESTER English
From the name of a city in England, derived from Latin castrum "camp, fortress".
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.
CHRISTIANS English
Derived from the given name CHRISTIAN.
CIPRIANI Italian
From the given name CIPRIANO.
CLARK English
Means "cleric" or "scribe", from Old English clerec meaning "priest", ultimately from Latin clericus. A famous bearer was William Clark (1770-1838), an explorer of the west of North America.
CLARKE English
Variant of CLARK.
CLARKSON English
Patronymic form of CLARK.
CLEARY Irish
From Irish cléireach meaning "clerk" (see CLARK).
CLEMENS English
Derived from the given name CLEMENT. This was the surname of the author Samuel Clemens (1835-1910), also known as Mark Twain.
CLEMENSEN Danish
Means "son of CLEMENS".
CLÉMENT French
Derived from the given name CLÉMENT.
CLEMENT English
Derived from the given name CLEMENT.
CLERY Irish
Variant of CLEARY.
COELHO Portuguese
From the Portuguese word for "rabbit", either a nickname or an occupational name referring to a hunter or seller of rabbits.
COELLO Galician
Galician cognate of COELHO.
COEMAN Dutch
Variant of KOOPMAN.
COEMANS Dutch
Variant of KOOPMAN.
COIRO Italian
From Italian cuoio meaning "leather", ultimately from Latin corium. This was an occupational surname for a leather worker or tanner.
COKE English
Variant of COOK.
COKES English
Variant of COOK.
COLEMAN Irish, English
From the given name COLMÁN.
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.
COLÓN Spanish
Spanish form of COLOMBO.
CONSTANTIN Romanian
From the given name CONSTANTIN.
COOK English
Derived from Old English coc meaning "cook", ultimately from Latin coquus. It was an occupational name for a cook, a man who sold cooked meats, or a keeper of an eating house.
COOKE English
Variant of COOK.
COOKSON English
Patronymic form of COOK.
COOPER English
Means "barrel maker", from Middle English couper.
CORNELL English
Derived from the given name CORNELIUS.
COSTA Portuguese, Italian, Catalan
Means "riverbank, slope, coast" in Portuguese, Italian 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.
COUMANS Dutch
Variant of KOOPMAN.
COUPE English
From Middle English coupe meaning "barrel", a name for a barrel maker or cooper.
CRESPI Italian
Variant of CRESPO.
CRESPO Spanish, Portuguese, Italian
Referred to a person with curly hair, from Latin crispus meaning "curly".
CRISP English
English cognate of CRESPO.
CROCE Italian
Italian form of CROSS.
CROCETTI Italian
Italian diminutive form of CROCE.
CROSS English
Locative name meaning "cross", ultimately from Latin crux. It denoted one who lived near a cross symbol or near a crossroads.
CROUCH English
Variant of CROSS.
CRUZ Spanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese cognate of CROSS.
CSÁSZÁR Hungarian
Hungarian form of KAISER.
CUESTA Spanish
Spanish form of COSTA.
CUEVAS Spanish
Derived from Spanish cueva meaning "cave".
CUIJPER Dutch
Variant of KUIPER.
CUIJPERS Dutch
Variant of KUIPER.
CULLEN (1) English
From the name of the German city of Cologne, which was derived from Latin colonia "colony".
CUOCCO Italian
Italian cognate of COOK.
CUOCO Italian
Italian cognate of COOK.
CUYPER Dutch
Variant of KUIPER.
CUYPERS Dutch
Variant of KUIPER.
D'AMORE Italian
From the given name AMORE.
D'ANGELO Italian
Means "son of ANGELO".
D'ANTONIO Italian
Means "son of ANTONIO".
DAUBNEY English
From any of the various towns in France called Aubigny, derived from the Gallo-Roman personal name ALBINUS.
D'CRUZ Indian (Christian)
Variant of CRUZ more common among Christians from India.
D'CRUZE Indian (Christian)
Variant of CRUZ more common among Christians from India.
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 FIORE Italian
Means "son of FIORE".
DEFOREST French
Means "from the forest" in French.
DE KLERK Dutch
From Dutch klerk meaning "clerk", making this a cognate of CLARK.