in Italian and denoted a child who was rescued after being abandoned by its parents.
From Italian fabbro
, ultimately from Latin faber
Derived from Italian falco "falcon"
. The name was used to denote a falconer or a person who resembled a falcon in some way.
Occupational name for a miller, derived from Italian farina "flour"
Derived from the name of a place on Sicily, Italy, derived from Latin far
meaning "wheat, spelt".
Means "land agent, bailiff, steward, farmer"
From Italian fava
referring to a type of broad bean.
Originally indicated a person from the town of Fermo in the Marche region of Italy, originally called Firmum
in Latin meaning "strong, steady, firm".
Occupational name for a metalworker or smith, derived from Latin ferrarius
, a derivative of ferrum
Ferro Italian, Spanish
, ultimately from Latin ferrum
. This was an occupational name for one who worked with iron.
Derived from Italian fiscella
, which was a basket used to conserve cheese. The name was probably used to denote a person who made cheese.
Of Italian origin, possibly from a place derived from fondo
. The family of Henry Fonda (1905-1982) came from the Netherlands, but they were of Genoese origin.
From a nickname that indicated a person who came from France. It is typical of the area around Naples.
Furlan Italian, Slovene
From the name of the Italian region of Friuli
, in the northeast of Italy, which is derived from the name of the Roman town of Forum Iulii meaning "forum of Julius".
From Italian fosco
, from Latin fuscus
. This was a nickname for a person with dark features.
Gallo Italian, Spanish
, ultimately from Latin gallus
. This was a nickname for a proud person.
Probably from the feminine medieval given name Allegranza or Alleganza, a derivative of Allegra
. It comes from northern Lombardy.
From a nickname meaning "politeness"
in Italian. A famous bearer of this name was the Swedish actress Greta Garbo (1905-1990), born Greta Lovisa Gustafsson.
Originally denoted one from the region of Garfagnana in Tuscany, Italy, near the historical city of Lucca.
From a nickname, from a southern variant of the Italian word garofano
in Italian, originally a nickname for an agile person.
From the old Italian given name Bonagiunta
(derived from bono
"good" and aggiunto
From an Italian nickname meaning "cricket"
, perhaps given originally to a cheerful person (the cricket is associated with cheerfulness).
From the given name Grimaldo
. It is the surname of the royal family of Monaco, which came from Genoa.
From the Tuscan word gronchio
meaning "numb, bent"
. This is an Italian regional surname typical of Tuscany. A famous bearer was the Italian president Giovanni Gronchi (1887-1978).
From a Sicilian nickname meaning "sad"
. It was name of the famous Italian painter Renato Guttuso (born 1912).
Originally indicated a person from the town of Abriola in southern Italy.
Occupational name for a greengrocer, meaning "vegetables"
in southern Italian dialects, ultimately from Greek λάχανον (lachanon)
From a nickname derived from Ligurian lagö
, referring to a type of lizard, the European green lizard. This little reptile is respected because it supposedly protects against vipers.
Occupational name meaning "sentry, sentinel"
in Italian, also a locative name referring to a person who lived near a watchtower. Fiorello Laguardia (1882-1947) was the first mayor of New York of Italian origin.
Derived from the name place Lama
, common in Italy.
From the name of the village of Lamon near the city of Belluno in Veneto, Italy.
From the name of the town of Laterza near Taranto in Apulia. It is typical of southern Italy.
From the name of the town of Laurito, near Salerno in the area of Naples.
Originally indicated a person from Lecce, southern Italy. The town was known as Licea
in Latin, earlier Lupiae
From Locatello, a town in Lombardy, northern Italy, near the city of Bergamo.
Originally indicated someone who came from the Lombardy region of northern Italy, which was named for the Lombards, a Germanic tribe who invaded in the 6th century. Their name is derived from the Germanic roots lang
"long" and bard
From an Italian form of Lusatia
, a region of eastern Germany.
in Italian, derived from Latin mancus
Originally indicated a person from Manfredonia, Italy. The city was named for the 13th-century King Manfred
From the name of the city of Mantua in Lombardy, northern Italy (Mantova
From the name of the Marche region in Italy, derived from Late Latin marca
meaning "borderland". It was the real surname of the American boxer Rocky Marciano (1923-1969), who was born Rocco Marchegiano.
From the Italian title marchese
. It was probably a nickname for a person who behaved like a marquis or worked in the household of a marquis.
in Italian, possibly indicating a person who lived near a quarry or one who worked with marble.
From a nickname (perhaps occupational) meaning "maul, mallet"
Merlo Italian, Spanish
, ultimately from Latin merula
. The blackbird is a symbol of a naive person.
From the name of the Sicilian city of Messina, founded by Greek colonists. The city was named after the Greek city Μεσσήνη (Messene)
From the town of Modugno, in Apulia in southern Italy. It is the surname of the Italian actor and singer Domenico Modugno (1928-1994).
From Italian mondatore
. This was an occupational name for someone who kept fields clear of weeds.
in Italian, indicating a person who lived on or near one.
From the Italian medieval given name Morando
Locative name derived from Italian places such as Morra De Sanctis, Campania, or Morra del Villar, Piedmont.
From a diminutive of Italian mosca
, perhaps originally a nickname for an annoying person.
From various names of places around Italy. It is derived from a Gaulish word meaning "hill".
From the town of Muggia in northeastern Italy near the Slovenian border. It was called Muglae
Occupational name for a wall builder, from Italian murare
meaning "to wall up"
From Italian mussolina
, a type of cloth, itself derived from the city of Mosul in Iraq. This name was borne by the Italian dictator Benito Mussolini (1883-1945).
Originally denoted a person from the town of Naggio in Lombardy, Italy.
Nickname for someone with a prominent nose, from Italian naso "nose"
Possibly from Italian neccio
, a type of flat bread.
Nickname derived from Italian negro "black"
, used to refer to someone with dark hair or dark skin.
From the town of Nepi in central Italy, which is of uncertain origin.
From Italian nero "black"
, indicating a person with a dark complexion or dark hair.
Possibly a nickname for an innkeeper, from archaic Milanese nervètt
, a local meal prepared from a calf.
From the name of the town of Nervi in Liguria, northwestern Italy.
From the name of towns such as Nespoli and Nespoledo, derived from Italian nespola
meaning "medlar (tree)".
From the name of the town of Nicastro in Calabria, southern Italy.
From the Italian word nicchio
, possibly a nickname for people related to the sea.
From the name of the town Nicolosi on Sicily, itself named for Saint Nicholas.
From Sardinian nieddu
, derived from Latin niger
Means "son of Niso"
, an Italian form of the mythological name Nisus
From the name of the Italian town of Nizzola near Modena.
From the name of the town of Nusco in Campania, southern Italy.
Occupational name for a clerk, derived from Latin notarius
From a nickname meaning "little bear"
in Italian, from Latin ursus
Derived from the Italian given name Pace
Originally denoted one who came from the city of Padua in Italy, from Italian Padova
, itself from Latin Patavium
, of unknown meaning.
From various Italian places, named from Italian palazzo
, Latin palatium
meaning "palace, noble mansion".
From Italian paladino
meaning "knight, defender"
, from Late Latin palatinus
meaning "palace officer".
Locative name from the town of Palmi in the Calabria region of southern Italy.
From Italian palombo
(also "dogfish"). This form is typical of southern Italy.
Panza Italian, Literature
From a variant of the Italian word pancia
meaning "stomach, paunch"
, originally a nickname for a chubby person. The Spanish author Miguel de Cervantes used it in his novel Don Quixote
(1605), where it is the surname of Don Quixote's squire Sancho Panza. Not a common Spanish surname, Cervantes may have based it directly on the Spanish word panza
(a cognate of the Italian word).
From the city of Parma in northern Italy, the name of which is probably of Etruscan origin.
From the name of a village near Genoa in northern Italy.
From a Sicilian variant of Italian padrino
Paternoster English, Italian
Occupational name for a maker of rosaries, also called paternosters. They are derived from the Latin phrase pater noster
"our Father", the opening words of the Lord's Prayer.
From the name of the city of Pavia in Lombardy, Italy. It is of unknown meaning.
in Italian. It was originally a nickname for a proud or haughty person.
in Italian, an occupational name for a shepherd.
Means "pilgrim, traveller"
in Italian, ultimately from Latin peregrinus
From the name of the city of Perugia in Umbria, Italy. It was known as Perusia
in the classical period, and it is of Etruscan origin.
From the name of the city of Pesaro, in the Marche region (Latin Pisaurum
in Italian, referring either to a fisherman or to a person who resembled a fish in some way.
in Italian, indicating that the residence of the original bearer was near the town square.
From Italian pica
. This probably denoted someone who was talkative or prone to stealing, although it may have described someone's unusual colouring. The Spanish painter and sculptor Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) was a famous bearer of this name.
Nickname for a short person, from Italian piccolo "small"
From the name of the small town of Pierno in southern Italy near Potenza.
Name for a person who lived near a pine tree, from Italian pino
, Latin pinus
From the name of the town of Piovene Rocchette in Veneto, Italy.
From Italian pisano
, the name for an inhabitant of the city of Pisa, Italy. The city's name is of unknown meaning.
Originally a nickname for somebody who steals grapes from vineyards. In the Genoese dialect pittà
means "to pick" and uga
means "grapes" (uva
Means "hillock, small hill"
in Italian, a derivative of Latin podium
meaning "balcony, platform".
From a diminutive of the given name Paolo
. This name is typical of northern and central Italy.
Pontecorvo Italian, Jewish
From the name of a town in central Italy, home to an old Jewish community. The town's name is derived from Italian ponte
"bridge" and curvo
Designated a person who lived near a harbour, from Italian porto
, Latin portus
From the name of the southern Italian city of Potenza, called Potentia
in Latin, meaning "power, force".
From Italian pozzo
meaning "well, pit"
, derived from Latin puteus
From Italian profeta
. It probably came from a nickname indicating a person who wanted to predict the future. It is typical of southern Italy.
From the name of the Provence region of southern France (in Italian Provenza
). It is derived from Latin provincia
"province", a territorial division.
From an adjectival derivative of Puglia, from Latin Apulia
, a region of southeast Italy containing the boot heel and some of the coastline of the Adriatic Sea. It is a regional name for someone from that region.
From Italian quattro
meaning "four" and occhi
meaning "eyes", a nickname for a person who wore glasses. It is usually found in Sicily.
Occupational name for the fisherman in charge of the boat, from Italian rais "captain"
, of Arabic origin. It is typical of Sicily and Sardinia.
From Italian ratto
, originally denoting a sly individual.
From the name of the city of Ravenna in northern Italy, which is of uncertain origin, possibly Etruscan.
From Italian riccio
, a nickname for someone with curly hair. It is ultimately from Latin ericius
From the name of the Italian city of Reggio Calabria, from Latin Rhegium
, of Greek origin.
Means "bank, shore"
in Italian, from Latin ripa
, denoting one who lived by a river or a lake.
From a nickname for a strong person, from Italian robusto
"strong", from Latin robustus
"firm, solid, oaken".
From the region of Romagna, on the Adriatic coast of Italy. It is derived from Latin Romania
meaning "land of the Romans".
Romano 2 Italian
Denoted a person from the city of Rome
, either a resident or someone who visited as a pilgrim. In Calabria it was also used to designate a person from New Rome, a name for Constantinople.
From the names of places like Ronco or Ronchi, quite common in northern Italy, derived from ronco
meaning "cleared land, terraced land". It was the surname of Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli (1881-1963), the pope John XXIII.
From Italian places named Ronchi, derived from ronco
meaning "cleared land, terraced land". It is most common in northern and central Italy.
Derived from a nickname for a red-haired person, from Italian rosso
, Latin russus
meaning "red". This is the most common surname in Italy.
Diminutive form of Rossi
. A famous bearer was the Italian composer Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868).
From the Italian word for a measure of weight, from southern Italian dialects, derived from Greek via Arabic.
From the name of the city of Rovigo in northeastern Italy near Venice. It was called Rodigium
in Latin, and is of unknown meaning.
From a dialectal variant of Ruggiero
. It is typical of northeastern Italy, the area around Trieste.