Italian 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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SAVONAItalian
From the name of the city of Savona in northern Italy, called Savo by the Romans, of uncertain meaning.
SCARPAItalian
Means "shoemaker" from Italian scarpa meaning "shoe".
SCARSIItalian
Nickname for a poor or miserly person, from Italian scarso "scarse, scant".
SCAVOItalian
Means "serf, slave", from Old Sicilian scavu.
SCIACCAItalian
Originally denoted someone from Sciacca, Sicily, Italy, which is of uncertain origin.
SCIARRAItalian
From Sicilian sciarra meaning "quarrel, dispute", originally a nickname for a quarrelsome person.
SCOLAItalian
From Italian scuola meaning "school".
SCORDATOItalian
Means "forgotten, left behind" in Italian.
SCOTTIItalian
From the medieval given name Francescotto, a diminutive of FRANCESCO.
SEBASTIANIItalian
From the given name SEBASTIANO.
SEGRETIItalian
From Italian segreto meaning "secret", a nickname for a confidant.
SELVAGGIOItalian
Italian form of SAVAGE.
SERAFINPolish, Italian
Derived from the given name SERAFIN or SERAFINO.
SERAFINIItalian
Derived from the given name SERAFINO.
SERPICOItalian
From a nickname derived from Italian serpe "serpent, reptile".
SESSAItalian
Originally indicated a person from from Sessa or Sessa Cilento, Italy (from Latin Suessa, of uncertain meaning).
SGROItalian
Nickname for a curly-haired person, from Greek σγουρος (sgouros) meaning "curly".
SIENAItalian
Indicated a person from Siena in Italy, which was named after the Gaulish tribe of the Senones.
SILVESTRIItalian
Derived from the given name SILVESTER.
SINAGRA (1)Italian
Originally denoted a person from Sinagra on Sicily, possibly derived from Latin sinus "inlet" and ager "field".
SINAGRA (2)Italian
Derived from the given name Senagora, an Italian form of XENAGORAS.
SOLDATIItalian
From Italian soldato meaning "soldier", ultimately from Latin solidus, a type of Roman coin.
SOMMAItalian
From the names of Italian places like Somma Lombardo or Somma Vesuviana, derived from Latin summa meaning "summit".
SORDIItalian
From Italian sordo meaning "deaf", from Latin surdus.
SORIANOItalian
From place names such as Soriano Calabro and Soriano nel Cimino. It is typical of southern Italy.
SORRENTINOItalian
Derived from the town of Sorrento near Naples, called Surrentum in Latin, of unknown meaning.
SPADAItalian
Occupational name for an armorer or swordsman, from Italian spada "sword", Latin spatha.
SPANÒSicilian
From Sicilian spanu meaning "sparse, thin hair", ultimately from Greek σπανιος (spanios) meaning "scarce, rare".
SPARACELLOItalian
From Sicilian sparaciu meaning "asparagus", an occupational name for an asparagus seller or grower.
SPEZIALEItalian
Means "grocer" in Italian, derived from Latin speciarius "spice seller".
SPINIItalian
Denoted a person who lived near thorn bushes, from Italian spina "thorn, spine", from Latin.
STABILEItalian
From the medieval Italian given name Stabile which meant "stable, firm".
STABLUMItalian
Northern Italian name derived from Latin stabulum meaning "stable".
STILOItalian
Derived from the name of the town of Stilo in southern Italy. It is possibly derived from Greek στυλος (stylos) meaning "column, pillar".
TAFANIItalian
From the nickname tafano meaning "gadfly", indicating an annoying person.
TAMAROItalian
Possibly from the Germanic given name THIETMAR. It is typical of the area around Trieste in northern Italy.
TAMBOIAItalian
Possibly means "drummer", from Italian tamburo meaning "drum".
TANZIItalian
From a short form of the given name COSTANZO.
TARANTINOItalian
Locational name that originally designated a person who came from Taranto, a city in southeast Italy, which was originally called Ταρας (Taras) by Greek colonists. A famous bearer of this name is the American director Quentin Tarantino (1963-).
TAVERNAItalian
From the place name Taverna, common in different parts of Italy. It means "inn, tavern" in Italian.
TEDESCOItalian
From Italian tedesco meaning "German".
TERRANOVAItalian
Means "new land" in Italian.
TERZIItalian
From the given name TERZO, or a name for a third child.
TESSAROItalian
Occupational name meaning "weaver", ultimately from Latin texarius.
TESTAItalian
From an Italian nickname meaning "head".
TIRABOSCHIItalian
Possibly of Germanic origin meaning "shepherd". This surname is typical of Lombardy.
TIVOLIItalian
Derived from the resort town of Tivoli, near Rome, originally called Tibur in Latin, of uncertain origin.
TODAROItalian
From a regional form of a given name Todaro, a variant of TEODORO. It is quite common in Sicily.
TOLONIItalian
Derived from the given name BARTOLOMEO.
TORNINCASAItalian
From a medieval Italian name given to a boy born after the death of a previous one, derived from Italian ritorna in casa "come back home".
TOSELLIItalian
Diminutive form of TOSI.
TOSETTIItalian
Diminutive form of TOSI.
TOSIItalian
Means "clean-shaven", usually denoting a younger man, from Latin tonsus "shaved".
TOSTOItalian
From a nickname for a tough, stubborn person, from Italian tosto "hard, tough".
TRAPANIItalian
From the name of the Sicilian city of Trapani, derived from Greek δρεπανη (drepane) meaning "sickle".
TRAVERSAItalian
Italian form of TRAVERS.
TRAVERSIItalian
Italian form of TRAVERS.
TRAVERSINIItalian
Italian variant of TRAVERS.
TRAVERSOItalian
Italian form of TRAVERS.
TRUCCOItalian
Denoted a person coming from a place of this name in northern Italy.
TRUDUSardinian
Means "thrush" in Sardinian (from Latin turdus).
TUMICELLIItalian
Possibly from a diminutive of the given name BARTOLOMEO.
TURATIItalian
From the name of the town of Turate near Como in Lombardy.
TURCHIItalian
Means "Turkish" in Italian.
UBERTIItalian
Derived from the given name UBERTO.
UCCELLOItalian
Means "bird" in Italian, either a nickname for a person who resembled a bird or an occupational name for a birdcatcher.
UGGERIItalian
Derived from the given name EDGARDO.
UGHIItalian
From the given name UGO.
UNGARETTIItalian
Diminutive of UNGARO.
UNGAROItalian
Means "Hungarian" in Italian.
VACCAItalian
Means "cow" in Italian, originally denoting a person who worked with cattle.
VACCAROItalian
Occupational name meaning "cowherd" in Italian.
VALENTIItalian
Patronymic from the given name Valente, an Italian form of VALENS. A famous bearer of the surname was Jack Valenti (1921-2007), advisor to American president Lyndon Johnson.
VALERIOItalian
From the given name VALERIO.
VARANOItalian
Derived from one of the many towns of this name in Italy.
VENTIMIGLIAItalian
From the name of the historical Italian city Ventimiglia, now near the French border, ultimately from Latin Albintimilium.
VENTURAItalian, Spanish, Portuguese
From the given names BONAVENTURA (Italian), BUENAVENTURA (Spanish) and BOAVENTURA (Portuguese).
VERONAItalian
From the name of the city of Verona, one of the most important historical cities of northern Italy. The meaning of the city's name is uncertain.
VESCOVIItalian
Derived from Italian vescovo meaning "bishop".
VESPAItalian
From an Italian nickname meaning "wasp".
VESTRIItalian
From the given name SILVESTRO.
VICARIOSpanish, Italian
Means "vicar" in Spanish and Italian, an ecclesiastic title used to denote a representative of a bishop. It is derived from Latin vicarius meaning "substitute, deputy".
VICOItalian
Means "town" in Italian, derived from Latin vicus.
VIGOItalian
Variant of VICO.
VILLAItalian, Spanish
Means "town" in Italian and Spanish, from Latin. It was originally given to a person who came from a town, as opposed to the countryside.
VINCI (1)Italian
From the given name VINCENTE.
VINCI (2)Italian
Originally indicated a person from Vinci near Florence, the birthplace of Leonardo da Vinci.
VIOLAItalian
From the given name VIOLA.
VITALIItalian
From the given name VITALE.
VOLTOLINIItalian
From the name of the alpine valley of Valtellina in Lombardy, northern Italy.
ZANETTIItalian
Derived from a diminutive of the given name GIOVANNI. A famous bearer is Argentinian soccer player Javier Zanetti (1973-).
ZANGARIItalian
Southern Italian name, derived from Greek τσαγκαρης (tsankaris) meaning "shoemaker, cobbler".
ZAPPAItalian
From Italian zappa meaning "hoe, mattock", probably denoting a farmer. Two musicians of Italian origin have bore this name: Francesco Zappa (1717-1803) and Frank Zappa (1940-1993).
ZENIItalian
Means "son of ZENO".
ZINIItalian
Derived from names such as Lorenzino, a diminutive of LORENZO, or Vincenzino, a diminutive of VINCENZO.
ZINOItalian
Derived from the given name Zino, a short form of names ending with -zino, such as Lorenzino, a diminutive of LORENZO, or Vincenzino, a diminutive of VINCENZO.
ZUNINOItalian
Derived from the given name GIOVANNI.
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