Swiss Surnames

Swiss names are used in the country of Switzerland in central Europe.
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LANE (2) French
Derived from a French word meaning "wool", designating one who worked in the wool trade.
LANG German, Danish, Norwegian
German, Danish and Norwegian cognate of LONG.
LANGE German, Danish, Norwegian
German, Danish and Norwegian cognate of LONG.
LANGENBERG German, Dutch
From various place names meaning "long mountain" in German and Dutch.
LANGER German, Jewish
German cognate of LONG.
LANGLAIS French
Means "the Englishman" in French.
LAPOINTE French
Means "point (of a lance)" in French, possibly a nickname for a soldier.
LARUE French
Means "the street" in French.
LATERZA Italian
From the name of the town of Laterza near Taranto in Apulia. It is typical of southern Italy.
LAURENT French
From the given name LAURENT.
LAURENZ German
Derived from the given name LORENZ.
LAURITO Italian
From the name of the town of Laurito, near Salerno in the area of Naples.
LAVIGNE French
Means "the vineyard" in French, referring to a person who lived close to a vineyard, or was from the town of Lavigny.
LAVOIE French
Means "the road, the lane" in French, a name for someone who lived close to a road.
LAWRENZ German
Derived from the given name LORENZ.
LAZZARI Italian
Means "son of LAZZARO".
LÉANDRE French
Derived from the given name LÉANDRE.
LEBEAU French
Nickname for a handsome person, from French le "the" and beau "beautiful, handsome".
LEBLANC French
Means "the white", from French blanc "white". The name referred to a person who was pale or whose hair was blond.
LECCE Italian
Originally indicated a person from Lecce, southern Italy. The town was known as Licea or Litium in Latin, earlier Lupiae.
LECCESE Italian
Variant of LECCE.
LECLAIR French
Either a variant of LECLERC or from French clair meaning "bright".
LECLERC French
Means "the clerk" in French.
LÉCUYER French
From French écuyer meaning "squire, shield-bearer".
LEFÈVRE French
Occupational name meaning "blacksmith" in Old French, derived from Latin faber.
LEGGIÈRI Italian
Means "light, thin" in Sicilian.
LEGRAND French
Means "the tall, the large" in French.
LEHMANN German
From Middle High German lehenman meaning "vassal, liege man".
LEHR German
From Old High German loh meaning "meadow, clearing".
LEITNER German
Referred to one who lived on a hillside, from Middle High German lite "slope".
LEITZ German
Derived from the archaic given name Leutz, a variant of LUTZ.
LEITZKE German
Either from Leitzkau, the name of a town in Saxony-Anhalt, or from a diminutive of the given name Leutz, a variant of LUTZ.
LEMAIRE French
Means "the mayor" in French. It was a title given to a town official, or else a nickname for someone who was pompous and officious.
LÉMIEUX French
Derived from the place name Leymieux, a town in the Rhône-Alpes region of France.
LEMMI Italian
From a short form of the given name GUGLIELMO. It is typical of Tuscany.
LENZ German
From a nickname meaning "springtime" in German.
LEONE Italian
Derived from the given name LEONE (1).
LEONI Italian
Derived from the given name LEONE (1).
LEROY French
Variant of REY (1), using the definite article.
LESAUVAGE French
French form of SAVAGE.
LESTRANGE French
From Old French estrange, a cognate of STRANGE.
LÉVESQUE French
Derived from French évêque, a cognate of BISHOP.
LEWERENZ German
From a northern German form of the given name LORENZ.
LINDEN German
Derived from Old High German linta meaning "linden tree".
LIPPI Italian
From the given name FILIPPO. It is common in the area of Florence.
LOCATELLI Italian
From Locatello, a town in Lombardy, northern Italy, near the city of Bergamo.
LOEWE German
Variant of LÖWE.
LOHRENZ German
Derived from the given name LORENZ.
LOMBARDI Italian
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.
LONGO Italian
Italian cognate of LONG.
LORENTZ German
Derived from the given name LORENZ.
LORENZ German
Derived from the given name LORENZ.
LORIS German
Derived from the given name LORENZ.
LORITZ German
Derived from the given name LORENZ.
LÖWE German, Jewish
Means "lion" in German.
LUCAS English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Dutch
Derived from the given name LUCAS. A famous bearer of this surname is George Lucas (1944-), the creator of the 'Star Wars' movies.
LUDWIG German
From the given name LUDWIG.
LUPO Italian
From an Italian nickname meaning "wolf".
LUTHER German
From the old given name LEUTHAR.
LUZZATTO Italian
From an Italian form of Lusatia, a region of eastern Germany.
LYON (1) English, French
Originally denoted a person from the city of Lyon in central France, originally Latin Lugdunum, of Gaulish origin meaning "hill fort of LUGUS". It could also denote a person from the small town of Lyons-la-Forêt in Normandy.
LYON (2) English, French
From a nickname derived from Old French and Middle English lion meaning "lion".
LYON (3) French, English
From the given name LEON.
MAÇON French
French cognate of MASON.
MAESTRI Italian
Means "master" in Italian.
MAGRO Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
From a nickname meaning "thin, lean", ultimately from Latin macer.
MANCINI Italian
Diminutive of MANCO.
MANCO Italian
Means "left-handed" in Italian, derived from Latin mancus meaning "maimed".
MANDEL German, Yiddish
Means "almond" in German, an occupational name for a grower or seller, or a topographic name for a person who lived near an almond tree. As a Jewish name it is ornamental.
MANFREDI Italian
Derived from the given name MANFREDO.
MANFREDONIA Italian
Originally indicated a person from Manfredonia, Italy. The city was named for the 13th-century King Manfred of Sicily.
MANGOLD German
From the given name MANAGOLD.
MANN German, English
From a nickname meaning "man". This may have originally been given in order to distinguish the bearer from a younger person with the same name.
MANTOVANI Italian
From the name of the city of Mantua in Lombardy, northern Italy (Mantova in Italian).
MANZ German
From a diminutive of the given name MANAGOLD.
MARCHAND English, French
Occupational name meaning "merchant", ultimately from Latin mercari "to trade".
MARCHEGIANO Italian
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.
MARCHESI Italian
From the Italian title marchese meaning "marquis". It was probably a nickname for a person who behaved like a marquis or worked in the household of a marquis.
MARCHETTI Italian
From a diminutive of the given name MARCO.
MARCHIONI Italian
Possibly from the given name MELCHIORRE or the compound name MARCO GIOVANNI.
MARCONI Italian
Derived from the given name MARCO.
MARI Italian
Aphetic form of ALTIMARI.
MARIA Italian, Portuguese
From the given the name MARIA.
MARIANI Italian
From the given name MARIANO.
MARIE French
From the given name MARIE.
MARINO Italian, Spanish
Derived from the given name MARINO.
MARION French
Derived from the given name MARION (1).
MARMO Italian
Means "marble" in Italian, possibly indicating a person who lived near a quarry or one who worked with marble.
MARQUARDT German
From Old High German marka "border, boundary" and wart "protector". This was an occupational name for a border guard.
MARTEL (1) English, French
Derived from the given name Martel, a medieval diminutive of MARTIN.
MARTEL (2) French, English
Nickname for a smith, derived from Old French martel "hammer", ultimately from Late Latin martellus.
MARTELLI Italian
Italian form of MARTEL (2).
MARTIN English, French, German, Czech
Derived from the given name MARTIN.
MARTINELLI Italian
From a diminutive of the given name MARTINO.
MARTZ German
Derived from an old diminutive of MARTIN.
MASI Italian
From the given name Maso a short form of TOMMASO.
MASIN Italian
Venetian variant of MASI.
MASSON (2) French
From a short form of the given name Thomasson, itself a diminutive of THOMAS.
MATHIEU French
Derived from the given name MATHIEU.
MAURER German
Occupational name meaning "wall builder" in German.
MAUS German
From a nickname meaning "mouse", from Old High German mus.
MAZZA Italian
From a nickname (perhaps occupational) meaning "maul, mallet" in Italian.
MEIN German
Derived from the given name MEINO.
MEINDL German
Derived from a diminutive of the given name MEINO.
MEINHARDT German
Derived from the given name MEINHARD.
MEISSNER German
Originally denoted a person from the German town of Meissen, which is probably of Slavic origin.
MELSBACH German
From the name of a German town, possibly meaning "mill stream".
MENDEL (2) German
Derived from a diminutive of the given name MEINO. A famous bearer was Gregor Mendel (1822-1884), a Czech monk and scientist who did experiments in genetics.
MERCIER French
French form of MERCER.
MERLE French
French form of MERLO.
MERLO Italian, Spanish
Means "blackbird", ultimately from Latin merula. The blackbird is a symbol of a naive person.
MESSANA Italian
From the name of the Sicilian city of Messina, founded by Greek colonists. The city was named after the Greek city Μεσσηνη (Messene).
MESSER German
Occupational name for a person who made knives, from Middle High German messer "knife".
MESSERLI German (Swiss)
Swiss diminutive form of MESSER.
MESSNER German
Occupational name for a sexton or churchwarden, from Old High German mesinari.
METZ (1) German
Occupational name for maker of knives, from Middle High German metze "knife".
METZ (2) German
Derived from Mätz, a diminutive of the given name MATTHIAS.
METZGER German
Means "butcher" in German.
MEYER (1) German
From Middle High German meier meaning "bailiff, administrator", derived from Latin maior meaning "greater". Later it also denoted a tenant farmer. The spellings Meier and Meyer are more common in northern Germany while Maier and Mayer are more common in southern Germany.
MICHAUD French
Derived from the given name MICHEL.
MICHEL (1) French, German, Dutch, Basque, Polish
Derived from the given name MICHEL, MITXEL or MICHAŁ.
MICHELI Italian
From the given name MICHELE (1).
MILANI Italian
Variant of MILANO.
MILANO Italian
Originally indicated someone who came from MILAN.
MODUGNO Italian
From the town of Modugno, in Apulia in southern Italy. It is the surname of the Italian actor and singer Domenico Modugno (1928-1994).
MOHREN German
Derived from the given name MAURUS.
MONDADORI Italian
From Italian mondatore meaning "weeder". This was an occupational name for someone who kept fields clear of weeds.
MONDO Italian
From a given name, a short form of names such as RAIMONDO or EDMONDO.
MONET French
Derived from either of the given names HAMON or EDMOND. A famous bearer was the French impressionist painter Claude Monet (1840-1926).
MONETTE French
Variant of MONET.
MONTAGNA Italian
Means "mountain" in Italian, indicating a person who lived on or near one.
MONTAGNE French
French cognate of MONTAGNA.
MONTANARI Italian
Means "from the mountain" in Italian.
MONTE Italian
Variant of MONTI.
MONTI Italian
Means "mountain, hill" in Italian.
MORANDI Italian
From the Italian medieval given name Morando meaning "steadfast".
MOREAU French
Derived from a diminutive of MAURUS.
MOREL French
Derived from a diminutive of MAURUS.
MORELLO Italian
Derived from a diminutive of MAURO.
MORETTI Italian
Derived from a diminutive of the Italian given name MAURO.
MORGENSTERN German, Jewish
Ornamental name meaning "morning star" in German.
MORRA Italian
Locative name derived from Italian places such as Morra De Sanctis, Campania, or Morra del Villar, Piedmont.
MOSCHELLA Italian
From a diminutive of Italian mosca meaning "housefly", perhaps originally a nickname for an annoying person.
MOSER German
Name for someone who lived near a peat bog, from Middle High German mos.
MOTTA Italian
From various names of places around Italy. It is derived from a Gaulish word meaning "hill".
MOULIN French
Means "mill" in French.
MOUNCE German (Anglicized)
Possibly an Americanized form of German MANZ.
MUGGIA Italian
From the town of Muggia in northeastern Italy near the Slovenian border. It was called Muglae in Latin.
MUHLFELD German
Means "mill field" German.
MÜLLER German
German equivalent of MILLER, derived from Middle High German mülnære or müller.
MURARO Italian
Occupational name for a wall builder, from Italian murare meaning "to wall up".
NAGEL German, Dutch
Means "nail" in German and Dutch, an occupational name for a carpenter or nailsmith.
NAGGI Italian
Originally denoted a person from the town of Naggio in Lombardy, Italy.
NAGGIA Italian
Variant of NAGGI.
NALDI Italian
From given names like ARNALDO and RINALDO.
NANA Italian
From a diminutive of GIOVANNI.
NANI Italian
Variant of NANA.
NANNI Italian
Variant of NANA.
NANNINI Italian
From Nanni, a diminutive of the given name GIOVANNI.
NAPOLEONI Italian
From the medieval given name NAPOLEONE.
NAPOLETANI Italian
Originally indicated a person from NAPLES in Italy.
NAPOLI Italian
Originally indicated a person from NAPLES in Italy.
NAPOLIELLO Italian
Originally indicated a person from NAPLES in Italy.
NARDI Italian
From the given name Nardo, which was originally a short form of names like BERNARDO or LEONARDO.
NARDO Italian
Variant of NARDI.
NARDOVINO Italian (Rare)
Either from Nardo, a short form of names like BERNARDO or LEONARDO, or from Ardovino, a variant of ARDUINO.
NASATO Italian
Nickname for someone with a prominent nose, from Italian naso "nose".
NASCIMBENI Italian
From the medieval given name NASCIMBENE, typical of the Venetian region.
NATALE Italian
From the given name NATALE.
NAVE Italian
From various Italian places called Nave.
NAZARIO Italian
From the given name NAZARIO.
NECCHI Italian
Possibly from Italian neccio, a type of flat bread.
NEGRI Italian
Nickname derived from Italian negro "black", used to refer to someone with dark hair or dark skin.
NEGRINI Italian
Variant of NEGRI.
NELLI Italian
Derived from the given name NELLO.
NENCI Italian
Means "son of Nencio", a Tuscan diminutive of the name LORENZO.
NEPI Italian
From the town of Nepi in central Italy, which is of uncertain origin.
NERI Italian
From Italian nero "black", indicating a person with a dark complexion or dark hair.
NERONI Italian
Variant of NERI.
NERVETTI Italian
Possibly a nickname for an innkeeper, from archaic Milanese nervètt, a local meal prepared from a calf.
NERVI Italian
From the name of the town of Nervi in Liguria, northwestern Italy.
NESPOLI Italian
From the name of towns such as Nespoli and Nespoledo, derived from Italian nespola meaning "medlar (tree)".
NEUMANN German, Jewish
From Middle High German niuwe and man meaning "new man, newcomer".
NEUVILLE French
From the names of various French towns meaning "new town".
NICASTRO Italian
From the name of the town of Nicastro in Calabria, southern Italy.
NICCHI Italian
From the Italian word nicchio meaning "shell", possibly a nickname for people related to the sea.
NICODEMO Italian
Derived from the given name NICODEMO.
NICOLAI Italian
Means "son of NICOLA (1)".
NICOLAS French
Derived from the given name NICOLAS.
NICOLOSI Italian
From the name of the town Nicolosi on Sicily, itself named for Saint Nicholas.
NICOSIA Italian
From the name of the town Nicosia on Sicily.
NICOTERA Italian
From the name of the town of Nicotera in Calabria.
NIEDDU Italian
From Sardinian nieddu meaning "black", derived from Latin niger.
NIERI Italian
Either a variant of NERI, or from the Italian name RANIERO.
NIGRO Italian
Variant of NEGRI.
NISI Italian
Means "son of Niso", an Italian form of the mythological name NISUS.
NIZZOLA Italian
From the name of the Italian town of Nizzola near Modena.
NOEL French, English
Either from the given name NOËL, or else derived directly from Old French noel "Christmas" and given to a person who had a particular connection with the holiday.
NOSCHESE Italian
From the name of the town of Nusco in Campania, southern Italy.
NOTARO Italian
Occupational name for a clerk, derived from Latin notarius.
NOYER French
French form of NOGUEIRA.
NUREMBERG German
Derived from the name of a city in Bavaria, Germany.
NUSSBAUM German, Jewish
Means "nut tree", derived from the German Nuss "nut" and Baum "tree".
OBERST German
From Old High German obar meaning "above, upper", indicating a person from the uppermost end of a village or the top of a house.
OBERTI Italian
Derived from the given name UBERTO.
OBERTO Italian
Derived from the given name UBERTO.
OELBERG German
Means "oil hill" from Middle High German öl "oil" and berg "mountain, hill".
OHME German
From Middle High German oem meaning "maternal uncle".
OLIVER English, Catalan, German, French
Derived from the given name OLIVER.
OLIVIER French
Derived from the given name OLIVIER.
ONGARO Italian
Variant of UNGARO.
OPPENHEIMER German
Originally indicated a person from Oppenheim, Germany, perhaps meaning "marshy home".
ORLANDO Italian
Derived from the given name ORLANDO.
ORSINI Italian
From a nickname meaning "little bear" in Italian, from Latin ursus "bear".
OTT English, German
From the given name OTTO.
OTTO German
From the given name OTTO.
OURSLER German
Originally a name designating a person from Ursel (now Oberursel) in Hesse, Germany.
PABST German
From German Papst, a cognate of POPE.
PACE Italian
Derived from the Italian given name Pace meaning "peace".
PADOVAN Italian
Regional variant of PADOVANO.
PADOVANO Italian
Originally denoted one who came from the city of Padua in Italy, from Italian Padova, itself from Latin Patavium, of unknown meaning.
PAGANI Italian
Italian cognate of PAYNE.
PAGANO Italian
Italian cognate of PAYNE.
PAGE English, French
Occupational name meaning "servant, page". It is ultimately derived (via Old French and Italian) from Greek παιδιον (paidion) meaning "little boy".
PAGET English, French
Diminutive of PAGE.
PAHLKE German
Low German cognate of PEEL.
PALLADINO Italian
From Italian paladino meaning "knight, defender", from Late Latin palatinus meaning "palace officer".
PALMISANO Italian
Locative name from the town of Palmi in the Calabria region of southern Italy.
PALUMBO Italian
From Italian palombo meaning "pigeon" (also "dogfish"). This form is typical of southern Italy.
PAPE French
French cognate of POPE.
PAPP (2) German
Nickname perhaps related to Late Latin pappare meaning "to eat".
PAQUET (1) French
Occupational name for a firewood gatherer, from Old French pacquet "bundle".
PAQUET (2) French
From a diminutive of the given name PASCAL.
PARENT English, French
Derived from Old French parent meaning either "notable" (from Latin pārēre meaning "to be apparent") or "parent" (from Latin parere meaning "to produce, to give birth").
PARISI Italian
Italian form of PARISH (1).
PARMA Italian
From the city of Parma in northern Italy, the name of which is probably of Etruscan origin.
PARODI Italian
From the name of a village near Genoa in northern Italy.
PARRI Italian
From the given name GASPARE.
PASCAL French
Derived from the given name PASCAL.
PASSERINI Italian
From Italian passero meaning "sparrow".
PASTORE Italian
Means "shepherd" in Italian.
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.
PAUL English, French, German, Dutch
From the given name PAUL.
PAVESI Italian
Variant of PAVIA.
PAVIA Italian
From the name of the city of Pavia in Lombardy, Italy. It is of unknown meaning.
PAVONE Italian
Means "peacock" in Italian. It was originally a nickname for a proud or haughty person.
PAVONI Italian
Variant of PAVONE.
PAWLITZKI German
From the given name PAUL.
PECORA Italian
Means "sheep" in Italian, an occupational name for a shepherd.
PEDROTTI Italian
Drom a diminutive of the given name PIETRO.
PELLÉ French
From French pelé meaning "bald".
PELLEGRINO Italian
Means "pilgrim, traveller" in Italian, ultimately from Latin peregrinus.
PELLETIER French
Derived from Old French pelletier "fur trader".
PELLEY French
Anglicized form of PELLÉ.
PÉRIGORD French
From the name of a region in southern France, possibly of Gaulish origin.
PERRAULT French
From a diminutive of the given name PIERRE.
PERREAULT French
From a diminutive of the given name PIERRE.
PERRIN French
From a diminutive of the given name PIERRE.
PERROT French
From a diminutive of the given name PIERRE.
PERUGIA Italian
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.
PESARO Italian
From the name of the city of Pesaro, in the Marche region (Latin Pisaurum).
PESCE Italian
Means "fish" in Italian, referring either to a fisherman or to a person who resembled a fish in some way.
PETER English, German, Dutch
Derived from the given name PETER.
PETERS English, German, Dutch
Means "son of PETER".
PETIT French, Catalan, English
Means "small, little" derived from Old French and Catalan petit. It was perhaps used for a short, small person or to denote the younger of two individuals.
PETRI Italian
Derived from the given name PIETRO.
PFAFF German
From a nickname meaning "priest, cleric" from Old High German pfaffo, from Latin papa.
PFENNING German
From Old High German pfenning meaning "penny, coin". It was used in reference to feudal tax obligations.
PHERIGO French
Anglicized form of PÉRIGORD.
PIAZZA Italian
Means "plaza" in Italian, indicating that the residence of the original bearer was near the town square.
PICASSO Italian
From Italian pica meaning "magpie". 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.
PICCIRILLO Italian
From Neapolitan piccerillo meaning "small, young".
PICCOLI Italian
Nickname for a short person, from Italian piccolo "small".
PIERNO Italian
From the name of the small town of Pierno in southern Italy near Potenza.
PIERRE French
From the given name PIERRE.
PIETRI Italian
Derived from the given name PIETRO.
PINI Italian
Name for a person who lived near a pine tree, from Italian pino, Latin pinus.