Italian Submitted 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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ABBRUZZESEItalian
From an Italian surname coming from the place name Abruzzi in eastern Italy (the modern name is Abruzzo). This place name may derive from the Praetutii, an ancient tribe inhabiting the region.
ABREOFrench, Italian
Abreo or its variant Abreu comes from the French Alfred (alf = Elf; fred = conseil). The meaning is wise counselor.... [more]
ABRUZZESEItalian
Regional name for someone from the Abruzzi, a mountainous region of Italy east of Rome (cf. ABRUZZO).
ABRUZZOItalian
Regional name for someone from the Abruzzi, a mountainous region of Italy east of Rome (cf. ABRUZZESE).
ACAMPORAItalian, Medieval Italian, Portuguese (Brazilian)
Acampora is a variant of Acanfora, from the medieval personal name Canfora, from canfora ‘camphor’ (from Arabic kāfūr).
ACQUAVIVAItalian
From an Italian place name meaning "running water, spring", literally "living water".
ACRIItalian
Habitational name from a place in Cosenza province named Acri.
ADIPIETROItalian
meaning "to tell Peter"; "to appear before Peter"... [more]
ADORNOItalian
Southern Italian: from the personal name Adorno, meaning ‘adorned’.... [more]
AGASSIArmenian, Persian, Italian
The surname Agassi most likely evolved from a nickname for someone resembling a mappie, perhaps jokingly referred to as chattering or nagging person. ... [more]
AGIRMOItalian
two hypotheses: either from the Greek agyrmos meaning "symposium, meeting" which was the name of the first day of the Misteri Eleusini in Athens.... [more]
AGOSTINELLIItalian
The earliest known instance of this name AGOSTINELLI was St. Aurelius Augustinus, also known as Augustine of Hippo (354-430) the greatest of the Latin church fathers. He was born in Tagaste in Numidia which is modern Tunisia.... [more]
AGUZZIItalian
Comes from an ancient Roman cognomen, Acutus.
ALBERTIItalian
From given name Alberto, the Latin translation of Germanic Albert.
ALBOSpanish, Italian, Jewish
It is derived from the name Albert, Alberto, Albino, and Alberico.... [more]
ALFANIItalian
(or Alfano) three possibilities: from the German word halfer ("helper"), from a place called Alfano, which is supposed to be from the Arab al fannan ("wild donkey"), and Alfana is the name of a race (as in type) of Arab horses, so could be someone related to horses.
ALPINIItalian
(or Alpino) possibly denoting a person from the Alpes.
AMEGLIOItalian
There are two hypotheses: the first is it derived from the Latin name Amelius which came from Amius, name of Etruscan origin; the other is it derived from Amali, name of a mighty Ostrogothic family, which means "virgin of the forest".
AMICOItalian
Means "friend".
AMISTADIItalian
From the Renaissance term amistade ("friendship").
AMMAZZALORSOItalian
From the profession of bear hunter, meaning literally "slaughter the bear".
ANDREOZZIItalian, Sicilian
From a pet form of the personal name Andrea.
ANGELLOTTIItalian
Comes from a pet form of Angelo, variant of Angelotti.
ANGELOItalian
From a popular medieval personal name, Angelo, Latin Angelus, from Greek angelos "messenger, angel" (considered as a messenger sent from God).
ANGELOTTIItalian
Comes from a pet form of Angelo.
ANGELUCCIItalian
From a pet form of the personal name Angelo.
ANGOTTItalian (Anglicized)
The origin of this surname is unknown but is most likely an anglicized version of the Italian surname 'Angotti'.... [more]
ANGRISANIItalian
From Angrisano, a habitational name for someone from Angri in Salerno province.
ANNAEnglish, Irish, Italian, Hungarian
Probably derived from the female first name ANNA.
ANSELMOItalian, Spanish
Comes from the personal name Anselmo, which is of Germanic origin (see Anselm). This was a distinctively Langobardic name, and was especially common in Lombardy in the Middle Ages.
APICELLAItalian
Southern Italian: from a diminutive of apa ‘bee’, probably applied as a nickname for an industrious person, or possibly as a metonymic occupational name for a beekeeper.
APOLLOItalian, Spanish
From the Greek personal name Apollo. There are several saints Apollo in the Christian Church, including an Egyptian hermit and monastic leader who died in 395 ad. The personal name derives from the name in classical mythology of the sun god, Apollo, an ancient Indo-European name, found for example in Hittite as Apulana "god of the gate" (from pula "gate", cognate with Greek pylē), therefore "protector, patron".
APOLLONIItalian
From the given name Apollonia, which is the Latin feminine form of Apollonios, which in turn was derived from the name of the Greek god Apollo.
AQUILAItalian
Habitational name from L'Aquila in Abruzzo or from any of various smaller places called Aquila.
ARÀBIAItalian, Spanish
Ethnic name for someone from Arabia or some other Arabic-speaking country or a nickname for someone who had visited or traded with one of these countries.
ARCANGELIItalian
Meaning "archangel" in Italian.
ARGENTIItalian
Patronymic or plural form of Argento.
ARGENTOItalian
From argento "silver", perhaps sometimes applied as a nickname for someone with silvery gray hair, but more often a metonymic occupational name for a silversmith.
ARLOTTASicilian
From the French personal name Arlot, recorded in the Latinized form Arolottus from the 13th century.
ARRAGalician, Sicilian
Habitational name from a place in Galicia called Arra, this surname was also found in some parts of Sicily.
ARRIGOItalian
Italian: from the medieval personal name Arrigo, a variant of Enrico.
ASCENCIOSpanish, Italian
From the personal name (Latin Ascensius), favored by the early Christians, by whom it was bestowed with reference to the ascension of Christ (Late Latin ascensio).
ASPERGESItalian
It means "you bless", and it is also the device used by priests to spread holy water over people or places
ASTONIItalian
It is the surname of the Home and Away family, The Astoni family, consisting of 4 members, Ben, Maggie, Coco and Ziggy.
ASTOREItalian
Derived from Italian astore meaning "goshawk", which is a bird of prey that was used for hunting in the Middle Ages. The surname had first started out as a nickname: either for a falconer, or for a person who had aquiline features or who was cunning by nature.
AUDINOItalian
Derived from first name 'Alda' which means 'wise and experienced.'
AUGELLOItalian
Italian (Campania) dialect variant of Uccello ‘bird’, hence either a nickname for a diminutive, birdlike person or an occupational name for a fowler. Compare Auciello.
AVALLONEItalian
Topographic name for someone who lived in a deep valley.
AVAMILANOSpanish, Italian
Of Spanish origin, but probably has its roots in Italy due to the word "milano" which means Milan in Italian.
AVARAItalian
Italian feminine form of Avaro.
AVENASpanish, Italian
A traditionally Spanish and Italian occupational surname for a "grain grower or merchant", or the Italian habitation surname for Avena, Calabria. Means "oats". From the Latin avēna meaning 'oats, wild oats, straw'.
AZUAJE-FIDALGOPortuguese (Rare), Spanish, Italian
Fidalgo from Galician and Portuguese filho de algo — equivalent to nobleman, but sometimes literally translated into English as "son of somebody" or "son of some (important family)"—is a traditional title of Portuguese nobility that refers to a member of the titled or untitled nobility... [more]
BACHECHIItalian
Comes from the Tuscan-Italian personal name Baccio.
BAFFAItalian
The origins of this surname are uncertain, but it may be from Italian baffo "mustache", with the Latinate feminine suffix probably due to the influence of the word famiglia "family". Alternatively it may be Albanian in origin, of unexplained meaning.
BALDACCHINOMaltese, Italian
Derived from Italian baldacchino meaning "baldaquin", a type of canopy used in cathedrals.
BALISTRERISicilian
Means "archer, crossbowman" or "crossbow maker" in Sicilian.
BALLERINIItalian
Occupational name or nickname for a dancer, Italian ballerino, an agent derivative of ballare "to dance".
BALMAItalian
Perhaps a topographic name from the dialect word balma meaning ‘grotto’, ‘cave’, ‘jutting rock’.
BALSANOGerman (Austrian), Italian
The roots of the distinguished surname Balzano lie in Austria. The name derives itself from "Balthasar," the name of one of the three Magi who followed the star to Bethlehem, and was popular as both a first name and a family name during the 18th century.... [more]
BARBERAItalian
Derogatory nickname from barbera ‘barber’s wife’, a term also used to denote a prostitute or dishonest woman. Catalan (Barberà): habitational name from a place in Tarragona province, named with Late Latin Barbarianum ‘place of Barbarius’, a derivative of Barbarus (see Barbaro)... [more]
BARNOItalian, Ukrainian, French, Ancient Aramaic, Russian
The surname Barno was first found in the north of Italy, especially in Tuscany. The name occasionally appears in the south, usually in forms which end in "o," but the northern forms ending in "i" are much more common... [more]
BATTISTELLAItalian
From St. John the Baptist, the first bearers of this name were devoted to this saint. Another etymology would be a patronymic from the given name Battista, anyway linked to the aforementioned saint.
BAVAROItalian
Ethnic name from bavaro "Bavarian" someone from Bavaria, now part of Germany, but formerly an independent kingdom.
BAVIERASpanish, Portuguese, Italian, Catalan
Means "Bavaria" in Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, and Catalan. Indicating for someone from Bavaria a state in Germany.
BEFFAItalian
Nickname for a practical joker, from Italian beffa "trick, prank".
BELFIOREItalian
Means "beautiful (as a) flower", derived from Italian bel "beautiful" combined with Italian fiore "flower". Two Italian sources claim that this surname was derived from the medieval masculine given name Belfiore (which has of course the same meaning), but I can find no evidence that this was an actual given name in medieval Italy... [more]
BELLARIAItalian
From the place name Bellaria, in Milan, Veneto, Piedmont and Sicily, these homonyms widespread throughout Italy.
BELLUOMINIItalian
Variant and plural of Belluomo
BENAItalian
From a reduced form of the medieval personal name Benenato.
BENANTIItalian
From a derivative of Bene, a short form of the various omen names formed with this element (from Latin bene ‘well’), such as Benedetto, Benvenuto, etc.
BENELLIItalian
The distinguished surname Benelli originated in an area of Italy, known as the Papal States. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adapt a second name to identify themselves as populations grew and travel became more frequent... [more]
BENNIItalian
"son of Benno". From Bennus.
BERETTAItalian
Northern Italian variant spelling of Berretta.
BERGAMINItalian
Traced to 1437, Bergamo. A 'bergamini' was known as a person famrmed and sold milk cows
BERGOGLIOItalian
From the name of a village located in the Piedmont province in Italy. A notable bearer is Pope Francis (born Jorge Mario Bergoglio), the current Pope of the Catholic Church.
BERNASCONIItalian
The surname of BERNASCONI is of Italian origin, a locational name meaning the dweller on or near a small hill. The names of habitation are derived from pre-existing names denoting towns, villages, farmsteads or other named habitations... [more]
BERNINIItalian
Bernini was the surname of famous sculptor and architect Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598-1680).
BERRETTAItalian
From berretta, originally meaning ‘hooded cloak’ (Latin birrus), later ‘headdress’, ‘bonnet’, hence a metonymic occupational name for a maker of such headgear or a nickname for an habitual wearer.
BERTOCCHIItalian
Comes from a pet form of the personal name Berto.
BERTUCCIItalian
Diminutive of BERTO.
BERTUZZIItalian
variant of Bertucci.
BEVILACQUAItalian
From Italian bevi l'acqua "drinks water", a nickname likely applied ironically to an alcoholic.
BIANCANIELLOItalian
It means "white ring".... [more]
BIANCHINIItalian
Means "little white one"
BILOTTIItalian
Variant of Bilotta and Bellotti, from a diminutive of Belli or Bello.
BINETTIItalian
Comes from a diminutive of Bino. Italianized form of French 'Binet'. Habitational name from a place called Binetto (named with Latin vinetum ‘vineyard’) in Bari province.
BINIItalian
Comes from the given name Albino and other names ending with -bino ending.
BINOTTIItalian
Possibly a variant of Binetti, or a diminutive of Bino or Bini. Popular in the Marche region in Italy.
BINOTTOItalian
Possible diminutive of Bini or Bino. Possible variant of German Binoth
BIRINDELLIItalian
It is a regional surname of Tuscany common in provinces like Pisa, Lucca or Livorno.... [more]
BOItalian
Variant of Bove.
BOCCHINOItalian
The Italian family name is classified as being of nickname origin. The most obvious are those names which are based on a physical characteristic or personal attribute of the initial bearer. In this particular instance, according to the author Emedio De Felice, the family name Bocchino derives from "bocca", meaning "mouth", in turn derived from the Latin word "bucca".De Felice states that this family name may not only have arisen from a nickname which described the mouth in a literal sense, since "bocca" in a figurative sense designated such things such things as intelligence and veracity.... [more]
BONACCIItalian
"Bona" comes from the Italian for good, "Buona" and "cci" is ancient Latin form for "man." Thus, "the good man." A derivation of FiBonacci, or "son of Bonacci." Was the name of the famous mathematician, Leondardo de Pisa: Leonardo of Pisa is now known as Fibonacci pronounced fib-on-arch-ee short for filius Bonacci... [more]
BONANNOItalian
From the medieval personal name Bonanno, an omen name meaning "good year". Mainly found throughout southern Italy.
BONANUNZIOItalian
Combination of bon which means 'good' + the given name Nunzio.
BONAPARTEItalian (Rare), French (Rare), Judeo-Italian (Rare), American (Rare), Caribbean (Rare)
Variant and French form of Buonaparte. This is also a Jewish surname. A notable bearer was Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1820), who ruled as Emperor of France from 1804 through 1814 and again briefly in 1815, who was of Italian (Tuscan) ancestry... [more]
BONATTIItalian
Comes from the pesonal name 'Bona' which is derived from Latin 'bonus', which means 'great'.
BONERAItalian
Bresciano surname. From a medieval name.... [more]
BONGIORNOItalian
Italian from the medieval personal name Bongiorno (composed of bono ‘good’ + giorno ‘day’), bestowed on a child as an expression of the parents’ satisfaction at the birth (‘it was a good day when you were born’).
BONGIOVANNIItalian
Comes from the personal name Giovanni composed of the elements bon ‘good’ + Giovanni, Italian equivalent of John
BONGIOVIItalian
Comes from the given name Giovi, combination of bon 'good' + Giovi.
BONJOVIItalian
Variant of Bongiovi, a famous bearer of this name is Jon Bon Jovi.
BONOMINIItalian
Patronymic or plural form of Bonomo.
BORGOItalian
Borgo is an Italian surname, which means 'village' or 'borough'.
BOSOItalian
From the medieval personal name Boso, from a Germanic personal name derived from a pejorative nickname meaning ‘leader’, ‘nobleman’, or ‘arrogant person’. Compare Dutch Boos.
BRANCACCIAItalian (Rare)
Derived from the medieval Italian given name Brancazia, which is the feminine form of the masculine given name Brancazio. For more information, please see the entry for the patronymic surname Brancazio... [more]
BRANCACCIOItalian
Variant form of Brancazio. There are a few sources that claim that the surname is derived from a place name (which would make it a locational surname), but that claim is incorrect, as all Italian geographical places carrying the name Brancaccio were either established long after the Middle Ages (by which time virtually all Italians already had a hereditary surname) or were named after a person who had Brancaccio for a surname... [more]
BRANCALEONEItalian
Derived from the medieval Italian masculine given name Brancaleone, which means either "a lion's paw" or "he who captures the lion". In the case of the former meaning, the name is derived from Italian branca meaning "paw, claw" combined with Italian leone meaning "lion"... [more]
BRANCATELLAItalian (Rare)
Derived from the feminine given name Brancatella, which is a diminutive of the medieval Italian given name Brancazia, the feminine form of the masculine given name Brancazio. For more information about this, please see the entry for the patronymic surname of Brancazio... [more]
BRANCATELLOItalian (Rare)
Derived from the masculine given name Brancatello, which is a diminutive of the medieval Italian given name Brancazio, itself ultimately derived from the late Latin given name Brancatius... [more]
BRANCATOItalian
This surname can be derived from a given name (thus making it a patronymic surname) as well as from a place name (thus making it a locational surname). In the case of a patronymic surname, the surname is derived from the medieval Italian given name Brancato, which is a variant form of the given name Brancazio, itself ultimately derived from the late Latin given name Brancatius... [more]
BRANCAZIOItalian (Rare)
Derived from the medieval Italian masculine given name Brancazio, which itself is derived from Brancatius (also found spelled as Brancaccius and Brancatus), a late Latin corruption of the given name Pancratius... [more]
BRENARIJewish, Italian
Jewish family and possible place-name in N.E.Italy in 1500's.
BRIATOREItalian
This surname originates from the province of Cuneo in the Piedmont region of Italy. It is probably derived from Piedmontese brijador meaning "postilion, coachman", which itself is ultimately derived from Piedmontese bria meaning "bridles, reins".... [more]
BROINItalian
Italian and French form of or comes from Brown.
BRUNIItalian
Patronymic or plural form of Bruno.
BUCCAMBUSOSicilian, Italian
Believed to be an Americanization of the surname Buccinfuso
BUONAPARTEItalian (Rare)
Derived from the given name Buonaparte
BUONOItalian, English
Nickname derived from Italian buono "good".
BUSCEMIItalian, Sicilian
Sicilian surname of Arabic origin coming from the town Buscemi in Syracuse province. The name possibly derives from Arab 'Abu Samah'.
BUSCHIAZZOItalian
It's a surname in northern Italy (Piedmont). It emerges from the German spelling Bosch or Busch and this means "forest" or "wooded area".
BUTTAItalian
Italian: from a short form of a compound name formed with butta- ‘throw’, as for example Buttacavoli.Italian: from an old German feminine personal name Butta.Italian: variant of Botta.
BUTTACAVOLIItalian
Nickname composed of the elements butta "throw" + cavoli "cabbages".
BUTTAFUOCOItalian
Nickname composed of the elements butta "throw" + fuoco "fire".
CACCAVALEItalian
Possibly a combination of cacare "to shit" and vale "valley".
CACCIATOREItalian
Derived from Italian cacciatore meaning "hunter, huntsman", which is ultimately derived from the Italian verb cacciare meaning "to hunt".... [more]
CALCATERRAItalian
Nickname from calcare meaning "to tread", "to stamp" + terra meaning "land", "earth", "ground", probably denoting a short person, someone who walked close to the ground, or an energetic walker.
CALLIARIItalian (Latinized, Archaic)
This is an Italian surname, in the north of Italy. Calliari is the result of the deformation of the graphically Calligari, where you can clearly see excision of the letter or character D, which is located in the middle of the surname... [more]
CAMBARERIItalian
Variant of Cammareri, an occupational name from Sicilian cammareri meaning "servant".
CAMBRIAItalian
Denoted to someone from Cambria, Sicily, possibly of Arabic origin.
CAMILLERIMaltese, Italian
Derived from Italian cammelliere meaning "camel driver".
CAMMARERISicilian, Italian
Means "servant, waiter" in Sicilian.
CANELLAItalian
Italian regional surname denoting someone who lived by a canal. From the Italian canale 'canal', from the Latin canalis meaning "canal; conduit; groove; funnel; or ditch". Alternatively, it may come the genus name of wild cinnamon, a diminutive of the Latin canna "reed, cane".
CANNELLAItalian (Modern)
Derived from the word "Cinnamon" in Italian meaning someone who was a baker and or made cinnamon.
CAPELLASpanish, Catalan, Italian
From capella "chapel", a topographic name for someone who lived by a chapel or a metonymic occupational name for someone who worked in one.
CAPONEItalian
Is a Italian origin surname from an augmentative of capo ‘head’, applied as a nickname for someone with a big head, probably in the sense ‘arrogant’ or ‘stubborn’ rather than in a strictly literal sense... [more]
CAPOTEItalian (Tuscan)
Capote is a name for person who was the chief of the head from the Italian personal name Capo.
CAPUAItalian
Capua is a city and comune in the province of Caserta, Campania, southern Italy, situated 25 km (16 mi) north of Naples on the northeastern edge of the Campanian plain. Ancient Capua was situated where Santa Maria Capua Vetere is now.... [more]
CARACCIOLOItalian
Famous bearer of this surname is Canadian-Italian singer Alessia Caracciolo (1996-).
CARDELLAItalian
Habitational name from a place called Cardella in Sicily.
CARLINItalian
Derived from a pet form of the given name Carlo.
CARPENITOItalian
This surname derives from a person who had worked as a "carpenter".
CARRERASpanish, Italian
Spanish: topographic name for someone living by a main road, carrera ‘thoroughfare’, originally a road passable by vehicles as well as pedestrians (Late Latin carraria (via), a derivative of carrum ‘cart’), or a habitational name from any of various places named with this word.... [more]
CASASpanish, Portuguese, Italian
Derived from the Spanish and Italian word casa meaning "house".
CASAGRANDESpanish, Italian
From the Spanish & Italian words casa meaning "house" and grande meaning "big"; literally means "big house".
CASANOVACatalan, Italian
Catalan and Italian: topographic name from Latin casa ‘house’ + nova ‘new’, or a habitational name from any of the many places named with these words.
CASELLAItalian
From casa "house" (Latin casa "hut, cottage, cabin"), perhaps originally denoting the occupier of the most distinguished house in a village. Italian chef Cesare Casella (1960 - ) is one such bearer of this name.
CASTANATIItalian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish Origins
CASTELLIItalki (Italian Jew), Semitic, Italian, Spanish
Italian patronymic or plural form of Castello. ... [more]
CASTELLOCatalan, Italian
Catalan variant of Castell or from Italian castello meaning "castle".
CASTIGLIAItalian
A Regional name for someone from Castile in Spain. Castile was an independent kingdom between the 10th and 15th centuries, it formed the largest power in the Iberian peninsula. The name derives from the many castles in the region.
CASTIGLIONEItalian, Jewish
Habitational name from any of numerous places named with this word, from medieval Latin castellio (genitive castellionis) ‘fortification’ or ‘small castle’.
CASTROGIOVANNIItalian
Habitational name from Castrogiovanni, the name until 1927 of Enna in central Sicily.
CATENAItalian
This surname means "chain" in Italian.
CATONEItalian
Derived from the name of the Roman republican statesman Cato, used as a nickname.
CATRAMBONEItalian
Unexplained.
CAVAItalian, Catalan, Spanish, Portugese
From cava ‘cave’, ‘cellar’ (from Latin cavea), hence a metonymic occupational name for someone employed in the wine cellars of a great house, a topographic name for someone who lived in or near a cave, or a habitational name from any of numerous places named with this word.
CAVAGNAROItalian
Means "basket-weaver."
CAVALCANTIItalian
Means "riding" in Italian. An occupational surname for people who worked with horses.
CEDDIAItalian (Modern)
Great grandparent from San Marco in Lamis, Province of Foggia, Apulia region of Italy.
CELIDONIOItalian
my maiden name
CEMBROLAItalian
My family is from St. Angelo, de Oliva, Naples, Italy
CENTOFANTIItalian
Means "a hundred soldiers on foot" in Italian, derived from Italian cento meaning "(a) hundred" and Italian fanti, which is the plural form of fante meaning "soldier, infantryman"... [more]
CERASUOLOItalian
Means "cherry-colored." Appears as a word in many Italian dictionaries, but may have origins in the Greek period of Naples, where it seems to have originated. There are at least two villages found with the name, the most notable being near Monte Cassino, where many Japanese-American soldiers won Medals of Honor or other awards for heroism during WW II... [more]
CERVAPortuguese, Italian
"Cerva" means deer.
CHIARAItalian
Chiara meaning clear
CHIARAMONTEItalian
comes from the italian word chiara meaning "clear" and the the word monte meaning "mountain", possibly denoting someone who lived by clear mountians, hills, etc.
CHIAVETTAItalian
From Italian "chiavetta", deriving from chiave meaning key.
CHIRICOItalian
Surname of Italian surrealist artist, Giorgio de Chirico
CIABATTINOItalian
Italian for "cobbler."
CICEROItalian
From the Italian cicero "pea," "chickpea," or "lentil."
CIFRINOItalian
Uncommon name originating in Italy. Legend says that it was used for the offspring of a king and one of his maids. Meaning is most likely something like "little nothing".
CIMAROSAItalian
from "Cima" Top, and "Rosa" A rose or the Color Pink. A famous Bearer of this surname is the Italian composer Domenico Cimarosa(1749-1801).
CIMINOItalian
Occupational name for a spice dealer, from cimino "cumin", Sicilian ciminu.
CINARDOItalian
From Italy
CIOCCAItalian
The origin has to do with hair
CIRCELLISicilian
Derived from Sicilian circedda meaning "(hoop) earring", originally used to denote someone who wore hoop earrings.
CITARELLANeapolitan
Occupational name for someone who made or played a guitar, derived from chitarra or catarra "guitar".
COCUZZAItalian
From cocuzza "gourd", "pumpkin", applied either as an occupational name for a grower or seller of gourds or a nickname for a rotund individual.
COLELLAItalian
diminutive of personal name Cola, a short form of Nicola, an Italian equivalent of Nicholas... [more]
COLLABRUSCOItalian
From the region Calabria in southern Italy; widely moved to US.
COLOItalian
From the personal name Colo, a short form of Nicolo (see Nicholas). (Colò) nickname from medieval Greek kolos ‘lame’, classical Greek kylos.
COMIMItalian
It mans waiter in italian.
COMMEGNOFriulian
Imaginative, wealth, adventurer
CONSIGLIOItalian
Meaning "Counselor" or "One who gives good advice".
CONTEItalian
Italian: from the title of rank conte ‘count’ (from Latin comes, genitive comitis ‘companion’). Probably in this sense (and the Late Latin sense of ‘traveling companion’), it was a medieval personal name; as a title it was no doubt applied ironically as a nickname for someone with airs and graces or simply for someone who worked in the service of a count.
CONTINOItalian
Diminutive of Italian Conte or Conti.
COPPOLAItalian
Coppola is an occupational name for someone who makes 'coppolas', which are a type of hat. The word 'coppola' literally means 'hat' in Neapolitan dialect. The name also could have been for someone who frequently wore a coppola too.... [more]
CORBEDDUSardinian
Means "son of Corbu" in Sardinian.
CORDASCOItalian
From the given name Corda or Cordio (a short form of Accord(i)o, literally "agreement") + the suffix -asco denoting kinship.
CORIOItalian
Variant of COIRO.
CORRADOItalian
From the personal name CORRADO.
CORRAOItalian
Reduced form CORRADO.
CORSIItalian
Patronymic or plural form of CORSO.
COSCAItalian
Topographic name from the Calabrian dialect word c(u)oscu "oak", also "wood".
COSCOItalian
Masculinized form of COSCA.
COSTABILEItalian
Italian name.... [more]
COSTELLOIrish, Italian
Costello (Irish: Mac Coisdealbha) is a common Irish surname originating in County Mayo. The surname derives from Jocelyn de Angulo (fl.1172), an Anglo-Norman knight.... [more]
COTONIItalian
means "cottons" in Italian
CRAVOTTASicilian
From a Sicilian immigrant to America, Cravotta was changed to Cravatta upon arrival at Ellis Island. The name means "bowtie."
CREMAItalian, German
From the italian city "Crema"
CRISTIANOItalian
From the given name Cristiano.
CUGINIItalian (Rare)
Means "cousins" in Italian.
CUOMOItalian
Probably from a shortened form of Cuosëmo, a Neapolitan variant of the Italian male personal name Cosimo.
D'ABREOItalian
Origin is Italian
DAMIANFrench, Spanish, Italian, Czech, Slovak, Polish
From the medieval personal name Damian, Greek Damianos (from damazein "to subdue"). St. Damian was an early Christian saint martyred in Cilicia in ad 303 under the emperor Domitian, together with his brother Cosmas... [more]
DANESEItalian
Ethnic name for a Dane, or from the personal name Danese, which was introduced to and popularized in medieval Italy through French Carolingian literature, notably the epics Chanson de Roland and Ogier de Denemarche.
DANESIItalian
it may be a patronymic or plural form of Danese.
DANZAItalian
The shortened stage-surname, from Iadanza, of American actor Tony Danza.... [more]
D'ARIESItalian
Comes from Italian word "aria" (plural arie) meaning "air"; also a form of opera
DE BELLISItalian (Rare)
De Bellis (De+Abl. Lat.)... [more]
DE CARLOItalian
From the prefix De and the first name Carlo.