Italian Submitted Surnames

Italian names are used in Italy and other Italian-speaking regions such as southern Switzerland. See also about Italian names.
Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
Canella Italian
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".
Cannarsa Italian
Possibly means "dry throat", a joking nickname for someone who drinks too much.
Cannavaro Italian
Probably from a nickname used to refer to rope makers or hemp growers. This surname is most famously borne by brothers Fabio (1973–) and Paolo Cannavaro (1981–), former football players.
Cannella Italian
Derived from the word "Cinnamon" in Italian meaning someone who was a baker and or made cinnamon.
Canosa Italian
It derives from the toponym Canosa di puglia.
Cantagallo Italian
From the name of a town, or possibly a nickname meaning "singing rooster".
Cantalupi Italian
Denoting a person from Cantalupo, the name of several towns and counties near wooded areas where wolves could be heard. From Italian canta "singing" and lupo "wolf". ... [more]
Cantone Italian
Habitational name for someone from any of various locations named Cantone, derived from Italian cantone meaning "canton, corner".
Cantore Italian
From cantore "cantor, singer", itself from Latin canto "sing; enchant, call forth by charms".
Canu Italian
From Sardinian canu "gray-haired, hoary-haired". Compare Canuto.
Canuto Italian, Filipino, Spanish
From an Italian nickname derived from canuto meaning "white-haired".
Canzio Italian
From the given name Canzio
Capaldo Italian
Probably a diminutive of Italian capo meaning "head", perhaps used as a nickname for a stubborn or hard-headed person.
Capecchi Italian
Probably from Old Italian capecchio, either denoting a type of cheap batting and, by extension, upholsterers, who worked with it, or as a nickname for a person with bristly hair or beard.... [more]
Capone Italian
Augmentative of Italian capo meaning "head", used as a nickname for a big-headed or arrogant person.
Caporale Italian, Sicilian
From caporale, meaning "corporal"
Capote Italian (Tuscan)
Capote is a name for person who was the chief of the head from the Italian personal name Capo.
Cappellano Italian
From cappellano "chaplain".
Capra Italian
From the Latin word capra meaning "nanny goat." This was a name originally borne by shepherds / goat herders.
Capraro Italian
Occupational name for a goatherd, derived from Italian capra meaning "goat".
Capri Italian
habitational name for someone from Capri the island in the Bay of Naples.
Capriati Italian
From the name of the province in Campania Italy named "Capriati a Volturno".
Caprio Italian
from Latin caprae ‘goats’ or possibly from Greek kapros "(wild) boar" and so a metonymic occupational name for a goatherd or swineherd or a nickname for someone thought to resemble a goat or boar.
Capua Italian
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]
Caputo Italian
Derived from Latin caput meaning "head", used as a nickname for a big-headed or stubborn person.
Carabelli Italian
Common surname in the Lombardy region of Italy.
Caracciolo Italian
Famous bearer of this surname is Canadian-Italian singer Alessia Caracciolo (1996-).
Carafa Italian
It could derive from toponyms such as Caraffa del Bianco in the province of Reggio Calabria or Caraffa in the province of Catanzaro.... [more]
Caramella Italian
Name given to a chalumeau player. Italian version of the French surname Caramelle.
Carbonaro Italian
From carbonaro "charcoal burner".
Cardamone Italian
Occupational name for a spicer.
Cardella Italian
Habitational name from a place called Cardella in Sicily.
Cardelli Italian
Diminutive form of Cardello.
Cardellini Italian
From a diminutive of Cardelli. A famous bearer of this surname is the American actress Linda Cardellini (1975-).
Cardello Italian
Variant of Cardillo or a diminutive of Cardo.
Cardillo Italian
Cardillo is a surname of Sicilian origin, derived from the word cardilla, meaning ''goldfinch''.
Cardinale Italian, Italian (Tuscan), French, English
Italian cognate of Cardinal, as well as an English and French variant. A known bearer is the Italian actress Claudia Cardinale (1938-).
Cardo Spanish, Italian
From cardo "thistle, cardoon" (from Latin carduus) either a topographic or occupational name for using wool carder thistles, or from the given name Cardo a short form of given names Accardo, Biancardo, or Riccardo.
Cardone Italian, Sicilian
From Sicilian carduni "thistle, teasel, cardoon" possibly a topographic name but also could mean "rough, uncouth, stingy, or miserly".
Carducci Italian
From Riccarduccio, an affectionate form of the given name Riccardo. A famous bearer of this surname is Italian poet Giosuè Carducci (1835-1907), winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1906.
Carganico Italian
Possibly from cargar, an Italic descendent of Latin carrico "to load", indicating someone who carried or loaded items for transport for a living.
Carilli Italian
Patronymic form of Carillo.
Carillo Spanish, Italian
From a diminutive of the given name Caro.
Carino Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
From the given name Carino.
Carlin Italian
Derived from a pet form of the given name Carlo.
Carlo Italian
From the given name Carlo.
Carlotti Italian
From the given name Carlo.
Carmine Italian (Rare), English (Rare)
Derived from the given name Carmine, which in turn was derived from the color of a vivid form of red.
Carniglia Italian
Derived from the Latin word “carnem”, meaning “flesh”, and likely referred to a person who worked with meat or was a butcher. The surname may have also been adopted as a nickname for someone who was particularly robust or fleshy.
Carosella Italian
From carosello "carousel, merry-go-round", possibly a nickname for a farmer, as a carousel was an allotment of grain collected by farmers. Also a type of jousting tournament.
Caroti Italian
From Italian carota "carrot", probably referring to the bearer's hair colour.
Carpenito Italian
This surname derives from a person who had worked as a "carpenter".
Carpentieri Italian
Italian cognate of Carpenter, from carpentiere "carpenter".
Carrera Spanish, 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]
Carrogu Italian
Possibly from Sardinian carroga "crow, carrion crow".
Carucci Italian
Derived from Medieval Latin names Carutius or Caruccius or from the Italian term caruccio composed by caro meaning "dear" with the endearment suffix -uccio.
Carulli Italian
It should derive from the late Latin cognomen Carullus, a hypochoristic form of the more widespread cognomen Carus.... [more]
Casa Spanish, Portuguese, Italian
Means "house" in Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian.
Casagrande Italian
Habitational name for someone from any of the various locations called Casagrande or Casa Grande, derived from Italian casa meaning "house" and grande meaning "big, large".
Casanova Catalan, 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.
Casapiccola Italian
Habitational name for someone from any of the various locations called Casapiccola or Casa Piccola, derived from Italian casa meaning "house" and piccola meaning "small".
Casari Italian
Smarano, Italy... [more]
Casella Italian
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.
Cassata Italian
Derived from the Italian word cassata, denoting a sweet cake made with cheese and candied fruit.
Cassese Italian
From Arabic قِسِّيس (qissis) "priest", perhaps a nickname for someone who worked for or was related to a priest, or perhaps someone who was notably pious.
Cassiano Italian
From the given name Cassiano.
Cassio Italian
From the given name Cassio.
Castagna Italian
From Italian castagna "chestnut" (from Latin castanea) for someone who worked with chestnuts. Variant of Castagno and Italian cognitive of Chastain.
Castagno Italian
For someone who lived near a chestnut tree from castagno "chestnut" (from latin castanea). Variant of Castagna and Italian cognitive of Chastain.
Castanati Italian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish Origins
Castellan Italian
This name is of Latin origin. It comes from "castellanus" meaning 'castellan, steward of a castle'.
Castellaneta Italian
Originated in an area of Italy, known as the Papal States.
Castellani Italian
Italian form of Castellano.
Castelli Judeo-Italian, Italian, Spanish
Italian patronymic or plural form of Castello. ... [more]
Castello Catalan, Italian
Catalan variant of Castell or from Italian castello meaning "castle".
Castelnuovo Italian, Judeo-Italian
From Italian castello "castle" and nuovo "new".
Castiglia Italian
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.
Castiglione Italian
Habitational name for someone from any of various places called Castiglione, derived from Italian castiglione meaning "castle, fortress".
Castrogiovanni Italian
Habitational name from Castrogiovanni, the name until 1927 of Enna in central Sicily.
Catanese Italian
One who came from Catania.
Catapano Italian
Means "catapan, governor of a catepanate", ultimately from Byzantine Greek κατεπάνω (katepánō) "the one placed at the top, or the topmost".
Catello Italian
From the given name Catello
Catena Italian
This surname means "chain" in Italian.
Catone Italian
Derived from the name of the Roman republican statesman Cato, used as a nickname.
Catrambone Italian
Cattano Sicilian (Rare)
Meaning "captain," this name began as a nickname in the Medieval Ages, probably for someone who actually was a ship's captain, or perhaps for someone who acted in some way like a captain.
Cava Italian, Catalan, Spanish, Portuguese
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.
Cavadenti Italian
From Italian cava ("to extract, to pull out") and denti ("teeth"), an occupational name for a dentist.
Cavagnaro Italian
Means "basket-weaver."
Cavalcanti Italian
Means "riding" in Italian. An occupational surname for people who worked with horses.
Cavalera Italian
A bearer of this name is Brazilian metal musician Max Cavalera, whose father was Italian.
Cavaleri Italian, Sicilian
occupational name from Sicilian cavaleri "rider mounted soldier knight". It was also used as a patrician title. See Cavaliere.
Cavallaro Italian, Sicilian
either a variant under Spanish influence of Cavaliere or an occupational name for a keeper or dealer in horses Sicilian cavaddaru.
Cavallini Italian
The surname comes from the words "cavallaro," which means a horse dealer; or from "cavalieri," meaning a horseman, rider or knight.
Cecalupo Italian
Possibly means "blind wolf".
Cecamore Italian
Possibly means "blind love".
Ceccoli Italian
Derived from the given name Cecco. Nicoletta Ceccoli is a noted bearer.
Ceddia Italian (Modern)
Great grandparent from San Marco in Lamis, Province of Foggia, Apulia region of Italy.
Celidonio Italian
my maiden name
Celino Italian, Spanish
From the given name Celino
Celio Italian, Spanish
From the given name Celio
Celso Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
From the given name Celso
Cembrola Italian
My family is from St. Angelo, de Oliva, Naples, Italy
Centofante Italian
Variant form of Centofanti.
Centofanti Italian
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]
Centore Italian
from cento ore "hundred gold pieces" hence probably a nickname for a wealthy person.
Cera Spanish, Italian, Catalan, Sicilian
Metonymic occupational name for a wax seller, derived from Latin cera meaning "wax". A famous bearer of this surname is Canadian actor and musician Michael Cera (1988-).
Cerasuolo Italian
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]
Ceretti Italian (Tuscan), Medieval Italian (Tuscan)
The surname Cerri is derived from the Italian word cerro, which means bitter or Turkey oak. Often Italian local surnames bore the prefix "di", which signifies emigration from one place to another.... [more]
Cerise French, Italian
Italian habitational name from La Cerise or Torrent-La Cerise placenames in Valle d'Aosta from French cerise "cherry"; and French occupational name from cerise "cherry" (from Latin cerasus) applied as a metonymic occupational name for someone who grew or sold cherries.
Cerri Italian
From cerro "oak tree, Turkey oak".
Cerrito Italian
Variant of Cerri, or directly from Sicilian cirritu "Turkey oak grove".
Cerva Portuguese, Italian
"Cerva" means deer.
Cesare Italian
From the given name Cesare.
Cesco Italian
Derived from the given name Francesco.
Cestaro Italian
From cesta "basket" and the suffix -aro, an occupational name for a basket maker.
Cetrulo Italian
Possibly from Italian citrullo "fool, simpleton", or alternately from Latin citrullus "watermelon".
Cherchi Italian
Probably from the given name Ciriaco.
Cherubini Italian
Means "son of Cherubino".
Cherubino Italian
Italian cognitive of Cherubin, from the given name Cherubino or the nickname of the same word from Ecclesiastical Latin Cherubin.
Chessa Italian
Probably from Sardinian chersa "lentisk", a kind of tree.
Chiacchiaretta Italian
From chiacchierare "to chat, to chatter, to gossip".
Chiacchio Italian
Possibly from Neapolitan chiachiello "all talk, not serious".
Chiapello Italian
Possibly connected to chiappare "to catch, to trap", a nickname for a hunter. Alternately, may be an elaborate form of Chiappa.
Chiappa Italian
Possibly chiappa "stone", indicating someone who lived in a stony area.
Chiappetta Italian
A nickname derived from chiappa, meaning "buttock, butt cheek". Alternately, may be a diminutive of Chiappa.
Chiappone Italian
From Sicilian chiappuni "fat, lazy man".
Chiara Italian
Chiara meaning clear
Chiaramonte Italian
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.
Chiarella Italian
Diminutive of Chiara, itself from the given name Chiara.
Chiavetta Italian
From Italian "chiavetta", deriving from chiave meaning key.
Chiesa Italian
Means "church" in Italian, originally a topographic name for someone who lived near a church, a habitational name from any of various places named Chiesa or perhaps an occupational name for someone who worked in a church.
Chiodi Italian
From Italian chiodo "nail", probably given to someone who made or sold nails.
Chiovaro Sicilian
Unknown meaning. Brought over to the United States from Sicilian immigrants, where the pronunciation changed from KEE-o-vah-row to SHIV-ahr-ow.
Chirico Italian
Surname of Italian surrealist artist, Giorgio de Chirico
Ciabattino Italian
Italian for "cobbler."
Ciambra Italian
A habitational name from a place containing the Sicilian element ciambra "room, chamber".
Cianci Italian
The surname Cianci is a name for a person of small financial means. The surname Cianfari is derived from the Italian words cianfrone and cianferone, which referred to a type of medieval coin.
Ciaramitaro Italian
From Sicilian ciaramidaru "roof tile maker, potter", ultimately from Ancient Greek κέραμος (keramos) "potter's clay, pottery, tile".
Ciarlariello Italian
From Italian ciarlare "to chatter, to gossip".
Ciavarella Italian
From Sicilian ciavaredda "goat kid", an occupational name for a goatherd, or perhaps a nickname based on the bearer's appearance or behaviour.
Ciavatta Italian
From ciabatta "slippers", a nickname for a cobbler, or someone known for dressing casually.
Ciccarelli Italian
Derived from the given name Francesco.
Ciccio Sicilian
Ciccio usually implies the person with given name is as sweet as pie. It also can be lengthened to Francesco.
Cicco Italian
From a diminutive of Francesco.
Ciccotosto Italian
From Cicco combined with tosto "hard, tough".
Cicero Italian
From the Italian cicero "pea," "chickpea," or "lentil."
Cicerone Italian
Italian form of Cicero. From the given name Cicerone
Ciciriello Italian
Could derive from Ciccio, a nickname for the given name Francesco
Ciechi Italian
Means "blind (people)" in Italian, from Latin caecus "devoid of light, blind; invisible; aimless".
Cifrino Italian
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".
Cimarosa Italian
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).
Ciminelli Italian
Diminutive of Cimino
Ciminello Italian
Diminutive of Cimino
Ciminera Italian
from a dialect variant of ciminiera "chimney" hence a metonymic occupational name for someone who built chimneys or worked a furnace oven or kiln with a chimney or a nickname for a tall thin person.
Cimino Italian
Occupational name for a spice dealer, from cimino "cumin", Sicilian ciminu.
Cinardo Italian
From Italy
Ciocca Italian
The origin has to do with hair
Ciotola Italian
Possibly a diminutive of Ciotta.
Cipolla Italian
Means "onion" in Italian, given to someone who farmed onions, or perhaps a nickname for someone who resembled an onion in some way.
Circelli Sicilian
Derived from Sicilian circedda meaning "(hoop) earring", originally used to denote someone who wore hoop earrings.
Ciriaco Italian, Spanish
From the given name Ciriaco.
Cirillo Italian
From the given name Cirillo.
Cirino Italian, Spanish
From the given name Cirino.
Ciro Italian, Spanish
From the given name Ciro.
Cirrincione Italian
From Sicilian cirrinciò meaning "greenfinch, great tit".
Citarella Neapolitan
Occupational name for someone who made or played a guitar, derived from chitarra or catarra "guitar".