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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Piagnolo Italian (Anglicized, Modern)
It was borrowed from Italian chemist Giovenco Piagnolo
Piana Italian
Topographic name from piana ‘plain’, ‘level ground’, from Latin planus, or a habitational name from any of the places named with this word.
Piano Italian
Topographic name for someone who lived on a plain or plateau, Italian piano (Latin planum, from the adjective planus ‘flat’, ‘level’).
Pica Italian, Catalan
Nickname for a gossipy or garrulous person, from the central-southern Italian word pica ‘magpie’. Compare Picazo.Catalan: habitational name from any of the numerous places called Pica.Catalan: from either pica ‘pointed object’ (weapon, etc.) or a derivative of picar ‘to prick’.
Piccinini Italian
meaning- little one
Piccolo Italian
Nickname from piccolo "small".
Pietrafesa Italian
The derivation of the name Pietrafesa comes from the cracked aspect of the mountain on which it rose. In Italian "Pietra" mean Rock and "-fesa" comes from the Italian word fessura meaning cracked.... [more]
Pietrangelo Italian
Derived from the given name Pietrangelo, a variant of Pierangelo, formed from Pietro and Angelo... [more]
Pininfarina Italian
A combination of "pinin", Piedmontese for youngest/smallest brother, and Farina, the Italian variant of Miller. This is the name of the Italian coachbuilder, founded by Battista "Pinin" Farina, later Battista Pininfarina.
Pisa Italian
Habitational name from the city of Pisa in Tuscany. The city was probably founded by Greek colonists, but before coming under Roman control it was in the hands of the Etruscans, who probably gave it its name... [more]
Pisano Italian
Variant of Pisani.
Piscopo Italian
From a reduced form of episcopo "bishop" (Greek episkopos "bishop", literally "overseer"), hence a metonymic occupational name for someone in the service of a bishop, or perhaps a nickname for a pompous person.
Pisoni Italian
patronymic "from Pisone", from a derivative of Piso, from Latin pisum "pea"
Pistario Greek, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
Pistario is a surname, mainly used in the Greek, Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese languages.
Pizzuto Italian
Italian surname derived from a nickname meaning ‘malicious’.
Poli Italian
From the given name Polo, medieval variant of Paolo.
Polidori Italian
Means "son of Polidoro". Famous bearers include John William Polidori (1795-1821), a physician to Lord Byron and author of 'The Vampyre' (1819), and his sister Frances Polidori (1800-1886), the mother of painter and poet Dante Gabriel Rossetti, poet Christina Rossetti, critic William Michael Rossetti, and author Maria Francesca Rossetti.
Polito Italian
Reduced form of Ippolito. Compare French Hypolite, Greek Politis... [more]
Pompei Italian
Habitational name from a place called Pompei in Naples province. Or a patronymic or plural form of Pompeo.
Pompeo Italian
From the Italian given name Pompeo.
Pompilio Italian
From the given name Pompilio
Porcari Italian, English
From Italian porci "pigs", denoting someone who worked as a pig herder.
Porcaro Italian
From Italian porcaro "swineherd".
Porfirio Spanish, Italian
From the given name Porfirio
Porrin Italian
Americanized form of Perino.
Portera Italian
Occupational name for a female servant, from Spanish portera.
Porzio Italian
From the given name Porzio.
Posada Italian
Spanish: habitational name from any of the numerous places named Posada, from posada ‘halt’, ‘resting place’. ... [more]
Preci Italian
Italian origin. Native spelling is Preçi.
Preda Italian
Derived from the first name Prato, meaning "field, meadow".
Preve Italian
Derives from the Latin "presbyter" with the meaning of "Older". Abundant in the Piedmont region.
Primavera Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
Means "spring (the season)" in Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish.
Príncipe Italian, Spanish
From principe "prince, heir" (Latin princeps, genitive principis, from primus "first" and capere "to take"), applied probably as a nickname for someone who gave himself airs and graces or for someone in the service of a prince.
Prisco Italian
From the given name Prisco
Procida Italian
Habitational name from Procida, one of the Flegrean Islands off the coast of Naples in southern Italy.
Procopio Italian
Italian (Calabria) and Greek (Prokopios): from the personal name Procopio, Greek Prokopios, from pro ‘before’, ‘in front’ + kopē ‘cut’, actually an omen name meaning ‘success’, ‘prosperity’ but as a Church name taken to mean ‘pioneer’ as it was the name of the first victim of Diocletian's persecutions in Palestine in AD 303... [more]
Proia Italian
From the name of a place in Italy. The meaning is uncertain, but it might be derived from Greek πρωία (proía) "morning".
Pucci Italian
Patronymic derived from the medieval given name Puccio.
Pugina Italian
Most likely derived from the feminine form of the Italian word pugno which means "fist".
Puglisi Sicilian
Southern Italian variant of Pugliese.
Pugno Italian
The Italian family name Pugno is considered by scholars to be of nickname origin. While the majority of surnames that are derived from a sobriquet or nickname reveal to us some aspect of the physical appearance of the initial bearer of the name or may allude to a characteristic of this person, other nickname family names make reference to a particular piece of clothing or favorite article or indeed a favorite color of the bearer of the name... [more]
Pulcifer Italian (Anglicized, Rare)
Possibly a variant of the surname Pulsipher.
Puleo Sicilian
origin- common name found in Palermo in Scicily
Pulsipher Italian (Anglicized)
from the nickname meaning "handsome man" of a member of the Italian Pulci family who settled in England around the time of the Norman conquest
Purpura Italian
A nickname for someone associated with the color purple.
Quattrociocchi Italian
From quattro ciocchi, "four logs of wood" in Italian.
Quercia Italian (Rare)
From the Latin quercus "oak".
Quinto Aragonese, Spanish, Catalan, Italian
Habitational surname for a person from a place called Quinto, for example in Zaragoza province. However, the high concentration of the surname in Alacant province suggests that, in some cases at least, it may derive from the personal name Quinto (from Latin Quintus denoting the fifth-born child or Catalan quinto "young soldier").... [more]
Raffaele Italian
From the given name Raffaele.
Ragonesi Italian
Meaning: People Of Aragon
Ragusa Italian
Habitational name from Ragusa in Sicily, or from the ancient city of Dubrovnik on the Dalmatian coast of Croatia (Italian name Ragusa).
Raia Italian, Sicilian
Either a topographic name from Sicilian raia ‘smilax’ (a climbing shrub), or else derived from Sicilian raja meaning ‘ray’, or ‘skate’ (the fish), presumably a nickname for someone thought to resemble the fish or a metonymic occupational name for a fisherman or fish seller.
Randazzo Italian
Habitational name from a place in Catania called Randazzo. Possibly from a derivative of the personal name Rando.
Raniero Italian
From the given name Raniero
Rappa Italian, Sicilian
from Sicilian rappa meaning ‘bunch, cluster’ or Italian rappa meaning ‘lock, quiff’, which was presumably applied as a nickname with reference to someone’s hair.
Rassi Italian
Comes from the Italian rosso, meaning "red".
Rau Italian
From a local variant of the personal name Rao, an old form of Ralph.
Reale Italian
From reale "royal", either an occupational name for someone in the service of a king or a nickname for someone who behaved in a regal manner.
Recchia Italian
Nickname from a reduced form of orecchia "ear".
Recchio Italian
Probably a shortened form of orecchio "ear".
Reginatto Italian
nato means "born" in italian... [more]
Remigio Italian, Spanish
From the given name Remigio
Remini Italian
Famous bearer: Actress and Scientology critic Leah Remini.
Renardo Italian
Italian variant of Reynold
Renda Italian
Possibly a derivative of Lorenzo.
Renna Italian
Variant of Renda.
Restivo Italian
From an Italian nickname derived from the dialectal word restivu meaning "uncommunicative, reserved".
Riccardo Italian
From the given name Riccardo
Ricciardi Italian
From the given name Riccardo.
Riccio Italian
From Italian riccio meaning "curly". This was originally a nickname for someone with curly hair.
Richie English (Rare), Italian
Diminutive form of Richard. It could also have been a nickname for one who was rich or wealthy, or, in Italy, a variant of Ricci... [more]
Rico Spanish, Italian
From the given name Rico.
Riina Sicilian
Derived from Sicilian rijina meaning "queen".
Rinato Italian
means "reborn" in italian
Rino Italian
From the given name Rino.
Riola Italian
Regional variant of Riolo.
Rita Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Catalan
From the female personal name Rita, a reduced form of MargharitaMargaret’, chosen in particular in honor of a 15th-century Italian saint who bore the name in this form.
Rizza Italian
Variant of Rizzo.
Rizzi Italian
Variant of Ricci.
Rizzotti Italian
Variant of 'Rizzo', which means 'curly haired'
Roascio Italian (Rare)
Derived from Roascio, the name of a municipality in the province of Cuneo in the Piedmont region of Italy. The meaning of the municipality's name is uncertain, but since it is located in Piedmont and known as Roass in the Piedmontese language, the etymological origin of the name is most likely Piedmontese... [more]
Roasio Italian
This surname originates from the Piedmont region of Italy. It is most likely derived from Roasio, which is the name of a municipality in that same region. The meaning of the municipality's name is uncertain, but since it is located in Piedmont and known as Roaso in the Piedmontese language, the etymological origin of the name is most likely Piedmontese... [more]
Rodia Italian
Habitational name from Rodia, a locality in Messina, Sicily.
Romana Catalan, French, Italian, Polish, English (Rare), German, Hungarian, Romanian, Ukrainian, Belarusian
From the feminine form of the Latin personal name Romanus, which originally meant "Roman".
Romeo Italian
From the given name Romeo.
Romie Italian
From a diminutive of Roman or its derivative names.
Ronchetto Italian
Italian: diminutive from a variant of Ronco .
Rondelli Italian, English, French
From the medieval name "Rondello" derived from French "rondel" meaning "go around, round" or "rondel", a French old nickname for a round, plump man.
Rosano Italian
rosa meaning pink. Could also be indicative of a location known for or possessing roses.
Rosati Italian
Variant of Rosato.
Rosi Greek, Italian
Greek: Metronymic from the female personal name Rosa, or alternatively a variant of Rosso.... [more]
Rossetti Italian
Patronymic derived from the given name Rossetto (see Rosetto).
Rosso Italian
Variant of Russo.
Roviaro Italian (Modern)
From northern Italy
Rucci Italian
Patronymic from the personal name Ruccio, from a short form of various pet names formed with this suffix, as for example Gasparuccio (from Gaspari) or Baldassaruccio (from Baldasare).
Ruffalo Italian
Variant spelling of Ruffolo. A famous bearer is American actor Mark Ruffalo (1967-).
Ruffolo Italian
Derived from the given name Ruffo.
Ruggero Italian
From the given name Ruggero
Ruotina Italian
Means "wheel" in Italian. This meant that a bearer of this surname was a wheel maker.
Rutigliano Italian
From the name of a town located in Bari Province of Apulia, Italy.
Sabatini Italian
Patronymic or plural form of Sabatino.
Sabella Italian
From the given name Sabello or Savello, Latin Sabellus, originally derived from a tribal name.
Sabino Italian
From the given name Sabino
Saccente Italian
Nickname from medieval Italian saccente "wise".
Saetta Italian
Means "lightning" in Italian.
Saffioti Italian
From the place name Punta Safò, a settlement in Briatico.
Salerno Italian
Southern Italian habitational name from the city of Salerno in Campania.
Sallas Italian, Spanish, Catalan, Occitan, Galician, Portuguese, Aragonese, Asturian, Romanian, Greek
Either a variant of Salas or Sala, or else a nickname from Arabic, Turkish, or Persian salli meaning "broad, wide, large, tall".
Salussolia Italian
Originally denoted a person from Salussola, a comune (municipality) in the province of Biella in Piedmont, Italy.
Salvatore Italian
Derived from the Italian masculine given name Salvatore, which in turn was derived from the Italian noun salvatore meaning "saviour, rescuer"... [more]
Sandano Italian
San means "saint" in Italian, but I don't know what the... [more]
San Giorgio Italian
“Saint George.”
San Giovanni Italian
Means Saint John in Italian
San Pietro Italian
Means Saint Peter in Italian.
Santamaria Italian, French, Spanish
Italian and French cognate of Santamaría as well as a Spanish variant.
Santangelo Italian
Originating someone from Sant' Angelo in Italy.
Santi Italian (Latinized, Archaic)
Santi is a surname of Christian inspiration and it means Son of Santo (Saint). It also has a second meaning in plural that is Santos (Saints). Santi is a last name that comes from Piedmont (northern Italy)... [more]
Santino Italian
Derived from the given name Santino.
Santora Italian
Feminine variant of Santoro.
Santorum Italian
Variant of Santoro. A notable bearer is former American Senator Rick Santorum (1958-present).
Sanzio Italian
Meaning: Holy or Blessed.
Sapienza Italian
It means "knowledge" in Italian.
Sard English, French, Spanish, Italian
In the book "Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary by Henry Harrison and Gyda (Pulling) Harrison 1912 - Reprinted 1996.... The Sard surname (which has been in England, Italy and Europe for a long time) is defined thus on page 136...... [more]
Sardo Italian, Catalan
Ethnic name from sardo "Sardinian".
Sartori Italian
Variant of Sarto, through Latin Sartorius.
Savino Italian
From the given name Savino.
Savio Italian
Italian nickname given to a wise, sage man. Saint Dominic Savio is a well-known bearer of this surname.
Savoia Italian (Archaic)
A Italian royal court name.
Scaglietti Italian
The name of an Italian coachbuilder, with one of its famous customers being Ferrari when it doesn't want a design from Pininfarina.
Scaglione Italian
Derived from scaglione meaning "stallion’s canine tooth" (an augmentative form of scaglie meaning "canine tooth", from Old French escaillon meaning "horse’s tooth"), presumably a nickname for someone with exceptionally large teeth.
Scala Italian, Greek
Habitational or topographic name from any of various places named with scala, "ladder", "steps", "wharf".
Scali Italian
Habitational name from Scali in Piedimonte Etneo, Sicily. From greek skali, "step", "terrace".
Scali Italian
Variant of Scala.
Scalia Italian
Habitational name derived from Scalea in the province of Cosenza, deriving ultimately from medieval Greek skaleia meaning "hoeing".
Scannadinari Italian (Rare)
Taken from the Italian scanna meaning "slaying" and dinari meaning "money" in the plural form. Therefore, killer of money.
Scarlata Italian
Feminine variant of Scarlato.
Scarlato Italian
Occupational name for a dyer, or as a nickname for someone who habitually wore scarlet or who had bright red hair, From Sicilian scarlatu "scarlet".
Schiavo Italian
From the Italian word schiavo "slave".
Schincariol Italian, Portuguese
Unknown meaning.
Scillato Italian, Sicilian
Comes from the commune of Scillato in Sicily, Italy, southeast of Palermo.
Sciortino Italian
Occupational name from a diminutive of sciorta, sciurta "city guard, watchman, policeman" (Arabic ̣shuṛtī).
Sciuto Italian
Meaning "thin"... [more]
Scognamiglio Italian
Literally "millet thresher", probably from the Neapolitan verb scugnà ("to thresh") and miglio ("millet"), denoting cereal threshers.
Scornavacche Italian
Possibly deriving from Italian words scorno meaning shame, and vacca meaning cow. Sicilian variant of Scornavacca.
Scuderi Sicilian
Patronymic form of Scudero, a status name equivalent to English Squire, from scudero "shield-bearer", Latin scutarius, an agent derivative of scutum "shield"... [more]
Secondo Italian
From the given name Secondo
Sedita Italian
From Italian sei "six" + dita, plural of dito "finger", hence a nickname either for someone having six fingers or metaphorically for someone who was very dextrous.
Segale English, Italian
Respelling of SEGAL. A famous bearer is Mario A. Segale, the inspiration for Nintendo's video game character Mario
Selva Catalan, Italian
From any of various places in Catalonia, the Balearic Islands, or northern Italy named Selva, as for instance the Catalan district La Selva, from selva "wood", Latin silva.
Serafino Italian
From the given name Serafino
Sereno Italian
1 Italian: from the personal name Sereno (from Latin serenus, serena ‘clear’, ‘calm’).... [more]
Sergente Italian
Italian cognate of Sergeant.
Severo Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
From the given name Severo
Sferrazza Italian
Occupational name for a scrap-metal merchant, from a derivative of Sferro in the sense ‘old and broken iron’. Habitational name from the district of Paternò in Catania, Sicily.
Sforza Italian
Derived from the Italian verb sforzare meaning "to force, strain"; also compare the related word forza "force, strength". This was the surname of a dynasty of Milanese dukes, which held power in the 15th and 16th centuries.
Silvano Italian, Galician
From the given name Silvano
Silvestrini Italian
Means "Little Tree" or "Little Woods." Derived from the given name SILVESTER.
Silvestro Italian
From the given name Silvestro
Silvio Italian
From the personal name Silvio (Latin Silvius, a derivative of silva "wood").
Simonetti Italian
The name Simonetti originated from the personal name Simon, itself a derivative of the Hebrew name "Sim'on," from the verb "sama" meaning "to listen." Thus, the name Simonetti means "God has listened," referring to the gratitude of the parents who, having wished for a child, had their prayers answered.... [more]
Simoni Italian
Patronymic or plural form of Simone
Simplicio Italian, Spanish
From the given name Simplicio
Sinatra Italian
Comes from a personal name in Sicily and souther Calabria. The name was apparently in origin a nickname from Latin senator member of the Roman senate, Latin senatus, a derivative of senex ‘old’... [more]
Sirtori Italian
Perhaps a habitational name from a comune (municipality) in Northern Italy.
Slyvestre Italian
Derived from the given name Sylvester.
Solari Italian
Habitational name from any of various places called "Solaro" or "Solara", from solaro 'site', 'plot', 'meadow', literally "land exposed to the sun".
Solebello Italian
Means, "beautiful sun". Derived from "bello", meaning beautiful, and "sole", meaning sun.
Soprano Italian
For soprano "higher, situated above", a topographic name for someone who lived at the top end of a place on a hillside.
Sottile Italian
Southern Italian: nickname from sottile ‘delicate’, ‘refined’, also ‘lean’, ‘thin’ (from Latin subtilis ‘small’, ‘slender’).
Sozio Italian
Nickname from socio "companion", "ally".
Spadafora Italian
Variant form of Spatafora. Spadafora is the younger out of the two surnames and yet the most common of the two, which might partly be because it is a little bit more italianized... [more]
Spatafora Italian
This surname originates from the Italian island of Sicily, where it was first borne by a noble family of Byzantine origin, which had settled on the island in the 11th century AD. Their surname was derived from the Greek noun σπάθη (spathe) "blade, sword" (akin to Latin spatha "broad sword with a double edge") combined with Greek φορεω (phoreo) "to carry, to bear", which gives the surname the meaning of "he who carries the sword" or "sword-bearer"... [more]
Spezia Italian
Means "spice, drug" in Italian. It was used to denote someone who worked as a spicer or apothecary.
Spina Italian
Means "thorn" in Italian, originally a topographic name for someone who lived by a thorn bush or a habitational name from any of various locations called Spina.
Spinazzola Italian
From a place named Spinazzola in Italy.
Spinelli Italian
Variant of Spina, of uncertain etymology: could be related to several place names in Italy, to given names such as Crispino, or to the crown of thorns placed on the head of Jesus.
Spinola Italian
Italian (Liguria) diminutive of Spina. Italian topographic name for someone living by Monte Spinola in the province of Pavia.
Stefani Italian
Patronymic or plural form of Stefano.
Stefano Italian
From the given Stefano.
Stella Italian
Italian for "star". Either possibly derived from the given name Stella, or from several places in Italy containing the word stella.
Stellato Italian
Stellato, which is the modern Italian word for 'starry', as in "starry sky", translates to 'by the stars' from the Latin word Stella. As so many Italians were navigators on ships and navigated "by the stars," and since so many surnames were derived from occupations
Strada Italian
Italian form of Street.
Stradivari Italian
Italian surname of uncertain origin, either from the plural of Lombard stradivare meaning "toll-man" or from strada averta meaning "open road" in the Cremonese dialect. A famous bearer was Antonio Stradivari (1644-1737), a violin-maker of Cremona.
Sudan Arabic, Italian, Spanish
Ethnic name or regional name for someone from Sudan or who had traded with Sudan. The name of the country is ultimately derived from Arabic سُود (sud) meaning "black", referring to the darker skin of the inhabitants.