Swiss Submitted Surnames

Swiss names are used in the country of Switzerland in central Europe.
Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
Choquette French
Altered spelling of French Choquet, a Picard form of Old French soquet, which was the term for a tax on wines and foodstuffs, hence a metonymic occupational name for a collector of such taxes.
Christ German
From the Latin personal name Christus "Christ" (see Christian). The name Christ (Latin Christus) is from Greek Khristos, a derivative of khriein "to anoint", a calque of Hebrew mashiach "Messiah", which likewise means literally "the anointed".
Christen German (Swiss)
Derived from the given name Christian.
Christl German
Pet form of the given name Christian.
Christophe French
From the given name Christophe.
Chrysanthe French
From the Greek Χρύσανθος (Chrysanthos), meaning "golden flower". This surname was first given to children found on October 25, the feast day of Saint Chrysanthos.
Chrysler German, Jewish
From a German name referring to spinning or related to a Yiddish word, krayzl meaning "spinning top." The name can refer to a potter who spun a wheel to make utensils or to a person with curly hair or someone known for being continually active... [more]
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.
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.
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".
Ciuffi Italian
Probably from Italian ciuffo "tuft (of hair)".
Ciuffreda Italian
Possibly from the given name Godefrida.
Claassen German
The name Claassen means "son of Klaus." It's primarily German, but it's also Dutch and Danish.
Clair French
From the given name Clair.
Clapp German
Variant of Klapp.
Claude French
From the first name Claude.
Claudel French
From the given name Claudel.
Claudio Italian, Spanish
From the given name Claudio
Clauss German, French
Derived from the given name Klaus.
Clavel French
Metonymic occupational name for a nail maker, ultimately from Latin clavellus "nail", but in some cases possibly from the same word in the sense "smallpox, rash". A fictional bearer is Miss Clavel, a nun and teacher in Ludwig Bemelmans's 'Madeline' series of children's books (introduced in 1939).
Clavell French, Catalan
The first documented records of the surname Clavell appear in Catalunya between 1291 and 1327. The word clavell traces back to the Indo-European words "kleu", later "klawo" meaning a metal tool. In Latin "clavus", it eventually became a surname "Clavell".
Clein German
Variant of Klein.
Clemenceau French
Derived from the French given name Clément. A notable bearer was the French prime minister Georges Clemenceau (1841-1929), who successfully lead France through the end of World War I.
Clerc French
Occupational or status name for a member of a minor religious order or for a scholar Old French clerc from Late Latin clericus from Greek klērikos a derivative of klēros "inheritance legacy" with reference to the priestly tribe of Levites (see Levy ) "whose inheritance was the Lord"... [more]
Clerico Italian
Occupational or status name for a member of a minor religious order or for a scholar from Late Latin clericus (see Clerc ). Italian cognitive of Clark.
Cleto Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
From the given name Cleto.
Clopath Romansh
Derived from a diminutive form of the given name Clo.
Cloud French
From the Germanic personal name Hlodald, composed of the elements hlod "famous, clear" and wald "rule", which was borne by a saint and bishop of the 6th century.
Coach French
Possibly an altered spelling of French Coache, from the Norman and Picard term for a damson, probably applied as a metonymic occupational name for a grower or seller of plums.
Coccia Italian
Meaning uncertain, possibly from Sicilian cocciu "grain, berry", denoting a kind of gruel; an occupational name for a farmer from Greek κόκκος (kokkos) "grain, seed"; or from Italian coccia "head, shell", referring to someone with a large head, or who was stubborn.
Coccimiglio Italian
From Sicilian cuccumeli, the name of several fruit-bearing deciduous trees or of the hackberry plant, itself borrowed from an Ancient Greek word; possibly κοκκύμηλον (kokkymelon) "plum", literally "cuckoo apple", or from κόκκος (kókkos) "grain, seed, kernel" and‎ μῆλον (mêlon) "apple, any fruit from a tree".
Cocco Italian
Possibly from Italian cocco, meaning "darling, favourite" or "hen's egg".
Cochet French
Either from cochet a diminutive of coq "rooster" used as a nickname for a vain conceited or womanizing individual. Or possibly also a habitational name from (Le) Cochet the name of several places in various parts of France.
Cocker English, German (Anglicized)
Originally a nickname for a bellicose person, from Middle English cock "to fight". Also an anglicized form of Köcher.
Coco Italian, Sicilian
occupational name for a cook a seller of cooked meats or a keeper of an eating house from southern Italian coco "cook" (from Latin cocus coquus).
Cocuzza Italian
From cocuzza "gourd", "pumpkin", applied either as an occupational name for a grower or seller of gourds or a nickname for a rotund individual.
Codino Italian
Means "pigtail, plait" in Italian, literally "tail's end". Ultimately from Latin cauda "tail (of an animal)". Perhaps given to someone who often wore their hair in such a style, possibly given to orphans or foundlings.
Codispoti Italian
A Calabrian surname from Greek οικοδεσπότης (oikodespótis) "host, master of the house".
Coffelt Irish, German (Anglicized)
From Irish Gaelic Mac Eachaidh meaning "son of Eochaidh". It could also be an Americanized spelling of German Kauffeld (see Caulfield).
Cogotti Italian
From Sardinian cogotto "cockerel, rooster".
Cois Italian
Possibly from the name of a lost town, Coni. Alternately, may be from dialectical words meaning "to cook" or "finch", referring to an occupation or nickname.
Coit Medieval Welsh, French, English
The surname Coit was first found in Carnarvonshire, a former country in Northwest Wales, anciently part of the Kingdom of Gwynedd, and currently is divided between the unitary authorities of Gwynedd and Conwy, where they held a family seat... [more]
Colasanti Italian
Derived from the name "Nicola or Nicholas".
Colella Italian
Diminutive of personal name Cola, a short form of Nicola 1, an Italian equivalent of Nicholas... [more]
Coles English, Scottish, Irish, German (Anglicized), English (American)
English: from a Middle English pet form of Nicholas.... [more]
Coletta Italian
Derived from the given name Nicola 1. ... [more]
Collabrusco Italian
From the region Calabria in southern Italy; widely moved to US.
Collard English, French
English and French: from the personal name Coll + the pejorative suffix -ard.
Collet French, French (Huguenot), French (Swiss), Romansh
Derived from a diminutive of French Colle, itself a diminutive of Nicholas.
Collin French
From Collin a diminutive of Nicolas. Variant of Colin
Collines French
French for "hillbanks".
Collu Italian
From a dialectical form of Italian collo, meaning "neck" or "parcel, package".
Colo Italian
From the personal name Colo, a short form of Nicolo (see Nicholas). (Colò) nickname from medieval Greek kolos ‘lame’, classical Greek kylos.
Cologne French
Habitational name from a place in France called Cologne.
Colomb French
from Old French colomb "pigeon" (from Latin columbus) applied as a metonymic occupational name for a keeper of pigeons or doves... [more]
Colomban French
From the given name Colomban.
Colombe French
Either from the given name Colombe or a habitational name from a place in France named La Colombe... [more]
Colonna Italian
topographic name from colonna "column" (from Latin columna).
Colosi Italian
Patronymic or plural form of a pet form of the personal name Nicoloso.
Colussi Italian
Friulian and Venetian short form of Nicola 1. Compare Colucci.
Combe French
Either a topographic name for someone living in or near a ravine from combe "narrow valley ravine" (from Latin cumba a word of Gaulish origin); or a habitational name from Combe the name of several places in the southern part of France of the same etymology.
Combès French
Either a topographic name from combe "narrow valley ravine" (see Combe ) or a habitational name from any of various places in southern France for example in Hérault named Combes.
Comeau French, French (Acadian), Louisiana Creole
French: from a Gascon diminutive of Combe.
Comim Italian
It mans waiter in italian.
Comito Italian
From the medieval Latin comitus, meaning "count", or the medieval Greek form of this word, komitos, used as a nickname for someone who put on airs and graces or worked for a count.
Commander Anglo-Saxon, French
From Middle English comander, comandor and comandour and also from Old French comandeor, all meaning "commander", "leader" or "ruler". The first recorded use of the name is through a family seat held in Somerset.
Commisso Italian
Habitational name from the city Comiso.
Comte French
Nickname for someone who worked for a count or for someone acting haughty from Old French conte cunte "count". French cognitive of Conte and variant of Lecomte.
Condom French
Regional name for someone who lives in a French province named "Condom".
Condrau Romansh
Derived from the given name Cundrau.
Confalone Italian
from gonfalone "standard banner" from Old French gonfalon (of ancient Germanic origin) a metonymic occupational name for a standard bearer either in a military context or as the officer of a guild responsible for carrying the banner in religious processions... [more]
Coniglio Italian
From coniglio "rabbit" (from Latin cuniculus ) applied as a nickname for a timid person or a metonymic occupational name for a dealer in rabbits. Italian cognitive of Coelho.
Conrad German, German (Swiss), Romansh
Derived from the given name Conrad.
Conradi German, Danish (Rare), Norwegian (Rare)
Derived from a patronymic from the given name Konrad.
Conradin Romansh
Derived from the given name Conradin.
Consalvo Italian
From the given name Consalvo.
Consiglio Italian
Meaning "counselor" or "one who gives good advice".
Consolo Italian
From Sicilian cùnzulu "consul".
Constance English, French
From the given name Constance
Constant French, Dutch, English
From the given name Constant or from the word "constant"
Contardo Italian, Spanish
From the given name Contardo.
Conte Italian
Means "count (a title of nobility)" in Italian.
Contestabile Italian
Means "debatable, questionable" in Italian, perhaps a nickname for an argumentative person, or for someone of dubious respectability.
Contino Italian
Diminutive of Italian Conte or Conti.
Conzett Romansh
Derived from Conz, a variant of the given name Kunz, in combination with the diminutive suffix -ett.
Coogler German (Americanized)
Americanized form of Kugler.
Coors German
Variant of Cords.
Coppenhaver German
Americanized spelling, probably originally spelled Kopenhaver or Koppenhaver. Means "owner of a hill".
Corai Romansh
Variant of Coray.
Coray Romansh
Derived from the given name Conrad.
Corbin English, French
Derived from French corbeau meaning "raven," originally denoting a person who had dark hair.
Cordasco Italian
From the given name Corda or Cordio (a short form of Accord(i)o, literally "agreement") + the suffix -asco denoting kinship.
Corday French
Either from the French word corde meaning "cord/rope/string", or from the Latin word cor meaning "heart." This was the surname of Charlotte Corday, the assassin who killed Jacobin leader Jean-Paul Marat during the French revolution.
Corder French (Anglicized, Archaic), English (American)
Linked to both English, French and Spanish origin. Cordier, Cordero, Corder- one who makes cord. Can refer to both the act of making cords (rope), cores of fire wood, or actual location names.... [more]
Cordett Romansh
Derived from the given name Conrad.
Cordier French
Given to someone who worked or made with cord and or strings from old French corde "string".
Cordisco Italian
Possibly from Italian cordesco "second-born lamb, butchered calf".
Cordonnier French
An occupational surname for a cordwainer or shoemaker, and derived from Old French cordouanier, literally meaning "cobbler".
Core English (American), German (Anglicized)
Core is the anglicized form of the German surname Kohr, also spelled Kürr. Alternately, it is an English name of Flemish origin.
Corio Italian
Variant of Coiro.
Corll German (Anglicized)
Americanized form of Karl.
Cormier French
French topographic name for someone who lived near a sorb or service tree, Old French cormier (from corme, the name of the fruit for which the tree was cultivated, apparently of Gaulish origin).
Cornacchia Italian
Nickname meaning "crow, jackdaw" in Italian, applied to someone who was talkative or thought to resemble a crow or jackdaw in some other way.
Cornelio Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
From the given name Cornelio. Cognitive of Cornell and Cornelius.
Cornu French
Means foolish in French variant of Le Cornu.
Corongiu Italian
Possibly from Sardinian corongiu "rocky hill, boulder, large mass", denoting someone who lived near such a landmark, or perhaps a nickname based on the bearer's physical appearance.
Corradini Italian, Romansh
Italian patronymic form of Corradino.
Corradino Italian
Derived from the given name Corradino.
Corrado Italian
From the personal name Corrado.
Corrao Italian
Reduced form Corrado.
Corrias Italian
Probably from Sardinian corria "leather strap, lace, belt; narrow strip of land".
Corsaut French
Possibly a variant of Cossart.
Corsi Italian
Patronymic or plural form of Corso.
Corsica Italian, Corsican
Denotes a person from Corsica.
Corso Italian, English (American), Spanish (Latin American), Portuguese (Brazilian)
Either derived from the given name Bonaccorso or taken from Italian and Spanish corso, denoting someone who lived in Corsica.
Corte Spanish, Catalan, Italian, Portuguese
From corte ‘court', applied as an occupational name for someone who worked at a manorial court or a topographic name for someone who lived in or by one.
Corvino Italian, Spanish
From the given name Corvino
Corvo Italian, Portuguese
From the given name Corvo
Cosca Italian
Topographic name from the Calabrian dialect word c(u)oscu "oak", also "wood".
Cosco Italian
Masculinized form of Cosca.
Cosmo Italian
From the given name Cosmo.
Cossart English, French
From French, referring to "a dealer of horses" (related to the English word "courser"). This surname was brought to England in the wake of the Norman Conquest of 1066, and became one of the many Anglo-Norman words that made up Middle English.
Cossiga Italian, Sardinian
Sardinian translation of the place name Corsica. A famous bearer of the name is Francesco Cossiga (1928-2010), Italian politician who served as Prime Minister (1979-1980) and as President (1985-1992).
Cossu Italian
Probably from Sardinian cossu "tub, trough, basin".
Costabile Italian
Italian name.... [more]
Costantino Italian
From the given name Costantino
Cotoni Italian
means "cottons" in Italian
Cotton English, French
English: habitational name from any of numerous places named from Old English cotum (dative plural of cot) ‘at the cottages or huts’ (or sometimes possibly from a Middle English plural, coten)... [more]
Cottrant French
Meaning unknown.
Cottrell English, French
First found in Derbyshire where the family "Cottrell" held a family seat and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege lord for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings, 1066CE... [more]
Cotugno Italian
From Sicilian cutugnu "quince (tree)"
Coulombe French
Variant of Colombe and Colomb.
Coulon French
From Old French colomb "pigeon" (from Latin columba) used as a metonymic occupational name for a breeder.
Council English, German
1 English: nickname for a wise or thoughtful man, from Anglo-Norman French counseil ‘consultation’, ‘deliberation’, also ‘counsel’, ‘advice’ (Latin consilium, from consulere ‘to consult’)... [more]
Courcel French
Variant of Courcelles.... [more]
Courcelles French
The name of several places in France, Belgium and Canada. In Middle French the word courcelle was used to describe a "small court" or a "small garden". The word is derived from the medieval Gallo-Romance and Gallo-Italian word corticella, which was formed from the Latin word cohors, meaning "court" or "enclosure", and the diminutive –icella.... [more]
Couric French
Originally a nickname given to a short person, derived from Middle Breton corr, korr meaning "dwarf, midget". A well-known bearer of this surname is the American journalist, television host and author Katie Couric (1957-).
Court English, French, Irish
A topographic name from Middle English, Old French court(e) and curt, meaning ‘court’. This word was used primarily with reference to the residence of the lord of a manor, and the surname is usually an occupational name for someone employed at a manorial court.... [more]
Courtier French, Medieval French, Medieval English
French: habitational name from places called Courtier (Seine-et-Marne, Aples-de-Haute-Provence), Courtié (Tarn), or Courtière (Loir-et-Cher). ... [more]
Courville French
Derived from either of two communes in the departments of Marne and Eure-et-Loir in France. It is named with Latin curba villa, denoting a settlement in the curve of a road.
Cousin English, French
Nickname derived from Middle English cousin and Old French cosin, cusin meaning "cousin".
Cousins French
"Relative" in Old French.
Covert English, French
The surname is probably topographical, for someone who either lived by a sheltered bay, or more likely an area sheltered by trees. The formation is similar to couvert, meaning a wood or covert, and originally from the Latin "cooperio", to cover... [more]
Cozart French
Variant of Cossart.