705 Common Italian Surnames

ABANO Italian
Originally denoted a person from the town of Abano, Latin Aponus, which was derived from the old Celtic root ab meaning “water”.
ABATANGELO Italian
From Italian abate meaning “abbot, priest” combined with the given name ANGELO.
ABATANTUONO Italian
From Italian abate meaning “abbot, priest” combined with the given name ANTONIO.
ABATE Italian
From Italian abate meaning “abbot, priest”, derived via Latin and Greek from an Aramaic word meaning “father”. This was used either as a nickname or an occupational name for a worker in a priest’s house.
ABATEGIOVANNI Italian
From Italian abate meaning “abbot, priest” combined with the given name GIOVANNI.
ABATESCIANNI Italian
From Italian abate meaning “abbot, priest” combined with the given name GIANNI.
ABBÀ Italian
Variant of ABATE.
ABBADELLI Italian
Means “little abbot” from Italian abate and the diminutive suffix -elli.
ABBANDONATO Italian
Means “forsaken, abandoned” in Italian.
ABBASCIA Italian
Aphetic form of ABATESCIANNI.
ABBATANGELO Italian
Variant of ABATANGELO.
ABBATANTUONO Italian
Variant of ABATANTUONO.
ABBATE Italian
Variant of ABATE.
ABBATELLI Italian
Variant of ABBADELLI.
ABBATICCHIO Italian
Means “little abbot” from Italian abate and the diminutive suffix -icchio, from Latin -iculus.
ABBIATI Italian
Originally a name for a person from the city of Abbiategrasso, near Milan in Italy, called Abiatum in Latin.
ABELLI Italian
From the given name ABELE.
ABRAMI Italian
Derived from the given name ABRAMO.
ABRAMO Italian
Derived from the given name ABRAMO.
ACARDI Italian
Derived from the Norman name Achard, a form of EKKEHARD.
ACCARDI Italian
Variant of ACARDI.
ACCARDO Italian
Variant of ACARDI.
ACCIAI Italian
Derived from medieval Italian accia meaning “axe”, ultimately from Latin ascia.
ACCIAIO Italian
Variant of ACCIAI.
ACCIAIOLI Italian
Variant of ACCIAI.
ACCONCI Italian
Variant of ACCONCIO.
ACCONCIO Italian
From the medieval Italian given names Accuntius or Acconcius, of uncertain meaning.
ACCORSI Italian
From the given name BONACCORSO.
ACCORSO Italian
From the given name BONACCORSO.
ACCURSIO Italian
From the given name BONACCORSO.
ACERBI Italian
From Italian acerbo meaning “bitter, harsh, severe”.
ACONE Italian
Possibly from the name of a harbour in Bithynia (in modern Turkey).
ACQUA Italian
Means “water” in Italian, indicating one who dwelt by or transported water.
ACQUAFREDDA Italian
Denoted a person who came from one of the various places in Italy with this name, derived from Italian meaning “cold water”.
ACQUARONE Italian
Meaning uncertain, possibly from a place name or an occupation derived from Italian acqua “water”.
ACQUATI Italian
From the name of a village, part of the city of Lecco in Lombardy. Its name is presumably derived from Italian acqua “water”.
ADAMI Italian
Means “son of ADAMO”.
ADAMO Italian
Italian form of ADAM.
ADAMOLI Italian
Diminutive form of ADAMI.
ADDARIO Italian
Derived from the given name Addarius, of unknown meaning.
ADELARDI Italian
Means “son of ADELARDO”.
ADESSO Italian
Perhaps a nickname for a punctual or fast person, from Italian adesso meaning “now, at this moment”.
ADIMARI Italian
Means “son of ADEMARO”.
ADRIATICO Italian
Originally denoted a person who lived near the Adriatic sea.
AFFINI Italian
From Latin affinis meaning “neighbouring, kindred”.
AFRICANI Italian
Means “son of Africano”, the Italian form of AFRICANUS.
AFRICANO Italian
From the given name Africano, the Italian form of AFRICANUS.
AGANI Italian
Means “son of Agano”, a given name of unknown meaning.
AGGIO Italian
Possibly from the name Aggius, probably related to the Germanic name AGI.
AGLI Italian
From place names like Agliè, Aglietti, Agliana and Agliate, all originating from the Latin name Allius or Alleius.
AGNELLI Italian
From Italian agnello meaning “lamb” (ultimately from Latin agnus), denoting a pious or timid person.
AGNELLINI Italian
From a diminutive of AGNELLI.
AGNUSDEI Italian
From Latin Agnus Dei meaning “lamb of God”. This was a nickname for someone who was particularly religious or someone who wore this symbol.
AGOSTI Italian
Means “son of Agosto”, a variant of AUGUSTO.
AGOSTINI Italian
Means “son of AGOSTINO”.
AGRESTA Italian
From Latin agrestis meaning “rural, rustic”.
AGRICOLA Italian
From Latin agricola meaning “farmer”.
AIELLO Italian
From various place names in Italy, such as Aiello del Friuli, Aiello del Sabato and others. They are derived from Latin agellus meaning “little field”.
AIOLFI Italian
Means “son of Aiolfo”, which is derived from the Germanic name AGILULF.
AIRALDI Italian
Means “son of AROLDO”.
AIRÒ Italian
From the given name AROLDO.
AITA Italian
Originally denoted a person from Aieta, Italy, a place name derived from Greek ἀετός (aetos) meaning “eagle”.
AJELLO Italian
Variant of AIELLO.
ALAGONA Italian
From the name of the Spanish region of Aragon, which was a medieval kingdom. The region was named for a river, which was itself derived from an Indo-European root meaning “water”.
ALAMANNI Italian
From ALEMANNIA, the Latin name for Germany.
ALBANESI Italian
Originally indicated a person who came from ALBANIA.
ALBANI Italian
Derived from the given name ALBANO.
ALBANO Italian
Derived from the given name ALBANO.
ALBERGHI Italian
Variant of ALBERICI.
ALBERGHINI Italian
Diminutive of ALBERGHI.
ALBERICI Italian
Means “son of ALBERICO”.
ALBERIGHI Italian
Variant of ALBERICI.
ALBERO Italian
From Italian albero meaning “tree”, ultimately from Latin arbor, referring to someone who lived in the woods or worked as a woodcutter.
ALBINI Italian
Means “son of ALBINO”.
ALBRICCI Italian
Variant of ALBERICI.
ALBRICI Italian
Variant of ALBERICI.
ALDEBRANDI Italian
Means “son of Aldebrando”, an Italian form of ALDEBRAND.
ALDERISI Italian
Means “son of Alderissius”, a Latinized form of a Germanic name of unknown meaning.
ALDUINO Italian
Derived from the Italian given name Alduino, derived from the Germanic name ALDWIN.
ALEMAGNA Italian
From ALEMANNIA, the Latin name for Germany.
ALEPPO Italian
From the name of the Syrian city of Aleppo, which is from Arabic خالاب (Khalab), of uncertain meaning.
ALESCI Italian
Means “son of ALESSIO”.
ALESCIO Italian
From the given name ALESSIO.
ALESI Italian
From the given name ALESSIO.
ALESINI Italian
Means “son of Alesino”, a diminutive of ALESSIO.
ALESIO Italian
From the given name ALESSIO.
ALESSANDRI Italian
Means “son of ALESSANDRO”.
ALESSI Italian
From the given name ALESSIO.
ALFERO Italian
From the given name ADALFARUS.
ALIBERTI Italian
Means “son of ALBERTO”.
ALINARI Italian
Means “son of Alinario”, which is from the Germanic name ELLANHER.
ALIPRANDI Italian
Means “son of ALIPRAND”.
ALLEGRI Italian
From an Italian nickname derived from allegro meaning “quick, lively”.
ALLEGRO Italian
Variant of ALLEGRI.
ALÒ Italian
Variant of ALOI.
ALOI Italian
From a dialectal form of the name ALOISIO.
ALOIA Italian
Variant of ALOI.
ALOISI Italian
From the given name ALOISIO.
ALTAMURA Italian
From the name of the Italian city of Altamura, which means “high walls” in Italian.
ALTIMARI Italian
Derived from the given name Altimaro, an alteration of ADELMAR.
ALTOVITI Italian (Rare)
Derived from the Lombard given name ALTWIDUS.
ALUNNI Italian
From Italian alunno meaning “student”.
AMADEI Italian
Means “son of AMADEO”.
AMADORI Italian
Means “son of AMATORE”.
AMALBERTI Italian
Means “son of Amalberto”, from the Germanic name AMALBERT.
AMANTEA Italian
From the name of a town in Calabria, Italy. It is possibly derived from Arabic (dating from the Arab raids of the 9th century) meaning “the fortress”.
AMATO Italian
From the given name AMATO.
AMATORE Italian
From the given name AMATORE.
AMBROGI Italian
Means “son of AMBROGIO”.
AMBROSI Italian
Means “son of AMBROGIO”.
AMERIGHI Italian
Means “son of AMERIGO”.
AMORETTO Italian
From a diminutive of the given name AMORE.
ANGIOLI Italian
Means “son of ANGIOLO”.
ANSALDI Italian
Means “son of ANSALDO”.
ANSELMETTI Italian
Means “son of Anselmetto”, a diminutive of ANSELMO.
ANSELMI Italian
Means “son of ANSELMO”.
ANTONELLI Italian
Means “son of ANTONELLO”.
ANTONINI Italian
Means “son of ANTONINO”.
ANTONINO Italian
Derived from the given name ANTONINO.
AQUILA Italian
From a nickname meaning “eagle” in Italian.
AQUINO Italian, Spanish
From the name of an Italian town near Rome, derived from Latin aqua meaning “water”, the home town of the 13th-century saint Thomas Aquinas. In Italy the surname is derived directly from the town’s name. As a Spanish-language surname, it was sometimes bestowed by missionaries in honour of the saint as they evangelized in Spanish colonies.
ARBORE Italian
From Latin arbor meaning “tree”.
ARDICCIONI Italian
Means “son of Ardiccione”, a derivative of ARDITO.
ARDIZZONE Italian
From a diminutive of the given name ARDITO.
ARDOVINI Italian
Means “son of ARDUINO”.
ARENA Italian
Italian cognate of ARENAS.
ARLOTTI Italian
Means “son of ARLOTTO”.
ARMANDO Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
Derived from the given name ARMANDO.
ARMANI Italian
Means “son of ERMANNO”.
ARMATI Italian
From Italian armato meaning “armed, armoured, equipped”.
ARNOLFI Italian
Means “son of ARNOLFO”.
ARNONI Italian
Means “son of Arnone” from the medieval name Arnone, of uncertain origin.
ARRIGHETTI Italian
Means “son of Arrighetto”, a diminutive of the given name ARRIGO.
ARRIGHI Italian
Means “son of ARRIGO”.
ARRIGUCCI Italian
Means “son of Arriguccio”, a diminutive of the given name ARRIGO.
AZZARÀ Italian
Sicilian name, derived from Greek dialects of southern Italy. It is from Greek ψαράς (psaras) meaning “fisherman”.
BAGGI Italian
Variant of BAGGIO.
BAGGIO Italian
Originally denoted a person from the Italian town of Baggio (now part of Milan). It is probably derived from Latin Badalocum meaning “watch place”.
BAGLIO Italian
Italian cognate of BAILEY.
BAGNI Italian
From Latin balnea “bath”, referring to a person who worked as a bath house attendant.
BAGNOLI Italian
Diminutive form of BAGNI.
BALBONI Italian
Derived from the given name BALBINO.
BALDI Italian
Derived from the given name BALDO.
BALDINI Italian
Derived from the given name Baldino, a diminutive of BALDO.
BALDINOTTI Italian
Derived from the given name Baldinotto, from the Latin name Baldinoctus, a diminutive of BALDO.
BALDOVINI Italian
Derived from the given name BALDOVINO.
BANDINI Italian
From the Latin name Bandinus, a derivative of Bandus, which is of unknown meaning.
BANDONI Italian
From Italian bandone meaning “sheet of iron”.
BARBIERI Italian
Italian cognate of BARBER.
BARONE Italian
From the title barone “baron”, derived via Latin from Germanic baro “man, warrior, servant”.
BARSOTTI Italian
Meaning uncertain, possibly derived from the Germanic word baro “man, warrior, servant”.
BARTALOTTI Italian
Means “son of Bartalotto”, a diminutive of BARTOLO.
BARTOLOMEI Italian
Derived from the given name BARTOLOMEO.
BARTOLOMEO Italian
Derived from the given name BARTOLOMEO.
BARZETTI Italian
Variant of BARSOTTI.
BASILE Italian
From the given name BASILIO.
BASSANELLI Italian
Diminutive form of BASSANI.
BASSANI Italian
Derived from the place name Bassano, belonging multiple villages in Italy.
BASSI Italian
Variant of BASSO, common in northern Italy.
BASSO Italian
Originally a nickname for a short person, from Latin bassus “thick, low”.
BATTAGLIA Italian
From a nickname meaning “battle” in Italian.
BAZZOLI Italian
From Italian bazza meaning “protruding chin”.
BELLANDI Italian
Means “son of Bellando”, from a medieval given name derived from Latin bellandus meaning “which is to be fought”.
BELLANDINI Italian
Diminutive form of BELLANDI.
BELLINCIONI Italian
Means “son of Bellincione”, from a medieval name (borne for example by Dante’s grandfather) that was probably a derivative of Italian bello “beautiful, fair”.
BELLINI Italian
From Italian bello meaning “beautiful”.
BELLO Spanish, Italian
Means “beautiful” in Spanish and Italian, originally a nickname for an attractive person.
BELLOMI Italian
Variant of BELLOMO.
BELLOMO Italian
From a nickname derived from Italian bello “beautiful, fair” and uomo “man”.
BELLONI Italian
Augmented form of BELLO.
BELLUOMO Italian
Variant of BELLOMO.
BELMONTE Spanish, Italian
From various place names in Italy and Spain meaning “beautiful mountain”.
BENCIVENNI Italian
Means “son of Bencivenne”, from the medieval name Bencivenga, a Tuscan variant of BENVENUTO.
BENEDETTI Italian
From the given name BENEDETTO.
BENENATI Italian
Means “son of Benenato”, a given name derived from Latin bene “good, well” and natus “good”.
BENETTON Italian
Northern Italian variant of BENEDETTI.
BENINI Italian
Means “son of Benino” from a diminutive of Bene or Beno, short forms of BENEDETTO.
BENVENUTI Italian
Means “son of BENVENUTO”.
BERARDI Italian
From the given name BERARDO.
BERGAMASCHI Italian
Originally indicated an inhabitant of the city of BERGAMO in Lombardy.
BERLUSCONI Italian
Probably from the Milanese word berlusch meaning “cross-eyed, crooked”.
BERTI Italian
Derived from the given name BERTO.
BERTOLINI Italian
Derived from a diminutive of the given name BERTOLDO.
BIAGI Italian
Means “son of BIAGIO”.
BIANCARDI Italian
Italian form of BLANCHARD.
BIANCHI Italian
From Italian bianco meaning “white”, originally given to a person who was white-haired or extremely pale.
BIANCO Italian
Variant of BIANCHI.
BICCHIERI Italian
Means “drinking glasses” in Italian, referring originally to a person who made or sold them.
BIONDI Italian
Means “fair-haired, blond” in Italian. This name was borne by the American swimmer Matt Biondi (1965-).
BIONDO Italian
Variant of BIONDI.
BOERIO Italian
From Italian boaro meaning “cowherd”.
BOLOGNA Italian
From the name of the city of Bologna in northern Italy. It may derive from a Celtic word meaning “settlement”.
BONACCORSI Italian
From the given name BONACCORSO.
BONACCORSO Italian
From the given name BONACCORSO.
BONAVENTURA Italian
From the given name BONAVENTURA.
BONDESAN Italian
Venetian name derived from the name of the town of Bondeno in northern Italy.
BONOMO Italian
Italian cognate of BONHOMME.
BORGHI Italian
Locative origin, from the common place name Borgo meaning “village”.
BORGIA Italian
Italian form of BORJA. This was the name of an Italian noble family who were influential during the Renaissance period.
BORGNINO Italian
From nickname derived from the Piedmontese dialect word borgno meaning “one-eyed”. This was the real surname of American actor Ernest Borgnine (1917-2012).
BORGOGNI Italian
From the name of the French region of Burgundy (called Bourgogne in French), which is named after the Germanic tribe the Burgundians, itself meaning “people from the high land”.
BOSCO Italian
Means “forest” in Italian.
BOVE Italian
Derived from an Italian nickname meaning “bull, ox”.
BOVERI Italian
Variant of BOVE.
BRAMBILLA Italian
Derived from the Italian town of Brembilla in Lombardy, itself named after the Brembo river.
BREDA Italian
From the name of a town near Venice, possibly derived from a Germanic (Lombardic) word meaning “field”.
BRIOSCHI Italian
Derived from the town of Briosco, near Milan. It may be of Lombardic origin.
BRIVIO Italian
From the name of the town of Brivio in Lombardy. Supposed it derives from a Celtic word meaning “bridge”.
BRUNETTI Italian
Diminutive of BRUNO.
BRUNO Italian
Means “brown” in Italian, a nickname for a person with brown hair or brown clothes.
BUFFONE Italian
Means “jester, joker” in Italian.
BULGARELLI Italian
Diminutive of BULGARI.
BULGARI Italian
Originally denoted a person who came from Bulgaria, which is named after the Turkic tribe of the Bulgars, itself possibly from a Turkic root meaning “mixed”.
BUONARROTI Italian
From the medieval Italian given name Buonarroto meaning “good increase”. This was the surname of the Renaissance painter and sculptor Michelangelo (1475-1564).
BUSTO Spanish, Italian
From the name of towns in Spain and Italy, derived from Late Latin bustum meaning “ox pasture”.
CAIAZZO Italian
From the name of a city near Naples, originally Caiatia in Latin, a derivative of the given name CAIUS.
CAITO Italian
Occupational name from Sicilian càjitu meaning “official, leader”, ultimately from Arabic قاضي (qadi) meaning “judge”.
CAIVANO Italian
From the name of the town of Caivano near Naples, derived from Latin Calvianum, derived from the Roman cognomen CALVUS.
CALABRESE Italian
Originally given to a person who came from the region of Calabria in southern Italy.
CALLIGARIS Italian
From Late Latin caligarius meaning “shoemaker”.
CAMPANA Italian, Spanish
Occupational name from Late Latin campana meaning “bell”, ultimately derived from the Italian region of Campania, where bells were produced.
CAMPO Spanish, Italian
Means “field” in Spanish and Italian.
CANTÙ Italian
From Cantù, an Italian town located in Lombardy, itself of uncertain origin.
CAPELLO (1) Italian
From Late Latin cappa meaning “cloak, cape, hood”. This was a name for one who made or wore cloaks.
CAPELLO (2) Italian
Nickname for a thin person, from Italian capello meaning “a hair”, ultimately derived from Latin capillus.
CAPITANI Italian
Occupational name meaning “captain” in Italian, ultimately from Latin caput “head”.
CARBONE Italian
From a nickname for a person with dark features, from Italian carbone meaning “coal”.
CARBONI Italian
Variant of CARBONE.
CARIDEO Italian
Originally denoted someone from San Pietro di Caridà, a town in Calabria. The town’s name may be derived from Greek χάρις (charis) meaning “grace, kindness”.
CARLEVARO Italian
Northern Italian variant of CARNEVALE.
CARNEVALE Italian
From an Italian nickname meaning “carnival”, perhaps given to a festive person.
CARO Spanish, Italian
From Spanish and Italian caro meaning “beloved”.
CARRARA Italian
From the name of a city in Tuscany famous for its marble quarries. It is probably derived from Late Latin quadreria meaning “quarry”.
CARUSO Italian
Means “close-cropped hair” in Italian, also having the secondary sense “boy, young man”.
CASALE Italian
Italian cognate of CASAL.
CASSANO Italian
Indicated a person from any of the various towns named Cassano in Italy.
CATALANO Italian
Italian form of CATALÁN.
CATTANEO Italian
Variant of CAPITANI used in Lombardy.
CAVALCANTE Italian
Derived from Italian cavalcare “to ride”.
CAVALLO Italian
Means “horse” in Italian, an occupational name for a horseman.
CINGOLANI Italian
From Cingoli, a town in the Marche region of Italy. It is derived from Latin cingo “surround, ring”.
CINO Italian
From the given name Cino, a short form of names ending in cino.
CIPRIANI Italian
From the given name CIPRIANO.
CISTERNINO Italian
From the name of the town of Cisternino, near the city of Bari in southern Italy.
COIRO Italian
From Italian cuoio meaning “leather”, ultimately from Latin corium. This was an occupational surname for a leather worker or tanner.
COLA Italian
From the given name NICOLA (1).
COLOMBERA Italian
From a derivative of Italian colomba “dove” indicating a house where doves were held.
COLOMBO Italian
Either from Italian colomba “dove” indicating a dove keeper, or from the given name COLOMBO, which is derived from the same word. This was the Italian surname of the 15th-century explorer Christopher Columbus.
COLUMBO Italian
Variant of COLOMBO.
COMO (1) Italian
From the given name GIACOMO.
COMO (2) Italian
From the name of the city of Como in Lombardy, the rival city of Milan during the Middle Ages. Its name may come from a Celtic root meaning “valley”.
CONFORTOLA Italian
From the old Italian given name Conforto meaning “comfort”.
CONTI Italian
From the Italian noble title conte meaning “count”, derived from Latin comes. It denoted a person who worked for a count or, in rare cases, was a count.
CORNA Italian
Derived from the names of places in northern Italy, especially Lombardy, from a word that means “crag, cliff” in the Lombard dialect.
CORRÀ Italian
From a short form of the given name CORRADO.
CORTI Italian
From Italian corte meaning “court, yard”.
CORVI Italian
Nickname derived from Italian corvo meaning “crow”.
COSTA Portuguese, Italian, Catalan
Means “riverbank, slope, coast” in Portuguese, Italian and Catalan, ultimately from Latin meaning “side, edge”.
COSTANTINI Italian
From the given name COSTANTINO.
COSTANZO Italian
From the given name COSTANZO.
CRACCHIOLO Italian
Derived from Italian cracchiola, referring to a chicory-like vegetable.
CREMASCHI Italian
From the name of the city of Crema in Lombardy, northern Italy.
CREMONA Italian
From the Italian city of Cremona, south of Milan, in Lombardy.
CREMONESI Italian
From the name of the Italian city of Cremona in Lombardy.
CRESPI Italian
Variant of CRESPO.
CRESPO Spanish, Portuguese, Italian
Referred to a person with curly hair, from Latin crispus meaning “curly”.
CROCE Italian
Italian form of CROSS.
CROCETTI Italian
Italian diminutive form of CROCE.
CUCINOTTA Italian
Derived from a diminutive of Italian cucina meaning “kitchen”.
CUOCCO Italian
Italian cognate of COOK.
CUOCO Italian
Italian cognate of COOK.
D’AMBROSIO Italian
From the given name AMBROGIO.
DAMIANI Italian
Derived from the given name DAMIANO.
D’AMORE Italian
From the given name AMORE.
D’ANGELO Italian
Means “son of ANGELO”.
D’ANTONIO Italian
Means “son of ANTONIO”.
DE ANGELIS Italian
Means “son of ANGELO”.
DE CAMPO Italian
Locative surname derived from place names called Campo (meaning “field”).
DE FELICE Italian
Means “son of FELICE”.
DE FILIPPIS Italian
Means “son of FILIPPO”.
DE FIORE Italian
Means “son of FIORE”.
DE LAURENTIS Italian
Means “son of LORENZO”, a Latinized form of the given name.
DE LORENZO Italian
Means “son of LORENZO”.
DE LUCA Italian
Means “son of LUCA (1)”.
DE PALMA Italian
Means “from the palm tree” in Italian.
DE REGE Italian (Rare)
Italian variant of REY (1).
DE SANTIS Italian
Variant of SANTO.
DE VITIS Italian
Means “son of VITO”, using a Latinized form of the given name.
DE VITO Italian
Means “son of VITO”.
DI ANTONIO Italian
Variant of D’ANTONIO.
DI CAPRIO Italian
From the name of the island of Capri near Naples, itself possibly derived from Latin capra meaning “goat” or Greek κάπρος (kapros) meaning “wild boar”.
DI MERCURIO Italian
Means “son of MERCURIO”.
DI NAPOLI Italian
Means “from NAPLES” in Italian.
DINAPOLI Italian
Variant of DI NAPOLI.
DIOLI Italian
Meaning unknown.
DI PASQUA Italian
Means “of Easter” in Italian.
DI PIETRO Italian
Means “son of PIETRO” in Italian.
DI STEFANO Italian
Means “son of STEFANO”.
DONATI Italian
From the given name DONATO.
D’ONOFRIO Italian
Means “son of ONOFRIO”.
D’OVIDIO Italian
From the given name OVIDIO.
DRAGO Italian
From a nickname meaning “dragon” in Italian.
DURANTE Italian
Italian cognate of DURAND.
ELENA Italian
Derived from the given name ELENA.
EPISCOPO Italian
Means “bishop” in Italian, ultimately from Greek ἐπίσκοπος (episkopos).
ERMACORA Italian
From the given name ERMACORA.
ESPOSITO Italian
Means “exposed” in Italian and denoted a child who was rescued after being abandoned by its parents.
EVANGELISTA Italian
Means “evangelist” in Italian.
FABBRI Italian
From Italian fabbro meaning “blacksmith”, ultimately from Latin faber.
FABBRO Italian
Variant of FABBRI.
FALCO Italian
Derived from Italian falco “falcon”. The name was used to denote a falconer or a person who resembled a falcon in some way.
FARALDO Italian
From a given name, ultimately the Germanic name FARVALD.
FARINA Italian
Occupational name for a miller, derived from Italian farina “flour”.
FARRO Italian
Derived from the name of a place on Sicily, Italy, derived from Latin far meaning “wheat, spelt”.
FATTORE Italian
Means “land agent, bailiff, steward, farmer” in Italian.
FAUSTI Italian
From the given name FAUSTO.
FAVA Italian
From Italian fava referring to a type of broad bean.
FAVERO Italian
Variant of FABBRI.
FERMI Italian
Originally indicated a person from the town of Fermo in the Marche region of Italy, originally called Firmum in Latin meaning “strong, steady, firm”.
FERRARA Italian
Italian form of FERREIRA.
FERRARI Italian
Occupational name for a metalworker or smith, derived from Latin ferrarius, a derivative of ferrum meaning “iron”.
FERRARO Italian
Variant of FERRARI.
FERRERO Italian
Regional variant of FERRARI. It is typical of the area around Turin.
FERRO Italian, Portuguese
Means “iron”, ultimately from Latin ferrum. This was an occupational name for one who worked with iron.
FIERRO Spanish, Italian
Variant of FERRO.
FILIPPI Italian
Derived from the given name FILIPPO.
FINI Italian
Derived from given names ending in fino, such as SERAFINO.
FIORE Italian
Derived from the given name FIORE.
FISCELLA Italian
Derived from Italian fiscella, which was a basket used to conserve cheese. The name was probably used to denote a person who made cheese.
FONDA Italian
Of Italian origin, possibly from a place derived from fondo meaning “deep”. The family of Henry Fonda (1905-1982) came from the Netherlands, but they were of Genoese origin.
FONTANA Italian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish cognate of FONTAINE.
FORTUNATO Italian
From the given name FORTUNATO.
FRANCO Spanish, Italian, Portuguese
Cognate of FRANK (1).
FRANZESE Italian
From a nickname that indicated a person who came from France. It is typical of the area around Naples.
FURLAN Italian, Slovene
From the name of the Italian region of Friuli, in the northeast of Italy, which is derived from the name of the Roman town of Forum Iulii meaning “forum of Julius”.
FUSCO Italian
From Italian fosco meaning “dark”, from Latin fuscus. This was a nickname for a person with dark features.
GABRIELLI Italian
From the given name GABRIELE (1).
GAGLIARDI Italian
From Italian gagliardo meaning “strong, vigorous”.
GALLO Italian, Spanish
Means “rooster”, ultimately from Latin gallus. This was a nickname for a proud person.
GANZA Italian
Probably from the feminine medieval given name Allegranza or Alleganza, a derivative of ALLEGRA. It comes from northern Lombardy.
GARBO Italian
From a nickname meaning “politeness” in Italian. A famous bearer of this name was the Swedish actress Greta Garbo (1905-1990), born Greta Lovisa Gustafsson.
GARFAGNINI Italian
Originally denoted one from the region of Garfagnana in Tuscany, Italy, near the historical city of Lucca.
GAROFALO Italian
From a nickname, from a southern variant of the Italian word garofano meaning “carnation”.
GASPARI Italian
From the given name GASPARE.
GATTI Italian
Means “cat” in Italian, originally a nickname for an agile person.
GENOVESE Italian
Denoted a person from the Italian city of GENOA (Genova in Italian).
GENTILE Italian
From a nickname meaning “gentle, kind” in Italian.
GERMANO Italian
From the given name GERMANO.
GIANNINO Italian
Derived from the given name GIANNINO.
GIMONDI Italian
Probably derived from the Germanic given name GISMUND.
GIORDANO Italian
Derived from the given name GIORDANO.
GISMONDI Italian
From the Germanic given name GISMUND.
GIUGOVAZ Italian
Italian form of the Croatian surname JUGOVAC.
GIUNTA Italian
From the old Italian given name Bonagiunta or Bonaggiunta (derived from bono “good” and aggiunto “assistant”).
GORETTI Italian
Derived from the given name GREGORIO.
GORI Italian
Derived from the given name GREGORIO.
GRECO Italian
Means “from Greece” in Italian.
GRILLO Italian
From an Italian nickname meaning “cricket”, perhaps given originally to a cheerful person (the cricket is associated with cheerfulness).
GRIMALDI Italian
From the given name GRIMALDO. It is the surname of the royal family of Monaco, which came from Genoa.
GRONCHI Italian
From the Tuscan word gronchio meaning “numb, bent”. This is an Italian regional surname typical of Tuscany. A famous bearer was the Italian president Giovanni Gronchi (1887-1978).
GROSSI Italian
Italian cognate of GROS.
GROSSO Italian
Italian cognate of GROS.
GUARNERI Italian
From the given name Guanero, an Italian cognate of WERNER.
GUERRA Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
From a nickname meaning “war”, given to a belligerent person or one engaged in warfare.
GUERRIERO Italian
Italian form of GUERRERO.
GUIDI Italian
From the given name GUIDO.
GUTTUSO Italian
From a Sicilian nickname meaning “sad”. It was name of the famous Italian painter Renato Guttuso (born 1912).
INNOCENTI Italian
From a nickname meaning “innocent” in Italian.
LABRIOLA Italian
Originally indicated a person from the town of Abriola in southern Italy.
LAGANÀ Italian
Occupational name for a greengrocer, meaning “vegetables” in southern Italian dialects, ultimately from Greek λάχανον (lachanon).
LAGOMARSINO Italian
Derived from the name of the village of Lagomarsino near Genoa.
LAGORIO Italian
From a nickname derived from Ligurian lagö, referring to a type of lizard, the European green lizard. This little reptile is respected because it supposedly protects against vipers.
LAGUARDIA Italian
Occupational name meaning “sentry, sentinel” in Italian, also a locative name referring to a person who lived near a watchtower. Fiorello Laguardia (1882-1947) was the first mayor of New York of Italian origin.
LAMA Italian
Derived from the name place Lama, common in Italy.
LAMBERTI Italian
Derived from the given name LAMBERTO.
LAMON Italian
From the name of the village of Lamon near the city of Belluno in Veneto, Italy.
LANDI Italian
Derived from the given name LANDO.
LANDO Italian
Derived from the given name LANDO.
LANDOLFI Italian
From the given name Landolfo, Italian form of the Germanic name LANDULF.
LATERZA Italian
From the name of the town of Laterza near Taranto in Apulia. It is typical of southern Italy.
LAURITO Italian
From the name of the town of Laurito, near Salerno in the area of Naples.
LAZZARI Italian
Means “son of LAZZARO”.
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.
LEGGIÈRI Italian
Means “light, thin” in Sicilian.
LEMMI Italian
From a short form of the given name GUGLIELMO. It is typical of Tuscany.
LEONE Italian
Derived from the given name LEONE (1).
LEONI Italian
Derived from the given name LEONE (1).
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.
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.
LUPO Italian
From an Italian nickname meaning “wolf”.
LUZZATTO Italian
From an Italian form of Lusatia, a region of eastern Germany.
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”.
MANCUSO Sicilian
Sicilian variant of MANCO.
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.
MANTOVANI Italian
From the name of the city of Mantua in Lombardy, northern Italy (Mantova in Italian).
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.
MARINO Italian, Spanish
Derived from the given name MARINO.
MARMO Italian
Means “marble” in Italian, possibly indicating a person who lived near a quarry or one who worked with marble.
MARTELLI Italian
Italian form of MARTEL (2).
MARTINELLI Italian
From a diminutive of the given name MARTINO.
MASI Italian
From the given name Maso a short form of TOMMASO.
MASIN Italian
Venetian variant of MASI.
MAZZA Italian
From a nickname (perhaps occupational) meaning “maul, mallet” in Italian.
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 Μεσσήνη (Messene).
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).
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.
MONTAGNA Italian
Means “mountain” in Italian, indicating a person who lived on or near one.
MONTANA Italian
Variant 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”.
MORELLO Italian
Derived from a diminutive of MAURO.
MORETTI Italian
Derived from a diminutive of the Italian given name MAURO.
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.
MOSCONI Italian
Variant of MOSCHELLA.
MOTTA Italian
From various names of places around Italy. It is derived from a Gaulish word meaning “hill”.
MUGGIA Italian
From the town of Muggia in northeastern Italy near the Slovenian border. It was called Muglae in Latin.
MURARO Italian
Occupational name for a wall builder, from Italian murare meaning “to wall up”.
MUSSOLINI Italian
From Italian mussolina meaning “muslin”, a type of cloth, itself derived from the city of Mosul in Iraq. This name was borne by the Italian dictator Benito Mussolini (1883-1945).
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”.
NASCIMBENE Italian
Variant of NASCIMBENI.
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.
NESPOLA Italian
Variant of NESPOLI.
NESPOLI Italian
From the name of towns such as Nespoli and Nespoledo, derived from Italian nespola meaning “medlar (tree)”.
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)”.
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.
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.
OBERTI Italian
Derived from the given name UBERTO.
OBERTO Italian
Derived from the given name UBERTO.
ONGARO Italian
Variant of UNGARO.
ORLANDO Italian
Derived from the given name ORLANDO.
ORSINI Italian
From a nickname meaning “little bear” in Italian, from Latin ursus “bear”.
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.
PALAZZO Italian
From various Italian places, named from Italian palazzo, Latin palatium meaning “palace, noble mansion”.
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.
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.
PARRINO Sicilian
From a Sicilian variant of Italian padrino meaning “godfather”.
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.
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.
PECORA Italian
Means “sheep” in Italian, an occupational name for a shepherd.
PEDROTTI Italian
Drom a diminutive of the given name PIETRO.
PELLEGRINO Italian
Means “pilgrim, traveller” in Italian, ultimately from Latin peregrinus.
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.
PESARESI Italian
Variant of PESARO.
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.
PETRI Italian
Derived from the given name PIETRO.
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.
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.
PINTO Portuguese, Spanish, Italian
Means “mottled” in Portuguese, Spanish and Italian, derived from Late Latin pinctus, Latin pictus “painted”.
PIOVENE Italian
From the name of the town of Piovene Rocchette in Veneto, Italy.
PIRAINO Italian
From the name of the town of Piraino on Sicily.
PISANI Italian
From Italian pisano, the name for an inhabitant of the city of Pisa, Italy. The city’s name is of unknown meaning.
PITTALUGA Italian
Originally a nickname for somebody who steals grapes from vineyards. In the Genoese dialect pittà means “to pick” and uga means “grapes” (uva in Italian).
POGGI Italian
Variant of POGGIO.
POGGIO Italian
Means “hillock, small hill” in Italian, a derivative of Latin podium meaning “balcony, platform”.
POLETTI Italian
From a diminutive of the given name PAOLO. This name is typical of northern and central Italy.
PONTECORVO Italian, Jewish
From the name of a town in central Italy, home to an old Jewish community. The town’s name is derived from Italian ponte “bridge” and curvo “curved”.
PORTELLI Italian
Diminutive form of PORTO.
PORTO Italian
Designated a person who lived near a harbour, from Italian porto, Latin portus.
PORTOGHESE Italian
Means “Portuguese” in Italian.
POTENZA Italian
From the name of the southern Italian city of Potenza, called Potentia in Latin, meaning “power, force”.
POZZI Italian
From Italian pozzo meaning “well, pit”, derived from Latin puteus.
PROFETA Italian
From Italian profeta meaning “prophet”. It probably came from a nickname indicating a person who wanted to predict the future. It is typical of southern Italy.
PROSDOCIMI Italian
From the given name Prosdocimo, Italian form of PROSDOCIMUS.
PROVENZA Italian
From the name of the Provence region of southern France (in Italian Provenza). It is derived from Latin provincia “province”, a territorial division.
PROVENZANO Italian
Variant of PROVENZA typical of southern Italy, namely Sicily and Calabria.
PUGLIESE Italian
From an adjectival derivative of Puglia, from Latin Apulia, a region of southeast Italy containing the boot heel and some of the coastline of the Adriatic Sea. It is a regional name for someone from that region.
QUARANTA Italian
Means “forty” in Italian.
QUATTROCCHI Italian
From Italian quattro meaning “four” and occhi meaning “eyes”, a nickname for a person who wore glasses. It is usually found in Sicily.
RAGNO Italian
From a nickname meaning “spider” in Italian.
RAIMONDI Italian
Derived from the given name RAIMONDO.
RAIS Italian
Occupational name for the fisherman in charge of the boat, from Italian rais “captain”, of Arabic origin. It is typical of Sicily and Sardinia.
RANA Italian, Spanish
Means “frog” in Italian and Spanish.
RANERI Italian
Derived from the Italian given name RANIERO.
RAO (2) Italian
Derived from the given name RAUL.
RAPALLINO Italian
From the name of the town of Rapallo near Genoa.
RATTI Italian
From Italian ratto meaning “rat”, originally denoting a sly individual.
RAVENNA Italian
From the name of the city of Ravenna in northern Italy, which is of uncertain origin, possibly Etruscan.
RÉ Italian
Italian form of REY (1).
RICCHETTI Italian
Diminutive form of RICCI.
RICCI Italian
From Italian riccio meaning “curly”, a nickname for someone with curly hair. It is ultimately from Latin ericius meaning “hedgehog”.
RIGGI Italian
From the name of the Italian city of Reggio Calabria, from Latin Rhegium, of Greek origin.
RIGHI Italian
From the given name ARRIGO.
RINALDI Italian
Derived from the given name RINALDO.
RIVA Italian
Means “bank, shore” in Italian, from Latin ripa, denoting one who lived by a river or a lake.
RIZZO Italian
Variant of RICCI.
ROBUSTELLI Italian
From a nickname for a strong person, from Italian robusto “strong”, from Latin robustus “firm, solid, oaken”.
ROCCA Italian
Italian cognate of ROACH.
ROCCHI Italian
Derived from the given name ROCCO.
ROCCO Italian
Derived from the given name ROCCO.
ROMA Italian
Variant of ROMANO (2).
ROMAGNA Italian
From the region of Romagna, on the Adriatic coast of Italy. It is derived from Latin Romania meaning “land of the Romans”.
ROMAGNOLI Italian
Variant of ROMAGNA.
ROMANO (1) Italian
Derived from the given name ROMANO.
ROMANO (2) Italian
Denoted a person from the city of ROME, either a resident or someone who visited as a pilgrim. In Calabria it was also used to designate a person from New Rome, a name for Constantinople.
RONCALLI Italian
From the names of places like Ronco or Ronchi, quite common in northern Italy, derived from ronco meaning “cleared land, terraced land”. It was the surname of Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli (1881-1963), the pope John XXIII.
RONCHI Italian
From Italian places named Ronchi, derived from ronco meaning “cleared land, terraced land”. It is most common in northern and central Italy.
ROSA Italian, Catalan
Italian and Catalan form of ROSE (1).
ROSSI Italian
Derived from a nickname for a red-haired person, from Italian rosso, Latin russus meaning “red”. This is the most common surname in Italy.
ROSSINI Italian
Diminutive form of ROSSI. A famous bearer was the Italian composer Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868).
ROTOLO Italian
From the Italian word for a measure of weight, from southern Italian dialects, derived from Greek via Arabic.
ROVIGATTI Italian
From the name of the city of Rovigo in northeastern Italy near Venice. It was called Rodigium in Latin, and is of unknown meaning.
RUGGERI Italian
Derived from the given name RUGGERO.
RUGGIERO Italian
From the given name RUGGIERO.
RUSSO Italian
Variant of ROSSI.
RUSTICI Italian
From Italian rustico meaning “rustic, rural”.
RUZZIER Italian
From a dialectal variant of RUGGIERO. It is typical of northeastern Italy, the area around Trieste.
SABBADIN Italian
From a nickname from Italian sabbato “Saturday”, a name for one born on that day of the week.
SACCO Italian
Occupational name for a maker of sacks, from Italian sacco, Latin saccus.
SALA Italian, Spanish, Catalan, Romanian
Occupational name for a worker at a manor house, from the Romance word sala meaning “hall, large room”, of Germanic origin.
SALUCCI Italian
From Italian sale meaning “salt”.
SALVAGGI Italian
Italian form of SAVAGE.
SALVATICI Italian
Italian form of SAVAGE.
SALVI Italian
From the given name SALVO or SALVIO.
SANNA Italian
From Italian sanna or zanna meaning “tusk, fang”, a nickname for a person with a protruding tooth.
SANSONE Italian
Derived from the given name SANSONE.
SANTINI Italian
Diminutive form of SANTO.
SANTO Italian
Italian form of SANTOS.
SANTORO Italian
Means “all saint’s day” in Italian, a nickname for one born on that day.
SAPIENTI Italian
Means “wise, learned” in Italian.
SARNO Italian
Originally denoted a person from Sarno in Italy, named for the Sarno River (called Sarnus in Latin).

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