TOP GREATEST ITALIAN LAST NAMES
Where do Last Names come from?
They come from the middle ages; society will grow until everyone started wondering who a person was. People used to live in small villages and would always know who a person was immediately after seeing them. As the evolution came, the cities grew and people started multiplying, therefore people would need to address to someone as how they would be reminded. Ideas such as where they come from, the parent’s name, how that person looks like or even their disposition at life events would be a direct relation on what that specific person is related to. Nowadays it is common to use surnames at cultures around the world.
With the surnames you can now identify who a person is and will also lead you to the information necessary for life events.
I will now give you a list of 100 Italian surnames from A to Z.
- Amato: A family name of Italian origin that means “beloved” or “dear one.”
- Angelo: An Italian masculine given name that means “angel.” It is also an Italian surname.
- Angela: The female surname of Angelo (Disambiguation).
- Arcuri: Southern Italian variant of Arcudi from the Greek personal name Arcadio.
- Abate: From the Italian Abbatini.
- Abelli: From the given name Abele.
- Acardi: Italian usage derived from the Norman name Achard.
- Barone: Italian surname from the Greek name Baro or a less extended version of the word “barone” derived from the word “bara” that means “free man.”
- Barbieri: Found all over Italy mainly in the South at Cicily, comes from the Italian word “barbiere” that means “barber.”
- Benedetti: From the given name “Benedetto” has variants such as: “Benini” and “Benetton.”
- Bruno: Can be found as the nickname form the Italian word Bruno that means “brown” that refers to a hair color or complexion.
- Basile: Means royal in Ancient Greek.
- Battaglia: A feminine noun from the Late Latin that means “battle.”
- Coco: Italian from Coccus, a medieval personal name or nickname. Speculations derived the name from many sources.
- Costa: Also an Italian surname that spread through all Latin America due to colonization and immigration.
- Carbone: Italian usage from a nickname for a person with dark features, a name that means “coal.”
- Conti: Recorded in the spelling of Comte, is of Italian, Spanish, French and Portuguese origins. It means “order” or “control.”
- Derosa: It began as a personal name before it was adopted as a surname, it means “rose.”
- Desantis: It was based on the first name of a forefather, in this case is derived from the word “sanctus” that means “holy.”
- Davide: Means “beloved” a common masculine given name of Biblical origin. It refers to King David.
- De Luca: Means “son of Luca” is the Italian version of Luke the Greek meaning of “from Lucania.”
- Esposito: It is a common Italian surname that ranks 4th among the most widespread surnames at Italy.
- Endrizzi: It occurs mostly in the Northern Italy, near the alpine region.
- Elena: Derived from the female popular Greek name “Helen.”
- Ermacora: From the Northeastern Italy.
- Evangelista: The Italian name from Evangelist.
- Farina: The Italian word for “flour.”
- Fausti: It is from the personal name “Fausto.” The Latin for “lucky.”
- Ferrari: It means “blacksmith” someone who works in ironm it is the plural form of the last name Ferraro.
- Fiore: Derived from an old Italian giving name that means “flower.”
- Fonda: Italian surname.
- Fontana: For someone who lived near a spring.
- Fisco: A medieval pet from the personal name Francesco.
- Favero: Derived from the Latin word faber, means “Craftsman.”
- Garfagnini: From the region in Tuscany near the City of Lucca.
- Gagliardi: It is from the Italian adjective gagliardo that means “very strong.” It refers to a person who was recognized to be strong.
- Greco: A surname ranking 10th among the most used surnames and will literally mean “Greek.” It is referred to someone who is originated from Greece.
- Guerriero: The name derives from the word “guerre” that means “war.”
- Innocenti: From the Latin “Innocentius,” because of a 4th century bishop of Tortona, then it was wear also for several popes from 5th
- Lombardi: Often held by migrants and their descendants from Lombardy and northern Italy.
- Longo: It comes from the nickname “lóngo” that means “tall.” Some cases tell that the surname may be Spanish and Portuguese origins.
- Luciano: Derived from the Latin Lucianus meaning “light.” It is also an Spanish and Portuguese given name.
- Loggia: It occurs over the North and Cecily. Surrounding Turin, between Agrigento and Butera.
- Lorenzo: Derived from the Roman surname Laurentius, a person who is from Laurentum.
- Lambo: Traced to the Germanic elements “Landa,” meaning “realm.” It is derived from the original father or the original ancestor meaning “son of Lambert.”
- Labriola: It refers to someone who is from a place in Potenza called Abriola. It is a common name in Basilicata and Campania.
- Landolfi: Italian surname composed by German words.
- Laurito: Italian surname.
- Longo: A nickname for “tall.”
- Marchegiano: It is originated from the Latin Marcianus or Marcian (Saint Marcians.)
- Manco: Originally means “one armed” from Southern Italian, it describes a left-handed person.
- Mantovani: Notable peoples such as Annunzio Paolo, Bruno, Martin, Roberto and Cencio, all followed by the surname Mantovani.
- Milano: It refers to someone who is from Milan.
- Marchetti: The diminutive from Marco the given name.
- Mariani: The plural form of Marino.
- Messana: From the Ancient Italian island of Sicily.
- Napolitano: The word can refer to someone who is from Napoli (Naples).
- Neri: A noble surname from an Italian family that came to prominence in the 12th century at Lucca, Tuscany.
- Nazario: The Italian and Spanish form of the Late Latin name Nazarius that means “from Nazareth.”
- Nicastro: From Southern Italy, a place called Nicastro near Catanzaro that means “new camp.”
- Nicotera: A name that refers to someone that is from a place called Nicotera in Calabria from the Greek Nikoteras meaning “miracle of victory.”
- Notaro: From Southern Italy, occupational name for a clerk and medieval Italian notaro.
- Orlando: From Italian origin, there is an Italian former football player that holds the surname.
- Orsini: From the Latin ursinus “bear like,” describing someone who is strong.
- Palladino: An Italian surname.
- Pagani: Derived from the personal name Pagano.
- Pecora: Southern Italy.
- Pavesi: Italian surname
- Pedrotti: Derived from the personal name Pedro.
- Paternoster: Derived from the Latin “pater noster” that means “our father.”
- Quattrocchi: From the Italian Quattro meaning “four,” and “occhi” meaning “eyes.”
- Ricci: From the ancient word “ricco” that means “curly.”
- Ranieri: Italian surname and given name.
- Riva: A name that refers to someone who lived by a wharf in a port or on a bank or a river.
- Rana: From the frog.
- Riggi: Part of the legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain.
- Righi: Italian Surname.
- Sabbatini: A family name of Italian origin.
- Schiavone: Means “Slavs.”
- Siciliano: Derived from Sicilia.
- Tarantino: Italian locational name.
- Trevisan: A surname held by an Italian alchemist.
- Tedesco: The Italian word for “German.”
- Tocci: An Italian personal name.
- Uccello: Italian last name.
- Ungaretti: The Italian diminutive for Ungar.
- Udine: A city in northeastern Italy.
- Uberti: From the Italian manufacturer.
- Villa: A region name.
- Viola: From the female personal name.
- Venturi: From the Italian “bonaventura” that means “good luck.”
- Vinci: It means “of Vinci.”
- Vitali: From the Latin “vita” meaning “life.”
- Vestri: A diminutive form of Silvestro.
- Zunino: From the northern Italy.
- Zeni: Found in Prussia, a name from medieval times.
- Zanetti: A famous name of the Christian World.
- Zino: Diminutive from the names ending with –zino.
- Zappa: From the Italian denoting a farmer.