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Italian Last Names (Cognomi Italiani)
There’s also an interesting point about misspelled surnames because of immigration issues. You’ll find in this list several variations of the same surname.
Italian Surnames List
More than 40,000 surnames currently used in Italy. With every surname, you’ll find an access to external links containing information about them: where the surname is geographically located in Italy, how it’s distributed into provinces; its meaning, its origin and its coat of arms (in the case of having one). Read MoreBrowse on this list:
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Maps Showing Locations of Italian Surnames.
Distribution of the surnames according to regions, provinces or Italian communes.
Coats of arms do not represent a surname, but a specific family carrying that coat ofarms.
Nomi e cognomi - Saggio di ricerche e Storiche etimologiche, by Angelo Bongioanni.
The results will be presented in decreasing order of popularity.
A large number of Italian surnames derive from first names with a Latin origin.
- Rare Given Names in Early Italian Records - Regalis
- Italian Given Names and their English Equivalents
- Italian Naming Traditions and their Ramifications- Italian Genealogy.com
- Why Italian Surnames Changed - by Nuccia
- Common Suffixes in Italian Surnames
Meaning and Originis
- Ancestry.com - Italian Naming Customs - Article by John Philip Colletta. Many Italian surnames have been transformed in the United States—shortened, spelled differently, changed completely. Reasons for these name transformations, and the stories passed on from generation to generation about them, are myriad.
- Origin and Etymology of Italian surnames - History of surnames.
- Italian Surname Meanings & Origins - About.com Genealogy - If you think your family name may have come from Italy, then tracing its history can yield important clues to your Italian heritage and ancestral village.
- Behind the Name: Italian Names
- Exploring the History and Meaning of Italian Surnames - Surnames and their Meanings
- Italian Surnames: The Funny, Surprising, and Just Plain Weird
- Italian Surnames (Last Names) and their Origin and Etymology - Italy World Club
Lists of Italian Surnames
There are some sites in Internet where genealogists can add the surname they are interested in, giving the reference of their own e-mails to be later contacted. The goal of these databases is to contact people searching for the same surname, to exchange information and perhaps to discover that they have some common relative. When a surname is found, we can contact the visitor who left his or her e-mail on there. There are several websites in English containing these lists: Italian Surname Database and AviTree