Italian Last Names (Cognomi Italiani)

- Updated:28 Jan 2015

Italian Surnames List

Italian Surnames List More than 40,000 surnames currently used in Italy. Most of those surnames have a foreign origin, as for instance, HASSAN, an Arabian last name.
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).
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.
Actually, we’re working on uploading more surnames on this database.
ORIGIN - Clicking on these links you’ll be able to see your last name meaning. When meanings not found, it’s because that last name was not investigated or was misspelled due to immigration issues into another countries.

LOCATION - Clicking on these links you’ll be able to see where surnames are located in different Italian regions, according to the GENS searcher. The GENS search engine displays how last names are distributed around Italy.

HOW MANY? - Clicking on these links you’ll be able how many people have your surname.

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To find different variations on the same surname, type only its first letters. For instance, typing GIOV we'll find a list of patronymics as variations of the name GIOVANNI (John).

See also:

Geographical distribution of surnames

Italian coat of arms - Noble families

The 100 most common Italian surnames

Italian surnames derived from the name Giovanni

Meanings and origins

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.
Exploring the History and Meaning of Italian Surnames - Surnames and their Meanings
Origine E Storia Dei Cognomi Italiani - by Ettore Rossoni
Italian Modifying Suffixes - Creating Diminutives, Augmentatives, Terms of Endearment, and Pejoratives
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

List 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, Italian Surname Collection and AviTree