Italian Surnames

Italian Last Names (Cognomi Italiani)

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 Cognomix searcher. The Cognomix 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).

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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).

Meanings, and origins and geographical distribution of surnames

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 of arms.

The most common Italian surnames. The results will be presented in decreasing order of popularity.

Italian surnames derived from the name Giovanni(John in English) A large number of Italian surnames derive from first names with a Latin origin.

Italian surnames derived from names - Nomi e cognomi - Saggio di ricerche e Storiche etimologiche

Italian Naming Traditions and their Ramifications

The Anglicization of Italian Surnames in the United States (1943) Joseph G. Fucilla

Italian Surname Meanings & Origins - 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

Italian Modifying Suffixes - Creating Diminutives, Augmentatives, Terms of Endearment, and Pejoratives

Common Suffixes in Italian Surnames

Straight Dope: On Italian last names beginning with "de," "del," or "della"

Italian Given Names and their English Equivalents

Why Italian Surnames Changed

Name Change After Wedding in Italy - In Italy we do not change our surname, never, not because of a wedding or whichever other reason unless a court, after a serious and dramatic reason requires us to do so. Also we cannot change our middle names or skip them in official documents, at all!

Changing Names: Italian Women Keep Their Own Surname Upon Marriage - Women in Italy don’t change their last-names when they marry.

Italian Women Keep their Birth Surname - Italian women keep their maiden name for life. It is the law.

Tradition for women in Italy to keep their family surname even after marriage.

Women: Maiden Name on Passport - In Italy, women use their maiden name for life.

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