It is believed that the origin of this surname is related to the characteristic of the color of the hair or skin of the family that gave rise to it. Already among the Romans had arisen the surname Rossius. The spread of red hair by the redheads among pre-Roman Celtic populations was remarkable and also among the Latins were numerous characters with hair of this color for example the famous Lucio Sila famous for his rivalry with the consul Cayo Mario during the Roman Republic .
It is undoubtedly the most common surname in Italy, so it is natural to find it in first position in most Italian cities. It derives from the name and nickname Rosso (from the last Latin Rubeus or Russus), given to those who had reddish-blond hair. In other cases, it can be derived from the Germanic name Ross, namely "horse" or "horse", always with reference to the red color of the mantle of such an animal (mantle called baio). See more...
Alternate Surname Spellings: ROSSO, ROSSA, RUSSI, RUSSO, RUGGIU, RUBIU, ROSSELLI, ROSSELLO, ROSSELLINI, RISSIELLO, ROSSILLO, ROSSETTI, ROSSETTO, ROSSETTINI, ROSSITTI, ROSSITTO, ROSSINI, ROSSINO, ROSSOTTI, ROSSOTTO, ROSSINI, ROSSONE, ROSSUTO, RUSSELLO, RUSSINO, RUSSOTTI, RUSSOTTO, RUSSIANI, RUSSOLILLO
It derives from the name and nickname Rosso (from the last Latin Rubeus or Russus), given to those who had reddish-blond hair. In other cases, it can be derived from the Germanic name Ross, namely "horse" or "horse", always with reference to the red color of the mantle of such an animal (mantle called baio). See more...
Alternate Surname Spellings: ROSSI, RUSSELLO, RUSSINO, RUSSOTTI, RUSSOTTO, RUSSIANI, RUSSOLILLO
The surname Ferrari derives from the activities related to the trade of a blacksmith ('fabbro' in Italian) which in Latin was called 'faber ferrarus' or from the activities related to the extraction and smelting of iron. The blacksmith was an artisan who enjoyed great consideration in the different Italian regions, his work was essential in countries with agricultural vocation; with the tweezers, the anvil, pliers, hammers and masses, the blacksmith gave form to the iron bars that, red-hot, yielded to their vigorous blows. See more...
Alternate Surname Spellings: FERARI, FERRARIO, FERRO.
The variations of Ferrero/Ferrari/Fabbri/Fabris/Favre in the North all meaning “smith”
The surname Esposito derives from the name "Expositus" given to the abandoned children normally in the front of places of charity (like parishes, monasteries, etc.). The abandonment of the newborn children was a common phenomenon, widely used in some ancient societies. To alleviate this situation, hospices dedicated to pick up abandoned children were created; the circumstances in which they were found were registered giving rise to the possibility that their parents wanted to recover them. On that occasion they were given a name and a surname made up of the high frequency of the surname Esposito (and its derivatives) in Italy. The Espósito form is found throughout the Italian territory, mainly in Campania. Other variants: Espositi (common in Rome), Esposti (in the area of Milano and Lodi), Esposto (in Le Marche, Sicilia and Foggia), Degli Sposti, Sposti. See more...
Alternate Surname Spellings: ESPOSTI, ESPOSTO, ESPOSTI, DEGLI ESPOSTI, SPOSTI, SPOSTO.
See more about Italian Infant Abandonment
Bianchi is the plural of the Italian word "bianco," which means 'white'.
The surname Bianco is derived from the white word used as a name or nickname derived from a physical characteristic of the hair and more precisely the color of the skin, the pallor. At the time of our ancestors, poor diet contributed to the premature aging of the hair with the early appearance of gray hair. The nickname can also be derived from a place name ie the name of a place, for example 'casa Bianca' = white house; 'Monte Bianco' = White Mountain; 'Mulino bianco' = white mill. Bianco is a surname present in all regions of Italy, particularly in Piedmont, Campania and Puglia. See more...
Alternate Surname Spellings: Bianca, Bianco, Bianchessi, Bianchetti, Bianchini, Bianciotti, Biancolini, Bianconcini, Biancotto Lo Bianco, Bianca, Bianch, Biancat, Biancato, Biancoli, Baincone, Biancocini, Biancacci, Biancarelli, Bianchella, Bianchelli, Bianchet, Bianchetta, Bianchetti, Bianchetto, Bianchi, Bianchin, Bianchini, Bianco, Biancotti, Biancotto, Biancu, Biancuzzi, Biancuzzo
Derived from a geographic and means 'coming from Rome'. See more...
Alternate Surname Spellings: Romani, Romanò
The surname Colombo was already used in the Middle Ages as a name given at the time of baptism, alluding to the Holy Spirit that was represented by a dove to emphasize purity and meekness. Thus the name was subsequently transmitted as a surname. Colombo is also a typical surname given to abandoned children mainly in Lombardy. See more...
Alternate Surname Spellings: COLOMBANI, COLOMBRA, COLOMBINI, COLOMBRINO, COLOMBETTI, COLOMBAZZI
Ricci derives from the nickname 'riccio' that is to say the curly hair, with curls. It was formed as a surname in the Middle Ages and spread throughout the Italian peninsula. Other hypotheses argue that it derives from the coating of the chestnut (riccio) or of an animal name since 'riccio' means porcupine. See more...
Alternate Surname Spellings: RICCIO, RIZZI, RIZZO, RIZZA, RISSO, RICCELLI, RICCIARELLI, RICCETTI, RICCINI, RICCIOLI, RICCIOLINO, RICCIULLI, RICCIOTTI, RICCIONI, RICCIUTO, RICCERI, RICCITIELLO, RIZZELLO, RIZZIELLO RIZZETTI, RIZZETTO, RIZZINI, RIZZOLI, RIZZOLA, RIZZOTTI, RIZZONI, RIZZONE, RIZZARI, RIZZATO, RIZZIERI, RIZZUTI, RISSOLO
MARINO born as a name or nickname after it became a surname. Marino can be derived from Marius (Mario) or from 'marinus' (from the sea). In some cases this surname could derive from a place name called Marino, something common in the south of Italy, establishing a connection with the word sea (coast) allowing us to presume that the place of residence of the parents was close to the coast. See more...
Alternate Surname Spellings: MARINI, MARIN, MARINELLI, MARINELLA, MARINIELLO, MARINETTI, MARINUZZI, MARINOLLI, MARINOTTI, MARINONI, MARINATO, MARINACCI
Someone who originates from Greece. See more...
Alternate Surname Spellings: GRIECO, GRECI, GRECHI, GREGO