70 Italian Surnames or Last Names

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Italy, as a country, and its culture are quite popular. From pizza to soccer, vacation to films, literature to olive oil, it has been accepted and appreciated across the globe. Nowadays, common Italian last names are also gaining popularity as names for babies. If you’ve been searching for some, you will find this list pretty helpful.

70 Italian Family Names or Surnames With Meanings

There are a number of trendy and popular Italian last names that are really sought after. Let us look at a list of such names.

1. Accardi

This name comes from the word Achard. The name means ‘brave’ or somebody who is quite ‘hardy’. It is a common Italian surname.

2. Abate

It is a word that originated from Late Latin. The name means ‘priest’ or ‘the high priest’. It is also a common Jewish name.

3. Agosti

Here is another Italian name originated from a Latin word (Augustus). The name means someone who is ‘blessed with good omens’.

4. Abella

Abella is a common habitational name heard around many places including Catalonia, Santander and Galicia. The name means ‘a bee’, and describe a person who is small yet active.

5. Armani

This is another Italian surname, effortlessly popularised by a luxury brand of the same name. The name means ‘man of force’.

6. Ajello

This is an occupational Italian surname derived from the Latin word ‘ager’ (meaning field).   The name is borne mostly by the farmers.

7. Allegro

This is another Italian last name which is related to music and musical instruments. It means ‘cheerful’ or ‘brisk tempo’.

8. Accetta

This is one of the old names of Italy from the medieval period. It is derived from the Latin name ‘acceptus’, meaning ‘welcome’ or ‘well-liked’.

9. Amato

This Italian name is derived from a Latin word ‘amatus’, and it means ‘beloved’.

10. D’Angelo

This is another beautiful Italian name; it means someone who is ‘angelic’.

11. Bianchi

The name means ‘white-haired’ or ‘pale’.

12. Bianco

This one sounds quite close to the last name. It means ‘white’.

13. Barberio

This is another occupational Italian surname sourced from the Italian word ‘Barbiere’. It means ‘the barber’.

14. Baio

This is an interesting name for a family where everyone has reddish or light brown hair (or beard). It also means ‘horse.’

15. Barone

Remember ‘Bloody Baron’ from the Harry Potter series everyone was afraid of? This Italian name is also related to ‘bravery’ or ‘courage’.

16. Badami

It is a Sicilian name that is believed to have an Arabic etymology. It means ‘almond’.

17. Bernardi

This is another Italian name that means ‘strong’ or ‘hard’. It originated from the word ‘Bernhard’ which is a combination of the words ‘bear’ or ‘hard’.

18. Bruno

This name is popularised by films like ‘Bicycle Thieves’ and is adapted by races all over the world. The name means ‘people having brown hair’.

19. Ballerini

This is one of the most graceful and cool names popular among Italian people. The name is apt for the one who dances. It is an occupational name for a dancer.

20. Bella

Be it ‘Twilight’ or ‘Money Heist’, the name Bella is an iconic one considering popular culture. The name means ‘beautiful’ or ‘gift of god’s favour’.

21. Colombo

It is an Italian surname that shares its name with the Capital city of Sri Lanka. The name means ‘dove’.

22. Carbone

This typical Italian surname is another occupational name borne by the ‘coal miners’. The name means ‘coal’ or ‘charcoal’.

23. Capone

This name is perfect for headstrong people. It means someone who is ‘arrogant’ or ‘large-headed’.

24. Cattaneo

This Italian surname meaning ‘captain’. This family name is derived from a family that captained a group of ships in the Medieval ages.

25. Costa

Costa or Di Costa is a very famous Italian surname (at least for soccer lovers). The meaning of the name is ‘a slope’ or ‘a coast’.

26. Coppola

Coppola is another famous Italian last name that means ‘beret maker’. It implies the makers of little round hats called berets.

27. Conte

This popular Italian surname is one of the rich names given to those who used to work for the count. The name means ‘companion’.

28. De Niro

You would be surprised that this world-famous Italian name does not mean ‘taxi driver’. It rather means ‘someone with black/dark hair’.

29. DeVille

It is another cool Italian name that means ‘a villa’ or ‘a village’. Some also say that the name means ‘the settlement of God’.

30. Di Maggio

This uncommon Italian surname means ‘the eldest son’.

31. Donato

The origin of this name is the Latin word ‘Donare’ which implies ‘to give’.

32. Di Caprio

This name doesn’t need introduction thanks to its world-famous bearer. It is derived from the Latin word ‘Capra’, meaning ‘goat’. The name defines the residents of the island ‘Capri’.

33. Esposito

Castle’ fans might recognise this Italian surname instantly. This popular name originates from the Italian word ‘esposto,’ meaning ‘to expose’.

34. Ferrari

This Italian occupational last name is an equivalent to the English surname ‘Smith’, both meaning ‘blacksmith.’ The surname has been popularised by the famous race car brand.

35. Farina

Farina is another occupational last name in Italy. The name meaning ‘flour’ is mostly given to millers or flour merchants. It is also a perfect name for girls with a pale complexion.

36. Floris

This is a beautiful Italian surname that means ‘flower blossom’, to bloom’, or ‘to flourish’.

37. Fontana

This surname has a musical origin derived from the Latin word ‘Fon’. The name means ‘spring’ and is given to the people who live near a spring.

38. Greco

The Italian name Greco is derived from the Latin word ‘Graecus’ which means ‘Greek’ or ‘someone who originated from Greece’.

39. Gallo

The popular Italian surname originates from the Latin word ‘gallus’, which means ‘rooster’.

40. Gatti

Gatti is an Italian surname which originates from the word ‘Gatto’, which means ‘tomcat’.

41. Gentile

Gentile is a very popular Italian surname that originates from the word ‘Gentilis’. The word means ‘from the same stock’.

42. Giudice

This is one of the popular Italian surnames, which means the ‘judge’ or ‘justice’.

43. Giordano

This is a surname which is derived from the Italian version of ‘Jordan’, the holy river. The name means ‘flow down’ or ‘descend’.

44. Grasso

The Italian surname Grasso refers to somebody who is stout.

45. Guerra

Guerra is another very strong name for a courageous baby. It is a common Italian surname that means war. Usually, this last name refers to soldiers.

46. Guiluliani

This is a very popular surname in Italy. It originates from a Latin word ‘Lullius’, which means ‘somebody who is youthful’.

47. Lombardi

It is a popular name for someone who hails from Lombardy.

48. Leone

This is a popular Italian surname that means ‘lion-hearted’.

49. Longo

This old Italian word literally means ‘long’ or ‘tall’.

50. Lastra

This is a beautiful name for a baby girl derived from an Italian last name that means a ‘huge slab of rock’.

51. Leto

The name itself means ‘joyful’ or ‘cheerful’.

52. Mancini

This is another common surname in Italy. The word means ‘ambidextrous’ or ‘someone who’s right and left-hand work with equal dexterity’.

53. Marchetti

Marcus is the Roman God of war. This surname is derived from the words Marcus and refers to him.

54. Mariano

This is another popular Italian surname derived from the Roman God of war Ares.

55. Martini

Rome is known for its rich heritage and mythology. So, most Italian last names are derived from mythological connotations. Martini is derived from Mars, the Roman God of War.

56. Manzo

This is another mythological Italian last name which means ‘a person resembling an ox’.

57. Morelli

Morelli is a name derived from the ‘moor’ community of Rome, and it refers to a person of brown or dark complexion.

58. Mazza

This is an Italian surname that means ‘club’, ‘mace’ or ‘hammer’. This is an occupational surname popularly borne by toolmakers.

59. Monti

This is one of the most famous Italian surnames. It originated from the Italian word ‘Monte’ this word means ‘the mountain’.

60. Marino

This last name is a habitational name, and is derived from the Latin word ‘Marinus’. It means ‘of the sea’.

61. Messina

The name means ‘someone who is from the city of Messana’.

62. Moriotto

One of the stylish Italian surnames, Moriotto is derived from the Italian word ‘Moretto’. It means ‘dark hair’.

63. Pesci

This Italian name means ‘fisherman’. It is an occupational surname.

64. Piazza

This name means ‘town square’.

65. Porzio

Another mythological Italian surname, Porzio, refers to ‘hogs’.

66. Ricci

Be it an American TV show or an Italian film, this Italian surname is always a popular name. Ricci means ‘the one with curly hair’.

67. Romano

Quite as it suggests, the Italian surname means ‘someone from Rome’.

68. Sala

This is a popular surname which means ‘room’.

69. Testa

This is one of the royal names. It means ‘the head’.

70. Villa

This surname is famous among soccer lovers. The name means ‘someone from the village’.

Popular Italian surnames can also make really good first names. Some of these names are trendy and unique; their popularity is increasing with time. If you want to embrace the trend, you can pick any of these last names to make your kid’s name sound smart!