59 Common Italian Last Names/Surnames With Meanings & Pronunciation

59 Italian Last Names That Are *Chef’s Kiss* Bellissimo!

December 19, 2019 Updated March 15, 2021

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Ahh, Italy… the land of rich history, great food, and surnames that roll off the tongue. Italian last names have infiltrated our globe, screens, and brains throughout their long existence. With Latin roots, each surname tells a story about a family’s geographical, occupational, or characteristic origin.

Whether it’s belonging to you, your neighbor, or your Hollywood favorite, you’ve heard a charming Italian last name and wondered about its meaning at some point. We’re here to help! We’ve compiled a list of popular Italian last names and their unique meanings. If you’re here looking for some answers, you should know you’re in good company.

Italian names usually stem from four groups. They can be patronymics, which means they come from an ancestor’s first name. This is why there are names like d’Alberto or d’Angelo, which sound a little like first names but are typically surnames. Then there are last names that come from geographical areas or where a family is from like Di Genova or Napolitano. Other family names are usually descriptives or nicknames like Franco, or Betto or describe an occupation like Carpenteri, which means carpenter. Italian surnames can also be creative and originate from the names of insects or birds.

Like most of the architecture and towns in Italy, they can also tell a story. Some last names recognize certain histories or describe important events or narratives that mean a lot to the family. According to the latest search data available, Italian last names and their meanings are searched for nearly, 40,500 times per month.

For those who want to feel a little extra Italiano, we’ve also included their pronunciations. The italics represent the syllable where you should put the most stress. Viva l’Italia!

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  1. Pesci
    Pronunciation: Pesh-ee
    Meaning: Fisherman.
  2. Morelli
    Pronunciation: Mor-ell-lee
    Meaning: A Moor or a person of dark complexion.
  3. Giuliani
    Pronunciation: Ju-lee-ah-nee
    Meaning: Youthful.
  4. D’Angelo/D’Angeli
    Pronunciation: Dan-jell-o/Dan-jell-ee
    Meaning: Messenger or angel.
  5. Bruni
    Pronunciation: Buh-roo-nee (rolled R)
    Meaning: The color brown or a dark-haired person.
  6. Piazza
    Pronunciation: Pee-ahh-sa.
    Meaning: Town square.
  7. Caputo
    Pronunciation: Cah-pooh-to
    Meaning: Large-headed or strong-headed.
  8. De Rossi
    Pronunciation: Deh-ross-ee (rolled R)
    Meaning: Red-haired.
  9. Manzo
    Pronunciation: Man-tso
    Meaning: A person resembling an ox.
  10. Florentino
    Pronunciation: Flor-en-tee-no
    Meaning: A Florentine or a person from the city of Florence.
  11. Ricci
    Pronunciation: Ree-chee (rolled R)
    Meaning: Curly-haired.
  12. Bonetti
    Pronunciation: Bon-eh-tee
    Meaning: Hatmaker.
  13. Scavo
    Pronunciation: Scah-vo
    Meaning: Serf or slave.
  14. Porzio
    Pronunciation: Portsee-oh
    Meaning: Hog.
  15. Giudice
    Pronunciation: Ju-dee-chay
    Meaning: Judge or justice.

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  16. Tarantino
    Pronunciation: Tar-an-tee-no
    Meaning: A person from Taranto, a town in Southern Italy.
  17. Vitale
    Pronunciation: Vi-tah-lay
    Meaning: Life.
  18. Armani
    Pronunciation: Ar-mah-nee (rolled R)
    Meaning: Man of force.
  19. Greco
    Pronunciation: Guh-reck-oh (rolled R)
    Meaning: Greek or a person from Greece.
  20. Ferraro/Ferrari
    Pronunciation: Fer-ah-ro/Fer-ah-ri (both Rs are rolled)
    Meaning: Blacksmith.
  21. Pacino
    Pronunciation: Pah-chee-no
    Meaning: Peace.
  22. Di Maggio
    Pronunciation: Dee-maj-eoh
    Meaning: The eldest son.
  23. Capone
    Pronunciation: Cah-poh-nay
    Meaning: Large-headed or arrogant.
  24. Saccone
    Pronunciation: Sah-coh-nay
    Meaning: A maker of sacks and bags.
  25. Argento
    Pronunciation: Ar-jen-toh
    Meaning: Silver or grey-haired.
  26. Romano/Romani
    Pronunciation: Ro-mah-no/Ro-mah-nee
    Meaning: Roman or a person from the city of Rome.
  27. Bianco
    Pronunciation: Bee-yan-co
    Meaning: White.
  28. Valentino
    Pronunciation: Val-en-tee-no
    Meaning: Healthy.
  29. Leto
    Pronunciation: Leh-to
    Meaning: Joyful.
  30. De Niro
    Pronunciation: Deh-neer-oh
    Meaning: Of black or dark hair.
  31. Bianchi
    Pronunciation: Bee-yan-ci
    Meaning: A small town in Cosenza, Calabria.
  32. Lastra
    Pronunciation: Laa-stra
    Meaning: Flat slab of rock.
  33. Allegro
    Pronunciation: Al--gro
    Meaning: Brisk tempo.
  34. Abruzzese
    Pronunciation: A-bruz-zé-se
    Meaning: Someone from the region of Abruzzi.
  35. Agosti
    Pronunciation: A--sto
    Meaning: Favored with good omens.
  36. Amato
    Pronunciation: A--to
    Meaning: Beloved.
  37. Fiorentino
    Pronunciation: Fio-ren-tì-no
    Meaning: A person from Florence.
  38. Milanesi
    Pronunciation: Mi-la-né-se
    Meaning: A person from Milan.
  39. Russo
    Pronunciation: Rùs-so
    Meaning: Redhead.
  40. Bruno
    Pronunciation: Brù-no
    Meaning: Brown.
  41. Accetta
    Pronunciation: Ac-cét-ta
    Meaning: Welcome or well-liked.
  42. Baio
    Pronunciation: Bà-io
    Meaning: Horse.
  43. Barone
    Pronunciation: Ba--ne
    Meaning: Bravery or courage.
  44. Esposito
    Pronunciation: Es-poˈzi-to
    Meaning: Exposed.
  45. Mancini
    Pronunciation: Man-chee-nee
    Meaning: Left-handed.
  46. Gallo
    Pronunciation: Gal-low
    Meaning: Rooster.
  47. De Luca
    Pronunciation: Deh-loo-kah
    Meaning: Son of Luca.
  48. Abate
    Pronunciation: A--te
    Meaning: Priest.
  49. Abruzzese
    Pronunciation: A-bruz--se
    Meaning: Abruzzian or from Abruzzo.
  50. Accardo
    Pronunciation: A-card-o
    Meaning: Edge of a sword, bold, or hardy.
  51. Accomando
    Pronunciation: A-coo-mando
    Meaning: German shepherd dog.
  52. Aceto
    Pronunciation: A-cé-to
    Meaning: Vinegar or acetic acid.
  53. Achille
    Pronunciation: Ah-kee-ley
    Meaning: A Greek warrior and leader in the Trojan War. A hero of Homer’s Iliad.
  54. Acierno
    Pronunciation: A-chair-no
    Meaning: Of steel.
  55. Acquaviva
    Pronunciation: Acqua-viva
    Meaning: Living water, running water, or spring.
  56. Aloisio
    Pronunciation: Ahl-oh-ee-zee-oh
    Meaning: Famous warrior.
  57. Altadonna
    Pronunciation: Alta-dunnah
    Meaning: High lady or tall woman.
  58. Altamura
    Pronunciation: Aal-tuh-mur-uh
    Meaning: High walls.
  59. Altieri
    Pronunciation: Uh-eh-leeei
    Meaning: Old, to practice, experienced person, or a person who works with richness.

Funny Italian Phrases

Not only is Italy beautiful, but its culture is filled with gorgeous phrases you can use to face life’s ups and downs. Here are several common phrases, along with their Italian translation, to help you along.  

In bocca al lupo
Pronunciation: In bok-kah al loo-poh
Translation: In the mouth of the wolf.
Meaning: Good luck or break a leg.

Ubriaco come una scimmia
Pronunciation: (u-bri-ah-koh koh-meh u-nah shim-mee-yah)
Literal translation: Drunk like a monkey.
Meaning: To be wasted.