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Origin & Etymology of Italian surnames starting with "C"

Surnames starting with:

CACCIATORE, CACCIATORI: From the job of "hunter"

CALABRESE, CALABRESI, CALABRO: Originary of the region of Calabria

CALASSO: From the pre-Latin word "cala" = steep side of the mountain, that gave the name to many localities

CALDARARO, CALDERARA: From the job of the "calderaro", craftsman making pots

CALEFFI, CALIFFA: From the Arab word "halaf" from which derives "caliph"

CAMAIONI: Possibly originary from the town of Camaioni, province of Florence

CAMBISE, CAMBISI: From the first name Cambise

CAMILLI, CAMILLO: From the first name Camillo; name given by the Romans to the young men that started the novitiatus

CAMPANA, CAMPANELLI: As a nickname from campana, "bell", or from a place called Campana (a municipality in the province of Cosenza)

CAMPETTI, CAMPISANO, CAMPITELLI, CAMPITELLO: From the word "campo, campus" = field

CAMPLI, CAMPLONE, CAMPLONI, CAMPOINI, CAMPOLI, CAMPOLO, CAMPONI: To indicate people coming from the town of Campli, province of Teamo. The word derives from "campo, campus" = field

CANDELORA, CANDELORI, CANDELORO: Connected to the "candela" (candle) as an ancient profession as maker of candles, or a nickname

CANNARSA: A nickname meaning "dry throat" jokingly given to someone who drinks excessively

CANTAGALLI, CANTAGALLO: From the name of a place (a municipality in the Province of Prato) or a nickname from the expression "singing roaster"

CAPANNA, CAPANNOLE, CAPANNOLI, CAPANNOLO, CAPANNULE: A nickname from the word meaning "hut, cabin"

CAPORALE, CAPORALI: From a medieval profession, the caporale was a head directing and recruiting farm-laborers

CAPPELLA, CAPPELLETTI: A nickname from the word meaning "chapel"

CAPRA, CAPRILE, CAPRIONI, CAPRIOTTI: A nickname from the animal "capra" (goat)

CAPUANA, CAPUANELLA, CAPUANELLO, CAPUANI: Originary of Capua

CAPUZZA, CAPUZZI, CAPUZZO: A nickname from the word capo meaning "head" or "boss"

CARACENI: From the name of an ancient Italic population

CARAMANICI, CARAMANICO: From the place of Caramanico

CARDARELLA, CARDARELLI, CARDARELLO, CARDELLA, CARDELLI, CARDELLO, CARDINI, CARDONE: Possibly derived from the verb "cardare", meaning treating wool. Possibly a diminutive of Riccardo, first name Rikhard or from the ancient French name Richard

CARLI, CARLOMAGNO, CARLUCCI: From the first name Carlo

CARMINE: From the first name Carmine

CARNEVALE, CARNEVALI: Possibly a nickname from the Latin festival of Carnival

CAROFALO, CAROFANO: From the name and nickname Garofalo; also name of the carnation flower

CAROSELLA, CAROSELLI, CAROSELLO: From the "carosello", kind of medieval representation, and used as a nickname

CAROTA, CAROTE, CAROTI: Originally a nickname possibly referring to the color of the hair (carrot)

CARRIERE, CARRIERI, CARRIERO: From the job of carriere, wagon driver

CARUSELLI, CARUSELLO: See Carosello

CASALETTO, CASALI, CASALINO: From the Latin casalis, meaning small village in the countryside

CASARO, CASARI: From the job casearius, cheese maker

CASSANO, CASSIANO, CASSIANI, CASSANELLI and variations

CASTAGNA, CASTAGNI, CASTAGNOLI, CASTAGNONE: Possibly a nickname from the word castagna meaning "chestnut"

CASTAGNARO, CASTAGNERI: Possibly from someone who sells or roasts chestnuts

CASTAGNETO, CASTAGNETTI: Possibly as a place of origin, from a chestnut woods

CASTALDI, CASTALDINI: From the Lombard "gastaldo", a kind of countdom

CASTELLANI, CASTELLANO: Many ethimologies are possible: someone who lived in a castle, or coming from a place called Castelli, Castello etc

CAVALLARI: From the job of horse breeder

CAVALLO, CAVALLONI: Possibly a nickname from the word "cavallo", meaning "horse"

CECAMORE A nickname meaning "blind love"

CECCO: From the first name Cecco, short name for Francesco = Francis.

CENTOFANTE, CENTOFANTI: A nickname of medieval origin, meaning "one hundred pedestrian soldiers"

CENZI, CENZO: From the first name Censo, short name for Vincenzo = Vincent. This name comes from latin "Vincentius" = the winner

CERASA, CERASANI, CERASO, CERASOLA: A nickname from the dialect word "cerasa" meaning "cherry"

CERRA, CERRETELLI, CERRETI, CERRETO, CERRETTI, CERRI, CERRINA, CERRINO CERRIO, CERRIONE, CERRONE, CERRONI: From "cerro" meaning steep rock, used in many names of places

CESARI: From the latin first name "Cesare" = Caesar

CETRULLA, CETRULLI, CETRULLO: Originally a nickname meaning "simple minded person"

CHERUBINA, CHERUBINI, CHERUBINO: From the first name Cherubino

CHIACCHIARETTE, CHIACCHIARI: From the "chiacchiere" (chatting) possibly as a nickname

CHIAVAROLI: From the job of key maker

CHIMENTI CHIMIENTI: From the first name Clemente, deriving from the latin word "clemens" = clement, indulgent

CHIODELLI, CHIODI, CHIODINI, CHIODO, CHIODONI: From the Italian word "chiodo" meaning "nail" in connection to a job (carpenter or blacksmith) or referring to excessive thinness

CHIORRI CHIORRINI: From the first name Melchiorre, deriving from the juish name Melkior, composed by "melek" = king and "or" = light

CHIUMENTI: From the first name Clemente, deriving from the latin word "clemens" = clement, indulgent

CIANA: From first name Luciano

CIARAMELLA: From the musical instrument meaning bagpipes

CIARLARIELLI, CIARLARIELLO: From the verb "ciarlare" meaning chatting too much

CIAVATTA, CIAVATTELLA: From a dialect word meaning "slippers" possibly connected to a job (cobbler) or as a nickname for someone dressed very casually

CICCARELLI, CICCARESE, CICCHELLO, CICCHETTO, CICCHI, CICCHINELLO, CICCHINI, CICCHITO, CICCONI, CICCOTTO, CICHELLI: From the diminutive name Cicco, a variation of Cecco (Francesco)

CICCIO: A nickname possibly referring to a fat person

CICCOTOSTO: From Cicco and "tosto" (=hard character)

CINZIO CINZO: From the female first name Cinzia; this name derives from the place where Apollus and his sister Artemis (named Cynthus and Cynthia) were born: the Cinto Mountain in the Delus Island

CIPOLLETTA, CIPOLLETTI, CIPOLLETTO, CIPOLLI, CIPOLLONE: From "cipolla" (onion) possibly a nickname

CIPRIANI, CIPRIANO: Originary of Cyprus

CIRELLI, CIRELLO, CIRONE, CIRONI, CIRINO: From the first name Ciro

CIRILLO: From the first name Cirillus

CIRULLO, CIRULLI: Possibly from Ciro

CIUFFETELLI: A nickname from "ciuffo", a band of hair on the forehead

CIURCO: From the first name Giorgio, deriving from the Greek word "gheorgos" = farmer

CLEMENTE, CLEMENTINI, CLEMENTONI, CLEMENTUCCI, CLEMENZA, CLEMENZI: From the first name Clemente, deriving from the latin word "clemens" = clement, indulgent

COCCA, COCCHI, COCCO : From the first name or nickname Cocco, meaning "egg" or "dear person"

COCCIA: From the word "head" referring as a nickname to someone stubborn or with a big head or with a great intelligence

COLA, COLACICCO, COLAGIOVANNI, COLAIACOVO, COLAIANNI, COLAIEMMA, COLAIOCCO, COLAIUDA, COLAJANNI, COLALILLO, COLANDREA, COLANGELO, COLANTONIO, COLANTUONI, COLAPIETRO, COLASANTA, COLASANTE, COLASANTI, COLASANTO, COLAUCCI, COLAUSSI, COLAVITA, COLAVITO, COLELLA, COLETTA, COLETTI: From the first name Cola, short name for Nicola, and all its compounds

COLOMBANI, COLOMBERA, COLOMBINI, COLOMBO, COLOMBRINO: From the word "colombo" (=dove). Colombo is the most common surname in Lombardy, where it seems to derive from the painting of a dove on the walls of churches where infants were abandoned.

COLONNA, COLONNESE: From the word "column", also a very ancient Roman family

COLUCCI: From Cola, diminutive of Nicola

COMPAGNA, COMPAGNI, COMPAGNINI, COMPAGNO, COMPAGNONI, COMPAGNUCCI: From a word meaning companion

CONNESTABILE, CONTESTABILE, CONTESTABILI: Meaning constable, was a medieval title of honor similar to minister

CONSORTE, CONSORTI: From a Latin word meaning "associate"

CONTE, CONTI, CONTIELLO: From the word "conte", meaning count, as someone probably working for the count.

CORDESCO, CORDISCO: Possibly connected to sheep raising, being the "cordesco" a kind of lamb

CORNACCHIA, CORNACCHIONE, CORNACCHIONI: From the bird "raven" possibly a nickname for an unpleasant voice

CORNELI, CORNELIA, CORNELIO: From the first name Cornelio

CORRA', CORRADEACHI, CORRADINO, CORRADO, CORRADONE: From the first name Corrado

CORSELLINI, CORSELLO, CORSETTI, CORSINI, CORSO: Possibly originary of Corsica

CORVETTO, CORVI: From the word "corvo" meaning raven, as a nickname.

COSENZA: From the city of Cosenza.

COSTANTE, COSTANTINI, COSTANZI, COSTANZO: From the first name Costante and its variations

CRESCENTINO, CRESCENZA, CRESCENZO: From the first name Crescenzo, deriving from the latin verb "crescere" = to grow up

CRISANTE, CRISANTI, CRISANTO: From the first name Grisanto or Crisanto, deriving from the Greek word "Chrysanthos" = gold flower

CRISCIO, CRISCI: From the first name Crescenzo, deriving from the latin verb "crescere" = to grow up

CRISTOFANI, CRISTOFARO, CRISTOFERI, CRISTOFOLI, CRISTOFORI: From the first name Cristoforo, deriving from the latin "Christoforus" = who carries Christ

CROCE, CROCETTI, CROCI, CROCIANI: In origin a first name given to the people belonging to the Christian religion

CROGNALE, CROGNALI: From the Latin word "corneolus", the name of cornel plant.

CROGNALETO : Originary of Crognaleto, province of Teramo

CROSARA, CROSATO, CROSE, CROSETTO, CROSIO, CRUCIATO: From Croce, name given to the people belonging to the Christian religion

CUORVO : See Corvo

CURRADI, CURRADO: See Corrado

CURTI, CURTO: From the adjective "corto", short; used as a nickname to indicate a short person

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