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Etymology of Italian surnames starting with "De-"

Surnames starting with:

DE ALEXANDRIS: From the first name Alessandro (Alexander). It became popular because of the Romance (XII cent.) about Alexander Magnus

DE ANDREIS: From the first name Andrea, derived from the Greek name Andreas, transformation of the Greek word "aner" = man

DE BASTIANI: From the Latin first name Sebastiano or its diminutive Bastiano. Patronymic surname

DE BELLIS: From the adjective "bello" = beautiful. Probably was a nickname to identify an hansom man

DE BLASIS: From the first name Biagio; it derives from the Greek word "blaisos" = to be bow-legged

DE CAROLIS: From the first name Carlo; diffused after the king Carlo Magno

DE CLEMENTE: From the first name Clemente, derived from the Latin word "clemens" = clement, indulgent. Patronymic surname

DE COSTANZI: From the first name Costanzo. Patronymic surname

DE CRISTOFALO, DE CRISTOFARO: From the first name Cristoforo, derived from the Latin "Christoforus" = who has Christ. Patronymic surname

DE DOMENICO, DE DOMINICIS: From the first name Domenico, derived from the Latin word "dominus" = lord. Patronymic surname

DE DONA, DE DONATO: From the first name Donato. Patronymic surname

DE FABRITIIS: From the first name Fabrizio, derived from the Latin word "faber" = blacksmith, craftman. Patronymic surname

DE FELICE: From the first name Felice, derived from Latin "felix" = happy. Patronymic surname

DE FEO, DE FEUDIS: From the first name Feo, short name for Maffeo derived from Matteo. Patronymic surname

DE FILIPPIS: From the first name Filippo. Patronymic surname

DE FLAVIIIS: From the first name Flavio, derived from the Roman family name Flavius that comes from the Latin adjective "flavus" = blond

DE FRANCESCO: From the first name Francesco, derived from the Latin word "franciscus" = inhabitant of France. Patronymic surname

DE GIORGI, DE GIORGIO, DE GIORGIS: From the first name Giorgio, derived from the Greek word "gheorgos" = farmer. Patronymic surname

DE GRANDI: From the word "grande" = big. It derives from a nickname given to a big person

DE GRASSI, DEGRASSI: From the adjective "grasso" = fat

DE GREGORIO: From the first name Gregorio, derived from the Greek verb "ghregorein" = to be smart, intelligent. Patronymic surname

DE IULIIS: From the Latin first name Iulius, derived from "Iovis" = sacred to Iuppiter. Patronymic surname

DE LAURENTIIS: From the first name Lorenzo. Patronymic surname

DE LELLI, DE LELLIS, DE LELLO: From the first name Lello, diminutive of many names ending in -ello: Angiolello, Brunello, Raffaello etc

DE LEONARDI, DE LEONARDIS: From the first name Leonardo. Patronymic surname

DEL CARMINE: From the first name Carmine

DEL MONTE: From the word "monte" = mountain. Coming from the mountain

DE LUCA: From the first name Luca; derives from the name of the father

DE MARCHI: From the first name Marco. Patronymic surname

DE MARINIS: From the first name Marino. Derived from the Latin adjective "marinus" = of the ocean, who lives and works there

DE MARTINI, DE MARTINO: From the first name Martino. Patronymic surname

DE MATTEIS, DE MATTIA: From the first name Matteo or Mattia. Patronymic surname

DE MICHELI, DE MICHELIS: From the first name Michele, derived from the Hebrew name "Micha'el" = who is as powerful as God. Patronymic surname

DE NARDIS: From the Germanic first name Leonardus, Lionardus, Lonardus, Lunardus that started to be used in 500 A.D

DE PALMA, DE PALMAS: From the first name Palma, symbol of peace or from a name of a place

DE PAULIS: From the first name Paolo, derived from the Latin adjective "paulus" = small, young. Patronymic surname

DE ROGGERO, DE RUGGERO: From the first name Ruggiero, diffused in South Italy after the kingdom of the Normans. It comes from the first name Hrodger, consisting of "hroth" = glory and "gaira-" = lance

DE RUSSI: From the nickname "rosso" = red, to indicate someone who has red hair

DE SANCTIS: From the first name Santo, derived from the Latin "sanctus" = sacred

DE SIMONE: From the first name Simone, derived from the Hebrew name "Sim'on", from the verb "sama" = to listen. Patronymic surname

DE VECCHI: From the adjective "vecchio" = old. To indicate an old person

DE VINCENTIIS, DE VINCENZO: From the first name Vincenzo, derived from the Latin "vincens" = the winner. Patronymic surname

D'EGIDIO: Meaning descendants of Egidio

D'ERCOLE: From the Latin first name Hercules or Herculanus (sacred to Hercules). It could be a nickname for a strong man. Patronymic surname

DEGLI ESPOSITI: From the Latin "expositus", used for infants abandoned by parents

DEL CONTE: From the medieval noble title "Conte" = Count. Sometimes also to indicate a person that may work for the Count

DEL DUCA: From the medieval noble title "Duca" = Duke. Sometimes also to indicate a person that may work for the Duke

DEL FANTE: From the medieval word "fante" = infant, boy

DEL FRATE: From the word "frate", diminutive of "fratello" = brother, friar. To indicate the people that lived or worked in a convent

DEL GESSO: From the name of a place where there is a lot of gypsum: Gessopalena, province of Chieti

DEL GRANDE: From the word "grande" = big. It derives from a nickname given to a big or a fat person

DEL GRECO: From the adjective Greek, to indicate someone from Greece or even a smart person

DEL GROSSO: From the adjective "grosso" = fat, big

DEL LUNGO: From the nickname "longo, lungo" given to someone tall and thin

DEL MONACO: From the word "monaco" = monk, derived from the Greek "monos" = unique, alone

DEL MONTE: From the word "monte" = mountain. Coming from the mountain, or from a place whose name begins with "Monte".

DEL PAPA: From the word "papa" that has, according the local traditions, different meanings = father, bishop, priest

DEL PONTE (click here for more information)

DEL PRETE: From the word "prete" = priest, derived from the Greek "presbyteros" = oldest

DEL ROSSO: From the nickname "rosso" = red, to indicate someone who has red hair

DEL SIGNORE: From the word "signore" = mister, princeps, someone important. Derived from the Latin "senior" = old

DEL VECCHIO: From the adjective "vecchio" = old. To indicate an old person

D'ELIA: From the first name Elia, derived from the Hebrew "Eliyah" = God is Yahvè. Patronymic surname

DELLA LENA: From the female first name Lena, diminutive of Maddalena. Derived from the first name of the mother, the father is unknown

DELLA MONACA: From the word "monaco" = monk, derived from the Greek "monos" = unique, alone

DELLA NELLA: From the first name Nella, nickname of the names ending in "nella", ej: Antonella, Donatella; derived from the first name of the mother, the father is unknown

DELLA PENNA: From the nickname given to someone that works as a writer. Also from the word "penna" meaning pick, rock: there are many names of places that include this word

DELLA ROSSA: From the nickname "rosso" = red, to indicate someone who has red hair

DELLA ROVERE: From Rovere, to indicate a place with oaks

DELLA VECCHIA: From the adjective "vecchio" = old. To indicate an old person

DELLA ZORZU: From the first name Giorgio, derived from the Greek word "gheorgos" = farmer

DELL'AMORE: It derives from the nickname given to the illegitimate children: son of the love (figlio dell'amore)

DELLE DONNE: From the word "donna", derived from the Latin "domina" = lady. Sometimes used also as a noble title

DELLE GRAZIE: From the first name "Grazia" = Grace

DELL'ELCE: From the poetic word "elce" that means "leccio" = holm oak

DELLO IAVOCO: From the first name Giacomo, Giacobo, Giacopo, Giacobbe, derived from the Hebrew "Yaaquob" = God protected. Patronymic surname

DELL'ORSO: From the word "orso" = bear, used also as a nickname to indicate a strong person

D'EMILIO: From the first name Emilio. Patronymic surname

DEODATI, DEODATO: From the first name Diodato or Deodato, derived from the Latin "Adeodatus" = given by God

D'ERAMO, D'ERASMO: From the first name of Eramo or Erasmo; it derives from the Greek word "eros" = love

D'ERCOLE: From the Latin first name Hercules or Herculanus (sacred to Hercules). It could be a nickname for a strong man. Patronymic surname

D'ETTORRE: From the first name Ettore of Greek origin. Patronymic surname

D'EUGENIO: From the first name Eugenio, of Greek origin = noble. Patronymic surname

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