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Origin and Etymology of Italian surnames: Letter "L"

Surnames starting with:

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

LA FLORA: From the word "fiore" = flower. Used as a name of good whishes

LA FRATTA: From the word "fratta"= hedge, to indicate a family that lives near a hedge

LA GRASSA: From the adjective "grasso" = fat

LA GRECA: From the adjective "greco" = Greek

LA GUERCIA: From the adjective "guercio" = blind, used as a nickname

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

LA PERLA, LA PERNA: From the word "perla" = pearl

LA PINTA: Derived from the adjective "dipinto" = painted, already used as a nickname in the Middle Ages

LA RICCIA, LA RIZZA: From the adjective "riccio" to indicate a person that has curly hair

LA ROCCA: From the word "rocca" = rock or fortress. Derived from the name of a place located all around Italy

LA ROVERE: From "rovere", to indicate a place with oaks

LA RUSSA: From the nickname "rosso" = red, to indicate someone who has red hair

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

LA VERGHETTA: From the word "verga" = stick used by shepherds and farmers

LAFRATTA: From the word "fratta"= hedge, to indicate a family that lives near a hedge

LAGIOIA: From the word "gioia" = happiness. Used also with the meaning of jewel. Sometimes derived from the name of a place, from the Latin "iovia" = sacred rock

LALLA, LALLI, LALLO : From the female first name Lalla, nickname for the first names Angela, Italia, Gabriella, Laura

LAMONACA, LAMONICA: From the word "monaco" = monk, derived from the Greek "monos" = unique, alone

LANCELLOTTA, LANCELLOTTO: From Lancellotti; it derives from the name of Lancelot, knight of the Round Table, name diffused in 13th century

LANCI, LANCIA, LANCINI, LANCIONE, LANCIONI: (click here for more information)

LANCILLOTTI, LANCIOTTI: From Lancellotti; it derives from the name of Lancelot, knight of the Round Table, name diffused in 13th century

LANESE: From the word "lana" = wool, but also from the Albania verb "lany" = to wash (imported in Italy by emigrated people)

LANZEROTTO, LANZILOTTO: From Lancellotti; it derives from the name of Lancelot, knight of the Round Table, name diffused in 13th century

LARIZZU: From the adjective "riccio" to indicate a person that has curly hair

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

LATTANZI: From the first name Lattanzio, derived from the Latin "Lactantius" from an ancient vegetation goddess "Lactans"

LAURENZI: From the first name Lorenzo

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

LECCE, LECCESE, LECCESI, LECCISI: From the name of a town or a locality

LEINARDI, LEINARDO: From the first name Leonardo

LELIA, LELII, LELIO: From the Latin family name "Laelius", of Greek origin meaning grat talker.

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

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

LENARDI, LENARDON, LENARDONI, LENARDUZZI: From the first name Leonardo

LEO: From the first name Leone = Lion

LEONARDA, LEONARDELLI, LEONARDI, LEONARDINI, LEONARDO, LEONARDUZZI: From the first name Leonardo

LEONCINO, LEONE, LEONELLI, LEONESCHI, LEONETTI, LEONI, LEONOTTI: From the first name Leone = Lion

LEPIDI, LEPIDO: From the family Latin name "Lepidus" or from the adjective "lepido" = someone good to talk and write or very polite

LI DONNI: From the word "donno", derived from the Latin "dominus" = sir. Sometimes used also as a noble title

LI GRECI: From the adjective Greco = Greek, to indicate someone from Greece or even a smart person

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

LIBERATI: From the first name Liberti, probably abbreviation of Alberto, derived from the German "berth" = clear, shining and "ala" = all

LIBURDI: Probably from the word "bordo" = border, to indicate a locality where someone is originated from. Or derived from the germanic first name "Burdo"

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

LICURSI: From the Albania word "licures" = tanner. The emigration from that Country began long ago

LINARDI, LINARDO, LINARDON: From the first name Leonardo

LINZA : Roman, from Lentia

LIONI: From the first name Leone = Lion

LIPPI: From the first name Filippo

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

LISI, LISO, LISIO: May be derived from the first name Luigi or Eliseo (Aloysius). Appears as Lisio in Guardiagrele, Pacentro, Roccamontepiano (derived from Guardiagrele). In Guardiagrele it evolved in Elisii. Recorded as Lisio in the preonciario of Guardiagrele, 1609. A son of painter Andrea de Litio (interesting!) died in Guardiagrele in the early 1500's.

LISSANDRI, LISSANDRINI, LISSANDRONE: From the name Alessandro (Alexander). It became popular because of the Romance (XII cent) about Alexander Magnus

LISU: It is the name of old ditricts of the towns. Derived also from the first name Luigi or Eliseo

LIUNI: From the first name Leone = Lion

LIVERANI, LIVIERI: From the first name Oliviero

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

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

LO FORTE: From the adjective "forte" = strong

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

LO GRASSO: From the adjective "grasso" = fat

LO GUERCIO: From the adjective "guercio" = blind, used as a nickname

LO MASCIO: From the surname Mastro, derived from the nickname "Mastro" = very good craftsman that knows all the traditional secrets of his job

LOMBARDI, LOMBARDO, LOMBARDINI, LOMBARDELLI: From the first name Lombardo, used as a nickname for someone coming from North Italy

LOMMA: From a dialect word with different meanings: "lombo" = loim; "lomma" = bump; steep place

LONARDI, LONARDO: From the first name Leonardo

LONGO, LONGHI: From the nickname "longo, lungo" given to someone tall and thin

LO PANE: From the word "pane" = bread, to indicate the job of someone (ej: baker); also derived from the medieval nickname "pane" meaning good person

LO PINTO: Derived from the adjective "dipinto" = painted, already used as a nickname in the Middle Ages

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

LO RIZZO: From the adjective "riccio" to indicate a person that has curly hair

LO RUSSO: From the nickname "rosso" = red, to indicate someone who has red hair

LO SACCO: From the word "sacco" = sack, bag. To indicate someone that makes, transports or loads sacks. Also derived from the first name Isacco

LO SCHIAVO

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

LUNARDELLI, LUNARDONI, LUNARDON, LUNARDI, LUNARDO: From the first name Leonardo

LUONGO, LUNGO, LUNGHI, LONGHINI, LONGHETTI, LONGONI, LONGATO: From the nickname "longo, lungo" given to someone tall and thin

LORENZI: From the first name Lorenzo

LUCARELLI, LUCAS, LUCHI, LUCCA, LUCCHI, LUCCHELLI, LUCCHETTI, LUCCHINI, LUCARELLI, LUCARINI, LUCOTTI, LUCONI, LUCATTI: From the first name Luca; derives from the name of the father

LUCCI, LUCI, LUCCIO, LUCIO, LUCIA: From the first name Lucio,derived from the Latin word "lux" = light

LUCIANI, LUCIANO, LUCIANAZ: From first name Luciano; it belongs to the patronimic surnames = deriving frm thr name of the father

LUDOVICI, LUDOVISI, LODOVISI, LODOVICHI, LODOVICHETTI: From the first name Ludovico of German origin

LUPINETTI, LUPI, LUPPI, LUPELLI, LUPETTI, LUPINI, LUPICINI, LUPOLI, LUPORI, LUPORINI, LUPONE, LUPIERI, LOVELLI, LOVINI, LUVINI, LOVOTTI, LUVOTTI, LOVATTI, LOVARI, LOVARINI, LOVATI, LOVATO: From the word "lupo" = wolf, derived from a Latin name "Lupus"

LUSI, LUSIO, LUSIA: From the family Latin name "Lusius"

LUZIO: From the first name Lucio,derived from the Latin word "lux" = light

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