Origin and Etymology of Italian surnames: Letter "S"

Surnames starting with:

SABATO, SABATINI, SABATACCI, SABATINO, SABATELLA: From the first name Sabato, Sabatino = Saturday, given at times to children born on said day of the week

SABELLI, SAVELLINI, SAVELLI: From the name of the italic population of Sabellians

SABLONE, SABLONI: From the Latin word "sabulo, sabulonis" = sand. To indicate a family that lives or comes from that kind of place

SACCHETTI, SACCHETTO, SACCHINI, SACCUCCI, SACCONE, SACCANI, SACCHIERI, SACCHI: From the word "sacco" = sack, bag. To indicate someone that makes, transports or loads sacks.

SACCOMANNI, SACCOMANDI, SACCOMANDO, SACCOMANNO, SACCOMANO, SACCOMANI: From the word "sackman" of the old German. To indicate someone that makes, transports or loads sacks. The nickname saccomanno was also used with the meaning of "sacker"

SALLUSTIO: From the Roman name "Sallustius", famous Latin historian born in Amiternum, today San Vittorino degli Abruzzi

SALUCCI: From the Latin word "sal, salis" = salt

SALUSTRI: Probably from the Greek surname "Sallustros". This surname is present in the Lucania area

SALVATORE, SALVATORI, SALVADORI, SALVATORELLI: From the first name Salvatore meaning Saviour

SALVI: From the first name Salvo or Salvio, a good wishes name meaning "saved through Faith"

SANTANGELO: From the name of a place dedicated to the Archangel Michael, or a fusion of the two names Sante and Angelo

SANTE, SANTO, SANTI, SANTARELLI, SANTILLI, SANTELLA, SANTINI, SANTONE, SANTUCCI: From the first name Santo. Possibly connected to someone acting as a saint, or who has connection with religious things (a sacristan)

SANTARIGA: Consisting of two words Santa = Saint and Riga = line, but it is unknown if Riga derives from a female first name.

SANTAVENERE: Consisting of two words Santa = Saint and Venere = Venus. Probably from the old Abbey of San Giovanni in Venere, in Abruzzo region, or from the cult of Saint Venerio, transformed into a female name

SANDRELLI, SANDRI, SANDRONE, SANDRUCCI: From Sandro, short fornm of the name Alessandro (Alexander)

SANTOIANNI: Consisting of two words Santo= Saint and Ianni, derived from Giovanni.


SARACINO, SARACENI, SARACINI, SARRACINO, SARACENO, SARAINO, SERACINI, SARCINI, SARCÌ, SARCINELLI: From the word "Saracino" = Saracen, used in the Middle Age to indicate Arabs and Muslims. Sometimes used as a nickname for a destructive person

SASSANO: From the name of the town of Sassano, province of Salerno. Also derived from the Latin first name "Sassius", sassano = property of Sassius

SASSI, SASSO, SASSONE, SASSOLI, SASSOLA, SASSETTI: From the name of a place that includes the word "sasso" = stone, rock. Possibly also derived from the first name Sasso or Sassone, of German origin, to indicate someone from Saxony, population that came in Italy with the Lombards

SAVERIO, SAVERIA: From the first name Saverio, derived from the Spanish family name "Xavier"

SAVINI, SAVINO, SAVINIO, SAVINA, SABINI, SABINO, SAVINELLI: From the first name Savino or Sabino, derived from the name of a pre-roman population: the Sabines

SBARAGLIA, SBARAGLIO: From the verb "sbaragliare" = to rout, to beat. Probably used as a nickname for a courageous person

SBORGIA: From the noble surname "Borgia", or from the Latin word "burgus" = castle, fortress

SCAFATI, SCAFATO, SCAFATA: From the name of the town of Scafa, province of Pescara, derived from the Latin word "scapha" = valley

SCANNELLA, SCANNO, SCANNELLO: From the dialect word "scanna" = non arable land. Also derived from the Latin word "scamnum" = land between two valleys. The name of the town of Scanno, province of L'Aquila derives from that. The surname may also be derived from the name of place.

SCARANO, SCARANI: From the old Italian "scarano" = bandit, used as a nickname

SCARPONE, SCARPITTI, SCARPA: From the word "scarpa" = shoe, used as a nickname for a shoemaker

SCARSELLA, SCARSELLO, SCARSELLI, SCARCELLO, SCARCIELLO, SCARCELLA, SCARZELLO, SCARZELLA, SCARZELLI: From the word "scarsella" = bag for documents, letters, money and objects

SCATENA: Probably from the verb "scatenare" = to unleash, to cause.


SCHIAZZA: From the word "chiazza" = stein, blotch. In different dialects the word "schiazza" takes different meanings: to throw, a square, a stone used to wash the clothes in the river,

SCIARRA, SCIARINO, SCIARRONE, SCIARRATTA, SCIARRETTA: From the Sicilian word "sciarra" = quarrel, used as a nickname, derived from the Arab "sarra"

SCIMIA, SCIMIE: From the word "scimmia" = monkey, probably used as a nickname

SCIME': From the Arab word "sham's" = sun. Widespread in Sicily

SCIPIONI, SCIPIONE: From the Latin family name "Scipio, Scipionis"

SCIULLO, SCIULLI: Possibly from the German "schul"

SCORRANO: From the name of the town of Scorrano, Salento area, Puglia region

SCURTI, SCURTO: Probably from the adjective "corto" = short, to indicate a short person. Also derived from the dialect verb "scurtà" = to finish

SCUTTI, SCUTTO, SCUTI, SCUTO: From the dialect word "scutu" = shield

SEBASTIANI, SEBASTIANELLI, SEBASTIANUTTI: From the Latin first name Sebastiano

SERAFINI: From the first name Serafino, derived from the Hebrew "Serafim", from "seraf" = to burn

SETTE: From the word "sette" = seven, used as a nickname given to the seventh child born in a family

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

SIGISMONDI, SIGISMONDO, SISMONDI, SISMONDA, SISMONDO, SIMONDINI, SIMONDI: From the first name Sigismondo, of German origin, consisting of "sigis" = victory and "munda" = protection

SILVESTRI, SILVESTRE, SILVERI: From the first name "Silvestro", derived from the Latin "silvester" = who lives in the wood, not educated, wild

SIMONE, SIMONI, SIMEONE: From the first name Simone, derived from the Hebrew name "Sim'on", from the verb "sama" = to listen

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

SORELLA: From the word "sorella" = sister

SORGENTONE: From the word "sorgente" = spring, to indicate a family that lives near a big spring. Also probably from the root "sorg" that in dialect means mouse, or from "sergente" (sergeant)

SPADACCINI, SPADACCINO, SPADINI, SPADELLI, SPADOTTO, SPADONI, SPADAZZI, SPADARO, SPADARINO: From the word "spada" = sword, to indicate someone that works or makes swords, also someone that works in the army or is able to use that

SPALLONE: From the word "spalla" = shoulder; spallone = who has big shoulders

SPECA: From the dialect word "speca", spiga = spike, ear

SPERA, SPERANZA, SPERANZI, SPERANZON, SPERANZONI, SPERANZIN, SPERANZINI: From the verb "sperare" = to hope and the name "Speranza" = Hope

SPINA, SPINOZZI, SPINOSI, SPINI: From the word "spina" = thorn. It might alsobe even the abbreviation of the name Malaspina, used in the Middle Agea

SPINELLI, SPINELLO: There may have been different origins. From the medieval name Hospinello, or the short form of Crispino, or the fish spinello, or the spinello which is a precious stone, or from the towns of Spinello (one in the Province of Foggia and another in the Province of Cosenza) or Spinelli (one in the Province of Pisa and another in the Province of Salerno).

STAFFIERI, STAFFIERE, STAFFIERI: From the word "staffiere" = the servant that used to help the lord to get on a horse, derived from staffa = stirrup

STAMPONE, STAMPONI: From the Germanic word "stampjan" = to crush, to stamp. It is a surname deriving probably from a tool used to reproduce forms

STANISCIA: Probably from the locality of the Peloponneso named "Stanitza". Also could be connected with the Calabria surname "Stanizzi"

STATI, STATO: From the Latin family name "Statius" or "Stazio"

STEFANI: From the first name Stefano, derived from the Greek word "stèphanos" = crown

STELLA, STELLI, STELLINI, STELLATI, STELLARI, STELLANO, STELLACCI, STELLONI, STELLON: From the word "stella" = star, used also as a female first name

STICCA: From the dialect word "sticca" = long shovel, derived from the gothic word "stika" = stick

STORNELLI, STORNELLO, STORNIOLO, STORNAIUOLO, STRURNIOLO, STORNAIULO: From the word "storno" = sparrow, bird, used as a nickname. The "stornelli" are rhymes invented while singing

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