Origin and Etymology of Italian surnames: Letter "V"

Surnames starting with:

VADINI: From the Latin word "vadum" = ford, to indicate the place of origin of the family

VALENTE: From the first name Valente, derived from the Latin name "Valens, Valentis", from the Latin verb valere = to be well, healthy

VALERI, VALERIO, VALLERI, VALERINI, VALERIANI: From the first name Valerio, derived from the Latin name "Valerius", from the Latin verb valere = to be well, healthy

VALLESE: From the word "valle" = valley

VALTER, VALTIERI: From the German first name Gualtiero, derived from "Waldhari", consisting of "waldaz" = leader and "harja" = army

VANNI: From the first name Giovanni, derived from the Hebrew "Yohanan", consisting of "Yahwè" = God and "hanan" = to be merciful

VARRIANO: From the Latin name "Varius" the suffix -anus means property of Varius; used as a nickname for someone that lives in or comes from the property of Varrius

VASILE: From the first name Basilio, derived from the Latin "Basilius" from the Greek "basilieios" = of the king

VECCHIA, VECCHINI, VECCHIONI: From the adjective "vecchio" = old. To indicate originally probably children of old parents

VENERIO, VENEROSO, VENERANDA: It is not clear the origin of this surname. Probably from the old Abbey of San Giovanni in Venere, in Abruzzo region, or from the cult of Saint Venerio or Saint Veneranda

VENDITTI, VENDETTO, VENDITTO: From the first name Benedetto meaning blessed, from the latin verb "benedicere", to bless.

VENEZIALE, VENEZIANO, VENEZIANI: From the city of Venezia = Venice; used to indicate someone from Venice or from the Veneto region

VENTRESCA, VENTRESCO: From the dialect word "ventresca" = dressed pork product

VENTURA, VENTURI, VENTURINI, VENTURATO, VENTUROLI: From the word "ventura" = good luck, Also an abbreviation of the first name Bonaventura

VERARDI: From the German first name "Verardo", consisting of "waria-" = army or "wara" = to protect or to defend


VERGOTTI, VERGONE, VERGARI, VERGANO: From the word "verga" = stick used by shepherds and farmers

VERRATTI, VERRATTO: From the Verrino river, in Molise or from the word "verro" = male pig used for the reproduction

VERRECCHIA, VERRECCHIO, VERROCCHIO, VERRETTA, VERRETTI, VERRICELLO, VERRICELLI, VERRINA: From the Latin word "verrus" = male pig used for the reproduction. Nickname for someone that works with pigs

VIELMI, VIELMETTI, VIELMINI : From the first name Guglielmo, derived from the German name consisting of "wilian" = will and "hëlma-" = helmet

VIERI: From the first name Oliviero

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

VIRRINA, VIRRINI: From the Latin word "verrus" = male pig

VESPA, VESPONE, VESPINI, VESPUCCI: From the word "vespa" = wasp

VESTINI: From the ancient italic population Vestini, located in the area between Pescara and Atri, Abruzzo region

VILLA, VILLETTI, VILLINO, VILLOTTA, VILLONE, VILLASCO, VILLATA: From the Latin word "villa", used in the Middle Ages for a small village

VINCELLI: Probably from the Latin word "vinco" = wicker; also derived from the verb "vincere" = to win

VINCENZI: From the first name Vincenzo, derived from the Latin "vincens" = the winner

VINCIGUERRA, VINCIMALA, VINCIMALI, VINCIPROVA: Consisting of two words: "vincere" = to win and "guerra" = war

VISCO, VESCO, VESCHI, VISCHI, VISCOVO: From the word "vescovo" = bishop, deriveed from the Greca "episkopos"

VITALE: From the first name Vitale, derived from the Latin greeting "Vitalis" = who gives the life, who will live well etc

VITELLI: From the word "vitello" = veal; also derived from the first name Vito

VOLPE, VOLPI, VULPI, VOLPELLA, VOLPICELLA, VOLPINI, VOLPONI, VOLPATI: From the word "volpe" = fox; a nickname for either a physical or character feature

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