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Origin and Etymology of Italian Surnames: from An‑ to Az‑

The list includes a possible, or accepted, etymology of many Italian surnames from An‑ to Az‑, as well as, if relevant, their geographical or historical origin and current distribution.

Alphabetical Index

Categories of Surnames

Anastasi, Anastasio
Patronimic, from the Greek name Anastasios.
Ancilotto
From Lancellotti; it derives from the name of Lancelot, knight of the Round Table, name diffused in 13th century.
Andrea, André, Andreani, Andreasi, Andreatta, Andreazza, Andreazzi, Andrei, Andreini, Andrenacci, Andreotti, Andreoletti, Andreoli, Andreoni, Andretti, Andreutti, Andriani, Andrich
From the first name Andrea, deriving from the Greek name Andreas, transformation of the Greek word "anér" = man.
Anelli, Anello, Anielli, Aniello
From the word "anello" = ring, or from "agnellus" meaning lamb.
Angeletti, Angeli, Angelini, Angelo, Angelone, Angeloni, Angiolini, Angiolo
Patronimic, from the first name Angelo.
Annibale, Annibali, Annibaldi, Anniballo, Anniballi
Patronimic, from the first name Annibale, derived from the Punic (Phoenician) Hannibal.
Annuncio, Annunzia, Annunziata, Annunziato, Annunzio
Patronimic, from the name Annunzio, diminutive of Annunziato that comes from the female name Annunziata. It is a Christian name deriving from Maria Santissima Annunziata.
Ansaldi, Ansaldo
Patronimic, from the Lombard first name Ansoaldo.
Anselmi, Anselmo, Anzelmi, Anzelmo
Patronimic, from the Lombard first name Anselmo consisting of ans (god) ed helm (helmet), meaning God's helmet, or defender.
Ansovini, Ansovino, Anzovini, Anzovino
Patronimic, from the Lombard name Ansovino, consisting of ans (god) e win (friend).
Antenucci, Antenuccia, Antenuccio, Antognazzi, Antognozzi, Antona, Antonacci, Antonazzi, Antonazzo, Antonelli, Antoni, Antoniani, Antoniazzi, Antonicelli, Antonini/O, Antonioli/O, Antonione, Antonioni, Antoniotti/O, Antoniozzi
From the first name Antonio and its derivations Antonuccio, Antonello.
Antinori
Patronimic, from the Greek first name Antinore.
Antoci
Possibly toponimic, meaning from Antiochia.
Antola, Antolini, Antolino
Either toponimic, from the area of Mount Antola in Liguria, or a patronimic derived from a diminutive form of the name Antonio.
Apolloni, Apollonio, Appollonio, Appolloni
From the first name Apollonio.
Apugliese
It derives from the name of the Puglia region; it means inhabitant of Puglia.
Aquila, Aquili
Originary of Aquila, capital city of Abruzzo, or nickname connected to the bird (eagle).
Arcaini, Arcari, Arcarini, Arcaro
From the name of a job, arcaro being a craftsman who made wooden container for bread (arca) or for valuables.
Arcangela Arcangelo Arcangiolo
From the first name Arcangelo; it derives from the Greek word "archangelos" = leader of Angels.
Arcellaio, Arcellai, Arcelli, Arcellone, Arcelloni
Probably derived from the craft of bow-maker.
Ardemagni, Ardemani, Ardemanni
From the german name Ardemanno consisting of hard (strong) and mann (man).
ARDIGO&Rsquo;
Probably from the German name Ardigo, derived from hard (strong).
Ardini, Ardino, Ardovini, Ardovino, Arduini, Arduino
Patronimic, from the German Hardwin, Arduino, consisting of hard (strong) e win (friend).
Ardizzi, Ardizzone, Ardizzoni
Patronimic, from the German name Arditio (coming from hard).
Arena, Areni
Toponimic, from "arena" meaning sandy land.
Armagni, Armani, Armanini, Armanni, Armanno, Armano
All derived from Arimanni ("free men"), a noble class of the Lombard people.
Armenti, Armento
Possibly connected to sheep raising, being armento a flock.
Arpini, Arpino
Toponimic, from the town of Arpino in Lazio.
Ascanio
From the first name Ascanio.
Ascensa, Ascenso, Ascenza, Ascenzo
From the first name Ascenso; it is a name connected to the Christian devotion to the Christ "Ascension".
Astolfi, Astolfo, Astolfoni
From the first name Astolfo, of German origin.
Astore, Astori
From the name of the bird (goshawk) used by hunters in the Middle ages, possibly derived from aprofession of bird trainer or a physical/psychological trait.
Atanasi, Atanasio, Attanasi, Attanasio
Patronimic, from the Greec name Athanasios meaning immortal.
Attilio
From the Etruscan first name Attilio.
Augustoni
See AGOSTINI.
Aulerio, Aulo
From the first name Aulo.
Aura
From the first name Auro.
Auregli, Aureli, Aurelio
From the first name Aurelius, of Latin origin.
Aurino, Aurizio, Auro
From the first name Auro.
Aurora
Origin unknown, possibly metronimic (derived from a mother's name), or from a coatofarms representing a rising sun, or a nickname of good omen.
Avaldi, Avalli, Avallone
Possibly toponimic from an Italic "abel" or Celtic "aval" (apple) (see the mythical Avalon).
Avogadro, Avogadri, Avogari, Avogaro
Probably derived from the profession of "avvocato", lawyer.
Azzali, Azzari
Probably derived from the profession of steel maker, or maker of axes (aza = axe).