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Origin and Etymology of Italian Surnames starting in "Dia-"

Find here the possible, or accepted, etymology of many Italian surnames, and families of surnames, beginning with "Dia-", as well as, where data is available, their geographical or historical origin and current distribution.

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DIANA
From the female first name Diana, derived from the Roman Goddess of the hunt or from a medieval name meaning witch
DI ATTILIO
From the first name Attilio. Patronymic surname
DI BACCO
From the Latin first name "Bacchus", god of the wine. Probably to indicate someone that worked in a vineyard
DI BARTOLOMEO
From the first name Bartolomeo. Patronymic surname
DI BELLA, DI BELLO
From the adjective "bello" = beautiful. Probably was a nickname to identify an hansom man
DI BERNARDO
From the first name Bernardo, derived from "bera" = bear and "hardhu" = strong. Patronymic surname
DI BIASE
From the first name Biagio; it derives from the Greek word "blaisos" = to be bow-legged. Patronymic surname
DI BONAVENTURA
From the first name Bonaventura, good wishes name. Patronymic surname
DI CAMILLO
From the first name Camillo; name given by the Romans to the young men that started the novitiate. Patronymic surname
DI CAMPLI
To indicate people coming from the town of Campli, province of Teramo. The word derives from "campo, campus" = country
DI CAPUA
From the name of the town of Capua
DI CARLO
From the first name Carlo; diffused after the king Carlo Magno. Patronymic surname
DI CECCO
From the first name Cecco, abbreviation of Francesco = Francis. The name indicated people belonging to the population of Francs. Patronymic surname
DI CENSO, DI CENZO
From the first name Censo, abbreviation of Vincenzo = Vincent. This name comes from Latin "Vincentius" = the winner. Patronymic surname
DI CESARE
From the Latin first name "Cesare" = Caesar. Patronymic surname
DI CIANO
From first name Ciano, abbreviation of Luciano; it belongs to the patronymic surnames = derived from the name of the father
DI CINTIA, DI CINTIO, DI CINZO
From the female first name Cinzia; this name derives from the place where Apollo and his sister Artemide (named Cynthus and Cynthia) were born: the Cinto Mountain of Delo Island
DI CLEMENTE
From the first name Clemente, deriving from the Latin word "clemens" = clement, indulgent. Patronymic surname
DI COLA
From the first name Cola, abbreviation of Nicola. Patronymic surname
DI CORRADO
From the first Corrado of German origin, meaning "courageous to take decisions". Patronymic surname
DI COSTANZI
From the first name Costanzo. Patronymic surname
DI CRESCENZO, DI CRESCIENZIO, DI CRISCI, DI CRISCIO
From the first name Crescenzo, derived from the Latin verb "crescere" = to grow up. Patronymic surname
DI CRISTOFORO
From the first name Cristoforo, derived from the Latin "Christoforus" = who has Christ. Surname from the name of the father
DI DOMENICA, DI DOMENICO
From the first name Domenico, derived from the Latin word "dominus" = lord. Patronymic surname
DI DOMIZIO
Form the Latin first name Domizio; it derives from the name of the father
DI DONATO
From the first name Donato. Patronymic surname
DI DONNO
From the word "donno", derived from the Latin "dominus" = sir. Sometimes used also as a noble title
DI EMIDDIO, DI EMIDIO
From the first name Emidio. Patronymic surname
DI FABIO
From the first name Fabio. Patronymic surname
DI FABRIZIO
From the first name Fabrizio, derived from the Latin word "faber" = blacksmith, craftsman. Patronymic surname
DI FEBO
From the first name Febo, derived from the Greek adjective "phoibòs" = shining used for Apollo
DI FELICE
From the first name Felice, derived from the Latin "felix" = happy. Patronymic surname
DI FELICIANTONIO
From the first name Feliciantonio. Patronymic surname
DI FERDINANDO
From the first name Ferdinando. Patronymic surname
DI FIORE
From the word "fiore" = flower. Used as a name of good whishes
DI FRANCISCI, DI FRANCO
From the first name Francesco, derived from the Latin word "Franciscus" = inhabitant of France
DI GIACOMO
From the first name Giacomo, Giacobo, Giacopo, Giacobbe, derived from the Hebrew "Yaaquob" = God has protected. Patronymic surname
DI GIAMBERARDINO
Consisting of two first names Giovanni and Berardino, diminutive of Berardo. Patronymic surname
DI GIAMPAOLO
Consisting of two first names: Gianni and Paolo; based on the first name Gianni, Giovanni. In the Middle Ages Ianni or Janni. Patronymic surname
DI GIANDOMENICO
Consisting of two first names: Gianni and Domenico. Based on the first name Gianni. In the Meddle Ages Ianni or Janni. Patronymic surname
DI GIANNANTONIO
Consisting of the first names Gianni and Antonio. Based on the first name Gianni. In the Middle Ages Ianni or Janni. Patronymic surname
D'IGNAZIA
From the female first name Ignazia. Matronymic surname
D'IGNAZIO
From the first name Ignazio. Patronymic surname
DI GIOIA
From the word "gioia" = happiness. Used also with the meaning of jewel. Sometimes derived from the name of a place, fro the Latin "iovia" = sacred rock. Patronymic surname
DI GIORGIO
From the first name Giorgio, derived from the Greek word "gheorgos" = farmer. Patronymic surname. Patronymic surname
DI GIOSI, DI GIOSIA
From the first name Giuseppe, derived from the Hebrew "Yoseph". Patronymic surname
DI GIOVANNANTONIO
Consisting of the first names Giovanni and Antonio. Patronymic surname
DI GIOVANNI
From the first name Giovanni, derived from the Hebrew "Yohanan", consisting of "Yahwè" = God and "hanan" = to be merciful. Patronymic surname
DI GIROLAMO
From the first name Girolamo or Gerolamo, derived from the Greek "Hieronymos", consisting of "ònoma" = name and "hieròs" = sacred. Patronymic surname
DI GIULIO
From the Latin first name Iulius, derived from "Iovis" = sacred to Iuppiter. Patronymic surname
DI GIUSEPPE
From the first name Giuseppe, derived from the Hebrew "Yoseph". Patronymic surname
DI GRAZIA
From the first name "Grazia" = Grace.
DI GREGORIO
From the first name Gregorio, derived from the Greek verb "ghregorein" = to be smart, intelligent. Patronymic surname
DI GUGLIELMO
From the first name Guglielmo, derived from the German name consisting of "wilian" = will and "hëlma-" = helmet. Patronymic surname
DI IORIO
From the first name Giorgio, derived from the Greek word "gheorgos" = farmer. Patronymic surname
DI IPPOLITI
From the first name Ippolito, derived from the Greek name "Hippolytos, consisting of "hippos" = horse and "lyein" = to untie. Patronymic surname
DI LALLO
From the female first name Lalla, nickname for the first names Angela, Italia, Gabriella, Laura
DI LELLO
From the first name Lello, diminutive of many names ending in -ello: Angiolello, Brunello, Raffaello etc. Patronymic surname
DI LENA
From the female first name Lena, diminutive of Maddalena. Surname derived from the first name of the mother, the father is unknown
DI LEONARDI
From the first name Leonardo. Patronymic surname
DI LORETO
From the name of the town of Loreto, sometimes transformed in a first name and then in a surname
DI LUCA
From the first name Luca. Patronymic surname
DI LUCIANO
From first name Luciano; it belongs to the patronimic surnames = derived from the name of the father
DI LUIGI
From the first name Luigi, derived from the ancient German first name "Hlodowing", consisting of "hluda" = famous and "wigaz" = fighter. Patronymic surname
DI LUZIO
From the first name Lucio,derived from the Latin word "lux" = light. Patronymic surname
DI MAIO
From the word "Maggio" = "May" , to indicate someone born in said month, or derived from the Latin "maior" = greater
DI MARCANTONIO
Consisting of two first names: Marco and Antonio. Patronymic surname
DI MARCELLI, DI MARCELLO
From the first name Marcello, diminutive of Marco. Patronymic surname
DI MARCO
From the first name Marco. Patronymic surname
DI MARCOBERARDINO
Consisting of two first names: Marco and Berardino. Patronymic surname
DI MARIA
From the first name Maria = Mary
DI MATTEI, DI MATTEO, DI MATTIA
From the first name Matteo, derived from the Hebrew "Mattitya", consisting of Mattat = gift and "Ya" for Yahweh = God of Israel. Patronymic surname
DI MEO
From the first name Meo, diminutive of Bartolomeo. Patronymic surname
DI MICHELE
From the first name Michele, derived from the Hebrew name "Micha'el" = who is as powerful as God. Patronymic surname
DI MUZIO
From the Latin first name "Mutius or Mucius". It could be also a diminutive of Giacomo, Giacomuzzo. Patronymic surname.