Surnames in Lombardia, Italy

Lombardia region The lists of surnames were derived from the white pages of the 1990's for the recent lists, and from sources as indexes of births, "numerazioni", catasti onciari, parish records for previous centuries.

Surnames in the Provinces of Lombardia


Common Surnames

  • Over 45,000: Colombo;
  • between 15,000 and 30,000: Bianchi, Brambilla, Cattaneo, Ferrari, Rossi, Sala, Villa;
  • between 8,800 and 14999: Barbieri, Beretta, Fumagalli, Ferrario, Galli, Gatti, Locatelli, Mariani, Pagani, Pozzi, Riva, Rota.

Typical Surnames

  • In Lombardy a very common surname is Colombo (= male dove), derived for most of cases from the Pia Casa degli Esposti in Milan, whose symbol was a dove.
  • Other common surnames are connected to well-known points in villages and towns, as a church, castle, road or well, and this is the origin of Castelli, Villa, Chiesa, Pozzi, Fontana.
  • Surnames related to trades or titles such as Ferrari, Barbieri, Giudici, Baroni are also widespread.
  • Unlike other parts of Italy, family names descended from nicknames such as Bianchi, Rossi, Galli, Corti, are not so common. Typical of the region is Fumagalli (= chicken thief").