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Surnames in Molise, Italy

Molise 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 Molise

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Common Surnames

Until 1963 Molise was included in the Abruzzi region and shared the latter's history and surnames, especially patronymics as D'Alessandro, D'Angelo, Di Carlo, Di Pietro, Di Stefano. The proximity to Campania also explains the frequency of surnames as Caruso, Esposito, Romano, Russo, Santoro.

Typical Surnames

  • Among the typical surnames of the Molise region there are Colavita, Di Pilla, D'Uva, Manocchio, Mignogna (= small, nice), Panichella, Trivisonno
  • Other common surnames are derived from Christian names, as Antenucci, De Luca, Di Carlo, Di Stefano, Fanelli (from Cristofano), Giancola, Marinelli, Mastrangelo, Perrella (from Pietro).
  • Among the surnames derived from nicknames there are Forte, Gallo, Niro, Palumbo, Tartaglia, Testa.
  • Common toponymics are Calabrese, Greco, Lombardi.