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Surnames in Veneto, Italy

Veneto 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.

Most Common Surnames

  • over 12,000: Rossi
  • between 6000 and 9000: Boscolo, Carraro, Ferrari, Pavan, Sartori, Trevisan, Vianello
  • between 4300 and 5999: Basso, Bernardi, Costa, Fabris, Favaro, Furlan, Martini, Moro, Visentin, Zanella, Zanetti, Zanon
Surnames in the Provinces of Veneto

Belluno

Padova

Rovigo

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Treviso

Venezia

Verona

Vicenza

The Language

The dialect spoken in this region is called Venetian and is actually a separate Romance language, with many local dialects; it is also used in other areas, such as bordering regions Trentino and Friuli-Venezia Giulia, and the province of Latina in Lazio, where Italian refugees from Istria and Dalmatia, included in the newly formed former-Yugoslavia by the Treaty of Versailles, were relocated after the First World War.

It is also spoken in areas of Istria, Dalmatia, Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro, as well as in immigrant communities of Brazil (especially in Rio Grande do Sul, Santa Catarina, Paraná and Espírito Santo), Argentina and Mexico.

Typical surnames from this region show their linguistic Venetian origin, with a consonant ending, especially -n, the preposition Dal and the suffix -ato.

Typical Surnames

  • Among the surnames ending in "-n", usually with accent on the last syllable, there are common toponymic, such as Bressan (= from Brescia), Furlan (= from Friuli"), Pavan (= from Padua), Schiavon (= from Slav areas), Trentin (= from Trento), Trevisan (= from Treviso), Visentin (= from Vicenza); others are derived from professions and nicknames: Marangon (= carpenter), Ballarin (= dancer), Bordignon (= silk spinner); and finally there are the patronymics: Berton, Lorenzon, Martin, Perin, Baldan.
  • Some common surnames starting with the preposition Dal are Dal Corso, Dal Farra, Dal Lago, Dal Molin, Dal Zotto.
  • Some common surnames ending in the typically Venetian suffix -ato are Bonato, Marcato, Simionato, Volpato.
  • Common, typically Venetian patronymic surnames are Frigo (from Federico), Vianello (from Viviano), and from Giovanni in the Venetian variation Zan, as Zambon, Zanatta, Zanetti, Zanin, Zanon, Zanini, Zampieri.
  • Common Venetian surnames derived from nicknames and professions include Boscolo (= lumberer), Zanca and Zanchetta (= lame) Masiero (= metayer), Sartor or Sartori (= tailor), Zago (= deacon, altar boy), as well as the common Italian Basso (= short), Gallo (= rooster), Gobbo (= hunchback), Moro (= moorish), Scarpa (= shoe, also a cobbler).