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- Italian Naming Traditions - a strong custom in Italy that determines how children are named especially in Southern Italy by P.M.Nigro. (on site)
- Common prefixes of Italian surnames. Prefixes like da, di, lo, le, etc. (e.g. Di Caprio) and where they originate. (on site)
- Italy Surname Distribution Map - Everybody has a name / Tutti hanno un nome - Graphically displays your Italian Surname request on a map of Italy, sometimes called an Italian Genealogy Map. Enter a last name & see where people with that surname appear in Italy & Sicily.
- Classifica dei cognomi - How many people have your surname in Italy? Scroll around on their site to see "Dati per provincia" (county data), "classifica dei cognomi più diffusi" (ranking of the most common surnames) and much more.
- Ganino Database of Italian Last Names - Cognomi Italiani (Italian Surnames) Beautifully maintained and updated by Tony Ganino from the old-classic, permanently offline, Ettore Rossoni database.
- Locate My Name - will help you find distribution across countries and regions. The site mainly focuses on surnames, because more people with the same surname in a place, means: either those people have been in the region from long ago or the same family relocated there.
- Straight Dope: On Italian last names beginning with "de," "del," or "della" a classic response from Cecil Adams - "Don't get your hopes up, your lordship... more often the prefix is merely the equivalent of the Irish Mac or O, the English suffix -son (e.g., Johnson), or the Norman-French Fitz... it indicates descent, as in de Stefano, "son of Steven."
- *** Your last name has nothing to do with the matter *** - Coat-of-Arms are not associated with surnames, but with individuals and, in some countries, with families. The important thing is who your ancestors are, not what surname you happen to bear.
- There is NO such thing as a Coat of Arms for a particular surname - Google search hits for reference.
- The Real Truth Behind Coats of Arms and Family Crests - One of the first things a lot of beginning genealogists want to explore is their family crest or coat of arms. It is a mistaken belief among beginners that every family has one of these somewhere in their ancient history.
- Cognomi Italiani = Italian Surnames - Click on the initial at the top of page to find a description of your surname. Classic research originally done by Ettore Rossoni of Italia in 2000 and hosted on the Melegnano servers.
- Cognomi in Italia - Qui troverete le informazioni sulla distribuzione dei cognomi nelle varie regioni d'Italia.(shows how many families have your last names in various regions of Italy.)
- Italian name - A name in Italian consists of a given name (nome) and a surname (cognome). Italy and
Italians have the largest collection of surnames
(cognomi) of any ethnicity in the world
- Pagine Bianche Italian Phone Book - Italian White Pages extensive listings of Surnames in EACH Comune (does not include cell phones or unlisted numbers)
- Pagine Bianche Contacognome - Do you have a typically Italian surname? Discover the
occurrences of the surnames of your Italian immigrant ancestors and the current locations of those surnames in Italy today.
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Interesting Lists of Italian Names and names in general
- Italian Given Names and their English Equivelents - compiled by Ken Johnston who lists the references he used in compiling the list with special thanks to Marie Roth from PIE..
- Tell me your name - a guide to the origin of Italian and Sicilian names by Angelo e Mario Grifasi.
- Download PDF List of Italian Male Given Names [right click to download] = https://script.byu.edu/Documents/Nomi-Maschili.pdf
- Download PDF List of Italian Female Given Names [right click to download] = https://script.byu.edu/Documents/Nomi-Femminili.pdf
- English Versions of Italian Names - DOWNLOAD .PDF and/or also view text versions of English and Italian names translated into Czech, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, Slovak, Russian & Yiddish Foreign Names.
- Italian First Name Translator - many Italian immigrants changed their first names when they came to this country. If you don't find your ancestors name it's because only typical names are in the database so keep researching and also look in other places.
- Look up the Translation of your name in Italian & Latin - use the computer translation links page of this website to get the "gist" of anything in Italian or another language. Also, try to find the name in Italian Genealogy Occupation links. (on site)
- Italian Baby Names - A good list. Click on the name to see the meaning.
- FAKE Italian Names - a list of baby names that seem Italian but they are not used in Italy.
- Huge List of Ancient & Modern Italian Names - Everything you want to know about Italian Given Names by Steve Russo from the COMUNES OF ITALY archives: June 2000, week 4 (#225)
- Roman Nomenclature - Naming of Male Roman Citizens during the Republic.
- The Latinization of Names in the Middle Ages - on overview of personal names, surnames and place names.
- 4300 Citizen of Pisa, 1228, by Enrica Salvatori - A transcription of men's Latin names from an alliance signed in 1228.
- Italian Given Names and Surnames - from the Online Tratte of Office Holders 1282-1532 a project of Brown University, Rhode Island.
- Feminine Given Names from Thirteenth Century - These names appear in a tax roll of the city of Perugia taken in 1285.
- Masculine Names from Thirteenth Century Pisa by Juliana de Luna (Julia Smith)
- Family names appearing in the Online Catasto of Florence of 1427 - from the database of tax information for the city of Florence in 1427-1429 (c. 10,000 records) based on David Herlihy and Christiane Klapisch-Zuber, Principal Investigators, Census and Property Survey of Florentine Dominions in the Province of Tuscany, 1427-1480 presented by Brown University.
- Feminine Given Names from the Online Catasto of Florence of 1427, by Josh Mittleman.
- Fourteenth Century Venetian Personal Names, by Josh Mittleman and Brian Scott (Arval Benicoeur and Talan Gwynek).
- Fifteenth Century Venetian Masculine Names - Family Names Alphabetically by Sara L. Uckelman
- First names from Florence, 1427 from the Online Catasto of 1427. Detailed analysis of over 8,000 names.
- Italian Renaissance Men's Names - by Ferrante LaVolpe over 8000 men's names from the Catasto (census) of Florence taken in the years 1427-1429.
- Medieval Naming Guides: Italian - Italy acquired a standard language only in the 19th century. Even today, very distinct dialects of Italian remain in common use. We have grouped our name lists into three sections: northern, central, and southern
- Second Surnames, or Sub-Surnames
- Medieval Slavic Roots of Italian & Sicilian Surnames - information on the medieval Slavs who settled in Arabic-ruled Sicily and southern mainland Italy during the middle ages by Michal Warczakowski.
- Social Security Administration's Popular Baby Name list - Search through the years to see how things change.
- U.S. Census Bureau name Lists from the 1990, 2000 and 2010 Censuses - Lists of First Names, Last Names and a Search, which shows frequency ranking.
- Heraldic Center FAQs - Most people in the world can not claim an existing coat-of-arms. Exactly what conditions you have to meet to establish a claim varies considerably from one country to another. At the very least you must be able to prove that a recognized holder of the arms is your ancestor.
- From the Usenet Newsgroup rec.heraldry FAQs - New to Heraldry? The chances are very good that you do not have any claim on any actual arms. Most people in the world do not. news:rec.heraldry
- Coat Of Arms - are not associated with surnames, but with individuals and, in some countries, with families.
- Yet another family crest lookup - For "FUN" only do NOT pay any of these heraldry people ..if you are Blue-Blood...you already know it, the crest, lineage and other trappings were already explained to you by the time you were 12 years old AND you were the first born male in the noble family.
- Heraldry Clipart - "For FUN ONLY" - over 3000 pieces of Heraldry Clipart (some Italian Surnames) included here "for fun" only.... because *IF* you are directly descended from someone who was granted arms by some heraldic authority then you "may have" some claim to those arms within the jurisdiction of that authority.
- Italian Occupation Names & other Genealogy Terms - go to the Italian Genealogy and Italian & Latin translations page of this site.
If you are not a native speaker you should use many references when doing translations as it will help you understand the "gist" of it better. (on site)
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