Italian Surname Endings – Northern Italy

Did you know you can tell a lot about an Italian Surnames origin by it’s ending? Or that generally speaking surnames in Southern regions of Italy end in vowels but as one moves North many surnames will end in consonants? This can possibility be attributed to the fact that Northern Italy borders have changed several times over the centuries and belonged to other European countries so surnames were “grandfathered’ in.
Some examples of such surnames and the regions they can found in are:
Anzil – Fruili-Venezia Giulia

Bionaz – Valle d’Aosta

Conchin – Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Lombardy, Piemonte

De Pellegrin – Fruili-Venezia Giulia

De Sanctis – Abruzzo, Lazio, Lombardy

Orbel – Piemonte

Perin – Veneto, Lombardy

Rigonat – Fruili-Venezia Giulia

Schiff – Fruili-Venezia Giulia
Other surname endings found in Northern regions include:
Suffix

Region

Example

– otti/utti

Fruili, Lombardy

Pascutti

– otti/utti

Emilia Romagna, Lombardy, Trentino

Bortolotti

-aci/ecci/ucci

Tuscany

Ghelarducci

-ai

Lombardy, Tuscany

Mungai

-u, -as and -is

Sardinia

Piccinnu, Marras,

Floris, Melis
**Sources**
1. Italian Surname Database – accessed 6 Jul 2013
2. Gens-Italia – accessed 6 Jul 2013
3. Webpages by Stephen P. Morse , San Francisco – accessed 6 July 2013
4. Wikipedia – accessed 6 Jul 2013

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