If you like the Italian language, you may be wondering “what are the most common Italian surnames?”. So, have a look at our list below. Today we are going to tell you about the history of Italian surnames.
How did the Italian surnames come into existence?
Italian surnames started to be used in Roman times. Before that, citizens were identified by their first names (in Latin praenomen) and their family names (in latin nomen). But when the population started to increase, some problems arose because many families had the same names. So, they decided to add surnames (in Latin cognomen) which derived from work activities, physical features, places of origin, and so on.
What are the most common Italian surnames?
Here you can find a list of the most common Italian surnames in alphabetical order. And if you are also interested in Italian first names, you can have a look at our list of Italian baby names and discover how to pronounce them through our YouTube videos.
Discovering the most common Italian surnames is important because names and surnames are part of the Italian culture. If you want to know more Italian surnames and discover their meanings and origins, click here.
If you also want to know the distribution of Italian surnames in the different regions of Italy, look at the map below.
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