I t a l i a n N a m e s
You will find good guides on Italian Personal Names, History of surnames/cognomi in Italy and the History of Family Names in general. Give your baby an Italian name by searching the various lists of Italian Given Names. Read about the History of Names from Italy, Latin Origins, and Onomastics in General. Search for your Italian Family Name (cognome) on various Surname Distribution Maps and Databases.
Italian Naming Traditions - a strong custom in Italy that determines how children are named especially in Southern Italy by P.M.Nigro.
COGNOME ITALIA - 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.
Italy Surname Distribution Map - 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.
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 now on Tony Ganino's Wiki in AU since the old cognomiitaliani.org is unavailable.
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.)
Name Change After Wedding in Italy - In Italy
we do not change our surname, never, not because of a wedding or whichever other reason unless a court, after a serious and dramatic reason requires us to do so. Also we cannot change our middle names or skip them in official documents, at all!
MORE Interesting facts and tidbits about Italian names and names in general
English Versions of Italian Names - DOWNLOAD .pdf and/or also text versions of English and Italian names translated into Czech, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, Slovak, Russian & Yiddish Foreign Names.
Rare Given Names in Early Italian Records - not all Italian given names have religious or classical roots. Many names encountered in older records are almost whimsical, and some cannot be translated into Latin or any other language by Louis Mendola.
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
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