Merry Christmas 2013  

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Some of you may have noticed some issues with this page over the last several days.  Seems a bit of odd code somehow found it's way into the CSS causing the blog to redirect to an unknown page.  It has also interfered with us receiving many emails from viewers.  The issue has since been corrected and I am working on moving the page over to a secure private server to avoid this from happening again in the future.  Til such time no further posts will be written here.

We ask for your patience and thank you for your interest to date. 


We wish you and your family a very safe and Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year 2014!

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Italian Surname Endings - Northern Italy  

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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:

- otti/utti 
Fruili, Lombardy   
- otti/utti 
Emilia Romagna, Lombardy, Trentino
Lombardy, Tuscany
-u, -as and -is
Piccinnu, Marras,
Floris, Melis 


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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MARTINELLI is  a surname of Roman origins which has been derived from the Latin name Martinus [derivative of Mars - Roman God of War and Fertility].  It is a  patronymic surname meaning "son of Martin". The surname and it's variations can be traced back to several countries in Europe for hundreds of centuries. 

Variations and Diminutives

Czech:  Martinovsky 
English: Martin
French:  Martineau
Italian: Martinelli, Martinolli, Martini, Martino, DiMartini, and DiMartino. 
Polish:  Marcinkowski, Marciszewski
Portuguese:  Martins
Romanian:  Martinescu.
Spanish:  Martínez, San Martin, Martín
Sweedish:  Martenssen

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GenBlog: Friday Finds – 02/15/13  

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GenBlog: Friday Finds – 02/15/13

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Surnames of Greek Origins Found in Italy  

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Here's a list of some Italian Surnames of Greek origins found primarily in Southern Italy:

  • Accorinti 
  • Alampi 
  • Alampo 
  • Alessandrini 
  • Arcidiaco 
  • Arconti 
  • Arcuri 
  • Basile 
  • Biasi 
  • Bova 
  • Calogero 
  • Cardea 
  • Cipri 
  • Colella 
  • Coletta 
  • Cutroneo 
  • Delfino 
  • DeMitri 
  • Eliseo 
  • Erasmo
  • Fallace 
  • Fanara 
  • Greca 
  • Grechi 
  • Greco 
  • Iannopollo 
  • Mandica 
  • Maniaci 
  • Megale 
  • Megali 
  • Narciso 
  • Narisi 
  • Nasso 
  • Nasta 
  • Nasti 
  • Natola 
  • Nibali 
  • Nicolosi 
  • Nicosia 
  • Orfeo 
  • Orione 
  • Pellicoro 
  • Rina 
  • Rino 
  • Romeo 
  • Sallustro 
  • Salustri 
  • Samela 
  • Serio 
  • Sodero 
  • Squillaci 
  • Staltari 
  • Stalteri 
  • Stefanizzi 
  • Tigano 
  • Tripodi 
  • Triscari 
  • Versace 
  • Vitale 
  • Zuccalà 

 Additionally any name ending in -ace or -aci is more than likely the equivalent to some Greek name ending in -akis. For further info you can visit: Greeks in Italy

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Database Updated  

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The Italian Surname Database  updated today.  Another 100 names have been added or modified.  And don't forget to check out a success story on  Kerri's  blog about how she met a relative she never knew about which started with a Google search and the Italian Surname Database!

We also  hit a milestone this month with over 400 likes on the Italian Surname Database Facebook page. Lot's of interesting posts being added so if you haven't already been you should check us out.  You never know who you might meet.

Happy Searching!

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New Search Feature Now Live!  

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A new search feature has been added to the Italian Surname Database  (thanks to Stephen P Morse's One-Step Search Tool Generator )which offers more flexibility as you can now search not only by surname but by town, province or region.  I don't expect there to be any major bugs with the feature but I am still tweaking it so should you find something not quite right please let me know

A widget has also been added to the sidebar so you can now view updated posts to this blog right from the website.  As always, I continue to look forward to any comments, suggestions or feedback about this new look and what can be done to improve it further.


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