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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