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Origin and Etymology of Italian surnames: Letter "B"

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BACCO: From the Latin first name "Bacchus", god of wine. Probably to indicate someone that worked in a vineyard or connected to the wine trade.

BADIA, BADIALE

BAGGI, BAGGINI, BAGGIO, BAGINI : Toponimic, from the town of Baggio, near Milan.

BAGNASCHI, BAGNASCO: Toponimic, from the town of Bagnasco

BAGNOLI: Possibly originary of Bagnoli

BAGLI, BAGLIETTI, BAGLIONI: From "balivo", a kind of bailiff.

BALBI, BALBO: From the Latin balbus (balbuziente)

BALDASSARRE, BALZARETTI, BALZARINI, BALZAROTTI: Patronimic, from the first name Baldassarre of Hebrew origin

BALDI, BALDINI, BALDISSERA, BALDO, BALDUCCI, BALDUCCIO: From the first name Baldo, of German origin

BALESTRA, BALESTRINI, BALESTRIERI: Connected to the profession of crossbow maker or soldier.

BALLARINI, BALLARINO, BALLERINI, BALLERINO : From a nickname connected to ability in dancing.

BALIVA, BALIVO: Connected to the job of bailiff

BALSAMO : From the first name Balsamus.

BARANELLI, BARANELLO: From the place of origin, in Molise

BANDERALI: From bandiera = flag, connected to aprofession or military role as flag bearer

BANDINI, BANDINO: Patronymic, from Bandus and Bandinus.

BARACCA Either from the German baro, meaning freeman or from the celtic bar, tree branch, for someone who lived in a hut :

BARALDI, BARALDO: From the Lombard name Baraldus deriving from baro (freeman) and wald (strong).

BARATTI, BARATTIERI, BARATTO levantino. : Derived from baratto = barter, possibly used for a merchant

BARBA, BARBATO, BARBINI: From the word "barba", menaing beard.

BARBARESCHI, BARBARESCO , BARBARI: From barbarian or "berbero" (used for the Saracens)

BARBERI, BARBERIA, BARBERIO, BARBERIS, BARBERO, BARBIERI, BARBIERO: Some possible etymologies: from the job of barber, or as a corruption of barbarian or "berbero" (used for the Saracens)

BARILARO, BARILATI, BARILE, BARILI, BARILLA, BARILLI: From the word barile (barrel) or connected to the ancient Barile family, a branch of the Counts of Marsi

BARNABA, BARNABEI, BARNABEO, BARNABO': From the first name Barnaba.

BARONE, BARONI, BARONCINI : Possibly a nickname from the word "baron" derived from the ancient German baro menaing freeman.

BARRILE: See Barile

BARTOLOMEO, BARTALI, BARTOLINI, BARTOLOTTI, BARTOLI : From the first name Bartolomeo, derived from the Aramaic name "Barthalmay" = son ("bar") of Tolmai

BASILE: Patronymic from the first name Basilius of Greek origin.

BASSI, BASSO: A nickname from the adjectibe basso meaning short

BASTIANI: Patronymic from the first name (Se)bastiano .

BATTAGLIA, BATTAGLINI, BATTAGLINO: A nickname from the word battaglia, meaning "battle" possibly connected to a psychological trait or battles fought in the remote past.

BASTIANELLO, BASTIANI, BASTIANINI: From Bastiano diminutive of the Latin first name Sebastianus.

BATTISTA, BATTISTI: From the first name Battista

BAUDI, BAUDO: A diminutive form of one of the many names having as final suffix -baldus, from the German bald (courageous).

BECCARIA, BECCARINI: Probably from the job of beccaro (macellaio).

BECCI : A nickname from the adjectibe becciu (vecchio) meaning old.

BEDIN, BEDINI, BEDINO : Probably from the Norman name Beda, or the Celtic name Betha

BEDONI ?: Possibly from the word betun (fango), or probably derived from a Francese bedon (grasso), meaning fat.

BELLA: A nickname from the medieval name Bello

BELLANDA, BELLANI, BELLATO, BELLERI, BELLESI: From the adjectibe bello, meaning beautyful, probably was a nickname to identify a handsome man

BELLANTE, BELLANTI: Originary of Bellante, in the province of Teramo

BELLO, BELLI, BELLINI, BELLUCCI: Probably was a nickname to identify a handsome man

BELLINZONI ?: Probably from the toponimic "ticinese" Bellinzona

BELLOCCHIO: Meaning "beautyful eyes" possibly originarily a nickname

BELLOMI, BELLOMO : Meaning "handsome man" possibly originarily a nickname

BELLONI, BELLOTI, BELLOTTI : A nickname originary from adjectibe bello, used to identify a handsome man, or derived from the medieval name Bellotto.

BELTRAME, BELTRAMI, BELTRAMINI, BERTAGNOLI, BERTARELLI, BERTARINI, BERTATINI, BERTINI, BERTOTTI, BERTOTTO, BERTUGLIA, BERTUZZI, BETTE', BETTI, BETTIN, BETTINELLI: Probably from a Germanic name bertha (luminoso) or Celtic name bert (portatore)

BENCIVENGA, BENCIVENNI: Bencivenga is typical name of Napoli and Bencivenni is of Bologna, derived from the medieval name Bencivenga or Bencivenni

BENEDETTI, BENEDETTO, BENETTI: From the Latin verb "benedicere", to bless. The name Benedetto became very popular during the Middle Ages thanks to San Benedetto from Norcia who founded the Benedictine Order

BENIGNO: Probably from the Latin name Benignus

BENNATO : From the medieval name Benenatus

BENVENUTI, BENVENUTO : A nickneme from the goodwish Medieval name "Benvenutus"

BERARDI, BERARDO, BERARDUCCI, BERNARDI

BERGAMASCHI, BERGAMASCO, BERGOMI : Probably from the toponimic Bergamo

BERLINGUER : From the Germanic Medieval name Berengar (Berengario)

BERLUSCONI: Probably from milanese word berlusch (strabico, storto)

BERGO, BERGONZI : Originary from the Germanic word "berg"(monte) meaning mountain

BERNABE', BERNABEI, BERNABO': From the Hebrew name Bernabeus

From the German first name Bernardo

BERNIERI, BERNINI, BERNOCCHI : Probably from the Latin name Bernardus or Bernardinus, or from the Germanic Baerhard (strong bear)

BERRUTI, BERRUTO : Originary from the Latin word "berrutum" and from the job of wagon

BERTOLA, BERTOLAIA, BERTOLAZZI, BERTOLETTI, BERTOLI, BERTOLINI, BERTOLOTTI, BORTOLI, BORTOLAZZI, BORTOLOTTI: From the name Bartolomeo

BESOZZI : Probably from the toponimic Besozza

BEVACQUA, BEVIACQUA, BEVILACQUA: Meaning "that who drinks water" possibly originarily a nickname

BIAGI, BIAGIOTTI: From the first name Biagio; it may derives from the greek word "blaisos" = to be bow-legged, or from the Latin "blaesus"= staggerer

BIANCA, BIANCHESSI, BIANCHETTI, BIANCHI, BIANCHINI, BIANCIOTTI, BIANCO, BIANCOLINI, BIANCONCINI, BIANCOTTO: From bianco, meaning white, possibly originally a nickname referring to a very light complexion, or connected as in Florence to a political faction (supporting the Pope against the King)

BISEGNA: From the place of Bisegna, Province of Aquila

BIZZARRI, BIZZARRO: Meaning "bizarre, eccentric" possibly originary a nickname

BLASI, BLASIOLI, BLASETTI: From the first name Biagio

BOCCANEGRA: Originally a nickname, meaning "black mouth"

BOCCAROSSA: Originally a nickname, meaning "red mouth"

BOCCASAVIA: Originally a nickname, meaning "sensible mouth", of someone who speaks wise words

BOMBA: From the place of Bomba, province of Chieti

BONADUCE: From a corrupted Latin expression probably implying "bona duce fortuna" meaning "with good fortune as your guide"

BONAMICI: Meaning "good friend"

BONANNI, BONANNINI, BONANO: Meaning "good year", nickname of uncertain origin, or a corruption of the Latin "boni animi", person of good disposition

BONFA', BONFATTI: A nickname meaning "that makes good deeds"

BONIFACCI, BONIFACI, BONIFACINO, BONIFATI, BONIFAZI, BONIFAZZI: From Bonifacius, name of Latin origin

BONPARENTE: Meaning: good relative or parent

BORRELLI, BORRELLO: From the place of Borrello, province of Chieti, also a branch of the great Counts of Marsi

BOTTARI, BOTTARO: From the job of "buttaro" someone in charge with the care of horses

BOVARO and derivatives.: From a job of someone who looks after oxen and cows.

BOVE and derivatives. : From a nickname given to someone of great strength and patiens, as an ox is.

BROGELLI, BROGETTI, BROGI, BROGINI, BROGIO, BROSIO: From the first name Ambrogio, deriving from the latin name Ambrosius = Immortal

BRUNA, BRUNAZZI, BRUNELLO, BRUNERI, BRUNI, BRUNO, BRUNONE, BRUNORI : From the German "brun", meaning dark, or "bruun", meaning armor

BUCCAFUSCA: A nickname meaning "dark mouth" also implying someone who speaks in a mysterious way

BUCCARELLI, BUCCELLA, BUCCHI, BUCCI, BUCCO, BUCCOLINI: Nicknames connected to the Latin root "bucca" meaning mouth

BUFFONACCI BUFFONE BUFFONI: Nickname derived from buffone, "clown"

BUONANNI, BUONANNO: See Bonanni

BUSSI, BUSSO: From the place of Bussi, province of Pescara, or Busso, province of Campobasso

BUTTARI: See Buttaro




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