How Did Your Italian Family Get Its Name (Cognome)?

Apr 14, 2016 2244

If you are like me, you may have wondered how your family got its surname or cognome in Italian. I find the sound of Italian family names very melodious, particularly here in America, where they are often butchered in both pronunciation and spelling!

I always wondered just how some of these names came into existence. In my research, I have discovered that locating the origin of an Italian surname is not a simple feat. Many factors have influenced the surnames we now carry here into the 21st century.

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