GIORDANO Surname Meaning and Family History

What Does the Last Name Giordano Mean?

The Jordan river in Israel is a possible origin of the Giordano surname
The Jordan river north of Israel. Getty / Lior Filshteiner

The Italian form of the name Jordan, the Giordano surname has its roots in "Yarden," the Hebrew name of the Jordan river flowing between the countries of Jordan and Israel. Derived from yarad, meaning "descend" or "flow down."

Alternate Surname Spellings: GIORDANI, JORDAN

Surname Origin: Italian

Famous People with the GIORDANO Last Name

  • Umberto Giordano - Italian composer
  • Tyrone Giordano - deaf actor
  • Luca Giordano - 17th century Italian artist
  • Gus Giordano - innovator of modern American jazz dance

Where Do People with the GIORDANO Surname Live?

The largest populations of individuals with the Giordano surname are in Italy, as you might expect. According to WorldNames PublicProfiler, the Giordano last name is most popular in the southern boot of Italy—Campania, Basilicata, Puglia and Sicilia. There is also a slightly denser population in the Piemonte region, but the name is popular throughout Italy. It is also fairly common in Argentina. Surname distribution data from Forebears, indicates that Giordano is the 11th most popular name in Italy and the 30th most common in Monaco.

Genealogy Resources for the Surname GIORDANO

Meanings of Common Italian Surnames
Uncover the meaning of your Italian last name with this free guide to Italian surname meanings and origins for the most common Italian surnames.

GIORDANO Family DNA Surname Project
This Y-DNA project at FamilyTreeDNA was begun in 2010 to connect individuals with the Giordano surname interested in using a combination of DNA testing and traditional genealogy research to try to "unravel the history and the interrelationships of the Giordano families."

Giordano Family Crest - It's Not What You Think
Contrary to what you may hear, there is no such thing as a Giordano family crest or coat of arms for the Giordano surname. Coats of arms are granted to individuals, not families, and may rightfully be used only by the uninterrupted male line descendants of the person to whom the coat of arms was originally granted.

GIORDANO Family Genealogy Forum
This free message board is focused on descendants of Giordano ancestors around the world. Search the forum for posts about your Giordano ancestors, or join the forum and post your own queries. 

FamilySearch - GIORDANO Genealogy
Explore over 266,000 results from digitized historical records and lineage-linked family trees related to the Giordano surname on this free website hosted by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

GIORDANO Surname Mailing List
Free mailing list for researchers of the Giordano surname and its variations includes subscription details and a searchable archives of past messages.

GeneaNet - Giordano Records
GeneaNet includes archival records, family trees, and other resources for individuals with the Giordano surname, with a concentration on records and families from France and other European countries.

The Giordano Genealogy and Family Tree Page
Browse genealogy records and links to genealogical and historical records for individuals with the Giordano surname from the website of Genealogy Today. Giordano Surname
Explore over 279,000 digitized records and database entries, including census records, passenger lists, military records, land deeds, probates, wills and other records for the Giordano surname on the subscription-based website,


References: Surname Meanings & Origins

Cottle, Basil. Penguin Dictionary of Surnames. Baltimore, MD: Penguin Books, 1967.

Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Collins Celtic (Pocket edition), 1998.

Fucilla, Joseph. Our Italian Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 2003.

Hanks, Patrick and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1989.

Hanks, Patrick. Dictionary of American Family Names. Oxford University Press, 2003.

Reaney, P.H. A Dictionary of English Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1997.

Smith, Elsdon C. American Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 1997.

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