ROMANO Surname Meaning and Origin

What Does the Last Name Romano Mean?

The Romano surname typically indicated someone who came from Rome, Italy.
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The popular Italian surname Romano was often used to denote someone who originally came from Rome, Italy, from the Italian form of Romanus, the Latin word for "Rome."

Alternate Surname Spellings: ROMANI

Surname Origin: Italian, Spanish

Famous People with the Surname ROMANO

  • Ray Romano - American actor and comedian
  • Giulio Romano - 16th century Italian painter and architect
  • Romano Romanelli - Italian sculptor

Where Do People With the ROMANO Surname Live?

Romano is the 1,730th most common surname in the world, according to surname distribution data from Forebears, yet it ranks as 6th most common in Italy. The Romano surname is also fairly common in Argentina, where it ranks 86th, followed by Monaco (97th).

Within Italy, the Romano surname is most commonly found in the Campania region, according to WorldNames PublicProfiler, as well as throughout the rest of the boot of southern Italy. The surname is also fairly common in northern Spain. In North America, Romano is most prevalent in Quebec, Canada, as well as the New England states, New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, California, Nevada, Illinois, Louisiana and Florida.

Genealogy Resources for the Surname ROMANO

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.

How to Research Italian Heritage
Get started researching your Italian roots with this guide to researching Italian ancestors in Italy. Includes an overview of major Italian genealogical records, how to access these records, Italian surnames and their meanings, Italian naming patterns and further resources for Italian genealogy research.

How to Research Hispanic Heritage
Learn how to get started researching your Hispanic ancestors, including the basics of family tree research and country specific organizations, genealogical records, and resources for Spain, Latin America, Mexico, Brazil, the Caribbean and other Spanish speaking countries.

Romano Family Crest - It's Not What You Think
Contrary to what you may hear, there is no such thing as a Romano family crest or coat of arms for the Romano 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. 

ROMANO Family Genealogy Forum
Search this popular genealogy forum for the Romano surname to find others who might be researching your ancestors, or post your own Romano query.

FamilySearch - ROMANO Genealogy
Access over 2.1 million free historical records and lineage-linked family trees posted for the Romano surname and its variations on this free genealogy website hosted by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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

ROMANO Surname Mailing List
Free mailing list for researchers of the Romano surname and its variations includes subscription details and a searchable archives of past messages. - ROMANO Genealogy & Family History
Explore free databases and genealogy links for the last name Romano.

The Romano Genealogy and Family Tree Page
Browse family trees and links to genealogical and historical records for individuals with the last name Romano from the website of Genealogy Today.


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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