Sometimes, deciphering a surname in an old handwritten document is not as easy as one might suppose. This could be due to the widespread use of abbreviations or to the difficulty in reading the handwriting. Use the following list of surnames to assist you in interpreting the names mentioned in the documents.
TIP:If you are reading a document and can only decipher a few characters of a particular surname, type the consecutive characters you know into the "Find" box on the upper section of the list and press the ENTER key. The first surname containing the set of characters entered will be highlighted. Keep pressing the ENTER key to see the next occurrences of those characters in the list of surnames.
An even more extensive list of surnames can be found online at http://www.cognomix.it/origine.php .That site also shows the familiarity of the surname and its geographical location(s) of origin.