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Latin Surnames Meaning Fire

Updated April 17, 2017

Although Latin is considered a dead language, its descendants (known as the Romance languages) have spread far and wide throughout the world and are still very much alive. Here are some of the most fiery surnames that were originally derived from Latin but may have been adapted somewhat into what is now considered modern Spanish, French and Italian.

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Tito is a Spanish and Italian last name that most likely comes from the Roman Latin name Titus. This may be a direct reference to the Greek god Prometheus who was known and celebrated as one of the great titans who stole fire from Zeus so that it could be used by mankind. Tito means "fire," "to burn" or "straining."


In Italian, the word for "fire" is "fiamma," and adding the diminutive suffix "etta" at the end changes its meaning to "little flame." Some believe that the meaning is a direct reference to the Holy Spirit's flames that fell to the apostles during what is now celebrated as the Pentecost, and therefore has religious significance as well.


This Italian name means "afire," "burning one" or "serpent." It is most likely a reference to biblical themes, such as the fiery angels or beings with six wings who were attending God in the Book of Isaiah. There are several variations on this name, including the French Séraphin and Seraphine, as well as the short Italian form Fino, all which are derived from the late Latin name Seraphinus.


This name that is now considered English originally came from the Old French word "tison," which means "firebrand. This was originally used as a word to refer to someone that had a hot temper, and may be a proper namesake for the American boxer "Mike Tyson."


Calida is a very rare name of Spanish origin that can be roughly translated to "warm" or "hot." It has also been used as a first name, though that is also rare.


This Latin name means "flame-like" and comes from the Greek word "Pyrrhos." Pyrrhos was the son of Achilles in Greek mythology. It is easy to see the connection between these words and "pyromaniac," an individual who is impulsive in his use of fire.

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About the Author

Ashley Schaeffer has been writing professionally since 2005, specializing in arts-and-entertainment, health and wellness topics. She has written extensively for "Buzzine Magazine," the culture and entertainment publication of Richard Elfman. Schaeffer holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in comparative literature and Spanish, both from UC Berkeley, and is pursuing a master's degree in counseling psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies.

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