Updated June 9, 2019

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Family name origins & meanings

  • Italian : from the feminine definite article la + the place name Civita (from Latin civitas ‘town’), the name of various places, notably in central Italy, such as Civita Castellana in Viergo, Civitaluparella (Chieti), Civitavecchia (Rome). The surname is either a habitational name from one of these place or a topographic name for someone who lived in a city.