Updated June 9, 2019

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Family name origins & meanings

  • Italian : topographic name for someone who lived by or worked at a manor house, from sala ‘hall’, with the definite article la, or a habitational name from any of the many places named with this word, as for example Sala Baganza (Parma), Sala Biellese (Biella), Sala Bolognese (Bologna), Sala Comacina (Como), Sala Consilina (Salerno), or Sala Monferrato (Alessandria).
  • Spanish and Catalan : habitational name from one of the places called La Sala in Barcelona, Tarragona, Oviedo, or Huesca provinces.