Meaning and Origin of: Torre

Family name origins & meanings

  • Italian : topographic name for someone who lived near a tower, usually a defensive fortification or watchtower (from Latinturris), or a habitational name from any of the places named with this word, as for example Torre Annunziata or Torre del Greco in Naples province, Torre de’ Passeri (Pescara, Abruzzo), or Torre di Ruggiero (Catanzaro, Calabria).
  • Galician, Catalan, Aragonese, Spanish, and Portuguese : habitational name from any of the numerous places so named in Galicia (often in the form De la Torre), in Catalonia and Aragon (as for example La Torre de Fontalbella, La Torre del Compte, La Torre de Fluvià), or from any of the many places in Spain and Portugal named Torre or La Torre, from torre ‘(watch) tower’ (of the same etymology as 1).