Masculine and feminine forms of last names?

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Masculine and feminine forms of last names?

Postby sceaminmonkey » 22 Sep 2010, 15:39

Do Italians change last names ever accusing to gender. Example verdeschi for male verdesca for female?

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Re: Masculine and feminine forms of last names?

Postby mler » 22 Sep 2010, 15:58

Never heard of it.

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Re: Masculine and feminine forms of last names?

Postby GrecoCalabrese » 22 Sep 2010, 16:45

I have never heard of this either, the only people I do know who use this for sure are Greeks. Greek surnames in Greece are referred to in masculine and feminine depending on the person.

For example the name Papadopoulos is the male version
and the surname for the female would be referred to as papadapoulou.

There are certain Italian surnames with Greek roots I am aware of, that are in fact always feminine versions of the Greek name.

My father is Greek and his surname is Pappas, and I know for a fact there are Southern Italians from Regions like Puglia, and Calabria with the surname Pappa. This is how women in my family would be referred to in Greece.

Other examples like this would be Italian surnames like Mastroianni (Mastrogiannis), Anastasia (Anastasis) etc.

The reason for this is because the vast majority of Italian Citizens south of Naples are of Ancient Greek and/or some Medieval Greek Origin. Southern Italians are dominantly of Greek ancestry, some areas more, some areas less, with additional minor Mixes of Spanish, Norman, and the original Italic tribes before Greek Colonization.

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Re: Masculine and feminine forms of last names?

Postby ForzaItaliaPgh » 22 Sep 2010, 18:03

Never heard of it either, although my research has been confined mainly to Tuscany.
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Re: Masculine and feminine forms of last names?

Postby maestra36 » 22 Sep 2010, 18:53

I have never heard of Italian surnames being masculine or feminine. Only first names may change their endings depending on gender.

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Re: Masculine and feminine forms of last names?

Postby Italysearcher » 23 Sep 2010, 08:30

I have seen Alonza for a female and ALonzo for a male and ALonzi when there were more than one! Eventually they settled on one version or the other.
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