The family has lived in the Torino region for years, but I am curious if the surname is of Italian origin. When I look the name up on a profiler for Italy, it does indeed show up, concentrated in Peimonte, which makes sense. But somehow, it doesn't sound 100% Italian to me. Also, there are numerous Albanians and others of Balkan descent that have this name in their family tree - according to faimilysearch. Any ideas?
Cochis: Attestato in questa forma già nel 1410 ad Udine, e in varianti non molto dissimili, Chocet, Cochesio nel XIV secolo, l’antico nome di persona rimane sub judice. Partendo però da un soprannome sopravvissuto nell’Aquileiese fino al XX secolo, Còç , si può ipotizzare la continuazione romanza di un nome germanico, molto attestato nel nostro medioevo friulano, Conz (Heintze 202). Se l’antica dizione friulana, invece che *Cocìs, fosse stata *Còkis, allora converrà rivolgersi ai soprannomi scherzosi con base per esempio còc ‘uovo’ (NP 163).
Thank you very much for your response. I don't understand the Italian, but It looks like the name is well established and a variation of one of the two listed? In that case it seems to be Italian after all.
Hi Pippo! Thanks for your input and the information. I asked because our oldest Italian relative (his grandmother was named Cochis) claims the family came to Italy from eastern Europe - but Cochis doesn't sound like an eastern European name to me. It looks like the name might be Italian after all, just not very common.
Surnames ending with -is are fairly common in Piedmont region: Ferraris, Forneris, Caligaris, (with one l, while Calligaris and Callegaris are mostly found in the North East), Garis, Beccaris, Fabris and so on. You can check them in the White pages or with Cognomix http://www.cognomix.it/mappe-dei-cognomi-italiani/ I was told they are occupational surnames deriving from late latin terms for trades and professions. For examples Ferraris and Fabris are just like "Smith" in English while Caligaris were shoemakers. As Cochis is also found mostly in Turin Province it is highly probable that it was a Piedmontese surname too Ciao Paola