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Surname COCHIS - is it of Italian origin?

Postby jkingb » 26 Jan 2014, 20:26

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?
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Re: Surname COCHIS - is it of Italian origin?

Postby jkingb » 26 Jan 2014, 22:15

I wanted to edit but was unable to. I question the terminal "s" . Not being one speaks Italian, however, I am not certain my instincts are correct.
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Re: Surname COCHIS - is it of Italian origin?

Postby pink67 » 27 Jan 2014, 09:51

Hi,

I found references for the surname Cochis here:

http://www.torviscosa.org/L-onomastica- ... ionary_pi1[letter]=C

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).



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Re: Surname COCHIS - is it of Italian origin?

Postby jkingb » 27 Jan 2014, 19:26

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.
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Re: Surname COCHIS - is it of Italian origin?

Postby PippoM » 31 Jan 2014, 15:23

There seem to be 53 occurrences of surname Cochis in Italian White Pages:

http://www.paginebianche.it/ricerca?qs=cochis&dv=
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Re: Surname COCHIS - is it of Italian origin?

Postby jkingb » 02 Feb 2014, 02:07

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.
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Re: Surname COCHIS - is it of Italian origin?

Postby paola52 » 02 Feb 2014, 03:12

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
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Re: Surname COCHIS - is it of Italian origin?

Postby jennabet » 02 Feb 2014, 15:29

The sur name of our next door neighbors was De Flavis. They are from Abruzzo.
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Re: Surname COCHIS - is it of Italian origin?

Postby PippoM » 03 Feb 2014, 10:39

Surnames in the form "De *is" are patronimics in Latin form (De Angelis, De Santis, De Amicis...) and they can't be joined, in my opinion, to the category of surnames Paola was referring to.
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Re: Surname COCHIS - is it of Italian origin?

Postby jkingb » 04 Feb 2014, 06:46

Thanks for the replies, everyone. This is very helpful.
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