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Name meaning

Postby antonio43 » 13 Jun 2007, 12:55

Hello, is someone could help with to find the meaning of this family name:

MUSCIO
GRIPPO
FRANZESE
CLAPS
CAPUTO
LA GALA
PALO


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Re: Name meaning

Postby SynThea » 13 Jun 2007, 18:22

Hi!

"Our Italian Surnames" by Joseph Fucilla, Evanston, IL, 1949 lists the following origins:

MUSCIO: a derivative of Giacomo (James), often derived from Giacomusci. In Modanese dialect, a cunning, malicious fellow (like a cat, apparently)

FRANZESE: a nation-name; of France

CAPUTO: of the head; figurative interpretation may be stubborness or blockheadedness

Others are not listed, although there is GALLO: barnyard fowl in some dialects.

Also must consider present day spellings may have been shortened or otherwise altered over time.

Hope above is of some help. This book is an excellent reference; believe there is a much-later edition than the one I have.

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Re: Name meaning

Postby suanj » 13 Jun 2007, 19:52

personally I believe a version of original MASCIO; Mascio, Mascia, Di Mascio, and I believe also Muscio, they are surnames coming from the latin word magister meaning master, and with precision artisan master... regards, suanj
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Re: Name meaning

Postby antonio43 » 13 Jun 2007, 20:05

Thanks


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