The nickname "Luzzi"

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The nickname "Luzzi"

Postby 113yearslater » 02 Jun 2014, 23:43

Hopefully, an easy question. :-)

One of my mom's uncles was named Luzzi and I'm fairly certain this is a nickname. I saw this uncle listed as a "Lusio" in a US census, but knowing how infrequently the census takers knew how to spell our names, I'm not convinced that this was his actual name.

I also googled the name and found many more Lucios than Lusios.

Can anyone verify for me whether Luzzi is an acceptable nickname for Lucio, or if not, what the correct full name would be for someone nicknamed Luzzi?

Thanks for any help!

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Re: The nickname "Luzzi"

Postby Tessa78 » 08 Jun 2014, 01:54

There is a given name LUCIO, as well as others [Luisio, Lucino, Luisi, Luise, Luiso, Lussorio] that could be the basis for the nickname...

HOWEVER, nicknames were not always based on given names :)

You may be interested in this link about Nicknames in Italian Culture...
http://www.uvm.edu/~arosa/leggio.html

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Re: The nickname "Luzzi"

Postby johnnyonthespot » 08 Jun 2014, 02:39

I'm curious: have you actually heard the name pronounced by an Italian or seen it in writing?

I am wondering if it really was "Luzzi" (which would be properly pronounced something like LOOT-see) or if possibly it was Lussi (LOOSE-see).

Lusso means luxury; Lussi would be the plural. A possible nickname for someone who liked to surround himself with such.

Luzzi, on the other hand, is the name of a rather large comune in the Calabria region of southern Italy. People from Luzzi are known as Luzzesi (think "New Yorkers") pronounced something like LOOT-say-zee (I think).
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Re: The nickname "Luzzi"

Postby dmt1955 » 11 Jun 2014, 19:38

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I enjoyed reading that piece. thanks for the link!
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Re: The nickname "Luzzi"

Postby 113yearslater » 11 Jun 2014, 22:39

Super-quick reply -- it's definitely LOOT-see. Off to read the link ...

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Re: The nickname "Luzzi"

Postby PeterTimber » 26 Aug 2014, 23:31

There are 434 cities, towns and villages in Italy that have persons surnamed LUZZI so it is a bonafide last name. Its origin as a nickname maybe someone calling luzzi LUZZI instead of a "REAL" nickname. Of course it could be that someone shortened the surname LUZZATTO which is an ashkenazi jewish surname imported into Italy in the 15th and 16th century and made it into a nickname Luzzi which as a matter of interest occurred with my surname which is of Italian origin cutting it to a half spelling.........by friends and intimates
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Re: The nickname "Luzzi"

Postby 113yearslater » 28 Aug 2014, 01:08

I actually was able to look through some microfilm rolls from the town in question, and I found some candidates for my gr-grandmother's parents. Nothing confirmed, though. However, one of them was named Luigi, and Luigi's father was apparently Luzio. So at least that name seems like it could be turned into "Luzzi" as a nickname.

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Re: The nickname "Luzzi"

Postby PeterTimber » 28 Aug 2014, 03:26

Interestingly enough, LUZIO is not listed as an Italian surname and might have been Italianized into LUZIO since the origin of the surname is in an East Germany and West Poland region known as LUSAZIA. The surname then went from Lausitz to Luzzatto. Perhaps Luzio was a variation of LUZZATTO. A Nickname snuck in there somewhere I would imagine. Peter
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Re: The nickname "Luzzi"

Postby 113yearslater » 28 Aug 2014, 22:21

These are not last names I'm looking up though -- they're first names. Their last name was Pistilli. And in the town they came from, there seemed to be a couple people named Luzio as a first name.

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Re: The nickname "Luzzi"

Postby PeterTimber » 29 Aug 2014, 00:19

What does that have to do with nickname "LUZZI"?
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Re: The nickname "Luzzi"

Postby liviomoreno » 30 Aug 2014, 08:19

Luzzi is definitely a nickname for Lucio


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