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Etymological origin of Italian surname: Agrestino


Agresta has a stock in the Chieti area, one in the Salerno area and one between southern Calabria and eastern Sicily, an extremely rare Agreste is probably a transcription error of the first, Agresti has stocks in the Bolognese, Florentine, lower Lazio and Salerno areas. and in the Bari area, Agrestini is typically Lazio, Agrestino is almost unique, all these surnames can derive, directly or through hypochoristic forms, from nicknames linked to the word agrestis (agreste, also in the sense of rustic) or agresta (sour grapes). Traces of this surname can be found in the Diplomatic Code of Medieval Lombardy under the year 1148, in a sale deed, we read: "... Signum + manual Amizonis qui dicitur Ciriolus et Ottonis, fratris eius, and Marchisi seu Adammi Agresto testium. .. ", then in Udine in 1500 with the priest Giulio Agresta, parish priest of Cassacco (UD) from 1580 to 1610, in Mammola (RC) in 1600 with Apollinare Agresta (1621-1695), first theologian and philosopher then Abate of order of St. Basil the Great and then General of the Basilian monks.

Bibliographic source' "L'origine dei cognomi Italianim storia ed etimologia" di E. Rossoni disponibile online su: https://archive.org/

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