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Etymological origin of Italian surname: Alfano


The origin of these surnames could be different depending on the different areas of diffusion that are Northern Italy, Tuscany Campania, Calabria and Sicily; Alfani has a stock in the Florentine, one in the Roman and one in the Salerno and Neapolitan, Alfano is widespread in Lazio and throughout the south, including Sicily. There are three hypotheses: the first that the surname derives from a Germanic term halfer (helper,); the second one derives from a topano Campano Alfano in the Salerno area; the third that would also have contributed to the origin of the toponym is Arabic, from the term al fannan (the wild ass). Alfana is also the name of a race of very imposing Arabian horses and Alfani could therefore be a reference to breeders or horse attendants of this breed. hypotheses provided by Aldo Piglia, Milan It could also derive from an equal name of person, I remember Sant'Alfano archbishop of Salerno, a name that is thought to date back to a Latin cognomen of the late Alphanus empire of uncertain origin. additions provided by Giovanni Vezzelli It almost certainly comes from the toponym Alfano (SA) for which we assume a derivation from the term * alfanus, perhaps Oscan form of 'albanus'. Others want it derived from the personal Alfius or gens Alfia.

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

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