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Etymological origin of Italian surname: Alferi


Alferi would look Sicilian, from Motta d`Affermo (ME) with a stock also in Gela (CL) and in Santo Stefano Quisquina (AG), Alfero is Piedmontese, Alfiere would seem unique, Alfieri is panitalian, very widespread throughout the national territory, Allieri is Lombard, particularly established in the Bergamo area, Alliero is almost unique, as is Auferio, Aufiero typically looks from Campania, from Naples, Salerno and Avellino. These surnames, widespread throughout Italy, could have two different Arab origins in the south and Germanic in the north. The name Adalferio, which comes from two Germanic words athala (nobility) and faran (travel) or from a Latin Germanic mixture with fero (I carry, lead) that would have had the meaning of one who guides with nobility and the name given in augural form to the surname, understood as the Adalferi etc. The Arabic origin derives from al faris (knight) or from al faras (destriero) with a hint of nobility in the first case and a work of cavalcanto in the second.

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

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