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Etymological origin of Italian surname: Algeri


Algiers has a Lombard lineage, especially in the Bergamo area, one in the Reggio area and one in the Sicily area that includes the Palermo area and the Messina area. Algieri has a very consistent line in the Cosenza area of Acri and Corigliano Calabro, with branches also in Santa Sofia d'Epiro , Bisignano and Cosenza, and one, very small, in Ragusa and Ragusa, the latter could derive from the archaic form of the name of the North African city of Algiers, as we can read in this letter of supplication addressed "to the Most Excellent Prince of Trabia, President of the Deputation for the Redemption of the Bad in Palermo ":" Your Excellency, Induced Prince, we are the poor petty slaves of this Algieri who have recourse to Your Excellency, for we have suffered the hard burden of slavery for so many years that have already passed without relief from no one, and therefore today we call for Your Father's Excellency and for our lawyers to Mr. Marquis Laredo and Mr. Marquis Flores and the Most Reverend Father Adriano Amari, all Deputies of this in Palermo, who, moved with pity, want to free us from this painful chain that we suffered day and night ", and perhaps refer to Christians who were exiles from that city. additions provided by Stefano Ferrazzi The origin of these surnames is to be found in the medieval name Algiers (with a variant in Algieri), the Italianization of the Germanic personal Alger or Aldiger, which can be translated as an expert or noble lancer (for more explanation thorough, see Aldigeri). As far as is feasible, a relationship with the city of Algiers, the capital of Algeria, seems less likely. In conclusion, therefore, we are dealing with the surnames of personal names of the founders, even if in some cases a derivation from toponymy is not excluded.

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

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