Altea is typically Sardinian, particularly widespread in the Cagliari area and a little less in the Sassari area, it may derive from the Greek name Altheia, but it is worth considering a derivation from a nickname originating from the Sardinian word altíu (haughty, haughty) and would indicate the superb character of the progenitor. additions provided by Giuseppe Concas ALTEA: Altea, mother of Meleager, is a female figure of the Greek myth. Altea is a personal name. Altea is a Spanish municipality of 21898 inhabitants, in the province of Alicante, of the Comunidad Valenciana. Altea is a small asteroid discovered in 1872 by the American astronomical observatory of Michigan. Finally Althea Rosea is a medicinal plant of the Malvaceae family; that here in Campidano we generally call narbedda, narboni. Its fruits similar to very small cylindrical cheese shapes, with a diameter of about one centimeter are called. "su casixèddu de Santu Franciscu" (literally translated) the cheeses of San Francesco. - In the Rio Piras (Gonnosfanadiga) stream, the mallows (altea: su narboni) grew spontaneously, and we, boys and girls of the neighborhood (district) of "Su Forraxèddu", were fond of the "formaggini di San Francesco". We therefore believe that the surname Altea derives from the officinal plant "Althea Rosea Officinalis". As proof we refer to the many Sardinian surnames deriving from names of herbs, plants, shrubs, flowers: alba, ardu, arbus, arrù, asole, basolu, uda, bussu, cadoni, cardu, cannas, carcangiu, chessa, concudu, fa, fenu, frassu, gravellu, lillu, lilliu, murtas, pibiri, pisu, cherchi, zanda, etc. etc. We find the surname in the ancient documents of the Sardinian language. Among the signatories of the Peace of Eleonora, * LPDE of 1388 include: Altea Murono, jurato ville Almos (* destroyed village - Contrate Partis de Montibus); Altea Petro, ville de Sardara (** SARDARA MONTIS REGALIS ... (11 JANUARY 1388), and ego ... Gadulesu Margiano habitator villas Sardara, syndicus actor and procurator universitatis Contrate Montis Regalis et villarum et etc. In posse Virde Andrea, Virde Joanne, de Civitate Sasseri, public notarii, die XI Januarii 1388). Altea is a surname present today in 107 Italian Municipalities, of which 45 in Sardinia: Sardara 57, Arbus 46, Dolianova 43, Cagliari 5, San Gavino 35, Serdiana 33, Sassari 26, etc. In the peninsula Genoa has 18, Rome 12, Milan 11, Turin 11. In the USA it is present in 4 states, with only one family per person.
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