From the medieval name Amatus. in Christians, "beloved, protected by God" of which we have an example in a deed of sale of 1195 in Solofra (AV): "... Que tota petia videtur esse per hos fines: apart orientis fine heredum quondam Amati Cioffi et Iaconi Petri qui dicitur de Archipresbitero; apart from meridiei end via puplica; apart occidentis fine ipsius Iaconi Petri et Iohannis qui dicitur de Archi ... ..ego Falco notarius iussu suprascripti iudicis scripsi ". Amata has a Lazio stock in Rome and in Atina in the frusinate, and a Sicilian stock in Sant`Agata di Militello and Militello Rosmarino in the Messina area, in Troina nell'ennese and in Catania, Amati is present throughout Italy, but in particular in the Milanese, Lecco and Como areas, between Forlì, Rimini and Pesaro and between Basilicata and central Puglia, Amatiello, quite rare, is specific to Cervinara nell'avellinese, Amatino, very rare, it would seem to be from Minori in the Salerno area, Amato is widespread throughout the South Italy, Amatu, extremely rare, seems to be from Ragusa, Amatucci has a lineage in Arezzo in Arezzo and Castiglion Fiorentino, one in the Piceno in Ascoli Piceno, San Benedetto del Tronto, Castignano, Folignano and Castel di Lama and in the nearby Teramo in Sant` Egidio alla Vibrata and Ancarano, and in Campania in Naples, Avellino, San Potito Ultra (AV) and Castellabate in the Salerno area, Amatulli is from Puglia, from Bari, from Noci, Grumo Appula, Conversano, Bari, Rutigliano and Putignano e. in the Taranto area of Taranto and Mottola, Amatuzzi, very rare, would seem to be from Cosenza. Famous person was Andrea Amati born in 1505 in Cremona who gave birth to the famous family of Cremonese violin makers. additions provided by Stefano Ferrazzi At least two hypotheses converge on the origin of these surnames, which, added together, justify their widespread diffusion in the whole country (especially in the Amato form). Beginning with the first interpretation, first of all, the derivation from the medieval name Amato is certainly correct, which, thanks to its clear good value, has spread even beyond the Italian borders (just think of the Spanish name Amado or the French Aimé or all 'Jewish David or Arabic Habib, etc). Keeping this hypothesis in mind, however, it is interesting to note the very strong diffusion of the surname Amato in Sicily and, to tell the truth, a little throughout southern Italy (especially in the western area): in these parts of the country, in fact, it seems that the surnames in question are often born from the Italianization of the Arabic name Ahmad or from the more well-known Muhammad (phonetically matched to Ahmad by apheresis of the first syllable); besides phonetics, moreover, it should be noted that Ahmad can be considered in fact as a variant of Muhammad, indeed, in the Arab-Muslim world (as well as in the Koran itself), both of these names are used in reference to the figure of the prophet Muhammad . From the etymological point of view, however, the names Muhammad and Ahmad both derive from the Arabic verb hamida (praise, praise) and are often translated with the meaning of laudable, worthy of all praise or praise; only out of curiosity, moreover, it must be said that these names are among the most widespread in the Muslim world (Muhammad, in fact, is the most common of all Arabic names and, according to recent statistics, it seems that it is even the most widespread name in the world ) and this, then, explains the vast concentration of Amato families especially in Sicily (although, of course, we must not forget the first hypothesis of meaning, which can also apply to many families in southern Italy).
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