Ananias is typically southern, with a stock in the Potentino, in particular in Lauria and Nemoli, one between Catanzaro and Crotone, in Crotone, Cirò Marina, Casabona and Savelli in the Crotone area, and in Curinga, Lamezia Terme, Petronà, Catanzaro, Maida, Isca on the Ionian Sea and Stalettì in the Catanzaro area, and one between Palermo and Messina, in Milazzo and San Filippo del Mela in the Messina area and in Palermo and Cinisi in the Palermo area. additions provided by Stefano Ferrazzi The origin of this surname is to be found in the medieval name Anania, that is, the Italianization of the Hebrew personal Hananiah, which, composed of the terms hannah (favor, grace) and Yah (God), can be translated as grace of God, divine favor (see Grace and Graziadei): in this context, it is interesting to note that the names Ananias and Anna share the same root (ie the term hannah), bearing in mind that in the name Anna the suffix Yah is simply implicit - unlike Anna, however, the name Anania is used mostly for men. In the Sicilian-Calabrian area, however, it should be noted that the surname Ananias should have either a grika origin - especially in the Messina area - or an arbëreshë origin (probably Greek-Albanian), deriving precisely from the Greek name Ananias (l 'Italian Anania). In conclusion, therefore, it is a question of the surname of the personal name of the founders.
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