Argenti has an important nucleus in Umbria and Lazio and possible strains also probably primary along the Ligurian Tuscan coast and in Veneto, Argentina it would seem specific of Francavilla Fontana in Brindisi, Argentines, not very widespread, is characteristic of central Italy, Argentine is typical of the south, above all of the Campania, of the Foggia, of the Syracuse and of the Ragusa, Silver seems to have a stock in Sicily between Palermo and Agrigento, one in the Neapolitan and probably also in the Bari, they would have to derive from the profession of argentiere or from the name quite diffused Silver in central Italy in medieval times, or from its hypocoristic. An example of this surname is in Capua (CE) where in a deed dated 1120 we read: "... Quoniam per interventum Aymonis cognomento De Argintia ...." and in Florence in 1200 with Filippo Argenti contemporary and personal enemy of Dante who it belonged to the political faction of the Black Guelphs, Dante met him in the fifth circle of the Inferno among the proud immersed in the mud of the swamp stigia. In Rome in 1500 we find the Argenti at the Papal Court as secretaries of Popes and Cardinals.
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