Astarita is specific to the Neapolitan area and to the nearest area of Salerno, Astariti is practically unique, Astarotta, practically unique, however, is still from Campania, Starita, less common, is always Neapolitan, could derive from modifications and possible subsequent apheresis of the medieval name Astarius in its feminine form, it would then be a matronymic surname, but much more probably derive from an Italianization and subsequent modification of the Hebrew name Astaroth, we remember the devil to whom Pulci in the Morgante attributed the name of Astarotte: "... A spirit called Astarotte, // very wise, terrible, very strong; // this is down in the infernal caves: // he is not a goblin, he is blacker. // Malgigi beseeched him one night, // and said: - Tell me about the real Rinaldo; // then I'll tell you what you do to me. // But don't look so terrible on your face ... ", we find traces of these surnames in Pagani in the Salerno area where he is present the noble palace Astarita and in Sorrento with the Astarita palace and in the 18th century with the maritime captain Tommaso Astarita always originating from the Sorrento peninsula.
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