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Etymological origin of Italian surname: Briga


Briga, quite rare, has a small stock in Pescara, one in Massafra in the Taranto area and one in Sicily, in Niscemi in Nissen, and in Agira in the province of Enna, Brighi has a Romagna family, in Cesena above all, in Rimini and in Cervia and Ravenna in the Ravenna area, in Forlì, Cesenatico, Bertinoro and San Mauro Pascoli in the Forlì area and in Sant'Arcangelo di Romagna in the Rimini area, Brigo is typically Venetian, from Padua, Anguillara Veneta, Vigonza, Tribano and Monselice, Verona, Venice, of Rovigo and Schio in the Vicenza area, they should derive from the medieval name Briga, Brigo, of which we have an example of use in Besozzo in the Milanese in the second half of the 1500s: "... Item where if in Sorvia he says, field three poles, urgency Messer Giovanni Antonio de Daverii, and Messer Hercolo Besozzo and Signor Francesco Besozzo, and the heredi de Brigo of the Daverii de Bozzio: Item the forest known as the Dead, almost entirely dissipated, de pertiche 12 vel around, 5 the forerunners of the heredi de Brigo from three parts i, et on the other hand, Messer Giovanni Petro Soresina, and Mr. Francesco Besozzo. .. ", or even from ancient place names based on the Gallic term briga (Rocca Altura) or on the medieval Germanic word briha (stony ground), but it is also possible a derivation from nicknames based on the late Latin word briga (contention, brawl), term probably born from the Gothic brikan (break to break, fight), let's think for example of the name of the famous mask Brighella, which originated from this last term.

Bibliographic source' "L'origine dei cognomi Italianim storia ed etimologia" di E. Rossoni disponibile online su: https://archive.org/

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