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Etymological origin of Italian surname: Caia


Cai is typically Tuscan in the area that includes the provinces of Pisa and Florence, Caia has a small Calabrese stock in Bagnara Calabra and Oppido Mamertina and the main stock in Syracuse and Avola, Caio, in addition to the Lombard stock, especially in Bergamo, has a stock also in the Bari area, Gai is typically from Piedmont and western Liguria, with a stock also in Pistoia and Rome, Gaia is typical of the Lombard, Ligurian and Piedmontese areas, with a stock also in the Rimini and Pesaro areas, Gaius, has a Venetian nucleus, especially in Lamon in the Belluno area and in Feltre, in Montebelluna in the Treviso area, in Venice and in Bassano del Grappa in the Vicenza area, with a small stock in the Neapolitan dialect, should derive from the Latin praenomen Caius or Gaius of which we have the most illustrious example in Gaius (or Gaius) Julius Caesar, in some cases they could derive from the Gens Gaia or Gavia, or from the relative nomen Gaius, Gaia. We find traces of these surnames from the year 1077 in Cremona in a Cartula offersionis where among the witnesses we find: "... Signa ++++ manuum Dothoni et Petri germanis, filii quondam Sansommi, ...., etiam Alberici de Verdello, Alberici Rimizani, Bernardi de Gaio, testium ... ".

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

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