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CAIFFI | CAIFFO

Caiffi, almost unique, is from La Spezia, Caiffo is present in a solitary form only in Campania in the Neapolitan dialect, it should derive from a nickname originated from the Arabic term khalifa (in Italian the caliph), which identifies the supreme head of the country, a kind of mayor , but used in Liguria to also indicate a skipper.

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


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