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Candita is specific to Francavilla Fontana in Brindisi, Canditelli is almost unique, Canditi, only slightly less rare, it would seem to be from Abruzzo, Candito has a stock in Lecce at Sternatia and Brindisi and one in the Reggio area at Condofuri, Canditone, absolutely rare, is from Naples and surroundings. additions provided by Stefano Ferrazzi On the origin of these surnames converge at least two hypotheses, to be considered valid depending on the different origin of these families. On the one hand, in fact, Candita and its variants could arise from an archaism of the medieval name Candido (see Candida), taking into account above all the hypocoristic Canditelli and Canditone - which, in effect, make us think of a personal name. In southern Italy, however, it should be noted that the surnames Candita and Candito have more often originated arbëreshë (probably Greek-Albanian) and, in these cases, the derivation from the candied term, the ethnic name, of the island of Candia, now known as Crete (see Di Candia and Candida): as in the case of Candido and variants, this Greek or arvanite origin applies mostly to the Salento and Tarantine strains, if one takes into account the strong presence of arbëreshë in the south of Puglia (especially in the so-called Albania tarantina).

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

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