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Etymological origin of Italian surname: Carciofoli


CARCIOFALI | CARCIOFALO | CARCIOFOLI | CARCIOFOLO

All absolutely rare, almost disappeared, Carciofali and Carciofoli would seem to have remained only in Lazio, Carciofalo and Carciofolo almost unci seem Sicilian, additions provided by Fabio Paolucci Carciofalo is a very rare surname, originating from central Sicily, probably from the city of Enna. From the etymological point of view it should be a variant of Carciofolo, also this very rare Sicilian surname, present only in Caltanissetta and in Palermo, but originating in central Sicily. Carciofalo and Carciofolo derive from the surname of a teasing nickname given to the forefather in reference to his alleged stupidity; in the southern provinces the expression being an artichoke, in the dialect precisely carcioffolo or carciuoffolo, is still used today in an offensive and mocking sense.

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


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