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.
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