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Etymological origin of Italian surname: Caretti


Caretta, quite rare, seems to have more stocks, in Lazio and L'Aquila, in the Vicenza area and in the Taranto area, Caretti in addition to the nucleus in Verbania and surroundings, should have a stock in Modena, one in Benevento and one in Rome, Caretto, very rare, it is typical of Salento, Carretta is widespread in Parma and in Veneto, with a stock also in Mantua, it has a stock in the Neapolitan, in the Potentino, in the Foggia and in the Bari, Carretti is typically Emilian, especially in the Reggio area, Modenese, with strains also in the Bolognese and Florentine, Carretto èp specific to Savona and western Piedmont, should derive from hypocorisms of the Latin cognomen Carus, of which we have an example with the famous Latin poet Titus Lucretius Carus (99 BC - 55 BC), but in some cases they could also derive from nicknames attributed to the progenitors because they were transporters by means of wagons. additions provided by Giovanni Vezzelli Caretti starts from the medieval personal Carittus, from the Latin carus «dear, pleasant», also present in Modenese papers from 1176. Source: F. Violi, Surnames in Modena and in the Modena area.

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

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