Typically Apulian from Altamura (BA). additions provided by Stefano Ferrazzi More typically Bari, but also present in the north and central north of the country, this surname derives from the medieval name Centoducati, attributed to the newborn as a wish for wealth: the origin of the name, in fact, must be sought in the expression hundred ducati, in which the term ducato indicates an ancient gold coin quite widespread in medieval Italy and, in this context, therefore, the number one hundred must be understood in a hyperbolic sense to indicate a large quantity of ducats (see also Centonze). As far as the surname in question is concerned, therefore, it is the surname of the progenitor's personal name.
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