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Etymological origin of Italian surname: Centurioni


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Centurione has a lineage between Pescara and Theatine, in Chieti and Lanciano in the Theatine and in Manoppello and Pescara in the Pescara area, and one in Manfredonia in the Foggia area, it had an important nucleus in Genoa, now practically disappeared, we remember the Genoese archbishop of the end of 1500 Alessandro Centurione, belonging to the lineage of the feudal lords of Aulla in the Massese region, Centurioni has a stock in Verona, one on the Island of Giglio and in Grosseto in the Grosseto area, sparse presences in the Marche, and a stock in the Roman Civitavecchia, these surnames should derive from the the fact that the forefather had been an officer placed at the head of a hundred men, the term, which dates back to Roman times, indicating the commander of a centuria (one hundred legionaries), was also used in medieval times to indicate the commander of a host of one hundred knights, crossbowmen or infantrymen, as proof of this fact, we read in the Senese chronicle of the year 1362: ".. Esendo made and grown the city walls and also increased the people, and gentlemen Nove fero III a hundred crossbowmen provigionati and quai fuseno of the city, and fuseno elected one hundred for the Third and called III men, each in his Third, for chapo de 'cento el which is called centorione. .. ".

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


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