Cervellera is specific to the area that includes Brindisi and Tarentino, Cervelleri and Cervellero, practically unique, they should be due to a transcription error, they should derive from a trade name, but it is also possible that they derive from nicknames originating from the Norman term cervillier (a sort of metal helmet or bandana placed around the head), traces of this surname can be found at least since 1700 in Palagiano (TA), where for example in the second half of the century Pietro Cervellera is Prior of the Confraternity of the Holy Sacrament. additions provided by Giovanni Vezzelli Cervellera is a surname of supernominal origin that originates from the noun "brain", Latin 'cerebellu (m)' diminutive of 'cerebrum', understood as "main part of the brain, placed in the cranial cavity", but also "wisdom, intellect, intelligence". The derivation from 'cervelliera' = cervillier (see also CERVIGLIERE) is also connected.
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