Croce is widespread throughout Italy, Croci typical of central north, northwest Lombardy and Emilia in particular, Crocini is typically Tuscan, particularly from Arezzo, Arezzo and Siena, Crocioni is from Umbria, from Città di Castello and Perugia in particular. of Jupiter and Terni in the Terni area, Crocetta has a lineage between Treviso and Padua, one between Pescara and Theatine, one in the Roman period, one in the Neapolitan dialect, in the Bari area and small stocks in Sicily, Crocetti has a line between La Spezia and Lucca, one from Tuscany, one in the area that includes Marche, Abruzzo, Umbria and Lazio, Crocetto, very rare, has a small stock in the Neapolitan and one in the Potentino, can be originated from nicknames linked to one of the many toponyms containing the word Croce or Crocetta, such as Croce di Casale (AP), Croce di Magara (CS), Croce di Monte Colombo (FO), Crocetta di Fornelli (IS), Crocetta di Perano (CH) and many others, as they could also derive from nicknames related to religious facts . additions provided by Stefano Ferrazzi As an alternative to the proposed hypothesis (which, however, is by no means to be excluded), the surnames Croce, Croci, etc could derive from the medieval name Croce, which, in the religious sphere, naturally alludes to the crucifixion of Jesus Christ (central event of the whole Christianity): the emblem of the cross, in fact, occupies a place of absolute importance in Christian symbolism and, in this sense, the same religious onomasty pays tribute to it, even outside of Italy ( for example, just think of the Greek name Stavros, equivalent to the Italian Croce, which is still very common in Greece today. Having said this, however, a last observation concerning the surname Croce must be added: according to some sources, this surname would sometimes hide an origin arbëreshë, probably a translation of the Albanian name Stavri, equivalent to the Greek Stavros (this source, which does not exclude a Greek-Albanian origin, would be worth especially in southern Italy and, a fortiori, in those provinces that historically have hosted several arbëreshë communities). hypothesis provided by Enrico Franzil The surname Croce could derive from a nickname attributed to whoever had crossed eyelashes (that is, eyelashes that extended towards the interior where the nose joins the forehead). Particular meanings were attributed to this aspect of the face in popular beliefs. A student of mine, many years ago, had evidently inherited from the ancestors of the conspicuous crossed lashes and wore the surname Crose, it was then that I thought of this possible relationship.
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