Corvasce is specific to the Bari area, where it is very common in Barletta, with good presence also in Bari, Trani and Canosa di Puglia, Corvasci, practically unique, it would seem to be due to errors in transcription of the previous one, such as the less rare Corvascio and Crovasce, Always very rare Crovascio, is specific to San Vito dei Normanni in Brindisi. additions by Stefano Ferrazzi Taking into account the geographical origin (more typically Apulian), the surnames Corvasce, Crovascio, etc. seem to come from an Italianization - dialectal - of the ethnonym hrvatski (archaic horvatski), which, in Serbian-Croatian language, literally means Croatian - hrvatski, to be precise, has the value of an adjective, while hrvat has the value of a noun (see Croats and Horvat). It should be noted, in this regard, that in ancient times Croatia was also known as Corvazia or Crovazia (from the Croatian Hrvatska or Horvatska) and, in this sense, it is not impossible that the term corvasce or corvascio represents an ancient ethnonym dialect for a citizen or a Croatian immigrant (taken precisely from the Slavic horvatski): the release in -asce or -ascio, in fact, could reflect a euphonic adaptation of the suffix -atski, softened in -asce / -ascio to make it more accessible to the Italian pronunciation or better still dialectal - keep in mind that the Apulian surnames often resort to the sound of -sc-, both in the Italianizations of foreign surnames (often just Slavs) and in the dialectal versions of some Italian surnames. In this regard, it should be added that also in Italian the term Croatia is affected by a euphonic adaptation of the ending -atska, adapted in-country just to make its pronunciation easier. Beyond the etymological question, however, the hypothesis of a Slavic origin also rests on the geographical distribution of the surnames in question, prevalently prevalent in Puglia: in this region, in fact, there is a large number of Slavic surnames (Italianized over the centuries), which, in many cases, seem to come precisely from the Balkan area, especially from the territories of the former Yugoslavia - although, perhaps, there is a further presence of other surnames coming from Eastern Europe, presumably up on the Central European area (for example, let us consider the surname Ungaro, very common in Puglia).
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