Fanella is rare and specific to central-southern Lazio, very widespread throughout Italy. Fanelli, Fanello is much rarer and has a strain in Calabria, and possible strains in Liguria, Venice and Rome, should derive from hypocoristic forms of the apheresis of the name Stefano , may also derive from the Latin cognomen Fannius, but it is also possible that they derive from the apheresis of toponyms like: Sacrofano (RM). Trace of this surname is found in Perugia where in the school register of the local university in the year 1585 there is a Victorius Fanellus. additions provided by Giovanni Vezzelli Fanelli, as well as apheretic apothecary of the name Stefano, could also derive from the bird called "fanello" or from the Latin "fanum" = temple.
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