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Etymological origin of Italian surname: Lamia


Lamia is decidedly Sicilian, from Trapani to Marsala, Trapani, Mazara del Vallo, Petrosino, Erice, Alcamo and Palermo, it could derive from the name of the late Latin family Lamia, belonging to the Gens Aelia (see LAMA), but it is also possible a derivation toponymy from the name of the Greek city of Lamia capital of the outskirts of Central Greece and of the name of Fthiotida, or even, but much less likely, from the Greek name Lamia, Lamia was the beautiful queen of Libya, to which Hera killed all her children and who went mad from pain he began to devour children and transformed himself into a kind of horrible Fury, able however to transform himself into a beautiful woman to seduce men. additions provided by Stefano Fontana Its origins date back to a house of the ancient military aristocracy, which lost most of its benefits for having participated in the war against the second Aragonese invasion led by Martino di Monblanc in 1392. Dimora dei Lamia had been Catania , where they had known their splendor, but also in Trapani the family had maintained the most modest dignity of baron of Canpioppo. The coat of arms of the house is supported by two beefy warriors armed with club and covered by a fur coat, because the Lamia family traced their origin back to Lamis, who had led around 730 BC, from Megara, one of the earliest Greek colonies in Sicily. Lamis was an Eraclid, as he was descended from Lamo, son of Hercules. The beefy characters that hold the Lamia weapon are therefore Hercules and Lamo.

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

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