The Trofa is almost unique, Latrofa seems specific of Noicattaro in the Bari area, it could derive from a nickname originated from the Greek word trofos, ?????? (nurse), perhaps from the fact that the progenitor performed the functions of nurse or health officer in a military body. additions provided by Stefano Ferrazzi The Trofa, very rare, seems to originate from Biccari (FG), Latrofa is typical of the Bari area, both of these surnames should derive from the dialectal word trofa, meaning tuft, bunch (especially of lettuce): the origin of the term is to be found in the Greek tryphos, which literally means piece, detached (in reference to the head torn from the ground). Very probably, then, these are the surnames of trade names attributed to the founders (perhaps of the gardeners or of the greengrocers).
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