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Etymological origin of Italian surname: Lenzi


LENSI | LENZI

Lensi is typically Tuscan Florentine with presences also in Prato, Pistoia, Lucca, Pisa and Livorno and a small stock also in Perugia, Lenzi has a widespread main nucleus between Bologna and all of Tuscany, with probably native strains also in Trentino, in Lombardy and Rome, should derive from the medieval name Lenzo, of which we have different examples in Tuscany, for example with Lenzo di Corsinetto, procurator of the village of Boccheggiano (GR) in 1400 in a dispute with the Republic of Siena, to which he submitted by accepting the Vicar of Siena, traces of this surname can be found in Pisa in a letter dated 1399, where it is possible to read: "... Dimi if you ever heard of de Lenzi, who and where he is, that I never saw more sad man, than never hear of it ... ", and also in Florence in 1400 we read of a certain Angelus Niccolai Lenzi populi Sancti, at that time the Lenzi were an extremely wealthy noble family. additions provided by Giovanni Vezzelli The surname Lenzi derives from Lenz, an abbreviation of the German personal name Lorenz (Lorenzo). Both the German Lorenz and the Italian Lorenzo derive from the Latin Laurentius, which indicated coming from the city of Laurentium, an ancient pre-Roman center of which there are no traces and which arose, as Virgil says in the Aeneid, in a place where it grew in abundance the sacred laurel plant (laurus). In Trentino, the name is widespread in Lavarone (Lenzi is also the name of one of the hamlets of the municipality of Lavarone), in the Valle dei Mocheni and in the Pergine area, where it is particularly common. Another hypothesis: Lenzi is based on the nickname derived from the noun Lenza, "very thin silk cord, horsehair or nylon, which is joined by the ending bearing the hook, used by fishermen".

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


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