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Etymological origin of Italian surname: Letta


Typically Abruzzo, from the area of Avezzano, Aielli and Celano. additions provided by Andrea Ferreri Typical of Abruzzo, the surname is widespread in the province of L'Aquila in the municipalities of Aielli (24 occurrences, 3rd in order of frequency), Avezzano (17 occurrences) and Celano (14 occurrences). Note that among the first surnames of Aielli figure Coletta and the surname Ranalletta is the 1st in Celano and among the first 30 in Avezzano. My idea is that Letta can derive from the apheresis of names such as Nicola, Rinaldo, etc. In fact the surname could also derive from the Latin verb lego, is, legi, lectum, eras with the main meaning of gathering, gathering probably in relation to the ancestor's activity, it is also possible a derivation from lectus, a, um = chosen, elected, distinguished, excellent, exemplary.

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

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