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Etymological origin of Italian surname: Licordari


Licordari, quite rare, has a small stock in the Cosenza area in Scalea and Praia a Mare, but the most important stock is in the Reggio area of Melito di Porto Salvo, it should derive from a nickname originated from the fact that the family did the job of rope manufacturers . additions provided by Guido Licordari The surname arises almost certainly from a place with the same name, not reported on the maps but known by its inhabitants, in the territory of Roccaforte del Greco (about 4 km south-west of the country), in the interior of the Ionian coast, in particular on the road that leads from Melito into the interior. Since this is a Greek area where a Greek dialect is still spoken today, the origin of the name is not to be found in the southern dialects, but from the Greek language where the term lykos means wolf, and certainly the surname in question must be connected to this etymology. It would be very strange, among other things, that the Licordari family who lived on the Aspromonte to tens and tens of kilometers from the sea manufactured ropes and nets used mainly by fishermen. Much more probable, instead, that they had to do with wolves (in Greek the verb dero or deiro means skinning), frequent in these mountainous and wild lands where the main economic activity was herding.

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

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