Liuzzi is specific and widespread in Puglia and Basilicata, with a small lineage between Neapolitan and Salerno, whereas Liuzzo is typical of eastern Sicily and Reggio, it should be hypocoristic forms of the name Leo, contracted form of Leo, or apheresis of the name Elia. additions provided by Giovanni Vezzelli Liuzzi is a predominantly Apulian surname. It is a derivative of the surname Leùci present in Potenza, Rionero in Vùlture and in Salento. A Leucius in 1107 was archiepiscopus in Brindisi (Cod. Brind. I): it is a pet name for Leo; v. also Leòci. According to P. Minervini: ".. It may be the surname of the toponyms Liuzzo Orto (ME) or S. Liuzzo (near Molfetta, BA) or the apheresis of the Eliuzzo staff (with the fall by apheresis of the vowel E) from Greek 'èlios = sun. " No doubt instead about the Jewish origin of the surname.
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