Nicefori, practically unique, Nicefaro absolutely rare, Nicifora, practically unique, is of the Catanese, Nucifora diffused in Eastern Sicily, in the Messina area, in the Catania area above all and in the Syracuse area and Nuciforo typical of the Sicily of the north and in particular in the Messina area in particular. an error of transcription of the surname Niceforo, very rare, which would seem to have a stock in Stignano in the Reggio and one in Catania and which should derive from the Greek Byzantine name Nikephoros (bearer of victory), we remember with this name the Byzantine general Nicephorus which became Emperor of the Eastern Roman Empire from the year 802 to the year 811, according to other Nucifora and Nuciforo derive from a Greek nickname for walnut bearer, considering that the area of Messina and Catania is in fact very renowned for the quality of its walnuts, but the most probable thing is that these two surnames derive from the name of the Contrada Nucifora, a fraction of Sant'A lfio in the Catania area. additions provided by Alessandro Benfatto The surname Niceforo can be traced back to the Emperor of the East Niceforo Focas. He was an exponent of one of the richest aristocratic families in Asia Minor.
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