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Etymological origin of Italian surname: Patriarchi


Patriarch would seem typical of Lazio, with extensions in Abruzzo and in Isernia, it also has a stock in the Udine area, Patriarchs would appear to be from Arezzo. additions provided by Stefano Ferrazzi Patriarch presents a major nucleus in central Italy, including the Roman, the frusinate, the Latin, the Isernino, the Pescara and the Teramo, but secondary nuclei are also found in the north, between the Udine area and the Milanese , the Como, the Sondriese, the Lecco area, the Vercelli and the Turin area, Patriarchs, much rarer than the previous one, is widespread especially in the central north, with main stocks in the Arezzo area, in the Florentine and in the Prato area, but with a minor lineage also in Gela (CL), both these surnames derive from the term patriarch, which here probably indicates a particular ecclesiastical figure: in the Catholic Church of Latin rite, in fact, the honorary title of patriarch is attributed to the archbishops of rather large and famous dioceses (a famous example is that of the Patriarchate of Venice). As for the surnames in question, then, Patriarch and Patriarchs should derive from having worked the progenitors employed by a patriarch (as is the case for all those surnames that recall political or religious offices, such as King, Count, Duke, Priest , Abbot, Bishop, etc); it is not to be excluded, however, that in some cases these surnames may derive from particular attitudes typical of the founders (who, for one reason or another, were precisely nicknamed patriarchs, in the most general sense of head of a family, a figure endowed with much power and prestige).

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

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