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Etymological origin of Italian surname: Portolano


Portolani is typical of the Forlivese, of Bagno di Romagna, Forlì, Meldola and Ravenna, Portolano has a small strain in Cesena, one in Naples and one in Brindisi, Portulano is very widespread in Taranto, should derive from the archaic term portulanus (pilot of Port, ie who drives The ships inside the port), used both to define the pilots, that the magistrates of Porto, of this use we have an example in Manfredonia nel Foggia in 1299: "... In appointments, etc. Nos bartholomeus de jaquinto Manfridonie judex, Nicolaus Puplicus ejusdem Terre notarius, et testes subscripti ad hoc specialiter vocal et rogati, present Scripto Puplico Declaramus, quod eadem die venientes coram nobis Dominus Angelus de Grifo, Dominus sinicus de Dopna birrecta, Salis de Juvenacio et goffridus de Sasso Portulanus Manfridonie, presents in the place of the purple, and in order to be ordered, ostenderunt nobis quoddam mandatum eis directum to Nobili Viro Henrico de Hervilla Magistro Portulano and prosecutor Apulie Continentie Talis. ...".

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

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