Typical of eastern Sicily, Laspina is decidedly rarer than the Spina form specific to Catania, and should derive from the medieval name Spina.
Both Spina and Spinelli are pan-Italian, Spinella is typically Sicilian, Palermitano, Messina and Catania in particular and Reggino, Spinello has a strain in Turin, perhaps due to immigration, a strain Veneto in Padua, Venetian and Rovigoto, and one In Sicily, especially in Nisseno, in the Ragusano, Syracusan and Catania, Spinetta is of the Genoese area, La Spezia and Massese, with presences also in the Alexandrian and Pavese and a strain also in the Trevisano, Spinetti is distributed in the area that includes the Savona, the Genovese, the Spezzino, the Massese, the Lucchese, the Pistoiese, the Pisano, the Leghorn and the Grossetano, with strains also in Lazio, in the Roman, Frusinate and Latinense, Spinetto is specific to Chiavari and Mezzanego in the Genoese, while Spini is properly Lombard, with a Strain also in Tuscany, should derive from the name Medieval Thorn, also through a hypochoristic, and from spinel, or even from the apheresis of the name Crispino and its diminutive, but they could also, in some cases, derive from toponyms such as: Spina in Perugino, Spinea in the Venetian, Spineda and Spino d'adda in the Cremonese, Spinete in the Campobassano, Spineto Scrivia in the Alexandrian, and so on many others. Additions provided by Giuseppe Concas SPINA: S'ispina (log.) SA Thorn (camp.), is the plug. In Latin Spina. It is a surname widespread throughout Italy, present in fact in well 1116 municipalities, of which 56 in Sardinia: Assemblies 114, Cagliari 75, Sinnai 69, Sassari 50, Sanluri 35, Gonnosfanadiga 33, etc. We have no documents to demonstrate the authenticity of Sardinian strains because we have not found the surname in ancient maps, but we can count on various historical claims, including: 1)-The presence of the surname in the variant Ispina. Among the signatories of the Peace of Eleanor, LPDE of 1388, figure in fact, Ispina Deucio, ville Ecclesiarum, * * Villa Ecclesiarum. Today's Iglesias. Et ego De Nelli Pelipaparius Ludovicus, Civis et habitator terre et Ville Ecclesiarum. Sindicus, Procurator Universitatis Ville Ecclesiarum. Seu at Formenyino Joanne, Captain, Camerlengo Ville Ecclesiarum of Sigerro. Omnibus Habitatoribus dicte Terre Ville Ecclesiarum, Congregatis in the Curia Magna.in Posse Virde Andree, Quondam Virde Joannis de Civitate Sasseri. Nona die Januarii 1388; 2)-
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