Spitalere and Spitaliere are probably due to errors of transcription of Spitaleri, which would seem specific of Sicily, the Catanese, Messina and Palermo, Spitalieri, less common, has a stump in the Palermo and one in the Catanese. Integrations provided by Stefano Ferrazzi surname typically Sicilian, with a major strain in Catania, derives from the term dialectal spitaleri (ospitaliere), which indicates the one who works in a hospital. At one time the hospitals, in addition to carrying out their current function, could also serve as shelters for the elderly, for pilgrims or for foundlings, it should be recalled, for example, the so-called Hospital of the Innocents, which offered precisely their care to the children without Family.
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