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Specific to Corleto Perticara (PZ), could derive from a dialect nickname. Integrations provided by Fabio Paolucci (Salerno) Toce is a typical surname Lucano, in particular of the commune of Corleto Perticara in the Potentino. About the etymological origin we can formulate more hypotheses: the first takes into consideration the derivation from the Idronimo Toce, river flowing in Piedmont tributary of the Lake Maggire, or from the Piedmontese toponyms Toceno or Gravellina Toce, in the province of Verbano-Cusio-Ossola. The second hypothesis takes into analysis the surname French Tocquè (surname of the great painter Louis T.; Paris, 1696-1772), which may have come to Italy with the domination French and italianized in the form Toce. The third and last my hypothesis concerns the possible derivation from the Latin word tocullio, onis, with the meaning of usurer, which may have remained in the dialect of Lucano and then attributed to the founder for his shady activity or for a characteristic Behavior that showed that he was particularly accustomed to money. Additions provided by Giovanni Vezzelli according to G. Rohlfs, Historical Dictionary of surnames in Lucania, Toce is a Lucano surname derived from Tòcci, also surname Lucano and Calabrese but of Albanian origin. Cf. Toci village and surname Albanian.

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

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