Zoccola is typical of the Salernitano, Hoofs, is present in a sporadic way throughout the central South, hoof, absolutely rare, it seems to have a small strain Veneto and one perhaps in the south, may derive from a nickname, or be surnames attributed to Foundlings. Integrations provided by Fabio Paolucci in the civil status records kept at the state archive of Salerno, I have been able to see several times that the surname Zoccola was in the past attributed to infants Projetti, ie born to parents uncertain. It is for this reason that I have guessed that very often the surname Zoccola could be attributed to the so-called children of Sin, born of harlots or unfaithful women and immediately abandoned by the distorted mothers. To reinforce this thesis seems to be the vulgar and offensive epithet, still used today in the south, "son of a Zoccola". In the final analysis, the municipalities of Campania where the surname is more widespread are San Cipriano Picentino, Pontecagnano Faiano and Giffoni Sei Casali, located in areas bordering the city of Salerno, the capital of which are obviously part of the province. Integrations provided by Giovanni Vezzelli Zoccola is widespread in Neapolitan and Piedmont, it has at the base a spregiative nickname formed by the regional Voice ' zoccola ' = topo di sewer and, in figurative uses, a woman little for good, prostitute. De Felice 272. See also in Sicily Hoof from the Sicilian ' zòcculu ' = rat, Big mouse. Rohlfs 198.
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