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Etymological origin of Italian surname: Zou


Zou is decidedly Sardinian, specific to Narbolia in the Oristano area, it should derive from a nickname originated from the Sardinian word Logudorese zòu (nail, a trivial matter), which may have originated from the profession of the progenitor, a blacksmith producing nails, or from a nickname linked to the indirect meaning of the term. additions provided by Giuseppe Concas ZOU: it is a little-known surname. Zou in the Sardinian language means large iron nail handcrafted by the blacksmith and used above all for shoeing horses, but not only. Tsòu, acciou, anciòu, anciolu, is also called crava / u, crau, cravilla and can also be wood. Zou, tsou, ciou therefore mean nail and derive from the Italian chiodo, in fact. While the voices crau, cravu, cravìla, always means nail, but derive from the Latin clavus = deverbale da clavo = inchiodo> calvario. Put a nail in Sardinian = cravài un anciòlu. Chiodo in Sardinian is also called puncia or puntza = punta, from the Latin puncta. We did not find the surname Zou in the ancient documents we consulted. He is currently present in 11 Italian Municipalities, 4 of which in Sardinia: Narbolìa 34, Sassari 6, Milis 3, Mogoro 3. in the peninsula Rome has 5, Milan 4, Turin 3, etc.

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

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