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Caridi is very widespread in the Reggio area and in the Messina area, Charybdis, much rarer, has a small stock in the Reggio area and a nucleus in Salento, could derive from Charybdis, the name of the whirlpool impersonated by a sea monster that divides Italy from Sicily in the strait of Messina, or from the locality of Caridi on the Aspromonte in Calabria, but it is also possible a derivation from nicknames connected with the dialectal word cariddi (cari). additions provided by Giovanni Vezzelli Caridi is a Calabrian and Sicilian surname derived from the Greek 'karýdi' = walnut. CARIDDI comes instead from the Latin voice Charybdis