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Cretella even though it has a Roman stock, which could derive from the name of the locality of Porta Cretella in the Roman period, it is typically from Campania, from Naples and Casalnuovo di Napoli in the Neapolitan, from Succivo and Sant'Arpino in the Caserta area and from Scafati, Maiori, Amalfi and Atrani in the Salerno area, Cretelli is practically unique, Critelli is typically Calabrian, from Catanzaro above all and in the Catanzaro area of Tiriolo, Simeri Crichi, Marcellinara and Gimigliano, Cariati in the Cosenza area and Crotone, Critello, absolutely much more rare, is specific to Catanzaro, they should all derive from hypocoristic forms of the Greek name Kretheus, name of the mythological king of Iolco, city from which the expedition of the Argonauts departed.

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

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