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Italy has a large Sicilian lineage, especially in the Syracuse and Catania areas and one in the Trapani area, there is also a strain in the Piacenza area that may not be secondary. additions provided by Stefano Ferrazzi The origin of this surname is to be found in the medieval name Italia, which, in archaic onomastics, emphasizes a relationship with the ethnic origins of the family (see Italians). In this context, however, it is interesting to note that the surname Italia has often been adopted by Jewish-Italian families, perhaps to better blend in with the local population in times of religious persecution (for a more detailed explanation on this topic, see the surname Messina ). In conclusion, therefore, it is a question of the surname of the personal name of the founders, even if, in some cases, a derivation from a nickname attributed to them is not excluded. additions provided by Giovanni Vezzelli The surname Italy is obviously a coronimo from the name of our country. Italy is a latinism, because if it had followed the phonetic laws that were valid for the vernacular it would have been necessary to pronounce (and write) Itaglia (in the Padana Idaglia area), in French Iaille, in Spanish Jdaja. The return to the Latin name Italia (around the tenth century) was necessary to remedy the name ??????????? (Longobardìa) which for a long time designated the peninsula from the name of the Lombards who in the 6th century had invaded and held it for two centuries. At the end of the century IX the name ??????????? or ??????????? he referred, in a narrower sense, to all the territories that had remained to the Greeks in southern Italy, but also, in a more extensive application, to all the territories south of the Papal State that were actually governed by the Lombard princes. And again in the first half of the century XI the Arab geographer Edrisi mentions in his "Geography" the cities of Bari and Brindisi as belonging to the country of 'ankubardîa = Langobardìa.