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Very very rare it would seem to originate from Catania, it could derive from a dialectal modification of the name Petrus, but it is also possible that it derives from the name of an instrument of torture, "La Pera", which, opened with a turn of the screw from a minimum, to a maximum of his segments, at the end of which he had prongs, was inserted in the mouth or in other orifices, to tear and tear the throat or intestines that were so horribly mutilated to lead to the death of the tortured.
Le Pera is typically Calabrese, of the area that includes Cosentino above all, the Catanzaro and the Crotone area, Lepera, decidedly more rare, specific to the same area, should derive from the name of the district of Le Pera, a fraction of the Lombards in Cosenza , a fraction that would derive its name from the Greco-Albanian region of Epirus ???????.
Pera is widespread in Liguria, lower Piedmont, Lucca, Lazio, L'Aquila and Sicily, Peri is widespread throughout the north, in Tuscany, Lazio and Sicily, Pero is from Turin and Asti, Genoa and Perugia. of the Neapolitan and Caserta, of the Palermo and of the Salento, they should all derive from dialectal modifications of the name Piero or Piera, both derived from the Latin name Petrus.