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||A few more I'd like to ask about ... by Ciarda85
BELLAFIORE > BELFIORE (originating in an area where the noun fiore ‘flower’ is treated as feminine, as for example in Sicily):
1. from the personal name Belfiore, meaning ‘beautiful (as a) flower’.
2. habitational name from any of numerous minor places called Belfiore, as for example in Verona province.
English and Irish (of Norman origin), French: literal or ironic nickname meaning ‘fine friend’, from French beau ‘fair’, ‘handsome’ (bel before a vowel) + ami ‘friend’.
Italian (Sicily): nickname meaning ‘beautiful (bella) hip (anca)’
BELLFLEUR (see above, but French this time)
1. Italian: from a diminutive of the female personal name Bella.
2. Italian or German spelling of Slovenian Belina, nickname denoting a fair-haired or pale-skinned person, from bel ‘white’, ‘light’, ‘fair’, with the augmentative suffix -ina
BELLROSE: "beautiful rose(s)", I should say
(Dictionary of American Family Names, Oxford University Press; except the last one)
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