Garofalo
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Surname GAROFALO
SOURCE: Nickname
USAGE: Italian
Meaning & History
From an old given name or nickname, documented in Genoa in 1157 as Garofalus from a regional variant garofalo (see the Italian word garofano "carnation"). The word garofalu in Sicilian dialects or the Calabrian dialect could also mean an "eddy" of seawater in the Messina Strait.