Subject: Re: Italian last names
Author: Sean Foglai   (guest)
Date: May 1, 2005 at 12:06 PM
Reply to: Italian last names by Raymond Darico

I'll take a guess because they look pretty easy ...

Catalano, likely related to "castle" with the -ano denoting a diminutive

Cosma, likely related to Cosmos, Greek for "universe"

Damiani, probably from the first name Damian, another Greek name meaning something like "tamer, soother"

Gabrieli, from the first name Gabriel, ultimately from the Hebrew for "devoted to God"

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