italian surnames
Could anyone explain me the following italian surnames: Berti
Biella
RapaThanks a lot
Tags:  Berti, Biella, Italian, Rapa
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from bari south italy
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Berti: appears in whole Italy, from names like Libertus, Adalbertus, Robertus, et cetera or from just Bertus, all composed at least of beraht meaning "bright".Biella: is typical Lombardian, in some cases from placenames called Biella, but mostly an archaic form of the medieval name Bellus, meaning "beautiful".Rapa: like Rapelli and Rapetti (-elli and -etti are diminutives) from the Italian word rapa meaning "turnip", probably denoting someone who cultivated turnips.
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