Tenorio
The surname Tenorio is said to mean womanizer in one source but that is obviously wrong because it si confusing Don Juan Tenorio with the word that gave him his surname, unless he was given the surname Tenorio because he was a womanizer... Anyone knows the etymology of Tenorio? Any relationship with "tenor"?
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According to the Diccionario de apellidos españoles, the origin of Tenorio is uncertain ('dudoso'). There's a place so named in Galicia as you can see at tinyurl.com/cpmjcb8 but no one is sure if that's where the surname comes from.
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Tenorio is probably a habitational name from Pontevedra province, Galicia, according to http://www.ancestry.com/name-origin?view=2&surname=Tenorio .The meaning of the name Tenorio however is uncertain, but perhaps Tenorio has a connection to the Roman Empire era, and that it relates to a pre-Roman god. Perhaps it is ultimately of Latin origin. For more information, you can see the discussion here http://genforum.genealogy.com/tenorio/messages/189.html

This message was edited by the author 10/31/2012, 6:36 PM

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Thanks for the answer... I am dissapointed that the meaning is uncertain and that the links do not bother to mention the alternatives, I mean, they say they are just hypothetical, but they do not bother to say which these hypothesises are... :(
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I've found another site where it gives a different perspective on the surname Tenorio - http://www.4crests.com/tenorio-coat-of-arms.html . It says that the surname Tenorio derived from the dialect term "Tena", meaning "dweller at the rough-farming building". The word "Tena" was originally from the Latin "Tigna", meaning "beam, or plank". This origin suggests that Tenorio may have originated from Tena, a place name in Huesca province. Tena is also a Catalan name. I still think the Galician origin is more closer to the true origin of the Tenorio surname.I think for sure the surname Tenorio is from the village of Tenorio in Galicia, but what is still a hypothesis is that the meaning of the name Tenorio could be of Latin origin, going back to the Roman Empire era, or perhaps Greek. I have not found a meaning though, but perhaps it could have to do with the first part "tenor" or "teno", both are also Spanish surnames. If you are still disappointed, perhaps you should help me seek the meaning of the surname Tenorio?

This message was edited by the author 11/2/2012, 3:19 PM

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Hey I can’t find my last name anywhere �
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I would love helping you if I could but I am not resourceful in net investigation... Even 'though I am more resourceful in net investigation than in any other kind of research... I rely on this page because it is very effective...
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Nothing about Tenorio yet?
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