Subject: Re: What does it mean?
Author: M.Sagani   (guest)
Date: November 19, 2006 at 5:15 AM
Reply to: What does it mean? by J.Zerbini

Thi surname is typical of Northern Italy, especially Emilia-Romagna region (Bologna region), Lombardy (Milan region), Veneto (Venice region). It comes mostly from name of places: Like for instance "Zerbo".
In Venice area this surname or the original variant "Zerbi" coul d come from a dialect word "zerbo" that means "not ripe" or "green".
In Sicily the surname "Zerbi" could come from a dialect greek word "zerbos" that means left-handed.

I ignore if this surname could be of slavic origin.

Variants of Zerbi:
Zerbo, Zerbio, De Zerbi, Del Zerbo, Zerbetto, Zerbetti, Zerbini,
Zerboni, Zerbone, Zerbino, Zerbin (venetian form), Zerbinato (venetian form), Zerbinati and so on.

See Emidio De Felice /Dizionario dei Cognomi Italiani (Dictionary o italian surnames)

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