Type Surname (from given name)
Other Forms FormsBocca, Bocchi, Bocchetti and Bocchini
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Meaning & History
The Italian family name is classified as being of nickname origin. The most obvious are those names which are based on a physical characteristic or personal attribute of the initial bearer. In this particular instance, according to the author Emedio De Felice, the family name Bocchino derives from "bocca", meaning "mouth", in turn derived from the Latin word "bucca".De Felice states that this family name may not only have arisen from a nickname which described the mouth in a literal sense, since "bocca" in a figurative sense designated such things such things as intelligence and veracity.Notable bearers of the surname Bocchino include Francesco Bocchino, a cleric and a poet cited in 1701.