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Type Surname (from nickname)
Usage Italian

Meaning & History

Derived from the Italian adjective frusciante meaning "rustling, swishing, whishing", which itself is derived from the Italian verb frusciare meaning "to rustle, to swish, to whish". The surname had probably started out as a nickname for someone who made a rustling or whishing sound whenever they walked, which was probably caused by the clothes that they were wearing (in that the clothes must have been made of a certain fabric that is prone to making some noise when touched in any way).

A known bearer of this surname is the American musician John Frusciante (b. 1970), who used to be the guitarist of the rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Added 2/16/2016 by Lucille