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Type Surname (from nickname)
Usage Italian
Other Forms FormsScanegatta, Scanagatti, Scannagatta

Meaning & History

Probably means "cat killer", from Italian scannare "to slaughter, to cut the throat of" and gatto "cat", with the figurative meaning of "cheat, scoundrel". (Compare Pelagatti)

The first element may alternately be an archaic form of zanna "tooth (of an animal)", giving this name the meaning of "cat's tooth, cat's fang".
Added 3/14/2023 by jocatchi