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Type Surname (from occupation)
Pronounced Pron. Skoo-de-ri [key]
Meaning & History
Patronymic form of Scudero
, a status name equivalent to English SQUIRE
, from scudero
"shield-bearer", Latin scutarius
, an agent derivative of scutum
"shield". In Byzantium, the Greek word σκουτάριος (skoutarios)
, a derivative of scutarius
, denoted a member of the imperial guard.