Corleone Sicilian, Literature
From the name of the town of Corleone in Sicily, which is of uncertain meaning. This surname is well known from the novel The Godfather
(1969) by Mario Puzo, as well as the films based on his characters. The story tells how Vito Andolini comes to America from Sicily, receiving the new surname Corleone
at Ellis Island, and starts a criminal empire based in New York.
From a Sicilian variant of Italian padrino
From Sicilian spanu
meaning "sparse, thin hair"
, ultimately from Greek σπάνιος (spanios)
meaning "scarce, rare".