Some means of names are pretty obvious: Bastardo... for bastard. Della Femina for From a Woman. Dell'Amore means From Love. All are a testament to those who came before and the trials they must have gone through to get through troubled times of war or poverty or disgrace. Many suffered through the horrors of war or famine. Anyone bearing these Italian surnames should be proud of what their fore-bearers went through to give life to their children and their childrens' children.
Although these names do have a high probability of being rooted in an ancestor being orphaned, there are exceptions to this.
Dati, De Alteriis
Della Donna, Della Femmina, Della Fortuna
Della Gioia, Della Stella, Dell 'Amore
Dell'Orfano, Del Gaudio, Diodata,
Esposto, Esposito, Esposuto,
Ignotis, Incerto, Incognito, Innocenti, Innocentini,
Naturale, Nocenti, Nocentini,
Sposito, Spurio, Stellato
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