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Updated June 9, 2019

Family name origins & meanings

  • Southern Italian : from the personal name Adorno, meaning ‘adorned’.
  • Italian : from Italian adorno denoting a type of hawk, presumably applied as a nickname for someone with hawklike features or a metonymic occupational name for someone who trained hawks.
  • The Italian surname Adorno is also established in southern Germany through descendants of an Italian merchant who settled in Swabia in 1680, and in Brazil, where it was taken from Genoa in the 16th century.

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