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Updated June 9, 2019

Family name origins & meanings

  • Italian (chiefly northern) : of problematic and probably multiple origin. The most likely sources are az(z)aro, an occupational name for a producer or supplier of hatchets or battleaxes, from az(z)a ‘hatchet’, ‘battleaxe’, or a metonymic occupational name for maker or supplier of steel or swords, from Italian acciaio ‘steel’ (from Latin ac(c)iar(i)um).

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