Updated June 9, 2019

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Family name origins & meanings

  • Spanish and Italian : from cardo ‘thistle’, ‘cardoon’ (Latin carduus), hence a topographic name, or possibly in some cases a metonymic occupational name for a wool carder, thistles having been used for this purpose.
  • Italian : from a short form of a personal name with this ending, such as Accardo, Biancardo (see Biancardi), or Riccardo.
  • Catalan (Cardó) : habitational name from a place named Cardó in Catalonia.