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Updated June 9, 2019

Family name origins & meanings

  • Southern Italian (La Spina) : from spina ‘thorn’ (Latin spina), with the definite article la, applied as a topographic name for someone who lived by a thorn bush or in an area of scrubland, or (in a transferred sense) for someone who lived by the crest or ridge of a hill. It could also be a nickname for a tall, thin, spiky person.
  • Southern Italian (La Spina) : from a short form of a personal name formed with this word for its Christian associations, for example Fiordespina, Despina, Malaspina.

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