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Q: meaning of surname ciccullo ( Answered 4 out of 5 stars,   2 Comments )
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Subject: meaning of surname ciccullo
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: sebastian1234-ga
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Posted: 25 Oct 2006 05:41 PDT
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Question ID: 776710
i am trying to find the meaning and origins of my surname "ciccullo"
i believe it is italian origin

Clarification of Question by sebastian1234-ga on 25 Oct 2006 05:44 PDT
if possible can you provide a link to website etc that provides the
meaning in english
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Subject: Re: meaning of surname ciccullo
Answered By: scriptor-ga on 25 Oct 2006 09:59 PDT
Rated:4 out of 5 stars
 
Dear sebastian1234,

"Ciccullo" is indeed an Italian name. It is a diminutive of "Cicco",
which is an intimate short form of "Francesco" (=Francis), a name with
Germanic roots that means as much as "freeman".

A number of variants of the name Ciccullo exist, such as Cicchetti,
Ciccolo, Ciccoli, Ciccolini, Cicchelli, Cicchini, Ciccotti, Ciccotto
and many others.  The name is particularly common in Southern Italy.

In its old variant "Cicala", the family name can be traced back to a
noble family in 12th century Genoa. In 1155 one Guglielmo Cicala from
that family is mentioned as diplomat in the services of Emperor
Frederick I.

Regards,
Scriptor



Sources:

Le dictionnaire des noms: Noms commenšant par C (in French)
http://jeantosti.com/noms/c7.htm

Famiglie Nobili di Sicilia: Cicala (in Italian)
http://www.famiglia-nobile.com/links.asp?CatId=533

Genova nei secoli d'oro: La famiglia Cicala (in Italian)
http://www.geocities.com/Paris/Louvre/3987/Genova/famiglia_cicala.htm

House of Names: Ciccone Coat of Arms
http://www.houseofnames.com/xq/asp.c/qx/ciccone-coat-arms.htm
sebastian1234-ga rated this answer:4 out of 5 stars
thank you for your help

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Subject: Re: meaning of surname ciccullo
From: probonopublico-ga on 25 Oct 2006 06:18 PDT
 
Cullo (Italian) = Rock (English)

And CIC = Commander in Chief

So, obviously, your ancestor was Commander-in-Chief of Rocks, probably
for Julius Ceasar.

They went in for some fancy titles in those good old days, so my guess
is that he was in charge of the Ice Bucket at the Emperor's Banquets.
Subject: Re: meaning of surname ciccullo
From: myoarin-ga on 25 Oct 2006 10:40 PDT
 
Sebastian,
you may also be interested in this site.  If you click on the right on
"search for immigration records" you will find two Ciccullos, and can
find more details with a free registration.

http://www.ancestry.com/search/rectype/default.aspx?rt=40&gsln=Ciccullo

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