Top 10 most common Sicilian surnames – 2
From “hedgehog” to indicate physical characteristics (spiky or curled hair) or temperamental (harsh) of the progenitor.
From the medieval Greek name, from the Latin graecus, “born in Greece / from Greece” and which therefore originally very probably indicated the origin of the progenitor. It could also be linked to nicknames with analogical value, for example, physically or temperamentally resembling a Greek (astute as a Greek).
From the Latin name Romanus which means “man / native of Rome”.
Linked to physical characteristics ( Grasso can be translated as Fat ). Fat was synonymous with strength and good health and therefore the nickname had a positive auspicious connotation.
10. Di Stefano
Patronymic surname that derives from the proper name Stefano which means “garland, crown”. The surname spread from the Christian Middle Ages thanks to the cult of Saint Stephen protomartyr.