FEBO — This surname derives from the first name Febo, which derived from the Greek adjective “phoibòs,” meaning shining used for Apollo. It appears in the vital statistics records in 14 of Italy’s 20 regions, most being registered in Abruzzo. Variations: FEBBO.
FEDERICI — This surname derives from the first name Federico, which derived from the ancient German name Frithurik, composing of “frithu,” meaning peace, friendship and “rikja,” meaning lord, prince. It is a very common surname present in 19 of the 20 regions with the only exception being Molise. As far as the remaining regions the surname is most present in Lazio and least in Val D’Aosta. Variations: FEDERICO, FEDERIGI, FEDERZONI, FEDRIZZI.
FEGATELLO — This surname derives from the word “fegato,” meaning liver, given to someone that used to cook the liver or used as a nickname to indicate a brave person. Research indicates that this surname is most uncommon. The idea that cooks specializing in preparing liver were far and few between may be the reason there are so few present-day families with this surname. Variations: FEGATILLA, FEGATILLI, FEGATILLO.
FEI — This surname derives from the first name Feo, which is a short name for Maffeo, which derived from Matteo. It has a presence in 14 of the 20 regions. Of the 14 where the surname is recorded, Tuscany has the largest number of Fei families. Puglia and Abruzzo are tied for last place.
FELICE — This surname derives from the word of Latin origin “felix,” meaning happy. It has a presence in all 20 regions. It is most prevalent in Sicily. Three regions are tied for last place Umbria, Val D’Aosta and Basilicata. Variations: FELICI, FELICIANI, FELICIONI.
FELLA — This surname derives from the medieval adjective “fello,” meaning cruel or also sad, probably used as a nickname. It appears in the vital statistics records in 16 of the 20 regions. Of the 16 regions, Lazio has the surname present in numbers above the other 15. Variations: FELLI, FELLO.
FENOCCHIO — This surname derives from the word “finocchio,” meaning fennel. In ancient times it was a nickname to indicate places where fennel grew, or was the job of someone who picked the vegetable. As a present-day surname it is registered with vital statistics in 16 regions with Abruzzo having the highest number of Finocchio families and Sardegna the least. Variations: FENOGLIO, FENOGLIETTO.
FEOLA — This surname derives from the first name Feo, which is a short name for Maffeo, which derived from Matteo. It is present in 19 of the 20 regions. The only region that has no families registered with its vital statistics bureau is Basilcata. It is most prevalent in Campania. Variations: FEOLI.
FERA — This surname derives from the female Latin adjective “fera,” meaning terrible, cruel or brave. It can be found in 19 regions. The sole region that doesn’t show a presence is Umbria. The region with the largest number of Fera families is Calabria. Variations: FERELLA, FERELLE, FERLA.
FERRAI — This surname derives from the job “ferraro,” meaning blacksmith. It has a very small presence. It is only present in 9 regions. Sardegna is where it is most prevalent.
Next issue will continue with the surnames starting with the letter “F.”