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PostPosted: Wed May 11, 2011 7:15 pm    Post subject: LOFARO surname Reply with quote

I've been really looking into the history of last names in my family tree lately (I had posted something on the VENTURA surname here recently) and I had come across a new family name in my research, so I though I would ask the group about this one. The name is LOFARO. It is interesting because, like VENTURA, this name also may have Spanish roots. I have found some variations of the name, including: IL FARO, LE FARO, ALFARO. ALFARO is Spanish, and comes from Arabic "al" and Spanish "faro", meaning "the lighthouse." All variations of the name mean "lighthouse."

With regards to the Italian background of the name, I have been told that it is Sicilian and that it is also translated as "lighthouse." It comes from several places in Sicily and supposedly refers to a village of the same name. I have not been able to locate this village nor any mention of it, so I do not yet have any information on this village. Whether the name came to Sicily from elsewhere, I do not know yet.

I have searched the forums here and have not found any mention of this name, so I though I would ask and see if anyone else has come across this surname as well and can provide any background information on it.
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PostPosted: Thu May 12, 2011 1:18 am    Post subject: Re: LOFARO surname Reply with quote

I found a few people by that name in the Italian white pages. If you fill in Sicilia in the blank you do a search for Lofaros there.

www.paginebianche.it/e...LOFARO&dv=

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PostPosted: Thu May 12, 2011 7:23 pm    Post subject: Re: LOFARO surname Reply with quote

That could be helpful eventually, if I wanted to contact distant family in Italy, but for now I am actually interested in the linguistic origins of the name.
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PostPosted: Fri May 13, 2011 2:15 am    Post subject: Re: LOFARO surname Reply with quote

Sorry, that is way out of my league! Good luck.
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PostPosted: Sat May 14, 2011 3:47 pm    Post subject: Re: LOFARO surname Reply with quote

I would disregad the Lo as you look for the origin. When looking for Faro, I found two Sicilian connections:

There is a frazione of Messina which is called Torre Faro.

And the Straight of Messina used to be called Faro di Messina.
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PostPosted: Sun May 15, 2011 3:05 am    Post subject: Re: LOFARO surname Reply with quote

Faro = Lighthouse

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PostPosted: Sun May 15, 2011 10:39 am    Post subject: Re: LOFARO surname Reply with quote

Yes, I have already learned that the name means lighthouse. I was curious as to the linguistic origins of the name. Because it has numerous possible origins, I wondered if the Italian name came from Italy or someplace else.
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