It is through jetpunk that I learned/heard they were armenian haha. (You learn the weirdest things from reading the comments. Well mainly that people like to argue, everybody thinks THEIR opinion is right, and hardly anyone checks facts, or previous posts for that matter before they commment..)
It asks where the name ORIGINATED.
and I had the same thing as the others, didnt get an italian vibe of it, it sounded spanish or mexican. Pepito, perrito, gatito (cant think of common ones, but basicly all diminutives)
I looked it up and know italian etymology is different (from exposed) but if you think it is spanish, it looks like it could be little spouse haha esposa/esposo being spouse (wife/husband) and -ito the diminutive :D
Davano in passato questo cognome ai bambini che crescevano negli orfanotrofi. Infatti questi bambini venivano lasciati in "esposizione" per essere trovati: ecco il nome.
Altri cognomi da trovatelli sono: Innocenti, Degl'Innocenti, Casadei, Di Dio, Casadidio, Diotallevi ecc.
It’s a very, very common surname in Italy especially in southern Italy, Campania. They used to give this name to children growing up in orphanages. In fact, these children were left in "exposure" to be found: here is the name "Exposed". Other surnames from foundlings are: Innocenti, Degl'Innocenti, Casadei, Di Dio, Casadidio, Diotallevi etc.
Fun quiz, I would love a longer, harder quiz, it's fun to try to figure these out.
Esposito is by far the most typical southern italian surname, particularly neapolitan.
It's written like the spanish esposìto ("little husband"), but it must be read Espòsito and it came from the latin expositus (the verb has become esposto in modern italian), which means "shown", but it's also referred to children abandoned in the foundling wheels (ruote degli esposti).
This surname was given to the children of the orphanage whithout a surname, for this reason it's very widespread.
so even if the word itself is derived from german or dutch. By the time lastnames became a thing, the word allready excisted in english.
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