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Re: Gitto de Leon ancestors? Anyone?
Posted by: Chris Meadowcroft (ID *****2956) Date: December 03, 2008 at 11:44:34
In Reply to: Re: Gitto de Leon ancestors? Anyone? by W. G. Churchill of 333

Thanks for your reply.
It looks as if Gitto is as far back as we can go!
I have been looking at the name Gitto with a view to ascertaining if has an English equivalent...
However, all I can find is that :-
1) Gitto is often an Italian surname and
2) It is the name given in Welsh and Irish folklaw to a Griffin ( Griffiths , Gryphon etc).
3) It is also, very occaisonaly a Welsh first name, therefore is presumably Celtic in origin? So , perhaps , it's modern equivalent would be Griff - short for Griffith ? Ancestry.com seem to agree with this
http://homepages.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~oel/givennames.html

( Although, some people consider Griff to be derived from Griffin, being latin for Hooked Nose!)

4) Gitto could be a diminuative version of a longer name which ends ...gitto.
5) It could be a variation of the Cornish name Kitto, meaning son of Kit or Christopher.

I wonder if we will ever know for certain.
Chris


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