Last name origins & meanings:
- Italian: from abate ‘priest’ (from Late Latin
abbas ‘priest’, genitive abbatis). The application is
uncertain: it could be a nickname, an occupational name for the
servant of a priest, or denote an (illegitimate) son of a priest.
- Jewish (from Italy): either a name indicating descent from a high
priest, a calque on Hebrew Cohen, or an occupational name for a
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