Last name origins & meanings:
- Italian: patronymic from the personal name Innocente
(Latin Innocentius), (see 2). This was borne by a 4th-century
bishop of Tortona, several popes from the 5th century onwards, and a
6th-century bishop of Le Mans.
- Italian: from innocente ‘innocent’
(Latin innocens, literally ‘not harming’). This was used as a
nickname for a simpleton, following the Christian notion that
simpletons, like children, were incapable of doing evil. The surname
is found principally in Tuscany and neighboring regions and is
extremely common in Florence, where it was given as a surname to the
foundlings received into the Spedale degli Innocenti, an
orphanage established in the 15th century.
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