Last name origins & meanings:
- Italian: topographic name for someone who lived near a tower,
usually a defensive fortification or watchtower (from Latin
turris), or a habitational name from any of the places named
with this word, as for example Torre Annunziata or Torre del Greco in
Naples province, Torre de’ Passeri (Pescara, Abruzzo), or Torre di
Ruggiero (Catanzaro, Calabria).
- Galician, Catalan, Aragonese,
Spanish, and Portuguese: habitational name from any of the numerous
places so named in Galicia (often in the form De la Torre), in
Catalonia and Aragon (as for example La Torre de Fontalbella, La Torre
del Compte, La Torre de Fluvià), or from any of the many places in
Spain and Portugal named Torre or La Torre, from torre ‘(watch)
tower’ (of the same etymology as 1).
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