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The family originates in Torre del Greco, near Naples and in the shade of the Vesuvio. The patronymic small "d" in front of the surname usually indicates a certain degree of nobility but it is not clear whether it really corresponds to a nobiliary title. The genealogycal researches in the original places are severely limited by some destructions occurred in those areas not only because of fires but also by wars and revolutions in the 18th and 19th centuries.