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What is the origin of the surname Torquato?

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Answer #1 | 21/12 2013 01:03
It's an Italian name, from the Latin Torquatus, which in Roman times was a 'cognomen' - a nickname that became hereditary. It meant 'someone who wears a torque' - an ornamental neck-ring of Gaulish origin; the Torquati were descended from a hero called Marcus Manlius who had killed a Gaulish champion and taken his torque as a trophy..
Answer #2 | 21/12 2013 03:04
The earliest records I could find are from Spain and Spanish speaking countries........... like Peru and Mexico

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