Mystery Monday: Inoffio

Every Monday we will post an entry that hasn’t yet been published with a view towards harnessing the collective onomastic power of the internet. If you have any thoughts about the name’s origin, other variants it might be related to, other examples of its use, etc., please share them in the comments! If you wish to browse other Mystery Monday names, there is an index.

It’s amazing how many of our mystery names come from Italy: Of all of western Europe, Italy was by far the least effected by the influence of Germanic naming practices, which means the easy trick of parsing an unfamiliar name into its root themes doesn’t really work with Italian names. Some of them are obviously derived from Latin words, but many of them are simply opaque. We hope that one of our readers will recognize this one! If you do, please leave a comment.

Inoffio

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