Mystery Monday: Usupina

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.

Today’s name comes from a delightfully varied source of Italian names, both masculine and feminine, from Bergamo between 1265 and 1339 A number of the names from this source are already included in the Dictionary (and you can see a list of them all here), but nearly as many name forms are still awaiting identification. Today’s mystery name we don’t even have any gut feelings about:


We welcome any insights or thoughts about its origins/roots. Do you have any? Have you seen any other examples of this name? Please share in the comments!



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2 responses to “Mystery Monday: Usupina

  1. Jörg Knappen

    A gut feeling would relate this name form to the modern name Josephina, but there are problems remaining. The ending -pina is fine (given attested form like Giuseppe and others showing a /p/ in place of an /f/). But the loss of the initial letter (either an /i/ or /j/ or a /(d)ʒ/ (spelled “g[i]”)) needs an explanation, as well as the second vowel /u/ (that sounds like an Arabic Yussuf, not like an European Joseph) .

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