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Recorded in a number of spellings, all quite diverse, this is a surname of medieval Italian origins. It originally described what has been quixotically known as "The babes in the wood" syndrome, and referred to a foundling or deserted child. According to the directory of Italian Surnames these names are generally found as Esposito, Sposito, Esposi (Neapolitan), Innocenti, Nocenti (Tuscan), Ventura, Venturella, Venturoli (Ascona), and Colombini from Pavia, although there are many more including Incogna and Incognito, which were used throughout all regions of Italian speaking.

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