The Anelli surname comes from the personal name Anello, which is in turn derived from the word "anello," meaning "curly," usually in reference to one's hair. The name was therefore most likely given to someone with curly hair. The word also means "ring;" so the name may have been given to someone who made rings, ie: a jeweler.
The surname Anelli was first found in Lombardy (Italian: Lombardia), as well as other areas, mostly in the southern regions of Italy. The name is especially common on the island of Sicily, in the form Anello. As with most Italian surnames, common variations of this name end in either "i" or "o"; those ending in "i" are mostly from the north, while those ending in "o" come from the south.
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