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PronunciationItalian: [kaˈlɔːdʒero]
Name dayJune 18
Other names
See alsoCalogera, Calogerus

Calogero (from the Greek: καλόγερος, romanizedkalógeros, a familiar term for a monk) is common given name and family name, and a place name of Italian origin.[1][2][3][4][5]


  • (Masculine): Calocero
    • (Hypocoristic): Calò, Gero, Gerino
  • Feminine: Calogera, Calocera

Variants in other languages[edit]

Origin and diffusion[edit]

Derived from the Greek: καλόγερος, translit. kalogeros, composed of Greek: καλός, translit. kalos (Ancient Greek "fair"; Modern Greek "good") and Greek: γέρων, translit. geron ("old man", "old") and literally means "nice old man", "one who has nice old age"";[1][2][3][4][5][6][7] the first element is reminiscent of such names as Calliope and Callimachus, while the second is reminiscent of the name Gerontius. A second interpretation, not generally accepted, is that the second element is the Greek keros (grain), according to which the name would mean "good grain".[7]

Historically, in the ambit of Greek Orthodoxy, the term is used as a name for a monk or a hermit, in a manner that translates as "brother" or "monk",[1][3][5][6] a significance that is retained in Modern Greek.

The name is traditionally found in and is characteristic of Sicily, bestowed by the cultus of Saint Calogerus the Anchorite, a monk and hermit near Sciacca;[3][5][7] in the province of Agrigento, Calogero is the third-most widespread masculine name,[8] but it is well-attested in all the rest of the island.

Feast days[edit]

The feast day is celebrated on June 18 in honour of Saint Calogerus, exorcist and hermit in Sicily.[7][9][10] Other feast dates recorded for the name are:



Given name[edit]



  • Calogero "C" Anello, the son / main character in A Bronx Tale.[11]
  • Calogero "Clay" Appuzzo is a character in Showtime's drama "I'm Dying Up Here" and is portrayed by Sebastian Stan.
  • Calogera "Al" Culcher is a personality in numerous comedy stylings of Aldo, Giovanni & Giacomo.
  • Calogero Sedara is a character in the romance Il Gattopardo of Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa.
  • Calogero Di Spelta is a character in the comedy La grande magia by Eduardo De Fillipo.
  • Calogero (called Calò) is a character in The Godfather and The Godfather: Part III, portrayed by Franco Citti.


  1. ^ a b c La Stella T., p. 76
  2. ^ a b c "Calogero". Behind the Name. Retrieved March 29, 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d Galgani, p. 190
  4. ^ a b c d Accademia della Crusca, p. 612
  5. ^ a b c d e f De Felice, p. 96
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i Albaigès i Olivart, pp. 66, 67
  7. ^ a b c d e f g Burgio, pp. 97, 98
  8. ^ "La carica dei Calogero". la (in Italian). May 10, 2005. Retrieved March 29, 2016.
  9. ^ a b c "Santi di nome Calogero". Santi, beati e testimoni. Retrieved March 29, 2016.
  10. ^ "Name – Calogerus". Catholic Saints. Retrieved March 29, 2016.
  11. ^ "A Bronx Tale (1993)". Retrieved November 28, 2018.