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Calogero (from the Greek: καλόγερος, translit. kalógeros, 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): Gero, Gerino
  • Feminine: Calogera, Calocera

Variants in other languages[edit]

Origin and diffusion[edit]

Derived from the Greek: καλόγερος kalogeros, composed of Greek: καλός kalos (Ancient Greek "fair"; Modern Greek "good") and Greek: γέρων 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]



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


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