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Where did the Italian Previte family come from? When did the Previte family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Previte family history?

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Preti, Prete, Previ, Preve, Previte, Proviteri, Prevedello, Prevedel, Previtali, Prevati, Previati, Pretti, Pretty and many more.

First found in Treviso. anciently Tarvisium, a town in Venetia, capital of the province of Treviso. The cathedral of San Pietro is notable and dates back to 1141. It is classical style with seven domes with works by many notable painters and sculptors. The Piazza dei Signori has many palaces. In the 6th century this town was a seat of a Lombard duke. Charlemagne held it. Later it was Venetian. In those ancient times only persons of rank, the podesta, clergy, city officials, army officers, artists, landowners were entered into the records. To be recorded at this time, at the beginning of recorded history, was of itself a great distinction and indicative of noble ancestry.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Previte research. Another 205 words(15 lines of text) covering the years 1204, 1381, 1774, 1613, 1699, 1701 and 1774 are included under the topic Early Previte History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 41 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Previte Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Margarita Preto, who settled in New Orleans in 1849; Polonia Preto, who came to New Orleans in 1849; Benjamin F. Pretty, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1868.

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