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Where did the Italian Aceto family come from? What is the Italian Aceto family crest and coat of arms? When did the Aceto family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Aceto family history?

The Aceto surname of Sicily was created from the name of the occupation of the first bearer of the name. The Aceto surname refers to the occupation of a person who made or sold vinegar. The surname Accetto is derived from the Italian word "accetto," which means vinegar. Alternatively, the surname is of local origin and there is a place named Aceto located near Bari, in the region of Apulia.

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Enormous variation in spelling and form characterizes those Italian names that originated in the medieval era. This is caused by two main factors: regional tradition, and inaccuracies in the recording process. Before the last few hundred years, scribes spelled names according to their sounds. Spelling variations were the unsurprising result. The variations of Aceto include Accetta, Accetti, Accetto, Accettulli, Accettullo, Accietti, Accietto, Accettanti, Aceto and many more.

First found in Sicily (Italian: Sicilia), the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. The earliest record of this surname dates back to the first half of the 11th century, where a member of the Accetto family was a well known sculptor in Puglia, on the southern mainland of Italy.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Aceto research. Another 286 words(20 lines of text) covering the years 1374, 1590, 1640, 1690, and 1730 are included under the topic Early Aceto History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 69 words(5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Aceto Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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A look at the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Aceto:

Aceto Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Lucio Aceto, who settled in Ohio around 1875
  • Enrico Aceto, aged 23, who landed in America from Alvignano, Italy, in 1895

Aceto Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Costantino Aceto, aged 44, who emigrated to America from Monoppello, Italy, in 1910
  • Arturo Aceto, aged 19, who landed in America from Caserta, Italy, in 1910
  • Antonio Aceto, aged 22, who landed in America from Cosenza, Italy, in 1911
  • Antonio Aceto, aged 16, who settled in America from Roccamontepiano, Italy, in 1911
  • Alesfandro Aceto, aged 18, who landed in America from Paterno, Italy, in 1912


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  9. Di Crollalanza, Goffredo. Enciclopedia araldico cavalleresca Prontuario nobiliare. Pisa: Presso La Direzione Del Giorale Araldica , 1878. Print.
  10. Battilana, Natale, Ed. Genealogie Dello Famiglie Nobili di Genova. Genova: Fratelli Pagano, 1825. Print.
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The Aceto Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Aceto Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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