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Where did the Italian Gambetta family come from? What is the Italian Gambetta family crest and coat of arms? When did the Gambetta family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Gambetta family history?From the historical and fascinating Italian region of Venice emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Gambetta family. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adapt a second name to identify themselves as populations grew and travel became more frequent. The process of adopting fixed hereditary surnames was not complete until the modern era, but the use of hereditary family names in Italy began in the 10th and 11th centuries. Italian hereditary surnames were developed according to fairly general principles and they are characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. Although the most common type of family name found in the region of Venice is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name, the nickname type of surname is also frequently found. Nickname surnames were derived from an eke-name, or added name. They usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name. The surname Gambetta came from a person with some peculiarity of the legs or a strange walk. The surname Gambara is derived from the late Latin word gamba, which means knee, bend, or joint.
Surnames that originated in Italy are characterized by an enormous number of spelling variations. Some of these are derived from regional traditions and dialects. Northern names, for instance, often end in "o", while southern names tend to end in "i". Other variations come from the fact the medieval scribes tended to spell according to the sound of words, rather than any particular set of rules. The recorded variations of Gambetta include Gamba, Gambi, Gambella, Gambelli, Gambetta, Gambetti, Gambitta, Gambino, Gambini, Gambin, Gambuzza, Gambozza, Gambato, Gambuti, Gambacorta, Gambadoro, Gambalesta, Gambalunga, Gambelunghe, Gambilongo, Gambacorti, Gambaloita, Gambarini, Gambazocca and many more.
First found in Venice where as early as the 6th century, members of the Gambara family were leaders in the military.
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Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Gambetta or a variant listed above: Adonio Gamba, aged 14, who arrived at Ellis Island from Villasrean, Alessandria, in 1908; Agostino Gamba, aged 23, who arrived at Ellis Island from Carrega, Italy, in 1910.
The Gambetta Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gambetta 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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