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Where did the Italian Prado family come from? What is the Italian Prado family crest and coat of arms? When did the Prado family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Prado family history?From the ancient and beautiful Italian island of Sicily emerged a variety of distinguished names, including the notable surname Prado. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adopt 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 were characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. Although the most traditional type of family name found in the region of Sicily is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name, local surnames are also found. Local names, which are the least frequent of the major types of surnames found in Italy, are derived from a place-name where the original bearer once resided or held land. Often Italian local surnames bore the prefix "di," which signifies emigration from one place to another, and does not necessarily denote nobility. The Prado family lived by the fields or meadows. The surname Prato is derived from the local name Prato, which means field or meadow.
Italian surnames come in far more variations than the names of most other nationalities. Regional traditions and dialects are a decisive factor in this characteristic. For example, northern names tend to end in "o", while southern in "i". Also important, but not unique to Italy, was the fact that before dictionaries and the printing press most scribes simply spelled words according to their sounds. The predictable result was an enormous number of spelling variations. The recorded spellings of Prado include Prato, Prata, Prati, Prado, Prada, Pra, Dal Prato, Del Prato, Dal Pra, Pratello, Pratelli, Pratella, Pradella, Pradel, Pradetto, Pratolini, Pradolin, Pratali and many more.
First found in at Lecce, the port city located on the southern tip of the Italian peninsula.
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An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Prado arrived in North America very early:
Prado Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
Prado Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century
The Prado Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Prado 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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