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

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Ratta, Ratto, Rettori, Rettazzi, Rattazzi, Rattazzo, Rattaro, Rattaglia, Rattagliano, Rattagliata, Rattiglani, Rettaglia, Rettagliano, Rettagliata and many more.

First found in Calabria a territorial district of Italy. Ancient Calabria was in Lecce. Modern Calabria is in the southern extremity of Italy coasting the straits of Messina. Reggio and Messina are the cities of note. This beautiful region produces wine. Olive oil and fruit. Reggio was heavily bombed during WWII because of its strategical link with Sicily. 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 Retana research. Another 535 words(38 lines of text) covering the years 1030, 1159, 1317, and 1838 are included under the topic Early Retana History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 20 words(1 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Retana 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: Fanny Ratto, who settled in Baltimore in 1832; G. B. Ratto, who came to San Francisco in 1852; Bartholomew Ratto, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1854.

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  • Wenceslao Emilio Retana y Gamboa (1862-1924), Spanish civil servant, colonial administrator, writer, biographer, political commentator, publisher, bibliophile, and bibliographer
  • Benjamin Clariond Reyes- Retana, Mexican politician


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  1. Bascapè, Giacomo and Marcello del Piazzo. Insegne e Simboli Araldica pubblica e privata medievale e moderna. Rome: 1983. Print.
  2. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  3. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  4. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today, 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-0900455-209).
  5. Colletta, John P. Finding Italian Roots The Complete Guide for Americans. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2003. Print.
  6. Glazier, Ira A. and P. Williams Filby Edition. Italians to America. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. Print.
  7. Di Crollalanza, G.B. Dizionario Storico-Blasonico Delle Famiglie Nobili e Notabili Italiane 3 volumes. Pisa. Print.
  8. Gheno, Antonio. Contributo alla Bibliografia Genealogica Italiana. Bologna: Forni, 1924. Print.
  9. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
  10. Stiens, Robert E. Passenger list Italy to New York 1893 In Italian Genealogist. Torrance, CA: Augustan Society No 3, 1983. Print.
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The Retana Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Retana 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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