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Sicily, one of the oldest and most beautiful island regions of Italy, is the esteemed birthplace of numerous prominent families, including the family that bears the surname Accetto. 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 are characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. Although the most common type of family name found in Sicily is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name, names derived from occupations are also found. Occupational surnames, which are less common than other types of surnames in Italy, date back to the feudal era. However, under the Feudal System, occupational names did not become hereditary until the offices themselves became hereditary. It was only after an occupation was inherited by several generations in lineal descent that occupational names came to be applied to entire families, and so became a hereditary surname. The surname Accetto is a common occupational name for 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.
Early Origins of the Accetto family
The surname Accetto was 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.
Important Dates for the Accetto family
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Accetto Spelling Variations
There are many variations of most of those Italian names that originated in the medieval era. Some of these come from regional differences, like the tradition of ending northern names in "o" and southern names in "i". Others come from inaccuracies in the recording process, which were extremely common in the eras before dictionaries standardized spelling. Some of the spelling variations of Accetto are Accetta, Accetti, Accetto, Accettulli, Accettullo, Accietti, Accietto, Accettanti, Aceto and many more.
Early Notables of the Accetto family (pre 1700)
Prominent among bearers of this surname in early times was Torquato Accetto (c.1590-1640), Italian philosopher and writer of Naples; Reginaldo Accetto, 16th century theologian in Naples; Giulio Accetta, born in Calabria in 1690, well known...
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Migration of the Accetto family
An investigation of the immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Accetto: Lucio Aceto, who settled in Ohio around 1875.