The Frigatti family can trace its noble origins to the Italian region of Tuscany
. 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 traditional type of family name found in the region of Tuscany
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, but does not necessarily denote nobility.
Early Origins of the Frigatti family
The surname Frigatti was first found in the city of Florence, with Federigo Federighi during the early 14th century.
Early History of the Frigatti family
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Frigatti Spelling Variations
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 Frigatti include Federici, Federico, Federigi, Federighi, Federigo, Fenderico, Fedrici, Fedrizzi, Federzoni, Fedrigo, Fedrigoni, Fedrigon, Ferdico, Ferrighi, Frigo, Frighi, Frigato, Frigatti, Frizzi, Frizzotti, Frizzone, Frizzera, Frizzarin, Frizzell, Frizzelli, Frizelli and many more.
Early Notables of the Frigatti family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family was Antonio Federighi, born in Siena in 1490. He was a famous sculptor and architect, and was assistant to Jacopo della Quercia in works for the cathedral at Siena. One of these works is Sibilla Eritrea, which was done in marble. Benedetto Federici of Ferrara... Another 73 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Frigatti Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Frigatti family to the New World and Oceana
In the immigration and passenger lists a number of early immigrants bearing the name Frigatti were found: Patrick Frizzell, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1858.
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