Galasso History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
From the historical and enchanting Italian region of Tuscany emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Galasso family. During the Middle Ages, as populations grew and travel between regions became more frequent, the people of Tuscany found it necessary to adopt a second name to identify themselves and their families. 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 common type of family name found in Tuscany 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 Galasso is a name for a person with some of the attributes associated with a bird, such as a fine voice or sexual prowess. The name, which was also very popular in Spain during the Middle Ages, is derived from the Latin word Gallus which means rooster.
Early Origins of the Galasso family
The surname Galasso was first found in northern Italy which today incorporates the provinces of Cremona, Brescia, Pisa and the city of Florence. The earliest records of the surname Galasso date back to Florence, where the Galigai family can be traced to 1039.
Important Dates for the Galasso family
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Galasso Spelling Variations
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 Galasso include Galli, Gallo, Gall, Gallis, Gallelli, Gallello, Galletti, Galigai, Gallico, Galelei, Galladei, Galeota, Galizzi, Gallego, Gallini, Gallino, Gallucci, Galluccio, Galluzzi, Gallus, Galliussi, Gallozzi, Gallotti, Galloni, Gallone, Gallarini and many more.
Early Notables of the Galasso family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family was Francesco Galeota, born in 1497 in Naples, who was a poet and a nobleman. Eighteen members of the Galilei family of Florence became priests between 1381 and 1528. Giulio Cesare la Galla (1576-1624), was Professor of philosophy at the Collegio Romano in Italy. Maria Domitilla Galluzzi (1595-1671), was a Catholic mystic. Girolamo da Santacroce Galizzi was a Venetian painter around 1510. Giovanni Gallego was a Baron, was Governor of Siena in 1540, and owned the castle of Salvatore in Messina. One very well known member of this lineage was Galileo Galilei, the physicist and...
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Galasso migration to the United States
In the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Galasso
Galasso Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Angelo Galasso, aged 2, who landed in America, in 1906
- Angelo Galasso, aged 38, who immigrated to the United States from S. Andrea, Italy, in 1910
- Alfonso Galasso, aged 39, who landed in America from S. Andrea, Italy, in 1910
- Antonio Galasso, aged 18, who settled in America from Acello Sabato, Italy, in 1911
- Alessandro Galasso, aged 32, who immigrated to the United States from S. Andrea, Italy, in 1912
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Contemporary Notables of the name Galasso (post 1700)
- Michael John Galasso (1949-2009), American composer, violinist, and music director
- Robert Joseph Galasso (b. 1952), retired Major League Baseball pitcher
- M. S. Galasso, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Montana 1st District, 1944 
- Giuseppe Galasso (1929-2018), Italian historian and politician, Member of the Chamber of Deputies from 1983 to 1994
- Gianluca Galasso (b. 1984), Italian professional footballer
- Latino Galasso (1898-1949), Italian bronze medalist rower at the 1924 Summer Olympics
- Alessio Galasso (b. 1974), French rugby player
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