Abbadessa History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Early Origins of the Abbadessa family
The surname Abbadessa was first found in Sardinia (Italian: Sardegna, Sardinian: Sardigna), the second largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. The original inhabitants were Sicels. The Greeks colonized in 735 B.C. Phoenician settlements began in 6th century. Carthaginians arrived 410. Romans arrived, then the Saracens. Then the Norman Conquest said to be Sicily's brightest hour, 1057 A.D and taking 35 years. They made Sicilians the leading Maritimes power in the Mediterranean, and King Roger of Sicily one of the greatest Kings in Europe. From Sicily they invaded Greece. 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.
The name is thought to have been derived from the word "abbess" or "abbedessa". These are religious titles held by the superior of a convent or monastery of nuns. Etymologically it is derived from the word "abbot" which in turn derived from the Greek "abbas" which comes ultimately from the Aramaic "abba", meaning "father."
Early History of the Abbadessa family
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Abbadessa 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 Abbadessa include Abbadessa, Abadéssa, La Badessa, Labadessa, Abaddessa, Abbadesa, Abbaddessa, Abaddessa, Aberdessa, Abadassa, Abbadessi and many more.
Early Notables of the Abbadessa family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Abbadessa family
An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Abbadessa arrived in North America very early: Hylarion Abadie, who came to Philadelphia in 1818; Bernard Abadie, who came to New Orleans in 1836; C. Abadie, who settled in New Orleans in 1840; J. B. Abadie, who came to New Orleans in 1848.