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Early Origins of the Abbate family

The surname Abbate was first found in Modena (Etruscan: Mutna; Latin: Mutina; Modenese: Mòdna). 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 was in itself a family honor.

The name may have come from the Italian word Abate, which was the name given to the head of the monks of a monastery. In this case, the word is used here in a figurative sense, to refer to the head of a feast or the person who conducts a ball. Saint Adamo Abate (c. 990-1060) was an Italian medieval Benedictine abbot, a promoter of the unification of the Southern populations in Italy under Roger II of Sicily.

The name Abbate originated in Milano and relocated to Messina, where they were endowed with the title of barons of Ucria and Marquis of Longarini. Sant'Alberto Frate Carmelitano (Saint Albert of the Carmelites Friars), belonged to this family. The family from Florence deserve particular mention, as one of the oldest and best established families of Italy. The poet Dante mentioned one Bocca degli Abati in the XXXII canto of the Inferno.

One branch was found in Messina. They held the titles of Barons of Ucria, March and Longarini and originally came from Milan and spread all over Italy, with some lines in Messina, Catania and Monte San Giuliano.

Early History of the Abbate family

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Abbate Spelling Variations

In comparison with other European surnames, Italian surnames have a surprising number of forms. They reflect the regional variations and the many dialects of the Italian language, each with its own distinctive features. For example, in Northern Italy the typical Italian surname suffix is "i", whereas in Southern Italy it is "o". Additionally, spelling changes frequently occurred because medieval scribes and church officials often spelled names as they sounded rather than according to any specific spelling rules. The spelling variations in the name Abbate include Abbati, Abati, Abeyti, Abeyta, Abbeyti, Abbiati, Abbate and many more.

Early Notables of the Abbate family (pre 1700)

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Abbate Ranking

In the United States, the name Abbate is the 7,560th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

United States Abbate migration to the United States +

A look at the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Abbate:

Abbate Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Antonio Abbate, who arrived in New York, NY in 1893
  • Bemigia Abbate, who settled in New York, NY in 1893

Contemporary Notables of the name Abbate (post 1700) +

  • Jon Abbate (b. 1985), American football fullback
  • Peter Abbate Jr. (b. 1949), American Representative for District 49 in the New York State Assembly
  • Peter J. Abbate Jr. (b. 1949), American Democratic Party politician, Member of New York State Assembly 49th District, 1987-; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 2000, 2008 [2]
  • Mario Abbate (1927-1981), Italian singer, famous as an exponent of Neapolitan songs
  • Lirio Abbate (b. 1971), Italian journalist and correspondent in Sicily
  • Janet Abbate, American author of the book "Inventing the Internet"

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  2. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, September 30) . Retrieved from on Facebook