Agosto History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The distinguished surname Agosto can be traced back to the ancient and beautiful region of Emilia-Romagna. Although people here were originally known by a single name, it gradually became necessary for them 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. The most common type of family name found in the region of Emilia-Romagna is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name. The surname Agosto came from the personal name Agostino. This personal name is derived from the Latin word "augustus," which means "favored with good omens."
Early Origins of the Agosto family
The surname Agosto was first found in Ferrara, a city and comune in Emilia-Romagna, northern Italy, capital city of the Province of Ferrara. One of the first records of the name was Eugenio Agostini who was listed there in 923. Also around this time, Alessandro Agostini was secretary of the Duke and another Alessandro Agostini, of the same family in Ferrara, was the Councillor of Alfonso I.
Important Dates for the Agosto family
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Agosto Spelling Variations
Italian surnames have a surprising number of forms in comparison with other European surnames because they reflect the regional variations and the many dialects of the Italian language, each of which has its distinctive features. For example, in Northern Italy the most standard Italian surname suffix is "I", whereas in Southern Italy the most typical surname suffix is "O". Sardinian is very different from other forms of Italian and in fact, it is considered to be its own distinct language. Additionally, spelling changes frequently occurred because medieval scribes, church officials, and the bearers of names, spelled names as they sounded rather than according to any specific spelling rules. As a consequence of the major changes in the Italian language and in the local spellings of Italian surnames that occurred over the course of history, there are numerous variations for the surname Agosto. These spelling variations include Agosta, Agostani, Agostaro, Agostena, Agosti, Agostinetti, Agostini, Agostinis, Agostino, Agostinone, Agosto, Agostoni, Agustoni, Augusti, Augusto, Augustoni, D'Agostino, DeAgostini and many more.
Early Notables of the Agosto family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family was Guido Agosti of Brescia who was in the council; Obizzo Agosti was supreme Captain of the Brescian military; Lodovico Agosti was Archbishop of Spalato in the 12th century; in the 13th century Girolamo Agosti was given the titles of Count and Knight, which continued through his descendants until 1618; Agnolo Agostino was a renowned architect in the 13th century who designed the Porta Romagna and the Church of St. Francis in Siena. Mariano and Paolo Agostini, brothers, were among the leaders of the Pisan government, and their ancestors maintained their positions for many more...
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Agosto migration to the United States
The records on immigrants and ships' passengers show a number of people bearing the name Agosto:
Agosto Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Maria DelCarmen Agosto, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1845 
Agosto Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Barbara Agosto, aged 31, who landed in America from Linosano, Italy, in 1901
- Arcangelo Agosto, aged 18, who settled in America from Sicasa, Italy, in 1903
- Errico Agosto, aged 22, who settled in America from Castelcivita, in 1905
- Andrea Agosto, aged 34, who settled in America from Casagiova, Italy, in 1907
- Carmela Agosto, aged 3, who landed in America from Vezine, Italy, in 1910
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Contemporary Notables of the name Agosto (post 1700)
- Benjamin Alexandro Agosto (b. 1982), American silver medalist ice dancer at the 2006 Winter Olympics
- Fabricio Agosto Ramírez (b. 1987), Spanish footballer
- Juan Roberto Agosto Gonzalez (b. 1958), Puerto Rico born, former Major League Baseball relief pitcher
- ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)