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The surname Altieri was first found in Rome (Italian: Roma), the capital of the Kingdom of Italy. Little can be said in the space available which would do justice to the history of this beautiful city. From 1000 B.C, its history is a book of life itself. The buildings, culture, arts, cathedrals, churches, museums galleries hold untold treasures unequalled anywhere else in the world. 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. Bearers of Altieri made up the principal and most illustrious family d'Oriole e duchi di Monterano. They were Princes of Rome. The name comes from a German name, which has two possible origins; the second element is almost certainly from the word "haria," meaning "to practice," but the first element could be either "alda," meaning "old," or "ancient," or it could be "audha," meaning "power," or "riches."

Spelling variations of this family name include: Altieri, Alterio, Autieri, Autiero, Ottieri, Ottiero, Uttieri, Uttiero and many more.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Altieri research. Another 233 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1676, 1589 and 1654 are included under the topic Early Altieri History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Another 41 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Altieri Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Altieri Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Domingo Altieri who went to Puerto Rico in 1816
  • Francesco Altieri, who arrived in New York on board the Orsola in 1882

  • Mitchell Altieri, American film director, producer and writer
  • Miguel Altieri, Professor of Agroecology at the University of California, Berkeley
  • John F. Altieri (1969-2008), American singer and stage actor
  • Kevin Altieri, American television director of animated cartoons
  • Charles W. Altieri, American politician, Candidate for Delegate to New York State Constitutional Convention 2nd District, 1966
  • Frank E Altieri, American politician
  • Paluzzo Paluzzi Altieri (1623-1698), Italian Catholic Cardinal
  • Michel Altieri (b. 1978), Italian actor, singer and recording artist
  • Elena Altieri (1910-1997), Italian film actress
  • Giambattista Altieri (1589-1654), Italian Catholic Cardinal
  • ...

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    Other References

    1. Colletta, John P. Finding Italian Roots The Complete Guide for Americans. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2003. Print.
    2. Guelfi Camajani, Piero. Dizionario Araldico 1940 Reprint Arnoaldo Forni. Milan: 1978. Print.
    3. Fucilla, Josheph G. Our Italian Surnames. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0806311878).
    4. Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani. Rome Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana 56 volumesr. Print.
    5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    6. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    7. Bongioanni, Angelo. Nomi e Cognomi. Saggio di Ricerche Etimologiche e Storiche. Torino: A. Forni, 1979. Print.
    8. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today, 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-0900455-209).
    9. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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    The Altieri Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Altieri Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 28 January 2016 at 00:11.

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