Show ContentsAmato History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Amato is derived from the Latin word "amatus," meaning "beloved," and was a popular source of many given names.

Early Origins of the Amato family

The surname Amato was first found in both northern and southern Italy, as Amati and Amato respectively. The surname Amato was, and is, quite common on the southern island region of Sicily, while Amati is common further north, in Campania, and Emilia-Romagna.

Early History of the Amato family

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Amato Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Amato, Amati, Amat, Amata, D'Amato, Amado, Amatucci and many more.

Early Notables of the Amato family

Prominent among members of the family was Ferdinando II, Governor of the people of Ferrara, in 1179; and Nicola Amati or Niccolò Amati (1596-1684), an Italian luthier from Cremona.Amati, a family of celebrated Italian violinmakers, who lived and worked at Cremona, and are generally regarded as the founders of the Cremona school. There is...
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Amato Ranking

In the United States, the name Amato is the 3,182nd most popular surname with an estimated 9,948 people with that name. 1 However, in France, the name Amato is ranked the 3,902nd most popular surname with an estimated 1,500 - 2,000 people with that name. 2

United States Amato migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Amato Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Guiseppe Amato, 10, who settled in New York in 1888
  • Pietro Amato, 47, who arrived in New York in 1896

Contemporary Notables of the name Amato (post 1700) +

  • Stacey Pheffer Amato (b. 1966), American politician for New York State Assembly, representing the 23rd district
  • Sara Ann Amato (b. 1980), American professional wrestler and trainer, best known by her ring name Sara Del Rey
  • Len Amato, American race car driver from Bound Brook, New Jersey
  • Dave Amato (b. 1953), American guitarist, best known as the lead guitarist of the rock band REO Speedwagon
  • Joe Amato (b. 1955), American writer best known for his poetry and his work in poetics
  • Donna Marie Amato, American pianist born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Charles Michael Amato (b. 1946), former American football coach and former player
  • Bert Amato, American investor and consultant in the high-technology industry
  • Erika Amato (b. 1969), American singer, actress and a founding member of the band Velvet Chain
  • Michelle Amato, American vocalist
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