Venice emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Ballarini family. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adapt 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. Italian hereditary surnames were developed according to fairly general principles and they are characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. Although the most common type of family name found in the region of Venice is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name, the nickname type of surname is also frequently found. Nickname surnames were derived from an eke-name, or added name. They usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name. The surname Ballarini came from a person who was nicknamed a "rascal" deriving its origin from the Italian word balosso.
Early Origins of the Ballarini family
Early History of the Ballarini family
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Ballarini Spelling Variations
spelling variations in the name Ballarini include Balli, Ballo, Balla, Balletti, Balletto, Ballini, Ballotti, Balloni, Ballone, Ballon, Ballandi, Ballanti, Ballante, Ballantini, Balleri, Ballero, Ballerini, Ballerino, Ballarini, Ballarin, Ballaro, Ballatore, Balladore, Ballacchi, Ballada, Ballai, Ballardi, Bellarini, Ballaroto, Ballonio, Ballotta and many more.
Early Notables of the Ballarini family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ballarini family to the New World and Oceana
Early immigration records have shown some of the first Ballarinis to arrive on North American shores: Alfonso Balletti, aged 32, who arrived at Ellis Island from Licata, Italy, in 1920; Angelo Balletti, aged 23, who arrived at Ellis Island from Licata, Girgentii, in 1913.
Contemporary Notables of the name Ballarini (post 1700)
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