From the historical and fascinating Italian region of Venice
emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Ballaro 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 Ballaro came from a person who was nicknamed a "rascal" deriving its origin from the Italian word balosso.
Early Origins of the Ballaro family
The surname Ballaro was first found in where the Ballone branch of the family date back to the 11th century.
Early History of the Ballaro family
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Ballaro Spelling Variations
Italian surnames come in far more variations than the names of most other nationalities. Regional traditions and dialects are a decisive factor in this characteristic. For example, northern names tend to end in "o", while southern in "i". Also important, but not unique to Italy, was the fact that before dictionaries and the printing press most scribes simply spelled words according to their sounds. The predictable result was an enormous number of spelling variations
. The recorded spellings of Ballaro 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 Ballaro family (pre 1700)
Prominent among bearers of this family in early times was Guido Ballacchi, a Bishop of Rimini in 1278, and Lorenzo Ballacchi, who took the position in 1301; in 1398 Giacomo and Lorenzo Ballo were Barons of Avola in Sicily; in 1403 Giacomo and Agostino Balliani were councillors of Casale; Francesco and... Another 83 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ballaro Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Ballaro family to the New World and Oceana
Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Ballaro were among those contributors: 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.