From the historical and fascinating Italian region of Venice
emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Ballerini 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 Ballerini came from a person who was nicknamed a "rascal" deriving its origin from the Italian word balosso.
Early Origins of the Ballerini family
The surname Ballerini was first found in where the Ballone branch of the family date back to the 11th century.
Early History of the Ballerini family
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Ballerini Spelling Variations
In comparison with other European surnames, Italian surnames have a surprising number of forms. They reflect the regional variations and the many dialects of the Italian language, each with its own distinctive features. For example, in Northern Italy the typical Italian surname suffix is "i", whereas in Southern Italy it is "o". Additionally, spelling changes frequently occurred because medieval scribes and church officials often spelled names as they sounded rather than according to any specific spelling rules. The spelling variations
in the name Ballerini 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 Ballerini 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 Ballerini Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Ballerini family to the New World and Oceana
Early immigration records have shown some of the first Ballerinis to arrive on North American shores:
Ballerini Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Assunata Ballerini, aged 28, who landed in America from Talamello, Italy, in 1908
- Alessandro Ballerini, aged 26, who settled in America from Travo, Italy, in 1912
- Antonino Ballerini, aged 41, who settled in America from Sambuca, Sicily, in 1913
- Amelia Ballerini, aged 18, who landed in America from Campodarsego, Italy, in 1915
- Biagio Ballerini, aged 36, who landed in America from Faguano, Alto, Italy, in 1916
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Contemporary Notables of the name Ballerini (post 1700)
- Anthony G. Ballerini, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1956 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 14) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html