Ballero History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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From the historical and fascinating Italian region of Venice emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Ballero 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 Ballero came from a person who was nicknamed a "rascal" deriving its origin from the Italian word balosso.
Early Origins of the Ballero family
The surname Ballero was first found in where the Ballone branch of the family date back to the 11th century.
Early History of the Ballero family
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Ballero Spelling Variations
Surnames that originated in Italy are characterized by an enormous number of spelling variations. Some of these are derived from regional traditions and dialects. Northern names, for instance, often end in "o", while southern names tend to end in "i". Other variations come from the fact the medieval scribes tended to spell according to the sound of words, rather than any particular set of rules. The recorded variations of Ballero 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 Ballero 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 Giacomo Balliani were made counts in 1469 and their ancestor Antonio Balliani later took the title...
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Migration of the Ballero family
An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Ballero arrived in North America very early: 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.