From the historical and fascinating Italian region of Venice
emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Balletto 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 Balletto came from a person who was nicknamed a "rascal" deriving its origin from the Italian word balosso.
Early Origins of the Balletto family
The surname Balletto was first found in where the Ballone branch of the family date back to the 11th century.
Early History of the Balletto family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Balletto research.Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Balletto History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Balletto Spelling Variations
Italian surnames have a surprising number of forms in comparison with other European surnames because they reflect the regional variations and the many dialects of the Italian language, each of which has its distinctive features. For example, in Northern Italy the most standard Italian surname suffix is "I", whereas in Southern Italy the most typical surname suffix is "O". Sardinian is very different from other forms of Italian and in fact, it is considered to be its own distinct language. Additionally, spelling changes frequently occurred because medieval scribes, church officials, and the bearers of names, spelled names as they sounded rather than according to any specific spelling rules. As a consequence of the major changes in the Italian language and in the local
spellings of Italian surnames that occurred over the course of history, there are numerous variations for the surname Balletto. These spelling variations
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 Balletto 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 Balletto Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Balletto family to the New World and Oceana
Ballettos were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:
Balletto Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Antonio Balletto, aged 29, who landed in America from Bargagli, in 1901
- Alfredo Balletto, aged 7, who settled in America from Genova, Bargagli, in 1907
- Agostino Balletto, aged 22, who emigrated to the United States from Bargasple, Italy, in 1908
- Angela Balletto, aged 21, who emigrated to the United States from Bargagli, Genoa, Italy, in 1913
- Agostino Balletto, aged 68, who landed in America from Bargagli, Genoa, Italy, in 1921
Contemporary Notables of the name Balletto (post 1700)
- Dominic F. Balletto, American Democrat politician, Presidential Elector for Connecticut, 1996, 2000; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Connecticut, 2000 CITATION[CLOSE]
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