hereditary surnames in the 10th and 11th centuries, in response to the confusion caused by the growth of the Italian population at that time. People found themselves mistaken for others in both personal and legal matters. Nicknames, like Barbani, were a popular source for surnames. They identified people through reference to a physical characteristic or other obvious trait. Barbani was a name for a bearded person, derived from the words barba and bella, which together mean beautiful beard.
Early Origins of the Barbani family
Lombardy where the earliest records date back to 1145 with Filippo Barbo, a castle owner and leader of the town of Cremona.
Early History of the Barbani family
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Barbani Spelling Variations
local spellings of Italian surnames that occurred over the course of history, there are numerous variations for the surname Barbani. These spelling variations include Barbi, Barbis, Della Barba, Barbella, Barbetta, Barbetti, Barbini, Barbin, Barbolini, Barbucci, Barbuzzi, Barboccia, Barbozza, Barbone, Barboni, Barbacci, Barbasio, Barbato, Barbuto, Barboso, Barbisio, Barbisini, Barbisan, De Barba, Del Barba, Barbano, Barbana, Barbani, Barban, Barbanelli, Barbanotti, Barbanti, Barbantini and many more.
Early Notables of the Barbani family (pre 1700)
Venice, who were given noble status in the 12th century. The Barbi family in Venice gained noble status in 1203. The Barbazzi family of Messina moved to Bologna in the 14th century and Alessandro immediately became Count...
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Migration of the Barbani family to the New World and Oceana
Barbanis were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America: R.A. Barba who arrived in New York City in 1821 at the age of 24; Domenico Barbuto, aged 8, who arrived at Ellis Island from Lipari, Italy, in 1915; and Emilia Barbuto, aged 32, who arrived at Ellis Island from Mauro, Italy, in 1913..
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