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From the ancient and picturesque Italian region of Venice emerged a variety of distinguished names, including the notable surname Barbaro. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adopt 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 traditional type of family name found in the region of Venice is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name, local surnames are also found. Local names, which are the least frequent of the major types of surnames found in Italy, are derived from a place-name where the original bearer once resided or held land. Often Italian local surnames bore the prefix "di," which signifies emigration from one place to another, but does not necessarily denote nobility. The Barbaro family lived in the Veneto region of Italy.

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The surname Barbaro was first found in Sicily (Italian: Sicilia), the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. In those ancient times only persons of rank, the podesta, clergy, city officials, army officers, artists, landowners were entered into the records. To be recorded at this time, at the beginning of recorded history, was of itself a great distinction and indicative of noble ancestry.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Barbaro, Barbara, Barabari, Barbarino, Barbarella, Barbarelli, Barbarotti and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Barbaro research. Another 445 words (32 lines of text) covering the years 1494, 1410, 1443, 1453, 1485, 1491, 1500, 1550, 1552, 1660, 1788 and 1679 are included under the topic Early Barbaro History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Barbaro Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Barbaro Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Santiago Barbaro, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1803
  • Sebastian Barbaro, who arrived in America in 1817

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  • Gary Barbaro (b. 1954), American former defensive back in the National Football League and United States Football League
  • Louis Barbaro (1916-1976), American professional golfer and club pro
  • Francesco Barbaro (1546-1616), Venetian diplomat and an Italian Catholic bishop
  • Niccolò Barbaro, Venetian physician, and author of an eyewitness account of the Fall of Constantinople in 1453
  • Federico Barbaro (1913-1996), Italian missionary in Japan
  • Ermolao Barbaro (1410-1474), Italian prelate
  • Antonio Barbaro (d. 1679), Italian military leader
  • Francesco Barbaro (1390-1454), Italian politician, diplomat, and humanist
  • Marcantonio Barbaro (1518-1595), Italian diplomat of the Republic of Venice
  • Hermolao Barbaro (1454-1493), Italian Renaissance scholar

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The Barbaro Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Barbaro Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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