Prior to the 10th and 11th centuries, the people of the region of Lombardy
, Italy generally went by a single name. However, as people began to travel more, and the population grew, many took on hereditary surnames
. Nicknames, like Barbato, were an easy and popular way to give people another name. They came from words that identified people by a physical characteristic or other identifiable trait. Barbato was a name for a bearded person, derived from the words barba and bella, which together mean beautiful beard.
Early Origins of the Barbato family
The surname Barbato was first found in Milan (Italian: Milano, Milanese: Milan), the second-most populous city in Italy and the capital of 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 Barbato family
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Barbato 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 Barbato 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 Barbato family (pre 1700)
Prominent among bearers of this family in early times was the Barbani family of 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... Another 176 words (13 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Barbato Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Barbato family to the New World and Oceana
Early immigration records have shown some of the first Barbatos to arrive on North American shores:
Barbato Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Antonio Barbato, aged 24, who landed in America, in 1897
Barbato Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Agostino Barbato, aged 35, who landed in America from Minturno, Italy, in 1907
- Acholle Barbato, aged 28, who emigrated to the United States from Ginestra, Italy, in 1910
- Angiolina Barbato, aged 22, who landed in America from Ginestra. Italy, in 1910
- Antonino Barbato, aged 2, who emigrated to America from Pinestra, Italy, in 1910
- Anna Barbato, aged 3, who settled in America from Secondyliano, Italy, in 1911
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Contemporary Notables of the name Barbato (post 1700)
- Nicola Barbato (1856-1923), Sicilian socialist and politician
- Paola Barbato (b. 1971), Italian writer and cartoonist
- Silvio Barbato (1959-2009), Italian-Brazilian opera conductor and composer