The population of Italy increased dramatically in the 10th and 11th centuries, and people began to travel and meet others with the same names. This confusion caused problems in personal and legal matters, and many took on hereditary surnames
as a solution. These new names often came from words that identified people by a physical characteristic or other obvious trait. Barbella was a nickname
surname for a bearded person, derived from the words barba and bella, which together mean beautiful beard.
Early Origins of the Barbella family
The surname Barbella 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 Barbella family
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Barbella Spelling Variations
Italian surnames come in far more variations than the names of most other nationalities. Regional traditions and dialects are a decisive factor in this characteristic. For example, northern names tend to end in "o", while southern in "i". Also important, but not unique to Italy, was the fact that before dictionaries and the printing press most scribes simply spelled words according to their sounds. The predictable result was an enormous number of spelling variations
. The recorded spellings of Barbella 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 Barbella 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 Barbella Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Barbella family to the New World and Oceana
Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Barbella were among those contributors: 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..