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 Barbetto, 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. Barbetto was a name for a bearded person, derived from the words barba and bella, which together mean beautiful beard.
Early Origins of the Barbetto 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 Barbetto family
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Barbetto Spelling Variations
spelling variations in the name Barbetto 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 Barbetto 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 Barbetto family to the New World and Oceana
Early immigration records have shown some of the first Barbettos to arrive on North American shores: 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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