Barbis History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Hereditary surnames came to Italy in the 10th and 11th centuries. Prior to that time people had only used one name, but population increases and the growing tendency of people to travel between communities had left the single names an inadequate means of identification. Some of these new surnames were created from existing nicknames, which identified people by referring to a particular trait or physical characteristic.Barbis was a name for a bearded person, derived from the words barba and bella, which together mean beautiful beard.
Early Origins of the Barbis family
The surname Barbis 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.
Important Dates for the Barbis family
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Barbis Spelling Variations
Surnames that originated in Italy are characterized by an enormous number of spelling variations. Some of these are derived from regional traditions and dialects. Northern names, for instance, often end in "o", while southern names tend to end in "i". Other variations come from the fact the medieval scribes tended to spell according to the sound of words, rather than any particular set of rules. The recorded variations of Barbis 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 Barbis 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. Pietro Barbi was elected Pope in 1464 and given the name Paolo II. Marco Barbi was Cardinal in Venice in 1471. Luigi Barbi was Bishop of Treviso, Giuseppe was a count in Gubbio in the 15th century. Giovanni Giacomo Barba, born in Angri in the 16th century, dedicated his life...
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Migration of the Barbis family
An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Barbis arrived in North America very early: 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..