Italy's population grew considerably in the 10th and 11th centuries. As a result, confusion among similarly named people became common, and hereditary surnames
began to be adopted. One source for these new surnames was from existing nicknames, which identified the bearer by a physical characteristic or other identifiable trait. Barbisan was a nickname
surname for a bearded person, derived from the words barba and bella, which together mean beautiful beard.
Early Origins of the Barbisan family
The surname Barbisan 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 Barbisan family
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Barbisan Spelling Variations
There are many variations of most of those Italian names that originated in the medieval era. Some of these come from regional differences, like the tradition of ending northern names in "o" and southern names in "i". Others come from inaccuracies in the recording process, which were extremely common in the eras before dictionaries standardized spelling. Some of the spelling variations
of Barbisan are 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 Barbisan 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... Another 126 words (9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Barbisan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Barbisan family to the New World and Oceana
Investigation of immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Barbisan: 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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