, Italy generally went by a single name. However, as people began to travel more, and the population grew, many took on
. Nicknames, like Barboso, 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. Barboso was a name for a bearded person, derived from the words barba and bella, which together mean beautiful beard.
The surname Barboso was first found in Milan (Italian: Milano, Milanese: Milan), the second-most populous city in Italy and the capital of
where the earliest records date back to 1145 with Filippo Barbo, a castle owner and leader of the town of Cremona.
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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 Barboso 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.
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 Barboso Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.