Barela History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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From the historical and enchanting Italian region of Tuscany emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Barela family. During the Middle Ages, as populations grew and travel between regions became more frequent, the people of Tuscany found it necessary to adopt a second name to identify themselves and their families. The process of adopting fixed hereditary surnames was not complete until the modern era, but the use of hereditary family names in Italy began in the 10th and 11th centuries. Italian hereditary surnames were developed according to fairly general principles and they were characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. Although the most common type of family name found in Tuscany is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name, the nickname type of surname is also frequently found. Nickname surnames were derived from an eke-name, or added name. They usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name. The surname Barela is a name for a courageous or brave person having derived from the Latin word "barus."
Early Origins of the Barela family
The surname Barela was first found in the town of Baroncello, just outside the historic city of Florence. Earliest records tell of the family Baroncelli, who owned a castle in Baroncello, and moved to Florence in the 11th century. In those ancient times only persons of rank, the podesta, clergy, city officials, army officers, artists, landowners were entered into the records. To be recorded at this time, at the beginning of recorded history, was of itself a great distinction and indicative of noble ancestry.
Early History of the Barela family
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Barela 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 Barela include Barone, Baronio, Varone, Varoni, Varuni, Varone, Baroncelli, Baronchelli, Baroncini, Barelli, Barello, Barel, Barella, Barellini, Barettin, Baruzzi, Baret, Barettini, Barucci, Baruzzo, Barusso, Barocci, Baronti, Barontini, Baroni and many more.
Early Notables of the Barela family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family was Buonricovero di Folco di Bene Baroncelli, who was a priest in Florence in 1287; Deodato Baronci, one of 16 priests of the Baronci family in Florence in the 13th and 14th centuries; as well as Galeotto Baronci, an important member of the community in the 14th century. Gabriello Barone of Lecce was a great soldier who conquered the provinces of Bari and Lecce for the Venetian people. With his army of 800, he then took Ostuni, Brindisi, Mesagne, and Lecce...
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Barela migration to the United States
In the immigration and passenger lists a number of early immigrants bearing the name Barela were found:
Barela Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Ohmeta Barela, aged 30, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1829 
- Anastacio Barela, who landed in Texas in 1835 
Barela Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Pablo Barela, aged 24, who arrived in America from Galicia, Spain, in 1908
- Antonio Barela, aged 30, who arrived in America in 1918
- Jose Barela, aged 55, who arrived in America in 1918
- Juan Barela, aged 21, who landed in America in 1919
- Jose Barela, aged 38, who settled in America in 1921
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Contemporary Notables of the name Barela (post 1700)
- Mattie Barela (b. 1964), American professional football player
- Tim Barela, American acclaimed gay cartoonist
- Jon Barela, American entrepreneur and the 2010 Republican nominee for New Mexico
- Matt Barela (b. 1974), American professional wrestler
- ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)