Show ContentsBarto History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Barto family can trace its noble origins to the Italian region of Piedmont. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adapt a second name to identify themselves as populations grew and travel became more frequent. 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 are characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. Although the most traditional type of family name found in the region of Piedmont is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name, local surnames are also found. Local names, which are the least frequent of the major types of surnames found in Italy, are derived from a place-name where the original bearer once resided or held land. Often Italian local surnames bore the prefix "di," which signifies emigration from one place to another, but does not necessarily denote nobility. The Barto family lived in the city of Susa, west of Turin. The records date back to the 12th century, when the Bartolomei family were governors of San Giorgio.

Early Origins of the Barto family

The surname Barto was first found in the northern region of Piedmont, with earliest records showing the family in the city of Susa, which is located west of Turin. The records date back to the 12th century, when the Bartolomei family were governors of San Giorgio.

Early History of the Barto family

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Barto 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 Barto include Bartolomei, Bartolomeo, Bartolommeo, Bortolomei, Bartoccelli, Bartholazzi, Bortolomeo, Di Bartolomeo, Bartolomucci, Bartolomeoni, Bartolomeazzi, Bortolomeotti, Bortolomedi, Bartali, Bartalo, Bartoli, Bartolo, Vartolo, Bartole, De Bartolo, De Bartoli, De Bartalo, Bartolic, Bartolich, Bartarelli, Bartaletti, Bartoletti, Bartalini, Bartolini, Bartalucci, Bartolucci, Bartalotta, Bartolotti, Bartolozzi, Bartaloni, Bartoloni, Bartolone, Bartolacci, Bartolaccini, Bartalena, Bartolena, Bartalesi, Bartocci, Bartozzi, Bortuzzi, Bortuzzo, Bortoli, Bortolo, Bortol, Bortul, Bortoletti, Bortoletto, Bortolini, Bortolino, Bortolin, Bortulin, Bortolucci, Bortoluzzi, Bortoluz, Bortolussi, Bortolotti, Bortolot, Bortolozzi, Bortolossi, Bortoloni, Bortolon, Bortolazzi, Bortolani, Bortolan, Bortolato, Bortolutti, Bort, Bortot and many more.

Early Notables of the Barto family (pre 1700)

Prominent among members of the family was the Bartoli family of Siena, who were recognized as nobility; the Bartoli family of Velletri was involved in the government in 1346; Carlo d'Agnolino Bartoli was an ambassador for the republic, was elected director of the hospital in Siena around 1425, and was Bishop of Siena in 1427; Jacopo Bartoli was a military captain of the Sienese army in Brescia; the Bartoli family of Florence, of whom 11 members became priests; the Bartoccelli family arrived in Sicily from Spain in 1537; the Bartolini family in Udine was recognized as nobility; Girolamo...
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Barto Ranking

In the United States, the name Barto is the 9,743rd most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

United States Barto migration to the United States +

Some of the first North American settlers with Barto name or one of its variants:

Barto Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Francis Barto, who landed in New York in 1676 [2]
  • Francois Barto, who arrived in New York in 1676 [2]
Barto Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Isaac Barto, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1750 [2]
  • Nicholas Barto, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1773 [2]
Barto Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Barto, who arrived in Arkansas in 1899 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Barto (post 1700) +

  • Alphonso Barto (1834-1899), American politician, 7th Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota
  • Barry Barto (b. 1950), retired American soccer midfielder and college coach
  • William Barto Jr., American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Cortland County, 1824 [3]
  • Nancy Barto (b. 1958), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Arizona, 2004 [3]
  • Henry D. Barto, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1860 [3]
  • Alphonso Barto, American politician, Member of Minnesota State House of Representatives 31st District, 1872-73; Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota, 1874-76 [3]
  • Martijn Barto (b. 1984), Dutch professional footballer
  • E. Barto Fisher, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Tennessee, 1952 [4]

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