Berto History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Early Origins of the Berto family
The surname Berto was first found in the city of Ferrara, where Giacomo Bertazzi was assistant to Pope Sergio II in 845. Francesco Bertazzi, was head of the Venetian Republic in the year 1007; Enrico Bertoli in Mazzara, elected Cardinal by Pope Pasquale II in 1110; the Bertone family of Chieri owned vast lands and belonged to the most ancient and most prestigious nobility; Bellincione Berti, born in 1220 in Florence, was talked about twice by Dante in the Paradiso as being a noble citizen.
Today it is difficult to imagine the movement of people throughout Europe. London was often the epicenter of culture. Francesca Bertolli "arrived in England about the end of September 1729 and was a splendid contralto, and 'also a very genteel actress, both in men and women's parts.' She was one of the new company with which Handel opened the season of 1729-1730, and appeared in 'Lotario' and the revival of 'Tolomeo,' and in 'Partenope,' Feb. 24, 1730." 
Early History of the Berto family
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Berto Spelling Variations
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 Berto include Berti, Berto, Bert, Berta, De Berti, De Berto, Di Berto, Bertelli, Bertello, Bertella, Bertini, Bertino, Bertinetti, Bertinetto, Bertucci, Berteri, Bertieri, Bertera and many more.
Early Notables of the Berto family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family was Simone di Bartolomeo Berti was a Florentine monk in 1450; Giacomo Bertacchi was mayor of Sassuolo in 1602; another Giacomo Bertacchini was mayor of Savignano in 1690; Jacopo Bertoia, also known as Giacomo Zanguidi or Jacopo Zanguidi or Bertoja, (1544-ca.1574), was an Italian painter; Alessandro Pompeo Berti was a philosopher, theologian, and monk in Lucca in 1690; Giorgio Pietro Berti was a composer, organ player, and singer in Venice in the 17th century; Mauro Berti was a famous painter and architect in...
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Migration of the Berto family
A look at the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Berto: Bert Bertola, who arrived in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1822 at the age of 34; and Charles Berto, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1858, Silvio Berti, who was recorded in Pennsylvania in 1903, as well as Louis Bertino, who arrived in New York city in 1864..
Contemporary Notables of the name Berto (post 1700) +
- James Edson Berto (b. 1983), Haitian-American professional mixed martial artist
- Andre Michael Berto (b. 1983), American professional boxer, nicknamed The Beast
- Giuseppe Berto (1914-1978), Italian writer and screenwriter
- Juliet Berto (1947-1990), French actress, director and screenwriter
- Michel Berto (1939-1995), French actor
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- ^ Grove, Sir George, A Dictionary of Music and Musicians (AD. 1450-1889) London: Macmillan1902, Print, 2 Vols