Bertocchi History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Early Origins of the Bertocchi family
The surname Bertocchi was first found in the city of Ferrara, where Giacomo Bertazzi was assistant to Pope Sergio II in 845.
Early History of the Bertocchi family
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Bertocchi 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 Bertocchi 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 Bertocchi family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family was Francesco Bertazzi, who 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; 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...
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Migration of the Bertocchi family
A look at the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Bertocchi: 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 Bertocchi (post 1700)
- Angel Gelmi Bertocchi (1938-2016), Italian-born Bolivian Roman Catholic bishop, Auxiliary Bishop of Cochabamba (1985-2013)