Bortone History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The Bortone 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 Bortone 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 Bortone family
The surname Bortone 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 Bortone family
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Bortone 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 Bortone 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 Bortone 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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Migration of the Bortone family
Some of the first North American settlers with Bortone name or one of its variants: Frank Bartolomei, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1868, and Ferdinand Bartolucci who arrived in the same city five years later.
Contemporary Notables of the name Bortone (post 1700) +
- Cristiano Bortone (b. 1968), Italian director, screenwriter and producer
- Ippazio Antonio Bortone (1847-1938), Italian sculptor, active for many years in Florence
- Adriana Poli Bortone (b. 1943), Italian politician, Minister of Agriculture (1994-1995) Member of the European Parliament (1999-2008)
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