From the ancient and picturesque Italian region of Venice
emerged a variety of distinguished names, including the notable surname Brutto. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adopt 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 Venice
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 Brutto family lived in Venice
. It is from this city of refuge that the surname Brutto emerges. Earlier roots of the name exist during the Roman period, however, evidence of the continuity of a surname from this period do not exist.
Early Origins of the Brutto family
The surname Brutto was first found in the city of Venice
. It is from this city of refuge that the surname Brutto emerges, with the earliest records showing Pietro Bruto, who was a Venetian priest during the 14th century.
Early History of the Brutto family
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Brutto 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 Brutto include Brutti, Bruti, Brutto, Bruto, Lo Brutto, Lo Bruto, Bruttini and many more.
Early Notables of the Brutto family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family was Gian Michele Bruto, a renowned intellectual in Venice
around 1517; Iacopo Bruto was a lawyer in Padua in the 15th century; Pietro Bruti was Bishop of Troy and was created Bishop of Cattaro by Pope Sisto V; Francesco Bruti was a valiant soldier and... Another 133 words (10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Brutto Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Brutto family to the New World and Oceana
Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Brutto or a variant listed above:
Brutto Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Gioantonio Brutto, aged 25, who emigrated to the United States from Catansaro, Italy, in 1907
- Francesca Brutto, aged 17, who landed in America from Carlopoli, Italy, in 1910
- Antona Brutto, aged 48, who emigrated to the United States from Girgenti, Italy, in 1910
- Carlo Brutto, aged 35, who landed in America from Italy, in 1911
- Carlo Brutto, aged 34, who emigrated to the United States from Panelheri, Italy, in 1911
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