From the ancient and beautiful Italian island of Sicily
emerged a variety of distinguished names, including the notable surname Calabrese. 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 were characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. Although the most traditional type of family name found in the region of Sicily
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, and does not necessarily denote nobility. The Calabrese family lived in Viterbo.
Early Origins of the Calabrese family
The surname Calabrese was first found in the southern region of Sicily.
Early History of the Calabrese family
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Calabrese 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 Calabrese include Calabria, Calabrèse, Calabrese, Calabrèsi, Calabresi, Càlabri, Calabri, Calabra, Calabrètta, Calabretta, Calabr and many more.
Early Notables of the Calabrese family (pre 1700)
Prominent among bearers of this surname in early times was Vincenzo Calabro, who was a civic senator in Messina in 1656, 1659, and in 1664. Giuseppe Calabro... Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Calabrese Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Calabrese family to the New World and Oceana
An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Calabrese arrived in North America very early:
Calabrese Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Alfonso Calabrese, aged 22, who landed in America from Mercogliano, in 1904
- Alberica Calabrese, aged 4, who emigrated to the United States from Volturara, Avellino, in 1909
- Alessio Calabrese, aged 24, who emigrated to the United States from Benevento, Vitulano, in 1909
- Adolfo Calabrese, aged 45, who landed in America from Sorino, Italy, in 1910
- Alessandro Calabrese, aged 46, who landed in America from Volturara, Italy, in 1910
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Contemporary Notables of the name Calabrese (post 1700)
- Joan Frances Calabrese (1939-2017), American children's high end clothing fashion designer
- Gerald A. Calabrese (1925-2015), American Democratic Party politician, Mayor of Cliffside Park, New Jersey for fifty years and former NBA basketball player
- Greg Calabrese, American soap opera actor, best known for his role on The Young and the Restless
- Elizabeth Calabrese, American New Jersey Democratic Party politician
- Anthony Orlando Calabrese (1907-1991), American politician, Member of the Ohio Senate (1956-1980)
- Veronica Calabrese (b. 1987), Italian silver and two-time bronze medalist taekwondo practitioner
- Giovanni Calabrese (b. 1966), Italian bronze medalist rower at the 2000 Olympics