From the ancient and beautiful Italian island of Sicily
emerged a variety of distinguished names, including the notable surname Calabretta. 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 Calabretta family lived in Viterbo.
Early Origins of the Calabretta family
The surname Calabretta was first found in the southern region of Sicily.
Early History of the Calabretta family
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Calabretta 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 Calabretta include Calabria, Calabrèse, Calabrese, Calabrèsi, Calabresi, Càlabri, Calabri, Calabra, Calabrètta, Calabretta, Calabr and many more.
Early Notables of the Calabretta 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 Calabretta Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Calabretta family to the New World and Oceana
An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Calabretta arrived in North America very early: John Calabra, who arrived in South Carolina in 1823 at the age of 30, Angelo Calabrese, who arrived in New York city in 1893, and Nilola Calabrese, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1890..