From the ancient and picturesque Italian region of Lombardy
emerged a variety of distinguished names, including the notable surname Calavetta. 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 Lombardy
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 Calavetta family lived in Milan since the 12th century.
Early Origins of the Calavetta family
The surname Calavetta was first found in the 12th century, when the Calvelli family lived in Milan.
Early History of the Calavetta family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Calavetta research.Another 23 words (2 lines of text) covering the years 1405, 1390, 1396, 1405, 1400, 1651, 1710, 1710, 1771, 1771 and 1800 are included under the topic Early Calavetta History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Calavetta 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 Calavetta include Calvi, Calvo, Calvelli, Calvèlli, Calvello, Calvèllo, Calvento, Calvetti, Calvètti, Calviètti, Calvietti, Calvini, Calvino, Calvillo, Calvani, Calvano, Calvanelli, Calvanèlli, Calvagno, Calvagna, Calveri, Calvèri, Calvosa and many more.
Early Notables of the Calavetta family (pre 1700)
Prominent among bearers of this family in early times was Antonio Calvi of Rome who lived during the 14th century and was a lawyer. In 1405 he was made a Cardinal of the city. Antonio Calvi of Rome was Bishop of Imola in 1390 and then of Todi in 1396, and... Another 126 words (9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Calavetta Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Calavetta family to the New World and Oceana
Immigrants bearing the name Calavetta or a variant listed above include: Alcides Calvento, who came to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1879; Giuseppi Calvelli, age 22, who arrived in New York on May. 18, 1891 aboard the ".