From the ancient and picturesque Italian region of Venice
emerged a variety of distinguished names, including the notable surname Calligar. 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 Calligar family lived in Bologna, where Grazia Calegari was one of 10 members elected to the provisional government in 1394.
Early Origins of the Calligar family
The surname Calligar was first found in Bolgna (Latin: Bononia), the largest city and the capital of Emilia-Romagna
Early History of the Calligar family
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Calligar 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 Calligar include Callegari, Callegaro, Callegaris, Calegari, Calegaris, Calligari, Calligaro, Caligari, Caligaris, Calleghèr, Callighèr, Galligari, Galligài, Calgari, Calgaro, Calliari, Calliàri, Caliari, Caliàri, Cagliari, Cagliàri, Callieri, Callièri, Calieri, Calièri, Caliero, Calièro, Calleri, Callèri, Caleri, Calèri, Caglieri, Caglièri, Cagliero, Caglièro, Caglieris, Caglièris, Callegarini, Callegarìn, Cagliarotti, Cagliartti, Callierotti, Calliertti, Caglierotti and many more.
Early Notables of the Calligar family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family was Francesco Antonio Calegari, a philosopher and singer in 1656; Antonio Callegari of Brescia, a famous sculptor, and produced three children, Luca, Giuseppe, and Santo, all of whom followed their father's trade; their works can be seen in Brescia today; Antonio Calegari, a sculptor in... Another 95 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Calligar Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Calligar family to the New World and Oceana
Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Calligar or a variant listed above: Lorenzo Calligari, who arrived in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1821 at the age of 24.