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From the ancient and picturesque Italian region of Venice emerged a variety of distinguished names, including the notable surname Catalano. 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 Catalano family lived in Bologna, where a member of the Catalano family was a military Commander in 1200.

Catalano Early Origins



The surname Catalano was first found in Bologna (Latin: Bononia), where a member of the Catalano family was a military commander in 1200.

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Catalano Spelling Variations


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Catalano 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 Catalano include Catalano, Catalani, Catalàn, Catelani, Catalanotto and many more.

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Catalano Early History


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Catalano Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Catalano research. More information is included under the topic Early Catalano History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Catalano Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Catalano Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent among members of the family was Carlo Catalan of Cagliari, who was a nobleman and was given the investiture of the reign of Sardinia by Pope Boniface VIII in the 13th century. Ottavio Catalani was a talented organist in 1550. Antonio Catalano was a famous painter in Messina around 1560...

Another 60 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Catalano Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



A look at the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Catalano:

Catalano Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Salvadore Catalano, who landed in Washington, DC in 1805
  • Paul Catalano, who arrived in Mississippi in 1896
  • N Catalano, who arrived in Mississippi in 1897
  • Ernest Catalano, who landed in Mississippi in 1899

Catalano Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Agata Catalano, aged 57, who landed in America from Napoli, in 1905
  • Andrea Catalano, aged 46, who landed in America from Montemaggiore, in 1905
  • Agostina Catalano, aged 19, who emigrated to America from Termini, in 1907
  • Adolfo Catalano, aged 29, who settled in America from Melfi, Potenza, Italy, in 1909
  • Angela Catalano, aged 23, who emigrated to the United States from Montelepre, Italy, in 1909
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Catalano (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Catalano (post 1700)



  • Tom Catalano, American music producer
  • Francesca "Frankie" Catalano (b. 1988), American actress
  • Nick Catalano (b. 1939), American professor of English
  • Ron Catalano (b. 1962), American smooth jazz saxophonist
  • Frank Catalano, American jazz musician
  • Patti Catalano (b. 1953), American former champion long-distance runner
  • Michael Catalano, American Republican politician, Justice of New York Supreme Court 8th District, 1958-60
  • Paolo Catalano (b. 1964), retired Italian sprinter
  • Marcello Catalano (b. 1975), Italian naturalist and author
  • Maria Catalano (b. 1982), female English snooker player
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Colletta, John P. Finding Italian Roots The Complete Guide for Americans. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2003. Print.
    2. Fucilla, Josheph G. Our Italian Surnames. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0806311878).
    3. Glazier, Ira A. and P. Williams Filby Edition. Italians to America. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. Print.
    4. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
    5. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    6. Di Crollalanza, Goffredo. Enciclopedia araldico cavalleresca Prontuario nobiliare. Pisa: Presso La Direzione Del Giorale Araldica , 1878. Print.
    7. Di Crollalanza, G.B. Dizionario Storico-Blasonico Delle Famiglie Nobili e Notabili Italiane 3 volumes. Pisa. Print.
    8. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    9. Bascapè, Giacomo and Marcello del Piazzo. Insegne e Simboli Araldica pubblica e privata medievale e moderna. Rome: 1983. Print.
    10. Guelfi Camajani, Piero. Dizionario Araldico 1940 Reprint Arnoaldo Forni. Milan: 1978. Print.
    11. ...

    The Catalano Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Catalano Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 13 May 2016 at 10:33.

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