From the ancient and picturesque Italian region of Venice
emerged a variety of distinguished names, including the notable surname Catalanotto. 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 Catalanotto family lived in Bologna, where a member of the Catalano family was a military Commander in 1200.
Early Origins of the Catalanotto family
The surname Catalanotto was first found in Bologna (Latin: Bononia), where a member of the Catalano family was a military commander in 1200.
Early History of the Catalanotto family
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Catalanotto 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 Catalanotto include Catalano, Catalani, Catalàn, Catelani, Catalanotto and many more.
Early Notables of the Catalanotto family (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 Catalanotto Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Catalanotto family to the New World and Oceana
A look at the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Catalanotto: Salvadore Catalano, who arrived in Washington D.C. in 1805; Alessandro Catalano, aged 16, who arrived at Ellis Island
from Ceppaloni, Italy, in 1911; Alfio Catalano, aged 43, who arrived at Ellis Island
from Carlentini, Italy, in 1910.
Contemporary Notables of the name Catalanotto (post 1700)
- Nicole Catalanotto, American actress, known for her recurring role Amanda Cory Fowler Harrison Sinclair in Another World (1964)
- Paul Catalanotto (b. 1979), American writer, known for Proof of the Devil (2015), Mary (2007), Facing Cancer (2013), In the Absence of of Saints (2009), and First Dates are Murder (2008)
- Joe Catalanotto, American special effects artist, known for his work on Green Lantern (2011), The Town That Dreaded Sundown (1976) and 12 Rounds (2009)
- Cassie Catalanotto (b. 1980), American set dresser, known for her work on The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008), The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn-Part 2 (2012) and Ray (2004)
- Peter Catalanotto (b. 1959), American book illustrator
- Frank John Catalanotto (b. 1974), nicknamed "Little Cat," an American former Major League Baseball player who played from 1997 to 2010