Cattani History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Meaning "captain," this name began as a nickname in the Medieval Ages, probably for someone who actually was a ship's captain, or perhaps for someone who acted in some way like a captain. The variations which begin with "Catt-" appear mostly in Tuscany and Naples, and, as is the custom for all Italian names, those that end in "i" are from the north, while those that end in "o" are from the south.

Early Origins of the Cattani family

The surname Cattani was first found in the southern part of the province of Emilia for the most part, though the name also appears elsewhere in Italy.

Early History of the Cattani family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cattani research. Another 93 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1544, 1466, 1522, 1531, 1595, 1602 and 1665 are included under the topic Early Cattani History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Cattani Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Capitani, Capitanio, Capitaneo, Cattaneo, Cattanei, Cattano, Cattani, Cattagni, Capitanelli, Capitanucci and many more.

Early Notables of the Cattani family (pre 1700)

Prominent among members of the family was Girolamo Capitani, Bishop of Nice and "Grande Elemosiniere" of Caterina de Medici, Queen of France in 1544. Francesco Cattani da Diacceto (1466-1522) was a Florentine Neoplatonist philosopher of the Italian Renaissance. His grandson, Francesco Cattani da Diacceto (1531-1595), often referred to as...
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Migration of the Cattani family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Costandino Capitano, who was naturalized in Ashtabula Co, Ohio between 1875 and 1906; and other bearers of the $ family name, who settled along the east coast of North America near the end of the 19th century..

Contemporary Notables of the name Cattani (post 1700) +

  • Marta Cattani (b. 1973), retired Italian basketball player
  • Leone Cattani (1906-1980), Italian lawyer, politician and anti-Fascist activist
  • Giacomo Cattani (1823-1887), Italian Catholic Cardinal and Archbishop
  • Gabriele Cattani, Italian astronomer who has co-discovered 18 numbered asteroids together with astronomer Luciano Tesi at the Pistoia Mountains Astronomical Observatory
  • Sophie Cattani, French actress who has appeared in more than thirty films since 2001
  • Oberdan Cattani (1919-2014), Brazilian footballer who played for Palmeiras from 1940 to 1954
  • Heinz Cattani (1908-2001), Swiss gold medalist bobsledder at the 1939 World Championships
  • Federico Cattani Amadori (1856-1943), Italian Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church on Facebook