× Home
×

Family Crest and History Search
House of Names
FREE SHIPPING on orders of $85 or more
An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright © 2000 - 2016


The Cerrato family can trace its noble origins to the Italian region of Tuscany. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adapt 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 Tuscany 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 Cerrato family lived near a Turkey Oak tree. The surname Cerri is derived from the Italian word cerro, which means bitter or Turkey oak. Therefore, the initial bearer of the surname Cerri may have been someone who lived near a place or he owned land were the Turkey oak grew in abundance. Alternatively, the surname Cerri was a nickname, derived from the Italian word cerro or cirro which means hair or curl, for someone who had curly hair.

Cerrato Early Origins



The surname Cerrato was first found in Florence (Italian: Firenze), where the Cerretani family moved in the 12th century and immediately ascribed themselves to the Ghibelline faction. They remained faithful to the Ghibellines until 1262, when Iacopo d'Aldobrando Cerretani officially began supporting the Guelphs.

Close

Cerrato Spelling Variations


Expand

Cerrato 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 Cerrato include Cerri, Cerra, Cerro, Cierro, Cerriti, Cereto, Cerretani, Cerretelli, Cerretini, Cerretti, Cerretto, Cereti, Ceretti, Ceretto, Cerulli, Cerrito, Cerrini, Cerrina, Cerini, Cerěn, Cerroni, Cerrone, Cerrai, Cerrano, Cerrato, Cerrata, Cerratelli, Cerruti, Cerutti, Ceruti and many more.

Close

Cerrato Early History


Expand

Cerrato Early History



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

Close

Cerrato Early Notables (pre 1700)


Expand

Cerrato Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent among members of the family was Giovanni Cerroni of Rome, who was an influential politician in 1350; Gerardo Cerutti of Milan was involved in the military and worked under the famous Francesco Sforza during the 15th century; Antonio Cerutti, born in Novara in 1506, was an intellectual and author who...

Another 101 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cerrato Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Close

The Great Migration


Expand

The Great Migration



An examination into the immigration and passenger lists has discovered a number of people bearing the name Cerrato:

Cerrato Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Diego Cerrato, who landed in Rio de la Plata in 1835
  • Cristobal Cerrato, who arrived in New Spain in 1876

Close

Contemporary Notables of the name Cerrato (post 1700)


Expand

Contemporary Notables of the name Cerrato (post 1700)



  • Vinny Cerrato, American former Executive Vice President and General Manager for the Washington Redskins of the National Football League
  • Elda Cerrato (b. 1930), Argentine artist, Professor at the Universidad de Buenos Aires

Close

Cerrato Family Crest Products


Expand

Cerrato Family Crest Products




Close

See Also


Expand

See Also




Close

Citations


Expand

Citations



    Other References

    1. Guelfi Camajani, Piero. Dizionario Araldico 1940 Reprint Arnoaldo Forni. Milan: 1978. Print.
    2. Di Crollalanza, Goffredo. Enciclopedia araldico cavalleresca Prontuario nobiliare. Pisa: Presso La Direzione Del Giorale Araldica , 1878. Print.
    3. Di Crollalanza, G.B. Dizionario Storico-Blasonico Delle Famiglie Nobili e Notabili Italiane 3 volumes. Pisa. Print.
    4. Fucilla, Josheph G. Our Italian Surnames. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0806311878).
    5. 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).
    6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    7. Stiens, Robert E. Passenger list Italy to New York 1893 In Italian Genealogist. Torrance, CA: Augustan Society No 3, 1983. Print.
    8. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
    9. Bongioanni, Angelo. Nomi e Cognomi. Saggio di Ricerche Etimologiche e Storiche. Torino: A. Forni, 1979. Print.
    10. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today, 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-0900455-209).
    11. ...

    The Cerrato Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cerrato 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 22 May 2016 at 21:55.

    Sign Up

      


    FREE SHIPPING on orders of $85 or more
    House of Names on Facebook
    Follow Houseofnames on Twitter
    Houseofnames on Pinterest