The Cerratos 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 Cerratos 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.
Early Origins of the Cerratos family
The surname Cerratos 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.
Early History of the Cerratos family
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Cerratos 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 Cerratos include Cerri, Cerra, Cerro, Cierro, Cerriti, Cereto, Cerretani, Cerretelli, Cerretini, Cerretti, Cerretto, Cereti, Ceretti, Ceretto, Cerulli, Cerrito, Cerrini, Cerrina, Cerini, Cerìn, Cerroni, Cerrone, Cerrai, Cerrano, Cerrato, Cerrata, Cerratelli, Cerruti, Cerutti, Ceruti and many more.
Early Notables of the Cerratos family (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 specialized in satire; Paolo Cerri of Piacenza was an architect in 1650 who learned his trade from his father. His accomplishments include the Palazzo dei... Another 76 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cerratos Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Cerratos family to the New World and Oceana
An examination into the immigration and passenger lists has discovered a number of people bearing the name Cerratos: Benvenuto Ceretti, aged 38, who arrived at Ellis Island
from Mongrando, Italy, in 1920; Dino Ceretti, aged 30, who arrived at Ellis Island
from Milan, Italy, in 1910.
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