From the historical and fascinating Italian region of Emilia-Romagna
emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Confortano family. 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 common type of family name found in the region of Emilia-Romagna
is the patronymic
surname, which is derived from the father's given name, the nickname
type of surname is also frequently found. Nickname
surnames were derived from an eke-name, or added name. They usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name. The surname Confortano came from a person who enjoyed comfort or luxury.
Early Origins of the Confortano family
The surname Confortano was first found in Bologna (Latin: Bononia), one of the more prosperous cities at this early time. Research reveals that members of the Conforti family lived in the area of Bologna as early as the year 1279, where they owned the castles of Confortino and Martiglione.
Early History of the Confortano family
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Confortano Spelling Variations
Italian surnames come in far more variations than the names of most other nationalities. Regional traditions and dialects are a decisive factor in this characteristic. For example, northern names tend to end in "o", while southern in "i". Also important, but not unique to Italy, was the fact that before dictionaries and the printing press most scribes simply spelled words according to their sounds. The predictable result was an enormous number of spelling variations
. The recorded spellings of Confortano include Conforti, Conforto, Confortino, Confortini, Confortoro, Confortori, Confortone, Confortoni, Confortono, Confortano and many more.
Early Notables of the Confortano family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family was the Confortini family of Tuscany
, who produced many artists, most renowned being Matteo and Iacopo Confortini, whose works can be seen in Florence, Umbria, and Treviso today; Giovanni Battista Conforti was an author in Rome born in 1558; Giovanni Battista Conforti ( fl.
1550-1570) was... Another 74 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Confortano Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Confortano family to the New World and Oceana
A search of the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Confortano: Adelina Conforti, aged 1, who arrived at Ellis Island
from C.Libero, Italy, in 1924; Agnese Conforti, aged 1, who arrived at Ellis Island
from Caposele, Italy, in 1920.
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