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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.

Confortano Early Origins



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.

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Confortano Spelling Variations


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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 characteristi c. 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.

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Confortano Early History


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Confortano Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Confortano research. Another 229 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1558, 1550, 1570, 1560, 1608, 1570, 1569, 1630, 1718 and 1750 are included under the topic Early Confortano History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Confortano Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Confortano Early Notables (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.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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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Citations



    Other References

    1. Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani. Rome Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana 56 volumesr. Print.
    2. Bongioanni, Angelo. Nomi e Cognomi. Saggio di Ricerche Etimologiche e Storiche. Torino: A. Forni, 1979. Print.
    3. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
    4. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    5. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
    6. Battilana, Natale, Ed. Genealogie Dello Famiglie Nobili di Genova. Genova: Fratelli Pagano, 1825. Print.
    7. Gheno, Antonio. Contributo alla Bibliografia Genealogica Italiana. Bologna: Forni, 1924. Print.
    8. Bascapè, Giacomo and Marcello del Piazzo. Insegne e Simboli Araldica pubblica e privata medievale e moderna. Rome: 1983. Print.
    9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    10. Di Crollalanza, G.B. Dizionario Storico-Blasonico Delle Famiglie Nobili e Notabili Italiane 3 volumes. Pisa. Print.
    11. ...

    The Confortano Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Confortano 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.

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