Confortono History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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From the historical and fascinating Italian region of Emilia-Romagna emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Confortono 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 Confortono came from a person who enjoyed comfort or luxury.
Early Origins of the Confortono family
The surname Confortono 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 Confortono family
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Confortono 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 Confortono include Conforti, Conforto, Confortino, Confortini, Confortoro, Confortori, Confortone, Confortoni, Confortono, Confortano and many more.
Early Notables of the Confortono 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 an Italian composer; Giovanni Luca Conforti (Conforto) of Mileto (1560-1608) sang in...
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Migration of the Confortono family
A search of the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Confortono: 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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