Debattista History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The distinguished surname Debattista can be traced back to the ancient and beautiful region of Sicily, which is located off Southwestern Italy and incorporates the island of Sicily itself, the area of Naples, and the southern part of the Italian peninsula. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adopt 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 were characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. The most common type of family name found in the region of Sicily is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name. During the Middle Ages, Italians adopted the patronymic system of name-making because it perfectly complemented the prevailing Feudal System. In Italy the popularity of patronymic type of surname is also due to the fact that during the Christian era, people often named their children after saints and biblical figures. The surname Debattista was derived from the name "Baptist" in devotion to St. John the Baptist.
Early Origins of the Debattista family
The surname Debattista was first found in on the island of Corsica, just north of Sardinia, in the town of San Nicolo. The family was famous for its many soldiers, who fought to keep Corsica part of Italy.
Early History of the Debattista family
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Debattista Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Battista, Abbattista, Batisti, Batista, De Battista, Di Battista, Battistelli, Batistelli, Battistello, Battistella, Battistel, Battistetti, Battistini, Battistin, Battistiol, Battistotti, Battistuzzi, Battistoni, Battistone, Battiston, Battistano, Battistato, Battistat, Battistutti, Battistutta, Titta, Tittoni and many more.
Early Notables of the Debattista family (pre 1700)
The Byzantine period left many fine examples of architecture and much is still in evidence today. The Franks in 774 finally relinquished control to Charlemagne in 810. It was controlled by many powerful families which ended in a republic in 1032. Trade flourished, and a constitution emerged in 1297 followed by expansion to the mainland. By 1500 continuous wars had diluted the growth of Venice. The five wars with Turkey under their Doge Sebastian Venier and others proved abortive. After five wars they lost Crete and Cyprus. and finally Morea. The Veneto region suffered greatly during the invasion of the French...
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Migration of the Debattista family
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Juan Battista, who landed in Nombre de Dios, Panama in 1834; and Defranceses Battista, aged 32, arrived in Baltimore, Md in 1893; Alessandro Battista, aged 40, who arrived at Ellis Island, in 1896.
Contemporary Notables of the name Debattista (post 1700) +
- Emmanuel Debattista (1929-2021), better known as Lolly Debattista, a Maltese footballer player and manager
- Ivan De Battista (b. 1977), Maltese film and theatre actor, director, producer and author 
- Simone De Battista (b. 1977), Maltese film and theatre actress 
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