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The name Dutta is generally considered to be a Southern Italian name; however the earliest records we could find of the name occured in the north. Dutta arose as a surname from several different sources: as a habitational name taken on from any of numerous places named Dattilo; from the personal name Dattilo, which was a form of a the Germanic personal name, Dado, Daddo, Datto etc.; and it was also a patronymic surname using the "D'" prefix meaning "from" to denote ancestry from someone of the personal name Attilio.


The surname Dutta was first found in at Pavia, anciently Ticinum a town of Lombardy, and capital of the Province of Pavia. Across the Ticino lies the borough of Borgo Ticino. The town is rich in monuments and art. Charlemagne completely destroyed the Lombards in 774. A Large amount of jealousy arose between Pavia and Milan and by 1056 it had resulted in open war: four centuries of war followed. In those ancient times only persons of rank, the podesta, clergy, city officials, army officers, artists, landowners were entered into the records. To be recorded at this time, at the beginning of recorded history, was of itself a great distinction and indicative of noble ancestry.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Dattilo, Dattila, Dattili, Datta, Dattari, Dati and others.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dutta research. Another 376 words (27 lines of text) covering the years 1300 and 1429 are included under the topic Early Dutta History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Giuseppe (age 59), Giuseppe (age 12), and Salvatore Dattilo, who all arrived in New York city aboard the S.S. Anglia on April 13; 1891; Joseph M. Dattilo, who was listed in Naturalization records for Indiana for the years 1904-06.


  • Kanak Dutta, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1980
  • Amal Dutta (1930-2016), former Indian footballer and football manager

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    Other References

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    3. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    4. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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    6. Stiens, Robert E. Passenger list Italy to New York 1893 In Italian Genealogist. Torrance, CA: Augustan Society No 3, 1983. Print.
    7. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    8. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    9. Bongioanni, Angelo. Nomi e Cognomi. Saggio di Ricerche Etimologiche e Storiche. Torino: A. Forni, 1979. Print.
    10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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    The Dutta Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Dutta 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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