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From the ancient and picturesque Italian region of Venice emerged a variety of distinguished names, including the notable surname Fava. 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 are characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. Although the most traditional type of family name found in the region of Venice is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name, local surnames are also found. Local names, which are the least frequent of the major types of surnames found in Italy, are derived from a place-name where the original bearer once resided or held land. Often Italian local surnames bore the prefix "di," which signifies emigration from one place to another, but does not necessarily denote nobility.

Fava Early Origins



The surname Fava was first found in the city of Treviso, where the Favero family lived as early as 1308.

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Fava Spelling Variations


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Fava 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 Fava include Fava, Favre, Favi, Favella, Favelli, Favetta, Favetti, Favino, Favini, Favuzza, Favazzi, Favale, Favali, Favalini, Favalli, Favano, Favara, Favari, Favar, Favareto, Favata, Favati, Faveto and many more.

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Fava Early History


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Fava Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fava research. Another 31 words (2 lines of text) covering the years 1509, 1604, 1669 and 1744 are included under the topic Early Fava History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Fava Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Fava Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent among members of the family was Oddo Fava, a philosopher and member of the government Council in Bologna; Guglielmo Favre was a famous lawyer in Aosta during the 14th century; Nicolo di Pietro Fava was one of the 16 reformists in Bologna and was ambassador to many princes. However, with...

Another 104 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fava 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



Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Fava or a variant listed above:

Fava Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Adolfo Fava, aged 13, who emigrated to America, in 1892

Fava Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Adolfo Fava, aged 23, who landed in America from Lucca, in 1902
  • Adolfo Fava, aged 23, who emigrated to the United States from Parezzana, North Italy, in 1902
  • Alfonsina Fava, aged 32, who landed in America from Olvignano, in 1902
  • Amgelina Fava, aged 47, who settled in America from Parezeabi Capomori, in 1903
  • Alberto Fava, aged 27, who landed in America from St Antonio, Italy, in 1909
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Fava (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Fava (post 1700)



  • Ronald Fava, American Republican politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly 35th District; Elected 1975
  • Christopher L. Fava, American Republican politician, Candidate for Massachusetts State Senate Plymouth & Barnstable District, 2002
  • Giulia Masucci Fava (b. 1858), Italian painter
  • Baron Saverio Fava (1832-1913), Italian diplomat, the first Italian Ambassador of unified Italy to the United States from 1881-1893
  • Giuseppe Fava (1925-1984), nicknamed Pippo, an Italian writer, investigative journalist, playwright who was killed by the Mafia
  • Franco Fava (b. 1952), Italian two-time gold medalist long-distance runner at the 1975 Summer Universiade
  • Giovanni Claudio Fava (b. 1957), Italian politician
  • Dino Fava Passaro (b. 1977), Italian football striker
  • Carlo Antonio Del Fava (b. 1981), South African rugby union player
  • Enrique Fava (1920-1994), Argentine actor
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Gheno, Antonio. Contributo alla Bibliografia Genealogica Italiana. Bologna: Forni, 1924. Print.
    2. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
    3. Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani. Rome Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana 56 volumesr. Print.
    4. Di Crollalanza, G.B. Dizionario Storico-Blasonico Delle Famiglie Nobili e Notabili Italiane 3 volumes. Pisa. Print.
    5. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
    6. Bongioanni, Angelo. Nomi e Cognomi. Saggio di Ricerche Etimologiche e Storiche. Torino: A. Forni, 1979. Print.
    7. Glazier, Ira A. and P. Williams Filby Edition. Italians to America. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. Print.
    8. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    9. Colletta, John P. Finding Italian Roots The Complete Guide for Americans. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2003. Print.
    10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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    The Fava Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Fava 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.

    This page was last modified on 18 March 2016 at 14:00.

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