From the ancient and picturesque Italian region of Venice
emerged a variety of distinguished names, including the notable surname Favale. 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.
Early Origins of the Favale family
The surname Favale was first found in the city of Treviso, where the Favero family lived as early as 1308.
Early History of the Favale family
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Favale 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 Favale 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.
Early Notables of the Favale family (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 the French invasion and the League of Cambrai in 1509, Venice
lost most of its territory. The Venetians also lost their trading power with the East and... Another 77 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Favale Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Favale family to the New World and Oceana
Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Favale or a variant listed above:
Favale Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Berardina Favale, aged 35, who settled in America from Corleto Particaro, in 1906
- Domenico Favale, aged 23, who settled in America from Saponara, Italy, in 1907
- Constantino Favale, aged 48, who landed in America from Margherita Ligure, Italy, in 1908
- Angelo Favale, aged 19, who immigrated to the United States from Montaltano, Italy, in 1910
- Domenica Favale, aged 21, who immigrated to the United States from Casamassina, Italy, in 1911
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Contemporary Notables of the name Favale (post 1700)
- Gabriel Norberto Favale (b. 1967), Argentine retired football referee
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