Show ContentsFavata History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

From the ancient and picturesque Italian region of Venice emerged a variety of distinguished names, including the notable surname Favata. 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 Favata family

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

Early History of the Favata family

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Favata 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 Favata 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 Favata 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...
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United States Favata migration to the United States +

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

Favata Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Gaetano Favata, aged 1, who settled in America, in 1903
  • Francesco Favata, aged 27, who immigrated to the United States from Campofromo, Sicily, in 1906
  • Giacomo Favata, aged 27, who immigrated to the United States from Sercara, Italy, in 1907
  • Anofrio Favata, aged 41, who landed in America from Sercara, Italy, in 1907
  • Francesca Favata, aged 48, who landed in America from Selafani, Sicily, in 1909
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Contemporary Notables of the name Favata (post 1700) +

  • Frank J. Favata III, American actor and producer, known for Paragods (2013), The Madman Chronicles (2012) and Nightmare Reunion (2019)
  • Amelia Favata, American actress and producer, known for Friends Don't Let Friends Date Friends (2014), Message in a Bottle (2017) and A Very Zombie Christmas (2015)
  • Mike Favata, American musician, known for his work on Rock 'n' Roll Nightmare (1987), I Am Thor (2015) and The Proteus Logs (2017)
  • Ray Favata (b. 1924), American Primetime Emmy Award winning animator, known for The Great Space Coaster, Doug and Beginner's Bible for Kids: The Story of David and Goliath on Facebook