From the historical and enchanting Italian region of Tuscany
emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Barèlla family. During the Middle Ages, as populations grew and travel between regions became more frequent, the people of Tuscany
found it necessary to adopt a second name to identify themselves and their families. 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. Although the most common type of family name found in Tuscany
is the patronymic
surname, which is derived from the father's given name, the nickname
type of surname is also frequently found. Nickname
surnames were derived from an eke-name, or added name. They usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name. The surname Barèlla is a name for a courageous or brave person having derived from the Latin word "barus."
Early Origins of the Barèlla family
The surname Barèlla was first found in the town of Baroncello, just outside the historic city of Florence. Earliest records tell of the family Baroncelli, who owned a castle in Baroncello, and moved to Florence in the 11th century. 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.
Early History of the Barèlla family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Barèlla research.Another 286 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1260, 1287, and 1532 are included under the topic Early Barèlla History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Barèlla Spelling Variations
Surnames that originated in Italy are characterized by an enormous number of spelling variations
. Some of these are derived from regional traditions and dialects. Northern names, for instance, often end in "o", while southern names tend to end in "i". Other variations come from the fact the medieval scribes tended to spell according to the sound of words, rather than any particular set of rules. The recorded variations of Barèlla include Barone, Baronio, Varone, Varoni, Varuni, Varone, Baroncelli, Baronchelli, Baroncini, Barelli, Barello, Barel, Barella, Barellini, Barettin, Baruzzi, Baret, Barettini, Barucci, Baruzzo, Barusso, Barocci, Baronti, Barontini, Baroni and many more.
Early Notables of the Barèlla family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family was Buonricovero di Folco di Bene Baroncelli, who was a priest in Florence in 1287; Deodato Baronci, one of 16 priests of the Baronci family in Florence in the 13th and 14th centuries; as well as Galeotto Baronci, an important member of the community in... Another 123 words (9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Barèlla Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Barèlla family to the New World and Oceana
In the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Barèlla Jonas Barone, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1766; Gaetano Barone, who arrived in New York city in 1893 aboard the EMS, as well as Raffaele Barone, who was naturalized in West Virginia in 1898..