Tuscany, including the notable surname Gaitan. During the Middle Ages, as populations grew and travel between regions became more frequent, the people of Tuscany, who were originally known only by a single name, found it necessary to adopt a second name to identify themselves and their families. This process of adopting fixed hereditary surnames in Italy began in the 10th and 11th centuries, but it was not completed until the modern era. The development of Italian hereditary surnames followed general principles and were characterized by derivatives from one's given name. The patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name, was one of the most common name types found in the region of Tuscany. This system of name-making was widely used because it linked well with the existing Feudal System and during the Christian era, many people named their children after saints and biblical figures. The surname Gaitan came from the medieval given name Gaetano, which was originally a name from Caieta in Latium. According to tradition, the town was named after the elderly nurse of Aeneas, who died after fleeing with him from the ruins of Troy.
Early Origins of the Gaitan family
Tuscany (Italian: Toscana), a region in central Italy.
Early History of the Gaitan family
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Gaitan Spelling Variations
spelling variations. The recorded spellings of Gaitan include Gaeta, Gaita, De Gaita, Di Gaeta, Gaetani, Di Gaetano, Gaetano and many more.
Early Notables of the Gaitan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Gaitan family to the New World and Oceana
In the immigration and passenger lists a number of early immigrants bearing the name Gaitan were found:
Gaitan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Gaitan Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Gaitan (post 1700)
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