Continuing Research

Notables Added the last 12 months
FREE SHIPPING on orders of $85 or more
An excerpt from archives copyright © 2000 - 2016

Origins Available: Italian, Scottish

From the historical and enchanting Italian region of Tuscany emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Galasso 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 Galasso is a name for a person with some of the attributes associated with a bird, such as a fine voice or sexual prowess. The name, which was also very popular in Spain during the Middle Ages, is derived from the Latin word Gallus which means rooster.


The surname Galasso was first found in northern Italy which today incorporates the provinces of Cremona, Brescia, Pisa and the city of Florence. The earliest records of the surname Galasso date back to Florence, where the Galigai family can be traced to 1039.

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 Galasso include Galli, Gallo, Gall, Gallis, Gallelli, Gallello, Galletti, Galigai, Gallico, Galelei, Galladei, Galeota, Galizzi, Gallego, Gallini, Gallino, Gallucci, Galluccio, Galluzzi, Gallus, Galliussi, Gallozzi, Gallotti, Galloni, Gallone, Gallarini and many more.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Galasso research. Another 29 words (2 lines of text) covering the years 1497, 1381, 1528, 1576, 1624, 1595, 1671, 1510, 1540, 1564, 1615, 1632, 1590, 1636, 1714, 1737, 1850 and 1868 are included under the topic Early Galasso History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Prominent among members of the family was Francesco Galeota, born in 1497 in Naples, who was a poet and a nobleman. Eighteen members of the Galilei family of Florence became priests between 1381 and 1528. Giulio Cesare la Galla (1576-1624), was Professor of philosophy at the Collegio Romano in Italy. Maria...

Another 258 words (18 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Galasso Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


In the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Galasso

Galasso Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Angelo Galasso, aged 2, who landed in America, in 1906
  • Angelo Galasso, aged 38, who emigrated to the United States from S. Andrea, Italy, in 1910
  • Alfonso Galasso, aged 39, who landed in America from S. Andrea, Italy, in 1910
  • Antonio Galasso, aged 18, who settled in America from Acello Sabato, Italy, in 1911
  • Alessandro Galasso, aged 32, who emigrated to the United States from S. Andrea, Italy, in 1912
  • ...

  • Michael John Galasso (1949-2009), American composer, violinist, and music director
  • Robert Joseph Galasso (b. 1952), retired Major League Baseball pitcher
  • M. S. Galasso, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Montana 1st District, 1944
  • Gianluca Galasso (b. 1984), Italian professional footballer
  • Latino Galasso (1898-1949), Italian bronze medalist rower at the 1924 Summer Olympics
  • Alessio Galasso (b. 1974), French rugby player

Most Popular Family Crest Products
Galasso Armorial History With Coat of ArmsGalasso Armorial History With Coat of Arms
Galasso Coat of Arms & Surname History PackageGalasso Coat of Arms & Surname History Package
Galasso Family Crest Image (jpg) Heritage SeriesGalasso Family Crest Image (jpg) Heritage Series
Galasso Coat of Arms/Family Crest Key-chainGalasso Coat of Arms/Family Crest Key-chain
Galasso Coat of Arms/Family Crest Coffee MugGalasso Coat of Arms/Family Crest Coffee Mug
Galasso Armorial History with FrameGalasso Armorial History with Frame
Galasso Framed Surname History and Coat of ArmsGalasso Framed Surname History and Coat of Arms




    Other References

    1. Glazier, Ira A. and P. Williams Filby Edition. Italians to America. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. Print.
    2. Fucilla, Josheph G. Our Italian Surnames. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0806311878).
    3. Di Crollalanza, Goffredo. Enciclopedia araldico cavalleresca Prontuario nobiliare. Pisa: Presso La Direzione Del Giorale Araldica , 1878. Print.
    4. Colletta, John P. Finding Italian Roots The Complete Guide for Americans. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2003. Print.
    5. Bongioanni, Angelo. Nomi e Cognomi. Saggio di Ricerche Etimologiche e Storiche. Torino: A. Forni, 1979. Print.
    6. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    7. Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani. Rome Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana 56 volumesr. Print.
    8. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    9. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
    10. Battilana, Natale, Ed. Genealogie Dello Famiglie Nobili di Genova. Genova: Fratelli Pagano, 1825. Print.
    11. ...

    The Galasso Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Galasso 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 13 November 2015 at 09:15.

    Sign Up


    FREE SHIPPING on orders of $85 or more