Galleo History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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From the historical and enchanting Italian region of Tuscany emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Galleo 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 Galleo 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.
Early Origins of the Galleo family
The surname Galleo 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 Galleo date back to Florence, where the Galigai family can be traced to 1039.
Important Dates for the Galleo family
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Galleo 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 Galleo 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.
Early Notables of the Galleo family (pre 1700)
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 Domitilla Galluzzi (1595-1671), was a Catholic mystic. Girolamo da Santacroce Galizzi was a Venetian painter around 1510. Giovanni Gallego was a Baron, was Governor of Siena in 1540, and owned the castle of Salvatore in Messina. One very well known member of this lineage was Galileo Galilei, the physicist and...
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Galleo migration to the United States
In the immigration and passenger lists a number of early immigrants bearing the name Galleo were found:
Galleo Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Giovanni Galleo, aged 29, who immigrated to the United States from Cefalic, in 1900
- Matteo Galleo, aged 8, who settled in America from Bagnoli, in 1900
- Guiseppe Galleo, aged 45, who landed in America from Borgia, in 1907
- Domenico Galleo, aged 37, who immigrated to the United States from Caccamo, Sicily, in 1907
- Francesco Galleo, aged 11, who landed in America from Borgia, in 1907
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