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From the historical and fascinating Italian region of Venice emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Gamba family. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adapt 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 common type of family name found in the region of Venice 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 Gamba came from a person with some peculiarity of the legs or a strange walk. The surname Gambara is derived from the late Latin word gamba, which means knee, bend, or joint.

Gamba Early Origins



The surname Gamba was first found in Venice where as early as the 6th century, members of the Gambara family were leaders in the military.

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Gamba Spelling Variations


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Gamba 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 Gamba include Gamba, Gambi, Gambella, Gambelli, Gambetta, Gambetti, Gambitta, Gambino, Gambini, Gambin, Gambuzza, Gambozza, Gambato, Gambuti, Gambacorta, Gambadoro, Gambalesta, Gambalunga, Gambelunghe, Gambilongo, Gambacorti, Gambaloita, Gambarini, Gambazocca and many more.

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Gamba Early History


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Gamba Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gamba research. More information is included under the topic Early Gamba History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Gamba Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Gamba Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent among members of the family was Veronica Gambara, a poet in Brescia around 1485 who was of a noble family and married the Lord of Correggio. Giovanni Gamba was a professor of literature at the University of Pisa; members of the Gambacorti family of Naples were recognized as nobility in...

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The Great Migration



Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Gamba or a variant listed above:

Gamba Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Amilcare Gamba, aged 26, who emigrated to the United States from Mailan, in 1903
  • Amerigo Gamba, aged 2, who settled in America from Tomo, in 1906
  • Adonio Gamba, aged 14, who landed in America from Villasrean, Alessandria, in 1908
  • Agostino Gamba, aged 23, who settled in America from Carrega, Italy, in 1910
  • Amos Dusolino Gamba, aged 32, who landed in America from Nazzema, Italy, in 1914
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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    Other References

    1. Gheno, Antonio. Contributo alla Bibliografia Genealogica Italiana. Bologna: Forni, 1924. Print.
    2. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
    3. Guelfi Camajani, Piero. Dizionario Araldico 1940 Reprint Arnoaldo Forni. Milan: 1978. Print.
    4. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    5. Colletta, John P. Finding Italian Roots The Complete Guide for Americans. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2003. Print.
    6. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    7. Fucilla, Josheph G. Our Italian Surnames. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0806311878).
    8. Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani. Rome Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana 56 volumesr. Print.
    9. Bascapè, Giacomo and Marcello del Piazzo. Insegne e Simboli Araldica pubblica e privata medievale e moderna. Rome: 1983. Print.
    10. Stiens, Robert E. Passenger list Italy to New York 1893 In Italian Genealogist. Torrance, CA: Augustan Society No 3, 1983. Print.
    11. ...

    The Gamba Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gamba 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.

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