Origins Available: French, Italian
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.
Early Origins of the Gamba family
Venice where as early as the 6th century, members of the Gambara family were leaders in the military.
Early History of the Gamba family
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Gamba Spelling Variations
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.
Early Notables of the Gamba family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Gamba family to the New World and Oceana
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
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