Gasperi History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The distinguished surname Gasperi can be traced back to the ancient and beautiful region of Venice. The people of this region were originally known only by a single name, but it became necessary for people to adopt a second name to identify themselves, as populations grew and travel became more frequent. Italian hereditary surnames were developed according to fairly general principles and patronymic surnames, derived from the father's given name were the most common type of family name adopted in the region of Venice. The Italian surname Gasperi came from the personal name Gaspare, derived from the Latin name Gasparus, and ultimately derived from "kaspar," a Persian word meaning "treasurer" and name of one of the three Magi.
Early Origins of the Gasperi family
The surname Gasperi was first found in Vicenza, anciently known as Vicetia, a town in Venetia, capital of the province of Vicenza. It was conquered by the Venetians in 1405. It has many beautiful palaces and churches, galleries and museums. The cathedral is Gothic. The original church SS.Felice e Fortunato was built in 975 but has been much altered. It is notable for its development painters, architects, sculptors and scholars. Natives were Trissino, Palladio, Pigafetta, Fogazzaro, Mantegna, Montagna, Speranza, Scamozzi and Buoncosiglio. In those ancient times only persons of rank, the podesta, clergy, city officials, army officers, artists, landowners were entered into the records. To be recorded at this time, at the beginning of recorded history, was of itself a great distinction and indicative of noble ancestry.
Early History of the Gasperi family
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Gasperi Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Gaspari, Gasparo, Gasperi, Gasparri, Casparri, Degasperi, Gasparelli, Gasparini, Gasparetti, Gasparetto, Gaspardo, Gasparon, Gasperin, Gasbarrini, Gasperoni, Gasparrini, Sperelli, Sperotto, Speroni and many more.
Early Notables of the Gasperi family (pre 1700)
Prominent among bearers of this family in early times was David Caspari (1648-1702), a German Lutheran theologian, rector of Riga Cathedral; and his son, Georg Caspari (1683-1743), a Baltic German academic; Sperone Speroni degli Alvarotti (1500-1588), an Italian Renaissance humanist, scholar and dramatist; Antonio Gaspari, (before 1660-after 1749), an Italian architect of the late-Baroque, active in both Venice and the terrafirma of the Veneto; and his son, Giovanni Paolo Gaspari (1712-1775), Italian painter active mainly in Germany; Gaspare Gasparini (died 1590), an Italian...
Migration of the Gasperi family
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Val Gaspare, who arrived in New York, NY in 1893 aboard the steam ship "Fulda," Caesear Gasparini, who was naturalized in California in 1898.