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 traditional type of family name found in the region of the Papal States 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 Gattamelata came from a person who was agile, cunning or perhaps sly.
Early Origins of the Gattamelata family
Early History of the Gattamelata family
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Gattamelata Spelling Variations
hundred years, scribes spelled names according to their sounds. Spelling variations were the unsurprising result. The variations of Gattamelata include Gatti, Gatto, Gatta, Gatte, Gattola, Gattinara, Gattamelata, Lo Gatto, La Gatta, Gattelli, Gattini, Gattoli, Gattolin, Gattulli, Gattullo, Gattai, Gattei, Gatteschi and many more.
Early Notables of the Gattamelata family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Gattamelata family to the New World and Oceana
An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Gattamelata or a variant listed above: Antonio L.F. Gatte, who arrived in New York City in 1820 at the age of 17; Adamo Gatti, aged 38, who arrived at Ellis Island from Sandrio, Italy, in 1905.
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