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The surname Gavotti was first found in Genoa (Italian: Genova), a port on the Gulf of Genoa, capital of the province of Genoa. 4th century B.C it was occupied by the Greeks, destroyed by the Carthaginians in 209 B.C and restored by Rome who made it their headquarters. They survived the Lombard and Carolingan intrusions. Were well known for their naval prowess. Shipbuilding flourished in this natural sea port. Much migration took place to South America pre WWII. 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.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Gavi, Gavirati, Gavotti, Gavilgliani and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gavotti research. Another 239 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1222, 1265, 1348, 1448, and 1626 are included under the topic Early Gavotti History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Antonio Gavi, aged 42, who arrived at Ellis Island from Torino, in 1902; Giuseppe Gavi, aged 16, who arrived at Ellis Island from Torino, in 1902; Maurirus Gavi, aged 32, who arrived at Ellis Island, in 1919.

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  2. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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  6. Di Crollalanza, G.B. Dizionario Storico-Blasonico Delle Famiglie Nobili e Notabili Italiane 3 volumes. Pisa. Print.
  7. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  8. Gheno, Antonio. Contributo alla Bibliografia Genealogica Italiana. Bologna: Forni, 1924. Print.
  9. Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani. Rome Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana 56 volumesr. Print.
  10. Fucilla, Josheph G. Our Italian Surnames. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0806311878).
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The Gavotti Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gavotti 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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