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. 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. During the Middle Ages, Italians adopted the patronymic system of name-making because it perfectly complemented the prevailing Feudal System. In Italy the popularity of patronymic type of surname is also due to the fact that during the Christian era, people often named their children after saints and biblical figures. The surname Gualtieri came from the first name Gualtero, which is a name of Germanic origin, derived from Waldhari which means Strong army.
Early Origins of the Gualtieri family
Early History of the Gualtieri family
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Gualtieri Spelling Variations
spelling variations in the name Gualtieri include Gualtieri, Gualtiero, Gualdieri, Gualdiero, Gualdo, Gualtieriotti, Galtieri, Valtieri, Valter, Gualtierotti, Tieri, Tiero and many more.
Early Notables of the Gualtieri family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Gualtieri family to the New World and Oceana
Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Gualtieri or a variant listed above:
Gualtieri Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Gualtieri Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
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