The distinguished surname Gualtieri originated in an area of Italy, known as the Papal States. 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. 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
The surname Gualtieri was first found in the unique region of Umbria, and records can be found in 1080, with Gualtiero Gualtieri, a Count in the ancient town of Spello.
Early History of the Gualtieri family
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Gualtieri Spelling Variations
In comparison with other European surnames, Italian surnames have a surprising number of forms. They reflect the regional variations and the many dialects of the Italian language, each with its own distinctive features. For example, in Northern Italy the typical Italian surname suffix is "i", whereas in Southern Italy it is "o". Additionally, spelling changes frequently occurred because medieval scribes and church officials often spelled names as they sounded rather than according to any specific spelling rules. The 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)
Prominent among members of the family was 17 priests from the Gualterotti family of Florence; Vanne Gualtieri of Orvieto was a prominent member of the Government for over 30 years, serving as ambassador to many princes, and as leader of a few cities. Sante Gualtieri was mayor of Viterbo; Gualtiero Gualtieri... Another 88 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gualtieri Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
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
- Alessandro Gualtieri, aged 38, who landed in America from Nicattro, in 1893
Gualtieri Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Alesandro Gualtieri, aged 38, who settled in America from Nicastro, in 1900
- Adele Gualtieri, aged 12, who emigrated to the United States from Savelli, Italy, in 1908
- Affredo Gualtieri, aged 35, who landed in America from Acre, Italy, in 1921
- Alfonso Gualtieri, aged 13, who emigrated to the United States from Canicatti, Gergenti, in 1921
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