From the historical and fascinating Italian region of Venice
emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Ignoto family. 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. Although the most common type of family name found in the region of Venice
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 Ignoto came from a child of an unknown father deriving from the Latin word "ignotus," which meant "unknown" or "unacknowledged."
Early Origins of the Ignoto family
The surname Ignoto was first found in 1316 with Bartolomeo D'Igito, who was involved in the agreement to give the city of Vicenza to the Paduans.
Early History of the Ignoto family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ignoto research. More information is included under the topic Early Ignoto History in all our PDF Extended History products
and printed products wherever possible.
Ignoto Spelling Variations
Surnames that originated in Italy are characterized by an enormous number of spelling variations
. Some of these are derived from regional traditions and dialects. Northern names, for instance, often end in "o", while southern names tend to end in "i". Other variations come from the fact the medieval scribes tended to spell according to the sound of words, rather than any particular set of rules. The recorded variations of Ignoto include Ignoto, Ignoti, D'Ignoto, D'Ignoti, D'Igito, D'Igiti and many more.
Early Notables of the Ignoto family (pre 1700)
Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ignoto Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Ignoto family to the New World and Oceana
Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Ignoto or a variant listed above:
Ignoto Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Anna Maria Ignoto, aged 52, who landed in America from Lercara, in 1901
- Filippa Ignoto, aged 11, who landed in America from Vicari, Italy, in 1907
- Francesco Ignoto, aged 44, who emigrated to the United States from Vicari, Italy, in 1907
- Calogero Ignoto, aged 21, who emigrated to the United States from Brolo, Sicily, in 1910
- Cosmo Ignoto, aged 22, who landed in America from Macosi, Italy, in 1913
- ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)