The distinguished surname lagatta 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. 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 lagatta came from a person who was agile, cunning or perhaps sly.
Early Origins of the lagatta family
The surname lagatta was first found in the city of Gaeta, with the noble Gattola family in 1091.
Early History of the lagatta family
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lagatta Spelling Variations
There are many variations of most of those Italian names that originated in the medieval era. Some of these come from regional differences, like the tradition of ending northern names in "o" and southern names in "i". Others come from inaccuracies in the recording process, which were extremely common in the eras before dictionaries standardized spelling. Some of the spelling variations
of lagatta are 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 lagatta family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family was Erasmo Gattamelata who was Commander of the Papal armies in 1431, and from this gained noble status in the Venetian Republic. Bernardino Gatti, a painter in Pavia around 1500, was known as "Il Solaro" and was dependent on famous painter Correggio for much of... Another 127 words (9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early lagatta Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the lagatta 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 lagatta or a variant listed above:
lagatta Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Vincenza Lagatta, aged 22, who emigrated to the United States from Melfi, in 1902
- Incoronata Lagatta, aged 15, who settled in America from Nelfi, Italy, in 1907
- Maria Lagatta, aged 8, who emigrated to the United States from Nelfi, Italy, in 1907
- Mattea Gerardo LaGatta, aged 19, who landed in America from Pousigliano, Italy, in 1909
- Rita Lagatta, aged 30, who landed in America from Popoli, Italy, in 1910
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