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The distinguished surname Liberi 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 Liberi came from the Germanic personal name Albrechet, which was composed of the elements Adal, which means noble and Berht which means bright and famous.

Liberi Early Origins



The surname Liberi was first found in Rome (Italian: Roma), the capital of the Kingdom of Italy, where Liberius, an early Christian prelate lived in the 4th century. He became Pope in 352 but was banished three years later for refusing to confirm the decree against Athanasius. However, he regained the Papal throne once again in 358. The term "liberto" is derived from the Greek word which means "a freed slave" and in Latin, the word "libertus" means a freedman, a former slave who has been released from slavery.

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Liberi Spelling Variations


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Liberi 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 Liberi include Liberti, Liberatori, Liberto, Di Liberti, Di Liberto, Libertini, Libertino, Libertucci, Liberati, Liberaci, Liberace and many more.

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Liberi Early History


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Liberi Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Liberi research. More information is included under the topic Early Liberi History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Liberi Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Liberi Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent among members of the family was individuals of the Liberati family of Parma, who owned vast amounts of land, and a castle in Camerino. In Parma this family also owned the feudal territory of Pizzano with the title of Marquis. Pietro (Libertino) Liberi (1605-1687), was an Italian painter of the...

Another 59 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Liberi Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Liberi or a variant listed above: Achille Liberati, aged 31, who arrived at Ellis Island from Taglaozzo, Italy, in 1920; Adolfo Liberati, aged 21, who arrived at Ellis Island from Tagliacozzo, Italy, in 1924.

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Colletta, John P. Finding Italian Roots The Complete Guide for Americans. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2003. Print.
    2. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    3. Di Crollalanza, Goffredo. Enciclopedia araldico cavalleresca Prontuario nobiliare. Pisa: Presso La Direzione Del Giorale Araldica , 1878. Print.
    4. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
    5. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    6. Glazier, Ira A. and P. Williams Filby Edition. Italians to America. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. Print.
    7. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    8. Fucilla, Josheph G. Our Italian Surnames. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0806311878).
    9. Stiens, Robert E. Passenger list Italy to New York 1893 In Italian Genealogist. Torrance, CA: Augustan Society No 3, 1983. Print.
    10. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    11. ...

    The Liberi Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Liberi 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.

    This page was last modified on 13 December 2015 at 09:48.

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