The distinguished surname Liberto 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 Liberto came from the Germanic personal name
Albrechet, which was composed of the elements Adal, which means noble and Berht which means bright and famous.
Early Origins of the Liberto family
The surname Liberto 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.
Early History of the Liberto family
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Liberto 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 Liberto include Liberti, Liberatori, Liberto, Di Liberti, Di Liberto, Libertini, Libertino, Libertucci, Liberati, Liberaci, Liberace and many more.
Early Notables of the Liberto family (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 Liberto Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Liberto family to the New World and Oceana
Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Liberto 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.
Contemporary Notables of the name Liberto (post 1700)
- Vivian Liberto (1934-2005), American first wife of country singer Johnny Cash
- Giuseppe Liberto (b. 1943), Italian priest, choral director and composer, Director of the Choir of the Sistine Chapel 1997-2010
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