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From the historical and fascinating Italian region of Venice emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Malatesta 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 Malatesta came from a stubborn person. The surname Malatesta is composed of the Italian words mala meaning bad and testa, which signifies head.

Malatesta Early Origins



The surname Malatesta was first found in the city of Rimini, famous today for its summer beach festivities. Records are found with Malatesta del Montefeltro family in 1186, when many members of this family were known as talented soldiers and brave knights.

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Malatesta Spelling Variations


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Malatesta Spelling Variations



Italian surnames come in far more variations than the names of most other nationalities. Regional traditions and dialects are a decisive factor in this characteristi c. For example, northern names tend to end in "o", while southern in "i". Also important, but not unique to Italy, was the fact that before dictionaries and the printing press most scribes simply spelled words according to their sounds. The predictable result was an enormous number of spelling variations. The recorded spellings of Malatesta include Malatesta and others.

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Malatesta Early History


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Malatesta Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Malatesta research. Another 193 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1368, 1414, 1440, 1500, 1327, 1372, 1373, 1416, 1433, 1317, 1312, 1417 and 1468 are included under the topic Early Malatesta History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Malatesta Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Malatesta Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent among members of the family was Roberto Malatesta, who became Lord of Rimini in 1440 and devoted his life to arms construction. Members of this family were also prominent as intellectuals, such as Battista Malatesta, who taught philosophy to Pope Martino V, and Domenico Malatesta, who founded the public library...

Another 75 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Malatesta Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



A search of the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Malatesta:

Malatesta Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Lorenzo Malatesta, who arrived in Hancock County, Miss in 1887

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Contemporary Notables of the name Malatesta (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Malatesta (post 1700)



  • Fred Malatesta (1889-1952), Italian-born, American film actor who appeared in 118 films between 1915 and 1941
  • Stephen Malatesta (b. 1887), American Republican politician, Member of California Republican State Central Committee, 1946-48; Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1948 (alternate), 1952
  • Antoinette Malatesta, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 2000
  • Simone Malatesta (b. 1982), Italian footballer
  • Guido Malatesta (1919-1970), Italian film director and screenwriter
  • Adeodato Malatesta (1806-1891), Italian painter trained in a grand Neoclassical style
  • Enrico Maria Malatesta (b. 1976), Italian professional football player
  • Enrico Malatesta (1853-1932), Italian anarchist

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani. Rome Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana 56 volumesr. Print.
    2. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today, 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-0900455-209).
    3. Colletta, John P. Finding Italian Roots The Complete Guide for Americans. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2003. Print.
    4. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
    5. Bongioanni, Angelo. Nomi e Cognomi. Saggio di Ricerche Etimologiche e Storiche. Torino: A. Forni, 1979. Print.
    6. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    7. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
    8. Gheno, Antonio. Contributo alla Bibliografia Genealogica Italiana. Bologna: Forni, 1924. Print.
    9. Guelfi Camajani, Piero. Dizionario Araldico 1940 Reprint Arnoaldo Forni. Milan: 1978. Print.
    10. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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    The Malatesta Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Malatesta 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 10 November 2015 at 10:03.

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