From the ancient and beautiful Italian island of Sicily
emerged a variety of distinguished names, including the notable surname Navarino. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adopt 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 were characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. Although the most traditional type of family name found in the region of Sicily
is the patronymic
surname, which is derived from the father's given name, local
surnames are also found. Local
names, which are the least frequent of the major types of surnames found in Italy, are derived from a place-name where the original bearer once resided or held land. Often Italian local surnames bore the prefix "di," which signifies emigration from one place to another, and does not necessarily denote nobility. The Navarino family lived in the northern Spanish province of Navarra. According to etymologists, the place-name Navarra is derived from the Basque
word nava, or naba, which means "plain near the mountains."
Early Origins of the Navarino family
The surname Navarino was first found in the island of Malta where Giovanni Navarro was found. From this family, Ugolino and Andrea Navarro attained government over the island of Gozzo and in 1453 Andrea became Lord of the feudal
territory of Miraglia.
Early History of the Navarino family
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Navarino 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 characteristic. 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 Navarino include Navarra, Navarria, Navarro, Navarri, Navarrino, Navarrini, Navarino and many more.
Early Notables of the Navarino family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family was Pietro Navarro, a General in the army of King Ferdinand The Catholic, troupes which succeeded in ousting the French from San Germano. After this victory, he was sent to Barbiera, where... Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Navarino Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Navarino family to the New World and Oceana
Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Navarino or a variant listed above:
Navarino Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Foag T Navarino, aged 33, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1854 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
- Nunzio Navarino, aged 24, who settled in America, in 1895
Navarino Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Raffaele Navarino, aged 12, who landed in America, in 1906
- Domenico Navarino, aged 11, who landed in America, in 1906
- Lucia Navarino, aged 2, who emigrated to the United States, in 1906
- Maria Navarino, aged 23, who landed in America from S. Stefano Quisquino, in 1906