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 Orsatti came from the name Orso, which is derived from the Latin name Ursus, meaning bear.
Early Origins of the Orsatti family
Emilia-Romagna, capital of the province of Forli-Cesena. The Church of S. Mercuriale is notable.
Castello Ursino (Bear Castle), also known as Castello Svevo di Catania, is a castle in Catania, Sicily, southern Italy that was built in the 13th century. Built between 1239 and 1250, it was one of the royal castles of Emperor Frederick II, King of Sicily. Over the years it had fallen into ruin but in 1932, the castle was acquired by the city of Catania and restored to its original grandeur.
Early History of the Orsatti family
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Orsatti Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Orsi, Orso, Ursi, Urso, Dorso, Ursich, Ursic, Orselli, Orsetti, Orsatti, Ursini, Ursino, Orsoni and many more.
Early Notables of the Orsatti family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Orsatti family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Orsatti Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Orsatti (post 1700)
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