The Pontani surname was taken on from any of the many place names in Italy called Ponte, or from places derived from the Italian word "ponte," which means "bridge." Local
names 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, but does not necessarily denote nobility.
Early Origins of the Pontani family
The surname Pontani was first found in Emilia-Romagna
. Although this name arose independently in various parts of Italy, the first recorded instances of the name found are of the Ponte di Venezi family, ennobled in 1297, who are said to be originally of Ferrara.
Early History of the Pontani family
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Pontani Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Ponte, Ponti, Da Ponte, Dal Ponte, Del Ponte, Pontello, Pontelli, Pontel, Ponticiello, Ponticelli, Pontillo, Pontini, Pontoni, Ponton, Pontiroli, Pontalti, Pontano, Pontormo and many more.
Early Notables of the Pontani family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family was Giovanni dal Ponte (1385-c.1438), Italian, Florentine painter; as well as Giovanni Pontano, a 15th century humanist, poet, and diplomat from Cerreto who served three Kings of Naples; Antonio da Ponte (1512-1595), Italian architect and engineer from Venice
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Migration of the Pontani family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Ernestine Ponti, age 14, who arrived in America on May. 1, 1880, aboard the "France"; Constantino Ponte, age 27, who arrived in New York on Nov. 23, 1881, aboard the ".