Sicily emerged a variety of distinguished names, including the notable surname Pratella. 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 Pratella family lived by the fields or meadows. The surname Prato is derived from the local name Prato, which means field or meadow.
Early Origins of the Pratella family
Early History of the Pratella family
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Pratella Spelling Variations
spelling variations. The recorded spellings of Pratella include Prato, Prata, Prati, Prado, Prada, Pra, Dal Prato, Del Prato, Dal Pra, Pratello, Pratelli, Pratella, Pradella, Pradel, Pradetto, Pratolini, Pradolin, Pratali and many more.
Early Notables of the Pratella family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Pratella family to the New World and Oceana
An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Pratella arrived in North America very early: B. Prado, aged 27, who arrived at Ellis Island, in 1923; Benjamin Prado, aged 28, who arrived at Ellis Island, in 1923; Alfredo Prata, aged 21, who arrived at Ellis Island from Spinaorola, Italy, in 1911.
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