The Prospero surname comes from the personal name
Prospero, from the Latin word "prosperus," meaning "prosperous," or "fortunate."
Early Origins of the Prospero family
The surname Prospero was first found in Ferrara, a city and comune in Emilia-Romagna
, northern Italy, capital city of the Province of Ferrara. History dates the city back to 753. It was at war with Venice
in 1471. It is a walled city and notable is the Church of S.Cristoforo. Knitted goods and shawls are made. In those ancient times only persons of rank, the podesta, clergy, city officials, army officers, artists, landowners were entered into the records. To be recorded at this time was in itself a family honor.
Early History of the Prospero family
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Prospero Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Prosperi, Prosperini, Prospero, Prosperina, Prosperino, Prospera and many more.
Early Notables of the Prospero family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Prospero family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Prospero Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- F. Prospero, age 33, who arrived in New York on April 23, 1883, aboard the "Utopia"
- Girolamo Prospero, age 27, who arrived in America on June 12, 1883, aboard the "Birmania"
- Rocco Di Prospero, aged 57, who settled in America from Roccasicana, in 1897
- Marcantonio Prospero, aged 34, who emigrated to the United States from Piccomo, in 1898
- Nicola Prospero, aged 31, who landed in America from Nenafro, in 1899
Prospero Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Pasquale Prospero, aged 21, who settled in America from Cepagatti, in 1903
- Valentino Prospero, aged 17, who emigrated to the United States from Pescotolido, Italy, in 1907
- Antonio Prospero, aged 26, who landed in America from Spottore, Italy, in 1907
- Bernard Prospero, aged 36, who emigrated to America from Torino, Italy, in 1907
- Camillo Prospero, aged 14, who landed in America from Pollutis, Italy, in 1907
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Contemporary Notables of the name Prospero (post 1700)
- Joe Prospero (b. 1988), British actor, known for his role in the 2003–2004 BBC sitcom My Dad's the Prime Minister
- Philip Prospero (1657-1661), Prince of Asturias, was the first male child of the marriage between Philip IV of Spain and Mariana of Austria to survive infancy