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Retana History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



Early Origins of the Retana family


The surname Retana was first found in Calabria a territorial district of Italy. Ancient Calabria was in Lecce. Modern Calabria is in the southern extremity of Italy coasting the straits of Messina. Reggio and Messina are the cities of note. This beautiful region produces wine. Olive oil and fruit. Reggio was heavily bombed during WWII because of its strategical link with Sicily. 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, at the beginning of recorded history, was of itself a great distinction and indicative of noble ancestry.

Early History of the Retana family


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Retana Spelling Variations


Spelling variations of this family name include: Ratta, Ratto, Rettori, Rettazzi, Rattazzi, Rattazzo, Rattaro, Rattaglia, Rattagliano, Rattagliata, Rattiglani, Rettaglia, Rettagliano, Rettagliata and many more.

Early Notables of the Retana family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Retana family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Fanny Ratto, who settled in Baltimore in 1832; G. B. Ratto, who came to San Francisco in 1852; Bartholomew Ratto, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1854.

Contemporary Notables of the name Retana (post 1700)


  • Benjamin Clariond Reyes- Retana, Mexican politician
  • Wenceslao Emilio Retana y Gamboa (1862-1924), Spanish civil servant, colonial administrator, writer, biographer, political commentator, publisher, bibliophile, and bibliographer

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