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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.
Spelling variations of this family name include: Ratta, Ratto, Rettori, Rettazzi, Rattazzi, Rattazzo, Rattaro, Rattaglia, Rattagliano, Rattagliata, Rattiglani, Rettaglia, Rettagliano, Rettagliata and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Retana research. Another 535 words (38 lines of text) covering the years 1030, 1159, 1317, and 1838 are included under the topic Early Retana History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
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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.
The Retana Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Retana Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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