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Testa Early Origins



The surname Testa was first found in Italy. Bearers of Testa have been found in almost every part of Italy, but in Emilia-Romagna and Tuscany in particular. The spelling variations of the name which end in "i" are mostly from the north, while those that end in "o" are mostly from the south. The name comes from the Old French word "teste," meaning "head." The name probably began as a nickname for someone with an unusually large or oddly-shaped head. There are many compound names similar to this name, such as "Testagrossa," meaning "big head."

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Testa Spelling Variations


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Testa Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Testa, Testi, Testini, Testino, Testoni, Testone, Testai, Testaj, Testani, Testabruna, Testadiferro, Testagrossa, Testaquadra and many more.

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Testa Early History


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Testa Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Testa research. Another 262 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1611 and 1650 are included under the topic Early Testa History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Testa Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Testa Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Testa Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Testa Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Vincenzo and Stefano Testa, who arrived in North America onboard the Orsola in 1882

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Contemporary Notables of the name Testa (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Testa (post 1700)



  • Nick Testa (b. 1928), American former Major League Baseball catcher
  • Mary Testa (b. 1955), American stage actress
  • Ezio Testa (b. 1961), Italian fiction author and poet
  • Daniela Testa (b. 1985), Italian writer and journalist
  • Clorindo Testa (1923-2013), Italian-born, Argentine architect and artist
  • Chicco Testa (b. 1952), managing director of Rothschild Spa
  • Augusto Testa (b. 1950), Italian astronomer
  • Marco Testa, Italian jazz vocalist
  • Gianmaria Testa, Italian singer/songwriter
  • Serge Testa (b. 1950), Australian yachtsman

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Testa Family Crest Products


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Gheno, Antonio. Contributo alla Bibliografia Genealogica Italiana. Bologna: Forni, 1924. Print.
    2. Glazier, Ira A. and P. Williams Filby Edition. Italians to America. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. Print.
    3. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
    4. Di Crollalanza, Goffredo. Enciclopedia araldico cavalleresca Prontuario nobiliare. Pisa: Presso La Direzione Del Giorale Araldica , 1878. Print.
    5. Bongioanni, Angelo. Nomi e Cognomi. Saggio di Ricerche Etimologiche e Storiche. Torino: A. Forni, 1979. Print.
    6. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    7. Bascapè, Giacomo and Marcello del Piazzo. Insegne e Simboli Araldica pubblica e privata medievale e moderna. Rome: 1983. Print.
    8. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
    9. Di Crollalanza, G.B. Dizionario Storico-Blasonico Delle Famiglie Nobili e Notabili Italiane 3 volumes. Pisa. Print.
    10. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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    The Testa Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Testa 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.

    This page was last modified on 1 February 2016 at 22:22.

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