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Where did the Italian Testa family come from? What is the Italian Testa family crest and coat of arms? When did the Testa family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Testa family history?

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

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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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.

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

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


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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 5 April 2015 at 09:28.

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