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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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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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  • 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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  2. Stiens, Robert E. Passenger list Italy to New York 1893 In Italian Genealogist. Torrance, CA: Augustan Society No 3, 1983. Print.
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  5. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
  6. Glazier, Ira A. and P. Williams Filby Edition. Italians to America. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. Print.
  7. Colletta, John P. Finding Italian Roots The Complete Guide for Americans. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2003. Print.
  8. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
  9. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  10. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: 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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