Catalan, very rare, would seem to be from Trieste, Catalani is rare and seems to have a strain in Lazio and one in the Marche, Catalano is widespread throughout Italy, it would seem decidedly central to the south, but there could also be other stocks in Liguria, between Bologna and Florence and in Lombardy , Catalanotto is typically Sicilian, from the western part of the island, from Salemi and Castelvetrano in the Trapani area, from Palermo and Ribera in the Agrigento region, Cataloni, almost unique, is from central Italy, Catelan is from Vicenza, Cattelan is very widespread throughout the Vicentine, Trevisan, Paduan and Venetian area, Catelani is Tuscan, from the provinces of Lucca and Florence, Cattalan, almost unique, is perhaps Venetian, Cattalani very rare could have in addition to the Marche lineage also one, probably secondary in Mantua, Cattalano very rare , seems to be from Turin, their origin is either directly from the Italian medieval name Catalanus or from nicknames originating from the geographical origin of the cap hostile to the region of Catalonia in Spain, an origin that may be real or attributed to those who, like Pompey's veteran legionaries, had carried out campaigns in Spain, but it is also worth considering a Jewish origin following the expulsion of the Jews from Spain. In 1200 on the Villani's Nova Cronicha we read: "... two knights enjoying the good fortune of Bologna for podestadi of Florence, one named Messer Catalano de 'Malavolti, and the other messer Loderigo delli Andalò, ..." , again in 1200 in one act we read: "... dominico de Villalonga Ferrarius Catalanus," haereticorum terror ", ...", in 1300 in the list of bishops made by John XXII is Jordanus Catalanus, in 1500 we find a famous painter Gian Domenico Catalano, in a deed drawn up in Monterubbiano (AP) there is talk of 1500 ducats, committed in favor of such a Jew Abraham Catalanus. additions provided by Norberto Catelani Most likely Catelani is due to a transcription error in that perhaps the surname was originally Catalani. There is a stock in the Historical Versilia (Stazzema). Traces of this surname can be found starting from the mid-1700s.
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