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Surname Aliotta and variations

Etymology

The origin is unknown, a possibly acceptable theory is that it was a transformation with a double "t" of the demonym "aliota" (=inhabitant of Alì, a small town in the metropolitan area of Messina, actually called aliesi or alioti), but with an -a ending similarly to "cipriota" (=inhabitant of Cyprus).

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History

The surname appeared as Aliotti in Florence, where a Ser Medico of Aliotto Del Medico was a magistrate in 1287, and Aliotto seems like a first name. However the family disappeared in Florentine records. Aliotti is also recorded in Bologna in the Middle Ages. Then in Sicily Guglielmone Aliotta from Parma was made by Frederick II, King of Sicily and Holy Roman Emperor (1194‑1250), lord of the castle of Mazzara. His second born son generated a large descendancy with his four sons Guglielmone, Giovanni, Federico, and Nicolò. Branches of the family moved to Trapani, Sciacca, Licodia Eubea, Terranova and other areas of Sicily. [From Crollalanza, Dizionario storico-blasonico, Pisa 1886; vol.I p.34].
Aliotta
The surname appears with over 200 listings in the Italian white pages and is not greatly widespread in Italy, appearing in 130 different comuni (out of over 8000 total Italian communes). It is mostly concentrated in Sicily, but also, though most probably as the result of internal immigration, in the industrial areas of Lombardy and around Rome.
  • White Pages: Aliotta also appears in the United States with over 100 listings.
  • Ellis Island: 214 arrivals for Aliotta immigrants are recorded, mostly from Sicily.
Aliotto
A quite rare variation, the surname is present with about 3 listings in Sicily.
  • White Pages: Aliotto also appears in the United States with over 100 listings, though it might be a spelling corruption of Aliotta.
  • Ellis Island: 14 arrivals for Aliotto immigrants are recorded, coming mostly from Sicily.
Aliotti
The surname has about 30 listings in the Italian white pages and is not widespread in Italy, appearing in 22 different comuni. It is recorded in the area of Parma, where according to Crollalanza the Sicilian Aliotta branch had its origin.
  • White Pages: Aliotti appears in the United States with over 100 listings.
  • Ellis Island: 129 arrivals for Aliotti immigrants are recorded, coming mostly from Sicily.