The Spoto Family Home PageUpdated September 5, 2000
Edward Long Spoto
14700 Marsh Lane
Addison, TX 75001
|The Spoto Family has a very rich and detailed history. Originally, the family is from Santo Stefano Di Quisquina in the Arigento Province of Sicily.
Origin of the surname Spoto
The Italian family name Spoto is classified as being of nickname origin. Surnames which are derived from a nickname are said to constitute one of the widest and most varied class of family names. This particular category encompasses many different types of origin. The most obvious are those names which are based on a physical characteristic or personal attribute of the initial bearer. In this particular instance, the surname Spoto, found mainly in the regions of Puglia, Calabria and Sicily, is of Old Greek origin. The fact of finding names and words deriving from the Greek language in the dialects of these regions is not surprising if we think that two thousand years ago the area was a Greek colony called Magna Graecia or Great Greece. Spoto derives from the term despotÚs, which means house master, and in this sense must be interpreted the nickname origin of this name.
One of the earliest references to this name or to a variant of is a record of one Spoto family belonging to the nobility of Sicily since the fifteenth century. However research is of course ongoing and this name may have been documented even earlier than the date indicated above. This family resided in Cattolica and Eraclea, but originated of S. Angelo Muxaro; its members were endowed with the title of Baron of Salici and Lord of Salacio.
With the rise of the city states of Italy such as Florence and Genoa, the need arose for the use of a fixed name by which a person and his family could be consciently identified. Thus it is not surprising that it is amongst the traders and merchants of these republic that we find use of hereditary family names.
Origin of the family
The Spoto's family is originally from Spain. They came into Italy in the year 964 with Oton I. In 1239, during the reign of Federico II, Riccardo Spoto was governor of Agrigento, while another Riccardo was baron of Nadoro, near Sant'Angelo Muxaro and Cattolica Eraclea. Years later, Antonio Spoto was master of the feud of Giardinello, near Agrigento. The Spoto's family was subsequently exiled from Sicily and sheltered in Spain, where Giorgio Spoto was a noble knight of the Queen of Barcellona in 1365. Then, the Spoto's family came back into Sicily again. The Spoto's surname appears in the official book of Italian noble families.
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