History of Vassallo Origins
The Origin of the Vassallo Name is quite noble and Famous, due to its long connections with nobility and their master . They are directly descendents to the Kings of Lombardy and the Dukes of Bavaria. They are linked to all nobilty and Royality. Not all Vassallo are Connected to this family because the family were Landed Gentry in Malta , Sicily, and in Milan. They own many Slaves , and upon Freedom ,They were baptized with the Surname of Vassallo many of these Vassallo's were
from Africa or Turkey or even Albania what ever was on the slave market and what was cheap. The Vassallo Family have most of the Present Maltese Nobilty as Descendants thru Felmale Descendants also there is a Head of the Vassallo Clan who Bears the Sicilian Title of Baron of Bavuso. This Title was created in the 12/13 th Century by the King of Sicily . Lastly, for a look at the Vassallo Family tree just look at the Family Trees
The Research was originally carried out by the Great Marquis Paul Vassallo de Vedra
We are told by V. Spreti, in his Enciclopedia Storico Nobiliare Italiana" (1981 edition), Vol V, page 833 and by G.B Crollolanza, in his " Dizionario Storico Balsonico" (1977 edition), Vol, that the Vassallo of Sicily (Which also calles itself Vassallo-Paleologo) claim to be descended from the Emperor Micheal VIII Paleologus of the Byzantine Empire.
The claim is that, the family Palaeologus , settled in Sicily on two separate occasions.
The first settlement of the Imperial Palaeologus in Sicily had taken place in 1332, when one Giacomo Palaeologus, had settled in the city of Noto, Sicily, changing his name to Vassallo, on settling in Sicily. It is also claimed that this branch became extinct in the 15th Century.
The second settlement in Sicily took place in 1429, when one Niccolo Palaeologus, was ordered by his kinsmen, Constantine (The future Emperor), the Despot of Morea, to go to Siciliy, and assume the name of Vassallo, which he did, and we are also told there is a diplomia of King Alfonso V of Aragon-Naples-Sicily-Malta, stating this, which is registered in the Royal Sicilian Chancery dated 1439, Fol.455. We are also told that Vassallo of Sicily are descendants of this Niccolo Vassallo, the so-called Palaeologus.
The historians mentioned above, mentioned that Muscia in his "Sicilia Nobile", on page 8, that one Giacomo Vassallo, was the father of one Vassallo de Vassallo, which gentlemen was the Barone di Bavuso, in Sicily, in 1296, thus the year earlier than the supposed settlement of the Palaeologus family in Sicily. However, these historians do not trouble themselves to explain the contradiction. Also , they never mention that one Roberto de Vassallo, had long been settled in Sicily, who had years before been made a Judge in Cefalu in Sicily, and was still living on 19 April 1284, when he received a letter from the Secreto of Sicily, in which he addressed him as 'Giudice'.
If it was true that the first Vassallo, to settle in Sicily was Giacomo Palaeologus, who changed his name to Vassallo in 1332, how is it that we have Roberto, Giacomo and Vassallo de Vassallo living , years before the year 1332 ?
V. Spreti, and G.B Crollolanza, and many others, only record the claim put forward by the Vassallo of Sicily in the 13th Century, and also claim that the family only came to Sicily in 1332 and in 1429.
Giacomo who settled in Sicily, was not a Palaeologo, but a scion of the Counts of Vercelli, of the House of the MANFREDINGI. Muscia is wrong in making Baron Vassallo of Bavuso a son of Giacomo, he was the son of Judge Roberto (Bartolomeo) and thus Giacomo's grandson, not his son.
(See the Genealogical data of the Vassallo family-further down below)
From the Genealogical tables kindly provided by the Director of the 'Archivio di Stao di Vercelli', from the Microfilm of the work of T.Arborio Mella, "Genealogie di Antiche Famiglie Vercellesi, Biellesi e di Piemontesi", togther with proofs of Nobility of Fra. Carlo Guiseppe Bernezzo-Vassallo, A.O.M.4030, (1708); and the work of Professor Ferdinand Gabotto., and others, such as Vittorio Spreti, G.Crollolanza, Muscia, and other Italian works, we are now able to contruct the early pedigree of the Family name Vassallo, ca 1127-1130, at Vercelli, to Sicily and Malta.
Exactly, four hundred years after the Vassallo family settled in the village of Mosta in 1525, when Bartolomeo Vassallo, married the Noble Joanne Cumbo, and went to live in the village of Mosta on the properties he received as dowry from her father, the noble Andrea Cumbo, the Lord of the Fortified 'Tower Cumbo", a weathly noblemen related to the Catalan Noble family, who became Barons di Buonalbergo.
Some of the branches of the Manfredingi did not adopt family names until 1127, and some of them like the branch which adopted the family name 'RADICATI', did so from one of its Lordships, they did this in 1178.
Another branch, which adopted as their family 'GUASCO' did so about 1120, when Count Scipione' detto Guasco' (from his nicknae 'Guasco')
The Family name of VASSALLO came into being in the same manner. Auberto 1 'detto Vassallo', ie: Auberto the Vassal, the first signor of Lavino, Riseria, and Cassina della Valo, on the outskirts of Vercelli, adopted his family name of Vassallo from his nickname of 'The Vassal', he had been nicknamed possibly from his status as a vassal lord of his elder brother Bongiovanni II , and also of the Count-Bishop Ardizzone of Vercelli, when in 1127, his brother Bongiovanni II, exchanged the rule of Count, by the agreement he made with Bishop Ardizzone, and was made the Advocate of the Church of Vercelli and adopted as the family name of AVOGADRO in 1127.
The ancestry of the Counts of Vercelli go back to the dark ages of the Dukes of Bavaria, and the Kings of Alamanni in the 4th and 5th centuries. Almost from the beginning of history as settlers in Vindilicia, we find the Bavarians under the leadership of the Ducal house of the Agilofings who were of Franco-Salian origin.
However, the Bavarians themselves appear to have been a Suevic tribe who had wandered into the old Roman province then lying desolate and unoccupuied as a sort of no-man's land, and , they settled there on or about 420.AD.
From the beginning of their Danubian settlement they seem to have been subject to the Merovingian Kings, who were the kinsmen of the Agilolfings. It had been a peaceful arrangemnt as they did not have to pay tribute.
As their dukes were called Agilofings, the Aponym of their House, had to be called Agilulf. Howver, he has been llost to History, and we not in a postion to know as to when he lived. We therefore , shall start the pedigree of the Vassallo family with:-
Hunno Velphio: King of the Alamanni, born ca: 385, not sure of the date of death. The Alamanni were the fiercest of all the western German tribles. It is stated that the Alamanni were offshoots of the Swabian, Branch of the west Germans, from which they were constituted.
Adalger 1: King of the Bavarians ( - 508). Born ca: 415 and died in 508. He was elected King of the Bavarians, but at a later date, he renounced the title of King and renounced the title of King and called himself 'Duke' of the Bavarians. On his death, he was succeeded by his son.
Teodo I: duke of the Bavarians (r508-12). He was also called Gihuld, married Regnaburga, from whose name we have the city of Ratisbona, in Alamannia, Swabia. She is also called Reginpirga. They had two sons Uto 'The warrior' and Teodo II, who succeeded to Bavaria.
Teodo II: Duke of Bavaria (512-37). He was born in ca: 465, and died 537. married to Lucile the daughter of Aubert, the first Lord of Alsace, and by his wife they had three sons, Teodo, Otto and Teodovald. On his death, the tow elder sons, divided Bavaria between them, and both took the title of Duke.One the death of Otto in 545, his Brother Teodovald succeeded as the Duke of Upper Bavaria. From him is descended the noble House of Vassallo.
Teodo III: Duke of Lower Bavaria (r 537-65). Born ca:515, and died 584., he had succeeded to lower Bavaria on the death of father, while his second brother Ottone took Upper Bavaria. Married and was succeeded by his son Teodobert I.
Teodobert I: Duke of Lower Bavaria (565-84). He died in his seventies and was succeeded by his son Garibald.
Garibald I: duke of Lower Bavaria (584-92). Born ca: 540, and died 592. married to the Princess Waldrade of Waccho I , king of Lombardy (ca:510-540)
She was married twice before, her first husband was King Theudebald I, of Austrasia, and King Clothair I of all Frank, who devorced her soon after their marriage, when she married Gariblad, as her third husband, by whom she had her only children.
We are told by 'Paulus the deacon', the historian of the Lombardians, who was born in 725, tht Waldrade was 'uni ex suis qui dicebatur Garibald', which goes to descibe Garibald I , as being the kinsmen of her two previous husbands. Also the Merovingian Kings Clothair II, and Clovis II, were being described Queen Gundeberga, Garibald's granddaughter as being their Kinswomen. They had a son, Gundwald and two daughters. Teudelinda, married King Authari of the Lombards and on his death in 591, married his successor King Agilulf (591-616), the other daughter married Euin, Duke of Trient.
Gundwald I: Duke of Lower Bavaria (592)
Shortly after succeeding as the Duke of Lower Bavaria, his cousin Tassilo I, duke of Upper Bavaria, attacked him and forced Gundwald to flee to Italy. He went to his sister Teudelinda, who was Queen of King Aripert, was elected King of Lombardy in Italy, on death of his cousin's husband.
Aripert I: King of Lombardy in Italy (r 656-61).
He was elected KING OF THE LOMBARDS,in 656, when his cousin Gundeberba's husband , King Rodoald was assassinated. King Aripert was a Christian of the Catholic faith, he built a Church dedicated to our Saviour, at Pavia. An unnamed daughter, married Grimwald, Duke of Benevento, he also had two sons. Perctarit and Godebert. The brothers ruled as joint Kings, but they soon quarrelled and Godebert called in his brother in law, Duke Grimwald to help hil, Grimwald had him killed.
Godebert I: joint King of Lombards in Italy (r 661-62). He reign jointly with his brother Perctarit., Being assassinated by his brother in law Grimwald, the Duke of Benevento, whom he called for help against his brother Perctarit from Italy, when they had quarrelled in 662 Grimwald then chased Perctarit from Italy and usurped the throne from 662 to 673, when Perctarit returned to the throne and ruled until his death in 689. Godebert had a son named Reginbert.
Reginbert 1: King of the Lombards in Italy (r 700).
He was Duke of Turin before succeeding as King. On the death of his cousin, King Cunnincpert I in 700, he rose in rebellion and marched eastward with a strong army and meet Ansprnad, the guardian of the Boy King Luitpert on the plain of Novara and defeated Ansprand and his allies and won the crown. Howver he dies three months later, he had two sons- Aripert and Gumbert.
Gumbert, Prince of the Lombards
Born ca: 665, and died in France in Exile in 700, at an unknow date. On the death of their father in 700, Gumbert's elder brother Aripert II succeeded to the throne, but he had to fight Anspand and his allies for the throne and Aripert being Victoriious, Ansprnd fled, leaving his family behind. King Aripert II in revenge , mutilated Ansprand's wife and one of their Daughters.
Ansprand returned with an army in 712, and was Victorious, and Aripert II was adviced by his supporters to flee to France and raise an army to fight for his throne, howver he was drowned crossing the river tecino.
Gumbert made it successfully to France with his three sons, he fled to France with his children as he feared that Ansparna would take revenge on his sons, in revenge for what his brother Aripert had done to his wife and daughter.
It was his great grandson Manfred III, Comte de Orleans, who in 834 returned to Italy on the request of his nephew, King Lothaire I, King of Italy (Future Emperor).
We learn from historians of the Lombards, Paulus the deacon, that one of Gumberts sons, Reginbert, became Comte de Orleansin France, the second Manfred became the ancestor of the Manfredingi, Counts of Toule, Metz, Orleans, and Verdun in France, and Manfreingi of Italy , whose descendants finally finished in Sicly and in Malta.
WE WILL START WITH THE MANFREDINGI, WITH MANFRED I. Who became the eponym of the MANFREDINGI.
Manfred I: Prince of the Lombards
Born in Italy about 690, and dying in Mainz, a city in West Germany, on the river Rhine in 756. He went to live in the diocese of Magonza and died there.
Married in 713 to the daughter of Pepn II de heristal, Duke of the Franks, and Mayor of the palace of Anastrasia, to the Merovingian Kings. She is given as having been a Carolingian, but that name did not come into being until PepinII, assumed the throne from the Franks, she should really be a 'Pepian'
Manfred II, Prince of Lombards.
Born in Germant about 715, we also are ignorant of what title he held, except that he was a prince of Blood royal. He is given by the Chroniclers of that time as having been of Blood Royal, this blood royal , referred to his descent of the Lombards.
Guagenfred I, Comte de Verdun.
Born in Germany/France about 740, still living about 795. It is not know weather he was created Count of Verdun, or whether he had succeeded to Verdun on the death of his father. As we do know if his father had been Count of Verdun himself, married in 765, Princess Theudelinda, a daughter of Ethelbert II, King of Kent, In 795. he made two donations to the abbey of Gorze.
Manfred III, Comte de Orleans (c 800-34)
Born in Verdun, France ca:770, dying in Italy in 836, succeeded to Orleans on the extinction of the line of Reginbert, the elder brother of Manfred I.
Married about 815 to Princess Theodrada or Hiltrude, one of the young daughters of the Emperor Charlemagne, by his third wife Fastrada, an East Frank. Thus husband and wife were both the great grand childreb of Duke Pepin II.
When the sons of the Emperor Louis I, fought their father, Manfred was a partisian of Louis I, fought their father, Louis was also the King of Italy and took Manfred III with him to Italy, where he was granted large territories in 834. Their sons Alberico, Ethelbert,
When in 834, Manfred III, went to Italy, with his nephew King, and gave up Orleans, and king Louis I, made him Duke of Neustria d'Italia, Duke of Tusia, and Marquis di Valtellina, and Count di Lucca.
Alberic I , Conte di Milan and Seprio (c 845-80)
Born in Orleans and was created Count of Milian and Seprio
Manfredo IV, Conte di Lodi (c 879-96)
Count of the Sacred Palace of Italy (888-96), Marquis of Lombardy and of Biella and Novarese in 878.
Born in Piedmont, Italy and was beheaded for rebellion in 896 by the orders of Emperor Lambert I.
Manfred V, Conte di Lodi
Born in Italy, dying in Piedmont about 975
At the time his father was being beheaded for rebellion, Manfred was blinded, on the orders of the same Emperor Lambert.
Aimone I, Conte di Vercelli (c 950)
He had also received from the Emperor Otto II in 976, Montiglio, Moncucco, Vestigne, Verrua, and part of Moncestrino.
Married and had at least two sons, Uberto and Ariberto. This Ariberto the ancestor of the family Guasco, the Radicata, and others.
Aimone, born in 905, dying after 976.
Uberto I, Conte di Vercelli, Vestigne….
Very little is know about Uberto, apart from his succession.
Obizzo I,. Conte di Vercelli.
Born about 955. As the other territories are not mentioned as forming part of his territories, Obizzo I, must have had other brothers, who received the territories of Vestigne, Verrua, and Moncestino.
Guala I,Conte di Vercelli (c 1055-60)
Born about 990, and died 1060.
His elder brother Uberto II, succeeded their father , as Count of Vercelli and on his death he was succeeded by his son Uberto III, who died without issue. When he was succeeded by his younger Brother Adalberto I, who too died without issue about 1055.
On the death of Adalberto I, his uncle Guala, then succeeded to Vercelli.
Bongiovanni I, Conte di Vercelli (c 1060-95).
Born in Vercelli, Italy about 1025, he succeeded to Vercelli on the death of his father Guala I.
By his unnamed wife, he had a son Guala, who died before him, leaving a two small sons.
On the death of his son , Bongiovanni, dismembered the lands of Lavino, Riseria, and Cassina della Valo from his demesne, to create a separate Lordship for his younger grandson, which were to be inherited on his death. These lands were adjoining of Vercelli, where the River Vassalla, crosses.
Auberto I, 1st Signor di Lavino, Riseria and Cassina della Valo, on the outshirts of Vercelli itself.. He succeeded to the lordship , on the death of his grandfather, Count Bongiovanni I about 1090. His elder brother succeeded to the Countship of Vercelli, and its lands. In 1127, Bongivanni II, exchanged the rule of count for the Adovacy of the Church of Vercelli, by agreement he had made with the Bishop Ardizzone of Vercelli, and adopted the family name of Avogadro.
Auberto I'detto Vassallo' he had been given the nickname of Vassallo, and Vassallo came into being as the family name of the Lords of Lavino, Riseria and Cassino della Valo.
Vassallo de Vassallo, 2nd Signor…..
Succeeded as Signor on the death of his father, not much else is know
Auberto II de Vassallo, 3rd Signor
Born in Vercelli, about 1145, and married and had issue, Rejnerius, Filippo , Antonio, and Vassallo.
The eldest son was Vassallo.
Vassallo de Vassallo, 4th signor
Born in Vercelli about 1175, and succeeded to the lorship on the death of his father , had several sons, Antonio, Giacomo and Vassallo.
Giacomo de Vassallo,
Born about 1210 in Vercelli, his elder brother succeeded as the 5th Signor , his great great great great Grandson, Lord Girolamo Vassallo, sold most of the Lordship to purchase the lordship of Favris and its castle in the early part of 1577, and in the month of December 1577, the Emperor created HIM Count of Favria. However , on the death of his grandson COUNT Carlo Girolamo, the Countship of Favria passed to his daughter Francesc Faustina, who married Francesco Birago, Marchese di Roccaglione, on 12 June 1666, and the Countship passed out of the Vassallo family
Giacomo had two sons, Roberto and Giacomo, who were born in Sicily, Giacomo settled in the island of Sicily about 1235.