This English, French and Italian surname of LIOTTA was a baptismal name 'the son of LOTTE'. The name was introduced into England by the Normans, and is of uncertain origin. It may be the Hebrew personal name LOT 'Covering' which was relatively popular in northern France. The earliest of the name on record appears to be Richard filius LOTE, who was documented in County Cambridge in the year 1273, and Robert LOTE of Cambridge was recorded in the same year. John LOTTE of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Hereditary surnames were originally imported from France into England during the Norman Conquest of 1066. In the two centuries or so after the Conquest surnames were acquired by most families of major landholders, and many landed families of lesser importance. There appears to have been a constant trickle of migration into Britain between about the years 1200 and 150O, mostly from France and the Low Countries, with a small number of migrants from Scandinavia, Germany, Italy and the Iberian peninsular, and occasional individuals from further afield. During this period groups of aliens settled in this country as for example, the Germans who from the late 15th century onwards settled in Cumbria to work the metal mines. Immigration during this time had only a small effect on the body of surnames used in Britain. In many cases, the surnames of immigrants were thoroughly Anglicised. The late sixteenth century saw the arrival, mostly in London and the south-coast ports of large numbers of people fleeing from the war regions of France. This name is also spelt LOTI, LOTTE, LOTTI and LOTI. A notable member of the name was Lorenzo LOTTO (circa.1480-1556) who was the Italian religious painter, born in Venice. As a portrait painter, his subjects are alive and full of character. He worked in Treviso, Bergamo, Venice and Rome, finally becoming a lay brother in the Loreto monastery, where he died. Antonio LOTTI (circa.1667-1740) the Italian church and operatic composer, born in Venice. He was the organist of St. Mark's from 1704, and wrote 27 operas, a variety of madrigals, songs and masses and was also a conductor.
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