Origins of the Restaino Family Name

       The Italian family name Restaino is classified as being of habitation name origin. Habitation names are those family names which are derived from either the location of the place of residence of the initial bearer or from the name of the town or village from whence it hailed.  In some instances, a habitation name refers to a residence which was distinguished by a sign or engraving usually displayed over the door.  In this particular instance, Gerhard Rohlfs, an authority on Italian family names, cites the surname Restaino as deriving from the habitation name Ristagno, located in the province of Agrigento, in Sicily.  Thus the name Restaino signifies "one from Ristagno".  The author states that the surname Restaino is found chiefly in the areas of Bella, Oppido Lucano, Potenza, Rionero in Vulture, and widely in Naples.  Variants of the surname Restaino include Restagno and Reitano.

One of the ancestral references to this surname or to a variant is a record of one Filomena Michela Restaino, daughter of Pietro Restaino and Maria Michela Mancino, whose christening was registered in San Severo, Foggia, Italy, on February 21, 1834.  Her brother Giovan Battista Restaino also was christened there on November 13, 1835.  Margherita Restaino, daughter of Francesco Restaino and Felicia Iannuzzi, was christened in Roselo Valfortore, Foggia, on April 16, 1854.  However research is ongoing and this name may have been documented even earlier that the dates indicated above.  The surname Restaino was introduced to the United States as early as 1883, in which year there is a record of the emigration of one L. Restaino who departed Naples aboard the Alsatia and arrived in New York on October 16, 1883.

Blazon of Arms: Quarterly azure,gules, orand vert; overall the head of a Moor turbaned gules, above a crescent argent, placed in the center.
Translation: Azure (blue) signifies Loyalty.
Gules (red) denotes Fortitude.
Crest: An eagle displayed sable, crowned or.

Source: The Historical Research Center