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Where did the Italian Agnelli family come from? What is the Italian Agnelli family crest and coat of arms? When did the Agnelli family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Agnelli family history?

The Agnelli surname is derived from the Italian word "agnello," which in turn comes from the Latin "agnellus," a diminutive of "agnus" meaning "lamb." Thus, this name may initially have been a nickname for an innocent, timid, meek or pious person. It was also a popular personal (first) name because of the Christian connotations of the Lamb of God. Agnello was the name of several saints such as St. Agnello of Naples, the sixth century St. Agnello, bishop of Ravenna, as well as St. Agnello of Pisa, companion of St. Francis. During the Middle Ages it was quite common for children to be named after saints in the hope of evoking the protection of the particular saint.

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In comparison with other European surnames, Italian surnames have a surprising number of forms. They reflect the regional variations and the many dialects of the Italian language, each with its own distinctive features. For example, in Northern Italy the typical Italian surname suffix is "i", whereas in Southern Italy it is "o". Additionally, spelling changes frequently occurred because medieval scribes and church officials often spelled names as they sounded rather than according to any specific spelling rules. The spelling variations in the name Agnelli include Agnelli, Agnello, Agnella, Agnellotti, Agnelli, D'Agnello, D'Agnelli, Agnellini, Agnelletti and many more.

First found in Pisa the original home of the family Agnelli di Mantova, who came to Pisa from Mantova in circa 1180.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Agnelli research. Another 103 words(7 lines of text) covering the years 1638, 1449, 1224, 1626, 1702, 1621 and 1706 are included under the topic Early Agnelli History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 93 words(7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Agnelli Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Early immigration records have shown some of the first Agnellis to arrive on North American shores: Cruciano Agnello, who arrived in New York on April. 24; 1893 aboard the "Iniziativa," Francesco Agnello, who arrived in New York in 1888 aboard the "Letimbro," Paola Agnello, who arrived in New York in 1893 aboard the "California," Angela Agnelli, Age 16.

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  • Giovanni Agnelli (1922-2003), Italian businessman, Chairman of Fiat and, with his family was the 146th richest person in the world in 2001
  • Umberto Agnelli (1934-2004), Italian entrepreneur and politician
  • Eduardo Agnelli (1892-1935), Italian industrialist
  • Susanna Agnelli (b. 1922), Italian politician
  • Chris Agnelli, Northern Irish dance music producer
  • Giuseppe Agnelli (1621-1706), Italian Catholic author
  • Guglielmo Agnelli (1238-1313), Italian sculptor and artist


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  1. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
  2. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  3. Di Crollalanza, G.B. Dizionario Storico-Blasonico Delle Famiglie Nobili e Notabili Italiane 3 volumes. Pisa. Print.
  4. Battilana, Natale, Ed. Genealogie Dello Famiglie Nobili di Genova. Genova: Fratelli Pagano, 1825. Print.
  5. Guelfi Camajani, Piero. Dizionario Araldico 1940 Reprint Arnoaldo Forni. Milan: 1978. Print.
  6. Bongioanni, Angelo. Nomi e Cognomi. Saggio di Ricerche Etimologiche e Storiche. Torino: A. Forni, 1979. Print.
  7. Gheno, Antonio. Contributo alla Bibliografia Genealogica Italiana. Bologna: Forni, 1924. Print.
  8. Di Crollalanza, Goffredo. Enciclopedia araldico cavalleresca Prontuario nobiliare. Pisa: Presso La Direzione Del Giorale Araldica , 1878. Print.
  9. Colletta, John P. Finding Italian Roots The Complete Guide for Americans. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2003. Print.
  10. Fucilla, Josheph G. Our Italian Surnames. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0806311878).
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The Agnelli Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Agnelli Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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