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

From the historical and enchanting Italian region of Tuscany emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Buonanno family. During the Middle Ages, as populations grew and travel between regions became more frequent, the people of Tuscany found it necessary to adopt a second name to identify themselves and their families. The process of adopting fixed hereditary surnames was not complete until the modern era, but the use of hereditary family names in Italy began in the 10th and 11th centuries. Italian hereditary surnames were developed according to fairly general principles and they were characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. Although the most common type of family name found in Tuscany is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name, the nickname type of surname is also frequently found. Nickname surnames were derived from an eke-name, or added name. They usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name. The surname Buonanno is a name for a fortunate person having derived from the words buon, which means good, and anno, which means year, combined to mean good year.

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Italian surnames have a surprising number of forms in comparison with other European surnames because they reflect the regional variations and the many dialects of the Italian language, each of which has its distinctive features. For example, in Northern Italy the most standard Italian surname suffix is "I", whereas in Southern Italy the most typical surname suffix is "O". Sardinian is very different from other forms of Italian and in fact, it is considered to be its own distinct language. Additionally, spelling changes frequently occurred because medieval scribes, church officials, and the bearers of names, spelled names as they sounded rather than according to any specific spelling rules. As a consequence of the major changes in the Italian language and in the local spellings of Italian surnames that occurred over the course of history, there are numerous variations for the surname Buonanno. These spelling variations include Bonanno, Bonanni, Buonanno, Buonanni, Bonano, Bonan and many more.

First found in Pisa, where in 1130 a Bonanno was a prominent intellectual. Bonanno who was a painter, sculptor, and architect, and who is famous for the bronze doors of the Cathedral in Pisa which he finished in the 12th century. Another of his accomplishments is the leaning tower at Pisa, which he constructed with Gugliemo Tedesco in 1174.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Buonanno research. More information is included under the topic Early Buonanno History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 181 words(13 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Buonanno Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Buonanno were Frank Bonanno, who arrived in New York city in 1898, Tony Bonannot, who was a soldier, naturalized in Arkansas in 1918, as well as Autmino Bononio, who was naturalized in Louisiana in 1874..

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The Buonanno Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Buonanno 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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