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

The distinguished surname Clemente can be traced back to the ancient and beautiful region of Venice. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adopt a second name to identify themselves as populations grew and travel became more frequent. 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. The most common type of family name found in the region of Venice is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name. During the Middle Ages, Italians adopted the patronymic system of name-making because it perfectly complemented the prevailing Feudal System. In Italy the popularity of patronymic type of surname is also due to the fact that during the Christian era, people often named their children after saints and biblical figures. The Clemente surname is a patronymic or plural form of the personal name Clemente, from the Latin "clemens," which means "mild" or "merciful."


Italian surnames come in far more variations than the names of most other nationalities. Regional traditions and dialects are a decisive factor in this characteristic. For example, northern names tend to end in "o", while southern in "i". Also important, but not unique to Italy, was the fact that before dictionaries and the printing press most scribes simply spelled words according to their sounds. The predictable result was an enormous number of spelling variations. The recorded spellings of Clemente include Clementi, Clemente, Chimenti, Chimento, Chimienti, Chiumenti, Chiommiente, De Clemente, Di Clemente, Clementini, Clementucci, Clemenza, Clemenzo and many more.

First found in Rimini, and date back to the 12th century, when Giordano Clementini was a military commander during the expedition to the Orient.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Clemente research. Another 229 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1158, 1550, 1700, and 1752 are included under the topic Early Clemente History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 70 words(5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Clemente Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Clemente were

Clemente Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Theo Clemente, who landed in Virginia in 1658

Clemente Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Hans Nickel Clemente, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1748
  • Nicolaus Clemente, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1748
  • Jacob Clemente, who landed in America in 1753
  • Catharina Medart Clemente, who arrived in America in 1753
  • Georg Clemente, who landed in America in 1753

Clemente Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Lorenzo Clemente, who landed in America in 1827
  • Juan Clemente, who arrived in Florida in 1838
  • Manuel Clemente, aged 28, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1851
  • Antonio Clemente, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1860
  • Casiano Clemente, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1881


  • Luís Fabiano Clemente (b. 1980), Brazilian footballer


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