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

A variety of distinguished and notable names have emerged from the beautiful and historical Italian region of Tuscany, including the notable surname Digiovanni. During the Middle Ages, as populations grew and travel between regions became more frequent, the people of Tuscany, who were originally known only by a single name, found it necessary to adopt a second name to identify themselves and their families. This process of adopting fixed hereditary surnames in Italy began in the 10th and 11th centuries, but it was not completed until the modern era. The development of Italian hereditary surnames followed general principles and were characterized by derivatives from one's given name. The patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name, was one of the most common name types found in the region of Tuscany. This system of name-making was widely used because it linked well with the existing Feudal System and during the Christian era, many people named their children after saints and biblical figures. The surname Digiovanni came from the personal name Giovanni, or John.

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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 Digiovanni include Giovani, Giovanni, Gioani, Di Giovanni, Della Giovanna, Giovanèlli, Giovanelli, Giovanella, Giovanétti, Giovanetti, Giovannini, Giovagnetti, Giovanitti, Gioannola, Giovannone, Giovanone, Giovanazzi, Giovannacci, Giovanaz, Giovannardi, Giovannla and many more.

First found in Siena, an historically important city of Tuscany. However, the name has spread all over Italy and comes in many forms.


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Another 303 words(22 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Digiovanni Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Early records show that people bearing the name Digiovanni arrived in North America quite early:

Digiovanni Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Angel DiGiovanni, aged 9, who emigrated to America from Atello, in 1902
  • Angelo DiGiovanni, aged 21, who landed in America from Roma, in 1906
  • Anna DiGiovanni, aged 23, who emigrated to the United States from Napoli, in 1907
  • Benedetto DiGiovanni, aged 34, who emigrated to America from Marsala, Sicily, in 1907
  • Carmine DiGiovanni, aged 20, who landed in America from Maranola, Italy, in 1907


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  • Debra DiGiovanni, Canadian stand-up comedian of Italian descent


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