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

The distinguished surname Ermanis originated in an area of Italy, known as the Papal States. Although the people here were originally known by a single name, it became necessary for them 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. One of the most common types of family name created at this time was the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name. The surname Ermanis came from the given name Armani. The personal name Armani is derived from the Germanic name Harman, which itself is derived from the Germanic words "hari" and "mann," which means "man of force."

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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 Ermanis include Arman, Armani, Armanini, Armanni, Armanno, Armano, D'Arman, Armannino, Armannini, Armanino, Erman, Ermani, Ermanis, Ermanni, Ermanno and many more.

First found in the city of Perugia in the 10th century, where members of the Armano family were counts and landowners.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ermanis research. Another 113 words(8 lines of text) covering the years 1374, 1613, 1669 and 1608 are included under the topic Early Ermanis History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 111 words(8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ermanis Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Ermanis or a variant listed above: John Arman, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1834; Giovanni Armano, age 23, who arrived in America on April 2, 1881, aboard the "Ville De Marseille".

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  1. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
  2. Battilana, Natale, Ed. Genealogie Dello Famiglie Nobili di Genova. Genova: Fratelli Pagano, 1825. Print.
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  4. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
  5. Bascapè, Giacomo and Marcello del Piazzo. Insegne e Simboli Araldica pubblica e privata medievale e moderna. Rome: 1983. Print.
  6. Fucilla, Josheph G. Our Italian Surnames. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0806311878).
  7. Colletta, John P. Finding Italian Roots The Complete Guide for Americans. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2003. Print.
  8. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  9. Glazier, Ira A. and P. Williams Filby Edition. Italians to America. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. Print.
  10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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The Ermanis Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ermanis 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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