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

A variety of distinguished and notable names have emerged from the beautiful and historical Italian region of Tuscany, including the notable surname Gianelli. 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 Gianelli came from a popular variation of the well-known personal name Giovanni, or John.

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There are many variations of most of those Italian names that originated in the medieval era. Some of these come from regional differences, like the tradition of ending northern names in "o" and southern names in "i". Others come from inaccuracies in the recording process, which were extremely common in the eras before dictionaries standardized spelling. Some of the spelling variations of Gianelli are Gianni, Giani, Ianni, Ianne, Ianno, Giannelli, Gianelli, Giannillo, Gianniello, Giannella, Gianella, Giannarelli, Giannetti, Gianetti, Gianettini, Giannetto, Gianetto, Giannitto, Giannini, Gianini, Giannino, Gianino, Iannetti, Ianetti, Iannitti, Iannacco and many more.

First found in Florence (Italian: Firenze), with Lapo Gianni in 1270. Gianni was a lyric poet and a friend of famous authors Dante and Cavalcanti.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gianelli research. Another 39 words(3 lines of text) covering the years 1685, 1328, 1500, 1520, 1563, 1568, 1649, 1700, 1753, 1770 and 1801 are included under the topic Early Gianelli History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 293 words(21 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gianelli Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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The records on immigrants and ships' passengers show a number of people bearing the name Gianelli: Antonio Giannuzio and Leonardo Giannietta, who sailed aboard the S.S. Olympia from Naples, arriving at the Port of New York on 25 July 1896, Peter Gianinni, who is on record in Santa Clara county, California in 1854, as well as Antonio and Bernardino Giannella, who were both Naturalized in Ashtabula County, Ohio between the years 1875-1906..

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