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

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

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Surnames that originated in Italy are characterized by an enormous number of spelling variations. Some of these are derived from regional traditions and dialects. Northern names, for instance, often end in "o", while southern names tend to end in "i". Other variations come from the fact the medieval scribes tended to spell according to the sound of words, rather than any particular set of rules. The recorded variations of Ianni include 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 Ianni 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 Ianni 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 Ianni Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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In the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Ianni 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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  5. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  6. Battilana, Natale, Ed. Genealogie Dello Famiglie Nobili di Genova. Genova: Fratelli Pagano, 1825. Print.
  7. Di Crollalanza, Goffredo. Enciclopedia araldico cavalleresca Prontuario nobiliare. Pisa: Presso La Direzione Del Giorale Araldica , 1878. Print.
  8. Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani. Rome Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana 56 volumesr. Print.
  9. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  10. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
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The Ianni Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ianni 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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