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

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Rinaldi, Rindaldo, Renaldo, Renaldi, Rinaldis, Rainaldo, Ranaldo, Renaldi, Rinaudi, Rinauro, Rinallo, Ranalli, Rinaldelli and many more.

First found in Florence (Italian: Firenze), originally the capital of Tuscany, then capital of the kingdom of Italy. On the River Arno there are numerous Florentine Churches, Museums, Galleries. It dates back to 313 A.D. The history is complex and turbulent. The de' Medici family are the notables. They were expelled in 1494 but they returned in 1512, out in 1527 and then returned. In those ancient times only persons of rank, the podesta, clergy, city officials, army officers, artists, landowners were entered into the records. To be recorded at this time, at the beginning of recorded history, was of itself a great distinction and indicative of noble ancestry. The name is so widespread that it is very likely that there were originally several families that took this name without knowing of the others' existence; it is unlikely that all the bearers of the Rinaldi name in the world today share a common ancestor. The name is the Italian equivalent to the English name Reynold, which originated from a Germanic personal name composed of the elements "ragin," meaning "counsel" and "wald," meaning "rule."


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rinaldi research. Another 215 words(15 lines of text) covering the years 1298, 1526, 1551, 1792, 1504, 1595, 1671, 1570, 1655, 1611, 1691, 1620, 1676, 1710 and 1794 are included under the topic Early Rinaldi History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 141 words(10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rinaldi Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Rinaldi Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • P. Rinaldi, 24, who arrived in New York in 1891

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  • Ann Rinaldi (b. 1934), American young-adult fiction author
  • Nicholas Rinaldi (b. 1934), American poet and novelist
  • Alessandro Rinaldi (b. 1974), former Italian footballer
  • Lou Rinaldi (b. 1947), Italian born politician in Ontario, Canada
  • Margherita Rinaldi (b. 1935), Italian soprano
  • Michele Rinaldi (b. 1987), Italian footballer
  • Michele Rinaldi, Italian former Grand Prix motocross world champion and team manager
  • Douglas Rinaldi (b. 1979), Brazilian footballer


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  6. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
  7. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  8. Guelfi Camajani, Piero. Dizionario Araldico 1940 Reprint Arnoaldo Forni. Milan: 1978. Print.
  9. Fucilla, Josheph G. Our Italian Surnames. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0806311878).
  10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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The Rinaldi Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rinaldi 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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