The surname Cavaliere comes from the words "cavallaro," which means a horse dealer; or from "cavalieri," meaning a horseman, rider or knight.
Early Origins of the Cavaliere family
The surname Cavaliere was first found in at Ferrara, a city and comune in Emilia-Romagna
, northern Italy, capital city of the Province of Ferrara, one of the more prosperous cities at this early time. Records locate the Cavalieri family in Ferrara as early as the 9th century, when Giovanni Cavalieri defended his vast lands against the Venetians.
Early History of the Cavaliere family
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Cavaliere Spelling Variations
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 Cavaliere include Cavalli, Cavallo, Cavalletti, Cavalletto, Cavallini, Cavallino, Cavallina, Cavallìn, Cavallucci, Cavalluccio, Cavalluzzi, Cavallotti, Cavallotto, Cavallone, Cavallacci, Cavallazzi, Cavallari, Cavallaro, Cavallàr, Cavalleri, Cavallero, Cavaleri, Cavalero, Cavalieri, Cavaliere and many more.
Early Notables of the Cavaliere family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family was Pietro Cavallini (1259-1344), a well known painter born in Rome in the 13th century; Sigismondo Cavalli, a Count in Verona around 1450; Gian Marco Cavalli (c.1454- c. 1508), an Italian medallist, sculptor and goldsmith; Giovanni Battista Cavalletto, a painter, sculptor, poet, and musician in Bologna around 1500; Emilio de Cavalieri, a 16th century composer; Francesco Cavalli (1602-1676)... Another 64 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cavaliere Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Cavaliere family to the New World and Oceana
An examination into the immigration and passenger lists has discovered a number of people bearing the name Cavaliere: Bartolomeo Cavallero, who arrived in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1778 with his wife Maria and his six children; Diego, Antonio, Bartolomeo, Maria, Augustina, Andrea, and Louis Cavalli, who were all naturalized in Detroit in 1833.
Contemporary Notables of the name Cavaliere (post 1700)
- Nicholas Cavaliere (1899-1995), American cinematographer
- Felix Cavaliere (b. 1942), American songwriter, singer, music producer, and musician
- Felice Cavaliere (b. 1981), Italian professional football player
- Massimo Cavaliere (b. 1962), Italian fencer
- Enrico Cavaliere (b. 1958), Venetist politician
- Joan Albós Cavaliere (b. 1980), Andorran ski mountaineer
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