The Dominelli family can trace its noble origins to the Italian region of Tuscany
. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people 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. Italian hereditary surnames were developed according to fairly general principles and they are characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. Although the most traditional type of family name found in the region of Tuscany
is the patronymic
surname, which is derived from the father's given name, local
surnames are also found. Local
names, which are the least frequent of the major types of surnames found in Italy, are derived from a place-name where the original bearer once resided or held land. Often Italian local surnames bore the prefix "di," which signifies emigration from one place to another, but does not necessarily denote nobility. The Dominelli family lived in Pistoia and date back to the mid 14th century, with Luca Dominici, who worked for the municipal government. In 1368, his father became Mayor of Tizzana.
Early Origins of the Dominelli family
The surname Dominelli was first found in Pistoia and dates back to the mid 14th century, with Luca Dominici, who worked for the municipal government. In 1368, his father became Mayor of Tizzana.
Early History of the Dominelli family
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Dominelli Spelling Variations
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 Dominelli include Domenico, Domenici, Dominici, Domeniconi, Dominelli, Dominiceti, Domeneghi, De Domenico, De Domenicis, De Dominici, De Dominicis, Di Domenico, Domeneghetti, Domenichini, Domeneghini, Dominigazzo, Domenegati and many more.
Early Notables of the Dominelli family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family was Domenico Dominici of Venice
, who studied theology at the University of Padua during the mid 15th century; Paolo Dominici was an architect in Rome around 1560 among whose works is the church of San Calpellino.Later members include Antonio Dominici of Palermo, a famous painter who was born in 1737. Luigi Domeniconi... Another 58 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dominelli Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Dominelli family to the New World and Oceana
Early records show that people bearing the name Dominelli arrived in North America quite early:
Dominelli Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Nicola Dominelli, aged 57, who landed in America from Naples, in 1897
- Francesco ...ario Dominelli, aged 23, who emigrated to the United States from Fanlonia, in 1898
Dominelli Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Francesco Dominelli, aged 32, who settled in America from S. Giovanni, in 1902
- Bruno Dominelli, aged 32, who landed in America from Serra S. Bruno, in 1903
- Gafriele Dominelli, aged 43, who emigrated to America from Serra S. Bruno, in 1906
- Raffiale Dominelli, aged 35, who settled in America from Chiaravalle, Italy, in 1909
- Salvatore Dominelli, aged 18, who landed in America from Fabrizio, Catanzaro, in 1910
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Contemporary Notables of the name Dominelli (post 1700)
- Fred Dominelli, Canadian businessman and municipal politician in Toronto, Ontario
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