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

A variety of distinguished and notable names have emerged from the beautiful and historical Italian region of Tuscany, including the notable surname Fioravanti. 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 Fioravanti came from the personal name "Fiore," which is derived from the Latin "flos floris," which means "flower blossom."

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Italian surnames have a surprising number of forms in comparison with other European surnames because they reflect the regional variations and the many dialects of the Italian language, each of which has its distinctive features. For example, in Northern Italy the most standard Italian surname suffix is "I", whereas in Southern Italy the most typical surname suffix is "O". Sardinian is very different from other forms of Italian and in fact, it is considered to be its own distinct language. Additionally, spelling changes frequently occurred because medieval scribes, church officials, and the bearers of names, spelled names as they sounded rather than according to any specific spelling rules. As a consequence of the major changes in the Italian language and in the local spellings of Italian surnames that occurred over the course of history, there are numerous variations for the surname Fioravanti. These spelling variations include Fiore, Fiori, Fiora, Fior, Floris, Flores, Dal Fiore, Dalla Fior, Di Fiore, La Fiore, Fiorelli, Fiorello, Fiorella, Fiorellini, Fiorellino, Fiorillo, Fioriglio, Fioretti, Fioretto, Fioritto, Fiorotto, Fiorucci, Fioruzzi, Fioroni, Fiorone, Fiorani, Fioranti, Fiorasi and many more.

First found in Pistoia, when a Fioravante was a member of the government council in the city.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fioravanti research. More information is included under the topic Early Fioravanti History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 317 words(23 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fioravanti Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Fioravanti were Maria Fiore, age 36, who arrived in New York city aboard the SS Letimbro from Palermo, December 3, 1888, Stefano Fiore, who traveled on the SS Alesia from Naples, arriving in NY on March 22, 1893, Giuseppe Fiorella, who took the S.S. Italia from Naples, arriving at the Port of New York on 2 March 1913, as well as a bearer of Fiorelli who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1840..

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  • Luigi Fioravanti (b. 1981), American professional mixed martial artist
  • Leonardo Fioravanti (1518-1588), Italian doctor in Bologna
  • Leonardo Fioravanti (b. 1938), Italian car designer and CEO of Fioravanti Srl
  • Valentino Fioravanti (1764-1837), Italian composer of opera buffas
  • Giulio Fioravanti (1922-1999), Italian operatic baritone
  • Domenico Fioravanti (b. 1977), Italian eight-time gold medalist swimmer
  • Ridolfo "Aristotile" Fioravanti (1415-1486), Italian Renaissance architect
  • Giuseppe Fioravanti (1790-1850), Italian operatic bass and son of Valentino Fioravanti


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  2. Glazier, Ira A. and P. Williams Filby Edition. Italians to America. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. Print.
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  7. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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  9. Stiens, Robert E. Passenger list Italy to New York 1893 In Italian Genealogist. Torrance, CA: Augustan Society No 3, 1983. Print.
  10. Bongioanni, Angelo. Nomi e Cognomi. Saggio di Ricerche Etimologiche e Storiche. Torino: A. Forni, 1979. Print.
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The Fioravanti Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Fioravanti 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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