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The Agnelli surname is derived from the Italian word "agnello," which in turn comes from the Latin "agnellus," a diminutive of "agnus" meaning "lamb." Thus, this name may initially have been a nickname for an innocent, timid, meek or pious person. It was also a popular personal (first) name because of the Christian connotations of the Lamb of God. Agnello was the name of several saints such as St. Agnello of Naples, the sixth century St. Agnello, bishop of Ravenna, as well as St. Agnello of Pisa, companion of St. Francis. During the Middle Ages it was quite common for children to be named after saints in the hope of evoking the protection of the particular saint.


The surname Agnelli was first found in Pisa the original home of the family Agnelli di Mantova, who came to Pisa from Mantova in circa 1180.

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 Agnelli include Agnelli, Agnello, Agnella, Agnellotti, Agnelli, D'Agnello, D'Agnelli, Agnellini, Agnelletti and many more.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Agnelli research. Another 103 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1638, 1449, 1224, 1626, 1702, 1621 and 1706 are included under the topic Early Agnelli History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Prominent among bearers of this family in early times was Saint Agnello of Pisa, who was brought to England in 1224 by St. Francis where he was the founder...

Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Agnelli Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Early immigration records have shown some of the first Agnellis to arrive on North American shores: Cruciano Agnello, who arrived in New York on April. 24; 1893 aboard the "Iniziativa," Francesco Agnello, who arrived in New York in 1888 aboard the "Letimbro," Paola Agnello, who arrived in New York in 1893 aboard the "California," Angela Agnelli, Age 16.


  • Giovanni Agnelli (1922-2003), Italian businessman, Chairman of Fiat and, with his family was the 146th richest person in the world in 2001
  • Roger Agnelli (1959-2016), Brazilian entrepreneur, banker, and corporate leader; voted by Harvard Business Review as the world’s fourth best-performing chief executive officer in 2013
  • Guglielmo Agnelli (1238-1313), Italian sculptor and artist
  • Giuseppe Agnelli (1621-1706), Italian Catholic author
  • Chris Agnelli, Northern Irish dance music producer
  • Susanna Agnelli (b. 1922), Italian politician
  • Eduardo Agnelli (1892-1935), Italian industrialist
  • Umberto Agnelli (1934-2004), Italian entrepreneur and politician

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    Other References

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    2. Gheno, Antonio. Contributo alla Bibliografia Genealogica Italiana. Bologna: Forni, 1924. Print.
    3. Fucilla, Josheph G. Our Italian Surnames. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0806311878).
    4. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
    5. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    6. Guelfi Camajani, Piero. Dizionario Araldico 1940 Reprint Arnoaldo Forni. Milan: 1978. Print.
    7. Colletta, John P. Finding Italian Roots The Complete Guide for Americans. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2003. Print.
    8. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    9. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
    10. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
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    The Agnelli Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Agnelli 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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