Show ContentsAiello History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

From the ancient and beautiful Italian island of Sicily emerged a variety of distinguished names, including the notable surname Aiello. 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 were characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. Although the most traditional type of family name found in the region of Sicily 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, and does not necessarily denote nobility. The Aiello family lived in the Sicily area for many years.

Early Origins of the Aiello family

The surname Aiello was first found in Sicily (Italian: Sicilia), the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea in the 12th century, when Riccardo d'Aiello was an attendant of King Tancredi. Riccardo was also a Count in Salerno and was eventually promoted to Vice Councilor of the city.

Early History of the Aiello family

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Aiello Spelling Variations

Italian surnames come in far more variations than the names of most other nationalities. Regional traditions and dialects are a decisive factor in this characteristic. For example, northern names tend to end in "o", while southern in "i". Also important, but not unique to Italy, was the fact that before dictionaries and the printing press most scribes simply spelled words according to their sounds. The predictable result was an enormous number of spelling variations. The recorded spellings of Aiello include Aiello, Ajello, and D'Aiello and others.

Early Notables of the Aiello family (pre 1700)

Prominent among bearers of this surname in early times was Niccolo d'Aiello, who was the son of Riccardo d'Aiello, and was the archbishop of Salerno around 1200; Antonio Aiello, born in Taranto in the 15th century, was an ecclesiastic and dedicated...
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Aiello Ranking

In the United States, the name Aiello is the 4,345th most popular surname with an estimated 7,461 people with that name. [1]

United States Aiello migration to the United States +

An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Aiello arrived in North America very early:

Aiello Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Alfredo Aiello, aged 3, who landed in America from Castroliberto, Italy, in 1905
  • Aguello Aiello, aged 18, who settled in America from Praciano, Italy, in 1906
  • Agostino Aiello, aged 31, who landed in America from Feroleto, Italy, in 1910
  • Agostino Aiello, aged 3, who immigrated to the United States from S.Pietro, Guarau, Italy, in 1911
  • Alessandra Aiello, aged 26, who landed in America from S Clementi, Italy, in 1912
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Contemporary Notables of the name Aiello (post 1700) +

  • Danny Aiello (1957-2020), American Academy Award nominated stunt performer, stunt coordinator, director, and actor in film and television, known for his roles in Once Upon a time in American, The Purpose Rose of Cairo, Moonstruck, Harlem Nights, and The Godfather Part II
  • Daniel Louis "Danny" Aiello Jr. (1933-2019), American Academy Award nominated actor, best known for his roles in The Godfather Part II (1974), The Front (1976), Once Upon a Time in America (1984), The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985), Moonstruck (1987), Harlem Nights (1989), Hudson Hawk (1991), Ruby (1992)
  • Anthony Aiello (b. 1986), American professional ice hockey player
  • Tony Aiello (b. 1963), American television reporter for WCBS-TV in New York City
  • Giuseppe "Joe" Aiello (1891-1930), Chicago bootlegger during the 1920s and early 1930s
  • Rabbi Barbara Aiello, the first Rabbi of Synagogue Lev Chadash in Milan, Italy and the first female Rabbi in Italy
  • Jorge Aiello (b. 1978), Argentine footballer
  • Laurent Aiello (b. 1969), French race car driver

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