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
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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Migration of the Aiello family to the New World and Oceana
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
Contemporary Notables of the name Aiello (post 1700)
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