Sicily emerged a variety of distinguished names, including the notable surname Ajello. 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 Ajello family lived in the Sicily area for many years.
Early Origins of the Ajello 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 Ajello family
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Ajello Spelling Variations
spelling variations. The recorded spellings of Ajello include Aiello, Ajello, and D'Aiello and others.
Early Notables of the Ajello family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ajello family to the New World and Oceana
An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Ajello arrived in North America very early: R. Aiello who came to New York when he was 24, traveling in steerage on the SS. Alexandria, in 1881. Others settled in others areas of Canada and the USA, along the coast or in the midwest, such as Tommaso Aiello who settled in Iowa, also after Italian Unification..
Contemporary Notables of the name Ajello (post 1700)
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