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From the ancient and beautiful Italian island of 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.

Ajello Early Origins



The surname Ajello 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.

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Ajello Spelling Variations


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Ajello 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 characteristi c. 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 Ajello include Aiello, Ajello, and D'Aiello and others.

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Ajello Early History


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Ajello Early History



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

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Ajello Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Ajello Early Notables (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...

Another 40 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ajello Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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..

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Contemporary Notables of the name Ajello (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Ajello (post 1700)



  • Pasquale J. Ajello, American Republican politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Derby, 1926
  • Michael V. Ajello, American politician, Representative from New York, 1968, 1974; Republican Candidate for Justice of New York Supreme Court 2nd District, 2001
  • Edith H. Ajello, American Democrat politician, Member of Rhode Island State House of Representatives 3rd District; Elected 2002
  • Carl Richard Ajello (b. 1932), American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives, 1963-75; Connecticut State Attorney General, 1975-83

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    2. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    3. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    4. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
    5. Bongioanni, Angelo. Nomi e Cognomi. Saggio di Ricerche Etimologiche e Storiche. Torino: A. Forni, 1979. Print.
    6. Glazier, Ira A. and P. Williams Filby Edition. Italians to America. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. Print.
    7. Di Crollalanza, G.B. Dizionario Storico-Blasonico Delle Famiglie Nobili e Notabili Italiane 3 volumes. Pisa. Print.
    8. Battilana, Natale, Ed. Genealogie Dello Famiglie Nobili di Genova. Genova: Fratelli Pagano, 1825. Print.
    9. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    10. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
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    The Ajello Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ajello 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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