Amadei History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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From the historical and enchanting Italian region of Tuscany emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Amadei family. During the Middle Ages, as populations grew and travel between regions became more frequent, the people of Tuscany found it necessary to adopt a second name to identify themselves and their families. 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 common type of family name found in Tuscany is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name, the nickname type of surname is also frequently found. Nickname surnames were derived from an eke-name, or added name. They usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name. The surname Amadei is a name for a person who derived their name for the Italian phrase che ama Dio, or ama Dio, which means one whom God loves.
Early Origins of the Amadei family
The surname Amadei was first found in Lucca, a city and comune in Tuscany, capital of the province of Lucca where Bascilican type churches abound and where the main branch of the family originates with the Amadi family in the 14th century.
Early History of the Amadei family
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Amadei 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 Amadei include Amaddei, Amaddo, Amado, Amaddìi, Amaddìo, Amade, Amadei, Amadi, Amadini, Amadio, Amedei, Amedeo, Amidei, Amideo, Amoddeo, Amodei and many more.
Early Notables of the Amadei family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family was Stefano Amedei (1580-1644), an Italian painter of the early Baroque period; Giovanni Amadei of Venice, who was made bishop in 1379. The Amadi family in Venice were made official nobility of the city in 1480. Also during the latter 15th century was Giovanni Antonio Amadeo, a renowned architect and sculptor in Pavia. Girolamo Amadei, born in Siena in 1483, was respected as an author, and had a degree in Theology from the University of Bologna. In 1524 he was elected general of Faenza, a city...
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Amadei migration to the United States +
In the immigration and passenger lists a number of early immigrants bearing the name Amadei were found:
Amadei Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Enrico Amadei, aged 25, who landed in America from Canterano, Italy, in 1911
- Gio Francesco Amadei, aged 18, who landed in America from Compito S.A., Italy, in 1911
- Andrea Amadei, aged 41, who settled in America from Bagni di Lucca, Italy, in 1912
- Emilio Amadei, aged 34, who immigrated to the United States from Bagni di Lucca, Italy, in 1912
- Antonio Amadei, aged 42, who landed in America from Campaguano Si R., Italy, in 1913
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Contemporary Notables of the name Amadei (post 1700) +
- Bernard Amadei (b. 1954), French-born, American engineer, professor of civil engineering at the University of Colorado, founder of Engineers Without Borders (USA)
- James Amadei, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1964 
- Giuseppe Amadei (1919-2020), Italian politician who served as a Deputy
- Roberto Amadei (1933-2009), Roman Catholic bishop of the diocese of Bergamo, Italy
- Amedeo Amadei (1921-2013), Italian football striker who played from 1936 through 1956, member of the National Team (1494-1953), member of the Hall of Fame of A.S. Roma
- Magali Amadei (b. 1974), French fashion model in New York City
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