From the historical and enchanting Italian region of Tuscany
emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Amadeo 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 Amadeo 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 Amadeo family
The surname Amadeo 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 Amadeo family
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Amadeo 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 Amadeo include Amaddei, Amaddo, Amado, Amaddìi, Amaddìo, Amade, Amadei, Amadi, Amadini, Amadio, Amedei, Amedeo, Amidei, Amideo, Amoddeo, Amodei and many more.
Early Notables of the Amadeo 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... Another 91 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Amadeo Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Amadeo family to the New World and Oceana
In the immigration and passenger lists a number of early immigrants bearing the name Amadeo were found:
Amadeo Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Ant'o Amadeo, aged 7, who immigrated to America from Atenai, in 1893
Amadeo Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Daniele Amadeo, aged 34, who landed in America from Avellino, in 1901
- Angela Ma. Amadeo, aged 21, who landed in America from Monteforte, in 1901
- Antonina Amadeo, aged 22, who landed in America from Palermo, in 1903
- Antonino Amadeo, aged 24, who immigrated to the United States from Martala, in 1906
- Antonio Amadeo, aged 20, who settled in America from Retorbido, in 1906
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Contemporary Notables of the name Amadeo (post 1700)
- Amadeo Gasparini, retired Argentine association football midfielder
- Amadeo de Souza (1887-1918), Portuguese artist
- Amadeo Nazzari, Italian movie star
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