Amadi 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 Amadi 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 Amadi 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 Amadi family
The surname Amadi 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.
Important Dates for the Amadi family
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Amadi 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 Amadi include Amaddei, Amaddo, Amado, Amaddìi, Amaddìo, Amade, Amadei, Amadi, Amadini, Amadio, Amedei, Amedeo, Amidei, Amideo, Amoddeo, Amodei and many more.
Early Notables of the Amadi 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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Amadi migration to the United States
In the immigration and passenger lists a number of early immigrants bearing the name Amadi were found:
Amadi Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Alberto Amadi, aged 34, who landed in America from Milan, Italy, in 1909
- Regina Amadi, aged 35, who immigrated to the United States from Milan, Italy, in 1909
- Leopoldo Amadi, aged 38, who immigrated to the United States from Calice, Italy, in 1910
- Emanuela Amadi, aged 21, who settled in America from Massa Cassasa, Italy, in 1910
- Nicolo Amadi, aged 23, who settled in America from Miglionico, Italy, in 1916
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Contemporary Notables of the name Amadi (post 1700)
- Dorothy Amadi, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1988 
- Bernard Amadi, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Texas State House of Representatives 133rd District, 2002 
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 4) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html