Show ContentsAmedeo History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

From the historical and enchanting Italian region of Tuscany emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Amedeo 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 Amedeo 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 Amedeo family

The surname Amedeo 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 Amedeo family

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Amedeo Spelling Variations

Surnames that originated in Italy are characterized by an enormous number of spelling variations. Some of these are derived from regional traditions and dialects. Northern names, for instance, often end in "o", while southern names tend to end in "i". Other variations come from the fact the medieval scribes tended to spell according to the sound of words, rather than any particular set of rules. The recorded variations of Amedeo include Amaddei, Amaddo, Amado, Amaddìi, Amaddìo, Amade, Amadei, Amadi, Amadini, Amadio, Amedei, Amedeo, Amidei, Amideo, Amoddeo, Amodei and many more.

Early Notables of the Amedeo 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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Migration of the Amedeo family

In the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Amedeo Anna Amado, aged 40, who arrived at Ellis Island from Marcone, Italy, in 1912; Antonio Amado, aged 23, who arrived at Ellis Island, in 1924; Arcola Amado, aged 29, who arrived at Ellis Island, in 1921.

Contemporary Notables of the name Amedeo (post 1700) +

  • Prince Amedeo of Savoy (b. 1943), Duke of Aosta, Italian claimant to the headship of the House of Savoy
  • Prince Luigi Amedeo (1873-1933), Duke of the Abruzzi, an Italian mountaineer and explorer, member of the royal House of Savoy, known for his Arctic explorations and for his mountaineering expeditions
  • Prince Amedeo of Savoy-Aosta (1898-1942), third Duke of Aosta and a first cousin, once removed of the King of Italy, Victor Emmanuel III
  • Prince Amedeo of Belgium (b. 1986), Archduke of Austria-Este, member of the Belgian Royal Family
  • Amedeo Matacena (1963-2022), Italian politician who served as a Deputy
  • Amedeo Tommasi (1935-2021), Italian pianist and composer who specialized in the composition of music for films
  • Amedeo Baldizzone (1960-2020), Italian footballer and manager
  • Amedeo Bocchi (1883-1976), Italian painter, active mainly in Rome
  • Amedeo Amodio (b. 1940), Italian choreographer and former ballet dancer
  • 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 on Facebook