From the ancient and picturesque Italian region of Venice
emerged a variety of distinguished names, including the notable surname Amendola. 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 are characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. Although the most traditional type of family name found in the region of Venice
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, but does not necessarily denote nobility. The Amendola family lived near an almond tree or grove. The surname Amendola is derived from the Latin amandula, which is in turn derived from the Greek amygdale, which means almond.
Early Origins of the Amendola family
The surname Amendola was first found in Northern Italy. The name was also found early on in the South, Sagramoro Mendozi moved his family from Milan to Rimini around this time, and was made Bishop of Piacenza in 1475. Two months later he was made Bishop of Parma. Cristoforo Mendozi was treasurer of the Milanese court in 1465, and his brother Giovanni Mendozi held the same position in Genoa. Filippo Mendozi, nephew of Sagramoro, was the orator for the Duke of Milan, and in 1475 he became priest of Sant'Archangelo.
Early History of the Amendola family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Amendola research.Another 73 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1367, 1404 and 1848 are included under the topic Early Amendola History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Amendola Spelling Variations
In comparison with other European surnames, Italian surnames have a surprising number of forms. They reflect the regional variations and the many dialects of the Italian language, each with its own distinctive features. For example, in Northern Italy the typical Italian surname suffix is "i", whereas in Southern Italy it is "o". Additionally, spelling changes frequently occurred because medieval scribes and church officials often spelled names as they sounded rather than according to any specific spelling rules. The spelling variations
in the name Amendola include Amendola, Amendolara, Amendolea, Amendolia, Ammendola, LaMendola, Lammendola, Mendola, Mendolaro, Mendolia, Mendoza, Mendozza and many more.
Early Notables of the Amendola family (pre 1700)
Prominent among bearers of this family in early times was Diego Hurtado de Mendoza (1367-1404), Admiral of Castile
and tenth head of the House of Mendoza; and Giovanni... Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Amendola Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Amendola family to the New World and Oceana
Immigrants bearing the name Amendola or a variant listed above include:
Amendola Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Gaetano Amendola, who was on record in California in 1889
Contemporary Notables of the name Amendola (post 1700)
- Tony Amendola (b. 1951), American actor, best known for playing the Jaffa master Bra'tac in Stargate SG-1
- Scott Amendola (b. 1969), American jazz drummer
- Sal Amendola (b. 1948), Italian-American comic book artist, known for his association with DC Comics
- Daniel James "Danny" Amendola (b. 1985), American football wide receiver and kickoff returner for the New England Patriots
- Buddy Amendola, American 7th head college football coach for the Central Connecticut State University Blue Devils
- Mario Amendola (1910-1993), Italian screenwriter and film director who wrote for 153 films between 1941 and 1987
- Giovanni Battista Amendola (1848-1887), Italian sculptor from Sarno
- Giovanni Amendola (1882-1926), Italian journalist and politician
- Ferruccio Amendola (1930-2001), Italian voice-over actor
- Claudio Amendola (b. 1963), Italian actor, television presenter and director
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