From the ancient and picturesque Italian region of Venice
emerged a variety of distinguished names, including the notable surname Amendolara. 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 Amendolara 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 Amendolara family
The surname Amendolara 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 Amendolara family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Amendolara research.Another 73 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1367, 1404 and 1848 are included under the topic Early Amendolara History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Amendolara 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 Amendolara include Amendola, Amendolara, Amendolea, Amendolia, Ammendola, LaMendola, Lammendola, Mendola, Mendolaro, Mendolia, Mendoza, Mendozza and many more.
Early Notables of the Amendolara 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 Amendolara Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Amendolara family to the New World and Oceana
Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Amendolara or a variant listed above: Luige Mendola, who was naturalized in Mobile Co., AL in 1868; Aaron Mendoza, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1871; and Gaetano Amendola, who was on record in California in 1889..