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Where did the Italian Amici family come from? What is the Italian Amici family crest and coat of arms? When did the Amici family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Amici family history?

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Amico, Amici, Amica, D'Amico, D'Amica, Damico, Damica and many more.

First found in Messina (Sicilian: Missina; Latin: Messana), capital of the Italian province of Messina. Its history begins in 397 B.C. After a checkered history the Saracens took it in 831, and the Normans in 1061. It was host to the crusaders in 1190. Garibaldi landed in 1860 and it was the last city to be made a part of united Italy. In those ancient times only persons of rank, the podesta, clergy, city officials, army officers, artists, landowners were entered into the records. To be recorded at this time, at the beginning of recorded history, was of itself a great distinction and indicative of noble ancestry. They were stated to be originally of Bolognese descent and stationed in Messina at the time of Fredick II about the end of the 13th century when Giovanni d'Amico led his troops in the rebellion.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Amici research. Another 336 words(24 lines of text) covering the years 1437 and 1739 are included under the topic Early Amici History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Amici Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Orazio Amicone, who was naturalized in Ohio in 1884; Domenico Damico, who arrived in America from Switzerland in1862; as well as Nicolas Damico, who was naturalized in Harris Co. TX in 1892..

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  • Giovanni Battista Amici (1784-1863), Italian optician


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  2. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
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  4. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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  6. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  7. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  8. Di Crollalanza, G.B. Dizionario Storico-Blasonico Delle Famiglie Nobili e Notabili Italiane 3 volumes. Pisa. Print.
  9. Guelfi Camajani, Piero. Dizionario Araldico 1940 Reprint Arnoaldo Forni. Milan: 1978. Print.
  10. Bongioanni, Angelo. Nomi e Cognomi. Saggio di Ricerche Etimologiche e Storiche. Torino: A. Forni, 1979. Print.
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The Amici Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Amici Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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