From the historical and enchanting Italian region of Tuscany
emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Amidei 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 Amidei 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 Amidei family
The surname Amidei 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 Amidei family
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Amidei 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 Amidei include Amaddei, Amaddo, Amado, Amaddìi, Amaddìo, Amade, Amadei, Amadi, Amadini, Amadio, Amedei, Amedeo, Amidei, Amideo, Amoddeo, Amodei and many more.
Early Notables of the Amidei 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... Another 132 words (9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Amidei Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Amidei family to the New World and Oceana
In the immigration and passenger lists a number of early immigrants bearing the name Amidei were found: 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.