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From the ancient and picturesque Italian region of Venice emerged a variety of distinguished names, including the notable surname Ammendola. 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 Ammendola 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 Ammendola family


The surname Ammendola 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.

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Early History of the Ammendola family

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Early History of the Ammendola family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ammendola research.
Another 73 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1367, 1404 and 1848 are included under the topic Early Ammendola History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Ammendola Spelling Variations

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Ammendola Spelling Variations


Enormous variation in spelling and form characterizes those Italian names that originated in the medieval era. This is caused by two main factors: regional tradition, and inaccuracies in the recording process. Before the last few hundred years, scribes spelled names according to their sounds. Spelling variations were the unsurprising result. The variations of Ammendola include Amendola, Amendolara, Amendolea, Amendolia, Ammendola, LaMendola, Lammendola, Mendola, Mendolaro, Mendolia, Mendoza, Mendozza and many more.

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Early Notables of the Ammendola family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the Ammendola 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 Ammendola Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Migration of the Ammendola family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the Ammendola family to the New World and Oceana


Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Ammendola family to immigrate North America: 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..

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Contemporary Notables of the name Ammendola (post 1700)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Ammendola (post 1700)


  • Giovanni Ammendola (1882-1926), Italian journalist, politician and philosopher

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