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Amodei History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



From the historical and enchanting Italian region of Tuscany emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Amodei 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 Amodei 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 Amodei family


The surname Amodei 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 Amodei family


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Amodei 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 Amodei include Amaddei, Amaddo, Amado, Amaddìi, Amaddìo, Amade, Amadei, Amadi, Amadini, Amadio, Amedei, Amedeo, Amidei, Amideo, Amoddeo, Amodei and many more.

Early Notables of the Amodei 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...
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Migration of the Amodei family to the New World and Oceana


In the immigration and passenger lists a number of early immigrants bearing the name Amodei were found:

Amodei Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Emiddio Amodei, aged 31, who emigrated to the United States, in 1894
  • Brigida Amodei, aged 66, who emigrated to the United States, in 1896
  • Adelina Amodei, aged 10, who landed in America from Colli al Volturno, in 1899

Amodei Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Antonio Amodei, aged 29, who settled in America from Colli al Volturno, in 1902
  • Gianbattisti Amodei, aged 3, who emigrated to the United States from Vittoria, Sicily, in 1910
  • Giuseppa Amodei, aged 22, who landed in America from Giuliana, Sicily, in 1911
  • Antonino Amodei, aged 47, who landed in America from Giuliana, Sicily, in 1911
  • Ferdinando Amodei, aged 46, who landed in America from Colli Volti, Italy, in 1912
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Contemporary Notables of the name Amodei (post 1700)


  • Mark Eugene Amodei (1958-2011), American politician, United States Representative for Nevada's second congressional district since 2011
  • Ivan Amodei (b. 1976), Italian magician who specializes in close-up magic, parlor magic and sleight of hand
  • Fausto Amodei (b. 1935), Italian folk singer -songwriter and musicologist

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