Amodeo History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

The surname Amodeo 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 Amodeo family

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Amodeo Spelling Variations

Surnames that originated in Italy are characterized by an enormous number of spelling variations. Some of these are derived from regional traditions and dialects. Northern names, for instance, often end in "o", while southern names tend to end in "i". Other variations come from the fact the medieval scribes tended to spell according to the sound of words, rather than any particular set of rules. The recorded variations of Amodeo include Amaddei, Amaddo, Amado, Amaddìi, Amaddìo, Amade, Amadei, Amadi, Amadini, Amadio, Amedei, Amedeo, Amidei, Amideo, Amoddeo, Amodei and many more.

Early Notables of the Amodeo 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 Amadeo, a renowned architect and sculptor in Pavia. Girolamo Amadei, born in Siena in 1483, was respected as an author, and had a degree in Theology from the University of Bologna. In 1524 he was elected general of Faenza, a city...
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Migration of the Amodeo family

In the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Amodeo 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.

Contemporary Notables of the name Amodeo (post 1700) +

  • Thomas P. Amodeo (b. 1951), American lawyer and jurist, Chief Judge of Buffalo City Court, a position he has held since 1994
  • Orie Amodeo (1921-1998), American musician who was a member of the Lawrence Welk Orchestra from 1945 to 1970
  • John F. Amodeo (b. 1950), American Republican politician, who served in the New Jersey General Assembly from January 8, 2008, until January 14, 2014
  • John C. Amodeo, American television line producer, unit production manager, and former editor
  • Federico Amodeo (1859-1946), Italian mathematician, specializing in projective geometry, and a historian of mathematics
  • Michael Anthony Amodeo (b. 1952), Canadian retired professional ice hockey player who played 300 games in the World Hockey Association and 19 games in the National Hockey League (1972-1983) on Facebook