From the ancient and picturesque Italian region of Venice
emerged a variety of distinguished names, including the surname Arnaldi. 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. Arnaldi is one of the local
, or habitational surnames, which were derived from a place-name where the original bearer once resided or held land. Often Italian local
surnames bore the prefix "di," which signified emigration from one place to another, but not necessarily nobility. The Arnaldi family lived the personal name
Arnoaldi, which is itself derived from the Frankish name "Arnuwalda." The Frankish given name Arnuwald, which is composed of two elements, arnu, which means eagle, and walda, which means powerful, was given to a person who was as powerful as an eagle.
Early Origins of the Arnaldi family
The surname Arnaldi was first found in the cities of Venice
and Vicenza where Arnaldo Arnaldi was the first person bearing this surname. Arnaldo from Arezzo, born in 1052, dedicated his life to the church. As a result of his loyalty, Enrico III granted him all imperial concessions to the church in Siena. This meant that Arnaldo could essentially treat the church as his second home.
Early History of the Arnaldi family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Arnaldi research.Another 279 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1613, 1640, 1724, 1364, 1358, 1465, 1532, 1721 and 1750 are included under the topic Early Arnaldi History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Arnaldi 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 Arnaldi include Arnaldi, Arnaldo, Arnao, Arnaud, Arnaudi, Arnaudo, Arno, Arnold, Arnoldi and many more.
Early Notables of the Arnaldi family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family was Alberto Arnoldi (or di Arnoldo) (fl 1364) an Italian sculptor and architect from Florence, know for his colossal sculpture of the Madonna and Child with two angels for the Loggia del Bigallo in Florence; he later directed the works of Florence Cathedral about 1358... Another 61 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Arnaldi Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Arnaldi family to the New World and Oceana
Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Arnaldi or a variant listed above: Anna Arnaldi, aged 21, who arrived at Ellis Island
from Bresimo, Austria
in 1907; Guiseppe Arnaldi, aged 22, who arrived at Ellis Island
from Brioglia in 1907.