Arnaldo History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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From the historical and fascinating Italian region of Venice emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Arnaldo family. The people of this region were originally known only by a single name, but it became necessary for them to take on 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. The Arnaldo surname evolved from a nickname; these usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name. The surname Arnaldo came from a 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 Arnaldo family
The surname Arnaldo 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.
Important Dates for the Arnaldo family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Arnaldo research. Another 64 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1613, 1640, 1724, 1364, 1358, 1465, 1532, 1721 and 1750 are included under the topic Early Arnaldo History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Arnaldo 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 Arnaldo include Arnaldi, Arnaldo, Arnao, Arnaud, Arnaudi, Arnaudo, Arno, Arnold, Arnoldi and many more.
Early Notables of the Arnaldo 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; Bartholomaeus Arnoldi, OSA (1465-1532), an...
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Arnaldo migration to the United States
Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Arnaldo or a variant listed above:
Typical Arnaldo Emigration from the United Kingdom to North America
Arnaldo Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Miguel Arnaldo, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1803 
Contemporary Notables of the name Arnaldo (post 1700)
- Arnaldo Orfila Reynal (1897-1997), Argentine-Mexican publisher
- Arnaldo Antunes (b. 1960), Brazilian musician, writer and composer
- Arnaldo Dias Baptista (b. 1948), Brazilian rock musician and composer
- Arnaldo Eynard, Italian President of Federazione Italiana Pallavolo (1946-1961)
- Arnaldo Forlani (b. 1925), Italian politician, the 43rd Prime Minister of Italy (1980-1981)
- Arnaldo Cortesi (1897-1966), American journalist who won the 1946 Pulitzer Prize for for distinguished correspondence during the year 1945 during his bold coverage of the repressive Perón regime of Argentina
- Arnaldo Andreoli (1893-1952), Italian gold medalist gymnast at the 1920 Summer Olympics
- Arnaldo Mesa Bonell (b. 1967), Cuban two-time gold, silver and three-time bronze medalist boxer
- Arnaldo "Arnie" Pagliarini Lerma (b. 1950), American writer and activist
- Arnaldo Tamayo Mendes (b. 1942), first Cuban citizen, first Hispanic, and first Black person in space
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