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Venice, one of the oldest and most beautiful regions of Italy, is the esteemed birthplace of numerous prominent families, and of a family that bears the surname Arnao. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for them 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. Arnao was a surname derived from an occupation. Occupational surnames, which are less common than other types of surnames in Italy, date back to the feudal era. The surname Arnao is an occupational name for 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.

Arnao Early Origins



The surname Arnao 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.

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Arnao Spelling Variations


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Arnao Spelling Variations



There are many variations of most of those Italian names that originated in the medieval era. Some of these come from regional differences, like the tradition of ending northern names in "o" and southern names in "i". Others come from inaccuracies in the recording process, which were extremely common in the eras before dictionaries standardized spelling. Some of the spelling variations of Arnao are Arnaldi, Arnaldo, Arnao, Arnaud, Arnaudi, Arnaudo, Arno, Arnold, Arnoldi and many more.

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Arnao Early History


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Arnao Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Arnao research. Another 267 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1613, 1640, 1721, 1724, and 1750 are included under the topic Early Arnao History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Arnao Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Arnao Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent among members of the family was members of the Arnaud family in Piedmont who were renowned as barons of Castelnuovo; Gaspare-Antonio-Ignazio Arnaud in Piedmont, was...

Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Arnao Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Arnao 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.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Arnao (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Arnao (post 1700)



  • Ruth Arnao, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 2000

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Battilana, Natale, Ed. Genealogie Dello Famiglie Nobili di Genova. Genova: Fratelli Pagano, 1825. Print.
    2. Fucilla, Josheph G. Our Italian Surnames. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0806311878).
    3. Di Crollalanza, G.B. Dizionario Storico-Blasonico Delle Famiglie Nobili e Notabili Italiane 3 volumes. Pisa. Print.
    4. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    5. Bascapè, Giacomo and Marcello del Piazzo. Insegne e Simboli Araldica pubblica e privata medievale e moderna. Rome: 1983. Print.
    6. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    7. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today, 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-0900455-209).
    8. Colletta, John P. Finding Italian Roots The Complete Guide for Americans. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2003. Print.
    9. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    10. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
    11. ...

    The Arnao Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Arnao Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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