Venice emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Arnaudo 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 Arnaudo surname evolved from a nickname; these usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name. The surname Arnaudo 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 Arnaudo family
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 Arnaudo family
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Arnaudo Spelling Variations
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 Arnaudo include Arnaldi, Arnaldo, Arnao, Arnaud, Arnaudi, Arnaudo, Arno, Arnold, Arnoldi and many more.
Early Notables of the Arnaudo family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Arnaudo family to the New World and Oceana
Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Arnaudo 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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