From the historical and fascinating Italian region of Venice
emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Arnoldo 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 Arnoldo surname evolved from a nickname; these usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name. The surname Arnoldo 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 Arnoldo family
The surname Arnoldo 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 Arnoldo family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Arnoldo 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 Arnoldo History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Arnoldo 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 Arnoldo include Arnaldi, Arnaldo, Arnao, Arnaud, Arnaudi, Arnaudo, Arno, Arnold, Arnoldi and many more.
Early Notables of the Arnoldo 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... Another 56 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Arnoldo Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Arnoldo 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 Arnoldo 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.
Contemporary Notables of the name Arnoldo (post 1700)
- Carlos Arnoldo Salcido Flores (b. 1980), Mexican international football defender
- José Arnoldo Aleman (b. 1946), the 81st President of Nicaragua
- Mauricio Arnoldo Quintanilla (b. 1981), Salvadoran footballer
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