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Where did the Italian Aurelius family come from? What is the Italian Aurelius family crest and coat of arms? When did the Aurelius family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Aurelius family history?

The distinguished surname Aurelius can be traced back to the ancient and beautiful region of Venice. The people here were known by only a single name until 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. Italian hereditary surnames were developed according to fairly general principles and they were characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. Aurelius is a patronymic surname, a name derived from the father's given name. The surname Aurelius came from the first name Aurello, the ancient Latin cognomen Aurellius. The Latin given name Aurellius comes from the words aurum, which means gold and aurora, which means dawn or light.


Enormous variation in spelling and form characterizes those Italian names that originated in the medieval era. This is caused by two main factors: regional tradition, and inaccuracies in the recording process. Before the last few hundred years, scribes spelled names according to their sounds. Spelling variations were the unsurprising result. The variations of Aurelius include Aureli, Aurelio, Auregli, Aurělia, Aureliani, Auria, Aurelius, Aurilio and many more.

First found in Aquileia in 421, where Marco Aureli was a government consul. This surname is believed to have developed before this period in Rome, making it one of the oldest surviving surnames.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Aurelius research. Another 85 words(6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Aurelius History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 161 words(12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Aurelius Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Immigrants bearing the name Aurelius or a variant listed above include:

Aurelius Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Edward E. Aurelius, aged 7, who emigrated to America, in 1895
  • John Aurelius, aged 1, who landed in America, in 1895
  • Martha A. Aurelius, aged 28, who emigrated to the United States, in 1895

Aurelius Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Mary Ann Aurelius, aged 58, who landed in America, in 1908
  • William E. Aurelius, aged 60, who settled in America, in 1908
  • Edith M. Aurelius, aged 25, who landed in America, in 1908


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  6. Battilana, Natale, Ed. Genealogie Dello Famiglie Nobili di Genova. Genova: Fratelli Pagano, 1825. Print.
  7. Di Crollalanza, Goffredo. Enciclopedia araldico cavalleresca Prontuario nobiliare. Pisa: Presso La Direzione Del Giorale Araldica , 1878. Print.
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The Aurelius Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Aurelius 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.

This page was last modified on 22 September 2011 at 15:36.

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