The distinguished surname Baldacchino can be traced back to the ancient and beautiful region of Lombardy
. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people 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. The most common type of family name found in the region of Lombardy
is the patronymic
surname, which is derived from the father's given name. During the Middle Ages, Italians adopted the patronymic system of name-making because it perfectly complemented the prevailing Feudal
System. In Italy the popularity of patronymic type of surname is also due to the fact that during the Christian era, people often named their children after saints and biblical figures. The surname Baldacchino came from the Germanic word baltha, which means gallant, bold.
Early Origins of the Baldacchino family
The surname Baldacchino was first found in the city of Cremona, which lies just south of Milan. The earliest records of the family lie here with the Baldesio family in the 8th century.
Early History of the Baldacchino family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Baldacchino research.Another 27 words (2 lines of text) covering the years 1160, 1296, 1298, 1281, 1343, 1553, 1585, 1550, 1507, 1579, 1650, 1695, 1683, 1624, 1624 and 1703 are included under the topic Early Baldacchino History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Baldacchino Spelling Variations
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 Baldacchino include Baldo, Baldi, Baudi, Baudo, Bauda, De Baudi, Debaudi, Baldelli, Baldella, Baldetti, Balde, Baldini, Baldin, Baldinotti, Balducci, Baldocci, Baldoni, Baldizzone, Baldacchi, Baldaco, Baldacchino, Baldecchi, Baldacci, Baldassi, Baldasso, Baldas, Baldassini, Baldasseroni, Baldassarini, Baldana, Balda China
, Baldassin, Baldazzi, Baldani, Baldan, Baldaro, Baldari, Baldesi, Baldrati, Baldironi, Baudino, Baudinelli, Bauduccio, Baudone, Baudizzone, Baudacci, Baudassi, Baudasso and many more.
Early Notables of the Baldacchino family (pre 1700)
Prominent among bearers of this family in early times was Rinaldo Baldacchini in Cortona in 1160, who owned much land and many castles; his son Filippo d' Antonio Baldacchini was a count in a Papal castle; Cino Baldi of Novara was a famous religious man in 1296 and Lapo Baldi took... Another 230 words (16 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Baldacchino Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Baldacchino family to the New World and Oceana
The records on immigrants and ships' passengers show a number of people bearing the name Baldacchino:
Baldacchino Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- James Baldacchino, aged 43, originally from Malta, arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Giuseppe Verdi" from Genoa, Italy CITATION[CLOSE]
"New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6QZ-7PP : 6 December 2014), James Baldacchino, 21 Jan 1919; citing departure port Genoa, arrival port New York, ship name Giuseppe Verdi, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
- Vincenzo Baldacchino, aged 30, originally from Camastra, Italy, arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "America" from Napoli, Italy CITATION[CLOSE]
"New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J64F-KM6 : 6 December 2014), Vincenzo Baldacchino, 19 Sep 1919; citing departure port Napoli, arrival port New York, ship name America, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
- Giuseppe Baldacchino, aged 31, originally from Milano, Italy, arrived in New York City, New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Dante Alighieri" from Genoa, Italy CITATION[CLOSE]
"New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6QJ-82W : 6 December 2014), Giuseppe Baldacchino, 17 Feb 1919; citing departure port Genoa, arrival port New York City, New York, New York, ship name Dante Alighieri, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
Contemporary Notables of the name Baldacchino (post 1700)
- Joseph Baldacchino (1894-1974), Maltese archaeologist
- Godfrey Baldacchino (b. 1960), Maltese-Canadian social scientist
- Francis Baldacchino (1937-2009), Kenyan Roman Catholic bishop
- Ryan Lee Baldacchino (b. 1981), English professional footballer
- Peter Baldacchino (b. 1960), Maltese-born Catholic bishop in the United States
- Clifford Gatt Baldacchino (b. 1988), Maltese international footballer