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The distinguished surname Baldi 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 Baldi came from the Germanic word baltha, which means gallant, bold.

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In comparison with other European surnames, Italian surnames have a surprising number of forms. They reflect the regional variations and the many dialects of the Italian language, each with its own distinctive features. For example, in Northern Italy the typical Italian surname suffix is "i", whereas in Southern Italy it is "o". Additionally, spelling changes frequently occurred because medieval scribes and church officials often spelled names as they sounded rather than according to any specific spelling rules. The spelling variations in the name Baldi 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.

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Baldi 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 Baldi History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 541 words (39 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Baldi Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Baldi were

Baldi Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • A Baldi, aged 29, landed in New Orleans, La in 1840

Baldi Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Adalgisa Baldi, aged 7, who landed in America from Cartoceta, Italy, in 1912
  • Adolfo Baldi, aged 32, who landed in America from Carrara, Italy, in 1912
  • Alessandro Baldi, aged 22, who landed in America from S. Ambrogio, Italy, in 1913
  • Alessio Baldi, aged 22, who emigrated to the United States from Bargo, Italy, in 1913
  • Achille Baldi, aged 35, who emigrated to America from Baguone, Italy, in 1913


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  • George William Baldi III (b. 1970), American bass singer of the a cappella singing group Rockapella since 2002
  • Paulo Baldi, American rock drummer and percussionist
  • Joseph William Baldi, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Mayor of Frederick, Maryland, 2005
  • Gastone Baldi (1901-1971), Italian football player
  • Baldo Baldi (1888-1961), Italian two-time gold medalist fencer at the 1920 Summer Olympics
  • Marcello Baldi (1923-2008), Italian director and a screenwriter
  • Ferdinando Baldi (1927-2007), Italian film director, film producer and screenwriter
  • Mauro Baldi (b. 1954), Italian former Formula One driver
  • Edgardo Boné Baldi (b. 1944), former Uruguay an football player and manager
  • Daniel Eduardo Baldi Alfano (b. 1981), Uruguayan football striker


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The Baldi Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Baldi 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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