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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.
The surname Baldi 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.
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.
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 and printed products wherever possible.
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 Baldi Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Baldi were
Baldi Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Baldi Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
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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