Show ContentsBardi History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

A variety of distinguished and notable names have emerged from the beautiful and historical Italian region of Tuscany, including the surname Bardi. The surname Bardi came from the medieval personal name "Bardo," a short form of names such as "Lombardo" or "Bernardo;" the Bardi form is a patronymic or plural form of Bardo.

Early Origins of the Bardi family

The surname Bardi was first found in Florence (Italian: Firenze), where the main branch of the family originates. The earliest records of the family date back to 1112, when Pagano di Bardo and his family were the owners of a castle in Rubella. Other records include Bartolo Bardi, a Florentine priest in 1310; and Bartolomeo Bardi, a nobleman of a banking family, in Florence in 1320. Contessina de Bardi (c.1390-1472,) was heir of the Florentine banking family and married Cosimo de Medici in 1414.

Early History of the Bardi family

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Bardi Spelling Variations

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 Bardi include Bardi, Bardo, Bardelli, Bardella, Bardellini, Bardelloni, Bardetti, Bardetta, Bardini, Bardino, Bardola, Barducci, Bardotti, Bardoni, Bardone, Bardacci, Barduzzi, Bardani and many more.

Early Notables of the Bardi family (pre 1700)

Prominent among members of the family was Alessandro Bardi (b. 1323), a Tuscan diplomat; Bartolomeo Bardi (d. 1349), who was appointed Bishop of Spoleto in 1320; Alessandra Bardi, a female author who lived in Florence in 1415; Filippo Bardella and his brothers Giugliemo Bardella and Federico Bardella, renowned doctors in Ferrara in 1500; Uberto and Girolamo Bardi, who were both Cardinals in Florence; Salvatore Bardi, Baron of Cerda in 1526; as well as Cosimo Bardi, a prominent lawyer in Florence during the early 17th century. Giovanni Bardi, Count of Vernio, was "a Florentine noble, [who] lived...
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United States Bardi migration to the United States +

Early records show that people bearing the name Bardi arrived in North America quite early:

Bardi Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Giovanni Bardi, age 45, who arrived in New York on May 27, 1889
  • Virgilio Bardi, age 29, who arrived in New York on June 3, 1889
  • Gemma Bardi, who arrived in America on June 5, 1893 aboard the "Fulda"

Canada Bardi migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bardi Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Lorenzo Bardi age 39, who arrived in New York on April 9, 1886, aboard the "Canada"
  • Antonio Bardi, age 32, who arrived in New York on Nov. 20, 1889, en route to Canada

Contemporary Notables of the name Bardi (post 1700) +

  • Luigi Bardi, Italian 19th century artist in Florence
  • Danio Bardi (1937-1991), Italian water polo player, member of the gold medal winning team at the 1960 Summer Olympics
  • Lina Bo Bardi (1914-1992), Brazilian, Italian born architect nee Bo
  • Pietro Maria Bardi (1900-1999), Brazilian (Italian born), curator of the São Paulo Museum of Art
  • Agustin Bardi (1884-1941), Argentine Tango musician, pianist, violinist and composer on Facebook