Show ContentsBenedetti History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished surname Benedetti originated in an area of Italy, known as the Papal States. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adapt 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 are characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. The most traditional type of family name found in the region of the Papal States 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 Benedetti came from the first name "Benito," which is the Italian form of Benedict, which means blessed.

Early Origins of the Benedetti family

The surname Benedetti was first found in Ferrara, a city and comune in Emilia-Romagna, northern Italy, capital city of the Province of Ferrara. History dates the city back to 753. It was at war with Venice in 1471. It is a walled city and notable is the Church of S. Cristoforo. Knitted goods and shawls are made. In those ancient times only persons of rank, the podesta, clergy, city officials, army officers, artists, landowners were entered into the records. To be recorded at this time was in itself a family honor.

Early History of the Benedetti family

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Benedetti Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Benzi, Benzo, Benza, Bensi, Penzo, Penza, Pensi, Penso, Benzizni, Benzani, Benzan and many more.

Early Notables of the Benedetti family (pre 1700)

Prominent among members of the family was Giovanni Battista Benedetti (1530-1590), an Italian mathematician and physicist, considered one of the forerunners of Galileo. Benedetti, was an Italian singer at the Opera in London, 1720. He is mentioned in a witty letter by Sir John Edgar in Steele's journal, 'The Theatre,' from Tuesday March 8 to Saturday...
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Benedetti Ranking

In the United States, the name Benedetti is the 18,339th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1] However, in France, the name Benedetti is ranked the 4,783rd most popular surname with an estimated 1,500 - 2,000 people with that name. [2]

United States Benedetti migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Benedetti Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Adriano Benedetti, aged 22, who immigrated to the United States from Piteglio, Italy, in 1904
  • Agostino Benedetti, aged 25, who landed in America from Sorano, Italy, in 1907
  • Achille Benedetti, aged 23, who immigrated to America from Massa, Firezgano, in 1908
  • Achille Benedetti, aged 21, who landed in America from Stiappa, Lucca, in 1911
  • Abramo Benedetti, aged 36, who landed in America from Braonio, Italy, in 1911
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Contemporary Notables of the name Benedetti (post 1700) +

  • Irene Benedetti, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 2000
  • Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (1920-1995), Italian classical pianist, considered one of the greatest pianists of the twentieth century
  • Giovanni Benedetti (1917-2017), Italian prelate of Roman Catholic Church, Titular Bishop of Limata (1974–1976), Bishop of Foligno (1976–1992)
  • Enzo Benedetti (1931-2017), Italian football midfielder and manager
  • Corrado Benedetti (1957-2014), Italian football defender
  • Miss Nicola Benedetti C.B.E., M.B.E. (b. 1987), born in West Kilbride, North Ayrshire, Scotland, Scottish Classical Violinist and Musician, the first Scot and the first woman to lead the Edinburgh International Festival (2023) since it began in 1947 [3]
  • Mario Orlando Hardy Hamlet Brenno Benedetti Farrugia (1920-2009), known as Mario Benedetti, was a Uruguayan journalist, novelist, and poet as well as being an integral member of the Generación del 45
  • Vincent Benedetti (1817-1900), French diplomat, born in Corsica, who was made a count by Napoleon III
  • Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (b. 1920), Italian pianist

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  3. "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, on Facebook