The Benvenuto family can trace its noble origins to the Italian region of Tuscany
. 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. Although the most traditional type of family name found in the region of Tuscany
is the patronymic
surname, which is derived from the father's given name, local
surnames are also found. Local
names, which are the least frequent of the major types of surnames found in Italy, are derived from a place-name where the original bearer once resided or held land. Often Italian local surnames bore the prefix "di," which signifies emigration from one place to another, but does not necessarily denote nobility. The Benvenuto family lived in the lands of Tuscany.
Early Origins of the Benvenuto family
The surname Benvenuto was first found in the area of Florence. Earliest records can be found dating back to the Benvenuti family of counts, who moved to Cingoli from Florence in 1200.
Early History of the Benvenuto family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Benvenuto research.Another 23 words (2 lines of text) covering the years 1418, 1419, 1421, 1424, 1434, 1470, 1524, 1490, 1650, 1660, 1750 and 1828 are included under the topic Early Benvenuto History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Benvenuto 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 Benvenuto include Benvenuti, Benvenuto, Benvegnu, Ventui, Venutti, Venuto, Venutelli, Begnudelli, Vignudelli, Vignodelli, Vignudini, Nuti, Nutini, Gnuti and many more.
Early Notables of the Benvenuto family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family was Lorenzo Benvenuti, who was born in Florence in the late 14th century, and was mayor of the city in 1418, mayor of San Giovanni in 1419, and mayor of Prato in 1421. His brother Niccolo Benvenuti was also mayor of Florence around this time... Another 175 words (12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Benvenuto Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Benvenuto family to the New World and Oceana
An examination into the immigration and passenger lists has discovered a number of people bearing the name Benvenuto: Luigi and Rosanna Benvenuto, who arrived in New York city in 1893 aboard the ship EMS, Tony Benvenuti, who was Naturalized in Mississippi in 1896, as well as Francisca Benvenuti, who arrived in Illinois in 1904..
Contemporary Notables of the name Benvenuto (post 1700)
- Giorgio Benvenuto (b. 1937), Italian trade unionist politician and syndicalist, General Secretary of Italian Labour Union (UIL)
- Karina Andrea Koch Benvenuto (b. 1985), Chilean tennis player, member of the Chile Fed Cup team since 2003