The Berardi family can trace its noble origins to the Italian region of Piedmont
. 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 Piedmont
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 Berardi family lived in the region of Piedmont.
Early Origins of the Berardi family
The surname Berardi was first found in the valleys of Maira, which lie south of Turin. The Berardi family can be traced back to this area, where they resided in the 12th century. Saint Berardo (died 1123) is an Italian saint, patron saint of the city and diocese of Teramo.
Early History of the Berardi family
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Berardi Spelling Variations
Italian surnames come in far more variations than the names of most other nationalities. Regional traditions and dialects are a decisive factor in this characteristic. For example, northern names tend to end in "o", while southern in "i". Also important, but not unique to Italy, was the fact that before dictionaries and the printing press most scribes simply spelled words according to their sounds. The predictable result was an enormous number of spelling variations
. The recorded spellings of Berardi include Berardi, Berardo, Berardis, Beraldi, Beraldo, Beraudo, Verardi, Verardo, Veraldi, Veraldo, Veralli, Verallo, Velardi, Velardo, Vilardi, Vilardo, Berardelli, Berardini, Berardino, Berardinelli, Berardinetti, Berardocchi, Berarducci, Beraldini, Beraldin, Belardelli, Belardetti, Belardini, Belardinelli, Belardoni, Bellardino and many more.
Early Notables of the Berardi family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family was Giovanni Berardi, an ecclesiastic in Tagliacozzo in the 13th century; Aldevrandino Beraldi was councillor of Treviso in the 14th century; Tommaso Beraldi was a judge and ambassador in Venice
in 1320; Bartolomeo Beraldo was mayor of Castelfranco in 1387; Baldassarre Berardi was a castle... Another 160 words (11 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Berardi Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Berardi family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first North American settlers with Berardi name or one of its variants:
Berardi Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Alfonsina Berardi, aged 4, who settled in America, in 1896
Berardi Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Achille Berardi, aged 24, who landed in America from Castellammare, Italy, in 1907
- Agostino Berardi, aged 16, who emigrated to America from Boville, Roma, in 1909
- Alfredo Berardi, aged 4, who landed in America from Foredi, Italy, in 1911
- Alessandro Berardi, aged 34, who emigrated to the United States from Crani, Italy, in 1913
- Achille Berardi, aged 23, who emigrated to the United States from Bagali, Italy, in 1914
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Contemporary Notables of the name Berardi (post 1700)
- Pasquale Berardi (b. 1983), Italian footballer
- Simone Berardi (b. 1979), Italian footballer
- Gaetano Berardi (b. 1988), Italian-born, Swiss footballer
- Antonio Berardi (b. 1968), British fashion designer of Sicilian descent