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From the historical and fascinating Italian region of Venice emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Bianciani family. 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 common type of family name found in the region of Venice is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name, the nickname type of surname is also frequently found. Nickname surnames were derived from an eke-name, or added name. They usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name. The surname Bianciani came from a light-haired or light-complexioned person having derived from the Germanic word blank which means white.

Bianciani Early Origins



The surname Bianciani was first found in northern Italy, in the modern territory of Emilia-Romagna. The earliest record of the Bianciani family shows them in Bologna, where Martino Bianchi was a chancellor in 938 in Orvieto, one of the more prosperous cities of this time.

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Bianciani Spelling Variations


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Bianciani 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 Bianciani include Bianchs, Bianchis, Bianchiardi, Bianca, Biancani, Biancat, Biancato, Biancheda, Bianchedi, Bianchera, Biancheri, Bianchesi, Bianchessi, Bianchet, Bianchetti, Bianchetto, Bianchi, Bianchini, Bianchinotti, Bianciotti, Bianco, Biancoli, Biancolini, Bianconcini, Biancone, Bianconi, Biancotti, Biancotto, Biancucci, Blanc, Blanca, Blanco, DeBianchi, De Bianchi, Del Bianco, DelBianco, LaBianca, La Bianca and many more.

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Bianciani Early History


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Bianciani Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bianciani research. Another 61 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1350, 1460, 1581, 1662, 1590, 1657, 1662, 1729, 1604, 1656, 1604, 1657, 1612 and 1679 are included under the topic Early Bianciani History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bianciani Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bianciani Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent among members of the family was Bianco da Siena, a religious poet and mystic born in Venice in 1350, who was also a composer of hymns; Francesco Ferrari Bianchi was born in Modena in 1460 and created dramatic religious paintings famous for their use of color; Isidoro Bianchi (1581-1662), was...

Another 95 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bianciani Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



A search of the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Bianciani: Joseph Bianchini, who arrived in New York in 1884 along with Philip Bianchi; Angelo Bianco arrived in Pennsylvania in 1892; Joseph Bianco also arrived there the same year.

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    2. Stiens, Robert E. Passenger list Italy to New York 1893 In Italian Genealogist. Torrance, CA: Augustan Society No 3, 1983. Print.
    3. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    4. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today, 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-0900455-209).
    5. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    6. Fucilla, Josheph G. Our Italian Surnames. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0806311878).
    7. Glazier, Ira A. and P. Williams Filby Edition. Italians to America. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. Print.
    8. Guelfi Camajani, Piero. Dizionario Araldico 1940 Reprint Arnoaldo Forni. Milan: 1978. Print.
    9. Di Crollalanza, G.B. Dizionario Storico-Blasonico Delle Famiglie Nobili e Notabili Italiane 3 volumes. Pisa. Print.
    10. Colletta, John P. Finding Italian Roots The Complete Guide for Americans. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2003. Print.
    11. ...

    The Bianciani Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bianciani 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.

    This page was last modified on 19 July 2013 at 09:21.

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