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.
Early Origins of the Bianciani family
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.
Early History of the Bianciani family
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.
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.
Early Notables of the Bianciani family (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.
Migration of the Bianciani family to the New World and Oceana
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.