Boccaccio History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

From the ancient and picturesque Italian region of Venice emerged a variety of distinguished names, including the notable surname Boccaccio. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adopt 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 Venice 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 Boccaccio family lived in the city of Venice, where the Bocho family first settled in 804.

Early Origins of the Boccaccio family

The surname Boccaccio was first found in the city of Venice, where the Bocho family first settled in the year 804.

Early History of the Boccaccio family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Boccaccio research. Another 105 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1250, 1300, 1342, 1360, 1436, 1390, 1425, 1488, 1562, 1550, 1610, 1659, 1742, 1700, 1750, 1750 and 1800 are included under the topic Early Boccaccio History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Boccaccio 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 Boccaccio include Bocca, Bocchi, Bucca, Bucchi, Bucco, Bocchetta, Bocchetto, Bocchetti, Bocchino, Bocchini, Boccucci, Boccuzzi, Boccoli, Boccotti, Boccone, Bocconi, Boccaccia, Boccaccio, Boccacci, Boccaccino, Boccaccini, Boccassino, Boccassini, Boccasino, Boccasini, Boccasile, Boccacciaro, Boccacciari, Boccagna, Bocchieri, Boccherini, Boccosi, Boccati, Boccasi, Boccuto, Boccuti, Buccarello, Buccarelli, Buccella, Buccolini, Boccole, Bo China, Bocho, Bocchiardo, Bocchiardi, Boccetta, Boccella and many more.

Early Notables of the Boccaccio family (pre 1700)

Prominent among members of the family was Nicolo Boccasino of Treviso, who was made Pope in 1300 and given the new name Benedetto XI; Federico Boccaccio, Giovanni's brother, was priest of the Florentine Republic in 1342, and after him seven other members of the Boccaccio family held this position; Dorotea Bucca (1360-1436) (also Dorotea Bocchi) was an Italian physician, Chair of Medicine and Philosophy at the University of Bologna for over forty years from 1390; Domenico Bocchi was born in Parma in 1425, and was very involved with the Catholic Church; the Bocchiardi family of Pinerolo, counts, were important members of...
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United States Boccaccio migration to the United States +

Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Boccaccio or a variant listed above:

Boccaccio Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Anna Boccaccio, aged 3, who immigrated to America from San Benigno, Italy, in 1909
  • Antonio Boccaccio, aged 5, who landed in America from San Benigno, Italy, in 1909
  • Domenica Boccaccio, aged 14, who immigrated to the United States from San Benigno, Italy, in 1909
  • Margherita Boccaccio, aged 11, who landed in America from San Benigno, Italy, in 1909
  • Angelo Boccaccio, aged 24, who landed in America from Avola, Italy, in 1912
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