From the historical and enchanting Italian region of Tuscany
emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Bonanni family. During the Middle Ages, as populations grew and travel between regions became more frequent, the people of Tuscany
found it necessary to adopt a second name to identify themselves and their families. 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 were characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. Although the most common type of family name found in Tuscany
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 Bonanni is a name for a fortunate person having derived from the words buon, which means good, and anno, which means year, combined to mean good year.
Early Origins of the Bonanni family
The surname Bonanni was first found in Pisa, where in 1130 a Bonanno was a prominent intellectual. Bonanno who was a painter, sculptor, and architect, and who is famous for the bronze doors of the Cathedral in Pisa which he finished in the 12th century. Another of his accomplishments is the leaning tower at Pisa, which he constructed with Gugliemo Tedesco in 1174.
Early History of the Bonanni family
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Bonanni 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 Bonanni include Bonanno, Bonanni, Buonanno, Buonanni, Bonano, Bonan and many more.
Early Notables of the Bonanni family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family was Giacomo Bonanno was Baron
of Canicatti, and was a famous author; Pietro Bonanno was the first Prince of Roccafiorita and was Baron
of Castelmare; Giacomo Bonanno was the first Bishop of Patti, and was also Archbishop of Monreale. Rinaldo Bonanno was an... Another 49 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bonanni Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bonanni family to the New World and Oceana
In the immigration and passenger lists a number of early immigrants bearing the name Bonanni were found:
Bonanni Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Augusto Bonanni, aged 23, who landed in America from Scheyzia, in 1897
Bonanni Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Antonio Bonanni, aged 28, who emigrated to America from Supino, Italy, in 1907
- Agusto Bonanni, aged 35, who landed in America from Scheggia, Italy, in 1909
- Antonia Bonanni, aged 22, who emigrated to the United States from Scheggia, Italy, in 1909
- Amedeo Bonanni, aged 20, who landed in America from Bagno, Aquila, Italy, in 1910
- Aleidiade Bonanni, aged 24, who settled in America from Trivigliano, Italy, in 1911
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Contemporary Notables of the name Bonanni (post 1700)
- Mario Bonanni (b. 1952), Italian professional footballer
- Filippo Bonanni (1638-1723), Italian Jesuit scholar
- Massimo Bonanni (b. 1982), Italian footballer
- Mariángela Haydée Manuela Bonanni Randazzo (b. 1988), Venezuelan beauty pageant titleholder