An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright © 2000 - 2016
From the historical and enchanting Italian region of Tuscany emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Bonanno 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 Bonanno 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.
There are many variations of most of those Italian names that originated in the medieval era. Some of these come from regional differences, like the tradition of ending northern names in "o" and southern names in "i". Others come from inaccuracies in the recording process, which were extremely common in the eras before dictionaries standardized spelling. Some of the spelling variations of Bonanno are Bonanno, Bonanni, Buonanno, Buonanni, Bonano, Bonan and many more.
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.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bonanno research. More information is included under the topic Early Bonanno History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 181 words (13 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bonanno Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
The records on immigrants and ships' passengers show a number of people bearing the name Bonanno:
Bonanno Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
The Bonanno Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bonanno 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 17 March 2015 at 21:37.