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.
Early Origins of the Bonanno family
Early History of the Bonanno family
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Bonanno Spelling Variations
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Early Notables of the Bonanno family (pre 1700)
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...
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Migration of the Bonanno family to the New World and Oceana
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Bonanno Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Bonanno (post 1700)
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