Show ContentsBongiovanni 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 Bongiovanni. 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 Bongiovanni family lived in the region of Emilia-Romagna. Earliest records date back to 1348, when a member of the Bongiovanni family dedicated his life to the church.

Early Origins of the Bongiovanni family

The surname Bongiovanni was first found in Tuscany (Italian: Toscana), a region in central Italy. It has nine provinces. Universities are Florence, Pisa and Siena. Home of the Medici they returned to Tuscany in 1530 where they held until 1737. Francis was elected emperor in 1745 and Leopold I succeeded, down to Ferdinand III in 1793. In 1799 it was sacked by a French revolutionary force and remained French until 1847. In 1861 it joined the Kingdom of Italy. In those ancient times only persons of rank, the podesta, clergy, city officials, army officers, artists, landowners were entered into the records. To be recorded at this time, at the beginning of recorded history, was of itself a great distinction and indicative of noble ancestry.

Early History of the Bongiovanni family

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Bongiovanni Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Bongiovanni, Buongiovanni, Bongioanni, Bongianni, Bongi, Bongini, Gongino, Gioanni, Gianni, Bongio, Brongi, Brongio, Giovanni, Biannibuoni and many more.

Early Notables of the Bongiovanni family

Prominent among members of the family was

  • the Bongianni family of Tuscany, and the Bongiovanni family of Verona, who were recognized as part of the noble class in the city around 1517. Individuals of the name from this era include: Berardo Bo...
  • Gentile Bongiovanni of Ancona, renowned philosopher, theologian, and author
  • Giacinto Bongiovanni, Treasurer of the Sicilian Court in 1677
  • Giambattista Bongiovanni, also of Sicily, Baron and Secretary of the Court
  • Antonio Bongiovanni of Vicenza, who, in circa 1712 was an Archpriest, famous for his proficiency in various languages
  • Salvatore Bongiovanni of Caltagirone, a prominent terracotta sculptor in the 18th century, who taught sculpture at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence. Others include: Felice Bongioanni, a lawyer...
  • Giacomo Bongiovanni of Caltagirone, a famous terracotta sculptor around 1772
  • Paolo Bongiovanni, a respected surgeon in Novara in 1777
  • Bartolomeo Bongiovanni, a teacher in Vicenza around the late 18th century
  • Pellegra Bongiovanni, a painter in Palermo around the same time

Bongiovanni Ranking

In France, the name Bongiovanni is the 7,502nd most popular surname with an estimated 1,000 - 1,500 people with that name. [1]

Migration of the Bongiovanni family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Genesio Giovani, who was naturalized in Colorado in 1888; Falleti Giovani, who was naturalized in Indiana between the years 1856 and 1904; A. Giovanni, who arrived at the port of San Francisco in 1851.

Contemporary Notables of the name Bongiovanni (post 1700) +

  • Nino Bongiovanni (1912-2009), American Major League Baseball baseball player who played two seasons for the Cincinnati Reds (1938 and 1939)
  • Alfred Marius Bongiovanni (1921-1986), American physician, award winning researcher in endocrinology
  • Lydia Bongiovanni (1914-1998), Italian two-time gold medalist athlete at the 1933 International University Games in Turin
  • Francesco Bongiovanni, Italian founder of Casa Bongiovanni of Bologna, an Italian classical music publisher in 1905
  • Luigi Bongiovanni (1866-1914), Colonial Governor of Cyrenaica (a region of northeast Libya) from 1923 to 1924
  • Mario Bongiovanni (b. 1962), Italian professional footballer
  • Horacio Bongiovanni (b. 1950), Argentine former footballer

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