From the ancient and picturesque Italian region of Venice
emerged a variety of distinguished names, including the notable surname Bongiovi. 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 Bongiovi 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 Bongiovi family
The surname Bongiovi 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 Bongiovi family
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Bongiovi 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 Bongiovi family (pre 1700)
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 Bongiovanni, born in Rome in 1537, Bishop of Camerino, a... Another 136 words (10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bongiovi Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bongiovi family to the New World and Oceana
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.