Calegari 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 Calegari. 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 Calegari family lived in Bologna, where Grazia Calegari was one of 10 members elected to the provisional government in 1394.

Early Origins of the Calegari family

The surname Calegari was first found in Bolgna (Latin: Bononia), the largest city and the capital of Emilia-Romagna Region.

Early History of the Calegari family

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Calegari 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 Calegari include Callegari, Callegaro, Callegaris, Calegari, Calegaris, Calligari, Calligaro, Caligari, Caligaris, Calleghèr, Callighèr, Galligari, Galligài, Calgari, Calgaro, Calliari, Calliàri, Caliari, Caliàri, Cagliari, Cagliàri, Callieri, Callièri, Calieri, Calièri, Caliero, Calièro, Calleri, Callèri, Caleri, Calèri, Caglieri, Caglièri, Cagliero, Caglièro, Caglieris, Caglièris, Callegarini, Callegarìn, Cagliarotti, Cagliartti, Callierotti, Calliertti, Caglierotti and many more.

Early Notables of the Calegari family (pre 1700)

Prominent among members of the family was Francesco Antonio Calegari, a philosopher and singer in 1656; Antonio Callegari of Brescia, a famous sculptor, and produced three children, Luca, Giuseppe, and Santo, all of whom followed their father's trade; their works can be seen in Brescia today; Antonio Calegari, a sculptor in Bologna in 1744; Giovanni Calegari (born 1753), an architect in Bologna; Giovanni Battista Callegari was born in Parma in 1785 and became...
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United States Calegari migration to the United States +

Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Calegari or a variant listed above:

Calegari Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Sofia Calegari, aged 11, who immigrated to America from Albino, in 1903
  • Bernardo Calegari, aged 32, who landed in America from Casnigo, Italy, in 1909
  • Michele Calegari, aged 39, who immigrated to the United States from Federal, Italy, in 1913
  • Egidio Calegari, aged 25, who settled in America from Benna, Italy, in 1914
  • Laura Calegari, aged 29, who settled in America from Bergmo, Italy, in 1920
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Contemporary Notables of the name Calegari (post 1700) +

  • Danny Calegari, American mathematician, Richard Merkin Professor of Mathematics at the California Institute of Technology
  • Nínive Clements Calegari, American educator, co-founder of 826 Valencia (2002)
  • Renzo Calegari (1933-2017), Italian comics artist
  • Stefania Calegari, retired Italian World Figure Skating Championship ice dancer
  • Luigi Antonio Calegari (1780-1849), Italian bel canto opera composer
  • Antonio Calegari (1757-1828), Italian oratorio composer
  • Francesco Antonio Calegari (1656-1742), Italian priest and composer
  • Maria Cattarina Calegari (1644-1675), Italian composer
  • Santo Calegari (1662-1717), Italian sculptor on Facebook
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