Calvagno History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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From the ancient and picturesque Italian region of Lombardy emerged a variety of distinguished names, including the notable surname Calvagno. 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 Lombardy 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 Calvagno family lived in Milan since the 12th century.
Early Origins of the Calvagno family
The surname Calvagno was first found in the 12th century, when the Calvelli family lived in Milan.
Early History of the Calvagno family
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Calvagno Spelling Variations
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 Calvagno are Calvi, Calvo, Calvelli, Calvèlli, Calvello, Calvèllo, Calvento, Calvetti, Calvètti, Calviètti, Calvietti, Calvini, Calvino, Calvillo, Calvani, Calvano, Calvanelli, Calvanèlli, Calvagno, Calvagna, Calveri, Calvèri, Calvosa and many more.
Early Notables of the Calvagno family (pre 1700)
Prominent among bearers of this family in early times was Antonio Calvi of Rome who lived during the 14th century and was a lawyer. In 1405 he was made a Cardinal of the city. Antonio Calvi of Rome was Bishop of Imola in 1390 and then of Todi in 1396, and was made Cardinal in 1405. The Calvelli family in Sicily acquired many ancient Greek castles, produced 10 barons, and were recognized as nobility in Aragona, Milan, Venice, and Palermo. Agostino Calvi was a famous painter in Genoa around...
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Migration of the Calvagno family
Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Calvagno, or a variant listed above: Alcides Calvento, who came to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1879; Giuseppi Calvelli, age 22, who arrived in New York on May. 18, 1891 aboard the ".
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