Lombardy emerged a variety of distinguished names, including the notable surname Calvani. 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 Calvani family lived in Milan since the 12th century.
Early Origins of the Calvani family
Early History of the Calvani family
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Calvani Spelling Variations
spelling variations. The recorded spellings of Calvani include 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 Calvani family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Calvani family to the New World and Oceana
Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Calvani or a variant listed above:
Calvani Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Calvani (post 1700)
Calvani Family Crest Products