From the ancient and picturesque Italian region of 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
The surname Calvani was first found in the 12th century, when the Calvelli family lived in Milan.
Early History of the Calvani family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Calvani research.Another 23 words (2 lines of text) covering the years 1405, 1390, 1396, 1405, 1400, 1651, 1710, 1710, 1771, 1771 and 1800 are included under the topic Early Calvani History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Calvani 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 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)
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... Another 126 words (9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Calvani Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
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
- Antonio Calvani, aged 18, who emigrated to the United States from Caglia Pesaro, Italy, in 1909
- Vincenzo Calvani, aged 16, who settled in America from Sgurgola, Italy, in 1910
- Pietro Calvani, aged 27, who settled in America from Sarnano, Italy, in 1911
- Luigi Calvani, aged 25, who emigrated to the United States from Foiano, Italy, in 1911
- Leonardo Calvani, aged 17, who landed in America from Sgurgola, Italy, in 1912
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Contemporary Notables of the name Calvani (post 1700)
- Terry Calvani (b. 1947), American lawyer, former government officer and university professor
- Luca Calvani (b. 1974), Italian actor
- Sandro Calvani (b. 1952), Italian Director of the ASEAN Regional Centre of Excellence on Millennium Development Goals (ARCMDG)
- Mayra Calvani (b. 1967), Puerto-Rican writer