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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.

Calvani Early Origins



The surname Calvani was first found in the 12th century, when the Calvelli family lived in Milan.

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Calvani Spelling Variations


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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 characteristi c. 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.

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Calvani Early History


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Calvani Early History



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.

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Calvani Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Calvani Early Notables (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.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Calvani (post 1700)


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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

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
    2. Guelfi Camajani, Piero. Dizionario Araldico 1940 Reprint Arnoaldo Forni. Milan: 1978. Print.
    3. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    4. Stiens, Robert E. Passenger list Italy to New York 1893 In Italian Genealogist. Torrance, CA: Augustan Society No 3, 1983. Print.
    5. Fucilla, Josheph G. Our Italian Surnames. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0806311878).
    6. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    7. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
    8. Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani. Rome Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana 56 volumesr. Print.
    9. Di Crollalanza, Goffredo. Enciclopedia araldico cavalleresca Prontuario nobiliare. Pisa: Presso La Direzione Del Giorale Araldica , 1878. Print.
    10. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    11. ...

    The Calvani Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Calvani Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 16 January 2014 at 11:16.

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