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Where did the Italian Campanaro family come from? What is the Italian Campanaro family crest and coat of arms? When did the Campanaro family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Campanaro family history?

Venice, one of the oldest and most beautiful island regions of Italy, is the esteemed birthplace of numerous prominent families, including the family that bears the surname Campanaro. 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 common type of family name found in Venice is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's givenname, names derived from occupations are also found. Occupational surnames, which are less common than other types of surnames in Italy, date back to the feudal era. However, under the Feudal System, occupational names did not become hereditary until the offices themselves became hereditary. It was only after an occupation was inherited by several generations in lineal descent that occupational names came to be applied to entire families, and so became a hereditary surname. The surname Campanaro is a common occupational name for a person who worked on church bells. The name literally means "a small church-bell" or "the bell-ringer."


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 Campanaro are Campana, Campani, Campanelli, Campanio, Campanino, Campanini, Campanale, Campanile, Campanili, Campanato, Campanati, Campanella, Campanazzi, Campanaro, Campanari and many more.

First found in the city of Padua, with earliest records of this lineage dating back to 1081, when Patavino Campanati was a lawyer of the Sacred Palace, or "Sacro Palazzo" in Padua.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Campanaro research. More information is included under the topic Early Campanaro History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Campanaro or a variant listed above:

Campanaro Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Antonio Campanaro, aged 15, who emigrated to the United States, in 1896
  • Baffarle Campanaro, aged 14, who emigrated to the United States from Crenta, in 1899
  • Cristina Campanaro, aged 46, who emigrated to the United States from Campochiaro, in 1899

Campanaro Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Demetrio Campanaro, aged 2, who settled in America from S Demetros, Italy, in 1907
  • Angelo Campanaro, aged 23, who emigrated to the United States from Castelluccio, Italy, in 1907
  • Antonio Campanaro, aged 28, who landed in America from Castelforte, Italy, in 1909
  • Antonio Campanaro, aged 7, who emigrated to America from Piedimonte, Italy, in 1914
  • Angelo Campanaro, aged 3, who settled in America from Piedimonte, Italy, in 1914


  • Chris "Cecil" Campanaro, American musician, songwriter, bassist
  • Rocco Campanaro, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1984


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The Campanaro Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Campanaro 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.

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