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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 Campanelli. 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 Campanelli 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."

Campanelli Early Origins



The surname Campanelli was 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.

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Campanelli Spelling Variations


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

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Campanelli Early History


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Campanelli Early History



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

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Campanelli Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Campanelli Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent among members of the family was the Campana family of Gorizia, who were Counts; Cino Campana of Osimo was a prominent lawyer and judge; Federico Campana was a castle owner in the area around Ancona; Muzio Campana was a military commander of the troops of the Duke of Urbino; Stefano...

Another 217 words (16 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Campanelli 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



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

Campanelli Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Antonio Campanelli, aged 33, who landed in America from Bonefro, Italy, in 1904
  • Angelo Campanelli, aged 45, who landed in America from Rocca Sicura, Italy, in 1909
  • Antonia Campanelli, aged 60, who emigrated to the United States from Grinno Appula, Italy, in 1910
  • Adamo Campanelli, aged 22, who emigrated to the United States from Campomarino, Italy, in 1910
  • Angela Campanelli, aged 40, who emigrated to the United States from Bari, Italy, in 1911
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Campanelli (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Campanelli (post 1700)



  • Lou Campanelli, American basketball coach
  • Alfred Campanelli (1925-2003), American suburban housing mogul and philanthropist
  • Manuela Maria Campanelli (b. 1962), award-winning Italian science journalist
  • Richardo Tomasso "Rick" Campanelli (b. 1970), Canadian television personality

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