Show ContentsCampanelli History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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."

Early Origins of the Campanelli family

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.

Early History of the Campanelli family

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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.

Early Notables of the Campanelli family (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 Campanella was Bishop of Mileto in 1139; Soffrido Campanella was Bishop of Cassano in 1161; Paolo Campanella was Bishop of Pozzuoli around this time; Aldovrandino Campanati was a well known judge in 1280 in Padua; Antonio Campanazzi was a lawyer in 1450 in Bologna; Giovanni Campanella was Bishop of Minervino...
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Campanelli Ranking

In the United States, the name Campanelli is the 18,778th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

United States Campanelli migration to the United States +

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 immigrated to the United States from Grinno Appula, Italy, in 1910
  • Adamo Campanelli, aged 22, who immigrated to the United States from Campomarino, Italy, in 1910
  • Angela Campanelli, aged 40, who immigrated to the United States from Bari, Italy, in 1911
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Contemporary Notables of the name Campanelli (post 1700) +

  • Louis P. Campanelli (1938-2023), American head basketball coach at James Madison University from 1972 to 1985 and the University of California, Berkeley from 1986 to 1993
  • 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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