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 Campanili. 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 Campanili 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 Campanili family
Early History of the Campanili family
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Campanili Spelling Variations
spelling variations of Campanili are Campana, Campani, Campanelli, Campanio, Campanino, Campanini, Campanale, Campanile, Campanili, Campanato, Campanati, Campanella, Campanazzi, Campanaro, Campanari and many more.
Early Notables of the Campanili family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Campanili family to the New World and Oceana
An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Campanili or a variant listed above: L. Campanio, who arrived in Mississippi in 1820 at the age of 30; and Lazaro Campanio, who settled in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1820 at the age of 30..
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