, 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 Cancelli. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adapt 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; 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 Tuscany
is the patronymic
surname, which is derived from the father's given name, names derived from occupations are also found. Occupational
surnames, which are less common that other types of surnames in Italy, date back to the feudal
era. However, under the Feudal
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 Cancelli is a name for a person who first held the position of Chancellor. Checking further we found the name was derived from the Italian word cancelliero which translates to chancellor.
Early Origins of the Cancelli family
The surname Cancelli was first found in Tuscany
(Italian: Toscana), a region in central Italy, where Pietro del Porcone Cancellieri held the position of Chancellor of the Frankish Kingdom in 1171. Cialdo Cancellieri, was the mayor of Pistoia in 1256. Diego Cancellieri was a brave knight in Pisa in the 13th century; Vanni Cancellieri, also known as "Foccaccia," was active in politics in Pistoia at this time; Ricciardo di Lazzaro Cancellieri was mayor of Perugia in 1333, and in 1378 became General Captain for the armies of the powerful Estensi ruling family. Bartolomeo Cancellieri was a knight in Pistoia during the next century; Bartolomeo Cancellieri became mayor of Bologna and, later, was a judge in Abruzzo.
Early History of the Cancelli family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cancelli research.Another 188 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1598 and 1760 are included under the topic Early Cancelli History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Cancelli Spelling Variations
Surnames that originated in Italy are characterized by an enormous number of spelling variations
. Some of these are derived from regional traditions and dialects. Northern names, for instance, often end in "o", while southern names tend to end in "i". Other variations come from the fact the medieval scribes tended to spell according to the sound of words, rather than any particular set of rules. The recorded variations of Cancelli include Cancilla, Cancelliere, Cancellieri, Cancelli, Cancella, Cancello, Cancillo, Cancellotti, Cancellosi and many more.
Early Notables of the Cancelli family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family was Pietro Cancellieri, Bishop of Lipari during the 15th century; and Chiaretto Costanzo Cancellieri of Pisa, prominent philosopher and intellectual during the 15th century. Pietro de'Trieste Cancellieri... Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cancelli Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Cancelli family to the New World and Oceana
In the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Cancelli Andrew Cancellierre, who was Naturalized in Mississippi in 1892, in Guisseppe Cancillo, who arrived in Indiana prior to 1907.