Cancelliere History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Tuscany, 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 Cancelliere. 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 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 Cancelliere 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 Cancelliere family

The surname Cancelliere 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 Cancelliere family

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

Cancelliere 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 Cancelliere are Cancilla, Cancelliere, Cancellieri, Cancelli, Cancella, Cancello, Cancillo, Cancellotti, Cancellosi and many more.

Early Notables of the Cancelliere 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...
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United States Cancelliere migration to the United States +

The records on immigrants and ships' passengers show a number of people bearing the name Cancelliere:

Cancelliere Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Andrew Cancelliere, who landed in Mississippi in 1892 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Cancelliere (post 1700) +

  • Sebastián Cancelliere (b. 1993), Argentine rugby union player who plays for the national Argentina team The Pumas


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)


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