Candelieri History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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From the historical and enchanting Italian region of the islands of Sicily emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Candelieri family. 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 were characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. Although the most common type of family name found in Sicily is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name, the nickname type of surname is also frequently found. Nickname surnames were derived from an eke-name, or added name. They usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name. The surname Candelieri is a name for a person who derives their name from the word Candido, which means candid, white, innocent.
Early Origins of the Candelieri family
The surname Candelieri was first found in Naples, (Italian: Napoli, Latin: Neapolis) where the Candelori family of Naples, was one of the more ancient families of the city. The House of Candia was a noble family from Savoy in the 1300s.
Candelieri 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 Candelieri include Candelori, Candilori, Candelora, Candilora, Candelsi, Candelaria, Candi, Candia, Candiani, Candiano, Candida, Candidi, Candido and many more.
Early Notables of the Candelieri family (pre 1700)
Prominent among bearers of this surname in early times was Silvio Candelsi, a military Captain in Velletri; Milo Candiani was bishop of Turrino and archbishop of Milan and Pavia; Niccolo Candido of Syracuse was an owner of two large feuds in the 13th century; Bernardo Candiani was bishop of Asti and Como, and then of Pavia in 1443; Vincenzo Candelori was the councillor of Ferdinand IV, and was given vast amounts of land by...
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Migration of the Candelieri family
Investigation of immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Candelieri: Maria Candelaria and Isabel de Candelaria, who both arrived in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1778; Damiana Candelaria, aged 30, who arrived at Ellis Island, in 1923.
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