From the ancient and beautiful Italian island of Sicily
emerged a variety of distinguished names, including the notable surname Carani. 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. Local
names, also found in Italy, are derived from a place-name where the original bearer once resided or held land. Often Italian local
surnames bore the prefix "di," which signifies emigration from one place to another, and does not necessarily denote nobility. The Carani family lived in a town just outside Palermo, as in 1189, a member of the Caro family was the Archbishop of Monreale.
Early Origins of the Carani family
The surname Carani was first found in Sicily
(Italian: Sicilia), the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, Naples and the southern portion of the peninsula. Research shows that records of the Carani family date back to the year 1189 when a member of the Caro family was the Archbishop of Monreale, a town just outside Palermo.
Early History of the Carani family
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Carani Spelling Variations
Italian surnames come in far more variations than the names of most other nationalities. Regional traditions and dialects are a decisive factor in this characteristic. For example, northern names tend to end in "o", while southern in "i". Also important, but not unique to Italy, was the fact that before dictionaries and the printing press most scribes simply spelled words according to their sounds. The predictable result was an enormous number of spelling variations
. The recorded spellings of Carani include Caro, Cari, Cara, De Caro, Di Caro, Di Cara, La Cara, Li Cari, Carello, Carelli, Carella, Carillo, Caretti, Caroli, Caretta, Carino, Carini, Caruccio, Carucci, Carocci, Carracci, Caricchio, Caricchia, Carollo, Carullo, Carulli, Carotti, Carone, Caroni, Carofiglio, Carofratello, Carolillo, Carotenuto and many more.
Early Notables of the Carani family (pre 1700)
Prominent among bearers of this surname in early times was Marchetto Cara (c.
1470-1525), an Italian composer, lutenist and singer of the Renaissance; Cecco del Caravaggio, a painter born in 1571 near Milan. He is most famous for his technique of "Chiaroscuro" or light and dark contrast. Some of his most famous works include The Calling of St. Matthew, and David with the Head of Goliath. Others include Gioffredo Caroli, who was the mayor of... Another 75 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Carani Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Carani family to the New World and Oceana
An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Carani arrived in North America very early: Miss Cara, who sailed to New Orleans in 1821, and S. Caro, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851.
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