From the ancient and beautiful Italian island of Sicily
emerged a variety of distinguished names, including the notable surname Carbonari. 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 traditional type of family name found in the region of Sicily
is the patronymic
surname, which is derived from the father's given name, local
surnames are also found. Local
names, which are the least frequent of the major types of surnames 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 Carbonari family lived in the city of Naples, where Guglielmo Carbonelli was landowner of Simmari, in Calabria in 1120.
Early Origins of the Carbonari family
The surname Carbonari was first found in the year 1120 in the city of Naples, where Guglielmo Carbonelli was landowner of Simmari, in Calabria.
Early History of the Carbonari family
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Carbonari 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 Carbonari include Carbone, Carboni, Carbonella, Carbonelli, Carbonetti, Carbonini, Carbonìn, Carbonaro, Carbonesi, Carbonera, Carbonizi, Carbonari and many more.
Early Notables of the Carbonari family (pre 1700)
Prominent among bearers of this surname in early times was Pietro Carbone of Bologna, who was a member of the Guelph faction as well as the mayor of Bonacolsi and then of Mantua in 1254; Francesco Carbone of Naples was the Bishop of Monopoli, and eventually became Cardinal and Bishop of... Another 59 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Carbonari Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Carbonari family to the New World and Oceana
Investigation of immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Carbonari: Babtisco Carbone, who arrived in Virginia in 1650.