From the ancient and beautiful Italian island of Sicily
emerged a variety of distinguished names, including the notable surname Carbonella. 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 Carbonella family lived in the city of Naples, where Guglielmo Carbonelli was landowner of Simmari, in Calabria in 1120.
Early Origins of the Carbonella family
The surname Carbonella 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 Carbonella family
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Carbonella Spelling Variations
Italian surnames have a surprising number of forms in comparison with other European surnames because they reflect the regional variations and the many dialects of the Italian language, each of which has its distinctive features. For example, in Northern Italy the most standard Italian surname suffix is "I", whereas in Southern Italy the most typical surname suffix is "O". Sardinian is very different from other forms of Italian and in fact, it is considered to be its own distinct language. Additionally, spelling changes frequently occurred because medieval scribes, church officials, and the bearers of names, spelled names as they sounded rather than according to any specific spelling rules. As a consequence of the major changes in the Italian language and in the local
spellings of Italian surnames that occurred over the course of history, there are numerous variations for the surname Carbonella. These spelling variations
include Carbone, Carboni, Carbonella, Carbonelli, Carbonetti, Carbonini, Carbonìn, Carbonaro, Carbonesi, Carbonera, Carbonizi, Carbonari and many more.
Early Notables of the Carbonella 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 Carbonella Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Carbonella family to the New World and Oceana
A search of the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Carbonella: Babtisco Carbone, who arrived in Virginia in 1650.