Cardinale 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 Cardinale. 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 Cardinale is a name for a "Cardinal," one who studied as a Cardinal's apprentice.
Early Origins of the Cardinale family
The surname Cardinale was first found in Florence (Italian: Firenze), where the main branch of the family originates. Early records show Iacopo di Nicol di Teglia Cardinali living in the city in 1393.
Early History of the Cardinale family
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Cardinale Spelling Variations
In comparison with other European surnames, Italian surnames have a surprising number of forms. They reflect the regional variations and the many dialects of the Italian language, each with its own distinctive features. For example, in Northern Italy the typical Italian surname suffix is "i", whereas in Southern Italy it is "o". Additionally, spelling changes frequently occurred because medieval scribes and church officials often spelled names as they sounded rather than according to any specific spelling rules. The spelling variations in the name Cardinale include Cardinali, Cardinale, and Cardinaletti. and others.
Early Notables of the Cardinale family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family was Giovanni Cardinali of Pesaro, who was a Bishop in the 14th century; Giovanni's brother Leonardo Cardinali was also a Bishop during this century; records show that Nicol Cardinali of Syracuse was Baron of either Cariato or of Carioso; Guido Cardinali of Pesaro was the...
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Migration of the Cardinale family
An examination into the immigration and passenger lists has discovered a number of people bearing the name Cardinale: Adele Cardinali, aged 39, who arrived at Port Colborn, Ont., Canada in 1923; Angelo Cardinali Anagni, aged 39, who arrived at Ellis Island from Roma in 1909..
Contemporary Notables of the name Cardinale (post 1700) +
- Lindsey Michelle Cardinale (b. 1985), American country singer
- Gerald Cardinale (b. 1934), American Republican Party politician
- Elizabeth G. Cardinale, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1940 
- Dominick Cardinale, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Connecticut 4th District, 1932 
- Carole Cardinale (b. 1937), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Jersey, 2004 
- Archbishop Igino Eugenio Cardinale (1916-1983), Italian titular archbishop of Nafta, Tunisia and apostolic nuncio to Belgium and Luxembourg
- Roberto Cardinale (b. 1981), Italian professional football player
- Salvatore Cardinale (b. 1948), Italian politician
- Claudia Cardinale (b. 1938), Italian Tunisian actress
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