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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
Early History of the Cardinale family
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Cardinale Spelling Variations
spelling variations in the name Cardinale include Cardinali, Cardinale, and Cardinaletti. and others.
Early Notables of the Cardinale family (pre 1700)
Baron of either Cariato or of Carioso; Guido Cardinali of Pesaro was the...
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Migration of the Cardinale family to the New World and Oceana
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)
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