, 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 Cardinalli. 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
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 Cardinalli is a name for a "Cardinal," one who studied as a Cardinal's apprentice.
Early Origins of the Cardinalli family
The surname Cardinalli 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 Cardinalli family
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Cardinalli Spelling Variations
There are many variations of most of those Italian names that originated in the medieval era. Some of these come from regional differences, like the tradition of ending northern names in "o" and southern names in "i". Others come from inaccuracies in the recording process, which were extremely common in the eras before dictionaries standardized spelling. Some of the spelling variations
of Cardinalli are Cardinali, Cardinale, and Cardinaletti. and others.
Early Notables of the Cardinalli 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... Another 51 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cardinalli Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Cardinalli family to the New World and Oceana
The records on immigrants and ships' passengers show a number of people bearing the name Cardinalli: 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..