, 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 Cardinalo. 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 Cardinalo is a name for a "Cardinal," one who studied as a Cardinal's apprentice.
Early Origins of the Cardinalo family
The surname Cardinalo 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 Cardinalo family
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Cardinalo Spelling Variations
Enormous variation in spelling and form characterizes those Italian names that originated in the medieval era. This is caused by two main factors: regional tradition, and inaccuracies in the recording process. Before the last few hundred
years, scribes spelled names according to their sounds. Spelling variations
were the unsurprising result. The variations of Cardinalo include Cardinali, Cardinale, and Cardinaletti. and others.
Early Notables of the Cardinalo 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 Cardinalo Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Cardinalo family to the New World and Oceana
Discovered in the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Cardinalo: 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..