Carini History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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From the ancient and beautiful Italian island of Sicily emerged a variety of distinguished names, including the notable surname Carini. 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. Local names, also 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 Carini family lived in a town just outside Palermo, as in 1189, a member of the Caro family was the Archbishop of Monreale.
Early Origins of the Carini family
The surname Carini was first found in Sicily (Italian: Sicilia), the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, Naples and the southern portion of the peninsula. Research shows that records of the Carini family date back to the year 1189 when a member of the Caro family was the Archbishop of Monreale, a town just outside Palermo.
Early History of the Carini family
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Carini Spelling Variations
Surnames that originated in Italy are characterized by an enormous number of spelling variations. Some of these are derived from regional traditions and dialects. Northern names, for instance, often end in "o", while southern names tend to end in "i". Other variations come from the fact the medieval scribes tended to spell according to the sound of words, rather than any particular set of rules. The recorded variations of Carini include Caro, Cari, Cara, De Caro, Di Caro, Di Cara, La Cara, Li Cari, Carello, Carelli, Carella, Carillo, Caretti, Caroli, Caretta, Carino, Carini, Caruccio, Carucci, Carocci, Carracci, Caricchio, Caricchia, Carollo, Carullo, Carulli, Carotti, Carone, Caroni, Carofiglio, Carofratello, Carolillo, Carotenuto and many more.
Early Notables of the Carini family (pre 1700)
Prominent among bearers of this surname in early times was Marchetto Cara (c. 1470-1525), an Italian composer, lutenist and singer of the Renaissance.
Michelangelo Merisi (Michele Angelo Merigi or Amerighi) da Caravaggio, (1571-1610), was an Italian painter active in Rome for most of his artistic life. He is most famous for his technique of "Chiaroscuro" or light and dark contrast. Some of his most famous works include The Calling of St. Matthew, and David with the Head of Goliath.
Polidoro Caldara, usually known as Polidoro da Caravaggio (c. 1499-1543) was an Italian painter of the Mannerist period...
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In the United States, the name Carini is the 16,598th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. 
Carini migration to the United States +
Investigation of immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Carini:
Carini Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Alberto Carini, aged 14, who immigrated to the United States from S. Flavia, Italy, in 1905
- Domenico Carini, aged 36, who landed in America from S. Flavia, Italy, in 1905
- Angela Carini, aged 44, who settled in America from Ferriere, Italy, in 1911
- Celeste Carini, aged 38, who settled in America from Tarini d'Olmo, Italy, in 1912
- Ambrogio Carini, aged 49, who landed in America from Prossedi, Italy, in 1912
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Contemporary Notables of the name Carini (post 1700) +
- John A. Carini, American Democratic Party politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Glastonbury; Elected 1948; Defeated, 1954 
- Henry J. Carini, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Glastonbury, 1946 
- Gino Carini (b. 1963), Italian professional footballer
- Antonio Carini (1872-1950), Italian physician, bacteriologist and professor
- Piero Carini (1921-1957), Italian racing driver
- Héctor Fabián Carini (b. 1979), Uruguayan football goalkeeper
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