From the ancient and beautiful Italian island of Sicily
emerged a variety of distinguished names, including the notable surname Carnavale. 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. Although the most traditional type of family name found in the region of Sicily
is the patronymic
surname, which is derived from the father's given name, local
surnames are also found. Local
names, which are the least frequent of the major types of surnames 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.
Early Origins of the Carnavale family
The surname Carnavale was first found in Naples, (Italian: Napoli, Latin: Neapolis) where in the 1500's Andrea Carnevale was head judiciary under King Alfonso.
Early History of the Carnavale family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Carnavale research. More information is included under the topic Early Carnavale History in all our PDF Extended History products
and printed products wherever possible.
Carnavale Spelling Variations
Italian surnames come in far more variations than the names of most other nationalities. Regional traditions and dialects are a decisive factor in this characteristic. For example, northern names tend to end in "o", while southern in "i". Also important, but not unique to Italy, was the fact that before dictionaries and the printing press most scribes simply spelled words according to their sounds. The predictable result was an enormous number of spelling variations
. The recorded spellings of Carnavale include Carnevali, Carnavali, Carnavale, Carnovali, Carnovale, Carlevari, Carlevaro, Carlevaris, Carleveri, Carlavara, Carnasciali, Carlassare, Carnevalini, Carlevarini and many more.
Early Notables of the Carnavale family (pre 1700)
Prominent among bearers of this surname in early times was Fra Carnevale OP (c.
1420-1484), an Italian painter of the Quattrocento; Domenico Carnevale, a famous painter in Sassuolo born in 1524 who is buried in the main cathedral of Modena; Tiberio Carnevali was a vicar in Fossombrone and was eventually made... Another 51 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Carnavale Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Carnavale family to the New World and Oceana
An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Carnavale arrived in North America very early: Alfonso Carnovale, aged 49, who arrived at Ellis Island
from Cosenza, Italy, in 1913; Annunziati Carnovale, aged 29, who arrived at Ellis Island
from S. Nicola da Crissa, Italy, in 1906.