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From the ancient and beautiful Italian island of Sicily emerged a variety of distinguished names, including the notable surname Carnavali. 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.

Carnavali Early Origins



The surname Carnavali was first found in Naples, (Italian: Napoli, Latin: Neapolis) where in the 1500's Andrea Carnevale was head judiciary under King Alfonso.

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Carnavali Spelling Variations


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Carnavali 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 Carnavali include Carnevali, Carnavali, Carnavale, Carnovali, Carnovale, Carlevari, Carlevaro, Carlevaris, Carleveri, Carlavara, Carnasciali, Carlassare, Carnevalini, Carlevarini and many more.

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Carnavali Early History


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Carnavali Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Carnavali research. More information is included under the topic Early Carnavali History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Carnavali Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Carnavali Early Notables (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 Carnavali Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Carnavali arrived in North America very early:

Carnavali Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Giacinto Carnavali, aged 2, who landed in America, in 1892
  • Giadette Carnavali, aged 12, who settled in America, in 1892
  • Luisa Carnavali, aged 8, who landed in America, in 1892
  • Raffaele Carnavali, aged 3, who settled in America, in 1892

Carnavali Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Pietro Carnavali, aged 39, who emigrated to the United States from Grosio Sondalo, Italy, in 1910
  • Francesco Carnavali, aged 40, who emigrated to the United States, in 1920

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani. Rome Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana 56 volumesr. Print.
    2. Fucilla, Josheph G. Our Italian Surnames. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0806311878).
    3. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    4. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
    5. Bongioanni, Angelo. Nomi e Cognomi. Saggio di Ricerche Etimologiche e Storiche. Torino: A. Forni, 1979. Print.
    6. Battilana, Natale, Ed. Genealogie Dello Famiglie Nobili di Genova. Genova: Fratelli Pagano, 1825. Print.
    7. Guelfi Camajani, Piero. Dizionario Araldico 1940 Reprint Arnoaldo Forni. Milan: 1978. Print.
    8. Colletta, John P. Finding Italian Roots The Complete Guide for Americans. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2003. Print.
    9. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    10. Gheno, Antonio. Contributo alla Bibliografia Genealogica Italiana. Bologna: Forni, 1924. Print.
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    The Carnavali Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Carnavali Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 15 December 2014 at 06:44.

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