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

Carnival Early Origins



The surname Carnival 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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Carnival Spelling Variations


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

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Carnival Early History


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Carnival Early History



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

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Carnival Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Carnival 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 Carnival 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 Carnival 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.

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    2. Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani. Rome Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana 56 volumesr. Print.
    3. Guelfi Camajani, Piero. Dizionario Araldico 1940 Reprint Arnoaldo Forni. Milan: 1978. Print.
    4. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today, 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-0900455-209).
    5. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
    6. 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).
    7. Gheno, Antonio. Contributo alla Bibliografia Genealogica Italiana. Bologna: Forni, 1924. Print.
    8. Di Crollalanza, G.B. Dizionario Storico-Blasonico Delle Famiglie Nobili e Notabili Italiane 3 volumes. Pisa. Print.
    9. Bongioanni, Angelo. Nomi e Cognomi. Saggio di Ricerche Etimologiche e Storiche. Torino: A. Forni, 1979. Print.
    10. Glazier, Ira A. and P. Williams Filby Edition. Italians to America. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. Print.
    11. ...

    The Carnival Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Carnival 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.

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