The surname Cavalli comes from the words "cavallaro," which means a horse dealer; or from "cavalieri," meaning a horseman, rider or knight.
Early Origins of the Cavalli family
The surname Cavalli was first found in at Ferrara, a city and comune in Emilia-Romagna
, northern Italy, capital city of the Province of Ferrara, one of the more prosperous cities at this early time. Records locate the Cavalieri family in Ferrara as early as the 9th century, when Giovanni Cavalieri defended his vast lands against the Venetians.
Early History of the Cavalli family
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Cavalli 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 Cavalli include Cavalli, Cavallo, Cavalletti, Cavalletto, Cavallini, Cavallino, Cavallina, Cavallìn, Cavallucci, Cavalluccio, Cavalluzzi, Cavallotti, Cavallotto, Cavallone, Cavallacci, Cavallazzi, Cavallari, Cavallaro, Cavallàr, Cavalleri, Cavallero, Cavaleri, Cavalero, Cavalieri, Cavaliere and many more.
Early Notables of the Cavalli family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family was Pietro Cavallini (1259-1344), a well known painter born in Rome in the 13th century; Sigismondo Cavalli, a Count in Verona around 1450; Gian Marco Cavalli (c.1454- c. 1508), an Italian medallist, sculptor and goldsmith; Giovanni Battista Cavalletto, a painter, sculptor, poet, and musician in... Another 77 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cavalli Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Cavalli family to the New World and Oceana
An examination into the immigration and passenger lists has discovered a number of people bearing the name Cavalli:
Cavalli Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Diego, Antonio, Bartolomeo, Maria, Augustina, Andrea, and Louis Cavalli, who were all naturalized in Detroit in 1833
- G Cavalli, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
- Christophe Cavalli, age 21, who arrived in New York on Sept. 2, 1885, aboard the "Labrador"
- Antonio Cavalli, who arrived in New York on Oct. 24, 1887, aboard the "La Gascogne"
Cavalli Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Antonia Cavalli, aged 8, who landed in America from Vastanja, Italy, in 1910
- Antonio Cavalli, aged 48, who settled in America from S. Nazzario, Italy, in 1910
- Antonio Cavalli, aged 16, who emigrated to the United States from Bedonia, Italy, in 1911
- Agostino Cavalli, aged 23, who landed in America from Berecto, Italy, in 1912
- Angelo Cavalli, aged 7, who landed in America from Rosignano, Alessandria, Italy, in 1913
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Contemporary Notables of the name Cavalli (post 1700)
- Emanuele Cavalli (b. 1904), Italian painter
- Simone Cavalli (b. 1979), Italian football striker
- Roberto Cavalli (b. 1940), Italian fashion designer from Florence
- Francesco Cavalli (1602-1676), Italian composer
- Fabio Cavalli (b. 1955), Swiss entrepreneur, founder of Mondobiotech, winner of the Swiss Innovation Award in 2008