The surname Cavallini comes from the words "cavallaro," which means a horse dealer; or from "cavalieri," meaning a horseman, rider or knight.
Early Origins of the Cavallini family
The surname Cavallini 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 Cavallini family
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Cavallini 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 Cavallini 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 Cavallini 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 Cavallini Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Cavallini family to the New World and Oceana
A search of the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Cavallini: Bartolomeo Cavallero, who arrived in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1778 with his wife Maria and his six children; Diego, Antonio, Bartolomeo, Maria, Augustina, Andrea, and Louis Cavalli, who were all naturalized in Detroit in 1833.
Contemporary Notables of the name Cavallini (post 1700)
- Filippo Cavallini (b. 1978), Italian bass player
- Fernando Cavallini (1893-1976), Italian fencer at the 1912 Summer Olympics
- Emilio Cavallini (b. 1945), Italian fashion designer
- Ernesto Cavallini (1807-1874), Italian clarinetist and composer, born in Milan
- Eugenio Cavallini (1806-1881), Italian conductor, composer, violinist, and violist
- Paul Edward "Wally" Cavallini (b. 1965), retired Canadian NHL ice hockey defenceman
- Lucas Cavallini (b. 1992), Canadian soccer player
- Gino J. Cavallini (b. 1962), retired Canadian NHL ice hockey forward
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