The distinguished surname Cecchini originated in an area of Italy, known as the Papal States. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adapt 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 are characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. The most traditional type of family name found in the region of the Papal States is the patronymic
surname, which is derived from the father's given name. During the Middle Ages, Italians adopted the patronymic system of name-making because it perfectly complemented the prevailing Feudal
System. In Italy the popularity of patronymic type of surname is also due to the fact that during the Christian era, people often named their children after saints and biblical figures. The surname Cecchini came from the given name "Cecco," which in turn is a variant of "Francesco," or "Francis."
Early Origins of the Cecchini family
The surname Cecchini was first found in the city of Rome, where earliest records date back to Rinaldo Ceci, who moved his family to Velletri when he was appointed mayor of the city.
Early History of the Cecchini family
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Cecchini Spelling Variations
In comparison with other European surnames, Italian surnames have a surprising number of forms. They reflect the regional variations and the many dialects of the Italian language, each with its own distinctive features. For example, in Northern Italy the typical Italian surname suffix is "i", whereas in Southern Italy it is "o". Additionally, spelling changes frequently occurred because medieval scribes and church officials often spelled names as they sounded rather than according to any specific spelling rules. The spelling variations
in the name Cecchini include Cecchi, Cecco, Di Cecco, Ceco, Ceci, Cecchelli, Cecchelìn, Checcherini, Checchetti, Cecchetti, Cecchetto, Cecchèt, Cechèt, Cecchettìn, Ceccatelli, Cecchini, Cecchin, Cecchinelli, Cecchinato, Ceccaldi, Ceccardi, Ceccanti, Ceccantini, Ceccato, Cecàt and many more.
Early Notables of the Cecchini family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family was Domenico Cecchi, a Florentine businessman around 1450; Giovanni Maria Cecchi, a famous playwright born in Florence in 1518; the Cecchi family of Aqua Fresca, who owned the most... Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cecchini Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Cecchini family to the New World and Oceana
Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Cecchini or a variant listed above:
Cecchini Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Andrea Cecchini, aged 24, who settled in America from S. Angelo Vado, Italy, in 1910
- Alibrando Cecchini, aged 23, who emigrated to the United States from Capamori, Italy, in 1911
- Alaidamo Cecchini, aged 35, who emigrated to America from Ango a Mazzano, Italy, in 1911
- Antonia Cecchini, aged 24, who landed in America from Montegallo, Italy, in 1912
- Angelo Cecchini, aged 31, who emigrated to the United States from Bustoia, Italy, in 1913
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Contemporary Notables of the name Cecchini (post 1700)
- Thomas A. Cecchini (b. 1944), retired American college football player and coach
- Jessica Cecchini (b. 1990), Italian model, winner of the Miss Universo Italia (2010)
- Luigi Cecchini (b. 1944), Italian sports doctor
- Anna-Maria "Sandra" Cecchini (b. 1965), retired Italian professional tennis player, winner of eleven singles titles