Celani History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Celani and its many variations have several possible origins. Some are rooted in the Old Italian words "cellaio" or "cellario," which mean "butler;" in which case the name would have been derived from the occupation of the first bearers of the name. Some versions of this name are rooted in the word "cielo," meaning "sky." Alternatively, it is also quite probably that some instances of this surname were derived from place-names such as Cella in Lombardy, Celle, Tuscany, or Cellino, Venice.

Early Origins of the Celani family

The surname Celani was first found in Pistoia, where the Cellesi family originates. The earliest records of bearers of this name date back to a record of the Cella family of Cremona in 1160. In 1200, a member of the Cellesi family of Pistoia was master of the bishops in the city and thus was responsible for appointing new individuals.

Important Dates for the Celani family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Celani research. Another 26 words (2 lines of text) covering the years 1447, 1452, 1523, 1500, 1578, 1639, 1601, 1658, 1606, 1659, 1637, 1689, 1670, 1604, 1687, 1637 and 1695 are included under the topic Early Celani History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Celani Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Celi, Celli, Cella, Cellotti, Cellini, Cellesi, Cieli, Cielo, Celini, Celìn, Celotti, Celotto, Celozzi, Celoni, Celn, Celona and many more.

Early Notables of the Celani family (pre 1700)

Prominent among members of the family was Baccio Cellini, born in 1447 in Florence, famous for his intricate and complicated decorations; Prospero Colonna (1452-1523), an Italian condottiero in the service of the Papal States and the Holy Roman Empire during the Italian Wars; Benvenuto Cellini (born 1500), an Italian goldsmith, sculptor and engraver; Filippo Colonna (1578-1639), Prince of Paliano, an Italian nobleman, the head of the Colonna family of Rome and the hereditary Gran Connestabile at the court of Naples, father of Marcantonio V Colonna; Anna Colonna (1601-1658), an Italian noblewoman of...
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Celani migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Celani Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Antonio Celani, aged 27, who immigrated to America from Ascoli Pecino, in 1903
  • Edoardo Celani, aged 24, who immigrated to America from Antocoli, Italy, in 1907
  • Antonio Celani, aged 21, who landed in America from Ferentino, Roma, in 1909
  • Loreto Celani, aged 17, who landed in America from Frosinone, Italy, in 1909
  • Domenico Celani, aged 19, who landed in America from Fronuand, Italy, in 1910
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Contemporary Notables of the name Celani (post 1700)

  • Tito Celani (b. 1921), retired Italian professional football player
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