Cerulli History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Cerulli surname is derived from the Italian word "cero" or "cirro" both of which mean "curl," and as such this was probably originally a nickname for someone with curly hair.

Early Origins of the Cerulli family

The surname Cerulli was first found in Verona, a city in Venetia Italy, capital of the province of Verona. This ancient city was the chief town of the Cenomani, a Gaulish tribe and became a Latin town in 89 B.C. It became part of Lombardy (568,) Frankish, Bartolmeo ruled and died in 1304. It is said to be the home of Romeo and Juliet. The city is rich in churches, museums, galleries, paintings, sculptures, statues and monuments. The cathedral was consecrated in 1187. In those ancient times only persons of rank, the podesta, clergy, city officials, army officers, artists, landowners were entered into the records. To be recorded at this time, at the beginning of recorded history, was of itself a great distinction and indicative of noble ancestry.

Early History of the Cerulli family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cerulli research. Another 157 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1279, 1435, 1517, 1775, 1663, 1749, 1683, 1760, 1698, 1767, 1738 and 1792 are included under the topic Early Cerulli History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Cerulli Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Cerruti, Ceruti, Cerrati, Cerati, Cerrati, Cerati and many more.

Early Notables of the Cerulli family (pre 1700)

Prominent among bearers of this family in early times was Michelangelo Cerruti (1663-1749), an Italian painter of the Baroque period; Roque Ceruti (c. 1683-1760), an Italian composer in Peru...
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Migration of the Cerulli family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Vincenzo Cerrati, who settled in New York, NY in 1893; Raffael Cerrati, who settled in New York, NY in 1893; Leonardo Cerrati, who came to New York, NY in 1893.

Contemporary Notables of the name Cerulli (post 1700) +

  • Vincenzo Cerulli (1859-1927), Italian astronomer who owned a private observatory in Teramo, eponym of the asteroids 366 Vincentina and 31028 Cerulli
  • Enrico Cerulli (1898-1988), Italian scholar of Somali and Ethiopian studies and diplomat

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