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The name Chiara is derived from the Italian word "chiari," which means "clear," or " luminous." As such, the Chiara surname was likely originally a nickname for a person with a clear or light complexion. Nickname surnames were derived from an eke-name, or added name, and usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name.

Chiara Early Origins



The surname Chiara was first found in the 8th century, when Orso Chiarelli was one of the leaders of the town of Ferraruola.

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Chiara Spelling Variations


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Chiara 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 characteristi c. 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 Chiara include Chiarucci, Chiari, Chiaro, Chiara, Clari, Claro, De Chiara, Del Chiaro, Di Chiara, Clarich, Chiarenti, Chiaretti, Chiarelli, Chiarello, Chiariello, Chiarel, Chiarella, Claretti, Chiarini, Chiarìn, Clarini, Chiarotti, Chiart, Clarotti, Chiaroni, Chiaranda, Chiarandini, Chiarante, Chiarantini, Chiarato, Chiaratto, Chiarenza, Chiarito, Chiarizia, Clarizia, Chiarolla, Chiarulli, Chiarullo, Chiarugi, Chiarutti, Chiaruttini, Chiaraluce, Chiarantoni and many more.

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Chiara Early History


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Chiara Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chiara research. Another 21 words (2 lines of text) covering the years 1391, 1400, 1615, 1660, 1712, 1766 and 1800 are included under the topic Early Chiara History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Chiara Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Chiara Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent among members of the family was Manfredi III Chiaramonte (died 1391), a Sicilian nobleman, Lord of Trapani, Agrigento, Bivona, Licata, Castronovo, Lentini, Palma di Montechiaro and Mussomeli; Giorgio Chiarini, a well known author in Florence around 1400; Bartolomeo Chiarini of Rome, a famous engraver in the 16th century; Fabrizio Chiari...

Another 68 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Chiara Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



A search of the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Chiara:

Chiara Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Cappaccio Chiara, aged 36, who landed in America from Mirabella, in 1900
  • Catherina Chiara, aged 20, who settled in America from Torino, Italy, in 1901
  • Augusto Chiara, aged 35, who landed in America from Marefe, Italy, in 1907
  • Bernardo Chiara, aged 18, who emigrated to the United States from Pozino, Italy, in 1909
  • Caterina Chiara, aged 17, who emigrated to the United States from Cantania, Italy, in 1909
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Chiara (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Chiara (post 1700)



  • Stanislao Di Chiara (b. 1891), Italian gymnast
  • Stefano Di Chiara (b. 1957), retired Italian professional footballer and manager
  • Piero Chiara (1913-1986), Italian writer
  • Maria Chiara (b. 1939), Italian lyric soprano
  • Alberto Di Chiara (b. 1964), retired Italian professional footballer
  • Francesca Chiara (b. 1972), Italian singer and songwriter
  • Major-General Jules-Jean-Baptiste Chiara (1889-1946),
  • Joseph William Anthony Di Chiara (b. 1992), Canadian professional football player

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    2. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    3. Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani. Rome Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana 56 volumesr. Print.
    4. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
    5. Di Crollalanza, G.B. Dizionario Storico-Blasonico Delle Famiglie Nobili e Notabili Italiane 3 volumes. Pisa. Print.
    6. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    7. Glazier, Ira A. and P. Williams Filby Edition. Italians to America. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. Print.
    8. Bascapè, Giacomo and Marcello del Piazzo. Insegne e Simboli Araldica pubblica e privata medievale e moderna. Rome: 1983. Print.
    9. Fucilla, Josheph G. Our Italian Surnames. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0806311878).
    10. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today, 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-0900455-209).
    11. ...

    The Chiara Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Chiara Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 22 December 2015 at 05:51.

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