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Chiaraluce History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The name Chiaraluce is derived from the Italian word "chiari," which means "clear," or " luminous." As such, the Chiaraluce 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.

Early Origins of the Chiaraluce family


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

Early History of the Chiaraluce family


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Chiaraluce Spelling Variations


Surnames that originated in Italy are characterized by an enormous number of spelling variations. Some of these are derived from regional traditions and dialects. Northern names, for instance, often end in "o", while southern names tend to end in "i". Other variations come from the fact the medieval scribes tended to spell according to the sound of words, rather than any particular set of rules. The recorded variations of Chiaraluce 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.

Early Notables of the Chiaraluce family (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...
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Migration of the Chiaraluce family to the New World and Oceana


An examination into the immigration and passenger lists has discovered a number of people bearing the name Chiaraluce: Cappaccio Chiara, aged 36, who arrived at Ellis Island from Mirabella, in 1900; Carlo Chiara, aged 30, who arrived at Ellis Island from Trofarello, Italy, in 1920.

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