The name Chiaramonte is derived from the Italian word "chiari," which means "clear," or " luminous." As such, the Chiaramonte 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 Chiaramonte family
The surname Chiaramonte was first found in the 8th century, when Orso Chiarelli was one of the leaders of the town of Ferraruola.
Early History of the Chiaramonte family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chiaramonte 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 Chiaramonte History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Chiaramonte 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 Chiaramonte 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 Chiaramonte 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... Another 68 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Chiaramonte Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Chiaramonte family to the New World and Oceana
An examination into the immigration and passenger lists has discovered a number of people bearing the name Chiaramonte: 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.
Contemporary Notables of the name Chiaramonte (post 1700)
- Giuseppe Carlo Chiaramonte (b. 1976), American Major League Baseball catcher
- Francisco "Frank" Chiaramonte (1942-1983), Cuban-born, American comic book artist, an inker for DC Comics and Marvel Comics from 1972 to 1982
- Major Julio Chiaramonte, US Army officer in World War II, recipient of the Silver Star and Bronze Star in 1944 for his actions in the Battle of Los Negros