The name Chiaramonte is derived from the Italian word "chiari," which means "clear," or " luminous." As such, the Chiaramonte surname was likely originally a
for a person with a clear or light complexion.
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.
The surname Chiaramonte was first found in the 8th century, when Orso Chiarelli was one of the leaders of the town of Ferraruola.
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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.
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, a painter and engraver in Rome around 1615; Anton-Maria... Another 59 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Chiaramonte Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
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.