Chiarella History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The Italian Chiarella surname comes from the personal name Chiaro, which is from the Latin Clarus meaning "light," or "famous."
Early Origins of the Chiarella family
The surname Chiarella was first found in Messina (Sicilian: Missina; Latin: Messana), capital of the Italian province of Messina. Its history begins in 397 B.C. After a checkered history the Saracens took it in 831, and the Normans in 1061. It was host to the crusaders in 1190. Garibaldi landed in 1860 and it was the last city to be made a part of united Italy. 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 Chiarella family
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Chiarella Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Chiarello, Chiarallo, Chiarillo, Chiarelo, Chiari, Chari, Chiaro, Chiarella, Chiarelli, Chiarito, Chiarot, Chiarel, Claretti and many more.
Early Notables of the Chiarella family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Chiarella family
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: William Charo, who came to Charlestown, MA in 1865; Margaret Charo, who settled in Boston in 1865; Jane Charo, who settled in Burlington, VT in 1865; Guiseppe Chiarelli, who came to North Dakota in 1927.
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