Chiarello History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Italian Chiarello surname comes from the personal name Chiaro, which is from the Latin Clarus meaning "light," or "famous."

Early Origins of the Chiarello family

The surname Chiarello 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.

Important Dates for the Chiarello family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chiarello research. Another 132 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1261 and 1684 are included under the topic Early Chiarello History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Chiarello 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 Chiarello family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Chiarello 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.

Contemporary Notables of the name Chiarello (post 1700)

  • Mark Chiarello, American comic book painter, art director and comic book editor, known for his work on the Batman story, awarded the 1993 National Cartoonists Society Award for Best Comic Book
  • Michael Chiarello (b. 1962), American Daytime Emmy Award winning celebrity chef specializing in Italian-influenced California cuisine, known for his cooking show Easy Entertaining with Michael Chiarello, on the Food Network
  • Francesco Domenico Chiarello (1898-2008), Italian Knight of Vittorio Veneto, one of the last two soldiers to see action in both World Wars, he lived to the age of 109
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