Show ContentsChiari History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

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

Early History of the Chiari family

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Chiari 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 Chiari 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 Chiari family

Prominent among members of the family was

  • 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
  • Giuseppe Bartolomeo Chiari, a painter in Rome at this time
  • Pietro Chiari of Brescia, an author and playwright around 1712

Migration of the Chiari family

An examination into the immigration and passenger lists has discovered a number of people bearing the name Chiari: 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. on Facebook