Chiariello History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The Italian Chiariello surname comes from the personal name Chiaro, which is from the Latin Clarus meaning "light," or "famous."
Early Origins of the Chiariello family
The surname Chiariello 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 Chiariello family
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Chiariello 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 Chiariello include Chiarello, Chiarallo, Chiarillo, Chiarelo, Chiari, Chari, Chiaro, Chiarella, Chiarelli, Chiarito, Chiarot, Chiarel, Claretti and many more.
Early Notables of the Chiariello family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Chiariello family
An examination into the immigration and passenger lists has discovered a number of people bearing the name Chiariello: 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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