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

Chiaro Early Origins



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

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Chiaro Spelling Variations


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Chiaro Spelling Variations



Italian surnames come in far more variations than the names of most other nationalities. Regional traditions and dialects are a decisive factor in this characteristic. For example, northern names tend to end in "o", while southern in "i". Also important, but not unique to Italy, was the fact that before dictionaries and the printing press most scribes simply spelled words according to their sounds. The predictable result was an enormous number of spelling variations. The recorded spellings of Chiaro 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.

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Chiaro Early History


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Chiaro Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chiaro research. Another 21 words (2 lines of text) covering the years 1391, 1400, 1615, 1660, 1712, 1766 and 1800 are included under the topic Early Chiaro History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Chiaro Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Chiaro Early Notables (pre 1700)



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...

Another 68 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Chiaro Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



A search of the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Chiaro:

Chiaro Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Anna Maria Chiaro, aged 37, who emigrated to the United States from Pastena, in 1896

Chiaro Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Angelo Chiaro, aged 32, who emigrated to America from Cittanova, in 1903
  • Angelo Chiaro, aged 34, who landed in America from Palmi, Italy, in 1905
  • Cado Chiaro, aged 22, who emigrated to the United States from Artuza, in 1907
  • Antonio Chiaro, aged 24, who settled in America from Pastena, Italy, in 1913
  • Antonio Chiaro, aged 4, who landed in America from Stigliano, Italy, in 1916
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    2. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today, 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-0900455-209).
    3. Di Crollalanza, Goffredo. Enciclopedia araldico cavalleresca Prontuario nobiliare. Pisa: Presso La Direzione Del Giorale Araldica , 1878. Print.
    4. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    5. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
    6. Bongioanni, Angelo. Nomi e Cognomi. Saggio di Ricerche Etimologiche e Storiche. Torino: A. Forni, 1979. Print.
    7. Di Crollalanza, G.B. Dizionario Storico-Blasonico Delle Famiglie Nobili e Notabili Italiane 3 volumes. Pisa. Print.
    8. Bascapè, Giacomo and Marcello del Piazzo. Insegne e Simboli Araldica pubblica e privata medievale e moderna. Rome: 1983. Print.
    9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    10. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
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    The Chiaro Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Chiaro Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 29 May 2013 at 08:38.

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