Show ContentsChimienti History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished surname Chimienti can be traced back to the ancient and beautiful region of Venice. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adopt a second name to identify themselves as populations grew and travel became more frequent. The process of adopting fixed hereditary surnames was not complete until the modern era, but the use of hereditary family names in Italy began in the 10th and 11th centuries. Italian hereditary surnames were developed according to fairly general principles and they were characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. The most common type of family name found in the region of Venice is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name. During the Middle Ages, Italians adopted the patronymic system of name-making because it perfectly complemented the prevailing Feudal System. In Italy the popularity of patronymic type of surname is also due to the fact that during the Christian era, people often named their children after saints and biblical figures.

The Chimienti surname is a patronymic or plural form of the personal name Clemente, from the Latin "clemens," which means "mild" or "merciful."

Early Origins of the Chimienti family

The surname Chimienti was first found in Rimini, and date back to the 12th century, when Giordano Clementini was a military commander during the expedition to the Orient.

Early History of the Chimienti family

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Chimienti 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 Chimienti include Clementi, Clemente, Chimenti, Chimento, Chimienti, Chiumenti, Chiommiente, De Clemente, Di Clemente, Clementini, Clementucci, Clemenza, Clemenzo and many more.

Early Notables of the Chimienti family (pre 1700)

Prominent among members of the family was Ramondo Clemenza, who made count in 1158; Giovan-Battista Clementini, General of the Infantry under Duke Carlo Emanuele of Savoy; Clementino Clementini, a military captain of Venetian troupes; Giulio Clementini...
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Migration of the Chimienti family

Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Chimienti were Vincent Clementie, who was on record in Ontario in 1871; and Nicola Amatangelo Clemento, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1899.

Contemporary Notables of the name Chimienti (post 1700) +

  • Anthony Chimienti (b. 1979), American soccer player who played for the United States national beach soccer team on Facebook