Sicily emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Ciancio family. 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. Although the most common type of family name found in Sicily is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name, the nickname type of surname is also frequently found. Nickname surnames were derived from an eke-name, or added name. They usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name. The surname Ciancio is a name for a person of small financial means. The surname Cianfari is derived from the Italian words cianfrone and cianferone, which referred to a type of medieval coin.
Early Origins of the Ciancio family
Early History of the Ciancio family
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Ciancio Spelling Variations
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 Ciancio include Ciani, Cejani, Cianciolo, Cianciulli, Cianciullo, Cianciulla, Ciancioli, Cianchi, Chianco, Cianca, Cian, Cianfarani and many more.
Early Notables of the Ciancio family (pre 1700)
feudal territory of Pojira with the status of barons. In 1720 Michele Ciani of Brera was born...
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Migration of the Ciancio family to the New World and Oceana
Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Ciancio or a variant listed above:
Ciancio Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Ciancio (post 1700)
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