From the historical and enchanting Italian region of the islands of Sicily
emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Ciani 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 Ciani 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 Ciani family
The surname Ciani was first found in the year 1610, when the Cianciolo family moved from the city of Piazza to Messina.
Early History of the Ciani family
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Ciani 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 Ciani include Ciani, Cejani, Cianciolo, Cianciulli, Cianciullo, Cianciulla, Ciancioli, Cianchi, Chianco, Cianca, Cian, Cianfarani and many more.
Early Notables of the Ciani family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family was include individuals of the Ciancio family, who moved to Adern in 1666 and acquired the feudal
territory of Pojira with the status of barons. In 1720 Michele Ciani of Brera was born... Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ciani Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Ciani 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 Ciani or a variant listed above: Alfonso Ciancio, aged 35, who arrived at Ellis Island
from Lunatola, Italy, in 1913; Alfonso Ciancio, aged 22, who arrived at Ellis Island
from S. Severno, Italy, in 1914.
Contemporary Notables of the name Ciani (post 1700)
- Suzanne Ciani (b. 1946), Italian American pianist and music composer
- Charles A. Ciani, American Republican politician, Candidate for New York State Senate 26th District, 1949, 1952 CITATION[CLOSE]
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- Dino Ciani (1941-1974), Italian pianist