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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.

Ciani Early Origins



The surname Ciani was first found in the year 1610, when the Cianciolo family moved from the city of Piazza to Messina.

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Ciani Spelling Variations


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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.

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Ciani Early History


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Ciani Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ciani research. More information is included under the topic Early Ciani History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Ciani Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Ciani Early Notables (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.

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The Great Migration



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.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Ciani (post 1700)


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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
  • Dino Ciani (1941-1974), Italian pianist

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani. Rome Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana 56 volumesr. Print.
    2. Colletta, John P. Finding Italian Roots The Complete Guide for Americans. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2003. Print.
    3. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    4. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
    5. Stiens, Robert E. Passenger list Italy to New York 1893 In Italian Genealogist. Torrance, CA: Augustan Society No 3, 1983. Print.
    6. Bascapè, Giacomo and Marcello del Piazzo. Insegne e Simboli Araldica pubblica e privata medievale e moderna. Rome: 1983. Print.
    7. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    8. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today, 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-0900455-209).
    9. Di Crollalanza, G.B. Dizionario Storico-Blasonico Delle Famiglie Nobili e Notabili Italiane 3 volumes. Pisa. Print.
    10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    11. ...

    The Ciani Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ciani 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 17 November 2015 at 10:28.

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