Ciardi History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The Ciardi surname comes from the personal (first) name Riccardo, which is the Italian cognate of Richard.
Early Origins of the Ciardi family
The surname Ciardi was first found in Sardinia (Italian: Sardegna, Sardinian: Sardigna), the second largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. The original inhabitants were Sicels. The Greeks colonized the island in 735 B.C. and Phoenician settlements began in 6th century. The Carthaginians arrived in 410, followed by the Romans. After the decline of Rome, the island was under the power of the Saracens. Then in 1057, Sicily was conquered by the Normans. The time of conquest is said to be Sicily's brightest hour, having made the Sicilians the leading Maritime power in the Mediterranean and King Roger of Sicily one of Europe's greatest kings. In those ancient times only persons of rank, the podesta, clergy, city officials, army officers, artists, landowners were entered into the records. To be recorded at this time, at the beginning of recorded history, was of itself a great distinction and indicative of noble ancestry.
Early History of the Ciardi family
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Ciardi Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Rizzardi, Riccardi, Riccardo, Ricciardi, Ricciardo, Riccardini, Ricciardella, Rizzardini, Cardini, Cardazzo and many more.
Early Notables of the Ciardi family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ciardi family
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: William Cardino, who came to Ontario in 1871; Vincenzo Ricciardi, who came to New York, NY in 1893; Giuseppe Ricciardi, who settled in New York, NY in 1893.
Contemporary Notables of the name Ciardi (post 1700) +
- Mark Thomas Ciardi (b. 1961), American former Major League Baseball pitcher who played for the Milwaukee Brewers in 1987
- John Anthony Ciardi (1916-1986), American poet, translator, and etymologist, best known for his translation of Dante's Divine Comedy
- Albert A. Ciardi, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 2nd District, 1954 
- Fabio Cifariello Ciardi (b. 1960), Italian composer of acoustic and electroacoustic music
- Cesare Ciardi (1818-1877), Italian flautist and composer
- Emma Ciardi (1879-1933), Italian painter
- Beppe Ciardi (1875-1932), Italian painter
- Francesca Ciardi (b. 1954), Italian film actress
- Guglielmo Ciardi (1842-1917), Italian painter
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