A variety of distinguished and notable names have emerged from the beautiful and historical Italian region of Tuscany
, including the notable surname Cipri. During the Middle Ages, as populations grew and travel between regions became more frequent, the people of Tuscany, who were originally known only by a single name, found it necessary to adopt a second name to identify themselves and their families. This process of adopting fixed hereditary surnames
in Italy began in the 10th and 11th centuries, but it was not completed until the modern era. The development of Italian hereditary surnames followed general principles and were characterized by derivatives from one's given name. The patronymic
surname, which is derived from the father's given name, was one of the most common name types found in the region of Tuscany
. This system of name-making was widely used because it linked well with the existing Feudal
System and during the Christian era, many people named their children after saints and biblical figures. The surname Cipri came from the Greek name kyprios, which literally means Cyprus or the tree island. The name became popular in Italy due to the fame of Saint Cipriani, the Bishop of Cartagine who was martyred in 258. In those early centuries, with the spread of Christianity, parents often named their children after saints in the hope of invoking that particular saint's protection over the child in later years.
Early Origins of the Cipri family
The surname Cipri was first found in Florence (Italian: Firenze), where in the 12th century Arrigo Cipriano was a knight of Emperor Corrado registered in Florence.
Early History of the Cipri family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cipri research.Another 23 words (2 lines of text) covering the years 1660, 1727, 1766 and 1850 are included under the topic Early Cipri History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Cipri Spelling Variations
Enormous variation in spelling and form characterizes those Italian names that originated in the medieval era. This is caused by two main factors: regional tradition, and inaccuracies in the recording process. Before the last few hundred
years, scribes spelled names according to their sounds. Spelling variations
were the unsurprising result. The variations of Cipri include Cipri, Cipro, Cipriani, and Cipriano and others.
Early Notables of the Cipri family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family was Lamberto Cipriani of Florence, a member of the Ghibelline faction and a pacifist dedicated to ending the fighting between castles in the region during the late 13th century; Giovanni Cipri of Modena was an organ builder during the 16th century, and his brother Giuliano... Another 123 words (9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cipri Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Cipri family to the New World and Oceana
Discovered in the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Cipri: Angelo Cipriani, aged 47, who arrived at Ellis Island
from Arischio, Italy, in 1913; Angelo Cipriani, aged 22, who arrived at Ellis Island
from Campoli, Italy, in 1913.