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A variety of distinguished and notable names have emerged from the beautiful and historical Italian region of Tuscany, including the notable surname Cipriani. 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 Cipriani 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.

Cipriani Early Origins



The surname Cipriani was first found in Florence (Italian: Firenze), where in the 12th century Arrigo Cipriano was a knight of Emperor Corrado registered in Florence.

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Cipriani Spelling Variations


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Cipriani Spelling Variations



Italian surnames have a surprising number of forms in comparison with other European surnames because they reflect the regional variations and the many dialects of the Italian language, each of which has its distinctive features. For example, in Northern Italy the most standard Italian surname suffix is "I", whereas in Southern Italy the most typical surname suffix is "O". Sardinian is very different from other forms of Italian and in fact, it is considered to be its own distinct language. Additionally, spelling changes frequently occurred because medieval scribes, church officials, and the bearers of names, spelled names as they sounded rather than according to any specific spelling rules. As a consequence of the major changes in the Italian language and in the local spellings of Italian surnames that occurred over the course of history, there are numerous variations for the surname Cipriani. These spelling variations include Cipri, Cipro, Cipriani, and Cipriano and others.

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Cipriani Early History


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Cipriani Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cipriani research. Another 23 words (2 lines of text) covering the years 1660, 1727, 1766 and 1850 are included under the topic Early Cipriani History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Cipriani Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Cipriani Early Notables (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 Cipriani Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Cipriani were

Cipriani Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Amelia Cipriani, aged 17, who landed in America from Guardia, Italy, in 1907
  • Albalania Cipriani, aged 36, who emigrated to the United States from Pascelufo, Italy, in 1909
  • Alfonso Cipriani, aged 42, who emigrated to America from Spoltore, Italy, in 1910
  • Angela Cipriani, aged 21, who landed in America from Bresnio, Italy, in 1911
  • Amadio Cipriani, aged 26, who emigrated to the United States from Valle Castellano, Italy, in 1912
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Cipriani (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Cipriani (post 1700)



  • Joseph B. Cipriani, American Democrat politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates 1st District; Elected 1982; Candidate for West Virginia State Senate 1st District, 1984
  • Edward B. Cipriani, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Port Antonio, 1916-17; Cardiff, 1919; Leeds, 1920-21; Glasgow, 1922-26
  • Anthony J. Cipriani, American politician, Mayor of Wellsburg, West Virginia, 1981-83
  • Der Reka Cipriani (b. 1943), Italian Olympic fencer
  • Amilcare Cipriani (1843-1918), Italian anarchist patriot
  • Stelvio Cipriani (b. 1937), Italian composer, best known for his work on motion picture soundtracks
  • Giacomo Cipriani (b. 1980), Italian footballer
  • Giovanni Battista Cipriani (1727-1785), Italian painter
  • Captain Arthur Andrew Cipriani (1875-1945), Trinidad and Tobago labour leader and politician
  • Daniel Jerome Cipriani (b. 1987), English rugby union footballer

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Fucilla, Josheph G. Our Italian Surnames. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0806311878).
    2. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    3. Battilana, Natale, Ed. Genealogie Dello Famiglie Nobili di Genova. Genova: Fratelli Pagano, 1825. Print.
    4. Bascapè, Giacomo and Marcello del Piazzo. Insegne e Simboli Araldica pubblica e privata medievale e moderna. Rome: 1983. Print.
    5. Bongioanni, Angelo. Nomi e Cognomi. Saggio di Ricerche Etimologiche e Storiche. Torino: A. Forni, 1979. Print.
    6. Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani. Rome Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana 56 volumesr. Print.
    7. Gheno, Antonio. Contributo alla Bibliografia Genealogica Italiana. Bologna: Forni, 1924. Print.
    8. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    9. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    10. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
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    The Cipriani Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cipriani 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.

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