Origins Available: Italian
The Ciriello surname is derived from the place name Cirillo, located in south central Italy. As such, it is classed as a local
name, derived from a place-name where the original bearer once resided or held land. Often Italian local surnames bore the prefix "di," which signifies emigration from one place to another, but does not necessarily denote nobility.In the local dialect of Cirillo, the place-name is pronounced Cercelle, while natives are called Circellese. Alternatively, the surname Cirillo may come from a personal name
, ultimately derived from the Greek mythological name Circe.
Early Origins of the Ciriello family
The surname Ciriello was first found in the year 1153, when records show Filippo Ciria of Cremona, who was made the Bishop of Capua.
Early History of the Ciriello family
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Ciriello Spelling Variations
Italian surnames come in far more variations than the names of most other nationalities. Regional traditions and dialects are a decisive factor in this characteristic. For example, northern names tend to end in "o", while southern in "i". Also important, but not unique to Italy, was the fact that before dictionaries and the printing press most scribes simply spelled words according to their sounds. The predictable result was an enormous number of spelling variations
. The recorded spellings of Ciriello include Cirillo, Ciri, Ciraulo, Ciraula, Cirauli, Cirilli, Cirilla, Cirilo, Cirili, Cirila, Ciriaci, Ciria, Ciriani, Cirotto, Cirotti, Cirello, Cirenei, Ciringhelli, Cirini, Cirino and many more.
Early Notables of the Ciriello family (pre 1700)
Prominent among bearers of this family in early times was Bernardo Cirillo, an author in L'Aquila born in 1500; Francesco Cirillo of Naples was a famous musician around 1630; Giulio Cirello was a talented painter in Padua around the same... Another 40 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ciriello Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Ciriello family to the New World and Oceana
Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Ciriello or a variant listed above: A. Cirillo, aged 10, who arrived at Ellis Island
, in 1892; A. Antonio Cirillo, aged 58, who arrived at Ellis Island, in 1896; Adelfo Cirillo, aged 53, who arrived at Ellis Island, in 1921.
Contemporary Notables of the name Ciriello (post 1700)
- Chris Ciriello, Australian three-time gold and bronze medalist field hockey player