The Cirilli 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 Cirilli family
The surname Cirilli 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 Cirilli family
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Cirilli 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 Cirilli 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 Cirilli 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 Cirilli Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Cirilli family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first North American settlers with Cirilli name or one of its variants: 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 Cirilli (post 1700)
- Arthur A. Cirilli, American Republican politician, Member of Wisconsin State Senate 25th District; Elected 1970 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 17) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html