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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 Civello. 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 Civello came from the Latin given name Jacobus.

Civello Early Origins



The surname Civello was first found in the early 13th century, in the town of Fiesole, which lies just outside of Florence.

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Civello Spelling Variations


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Civello 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 Civello. These spelling variations include Covelli, Covoni, Covell, Coviello, Covello, Coveillo, Covella, Covino, Covitto and many more.

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Civello Early History


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Civello Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Civello research. More information is included under the topic Early Civello History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Civello Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Civello Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent among members of the family was Covone Covoni, born in the 13th century in Florence, who was a military captain of Orsammichele in 1315, a priest in 1317, and...

Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Civello Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Civello were Nicho Covell, who arrived in Virginia in 1648; Anna Covino, aged 26, who arrived at Ellis Island from Ceppaloni, Italy, in 1920; Antonio Covino, aged 38, who arrived at Ellis Island from Pannarano, Italy, in 1922.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Civello (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Civello (post 1700)



  • Joseph Francis Civello (1902-1970), American mobster and the leader of the Dallas crime family from 1956 until his death in 1970
  • Chiara Civello (b. 1975), Italian Jazz singer-songwriter, and pianist

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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. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    3. Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani. Rome Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana 56 volumesr. Print.
    4. Glazier, Ira A. and P. Williams Filby Edition. Italians to America. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. Print.
    5. Bascapè, Giacomo and Marcello del Piazzo. Insegne e Simboli Araldica pubblica e privata medievale e moderna. Rome: 1983. Print.
    6. Gheno, Antonio. Contributo alla Bibliografia Genealogica Italiana. Bologna: Forni, 1924. Print.
    7. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    8. Bongioanni, Angelo. Nomi e Cognomi. Saggio di Ricerche Etimologiche e Storiche. Torino: A. Forni, 1979. Print.
    9. Colletta, John P. Finding Italian Roots The Complete Guide for Americans. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2003. Print.
    10. Di Crollalanza, G.B. Dizionario Storico-Blasonico Delle Famiglie Nobili e Notabili Italiane 3 volumes. Pisa. Print.
    11. ...

    The Civello Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Civello 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.

    This page was last modified on 16 December 2015 at 06:58.

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