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The distinguished surname Clemente can be traced back to the ancient and beautiful region of Venice. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adopt a second name to identify themselves as populations grew and travel became more frequent. The process of adopting fixed hereditary surnames was not complete until the modern era, but the use of hereditary family names in Italy began in the 10th and 11th centuries. Italian hereditary surnames were developed according to fairly general principles and they were characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. The most common type of family name found in the region of Venice is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name. During the Middle Ages, Italians adopted the patronymic system of name-making because it perfectly complemented the prevailing Feudal System. In Italy the popularity of patronymic type of surname is also due to the fact that during the Christian era, people often named their children after saints and biblical figures.

The Clemente surname is a patronymic or plural form of the personal name Clemente, from the Latin "clemens," which means "mild" or "merciful."

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The surname Clemente was first found in Rimini, and date back to the 12th century, when Giordano Clementini was a military commander during the expedition to the Orient.

Italian surnames come in far more variations than the names of most other nationalities. Regional traditions and dialects are a decisive factor in this characteristi c. 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 Clemente include Clementi, Clemente, Chimenti, Chimento, Chimienti, Chiumenti, Chiommiente, De Clemente, Di Clemente, Clementini, Clementucci, Clemenza, Clemenzo and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Clemente research. Another 229 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1158, 1550, 1700, and 1752 are included under the topic Early Clemente History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Prominent among members of the family was Ramondo Clemenza, who made count in 1158; Giovan-Battista Clementini, General of the Infantry under Duke Carlo Emanuele of Savoy; Clementino Clementini, a military captain of Venetian troupes; Giulio Clementini...

Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Clemente Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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

Clemente Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Theo Clemente, who landed in Virginia in 1658

Clemente Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Hans Nickel Clemente, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1748
  • Nicolaus Clemente, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1748
  • Jacob Clemente, who landed in America in 1753
  • Catharina Medart Clemente, who arrived in America in 1753
  • Georg Clemente, who landed in America in 1753
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Clemente Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Lorenzo Clemente, who landed in America in 1827
  • Juan Clemente, who arrived in Florida in 1838
  • Manuel Clemente, aged 28, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1851
  • Antonio Clemente, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1860
  • Casiano Clemente, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1881
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  • Luís Fabiano Clemente (b. 1980), Brazilian footballer
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    Other References

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    2. Glazier, Ira A. and P. Williams Filby Edition. Italians to America. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. Print.
    3. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    4. Battilana, Natale, Ed. Genealogie Dello Famiglie Nobili di Genova. Genova: Fratelli Pagano, 1825. Print.
    5. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    6. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    7. Colletta, John P. Finding Italian Roots The Complete Guide for Americans. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2003. Print.
    8. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    10. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
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    The Clemente Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Clemente 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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