Clemente History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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."

Early Origins of the Clemente family

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.

Important Dates for the Clemente family

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Clemente 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 Clemente include Clementi, Clemente, Chimenti, Chimento, Chimienti, Chiumenti, Chiommiente, De Clemente, Di Clemente, Clementini, Clementucci, Clemenza, Clemenzo and many more.

Early Notables of the Clemente family (pre 1700)

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...
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Clemente migration to the United States

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 [1]
Clemente Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Hans Nickel Clemente, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1748 [1]
  • Nicolaus Clemente, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1748 [1]
  • Jacob Clemente, who landed in America in 1753 [1]
  • Catharina Medart Clemente, who arrived in America in 1753 [1]
  • Georg Clemente, who landed in America in 1753 [1]
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Clemente Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Lorenzo Clemente, who landed in America in 1827 [1]
  • Juan Clemente, who arrived in Florida in 1838 [1]
  • Manuel Clemente, aged 28, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1851 [1]
  • Antonio Clemente, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1860 [1]
  • Casiano Clemente, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1881 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Clemente (post 1700)

  • Luís Fabiano Clemente (b. 1980), Brazilian footballer
  • Roberto Clemente Walker (1934-1972), professional baseball player and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • José Clemente Orozco (1883-1949), Mexican mural painter
  • Clemente Villaverde Huelva (b. 1959), simply known as Clemente, a Spanish retired footballer who played from 1978 to 1990
  • Clemente de Faria Jr. (b. 1987), Brazilian racing driver
  • Clemente de la Cerda (1935-1984), film director in Venezuela
  • Clemente Ovalle (b. 1982), Mexican professional footballer
  • Clemente Ruiz Nazario, the first Puerto Rican appointed as a District Judge in the United States District Court
  • Clemente Nunez, United States baseball player
  • Clemente Rojas, Columbian boxer in the 1972 Olympics

Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
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