From the historical and fascinating Italian region of Venice
emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Compagni family. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adapt 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 are characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. Although 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, the nickname
type of surname is also frequently found. Nickname
surnames were derived from an eke-name, or added name. They usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name. The surname Compagni came from a friendly person, who was renowned for his generosity towards others. The surname is derived from the Italian word Compagni which literally means he who shares the bread with.
Early Origins of the Compagni family
The surname Compagni was first found in Padua (Italian: Padova, Latin: Patavium, Venetian: Padoa), on the Bacchiglione River, capital of the province of Padua, where members of the Compagno family were officially recognized as nobility of the city in 1081,
Early History of the Compagni family
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Compagni 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 Compagni include Compagni, Compagno, Compagna, Compagnini, Compagnino, Compagnoni, Compagnone and many more.
Early Notables of the Compagni family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family was Dino Compagni, a famous Florentine poet of the 13th century who worked with authors such as Dante, Guinizelli, and Cavalcanti. Also notable was Sebastiano Compagni, born in Ferrara in the 15th century, who was pushed by his family to study law at the University... Another 79 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Compagni Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Compagni family to the New World and Oceana
Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Compagni or a variant listed above:
Compagni Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Adolfo Compagni, aged 24, who landed in America from Stoutofionico, Italy, in 1907
- Crocifissa Compagni, aged 55, who emigrated to the United States from Valguarnera, Sicily, in 1909
- Mattia Compagni, aged 27, who landed in America from Teorninpatte, Italy, in 1909
- Evaristo Compagni, aged 21, who settled in America from Montefiorino, Italy, in 1910
- Giuseppe Compagni, aged 29, who emigrated to the United States from Lipari, Messina, in 1912
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