Venice emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Compagno 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 Compagno 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 Compagno family
Early History of the Compagno family
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Compagno Spelling Variations
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 Compagno include Compagni, Compagno, Compagna, Compagnini, Compagnino, Compagnoni, Compagnone and many more.
Early Notables of the Compagno family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Compagno 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 Compagno or a variant listed above: Adolfo Compagni, aged 24, who arrived at Ellis Island from Stoutofionico, Italy, in 1907; Amedeo Compagni, aged 18, who arrived at Ellis Island from Prossedi, Italy, in 1912.
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