A variety of distinguished and notable names have emerged from the beautiful and historical Italian region of Tuscany
, including the notable surname Coni. 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 Coni came from the surname Cicco, which is found in southern Italy and the Venetian region as a popular and affectionate form of the personal name
Francesco, from the German word frankisk which means free.
Early Origins of the Coni family
The surname Coni was first found in Pisa, where in the year 1270, Giovanni Cini was officially recognized as one of the 12 most pious men
Early History of the Coni family
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Coni 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 Coni. These spelling variations
include Cini, Cino, Cinelli, Cinetti, Cinotti and many more.
Early Notables of the Coni family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family was Giovanni Cini (born 1495), a famous architect and sculptor from Florence; Giovanni Cini of Siena, a painter during the mid 16th century; and Giovanni Battista Cina (1525 - c. 1586), an Italian Renaissance
playwright at the court of the Medici in Florence. Enrico Cini... Another 63 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Coni Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Coni family to the New World and Oceana
Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Coni were Donata Cinotti, who arrived in New York city aboard the SS Letimbro December 3, 1888, Michelle Cinelli, who travelled on the SS Alsatia from Naples Oct. 26, 1898 and arriving at the Port of New York November 18, 1898, as well as John Cinelli, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1855..
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