From the historical and enchanting Italian region of Tuscany
emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Corselli family. During the Middle Ages, as populations grew and travel between regions became more frequent, the people of Tuscany
found it necessary to adopt a second name to identify themselves and their families. 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. Although the most common type of family name found in Tuscany
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 Corselli is a name for a person who habitually wished everyone a good day, or who was a cheerful and happy person. The surname Corsi was originally derived from the Italian medieval given name Bonoaccorso, and is rendered in early documents in the Latin form of the name Accirsus.
Early Origins of the Corselli family
The surname Corselli was first found in the town of Poggibonsi, which lies south of Florence. Research shows that at this time, Neri Corsini was a successful merchant in the town.
Early History of the Corselli family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Corselli research.Another 99 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1170, 1377, 1374, 1377, 1302, 1373, 1411, 1472, 1550, 1688, 1652, 1678, 1730, 1842 and 1845 are included under the topic Early Corselli History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Corselli 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 Corselli include Corsi, Corso, Del Corso, Corselli, Corsello, Corsellini, Corsetti, Corsetto and many more.
Early Notables of the Corselli family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family was Saint Andrew Corsini, O.Carm. (1302-1373), an Italian Carmelite friar and bishop of Fiesole; Filippo Corsini of Florence, who was a judge and a law professor; Amerigo Corsini was a banker and an ecclesiastic, and in 1411 was made Bishop of Florence; Antonio Corsetto of... Another 155 words (11 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Corselli Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Corselli family to the New World and Oceana
In the immigration and passenger lists a number of early immigrants bearing the name Corselli were found: Francesco Corsini, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1753; Adamo Corsi, aged 16, who arrived at Ellis Island
from Vergemoli, Italy, in 1908.