Show ContentsCorsello History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

From the historical and enchanting Italian region of Tuscany emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Corsello 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 Corsello 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 Corsello family

The surname Corsello was first found in the town of Poggibonsi, which lies south of Florence. Corsini is "the name of a Florentine princely family, of which the founder is said to be Neri Corsini, who flourished about the year 1170. Like other Florentine nobles the Corsini had at first no titles, but in more recent times they received many from foreign potentates and from the later grand dukes of Tuscany. The emperor Charles IV. created the head of the house a count palatine in 1371." [1]

Early History of the Corsello family

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Corsello 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 Corsello include Corsi, Corso, Del Corso, Corselli, Corsello, Corsellini, Corsetti, Corsetto and many more.

Early Notables of the Corsello 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 Syracuse was a respected ecclesiastic during the 15th century; Giovanni Corsi, born in 1472, was from one of the most prestigious families in Florence and was involved in politics and in philosophy; Girolamo Corsi was a prominent poet in Florence around this time; Ottavio Corsetto was a lawyer in Palermo...
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Migration of the Corsello family

In the immigration and passenger lists a number of early immigrants bearing the name Corsello 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.

  1. Encyclopædia Britannica, Eleventh Edition. London: A & C Black, 1911. Print on Facebook