The distinguished surname Cosmelli can be traced back to the ancient and beautiful region of Venice
. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adopt 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 were characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. 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. During the Middle Ages, Italians adopted the patronymic system of name-making because it perfectly complemented the prevailing Feudal
System. In Italy the popularity of patronymic type of surname is also due to the fact that during the Christian era, people often named their children after saints and biblical figures. The surname Cosmelli came from the given name Cosma, which is derived from the Latin Cosmas, which means harmony.
Early Origins of the Cosmelli family
The surname Cosmelli was first found in Padua (Italian: Padova, Latin: Patavium, Venetian: Padoa), on the Bacchiglione River, capital of the province of Padua, when Niccol Cosmico was a famous poet there in 1420.
Early History of the Cosmelli family
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Cosmelli Spelling Variations
Enormous variation in spelling and form characterizes those Italian names that originated in the medieval era. This is caused by two main factors: regional tradition, and inaccuracies in the recording process. Before the last few hundred
years, scribes spelled names according to their sounds. Spelling variations
were the unsurprising result. The variations of Cosmelli include De Cosimo, Cosma, Cosmo, Cosmi, Cusma, Cosimo, Cosimi, De Cosmo, De Cosmis, Cosmelli, Cosimelli, Cosmini, Cosmin, Gosmin, Gusmin, Cosimini, Cosimato, Cosmano, Cosmani, Cosini, Cusmano, Gusmani, Cusimano, Cusumano and many more.
Early Notables of the Cosmelli family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Cosmelli family to the New World and Oceana
Immigrants bearing the name Cosmelli or a variant listed above include: Felix Cosme, aged 30, who arrived at Ellis Island
, in 1924; Francisco Cosme, aged 19, who arrived at Ellis Island, in 1917; and Heleni Cosme, aged 25, who arrived at Ellis Island, in 1909..