The distinguished surname Costanzi can be traced back to the ancient and beautiful region of Sicily
, which is located off Southwestern Italy and incorporates the island of Sicily
itself, the area of Naples, and the southern part of the Italian peninsula. 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 Sicily
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 Costanzi was derived from the personal name
Costante, which means firm, constant or steadfast.
Early Origins of the Costanzi family
The surname Costanzi was first found in 1182, when the Costanzo family settled in Pozzuoli, a town outside of Naples.
Early History of the Costanzi family
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Costanzi 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 Costanzi include Costanzo, Costanzi, Costanza, and De Costanzo and others.
Early Notables of the Costanzi family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family was Antonio Costanzi, born in Fano in 1436, who was a teacher; Giacomo Costanzi, Antonio's brother, opened his own school in Fano around this time; Camillo Costanzo was a soldier and studied civil law in Reggio Calabria during the late... Another 45 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Costanzi Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Costanzi family to the New World and Oceana
Immigrants bearing the name Costanzi or a variant listed above include:
Costanzi Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- John Anthony Costanzi, aged 33, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1817 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
Costanzi Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Carmine Costanzi, aged 24, who emigrated to the United States from Campagnano, in 1907
- Domenico Costanzi, aged 39, who emigrated to the United States from Autrodoco Aquila, Italy, in 1908
- Bernardino Costanzi, aged 42, who landed in America from Sigillo, Italy, in 1909
- Costanzo Costanzi, aged 25, who settled in America from Piavsano, Italy, in 1910
- Anna Bohani Costanzi, aged 18, who emigrated to the United States from Patrica, Italy, in 1912
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