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The distinguished surname Crespellani can be traced back to the ancient and beautiful region of Piedmont. 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 Piedmont 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 Crespellani came from the given name Crispo. The Italian name Crespi is derived from the Latin name Crispus, and from the adjective crispus, which means curly or wavy hair. The surname Crespi may also be of nickname origin, given to someone who had curly hair. The surname Crespi appears most frequently in the area near Naples and in eastern Sicily.

Crespellani Early Origins



The surname Crespellani was first found in Northern Italy evolved from the place named Crespi d'Adda in Bergamo. One of the first references of the name was in the year 1130, when Ansaldo Crispini was a government councillor in Genoa.

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Crespellani Spelling Variations


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Crespellani Spelling Variations



In comparison with other European surnames, Italian surnames have a surprising number of forms. They reflect the regional variations and the many dialects of the Italian language, each with its own distinctive features. For example, in Northern Italy the typical Italian surname suffix is "i", whereas in Southern Italy it is "o". Additionally, spelling changes frequently occurred because medieval scribes and church officials often spelled names as they sounded rather than according to any specific spelling rules. The spelling variations in the name Crespellani include Crespi, Crispi, Crispini, Crespini, Crespiani, Crespo, Crispo, Crespellani and many more.

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Crespellani Early History


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Crespellani Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Crespellani research. More information is included under the topic Early Crespellani History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Crespellani Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Crespellani Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent among members of the family was Alberto Crespi a priest, born in Milan in 1390; Giovanni Battista Crespi, a painter in Novara in the late 16th century; Daniele Crespi of Milan, a well known artist during the 16th century, whose frescoes can be seen in the Certosa di Garegnano in...

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The Great Migration



Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Crespellani were among those contributors: Rosa Crespi, age 19, who arrived at New York on Nov. 17, 1882, aboard the "Labrador"; Gerolanno Crespi, age 16, who arrived at New York on April 11, 1887, aboard the "La Normandie".

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Stiens, Robert E. Passenger list Italy to New York 1893 In Italian Genealogist. Torrance, CA: Augustan Society No 3, 1983. Print.
    2. Glazier, Ira A. and P. Williams Filby Edition. Italians to America. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. Print.
    3. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    4. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
    5. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    6. Di Crollalanza, Goffredo. Enciclopedia araldico cavalleresca Prontuario nobiliare. Pisa: Presso La Direzione Del Giorale Araldica , 1878. Print.
    7. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today, 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-0900455-209).
    8. Bascapè, Giacomo and Marcello del Piazzo. Insegne e Simboli Araldica pubblica e privata medievale e moderna. Rome: 1983. Print.
    9. Battilana, Natale, Ed. Genealogie Dello Famiglie Nobili di Genova. Genova: Fratelli Pagano, 1825. Print.
    10. Gheno, Antonio. Contributo alla Bibliografia Genealogica Italiana. Bologna: Forni, 1924. Print.
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    The Crespellani Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Crespellani Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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