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.
Early Origins of the Crespellani family
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.
Early History of the Crespellani family
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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.
Early Notables of the Crespellani family (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... Another 50 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Crespellani Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Crespellani family to the New World and Oceana
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 ".