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
Early History of the Crespellani family
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Crespellani Spelling Variations
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)
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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 ".
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