D'onisi History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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From the ancient and picturesque Italian region of Venice emerged a variety of distinguished names, including the notable surname D'onisi. 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 are characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. Although the most traditional type of family name found in the region of Venice is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name, local surnames are also found. Local names, which are the least frequent of the major types of surnames found in Italy, are derived from a place-name where the original bearer once resided or held land. Often Italian local surnames bore the prefix "di," which signifies emigration from one place to another, but does not necessarily denote nobility. The D'onisi family lived in the city of Verona, where members of the Dionisi family were involved in the Noble Council in 1422.
Early Origins of the D'onisi family
The surname D'onisi was first found in the city of Verona, where members of the Dionisi family were involved in the Noble Council in 1422.
Early History of the D'onisi family
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D'onisi Spelling Variations
Italian surnames come in far more variations than the names of most other nationalities. Regional traditions and dialects are a decisive factor in this characteristic. For example, northern names tend to end in "o", while southern in "i". Also important, but not unique to Italy, was the fact that before dictionaries and the printing press most scribes simply spelled words according to their sounds. The predictable result was an enormous number of spelling variations. The recorded spellings of D'onisi include Dionisio, Dioniso, Donio, Dionisotti, Dionisi, Dionis, Doniso, Donisi, D'Onise, D'Onisi, Addonisio, Addonizio, Denisi, Dionigi and many more.
Early Notables of the D'onisi family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family was Paolo Dionisi of Verona during the 16th century, who studied at the University of Padua and became a teacher of medicine; Filippo Lorenzo Dionisi of Rome was a theologian and philosopher with exceptional talents in Latin literature. He became a priest in 1736. Giovanni Iacopo Dionisi was a priest in Verona around this time. A later individual of the D'onisi lineage was Carlo Dionisotti, born in 1824, a prominent lawyer in Vercelli.
Gaetano Donizetti was born at Bergamo, Nov. 29 [App. p.617 "Nov. 25"], 1797, six years after Rossini; and though he began his career...
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Migration of the D'onisi family
Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name D'onisi or a variant listed above: Antonio Donis, age 22, who arrived in New York city in 1820; Achille Dionisi, aged 29, who arrived at Ellis Island from Porto S. Giorgio, Italy, in 1913.
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