From the ancient and picturesque Italian region of Venice
emerged a variety of distinguished names, including the notable surname Damini. 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 Damini surname is derived from the Latin given name "Damianus," which in turn comes from the name of a Greek goddess, Damia. There was an early Christian saint named Damian, martyred in Cilicia in the year 303, under emperor Domitian. There was also a St. Damian, who lived in the 7th-8th centuries, where he was the bishop of Pavia. These two saints, no doubt have contributed the popularity of this name.
Early Origins of the Damini family
The surname Damini was first found in the Italian region of "Veneto" which later became the city of Venice
as early as the year 921.
Early History of the Damini family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Damini research.Another 65 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1233, 1285, 1300, 1400, 1584 and 1606 are included under the topic Early Damini History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Damini 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 Damini include Damiani, Damiano, Damian, Damien, Damiàn and others.
Early Notables of the Damini family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family was Lorenzo Damiani of Pisa, a 14th century poet famous for his sonnets of a smooth style. Francesco Damiani, born in Pisa around 1300, was a respected man of letters; the Damiani family was one of the most ancient families in Genoa and dates back... Another 53 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Damini Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Damini family to the New World and Oceana
Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Damini or a variant listed above: Antonio Damiana, who was naturalized in Colorado in 1892; Pietro Damiani, who arrived in New York on June 2, 1891 from Naples, aboard the "Cachemire".