Show ContentsDanelli History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Italian surname Danelli is derived from the given name Daniel, originally a Hebrew word which meant "God is my Judge." During the Middle Ages, as populations grew and travel between regions became more frequent, the people of Italy, who were originally known only by a single name, found it necessary to adopt a second name to identify themselves and their families. This process of adopting fixed hereditary surnames in Italy began in the 10th and 11th centuries, but it was not completed until the modern era.

Early Origins of the Danelli family

The surname Danelli was first found in Bolgna (Latin: Bononia), the largest city and the capital of Emilia-Romagna Region. The famous University of Bolgna was founded in the 11th century, by the 13th century the student body was nearly 10,000. Dante and Petrarch studied there. Tisso was tried there for 1564 for writing satirical poems. Earliest records of the surname Danelli date back to the year 1400, when Bernardino Danielo was a famous poet in the town of Lucca. In those ancient times only persons of rank, the podesta, clergy, city officials, army officers, artists, landowners were entered into the records. To be recorded at this time was in itself a family honor.

Early History of the Danelli family

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Danelli 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 Danelli include Danieli, Daniele, Danielis, Danielli, Daniello, Danello, Dainelli, Danielli, Daniello, Danello, Dainelon, Danelutti, Danelut, Danielut, Dani and many more.

Early Notables of the Danelli family (pre 1700)

Prominent among members of the family was Giovanni Battista Danieletti, a stone carver in Padua around 1720, Francesco Daniele, born in Caserta in 1740, a prominent intellectual and a man of letters, as well as Luigi Danele, considered to be one of the most famous Paduan sculptors...
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United States Danelli migration to the United States +

Early records show that people bearing the name Danelli arrived in North America quite early:

Danelli Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Ugo Ercole D'Anelli, aged 16, who immigrated to America from Villa S. Stefano, in 1907
  • Raffaele D'Anelli, aged 11, who landed in America from Marra, Avellino, in 1909
  • Antonio D'Anelli, aged 18, who settled in America from Ross, Italy, in 1910
  • Angela D'Anelli, aged 50, who landed in America from Gioia del Colle, Italy, in 1913
  • Vito Antonio D'Anelli, aged 10, who landed in America from Gioia del Colle, Italy, in 1913
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Contemporary Notables of the name Danelli (post 1700) +

  • Dino Danelli (1944-2022), American drummer, best known as an original member and the drummer in the rock group The Young Rascals, inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997 on Facebook