The Italian surname Daniello 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 Daniello family
The surname Daniello 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 Daniello 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 Daniello family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Daniello research.Another 306 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1700, 1720, 1740, 1774, and 1787 are included under the topic Early Daniello History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Daniello Spelling Variations
Italian surnames have a surprising number of forms in comparison with other European surnames because they reflect the regional variations and the many dialects of the Italian language, each of which has its distinctive features. For example, in Northern Italy the most standard Italian surname suffix is "I", whereas in Southern Italy the most typical surname suffix is "O". Sardinian is very different from other forms of Italian and in fact, it is considered to be its own distinct language. Additionally, spelling changes frequently occurred because medieval scribes, church officials, and the bearers of names, spelled names as they sounded rather than according to any specific spelling rules. As a consequence of the major changes in the Italian language and in the local
spellings of Italian surnames that occurred over the course of history, there are numerous variations for the surname Daniello. These spelling variations
include Danieli, Daniele, Danielis, Danielli, Daniello, Danello, Dainelli, Danielli, Daniello, Danello, Dainelon, Danelutti, Danelut, Danielut, Dani and many more.
Early Notables of the Daniello 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... Another 46 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Daniello Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Daniello family to the New World and Oceana
Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Daniello were John Daniele, who was naturalized in Illinois in 1904; as well as Mercurio and Nicolamario Daniele, who arrived at the port of New York from Italy in 1893..
Contemporary Notables of the name Daniello (post 1700)
- Ralph "The Barber" Daniello (1886-1925), New York gangster, member of the Brooklyn Navy Street Gang who later became an informant and helped destroy the Camorra crime gangs
- Joseph "Joe" Daniello, American animation director, known for his direction of episodes of the television series American Dad